"Every day, (FBI) wiretaps and bugs... record hundreds of hours of conversations conducted in Arabic or other Middle Eastern languages like Farsi. Those conversations must all be translated into English and quickly if investigators are to head off budding Qaeda plots against the United States," Newsweek notes."Today, more than two years after the 9/11 attacks, the FBI is still woefully short of translators...."Every week, say informed sources, hundreds of hours of tapes from wiretaps and bugs pile up in secure lockers, waiting, sometimes for months on end, to be deciphered."

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