Barack Obama: "I will not tolerate more security flaws"

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January 6, 2010 - After a 2 hours meeting at the White House with heads of security and intelligence agencies, President Barack Obama declared that the intelligence agencies had gathered enough information on the terrorst to prevent the bombing attempt on the Amsterdam to Detroit flight on Christmas Day, but the information was not shared between agencies.

After reviewing the flaws in security protocols that allowed the Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to embark on the flight, the president said there were more than enough information for the name of Abdulmutallab to appear highlighted on the blacklist of passengers who were prohibited from flying to the U.S.. "This has not been a failure in the collection and compilation of information. It was a failure in integrating and interpreting information that we already had," said Obama. "We must do better and we will do better. And we will do it fast."

"I would accept that the intelligence is by nature imperfect but is becomes increasingly clear that the collected information was not properly tested or calibrated. This is not acceptable and I will not tolerate it," the U.S. president said. "Abdulmutallab's name was on a list that includes some 550,000 suspected terrorists but not on a list that would have allowed him to undergo additional scrutiny or that would have kept him from flying".

"It was a mistake which could have ended in disaster," said Obama during the meeting at the White House. "We dodged a bullet, but just barely," said the U.S. president, who added that the tragedy was avoided thanks to the brave people, not because the security system works, and he emphasized, "not acceptable".

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