Obama: Software is to blame for underpantsbomber attack

Over at Wired Danger Room, Noah Schachtman reads through the lines in the White House underpantsbombing mea culpa report, and says, "crappy government software—and failure to use that software right—almost got 289 people killed in the botched Christmas day bombing."

"Information sharing does not appear to have contributed to this intelligence failure; relevant all-sources analysts as well as watchlisting personnel who needed this information were not preventing from accessing it," the White House noted in its review of the incident. The problem was in the databases, and in the data-mining software. "Information technology within the CT [counterterrorism] community did not sufficiently enable the correlation of data that would have enable analysts to highlight the relevant threat information."