THE ATTEMPTED CHRISTMAS DAY bombing of a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines A330 led to a great deal of hand-wringing at the highest levels of the US government. "When a suspected terrorist is able to board a plane with explosives . . . the system has failed in a potentially disastrous way," President Barack Obama said, pointing to "a failure to understand the intelligence we already had." The primary focus of the President's concern was the lack of proper analysis ...

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