It turns out that the FBI failed to register the fact that the Boston bomber flew to Russia in 2011. Someone misspelled his name when he got on the plane.
You mean that the nation’s suspected-terrorist monitoring system is dependent on correctly spelled names? Yes.
You mean that billions of dollars in sophisticated equipment can be tripped up by people with peculiar last names? So it seems.
You mean that the TSA’s screening system, with X-ray machines, latex gloves, and long lines doesn’t work for bombers with odd last names. Sadly, yes.
But Google monitors your spelling. If you spell a word incorrectly, it still pulls up lots of hits. It lets you select another spelling.
Maybe so, but Google is not the FBI. The FBI doesn’t have sophisticated spelling software. Neither does the TSA. Neither does Homeland Security.
This sends a message to terrorists around the world: “If you have an odd last name, you may be able to blow up something in the U.S.”
Any would-be terrorist in the Middle East with a name like Muhammed Jones probably should skip it.