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Terrorism / Plane Bomb Plot / Obama #955938

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 31, 2009
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(Studio: Jeff Glor) Report introduced.

(Washington: Bob Orr) The role of US-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in the plot by Umar Abdulmutallab†† to blow up Flight 253 on Christmas day reviewed; details given of his ties to the 9/11 hijackers, Ft. Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Hasan & Abdulmutallab & about what Abdulmutallab has said. [In 2001, AWLAKI - comments on the association of Islam & terrorism.] Why Abdulmutallab†† was expansive about his deeds early on discussed.

(Studio: Jeff Glor) A copy of Abdulmutallab's passport shown.

(Honolulu: Chip Reid) The work being done by the vacationing President Obama to figure out what went wrong with intelligence & this plot examined; details given about what Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is doing, the enhancing of security checks, the terrorist lists & security breakdowns about "the Nigerian." Statements to the intelligence community from national security director Dennis Blair & from former Vice President Dick Cheney critical of Obama quoted. The likelihood someone will be fired over this discussed.

(Studio: Jeff Glor) The security changes for the watch lists noted.

Glor, Jeff;
Orr, Bob;
Reid, Chip

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