Presidential Memoranda on Aviation Screening and Watchlisting Procedures

By Dschabner

Dec 29, 2009 10:49pm

ABC News' Yunji de Nies reports: The White House has released the president's memorandum on the reviews of both the aviation screening technology and the terrorist watchlisting procedures

Mr. Obama directs the Department of Homeland Security, along with other departments, including the Department of Energy and the National Laboratories, to lead the review and orders that "all aspects of aviation screening technology and procedures regarding domestic and international air travel should be considered as part of this review."

The president orders the White House to lead the interagency review of the terrorist watchlisting procedures, calling for "an inventory of all intelligence or other information in U.S. Government files that existed prior to and up through December 25, 2009, relevant or potentially relevant to the alleged attempt to detonate an explosive device onboard Northwest flight 253, the individual allegedly responsible, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and the date on which the intelligence or other information was available. In addition, a written account of how any such intelligence or other information was handled, shared, and acted upon within individual departments and agencies and what intelligence or other information was shared with others."

As part of that review, the president also calls for "A written account of the standards and processes for nominating, reviewing, and approving or denying individuals for placement on the Terrorist Watchlist, including a summary of how those standards and processes have developed, or have been revised, since 2001."

As the president said in his remarks earlier today, he calls for preliminary reports for both reviews on Thursday, and notes that at that time he will provide follow-up direction.

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