December 29th, 2009
04:51 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: Systemic, human failures let terror suspect on U.S. flight

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that a "mix of human and systemic human failure" allowed a terror suspect to board a U.S. airliner in the botched bombing attempt on Christmas Day.

In a brief statement to reporters during his vacation in Hawaii, Obama said information on the suspect should have been sufficient to alert authorities to prevent him from getting on the Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan.

"A systemic failure has occurred and I consider that totally unacceptable," Obama said, adding that the breakdown was "a mix of human and systemic failure."

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  1. German,Irish American

    By the way, wasn't it Obama, since Napolitano is his hand picked appointee, who put the TSA's security plans on the internet for ll the world, terrorists included, to see? Stupidity by Obama in the highest form.

    December 29, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. cnn wont post

    I just dont get why this is anyones fault but this administration and the DHS Secretary should quit. If you are someones boss for like 90 days you can rate them well rate her as minimally successful and FIRE her but then you might want to wait till after tax day so you can find another one who doesnt pay tax

    December 29, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    What's so terrible about being strip searched?
    Would you rather be blown to bits to protect your modesty?

    December 29, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. pamela

    i dont trust obama. he talks to much. hes an educated man. he talked his way in. bought a ticket to the top. even fooled the kennedys. fancy talk. i believe he will be the fall of this country.

    December 29, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. American Citizen

    I bet the interegators are playing patty cake with him right now trying to get information out of him. This administration is worst than the last one. But I'm glad to see obama take breaks in between golf rounds to brief the US about the terror attack. At least he admits that he messed up, big time.

    December 30, 2009 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
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