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FBI on a hiring spree

world Updated: Jan 11, 2009 00:16 IST
Tushar Srivastava

The financial meltdown is not about to slow down America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The agency has just announced a big recruiting blitz.

Indicating the importance the US attaches to the Middle East and Asia, the FBI says it is “looking for agent candidates with foreign language fluency (especially in Middle Eastern and Asian dialects)”.

“The FBI is looking for a few good men and women to fill a variety of mission-critical roles within our organisation,” reads a message on its website. “Well actually, we’re looking for a few thousand — just over 2,100 professional staff employees and 850 Special Agents, to be precise — in one of the largest hiring blitzes in our 100-year history”. The only condition for applying: you must be a US citizen.

About the initiative, John Raucci, FBI’s assistant director (HR division), is quoted as saying: “It’s to bring more people on board with skills in critical areas, especially language fluency and computer science. But we’re also looking for professionals in a wide variety of fields who have a deep desire to help protect our nation from terrorists, spies, and others who wish us harm.” Maybe, there is a message in there for India’s intelligence agencies.