Feinstein's committee to hold hearings on Christmas Day terrorist attack

Incident 'revealed some serious failures' in U.S. security system, senator says

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kit Bond (R-Mo.), chair and vice chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, respectively, announced Thursday that the committee will conduct hearings on the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack on Northwest Flight 253.

As part of the investigation, the committee will collect all intelligence related to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab held by various intelligence agencies in order to determine who had what, and how the information was handled. In addition, the committee will review national security policies on sharing information and terrorist watch-listing.

In a statement to the Pleasanton Weekly, Feinstein said she decided to conduct these hearings after consultation with Bond. The hearings are scheduled to begin on Jan. 21, but the committee's investigation will start before that time, she said.

"The Christmas Day incident revealed some serious failures in our nation's system of security," Feinstein said. "As the New Year dawns, it is my hope that we can pause to remember how this nation – both Republicans and Democrats – put aside political differences and worked together after the 9/11 attacks."

"Christmas Day was a stark reminder, and we must heed it by working together with the president to take whatever steps are necessary to close the gaps in our system of defense," she added. "The Intelligence Committee's investigation will be an important step in that process."

Added Bond: "Somebody screwed up big time. That plane would have gone down if the suicide bomber was more competent or the passengers and crew were less heroic. In our investigation we will be following the intelligence down the rabbit hole to see where the breakdown occurred and how to prevent this failure in the future."

The committee has received its first briefing on this matter and will hold additional briefings and hearings until the facts are known and the committee can consider recommendations to further improve the country's counterterrorism capabilities, Feinstein said.

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Posted by Terry
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 1, 2010 at 11:02 am

Our Leadership is so "PC" these days that I am not hopeful that anything good will come from the hearings.

We do not have any "Stand Up" leaders. We have a Homeland Security Leader that does not know how to spell "Terrorist", nor can recognize one. We fight Wars, but with no plan to win.

We catch Bombers, then give them Lawyers. The Bomber gets more "rights" than a U S Citizen.

What kind of America do you want?

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Posted by Rodney
a resident of Mission Park
on Jan 1, 2010 at 11:48 am

We need a Homeland Security Leader who knows what a terrorist is. She is too concerned with given illegals amnesty and way too P.C. She is a politician not the nation's top cop. I agree with Terry. Well said....

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Fortunately, terri and robney aren't in charge of the hearings!

Whatever terri means by "Stand Up" is up for grabs?

Fortunately, the bomber was stopped and nobody was killed. Whatever do you mean by "We"? Were you one of passengers on the plane that helped "catch" the alleged bomber?

terri, when is the last time that you fought in a war? hmmmmmmmmm...?

America is great because of its laws. If you don't like the laws as they are written, then work within the law to make changes. Incidentally, how are you being deprived of your rights because an alleged bomber was caught with your alleged help? You said "we" so now prove it!

What kind of America do you want? Please explain.

It's my belief that President Obama will grant AMNESTY to "illegals" by 2011!

Even bush and cheeeeeeeeeeney did nothing to halt the "illegals" because they knew that "illegals" have helped keep the American economy afloat. They work in jobs that many Americans would never consider taking.

If terri & robney hate American's laws, then please go back to where your ancestors came from.

Get out before it's too late, you're already circling the drain.

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Posted by someone
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Feinstien is an idiot. She is a Champagne socialist. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]

Get ready for more hearings and no action....... What a joke of a government.

Wonder where the bomber is now.....oh probably Gitmo......hang on wasn't that meant to be closed down..... no its not.... wow... didn't he say it was going to close...... Welcome to the real world Democrats.....keep raising taxes so we can pay for the rest of the words health care... cause the most of south america will be coming thru that border for the free care.......and you will be paying.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 2, 2010 at 11:15 am

i must agree that diane and barbara are full of it...df may be ca's next governor...

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jan 3, 2010 at 12:21 am

You're about to see the biggest sham cya job you've seen in some time. Partisan politicians, no matter which political party, will not allow one of their own to swing in the wind...

Let the finger pointing begin...

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Posted by Judy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm

There is a desperate need for Intelligence at many levels to analyze the screw ups. There are 88 congressional intelligence/safety committees tripping over each other...none knowing or really tracking, or doing anything of significance the actually provides safety.Congress is useless on this issue. We need to profile BEHAVIORS & PATTERNS...most of the Christmas clues were staring us in the face but went without action.
First the wealthy, respected, Father went TO the US Embassy TWICE to tell them his son had become 'radicalized' and had told him he 'would not be seeing him again". ding, ding should go the alarm! The educated son had talked a number of times to the cleric leader who plans jihad attacks and the SAME cleric that the Ft Hood killer of 13 soldiers had talked with & emailed a number of times. SAME CLERIC LEADER. Red flag ?? I'd say so. All within those few weeks another jihad that political shows are avoiding...SINCE Christmas. Top experienced CIA agents(takes YEARS to train) were talking to a jihadist who supposedly had convincd some agents that he would be an informant... sort of a double agent. Since they'd already talked with him, they decided he was safe, invited him to meet with all 7 of them inside their 'wave' him THRU, WITHOUT SEARCHING ????? He murdered all 7 of those experienced agents !!! Are we serious ? Haven't we learned? 3 incidents and 20 pretty close up murders...of people they'd already talked with. Political politeness kills. But please, there is NO point in further harrassment & body scanning of grandmas from Omaha !! We must ACT on profiled connected behaviors when they stare us in the face !

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Jan 5, 2010 at 9:05 am

SteveP is a registered user.

You'll get no argument that there is definitely a lack of intelligence in this administration, includig the agencies that are supposed to gather and analyze the data.
The Dems have castigated and hung the CIA out to dry, to the point that they are hangstrung and gun-shy to produce meaningful information for fear of breaking the PC code. Face it--it's time to start profiling. There's no other way to affect the change needed to prevent Islamic terrorists from killing us infidels (this includes all of you).

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