What’s up with Detroit? Two separate neighborhood fires are being reported involving dozens of homes. Response times to the fires has been delayed because of the lack of firefighters, and putting the fires out has been complicated by lack of water pressure at hydrants. Detroit’s West Side – at least 4 homes. Detroit’s East Side – 6 homes upwards of 20 according to Channel 7 in Detroit. There is also a commercial building in flames on Detroit’s east side.
President Obama: Security failure ‘my responsibility’
President Barack Obama on Thursday accepted responsibility for intelligence shortcomings that led to a failed Christmas Day bombing plot on a Detroit-bound airliner, saying, “Ultimately, the buck stops with me.
“As president, I have a solemn responsibility to protect our nation and our people, and when the system fails, it is my responsibility,” Obama said.
Obama said an intelligence review found that the U.S. government had the information needed to thwart the plot but failed to do so because of a series of compounding shortcomings, including that intelligence analysts didn’t focus heavily enough on information warning that al-Qaeda in Yemen wanted to strike the United States.
“The U.S. government had the information scattered through the system to potentially uncover this plot and disrupt the attack. Rather than a failure to collect and share this intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence we already had,” Obama said at the White House.