Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Sephardic Jews or Arab-American Muslims?

I wrote about this specific revelation back on September 28th, here. But now I've discovered that Paul Sperry, author of Infiltration, How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington, has also documented such revelations in a collection of articles over at FrontPage Magazine. In this particular article, Jews need not apply to Fight Terrorism, Mr. Sperry reveals a few of the coincidences involved with why Arab-American Muslims were chosen for sensitive FBI translator positions over Jewish applicants post 911:

A chronic shortage of Arabic-speaking translators had resulted in an accumulation of thousands of hours of untranslated audiotapes and written material stored in FBI lockers.

The FBI's New York field office, at least, knew such delays were no longer acceptable after the 9-11 attack. The bureau's translators were the key to preventing another homeland strike, but they had to convert Arabic chatter to English faster. That meant hiring a lot more translators as quickly as possible.

So in October 2001, while rescue workers were still pulling remains from Ground Zero, two agents from the FBI's offices located nearby reached out to local Arabic-speaking Jews to do just that. Agents Carol Motyka and Marsha Parrish met with an official at the Sephardic Bikur Holim, a Jewish social-services agency in Brooklyn.

At the meeting, Yola Haber, who heads the agency's employment division, says she agreed to help recruit Arabic-speaking Jews for the bureau. Most of them applied on-line for the translator jobs. All told, she says she referred some 90 applicants, possibly more, to the FBI. 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."

Instead, the FBI hired dozens of Arab-American Muslims as translators.

The double standard doesn't sit well with Jewish leaders, who note that Muslim translators hired by the Pentagon to assist in al-Qaida interrogations are under investigation for espionage. And there have been reports of loyalty issues involving Muslim translators at the FBI.

So, from the beginning, it was a question of loyalty on the part of the Sephardic Jews who applied for these positions at the FBI. So much so that not a single one of them was hired. Apparently the issue of loyalty with regard to the Muslim applicants ultimately hired never came up until disloyal Arab-American Muslim translators had already been in these positions long enough to have successfully conducted espionage operations against the United States.