U.S. President Barack Obama says he will meet with his security chiefs Tuesday in Washington to discuss how to prevent a repeat of the attempted Christmas Day (December 25) attack on a U.S.-bound jetliner.
In a written statement Thursday, Mr. Obama said he received preliminary reports from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and another senior official on the "human and systemic failures" that occurred leading up to last Friday's incident.
The president says he will review additional reports over the next few days.The White House is conducting an inter-agency review to find out how a Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, allegedly smuggled explosives onto a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
The father of the suspect, a prominent Nigerian banker and former government minister, had warned U.S. officials in Nigeria about his son's extremist views. The son's name was placed in a U.S. government database, but not on the list that would have prevented him from boarding that plane.