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Terrorism / Plane Bomb Plot / Security #955864

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009
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(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pierre Thomas) The breakdown in intelligence in the Christmas bomb plot on Flight 253 examined; details given about an earlier Somali plot using a similar bomb & the delay in intelligence about it, about the NSA intel about a Nigerian that was not shared, how the suspect's father turned up at the Nigerian embassy. [9/11 commission chairman Thomas KEAN†- comments on the lack of information sharing between intelligence agencies.]

(Studio: David Muir) Live discussion held with former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke about intelligence. [CLARKE†- says the breakdown is at the CIA, which should have put Umar Abdulmutallab††'s name on the no-fly list & how information about the Somali plot was not disseminated.]

(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.

(London: Jim Sciutto) A look at Umar Abdulmutallab††'s four years of college in London examined; scenes shown from University College; details given about the presence of radical speakers in London & of Umar's visit to Yemen, where he studied Arabic. [Voice of classmate Qasim RAFIQ†- talks about Umar.] [Federation of Student Islamic Societies Nabil AHMED†- comments.]

(Studio: David Muir) The announcement by the Netherlands it will use full body scanners at airports for passengers bound for the US noted.

(Chicago: Eric Horng) The impact of new rules on airport & airplane security examined; scenes shown from O'Hare Airport in Chicago; details given about calls for body scanners rather than pat-down searches. [In Chicago & Detroit, TRAVELLERs - talk about the security.] [Former TSA chairman Kip HAWLEY†- says the problem is sustainability.] [EXPERT - backs the body scanner for security.]

(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.

(Washington: David Wright) The criticism ofin President Obama's administration featured; scenes shown of TV coverage of conservative chatter; former Vice President Dick Cheney's criticism of Obama & the from the White House communications director quoted. [Former Bush aide Marc THIESSEN†- says the country is less safe; asks why we are giving terrorists rights.] [Representative Chris VAN HOLLEN†- questions the political fighting.] [Voice of former Speaker of the House Newt GINGRICH - comments.]

(Studio: David Muir) A correction given to last night's information about former detainees from Guantanamo Bay in Yemen.

Muir, David;
Thomas, Pierre;
Sciutto, Jim;
Horng, Eric;
Wright, David

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