Potential Catastrophic Breach Of Security

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HONOLULU – President Barack Obama is demanding answers on why information was never pieced together by the U.S. intelligence community to trigger “red flags” and possibly prevent the botched Christmas Day attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner.

“There was a mix of human and systemic failures that contributed to this potential catastrophic breach of security,” Obama said Tuesday.

Administration officials are poring over reams of data, looking for failings that allowed a 23-year-old Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, with suspected ties to al-Qaida to board the Northwest Airlines flight from Nigeria by way of Amsterdam