From USA Today:
White House national security adviser James Jones says Americans will feel "a certain shock" when they read an account being released Thursday of the missed clues that could have prevented the alleged Christmas Day bomber from ever boarding the plane.I imagine the details we will learn are what Richard Wolffe was alluding to in his appearance on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Monday night, in which he wondered if the intelligence blunder was a 'cock up or conspiracy'.
A bit more from the article:
"That's two strikes," Obama's top White House aide on defense and foreign policy issues said, referring to the foiled bombing of the Detroit-bound airliner and the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, in November. In that case, too, officials failed to act when red flags were raised about an Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Hasan. He has been charged with killing 13 people.National Security Adviser James Jones could have then added, "Except for Dick Cheney."
Jones said Obama "certainly doesn't want that third strike, and neither does anybody else."
UPDATE 1: POTUS will be speaking today at 1:00pm on this report. According to Savannah Guthrie, he will be discussing details from the unclassified version of the report.
UPDATE 2: Richard Wolffe, on MSNBC at 9:07am:
"The intelligence was there...was it shared? Were flags raised?"UPDATE 3: 10:00am - David Schuster on MSNBC describes what will be released at 1pm as a 'bombshell'. And Savannah Guthrie adds that a senior administration official told her that in POTUS's remarks,
'all will be laid bare... without compromising National security.'UPDATE 4: POTUS remarks pushed back to 3pm. Interesting...
And according to Alex Witt on MSNBC, Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan will be speaking as well.