January 4th, 2010
01:33 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama to receive CIA update on Christmas terror attack

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is expected to receive a CIA update Monday on the botched Christmas Day terrorist attack, according to White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton.

The president will also meet with his deputy national security adviser, John Brennan.

Obama returned to Washington on Monday at the conclusion of the first family's Hawaii holiday vacation.

Authorities have said a Nigerian man tried Christmas Day to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear as a flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, made its final approach to Detroit, Michigan. The device failed to fully detonate, instead setting off a fire at the man's seat.

On Saturday, Obama tied the attack to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - an affiliate of the extremist organization based in Yemen.

The group said the attempted December 25 attack was in retaliation for airstrikes against it on December 17 and 24. One of those attacks targeted four al Qaeda operatives believed to have been planning an imminent attack against either the U.S. or Saudi Arabian embassy in Yemen, or both, a senior U.S. military official told CNN Sunday.

On Saturday, Gen. David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command, met with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen, a senior U.S. government official told CNN. During his meeting with Petraeus, Saleh expressed his appreciation for U.S. help in combating extremists, offered more support for U.S. counterterrorism strikes and said he would continue providing assistance for the U.S. investigation into the attempted bombing.

In his remarks Saturday, Obama pledged that everyone involved in the attack would be held accountable, and highlighted his administration's attempts to crack down on extremist enclaves in Yemen. The president also reiterated his long-standing promise to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat" al Qaeda.


Filed under: CIA • President Obama • Terrorism
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Tammy

    About Cheney's criticism of Obama - just wondering - is this the actual "president" of the last years speaking - since we haven't heard boo from the Shrub. Or, out of sight, out of mind (his mind what there was of it turned off?

    January 4, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. chubby

    He could not come off the golf course when it was announced an attempt was made to blow up a plane entering Detroit but could come off the golf course for a friends injured child. If this was President Bush instead of nobama at the helm of the country, the liberal media would be eating President Bush's lunch but because it is nobama they find excuses for him or just ignore that fact. When the going gets tough, nobama leaves town for a round of golf or another vacation.

    January 4, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. sifto77

    "Let me be clear"–there was nothing botched about this attack–the plane could have blown up from the fire if nothing else if passengers had not been alert and quick-thinking–heroic actions by the dutchman and other Americans diverted a catastrophe–stop calling it botched to make it sound less dangerous! thousands of people live in Detroit in the vicinity of the attack–could have been worse than 9/11–where is GWB when we need him?

    January 4, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Hammerer

    Shows this administrations concern for National Security, after two weeks Obama finally gets around to talking about terrorist.
    You know he was on vacation so golf, movies, and fun first then maybe some business. The excuse that he is tired is lame, when he chose to run for the office he should have understood that it was a 24/7 comittment.
    The guy it totally incompetent.

    January 4, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Cameron Daley

    If the US uses profiling to sort out muslim infiltrators, we need to look closely at the white house to see if maybe, just maybe, there's one there, too.

    January 4, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Wheres Waldo,I mean Elrushbo?

    We all know the guy was working for Dick Cheney.The republican Taliban want to make a theocracy of our country.

    January 4, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Jane/Seattle

    I think he needs to discuss America's Terror Perpetrated on some folks in this World, Arms-Dealing by American firms (such as to Israel), and all the Ways America Fosters/Creates What She Claims to Be At WAR With! Liars, All! AND Contractors, All! Profits for All! What A Joke on Humanity and some people Actually Believe this Charade Masked As Government!

    January 4, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Steph

    The president should demand that the person he nominated for the TSA be allowed to move through the confirmation process immediately. I don't care if DeMint has an issue with unions or not...this is no reason for blocking an extremely important appointment during this increased time of national security concerns.

    January 4, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. all the news that's fit to omit

    He is also going to announce that Al Qaeda was involved and the media are going to gush at how smart he is for figuring that out so "quickly" and the rest of us non-sheep will know that we FIGURED that out over a uh, uh, uh, week ago.

    He will blame Bush and say that Jan and Gibby are doing a good job DESPITE them BOTH saying the system worked.

    Here is an idea "Barry", the next time a well respected man TELLS YOU his OWN son is a threat to Americans on THREE ocassions, LISTEN TO HIM.

    And lastly "Barry", when the guy TRIES to kill americans, don't say "alleged" when three hundred americans SAW HIM and don't call it an "isolated incident" WHEN AL QAEDA and the TERRORIST say they were in cahoots.

    One and done, experiment brutally failed.

    January 4, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Doug

    Let me see, the President asked Brennan to report to him but he showed up instead on the sunday talk shows and blamed everyone else including a former Vice President for the problem. Now, they will actually have a Meeting to discuss this series of events. This important person Brennan has done this for five Presidents but does not know what happened on 9-11. HE should be canned himself and put on the no fly list.

    January 4, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. LacrosseMom

    President Obama needs to investigate every aspect of this incident. Obviously, the Netherlands security failed at the international level; our own security failed as well.

    Wasn't the Bush Regime who swore to "beef up" our security after 9/11?

    What's funny is how the GOP has come out to say that "Obama is soft on Homeland security" or other complaints!

    IF Obama is 'soft' on Homeland security, because a man attempted to ignite a bomb & failed....... what do the GOP call Bush, when on HIS WATCH September 11th happened?

    January 4, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Mike1952

    Probably good to discuss an event that happened over a week ago. Maybe this could have happened the next day. Wingnut is lucky a bunch of people didn't die.

    And now we learn they are plea bargaining with an Al Qaeda terrorist. Wingnut and his minions have no shame.

    January 4, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. T'SAH from Virginia

    I hope the CIA is not working for the PARTY OF FEAR in order to create a major TERROR attack just so the PARTY of FEAR can capitalize on it and use it for so-call political gain?????? Hmm, I don't TRUST Dick Cheney!!!

    Too many security breaches are occurring – Couple getting into White House – Departments NOT sharing information allowing a terrorist bomber to get onboard an airline – what's NEXT??

    January 4, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Peejay

    After 9/11, there was much discussion about the problem of turf wars between the FBI and CIA, and about how they didn't speak the same language; and how that exacerbated national security issues. How is it that more than nine years later, it's obvious nothing has changed?

    January 4, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Joe

    He should stay in Hawaii for 2 more weeks since he "pretends" that it is not a bid deal for the failed terrorist attack on the 2009 Christmas Day.

    January 4, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Cameron Daley

    Does that mean there's going to be another TV speech?

    January 4, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Sea.gem

    Obama is like a child to the nanny press...to even print that he 'linked' the terrorist to al-quaida then say that he is stating it to 'stay ahead of the game' is mind-blowing...this guy is a full week behind what is going on...instead the press laments he had to 'work during vacation'...when it was Bush, he was chastised for evebn going on vacation! Liars and thugs in the Oval office now...

    January 4, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Hugo

    Obama enjoyed his shaved ice....
    Bush would have immediately taken a course of action...
    Clinton would have bombed Sudan...

    Politician, Mortician, somebody give me a cheeseburger, Livin' in the USA!

    January 4, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. sensible Cape Coral FL

    I like a President who waits to get his facts straight before issuing comments and threats. Silly me!

    January 4, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Jim Kowas

    Maybe he should get them to deliver the info before the attempt rather
    than after his vacation.

    January 4, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Dar

    Well this will be a quick meeting.

    YES SIR we screwed up, sorry about that.

    January 4, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. jules sand-perkins

    in a way, I love the phrase, "disrupt, dismantle, and defeat" Al Qaeda. It reminds me of religious-youth-inspiring slogans from my teens.
    It's more benign than this citizen would like to hear.
    I'd have liked to hear one word that at least implied "kill."
    I wonder how Winston Churchill would have said that.

    January 4, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. andy

    CIA update. It reads you dropped the ball in the white house while strongarming the senate to take over healthcare.

    January 4, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |