Wednesday, October 11, 2006

How many FBI counter-terrorism agents speak Arabic?

Apparently none. Probing the staggering depths of Bush administration incompetence, comes this report in today's Washington Post:
Five years after (9-11)... only 33 FBI agents have even a limited proficiency in Arabic, and none of them work in the sections of the bureau that coordinate investigations of international terrorism, according to new FBI statistics.

...officials said several factors limit the number of foreign speakers who can become agents at the FBI. Special agents... must undergo background checks that are much more difficult to pass if the candidate has relatives or friends overseas.

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