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Top Obama counter-terrorism official cites human error in airliner attack

Top Obama counter-terrorism official cites human error in airliner attack

Reporting from Washington -- President Obama's leading counterterrorism advisor said this morning that human error – but not turf battles between federal intelligence officials – allowed an al Qaeda-trained operative to carry out an attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound airplane on Christmas Day. Deputy National Security Advisor John O. Brennan, in appearances on several Sunday morning television news programs, also said there was "no smoking gun" of intelligence gathered by American officials that would have directly suggested the Flight 253 attack by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was imminent. "There was no piece of intelligence that said, 'this guy's a...

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