Saturday, January 9, 2010

Speaking of Phonetic Anomalies...Like I Was Saying

This report has me trying not to dislocate anything patting myself too hard on the back:

A timeline provided by the State Department officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, showed that an initial check of the suspect based on his father's information failed to disclose he had a multiple-entry U.S. visa. The reason was that AbdulMutallab's name was misspelled.

"That search did not come back positive," said one official, who called it a quick search without using multiple variants of spelling.

Like I said, spell it in standardized Arabic, optically scan it, turn it into a bar code, and disseminate.

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