December 31st, 2009
03:06 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama getting updates on security review

(CNN) - The White House released a statement Thursday from President Obama on the reviews ordered after the attempted Christmas Day terror attack:

This morning, I spoke with John Brennan about preliminary assessments from the ongoing consultations I have ordered into the human and systemic failures that occurred leading up to the attempted act of terrorism on Christmas Day and about our government-wide efforts at continued vigilance on homeland security and counterterrorism efforts. In a separate call, I spoke with Sec. Napolitano to receive an update on both the Department of Homeland Security review of detection capabilities and the enhanced security measures in place since the Christmas Day incident.

I anticipate receiving assessments from several agencies this evening and will review those tonight and over the course of the weekend. On Tuesday, in Washington, I will meet personally with relevant agency heads to discuss our ongoing reviews as well as security enhancements and intelligence-sharing improvements in our homeland security and counterterrorism operations.


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  1. Jane/Seattle

    KEYWORD: Attempted! NOT: Completed!

    December 31, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Concerned Democrat

    Why weren't these meetings and updates being held on a routine basis prior to this incident?

    We are reacting to situations instead of being proactive.

    The head of Homeland Security needs to get their act together and do it quickly......we are tired of the same old excuses and procrastination.

    December 31, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Ping Pong - We lose

    Blah Blah Blah and more Blah from this ineffective administration.

    We are tired of the old ping pong game.
    Every time the ball is bounced to Obama, it gets swatted back as an attack against the Bush administration.

    Bush has been gone for a year.
    Time for Obama and his czars to man up.
    They take credit for everything they can (even the Nobel Peace Prize) Time for them to accept the blame for what's going wrong on their watch.

    December 31, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Get it right President Obama, and if it means war, make sure it's the right country.

    December 31, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. gary davis harbor oregon

    congress needs to place a gag order on CHENEY and freinds . as to help up lift americas attitude and stop the negative ,even from most republicans thatonly hate the president because he wasn't bought off .and can actually think on his own . great man Mr.OBAMA
    most americans agree he is doing a great job and he will move us forward in 2010 and not backward like the republicans and some democrats would like us to go .. we also need public option in insurance . it is logical and would prove how greedy CEO'S in insurance companies really are ,and its from our illness's and health care in general .. time for the government to take back our rights and freedoms . :)

    December 31, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. sensible Cape Coral FL

    We have a President who waits for details BEFORE shooting from the hip. It does take a bit of getting used to. Intelligence is so hard for some.

    December 31, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Memo to the President

    Memo to the President

    You can spend hundreds of billions on homeland security technology, but it takes an ounce of common sense and initaitive for humans to make it work.

    PS I have more faith in my MBTA bus driver running homeland security rather than Ms. Napolitano.

    December 31, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Doug

    This President has the wrong people like Napolitano in the right jobs. His year internal review should be moving them out and preparing to do better in the second year in office. Second, his communications staff including Gibbs is still pathetically political, why attach Cheney with the political response team from the campaign? The President is also not listening to the supporters who elected him. Why are we not invited to the White House?

    December 31, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Kate

    I hope Mr. Obama will wake up before it is too late!

    December 31, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. jules sand-perkins

    This was not an "attempted act of terrorism on Christmas Day."
    It succeeded in getting explosives onto an airliner, flying them into the USA, starting a fire, dominating our news for a week, and showing the pathetic ineptitide of out security system and of those who operate it at many levels.
    It's not the first act of terror that Mr. Obama has tried to put in the best light possible: remember Ft. Hood, brought to us by an extremist follower of the same religion, Islam.
    Sometimes one has to look at something unpleasant and say, "that's what it is."
    This, Mr. President, was an act of terror that was not a complete success, but did succeed quite nicely, thank you, on a limited scale.

    December 31, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Mike in MN

    Obama took ownership of homeland security the day he took office. Any failures are his. If the prvious system was inadequate, it is his responsibility to recognize that and fix it. Any fault is his own. Now that Obama has made a big deal about improving national security, any future attacks (and I pray there are none) will be his undisputed fault. Obama owns the wars, national security and the economy, they are his now after a year in office. If he is not man enough to own up, he should resign.

    December 31, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. cnn wont post

    well at least this administration has someone to blame . guess who. President Bush of course. How long before the DHS Secretary will do whats right and step down. The entire group is in over their heads. Hope the Committee really look at the big picture and not the fact that the CIA didnt do anything with " my son is a bad guy and does not like America" because they could have done o so much with that. Get a grip and take charge get up and be a president.

    I hope he knows he is at the top of the human and systemic failure and the people who voted an inexperienced man into office are as well

    December 31, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |