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For linguists, job is patriotic duty

For Alex Batlouni and May Kamalick, duty called in the frantic days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when FBI Director Robert Mueller pleaded for Americans with foreign-language skills to apply for work as government linguists. Like many Americans, Batlouni, 45, a manager of a retail store in Las Vegas, and Kamalick, 54, a corporate sales trainer in Houston, wanted to do something to help fight terrorism. But Batlouni figured he was too old to join the military, and Kamalick never imagined that her fluency in Arabic could help the USA in a war. Mueller’s appeal for linguists to help translate hundreds of thousands of documents, audiotapes and videotapes collected here and overseas gave both natives of Lebanon a way to serve the country that took them in 27 years ago. Full Story

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