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Mikey Hicks, 8 Years Old, Permanent Fixture On U.S. “Selectee” Terrorist Watch List

Every now and then the Gray Lady actually comes up with a story that makes it worth reading, such as this one detailing the Orwellian comedy surrounding poor little Mikey Hicks and his long-suffering family:

The Transportation Security Administration, under scrutiny after last month’s bombing attempt, has on its Web site a “mythbuster” that tries to reassure the public.

Myth: The No-Fly list includes an 8-year-old boy.

Buster: No 8-year-old is on a T.S.A. watch list.

“Meet Mikey Hicks,” said Najlah Feanny Hicks, introducing her 8-year-old son, a New Jersey Cub Scout and frequent traveler who has seldom boarded a plane without a hassle because he shares the name of a suspicious person. “It’s not a myth.”

Michael Winston Hicks’s mother initially sensed trouble when he was a baby and she could not get a seat for him on their flight to Florida at an airport kiosk; airline officials explained that his name “was on the list,” she recalled.

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State Department Missed Underwear Bomber’s Visa Due to Spelling Mistake

This has got to be one of the most shocking revelation in this whole media circus, that as the "war on terror" enters its ninth year, the government doesn't have software to help compensate for simple human error. Let's hope they all can spell B-O-M-B ... Elise Labott and Jill Dougherty report on CNN: Can You Spell Bomb?
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. On November 20, a State Department cable to Washington on AbdulMutallab — based on the information from his father — lacked any mention of his visa, the officials said.
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