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U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States will ________ ________ to ensure the intelligence and security failures that ________ ________ the Christmas Day ________ attack on a Detroit-bound airliner do not happen again.The president says ultimately, responsibility ________ the nation's security ________ ________ him.
President Obama says no one person or agency is responsible for the lapses that cleared the way for the attempted attack. "I am less interested in ________ ________ ________ than I am in learning from and correcting mistakes to make us safer…for ultimately, ________ ________ ________ ________ me. As president, I have a ________ responsibility to protect our nation and our people. And when the system ________, it is my responsibility," he said.
Mr. Obama spoke as the White House ________ an initial report ________ the failings in the system that allowed a Nigerian man to ________ the plane in Amsterdam and ________ try to blow it up as it prepared to land in Detroit.
The president says those failings are being ________. "In the never ending race to protect our country, we have to stay one step ahead of a ________ ________. That is what these steps are designed to do," he said.
The intelligence community will ________ new ________ to make information sharing faster and more efficient. John Brennan, the president's counter-terrorism advisor, says in the case of the attempted airline attack, two sets of intelligence were not put together. "We saw the plot was developing but at the time we did not know in fact that they were talking about sending Mr. Abdulmutallab to the United States," he said.
President Obama says there was enough intelligence in the system to potentially uncover the plot and ________ the attack. "Rather than a failure to collect and share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had," he said.
There will be reforms in more than intelligence. Airport security will see further ________, and the computerized lists used to identify individuals who ________ a risk will be ________.
The president says the United States will ________ its ________, but will not ________ ________ a ________ mentality. "Great and proud nations do not ________ ________ and hide behind walls of suspicion and mistrust. That is exactly what our ________ want," he said.
Mr. Obama says Americans will define the ________ of their country, not the ________.
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