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Terrorism / Plane Bomb Plot / Security #963701

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The investigation into the Christmas bombing attempt on Flight 253 updated; photo shown of suspect Umar Abdulmutallab’s seat on the plane; details given of President Obama’s criticism of intelligence agencies for missing the signs about Abdulmutallab and the push for full body scanners. [Passenger Alain GHONDA†- recounts what happened on the plane when Abdulmutallab tried to detonate his explosives.] [OBAMA – says the warning signs would have triggered red flags.] [9/11 commission chairman Lee HAMILTON – states intelligence still has a long way to go.] [Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael CHERTOFF – says we have technology but not the will.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(London: Dawna Friesen) Increased security measures at airports featured; details given about the announcement by the Dutch and Nigerian governments that they will start using full body scanners on US-bound flights and about US laws regarding passengers. [International Security and Defense Systems Chaim KOPPEL†- says every checkpoint around the world should have one of the machines.] [Dutch Interior Minister Guusje TER HORST† {thru reporter's translation} – comments on allowing Abdulmutallab on the plane.]

Williams, Brian;
Williams, Pete;
Friesen, Dawna

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