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Sunday, June 02, 2002
 
5:52 PM
Glenn Reynolds likes a Post Op Ed about the NSA, but says it's a little behind the times on the availability of linguists:

Actually, the U.S. government has been paying people to learn obscure foreign languages for years, via a scholarship program aimed at addressing precisely this problem. People aren't subject to call-up, as in the military, but I'm sure that the agencies could have (and probably did) call on some of these people in the aftermath of 9/11.

The real problem with communications intelligence is that you have to know what and who you're listening for. If your other intelligence isn't up to that, you have to throw out a dragnet that's likely to draw in irrelevancies while missing the important stuff.



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