A Katrina Homeland Security Effort

The incompetence of the Bush Administration has been remarkable, from their repeated failures to listen to warnings about al Qaeda before 9/11 to their handling of Katrina. The Washington Post reveals yet another example:

Five years after Arab terrorists attacked the United States, 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.

Counting agents who know only a handful of Arabic words — including those who scored zero on a standard proficiency test — just 1 percent of the FBI’s 12,000 agents have any familiarity with the language, the statistics show.

Of course this wouldn’t matter to an Administration which is more interested in using the threat of terrorism to play politics than is interested in keeping the country safe.

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