Yesterday, President Obama spoke again about the thankfully failed attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight last week—and this time he was more forceful in his criticism of federal agencies' "mix of human and systemic failures" to address the matter. The NY Times reports, "The president was told during a private briefing on Tuesday morning while vacationing here in Hawaii that the government had a variety of information in its possession before the thwarted bombing that would have been a clear warning sign had it been shared among agencies, a senior official said."

What kind of information? The Times further explains, "The government had intelligence from Yemen before Friday that leaders of a branch of Al Qaeda there were talking about 'a Nigerian' being prepared for a terrorist attack. While the information did not include a name, officials said it would have been evident had it been compared with information about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit on Christmas Day." While it's unclear whether agencies would have been able to make a determination about his intentions, President Obama indicated that at least Abulmutallab would have been put on a no-fly list.

While it's known that Abdulmutallab's father, concerned about his son's radicalization, spoke to someone at the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, now CNN reports that he spoke to a CIA official at the embassy—and that a report on the young man was created. However, the report was not shared outside the CIA. The White House believes there's "linkage" of Abdulmutallab's actions with Al Qaeda in Yemen (which is what the suspect claimed) but the investigation is continuing.