U.S. intel failed to focus resources on al Qaeda threat

7/01/2010 - 22:12
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. intelligence community failed to dedicate sufficient resources to address the threat by the militant group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a White House review released on Thursday said.

The report, ordered by President Barack Obama in the wake of a failed attempt to blow up a U.S. commercial jetliner, said the U.S. government had enough information to potentially disrupt the Christmas Day plot.

While the name of the accused bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was in one INTEL (INTC.NQ)igence database, that was not discovered until after he was airborne. The report said the U.S. watchlist system must be strengthened and improved.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, Editing by Sandra Maler)

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