Intelligence panel grills administration on airport security

01/14/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Congressional lawmakers on Wednesday got their first closed-door briefing regarding the Christmas Day bombing attempt on a U.S. jetliner, with one member emerging to say there were dots "crying out to be connected." National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair met with the House Intelligence Committee, where he faced questions on how the administration planned to guard against such attacks in the future. One member warned publicly against an over-reliance on security technology, while another criticized terrorist watch lists that can be circumvented by a simple misspelling. "A system shouldn't get stymied by a single misspelling," said Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J. "If you mistype something in Google, Google comes back and says maybe you want to look at this other spelling."

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