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The failed Christmas airliner attack is inspiring a lot of bad thinking across the political spectrum.

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What is needed is better intelligence, the ability to gather the pertinent information and then do something smart and effective about it. The nearly fatal flaw in the Bush/Obama system was the failure to take immediate action when the father of Abdulmutallab took the amazing (and profoundly decent) step of personally warning US officials that his son posed a danger. Such an extraordinary denouncement should have quickly led to Umar's visa being suspended or revoked until he could present his case to American authorities if he wished to do so. Lacking a valid visa, Abdulmutallab would probably not have been assigned the mission and would not have been able to carry it out it out if he had. It is becoming apparent that the intelligence sharing and coordination of the Bush-Cheney security complex is structurally defective. This is not surprising since the Repub administration was notoriously incompetent when it came to intelligence on so many levels and a report back in April noted intelligence processing defects in the system they constructed. What is surprising and disappointing is that the new administration did not presume that everything they inherited from Bush-Cheney is suspect and probably needs an upgrade.

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