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Character error 

When the two Korean terrorists destroy the security checkpoint buildings with RPGs, they stand directly behind each other. That is extremely dangerous due to the rockets' back blast.
Kang uses the term "Sea of Japan". Koreans (both North and South) use the term "East Sea", as they find the term "Sea of Japan" offensive. A hardcore Korean nationalist like Kang would use the term "East Sea" as well.
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In several shots, TV news programs show the "Whitehouse" instead of "White House".
During one news channel's coverage of the attack, the title reads "Terrorist Attack The White House" instead of "Terrorists Attack The White House" or "Terrorist Attack on The White House".
Trained gunmen on both sides stand in clear view and make it convenient for the enemy to shoot them, ignoring nearby cover.
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Secret Service Director Jacobs says activating the ICBM self-destruction program would make the U.S. vulnerable to nuclear missile attack. Aside from the fact that the self-destruct program does not exist, the ICBM, SLBM, and bomber force only deters such an attack. America does not have a deployed, large-scale missile defense system, and did not pursue one under the ABM Treaty with the USSR.
During the snowstorm, when the First Lady is in the car, going to the party, she is not wearing a coat.
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During a heavy snowstorm, the roaming security guards at Camp David wear white, winter camouflage uniforms. When the Presidential motorcade leaves, the guards at the gate are in dress uniforms.
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Continuity 

When Morgan Freeman first appears on the news, he is introduced as Speaker Alex Trumbull. For the rest of the film, he is called Speaker Allan Trumbull.
Mike Banning's beard grows shorty after he has coffee with Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs, and leaves a phone message to his wife.
Near the beginning of the movie, in the Presidential Limousine, the First Lady's seatbelt is on, then off, then on again.
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After the two terrorists bomb the two stations with R.P.G.s, terrorists and Secret Service agents fight near the driveway. In an overhead shot of the explosion, as the smoke clears, no one is near the black armored cars.
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After the AC-130 is shot down, interior shots show a Boeing 727 cockpit.
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After Banning and Connor emerge from between the walls, Banning shoots his pistol to slide lock. He immediately drops the pistol and draws another. In the next shot he is still holding the empty pistol.
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(at around 1h 27 mins) Banning is seen with what looks like a Motorola Bluetooth. Later, (at around 1h 34 mins), he is seen with what looks like a Plantronics-type Bluetooth with a long-boom. A few minutes later he is back to the Motorola.
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(at around 12 mins) When Banning is drinking coffee and talking about why he missed poker, his coffee mug on the table goes from the left side, to the right, and then back to the left.
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A wounded soldier is in the ER. No military personnel were involved in the defense of the White House; they showed up after it has been taken.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) The SEALs attack after midnight. Later, when Leah talks to Mike on the phone, her watch shows 11:30 PM.
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The message shown when Kang ends a call to the command center is different every time. The first time, it says "P.E.O.C. Terminated Communication", the second time it's "Communication Terminated", and the third time, "Communication Terminated By The White House: P.E.O.C.".
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Errors in geography 

When Banning's wife watches the news with other medical staff, one staffer's white coat has the logo for North Louisiana Hospital. They are supposed to be in Washington D.C..
A caption on a TV news report reads "Southeast Asia On Brink Of War". Korea is in northeast Asia.
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Factual errors 

The intruding Gunship shoots down both planes sent to intercept it. In real life, to avoid incidents like that, one interceptor establishes visual contact with the intruder and flies beside him. The other plane flies behind the intruder to shoot him down if the first interceptor experiences hostile action.
It makes no sense for the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff to have a nuclear missile self-destruct code. The Chain of command for employment of nuclear forces consists The President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (stationed at Offutt AFB, Nebraska). Plus, nuclear missiles have no self-destruct capability.
When the South Korean premier arrives at the White House, a Secret Service agent greets him. Protocol dictates that he should be met by a member of the President's cabinet.
The C-130 evades the SAMs launched from the White House by emitting flares. In real life, the SAM batteries installed on rooftops surrounding the White House (not on it) are the Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System, which use both a monopulse Doppler tracking radar and a laser beam to guide the missile to its target. Flares would have absolutely no effect.
When the AC130 gunship is shot down, it's called a "bogey," which is an unidentified contact. It was identified as a foe, so it should have been called a "Bandit."
A nuclear weapon's self-destruct system should deactivate the device, not detonate it.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a military officer, runs to the PEOC with his hat on. Military personnel remove their hats indoors, unless they carrying a firearm.
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In the film, ICBMs are all over the US. In real life, all 450 US ICBMs are in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Colorado.
In the film, the Presidential limousine has standard doors and windows, with no armor plating or ballistic glass. In real life, the Presidential limousine is so heavily armored, the Secret Service calls it "The Beast."
All references to NORAD are incorrect. NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) is a combined command with the mission of detecting and reporting attack on North America. It possesses no nuclear weapons. Strategic Command is responsible for strategic attack, and the ICBMs would be operated by the Air Force Global Strike Command.
The South Korean prime minister is mainly a ceremonial position, concerned with domestic affairs. Meetings with high-profile foreign heads of state, such as the U.S. president, would be handled by the South Korean president.
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General Clegg has Marksmanship badges on his uniform. Traditionally, US Army Officers do not wear those awards.
The small, electric drone that was launched around 7 pm spots incoming helicopters at 11 pm. It would not have the power to remain in flight for over 4 hours.
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Even if an AC-130 could be modified with 4 miniguns (2 on each side) to fire upon the F-22s flying side by side, the same AC-130 with the same loadout could not fire directly perpendicular to the AC-130's flight trajectory. To fire the miniguns on civilians and law enforcement, the pilot would have to roll the plane to at least a 45-degree angle, making 2 miniguns inoperable.
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A satellite telephone would not work indoors.
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When the AC-130 is intercepted by two USAF aircraft right before the attack, they are both shot down after the AC-130 deploys cannon on both flanks. In real life, all AC-130 variants have cannon only on the left side. The aircraft attacks by performing a left-hand pylon turn centered on its target. It's intended as an air-to-ground weapon system, not air-to-air.
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Plot holes 

Mike hasn't been to the White House in 18 months, yet all of the lock codes are the same.

Revealing mistakes 

The White House is not nearly as bright white as depicted in the movie. The White House's front lawn is much deeper than depicted.
In the hospital, a bloodied man is put in a wheelchair to be helped. His amputated left arm is obviously an old, well-healed amputation.
During the fly-by attack of the C-130, a sniper fires a bolt-action rifle continuously without cycling the action.
During the SEAL incursion, the slide on Banning's pistol is either locked back or jammed open, meaning the pistol is empty.
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When the President's son is playing Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on his Playstation 3, the controller is turned off. When the TV is turned off he hits the power button the light on the controller comes on and you hear the "beep" as the PS3 powers up.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

When Banning discovers the President's son in the walls, the kid is hiding because he knows people are after him. Yet when the glare of a flashlight attached to a gun blinds him in the face, he jumps into that person's arms, even though he has no idea who is holding the gun.

Continuity 

After the Hydra is destroyed, the news feed shows no smoke. In a later scene, a great deal of smoke billows from the building.

Factual errors 

During the attack, the Speaker of the House is "officially" placed under Secret Service protection because the President and Vice President are incapacitated. The Speaker of the House already qualifies for such protection.

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