If, five years after 9/11, FBI hiring and background-check procedures have managed to recruit exactly zero Special Agents with native fluency in Arabic, we need:
1. New hiring and background-check procedures for the FBI, so the Bureau doesn’t simply keep reproducing its current demographic and ideological profile; or
2. A new counter-terrorism group, not part of the FBI; or
The millions of loyal Americans who speak fluent Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pushtu, etc., is a great national asset, one which which Europe can’t match. The failure to exploit that asset is a great national scandal.
It’s not just that the FBI can’t understand documents and phone calls; if no FBI agent speaks Arabic like a native, then no FBI agent can pretend to be a native Arabic-speaker. If you were trying to recruit jihadists in the United States, wouldn’t that fact make you happy?