Friday, June 10, 2005

Intelligence Agencies Don't Want to Offend Arabs

The CIA has yet to wake up to the fact that some of the Muslim Arabic translators may not be working in good faith. Some may even be actively hostile, as the incorrect translations of some documents indicate.

Despite this, none of the intelligence agencies has weaned it self of the dependence on Muslim Arabs. There are Sephradic Jews living in America who have lived in Arab countries & are thus extremely familiar with not only the language, but the culture of the area. This group often also includes the Mizrahim Jews. Following 9/11 when two agents at the FBI's New York office went to a Sephradic community center to recruit Arabic speakers, they received 90 applications.

They included retired linguists who had experience working for Israeli radio in Arabic and for the Israeli army.
Remarkably, not one of them was hired."We sent them a lot of people, and nobody made it to the finish line," complained Sephardic Bikur Holim director Doug Balin. "Not one person was found eligible for these jobs, which is outrageous."

The reason given by the FBI for the rejection was that some of the applicants held dual citizenship with Israel. However, the real reason may have been pusillanimous kow towing to Muslims.

They say headquarters didn't want to offend Muslim translators, who would have to work alongside Jews."There’s already tension between the Hebrew and Arabic desks," an FBI source said.
"If they hired Arab Jews to translate Arabic, there would be bloodshed. Arabs would never accept it." Glick notes that Mueller has pandered to Muslim groups, even ones that support Hamas and other terrorist groups. He’s also mandated Muslim-sensitivity training for agents.
This sensitivity toward Muslims extends to allowing them to barricade themselves into their own section.

"In people such as the Sephardic Arabic speakers whose applications were apparently rejected by the FBI, the U.S. has a valuable store of capital for its war on terror," Glick said. "Better it be used than squandered for the sake of pandering to radical Arab groups."
Let us hope that our intelligence agencies put our safety before the rantings of neo-con conspiracy theories by radical Muslims & bitter lefties.

Is PC orthodoxy going to get us all killed?? Yikes!
PC is "G-d" here in LA. But don't say the word "G-d." I went to a little Happy Hour with the crew from my school this evening. Thankfully, one of the teachers has a Conservative fiancee, so she sent him to me to chat. It's refreshing to speak to someone who is not tainted by being in a liberal/PC profession like education.

Thanks for adding me to the blogroll. My personal blog's URL is :

I think you had one too many "https."
Oops, sorry Ari. I'll re-check my links.

Yes, it looks like PCness is playing a huge role in the war on terror & it's not a good one. Look at the air port security mess.

There are many articles about how affirmitve action hiring is hampering the CIA as they are recruiting blacks & hispanics to meet the racial quotas, rather than those with Arabic skills or Asians with knowledge of Chinese & Korean.
They have learned how to play the political game as well as any. That's how they get their prime portions of the government's fatted calf. 9/11 has changed very little.
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