White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told me the president has ordered two “look-back reviews” of the government’s actions leading up to the Christmas day terrorist incident on board Northwest Flight 253.
One review will address watch-listing procedures and whether the government did everything it could with the information it had.
Gibbs said second review will examine the government’s detection capabilities to answer “the very real question about how somebody with something as dangerous as PETN could have gotten onto a plane in Amsterdam.”
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledged that DHS is “going backwards to see what happened and when, who knew what and when.”
The man accused in the bombing attempt was known to government officials before the attack and his name was even on a watch list.
The man’s father had recently reported his concerns about his son’s radical beliefs to the U.S. Embassy in Lagos. What the government did with that information is a question Napolitano could not answer when I interviewed her this morning on “This Week.”