October 12th, 2011
01:50 PM ET
Attorney General Holder released an interesting statement on today's guilty plea from alleged terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – the so-called 'underwear bomber' or 'Christmas Day bomber.' Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty today on all eight counts of his indictment, and Holder had this to say in response:
September 9th, 2011
09:57 AM ET
Vice President Biden made a tour of the network morning shows this morning and addressed reports of a “credible” terrorist threat to New York City and Washington D.C. on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. While he reiterated that he could not “confirm” the reports, Biden said that the threat was “real” and that this was “the first credible piece of information we’ve gotten” since Osama bin Laden was killed four months ago.
On what the administration is most concerned about this weekend, Biden told NBC:
On reports that the threat includes a possible car bomb, Biden told ABC:
On what this means for average Americans, Biden told NBC: FULL POST
December 29th, 2010
04:47 PM ET
HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - Every day before 8 a.m. Hawaiian time, President Obama gets an extensive briefing about all of the national security threats that have been bubbling around the world overnight while he's been vacationing.
An intelligence official heads over to Obama's vacation rental to deliver the Presidential Daily Brief, the very same classified briefing he receives every day back at the White House, and then a series of White House staffers provide him with extra information throughout the day via secure telephone, video and email lines.
"There's the PDB plus anything else the president needs to know about," Ben Rhodes, a senior National Security Council staffer who is traveling with Obama here in Hawaii, said in an interview. It didn't quite go that smoothly last Christmas here in Hawaii.
White House aides confirmed a New York Times report that Obama was peeved in late 2009 when he had a hard time connecting securely with his top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, after a Nigerian national tried to launch a Christmas Day terror attack on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
As a result, Brennan made sure that for this trip to Hawaii Obama got an upgrade to his communications equipment at the beach house his family rents in Kailua, a tiny town on the eastern side of Oahu about a 30-minute drive from Waikiki Beach.
October 29th, 2010
06:40 PM ET
Statement from John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism
"The United States is grateful to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their assistance in developing information that helped underscore the imminence of the threat emanating from Yemen. Their assistance, along with the hard work of the U.S. counter-terrorism community, the United Kingdom, the UAE, and other friends and partners helped make it possible to increase our vigilance and identify the suspicious packages in Dubai and East Midlands Airport."
October 29th, 2010
02:51 PM ET
From the White House
Today at 4:15 PM, President Obama will make a statement in the Brady Press Briefing room.
Following the statement, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan will hold a press briefing.
October 29th, 2010
01:12 PM ET
From White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
Last night, intelligence and law enforcement agencies discovered potential suspicious packages on two planes in transit to the United States. Based on close cooperation among U.S. government agencies and with our foreign allies and partners, authorities were able to identify and examine two suspicious packages, one in East Midlands, United Kingdom and one in Dubai. Both of these packages originated from Yemen. As a result of security precautions triggered by this threat, the additional measures were taken regarding the flights at Newark Liberty and Philadelphia International Airports.
The President was notified of a potential terrorist threat on Thursday night at 10:35, by John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism. The President directed U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security, to take steps to ensure the safety and security of the American people, and to determine whether these threats are a part of any additional terrorist plotting. The President has received regular updates from his national security team since he was alerted to the threat.