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Great police work on attempted bombing, but also a lapse

Local and federal law enforcement did amazing work in tracking down and arresting the man accused of attempting to explode a car bomb in New York City's Times Square. But it is troubling that Faisal Shahzad nearly escaped the country. Emirates Airlines failed to act on an electronic message at midday on Monday notifying all carriers to check the no-fly list for an important added name, an official told the New York Times. As a result, Shahzad was able to pay cash for his ticket and board the plane without being stopped. It wasn't until a final passenger list was sent to the federal Customs and Border Protection agency that officials learned he was on the plane and arrested him, minutes before takeoff.

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