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Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts
DEA wants "Black English" linguists to decipher bugged calls

AUGUST 23--The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations, according to federal records.

A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration's Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a "DEA Sensitive" security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of "telephonic monitoring of court ordered nonconsensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media"

The DEA's need for full-time linguists specializing in Ebonics is detailed in bid documents related to the agency's mid-May issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) covering the provision of as many as 2100 linguists for the drug agency's various field offices. Answers to the proposal were due from contractors on July 29.

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Comments (16)

"a 'DEA Sensitive' security... (Below threshold)

"a 'DEA Sensitive' security clearance"

Um ... would that be a background clearance, or pre-screening for an appropriate level of racial sensitivity?

I'm sure Eric Holder and the Social Justice Department are making situations like this their number one priority.

Just another example of "Sh... (Below threshold)

Just another example of "Shit you just can't make up!"

Since when was Holder inter... (Below threshold)
Nine Fourteen:

Since when was Holder interested in illegal drug trafficker's and the language barrier? Oh thats right November is fast approaching.

Nuts!My counselor ... (Below threshold)


My counselor never mentioned ebonics as a way to enter law enforcement.

And what's with: "a request for proposal (RFP) covering the provision of as many as 2100 linguists for the drug agency's various field offices"???

So I suppose that only blac... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

So I suppose that only black people speak street/drug slang. The DOJ sounds racist to me.

Well, that should help put ... (Below threshold)

Well, that should help put a big hurt on the Mexican drug cartels, right?

I wonder which MSM Hussein ... (Below threshold)

I wonder which MSM Hussein shill will be the first to report this story?? Just consider the number of devastatingly non-PC ways it can be filed: 1.) Blacks can't speak actual ENGLISH, so we need "windtalkers" just to understand them; 2.)the vast majority of drug dealers are "homies" so we must create a whole new department... OK, YOUR turn!!!

See now, if only you guys d... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

See now, if only you guys didn't protest so much when they wanted to teach EBonics in school they probably wouldn't have to hire an expert;)

Tina,ROTFLMAO! Goo... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:


ROTFLMAO! Good one. You're a funny lady.

Tina, you're my new persona... (Below threshold)

Tina, you're my new personal hero for that remark.

And Kevin... you GOTTA start posting more again. This was inspired brilliance. I was halfway through the article when I thought of the Airplane! clip, and yup... you went there.

BTW, caption contest winners?


This is just a way to get V... (Below threshold)

This is just a way to get Van Jones back on the payroll.

Very good Tina.......damn n... (Below threshold)

Very good Tina.......damn near blew pop outta my nose!

I was under the impression ... (Below threshold)

I was under the impression that every one in DC already spoke Jive, considereing that's all I hear from there.

"....bust a cap on yo' boot... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

"....bust a cap on yo' booty..."

Now Stephone, whatever could THIS mean? I..I
can't understand you....could you drop the
crack-pipe for a sec and help us decipher
this cryptic message. It's a matter of life
and death.

F' shizzle, m' nizzle?... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

F' shizzle, m' nizzle?

Clearly patienc... (Below threshold)
Gaius Piconius:

Clearly patience pays. For the Ebonites substance meets style!






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