January 1st, 2010
09:17 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Clues Linked to Underwear Bomber

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we have new information about how the accused Christmas airline bomber may have become radicalized and the missed signals leading up to the attack.

We've put together a timeline that will show you the transformation of the alleged "underwear bomber" Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, from a man of privilege living in Nigeria to one accused of trying to carrying out an attack in the skies over Detroit.

AbdulMutallab appears to have had direct contacts with radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. counterterrorism official told CNN.

al-Awlaki's name may sound familiar. He's also believed to have exchanged e-mails with none other than
Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged Fort Hood killer.

We'll also take you to Afghanistan where investigators are trying to figure out what led to a suicide bombing that killed seven employees of the CIA.

It happened at a remote CIA base, surrounded by a watchtower, barricades and barbed wire. So how did a suicide bomber get inside, wearing a vest full of explosives? We're keeping them honest.

The war on terror is obviously a top challenge for Pres. Obama in 2010. We'll dive into that and the other sticky issues he'll face in 2010. We're getting out our crystal ball for a dose of raw politics.

Plus, we hope you enjoyed our New Year's Eve special from Times Square. Anderson will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the celebration he and comedian Kathy Griffin brought you last night from New York City.

We also have our first viral video of 2010. Two words: Monkeys and blueberries.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Keith Stelzer

    Here's a thought to thwart terrorism in the sky. Make it manditory that you can only fly on the airline of your citizenship. If you're an American, fly on and American owned airline. If your from Yemen, fly on a Yemen airline. And if your country doesn't have an airline, take a boat or a train. Lets get practical. Just my opinion.

    January 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  2. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Hi Maureen!!!

    Happy New Year (late)!!!!

    We have not got rid of the swine flu, and now there are Monkeys and blueberries! It will be good to know about it ... there is so little info yet!

    January 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    I hope 360's crystal ball has a better view for 2010 than what 2009 had. We could all use the relief...and hopefully some jobs. Looking forward to tonight's news – see you then!

    January 1, 2010 at 9:47 pm |

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