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Terrorism / Plane Bomb Plot / Airline Security / Obama #963679

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The investigation into “underwear bomber" Umar Abdulmutallab’s communication with radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and his contacts in Yemen noted. The issue of aviation security examined in light of Abdulmutallab’s plane bombing attempt; details given about problems with airport “huffer” screening machines, the delays in deploying full-body scanners and calls for more profiling at airports. [Former TSA official Tom BLANK††, Senator Susan COLLINS - comment on privacy concerns regarding the body scanners.] [Former El Al security director Isaac YEFFET†- calls for more information on every passenger.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Honolulu: Chuck Todd) President Obama's blunt statement blaming the government for security failures featured; details given of his defense of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. [OBAMA - says there were bits of information within the intelligence community; criticizes intelligence agencies for not sharing information; says a systemic failure has occurred.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Detroit Metro Airport: Kevin Tibbles) The confusion over new security rules for traveling featured; scenes shown of lines at airports in Paris, Toronto, Los Angeles and Detroit. [Northwest Airlines Flight 253 passengers Chris and Kimberly COLLINS†- recount what happened in Amsterdam.] [3 TRAVELERS – react.] [Aviation security expert Gregory FEITH†- expresses doubt about security outside the US.]

Williams, Brian;
Williams, Pete;
Todd, Chuck;
Tibbles, Kevin

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