On Wednesday’s NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  December 30, 2009 at 6:08 PM EST

On the PBS NewsHour tonight, we’ll have continued coverage of the fallout from the attempted attack on a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day and much more.

A “SYSTEMIC FAILURE” | The Dutch government provided new information today about the events that led up to the attempted attack on Flight 253. Ray Suarez reports today’s developments, and paints a detailed picture of the points at which the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, might have been prevented from allegedly pursuing an attack. After that, Jeffrey Brown talks with three people connected with the 9/11 Commission about what still needs to be done to prevent future attacks: Commissioners James Thompson and Richard Ben-Veniste, and also Susan Ginsburg who served as senior counsel to the Commission.

TERROR POLITICS | Gwen Ifill leads a discussion about the politics of national security and the role played by Congress with Reps. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

GOOGLE BOOKS | From our San Francisco bureau, we’ll look at Google’s attempts to digitize every book ever printed. As correspondent Spencer Michels will tell us tonight, there’s a vigorous debate over the costs and benefits of the project.

KATI MARTON | Finally, Margaret Warner’s fascinating conversation with author Kati Marton about her new book “Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America.” It’s a chronicle of her parents’ dramatic journey from Cold War Hungary to the United States and their desperate quest for freedom.

Hari Sreenivasan will also recap the day’s other top news stories and promote some Web features, including his conversation with presidential historian Michael Beschloss about President Barack Obama’s first year in office, more of the Kati Marton interview and a slide show remembrance of illustrator David Levine.

Jeffrey Brown and Gwen Ifill anchor our broadcast tonight, and we hope you’ll join us.