U.S. Intelligence Agencies Investigate Possibilities of Broad Terror Plot

A senior State Department official tells ABC News that one recommendation likely to appear in the review is that these cables, known as "Visa Viper cables", include more pre-existing information, such as whether someone holds a U.S. visa.

Currently, consular officials, who are the ones that send these cables, are required only to include biographical info and unclassified new information that has been learned.

The official says there will be a recommendation to increase cross-referencing about suspects and include all information available to consular officials instead of expecting the cable recipient to look it up themselves as they do now.

The reviews are due to President Obama Thursday, but much of it will likely be classified.

The case of the young terror suspect has sparked intelligence agencies worldwide to step up their efforts. In the United Kingdom, investigators searched Abdulmutallab's apartment and are looking into the school he attended from 2005 to 2008.

In Dubai, where the Nigerian national lived briefly, authorities said they were interviewing his former classmates.

"We only know little about the student from his university. He stayed here briefly and we don't have any suspicions of the involvement of other members with the Nigerian man," said Dubai police chief Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan bin Tamim. "We were not approached by any agency before or after the incident. The student briefly studied in a Dubai-based university and was known to be quiet and calm."

The Dutch Interior Ministry said today it would start within three weeks using full-body scanners -- a technology that experts said could have detected the explosives hidden in Abdulmutallab's underwear -- for flights to the United States.

Terror Plot Spurs Partisan Bickering

While the president was taking aim at intelligence agencies that report to him, Republicans were firing political shots at Obama and Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Critics seized on comments Napolitano made Sunday, saying that the "system has worked really very, very smoothly over the course of the past several days."

Napolitano was referring to the response after the incident took place. She was criticized for not emphasizing on Sunday the gravity of the incident and acknowledging possible breakdowns in security.

But on Monday, Napolitano was far more forceful in pointing out shortcomings and said that an intensive review would be done to see if systematic failures led to breakdown in security.

Despite this, some GOP leaders are calling for Napolitano's resignation.

"I think that we need a secretary of homeland security who understands that this is a systems problem and her first response was totally wrong," former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told ABC News. "As a country, for our national security and for the safety of Americans, we need an effective homeland security secretary."

"I'm not sure she has the ability to organize that agency to make sure we're secure," said Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind.

Administration officials have characterized such calls as standard Washington political fare and said the president maintains full confidence in Napolitano.

Clarke said Napolitano is not the one to blame here, because she was not provided all the information by intelligence agencies.

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