One Year Later One Year Safer

Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 9:06am

Top anti-terrorism advisor says Americans are safer following last Christmas season's failed attacks.

A senior U.S. counter-terrorism official said Wednesday failures in the system have been fixed and the country is safer this holiday season, but he's still concerned about an attack by Al Qaeda.

With Christmas just days away and New Years next week, two things concerns Homeland Security officials: Holidays crowds and recent holiday history.

The underwear bomber nearly blew up his plane last Christmas.

John Brennan, top counter-terrorism official at the White House says the lessons from the failed Times Square bombing, the mass murder at Ft. Hood and the package bombs sent to the U.S. from Dubai and Yemen are being applied at U.S. airports.

"We are staying very focused on our ability to detect those types of attacks and stop them whether or not they're by individuals or part of a larger organizational effort," Brennan said.

Brennan admitted a worrisome lapse.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was caught uninformed in an ABC News interview Tuesday.

British police Monday rounded up an alleged team of terrorists.

Clapper did not know.

"Should he have been briefed by staff on those arrests? Yes," Brennan said.

Senior officials say there's no specific threat, but they admit they're losing sleep as Christmas approaches.

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