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  • Non-English speakers can be jurors, New Mexico court says

    08/13/2013 7:40:08 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 13, 2013 | AP
    The New Mexico Supreme Court is cautioning the state's trial courts that citizens who don't speak English have the right to serve on juries. The court issued the admonition in a ruling that upholds an Albuquerque man's convictions for murder and other crimes in the bludgeoning death of his girlfriend and a subsequent armed robbery and stabbing. Michael Samora's appeal argued that his convictions should be reversed because the Bernalillo County court excused a Spanish-speaking prospective juror who had trouble understanding English. The Supreme Court says it agrees with that argument but also says Samora's defense needed to object during...
  • Obamacare to pay 'navigators' $20 to $48 an hour, provide free translators

    04/03/2013 11:49:18 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Apri 3, 2013 | Staff
    Tens of thousands of health care professionals, union workers and community activists hired as "navigators" to help Americans choose Obamacare options starting Oct. 1 will be paid up to $48 an hour, more than six times the federal minimum wage of $7.25, according to new regulations issued Wednesday. The 63-page rule covering navigators, drawn up by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, also said the government will provide free translators for those not fluent in English -- no matter what their native language is. It is still not clear how many navigators will be required. California, however, provides a...
  • Iran starts uranium enrichment, condemns American to death

    01/09/2012 11:31:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 9, 2012 7:56pm EST | Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl
    Iran has begun enriching uranium deep inside a mountain and sentenced an American to death for spying, angering the West and undermining hopes that diplomacy could avert further sanctions or war. The start of enrichment at the Fordow bunker near the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom was confirmed on Monday by an Iranian official in Tehran and by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran says its nuclear program is purely non-military but the West believes it is designed to produce nuclear weapons. The Islamic Republic's decision to carry out enrichment work deep underground could eventually make it much...
  • MI6 'halted bid to arrest bin Laden'

    11/09/2002 6:34:08 PM PST · by ds2000 · 4 replies · 123+ views
    Startling revelations by French intelligence experts back David Shayler's alleged 'fantasy'about Gadaffi plot Martin Bright, home affairs editor Sunday November 10, 2002 The Observer British intelligence paid large sums of money to an al-Qaeda cell in Libya in a doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi in 1996 and thwarted early attempts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. The latest claims of MI6 involvement with Libya's fearsome Islamic Fighting Group, which is connected to one of bin Laden's trusted lieutenants, will be embarrassing to the Government, which described similar claims by renegade MI5 officer David Shayler as 'pure fantasy'. The...
  • Ex-Army translator acquitted of working as Iraqi agent

    01/14/2011 5:42:37 PM PST · by markomalley
    A jury on Friday acquitted a former military translator of secretly working as an Iraqi agent in the US but convicted him of making false statements when he sought a security clearance. The split verdict offered some relief to Issam "Sam" Hamama, who claimed he was only passing along basic information about Iraqis in the US when he reached out to Iraqi officials in the 1990s during the regime of Saddam Hussein. "We've been vindicated. They were accusing him of voluntarily working as a spy," defense lawyer Haytham Faraj said. Hamama, 60, of El Cajon, California, was found not guilty...
  • Flagstaff soldier killed self after protest

    11/03/2006 12:34:35 PM PST · by absolootezer0 · 28 replies · 1,386+ views
    Az Daily Sun ^ | 11.03.06 | Larry Handricks
    The investigation into the shooting death of Spc. Alyssa Peterson found her suicide came soon after she was reassigned for objecting to prisoner interrogation techniques but did not specifically give a reason for her action. A Flagstaff soldier who died in Iraq committed suicide after she refused to participate in interrogation techniques being practiced by her U.S. Army intelligence unit, according to a report about an Army investigation aired by a Flagstaff radio station. U.S. Army Spc. Alyssa R. Peterson, 27, died Sept. 15, 2003, in Tel Afar, an Iraqi city of about 350,000 residents in the northern part of...
  • New AZ law: Firms have no legal duty to have translators

    05/17/2010 11:01:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies · 1,497+ views
    azstarnet.com ^ | 5/17/10 | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX - A Glendale optometrist's yearlong legal fight over what services he had to provide for a Spanish-speaking customer has translated into new protections for other businesses. Gov. Jan Brewer has signed legislation affirming that nothing in state law requires businesses to provide "trained and competent" interpreters when a customer comes in speaking a language other than English. Assistant Attorney General Michael Walker said that has probably always been the law. But that didn't save John Schrolucke from having to spend time and money defending himself and his practice before Walker's office finally dismissed the case.
  • Gen. Casey, Rep. Wilson and the Jackson Five

    03/01/2010 9:31:27 PM PST · by sinanju · 4 replies · 376+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 1st, 2010 | Chet Nagle
    "...The conspirators were in the Army’s 902nd Military Intelligence Group’s MOS 09L program (“Lima Nine”), E Company, 187th Ordnance Battalion. Lima Nine was started because of the Army’s desperate lack of linguists speaking Pashto, Dari or Arabic. To attract such recruits, military intelligence promises foreigners that if they join the Army as a translator they will get U.S. citizenship and a top security clearance. Candidates from Afghanistan and Iraq, including the Jackson Five, speak such poor English the Army puts them in Lima Nine and gives them English lessons, so they will have some hope of passing basic training. Clayton...
  • Laptops seized in Army base probe ( Muslims )

    03/01/2010 12:21:03 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies · 1,008+ views
    McClatchy ^ | JAMES ROSEN
    A South Carolina congressman said Friday that five Muslim soldiers at Fort Jackson, S.C., had been removed from active duty, and four of them discharged from the Army, in connection with an ongoing probe into alleged threats to poison food at the large South Carolina base. Republican Rep. Joe Wilson, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, said the soldiers' laptops had been seized and were being analyzed. Congressional officials with knowledge of the case said cell phones and Arabic writings had been confiscated as well. Wilson also disclosed for the first time that four of the Muslim soldiers...
  • Four Muslims Discharged Over Fort Jackson Threats, Probe Continues

    03/01/2010 11:42:29 AM PST · by Dinah Lord · 42 replies · 1,168+ views
    The Jawa Report ^ | March 1, 2010 | Rusty "Asadullah Alshishani"
    If there was nothing to the allegations, then why were four of the five Muslim soldiers discharged? It seems to me that the earliest reports were wrong that the five Muslims were plotting to poison Fort Jackson's food supply. But later reports that there were nothing to the allegations were also clarified when we learned that the investigation was not into a plot but over comments about poisoning the food.
  • WIDE SCALE FOOD POISONING of US troops attempted at Ft. Jackson, SC

    02/18/2010 3:09:35 PM PST · by Mr. Jazzy · 427 replies · 23,081+ views
    Fox News ^ | FOX NEWS
    <p>No info at link yet, just came across the TV. Investigators believe that the poisoners where Arabic translators! ROP strikes again???</p>
  • U.S. Denies Entry to Teen, Father

    08/30/2006 2:16:58 AM PDT · by George Maschke · 36 replies · 1,209+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 30, 2006 | Shaun Waterman
    A California teenager suspected of attending a terrorist training camp and his father are being denied re-entry to the United States after spending four years in Pakistan unless they submit to interviews and lie-detector tests, their attorney says.     Julia Mass says the rights of her clients, Muhammad Ismail, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, and his 18-year-old son, Jaber Ismail, to return to the United States are being violated because they are on the "no fly" list.     Miss Mass said an official at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad told Jaber Ismail that he and his father would be allowed...
  • Mistakes By Afghan Translators Endanger Lives, Hamper Antiterrorism Effort

    09/02/2008 10:06:10 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 143+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | September 02, 2008 | Ron Synovitz
    When U.S. or NATO soldiers need to communicate with Afghan villagers, they rely on translators provided by private contractors. But for various reasons -- regional dialects, cultural misunderstandings, or even ethnic animosities -- translators in Afghanistan often don't relate everything they hear. And what is lost in translation can hurt efforts by NATO and the U.S.-led coalition to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people. In the worst cases, innocent civilians can be arrested or wrongly targeted as Taliban fighters. Zalmai Zurmutai, a Pashto translator for NATO troops in Afghanistan, is angry about what he has seen happen...
  • The Translator Scandal Ripens

    05/05/2008 2:50:14 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 32 replies · 358+ views
    New English Review ^ | May 2008 | Jerry Gordon
    For over a year, we have been waging a relentless, nearly solitary battle in apprising the Congress and the American public about a billion dollar boondoggle and scandal: the lack of credible Arabic translators for our national security and intelligence agencies. As a result hundreds have been killed in Iraq from infiltration of our military and civilian intelligence agencies by agents of Islamist terrorists. Our FBI and CIA have been infiltrated by Muslim linguists who have successfully evaded polygraph tests and been able to pass on vital information to terror groups in the Middle East such as Hezbollah. Tens of...
  • Were The King James Translators KJV Only?

    03/24/2008 7:29:31 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 25 replies · 520+ views
    Community Baptist Church Website ^ | Unknown | Dr. Robert A Joyner D.B.S., Th.D., Ph.D.
    WERE THE KING JAMES TRANSLATORS KJV ONLY? By: Dr. Robert A Joyner D.B.S., Th.D., Ph.D. There is a group today that is called the King James Only.  This is because they insist that the King James Version is the preserved Word of God and the only Bible for the English speaking people.  They usually attack all other versions and delight in pointing out the errors in them. I want to raise and answer the question, is this the position of the King James translators?  If I can prove that the King James translators disagreed with the King James Only group...
  • An intelligence disaster in Iraq

    03/01/2007 8:18:26 PM PST · by secretagent · 18 replies · 747+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 1, 2007 | Jerry Gordon
    In the U.S. Eastern District Court in Brooklyn on Valentine's Day, a Muslim and naturalized American citizen with five different aliases – stretching from Mauritania to Morocco to Lebanon – pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally possessing classified documents and was sentenced to 13 years, according to a report in the New York Sun – a light sentence for committing espionage and passing classified documents to Iraqi Sunni insurgents during one of his two stints in Iraq. Federal prosecutors allege he did this when deployed at Al Taqqadam Air Base west of Baghdad in March 2004. The irony is...
  • A skill much in demand -- certified interpreters needed

    02/24/2007 9:38:44 AM PST · by teacherwoes · 2 replies · 363+ views
    Yakima [WA] Herald Repblic ^ | February 24, 2007 | ELOÍSA RUANO GONZÁLEZ
    With a tide of non-English speakers surging through the state, courtrooms, hospitals and schools are scrambling to find people who are qualified to interpret and translate. Court interpreter Dora Ornelas interprets for Jose Jimenez in Judge James Gavin's courtroom in the Yakima County jail. And the limited pool of certified interpreters is expanding career opportunities for multilingual speakers. In the past several years, many Cantonese, Laotian, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese monolingual speakers have requested services within Washington's judicial system, said Robert Miera, an Olympia-based state court program analyst. Although the state has certified 208 interpreters, Miera believes some counties...
  • 'US Military Hides Many More Hadithas'

    06/08/2006 11:44:00 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 91 replies · 1,593+ views
    Inter Press Service News Agency ^ | June 7, 2006 | Aaron Glantz and Alaa Hassan
    BAGHDAD, Jun 6 (IPS) - An Iraqi doctor who was in Haditha during a deadly U.S. raid last year says there are many more stories like that in Haditha that are yet untold. The Pentagon admitted last week that U.S. Marines killed 24 civilians -- including a 66-year-old woman and a four-year-old boy -- in the Western Iraqi town last November. Before that, the military had maintained the civilians were killed by a roadside bomb. "There are many, many, many cases like Haditha that are still undercover and need to be highlighted in Iraq," Dr. Salam Ishmael, projects manager with...
  • A call for interpreters at a local hospital (CT)

    05/11/2006 9:18:15 AM PDT · by Puppage · 67 replies · 967+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 5/11/2006 | Puppage
    (Waterbury-WTNH, May 10, 2006 5:50 PM) _ Is there a communication gap in Waterbury? A community group says part of the city's population is underserved at area hospitals. Waterbury fire fighters always answer the call but on scene not everyone always speaks English. Howard Osorio says,"Usually there is a neighbor or a child who is bilingual to help us out." 14-year-old Isomar is one of those bi-lingual kids. Isomar says,"Since I was 8-years-old I have been translating for my mom." She says the hardest part is at hospitals and having to translate medical jargon. Isomar says,"It's just really embarrassing for...
  • Access to Memos Is Affirmed

    02/22/2005 10:13:59 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 369+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2005 | R. Jeffrey Smith
    The Justice Department has backed away from a court battle over its authority to classify and restrict the discussion of information it has already released, handing a local advocacy group a victory by granting it explicit permission to publish letters written by two senators that contain the contested information. The case was considered a potential test of limits to the government's power to restrict access to information in the public domain on national security grounds. Former attorney general John D. Ashcroft had strongly defended the practice in this case by likening it to putting "spilt milk" back in a jar...
  • Court Closes FBI Case Arguments to Public

    04/21/2005 8:42:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 751+ views
    AP ^ | 4/21/5 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court turned aside efforts to open to the public closed-door arguments Thursday in the case of a fired FBI contractor who alleged there were security breaches and misconduct at the bureau. Sibel Edmonds is seeking to revive her lawsuit against the government. It was thrown out of U.S. District Court when the Bush administration invoked the state secrets privilege, which allows the government to withhold information to safeguard national security. Edmonds says she was dismissed from her job as a wiretap translator because she told superiors she suspected a co-worker was leaking information to targets...
  • Iraqi interpreters risk their lives to aid GIs

    11/03/2005 5:54:02 PM PST · by saquin · 4 replies · 222+ views
    Cox News Service ^ | 11/3/05 | Moni Basu
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — They venture into hostile areas on raids to capture insurgents. They travel in Humvees knowing that at any time they could drive over a bomb hidden in the road. They know they are moving targets at all times. They are Iraqi interpreters, a vital link between local residents and U.S. troops trying to rein in the insurgency. With nicknames such as Tony, David and Sara, the interpreters, Sunni Arabs, Shiites and Kurds, sleep in the same tents as soldiers and are privy to the most private of conversations. Some say they have the most dangerous civilian jobs...
  • New technologies, teaching approaches boost language training [military language training]

    08/16/2005 11:08:34 AM PDT · by 68skylark · 10 replies · 519+ views
    U.S. Army News Service ^ | August 16, 2005 | Donna Miles
    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif., (Army News Service, Aug. 12, 2005) – New technologies and teaching approaches are improving the quality of instruction here at the Defense Language Institute as the school supports the Defense Department's effort to boost foreign-language capability within the ranks. Army Col. Michael Simone, commandant, said the school experienced "explosive growth" this year and expects the trend to continue in supporting the Defense Transformation Language Roadmap. The plan aims to sharpen foreign language skills within the military, with more language professionals trained to comprehend, read and converse in more world languages and at higher proficiency levels than...
  • African native joins Marines to be with family

    08/11/2005 4:15:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 399+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 11, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Ray Lewis
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2005) -- People join the Marine Corps for many different reasons. Some join for money, some for freedom, and some even join for a place to live. Others, like Cpl. Mediya A. Abakar, joined the Marine Corps to reunite with their family. “Family is precious. Everything comes and goes except family,” Abakar said. So Abakar left Chad, Africa, for the United States to be closer to her two brothers in the Marines and two sisters in the Navy. Living with her aunt, Abakar found she could be closer to her family and...
  • Press ignores classified info scandal involving actual terrorists-(prison translators not cleared!)

    07/26/2005 4:13:57 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 491+ views
    TOWNHALL.COM ^ | JULY 26, 2005 | JOEL MOWBRAY
    While the media has obsessed over two high-profile cases in recent months involving improper handling of classified information, communications involving terrorists have been getting translated by people without any security clearances—and there’s been nary a whimper from most of the Washington press corps. There are 119 inmates in the federal prison system with “specific ties” to international Islamic terrorist organizations, and almost all of them are able to communicate with the outside world through phone calls and letters. (Full disclosure: this journalist broke the story on the front page of the Washington Times two weeks ago.) Not only did the...
  • CTC [Combat Training Center] innovations prep units for Iraq, Afghanistan

    06/18/2005 9:51:49 AM PDT · by 68skylark · 12 replies · 380+ views
    Army News Service ^ | June 17, 2005 | Gary Sheftick
    Hundreds of Arab linguists have been hired at the Army’s combat training centers to replicate current conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Caves and tunnel complexes have been built, along with walled enemy compounds. Iraqi police stations, power plants and local security forces have been simulated. And these are just a few of the innovations over the past few years to adapt the CTCs to the “contemporary operational environment” of the War on Terror. Brigade-sized tank battles at Fort Irwin, Calif., for the most part, have been replaced by a smaller-unit counter-insurgency focus, said Brig. Gen. Louis W. Weber, the Army’s...
  • Iraqi Translators Risk All to Aid U.S. Troops

    02/14/2005 12:22:13 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 941+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | February 14, 2005 | BRIAN THEVENOT
    Bat (center), an Iraqi translator who must protect his identity while working for U.S. forces, facilitates a conversation between 1st Lt. Robert Richard of the Louisiana National Guard and an Iraqi family. "It protects me, and it protects the people I talk to," Bat says of his head covering. "I don't even tell my best friends what I do." BAGHDAD, Iraq -- As he walked through rural villages just west of Baghdad on patrol with U.S. soldiers, Bat, an Iraqi working as an interpreter, spoke as a voice with no face. Head covered in a black ski mask and...
  • DOJ: FBI Linguist Complaints Were Valid

    01/14/2005 12:32:41 PM PST · by Ol' Dan Tucker · 12 replies · 954+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2005 | unsigned
    WASHINGTON — Evidence and other witnesses supported complaints by a fired FBI contract linguist who alleged shoddy work and possible espionage within the bureau's translator program after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, according to a report Friday from the Justice Department's senior oversight official...
  • What happened to all of the intell we gather after the war??

    01/20/2005 7:06:02 PM PST · by Perdogg · 9 replies · 299+ views
    01/20/05 | Perdogg
    I heard back in July of 2004 that US intelligence had over 1 million documents linking Al Qaeda to the iraqi government. What happened to these documents?
  • Soldiers in Sunni Town Run Into Wall of Silence - (Shows what a tough job it really is...)

    12/22/2004 9:16:50 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 649+ views
    WASHINGTON POST.COM ^ | DECEMBER 23, 2004 | JOSH WHITE
    SAMARRA, Iraq, Dec. 22 -- The soldiers kicked the wooden doors open and swarmed through the houses, rolling up rugs, looking through cabinets, searching boxes, pushing aside couches. Within minutes, they had lined up the Iraqi men they had found inside. The men were taken outside and made to squat in the late-night darkness, their breath streaming out in faint, wispy clouds as their hands pushed flat against a concrete wall. The soldiers were from the U.S. Army Special Forces, the Iraqi National Guard and Apache Company of the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment. They were looking for a suspected...
  • Former FBI agent cites penetration of CIA by China

    12/14/2004 11:57:30 PM PST · by kattracks · 13 replies · 1,159+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/15/04 | Bill Gertz
    China's intelligence service spent years training a spy who posed as a Catholic priest in New York and was part of an escape plan for a Chinese agent in the CIA, according to a veteran FBI counterspy.     Retired Special Agent I.C. Smith said China's use of the masquerading priest was "one of the most fascinating things" about the spy case of Larry Wu-tai Chin, who supplied secrets to China for decades as a CIA translator until his arrest in 1985.     "The People's Republic of China Ministry of State Security took a married Chinese national from the People's Republic and...
  • Center focuses on America's current need - linguists

    12/12/2004 6:22:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 24 replies · 1,712+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA -The United States must do more to start training linguists at an earlier age because their need is becoming more critical in the troubled world of today, said Pete Shaver, director of the Military Intelligence Foreign Language Center. The need for linguists to help in the intelligence arena cannot be understated, he said. "We can't wait to train a soldier in a language until that person enlists," Shaver said. The nation needs a core of people who have language capabilities beyond English to be tapped when circumstances dictate specific needs, he said. Arabic speakers are needed now. Also...
  • Listening for Signs of Danger ( Translators ..in the war on terrorism .. interpret nuances ......)

    12/11/2004 12:16:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 567+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 11, 2004 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
    PARIS — As a crack interpreter for anti-terrorism investigators, "Wadad" fights the war of the words. She deciphers North African dialects, Middle Eastern accents and the French Arabic slang of jail yards and housing projects. She braves the crossfire during marathon interrogations of suspected terrorists who snarl at the presence of a female interpreter or recite Koranic verses. She cracks the codes of gunslinger theologians for whom "visiting an aunt" means going to prison and "preparing a marriage" means a suicide attack. Wadad's job with a French anti-terrorism agency requires the skills of a linguist, a detective, a historian. It...
  • FBI: Jews Need Not Apply For Arabic Linguist Jobs

    12/03/2004 12:39:45 PM PST · by Mars55 · 101 replies · 2,796+ views
    www.worldnetdaily.com ^ | October 9, 2003 | Paul Sperry
    Despite a shortage of Arabic translators, the FBI turned down applications for linguist jobs from nearly 100 Arabic-speaking Jews in New York following the World Trade Center attacks, WorldNetDaily has learned.
  • Muslim mole panics Dutch secret service

    11/13/2004 9:01:28 PM PST · by Pikamax · 45 replies · 3,122+ views
    Sunday Times ^ | 11/14/04 | Justin Sparks, Amsterdam
    November 14, 2004 Muslim mole panics Dutch secret service Justin Sparks, Amsterdam THE Dutch secret service has been infiltrated by an Islamic extremist linked to the killer of Theo van Gogh, the Dutch film-maker whose murder has accelerated Holland’s transformation from one of Europe’s most tolerant countries into a society increasingly polarised by fears about immigration. Intelligence sources said last week that a mole working for a terrorist group codenamed the “Hofstad cell” had been arrested on suspicion of relaying information collected by the authorities to its members. The disclosure has compounded the embarrassment of the security services, which have...
  • JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DROPS BALL ON INTERCEPTED AL-QAEDA RECORDINGS

    10/09/2004 7:17:32 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 22 replies · 852+ views
    Niagara Falls Reporter ^ | Oct. 5 2004 | By John Hanchette
    OLEAN -- Somewhat lost in all the media mist over who won last week's initial debate in the presidential election is a stinging John Kerry reference to late September news that I thought would draw much more play and citizen attention than it did. It should have triggered a public furor. Three days before the Kerry-Bush face-off in Miami, the Justice Department released a classified summary of a frightening report by that agency's Inspector General. The bad news literally sent a chill down my spine. The IG investigation discovered that 123,000 hours of eavesdropped recordings related to possible terrorist plans...
  • Gitmo Translator Gets Bad-Conduct Discharge

    09/24/2004 4:56:59 PM PDT · by mjp · 17 replies · 713+ views
    AP via foxnews.com ^ | Friday, September 24, 2004
    TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A Muslim interpreter convicted of mishandling classified documents from the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay was given a bad-conduct discharge Thursday — but won't have to spend more time behind bars. A military judge announced the sentence after a hearing in which Senior Airman Ahmad Al Halabi , 25, made an impassioned plea for leniency. He told the judge keeping the documents was a mistake and said he would never do anything to hurt the Air Force or the United States. There was no immediate reaction from Al Halabi or military prosecutors to...
  • BERGER PAPERS BARED TRANSLATION DISASTER

    07/29/2004 2:27:28 AM PDT · by kattracks · 15 replies · 1,220+ views
    New York Post ^ | 7/29/04 | NILES LATHEM
    July 29, 2004 -- WASHINGTON — Urgent complaints that the FBI could not decipher bugged conversations between members of a Brooklyn mosque and Afghan terrorists because it lacked translators were included in the documents former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger removed from the National Archives, The Post has learned. In the latest twist to the document scandal, investigators said the revelation about translators was among several criticisms of America’s ability to deal with the looming al Qaeda threat contained in the “after action” memo on the millennium terror plot that is at the center of the Berger probe. Officials said...
  • Iraqi translator's service to Coalition comes at high cost [Incredible story!]

    07/15/2004 4:45:01 PM PDT · by saquin · 34 replies · 1,051+ views
    Marine Corps ^ | 7/15/04 | Cpl. Veronika R. Tuskowski
    AL ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq(July 11, 2004) -- Sally's children were taken away from her more than six months ago. Her husband beat her. Her brother threatened her life while holding a gun to her head. Her own father contracted her death with a $5,000 reward. Sally, an Iraqi translator working with Coalition Forces, lost everything by working to help Americans rebuild Iraq. Still, she feels her service with Americans is the right thing for her country "I lost everything I have, but I have gained so much," Sally said. "If I had to do it over again I would. I...
  • U.S. Civilian Working at Abu Ghraib Disputes Army's Version of His Role in Abuses

    05/25/2004 9:19:07 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 95+ views
    New York Times ^ | 05/26/04 | JOEL BRINKLEY
    May 26, 2004CONTRACTORSU.S. Civilian Working at Abu Ghraib Disputes Army's Version of His Role in AbusesBy JOEL BRINKLEY ASHINGTON, May 25 — John B. Israel, an Iraqi-American Christian and one of two civilian contractors implicated in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, returned home to California a few weeks ago and, until Monday, was living quietly with his wife, Rosa.In an interview on Monday at their home in Santa Clarita, Calif., Ms. Israel said that her husband had not even hired a lawyer.Mr. Israel, who was born in Baghdad in 1955, was one of three Iraqi-Americans working as translators at Abu...
  • Panel: FBI Hampered in Fighting Terrorism Pre-9/11

    04/13/2004 6:26:27 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 8 replies · 465+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Tuesday, April 13, 2004 | By Tabassum Zakaria
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite increasing concern about terrorist threats to the United States, the FBI before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was hampered by a culture resistant to change, inadequate resources and legal barriers, the national commission investigating the attacks said on Tuesday. "From the first World Trade Center attack in 1993, FBI and Department of Justice leadership in Washington and New York became increasingly concerned about the terrorist threat from Islamic extremists to U.S. interests both at home and abroad," said the report, presented at a commission hearing. Attorney General John Ashcroft, his predecessor, Janet Reno, former FBI Director...
  • FBI sacks translator who reported on pro-terrorist colleagues

    02/16/2004 6:39:05 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 49 replies · 492+ views
    Center for Security Policy ^ | Feb. 16, 2004 | CSP
    The FBI has sacked a linguist who blew the whistle on some colleagues who cheered the 9/11 terrorist attacks and reportedly sabotaged translations crucial to ongoing terrorism investigations. The report is the latest instance of high-level political correctness within the FBI, where senior officials have been pandering to Islamist fringe elements who are tied to terrorist groups. Investigative reporter Paul Sperry reports, “Middle Eastern linguists with top-secret security clearance” at the FBI celebrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States and shouted: “It's about time they got a taste of what they've been giving the Middle East.” Sperry reports...
  • Celebrating 9/11 at the FBI

    02/11/2004 12:39:45 AM PST · by kattracks · 48 replies · 756+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 2/11/04 | Paul Sperry
    When linguist Sibel Dinez Edmonds showed up for her first day of work at the FBI, a week after the 9-11 attacks, she expected to find a somber atmosphere. Instead, she was offered cookies filled with dates from party bowls set out in the room where other Middle Eastern linguists with top-secret security clearance translate terror-related communications. She knew the dessert is customarily served in the Middle East at weddings, births and other celebrations, and asked what the happy occasion was. To her shock, she was told the Arab linguists were celebrating the terrorist attacks on America, as if they...
  • Army interpreters betraying soldiers

    02/10/2004 1:57:08 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 164+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, February 10, 2004 | Paul Sperry
    OPERATION: IRAQI FREEDOMArmy interpreters betraying soldiersU.S. resorts to hiring ex-Saddam loyalists to gather intelligence Posted: February 10, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern By Paul Sperry© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army is turning to local Iraqis once loyal to Saddam Hussein to meet a critical need for Arabic translators in areas of resistance. And some of the hired interpreters are betraying soldiers hunting for guerrilla fighters and the caches of arms they're using to attack American soldiers, military intelligence officials told WorldNetDaily. "We heard about dozens of cases where the infantry would find out where stuff was, brief the interpreter, but the interpreter...
  • A Single Conscience v. the State

    01/22/2004 8:38:30 PM PST · by Dark Knight · 3 replies · 127+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 19,2004 | Bob Herbert
    Katharine Gun has a much better grasp of the true spirit of democracy than Tony Blair. So, naturally, it's Katharine Gun who's being punished. Ms. Gun, 29, was working at Britain's top-secret Government Communications Headquarters last year when she learned of an American plan to spy on at least a half-dozen U.N. delegations as part of the U.S. effort to win Security Council support for an invasion of Iraq. The plans, which included e-mail surveillance and taps on home and office telephones, was outlined in a highly classified National Security Agency memo. The agency, which was seeking British assistance in...
  • FBI Arab translators cheered Sept. 11

    01/07/2004 4:43:49 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 270 replies · 2,839+ views
    WND ^ | 1/7/04 | Paul Sperry
    Arab translators cheered Sept. 11 [.... while the FBI kept the FBI free of Jews] By Paul Sperry WASHINGTON – In a shocking revelation, an FBI whistleblower claims some Arab-Americans translating Arabic intercepts for the FBI spoke approvingly of the terrorist attacks on America more than two years ago. Former FBI translator Sibel D. Edmonds says translators of Middle Eastern origin working for the FBI's Washington field office maintain an "us"-versus-"them" attitude that's so strong it may be compromising al-Qaida investigations. She cited examples of mistranslations and security breaches within the FBI's language division, where translators with Top Secret clearance...
  • Arab translators cheered Sept. 11

    01/06/2004 11:34:34 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 22 replies · 218+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, January 7, 2004 | By Paul Sperry
    DAY OF INFAMY 2001 Arab translators cheered Sept. 11FBI Whistleblower: 'Questions of loyalty' tainted interpretation of al-Qaida chatter Posted: January 7, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern By Paul Sperry© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com WASHINGTON -- In a shocking revelation, an FBI whistleblower claims some Arab-Americans translating Arabic intercepts for the FBI spoke approvingly of the terrorist attacks on America more than two years ago. Former FBI translator Sibel D. Edmonds says translators of Middle Eastern origin working for the FBI's Washington field office maintain an "us"-versus-"them" attitude that's so strong it may be compromising al-Qaida investigations. She cited examples of mistranslations and security breaches within the...
  • Arab Translators Cheered 911

    01/07/2004 9:30:38 AM PST · by Leatherneck_MT · 2 replies · 168+ views
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=36492 | Paul Sperry
    By Paul Sperry © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com WASHINGTON – In a shocking revelation, an FBI whistleblower claims some Arab-Americans translating Arabic intercepts for the FBI spoke approvingly of the terrorist attacks on America more than two years ago. Former FBI translator Sibel D. Edmonds says translators of Middle Eastern origin working for the FBI's Washington field office maintain an "us"-versus-"them" attitude that's so strong it may be compromising al-Qaida investigations. She cited examples of mistranslations and security breaches within the FBI's language division, where translators with Top Secret clearance interpret sensitive terror-related information for agents. "The issues and problems within the...
  • Uzbek or Dari? Military learns new tongues

    01/03/2004 3:23:50 PM PST · by Holly_P · 31 replies · 301+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 01/02/04 | Ann Scott Tyson
    Defense Language Institute alters its curriculum for soldiers in post-9/11 world. MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA - When 1st Lt. Aaron Wiggins graduates from language school, proficient in Pashto, he knows an Afghanistan deployment won't be far off. And Airman 1st Class Jennifer Burnside, a student of Arabic, expects she'll soon be flying 18-hour eavesdropping missions over the Middle East as a "listener" with an airborne intelligence unit. Insurgencies in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with a broadening terrorist threat, are increasing demands on the ranks of US military linguists capable of gathering intelligence in foreign languages. Indeed, an Army report released last fall...
  • Bravery Needs No Translation

    01/02/2004 10:34:29 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 21 replies · 262+ views
    Military.com ^ | 12/17/2003 | LTC Sherman R. McGrew
    It was an incredible day, an historic day, a day for freedom. Saddam was captured. The streets were filled with jubilant Iraqis. But this is not a story for me to tell, for I am a guest in this country. Better to have an Iraqi tell it in his own words. The only way the US army can operate here in Iraq is with the help of our Iraqi interpreters. This is the story of one of them. For security purposes, I cannot tell you even his first name or show you his picture. He is incredibly brave. He literally...