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Spell-Checher Malfunction

It gets better:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that the FBI did not know that Tamerlan Tsarnaev — the deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect — went on a six-month overseas trip in 2011 because his name was misspelled.

“He went over to Russia, but apparently when he got on the airplane, they misspelled his name, so it never went into the system that he actually went to Russia,” Graham said on Fox News, saying he spoke to an assistant director of the FBI.

One of the post-9/11 rules was that the name on the manifest has to be an exact match with the ID. A couple of years back, flying from Burlington, Vt., to LaGuardia, I checked in and discovered US Air had me booked not as “Mark Steyn” but as “Steyn Mark.” It took a long time to sort out, especially after the supervisor came out and began his spiel with, “Don’t worry, I’m sure this can all be resolved very quickly, Mr. Mark.” By that point, I was figuring it would be easier to go to City Hall and legally change my name to Steyn Mark.

But, as one might expect, it’s all more relaxed when you’re jetting off to Dagestan . . .

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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