Clearinghouse for government and private linguists

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Thu Nov 6 19:11:38 UTC 2003

>>From the New York Times, November 6, 2003

Center to Speed U.S. Translations


      WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 Counterterrorism officials said on Wednesday that
they planned to open a clearinghouse for government and private linguists
by January to allow faster translation of possible terrorist
communications. The director of the clearinghouse, a National Security
Agency linguist named Everette Jordan, is expected to announce plans for
what will be known as the National Virtual Translation Center today.
An official at the F.B.I., which will help lead the multi-agency
clearinghouse, said, "This has been a critical need
of ours for some time."

Lawmakers have identified the intelligence community's inability to
translate many intercepted terrorist communications quickly as a pressing

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