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  • Thursday, June 23, 2005

    "War on terror" short of trained linguists

    According to this article, from USA Today, the Bush rehimes so called "war on terror" is short of trained linguists:

    Since 9/11, Congress and the White House have pumped money into new and existing programs for training in Arabic and other Middle Eastern languages and cultures. Annual spending has jumped from about $41 million in 2001 to $100 million today. While the funding and programs have grown, the results are, so far, insufficient, according to Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. The government needs to hire 34,000 foreign-language specialists, particularly Arabic speakers, for homeland security, defense and intelligence agencies, he says.
    Perhaps if the US didn't keep on firing linguists for being gay, then they wouldn't have as much of a problem. Remember this?
    Nine United States Army linguists, including six trained to speak Arabic, have been dismissed from the military because they are gay. The soldiers' dismissals come at a time when the US military is facing a critical shortage of translators and interpreters for the fight against terrorism. Seven of the soldiers were discharged after telling superiors they were gay, and another two got into trouble when they were caught together after curfew, said a spokesman for the Servicemembers' Legal Defence Network, which defends homosexuals in the military.
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