White House: U.S. “in much better position” on terrorism – Homeland Security Newswire

The White House sought to reassure the traveling public that it has fixed security lapses that led to the foiled bomb attack aboard a U.S.-bound jetliner last Christmas. Security officials have been on edge for days because of an increase in intelligence “chatter” about a possible holiday-season attack, though officials said there have been no specific, credible threats.

John Brennan, the president’s chief counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, said the country’s security infrastructure has improved since Nigerian-born Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly smuggled explosives hidden in his underwear onto an airplane headed for Detroit.