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UK Prison Service Shackled by Multiculturalism
by David J. Rusin • Jun 1, 2008 at 11:50 am
A leaked internal review paints a disturbing portrait of life at Whitemoor Prison, a high-security jail in Cambridgeshire, England. The report details an "ongoing theme of fear" among staff members, who believe that radicalized Muslim inmates are taking control of the facility and that a "serious incident is imminent."
How did prison officials allow the situation to get out of hand? Political correctness:
Such timidity compounds the already difficult problem of Islamic extremism behind bars. As documented by a short film in the PBS series America at a Crossroads, incarceration has brought many to Islam, particularly its more violent strains. A thwarted terrorist plot targeting sites in Los Angeles was hatched at a California state prison, and British shoe bomber Richard Reid converted while serving time. Interestingly, the Telegraph notes that another shoe bomber, Saajid Badat, is housed at Whitemoor.
Is Britain's Prison Service worried about jihadists like Badat radicalizing fellow inmates? Yes. But the review exhibits just as much concern that staffers might commit thought crimes when dealing with Islamists in their charge:
The Ministry of Justice offers a multicultural solution that borders on self-parody:
Political correctness has exacerbated Whitemoor's tensions, but officials insist that even more political correctness will alleviate them. As Einstein once said, "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."