Nicholas Johnston and Jeff Bliss
Friday, January 8th, 2010
President Barack Obama said “the buck stops with me” yesterday as he ordered measures to improve intelligence operations and security screening in response to the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas Day.
To foil future attacks, Obama directed heads of the main U.S. intelligence agencies to set clear lines of responsibility for following up leads on terrorist threats and to bolster the system for adding names to watch lists.
Obama said agencies and their leaders will be held accountable if they don’t carry out the necessary changes, He also said he wasn’t “interested in passing out blame” for the Dec. 25 incident.
“As president, I have a solemn responsibility to protect our nation and our people, and when the system fails, it is my responsibility,” Obama said at the White House as the administration released a declassified summary of a report on how a Nigerian man with links to extremists was allowed to board a Detroit-bound flight from Amsterdam.
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