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Did a Terrorist Nearly Kill 300 Because of a Typo?

Some troubling language buried in the declassified summary:

“A misspelling of Mr. Abdulmutallab’s name initially resulted in the State Department believing that he did not have a valid U.S. visa.”

Later, the report says that “delayed dissemination of a finished intelligence report and what appears to be incomplete/faulty database search of Mr. Mutallab’s name and identifying information” were among the human failures that prevented intelligence analysts from connecting the dots.

Daniel FosterDaniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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