Intelligence and flight security in 2009

The World

Later today, President Obama gets a preliminary report on what went wrong in the country’s airport security systems. One of the things the report will mention is how U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted a call back in August that warned of a terror attack being carried out by a Nigerian man. Despite that, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab got onto a plane in Amsterdam with PETN on his person.

We talk to New York Times reporter Eric Lipton, who broke this story. And we are also joined by international security analyst Bob Ayers, who’s had a 30-year career in the intelligence services including the CIA, military intelligence and the National Security agency. He tells us why it’s so difficult to fix the nation’s intelligence system.

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