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by Ryan Mauro
Radical Islamic forces are taking advantage of weaknesses in the British justice system. The Quilliam Foundation, a moderate Muslim organization, has released a report disclosing how the preachers of extremism are able to secretly send messages, issue public statements and even appear on television from prison. Extremist texts litter prison libraries and in some cases, radical religious leaders are allowed to lead prayer services and act as teachers for the inmates.
The report concluded that the radicalized prisoners become violent about five to seven years after being released on average, so the terrorists of 2015 are being bred in British prisons right now. The head of the Royal United Services Institute estimates that about 800 radicalized prisoners will be released from British prisons over the next 10 years. British judges have also shown a tremendous weakness towards punishing terrorists, often significantly reducing their sentences. Activist judges have decided to release 30 high-level terrorists early because "If sentences were imposed which were more severe than the circumstances of the particular case warranted, that would be likely to inflame rather than deter extremism."
The United Kingdom also has had difficulty in dealing with radical Islamic groups that preach violence but cannot be proven to directly engage in terrorism and non-violent extremists. One such example is Anjem Choudary, an extremist preacher who openly mocks British soldiers, vocally supports terrorism and advocates the establishment of Shariah law, saying it "may come peacefully. But it may come through a holy war that will see rivers of blood on the streets." Shockingly, he receives about 25,000 British pounds annually in state benefits.
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