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Language Skills and Counterterrorism

Michael Cutler puts it bluntly as he says We're Ignoring Simple Measures to Prevent Terrorist Infiltration of Borders & Prisons...

We face a ludicrous paradox: While we agonize over how much pressure interrogators should bear against inmates who might possess intelligence that might be critical in preventing future terrorist attacks, our government is missing what might be critical information that would not even involve the interrogation of prisoners, only the ability to read and understand the languages in which they communicate, including Arabic.

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Of course, the really sad part about this is that the issue of translators that we are five years post-September 11th. It apparently wasn't a priority back then either.

In his Sept. 10 submission to the budget office, Mr. Ashcroft did not endorse F.B.I. requests for $58 million for 149 new counterterrorism field agents, 200 intelligence analysts and 54 additional translators.