US Senate Intelligence Panel on Abdulmutallab to Convene

The finger-pointing and brow-furrowing is scheduled to begin January 21st...

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A Senate Intelligence Panel is set to convene January 21st. Subject? Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and how he was able to smuggle an incendiary device in his Calvin Kleins. From All Africa:

US Senate Intelligence Committee Chairperson, Dianne Feinstein, has said the Senate Intelligence Panel is in the midst of a review of intelligence failures that allowed Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board a flight to Detroit despite being listed in a database maintained by the U.S. National Counterterrorism Centre.

Senator Feinstein said the panel would begin the hearing on January 21, 2010 and will issue a report with findings and recommendations.

She continued that national security officials should simplify the criteria for the no-fly list, noting that any individual who is reasonably suspected of connection to a terrorist group should be barred from air travel.

Feinstein also said that technology needs to be improved to allow analysts to more easily digest the flood of intelligence gathered each day, adding that procedures for revoking visas should also undergo review.

Reasonably suspected? That would be nice, provided people could be reasonable which is...a toss-up on any given day.

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