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Briefed: Obama Receives CIA Update on Christmas Terror Attack

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Barack Obama returned Monday from his holiday vacation in Hawaii to receive a CIA update on the botched Christmas Day terrorist attack.

Obama also met for 90 minutes with Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan on the failed attempt to bomb a Northwest Airlines flight approaching the airport serving Detroit, Michigan.

There was no information immediately available on the CIA update or Obama's meeting with Brennan -- his adviser on homeland security and counter-terrorism issues. On Tuesday, Obama will meet with his national security team to review security lapses that allowed the bombing suspect to board a U.S.-bound flight.

Attending the meeting will be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Attorney General Eric Holder, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, CIA Director Leon Panetta, FBI Director Robert Mueller, National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones, Brennan and other top security officials, the White House announced.

According to authorities, a Nigerian man tried to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear as a flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, made its final approach to Detroit. The device failed to fully detonate, instead setting off a fire at the man's seat.

The bombing suspect -- 23-year-old Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab -- was arrested on charges of attempting to destroy an aircraft. He will face his first court hearings on Friday.

Last week, Obama blamed human error and security lapses for the failure by U.S. officials to act on information that the Nigerian bombing suspect was a possible terrorist threat.

AbdulMutallab had a multiple-entry U.S. visa. His father, a leading banker in Nigeria, warned U.S. authorities before the attack that his son might be involved with Islamic extremists, but the information failed to prompt a response such as canceling the visa.

On Monday, Clinton said the State Department had "fully complied" with existing requirements for screening potential terror threats in the case. She acknowledged her team was examining whether its procedures should change as part of a government-wide review ordered by Obama.

On Saturday, Obama tied the attack to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- a Yemen-based affiliate of the extremist organization.

The group said the attempted December 25 attack was in retaliation for airstrikes against it on December 17 and 24. One of those attacks targeted four al Qaeda operatives believed to have been planning an imminent attack against either the U.S. or Saudi Arabian embassy in Yemen, or both, a senior U.S. military official told CNN Sunday.

In his remarks Saturday, Obama pledged that everyone involved in the attack would be held accountable, and highlighted his administration's attempts to crack down on extremist enclaves in Yemen. The president also reiterated his long-standing promise to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat" al Qaeda.

However, critics of the administration say that AbdulMutallab should have been treated as an enemy combatant and subjected to military interrogation, rather than charged under U.S. criminal law that provides legal representation and other rights.

On Sunday, Brennan said charging AbdulMutallab in criminal court was the right approach and could set up a plea bargain arrangement in which the suspect would provide information.

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