Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A Clockwork Union Jack

According to The Telegraph:

Alex in ‘A Clockwork Orange’[NOTICE: Before reading any further, please insert a copy of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony into your CD player. Thank you, Your Obedient Servant, The Government]

The Home Office is to announce an extra £12.5 million to support new initiatives to try to stop extremism spreading. [sic — Where do journalists get their training in the use of their native language? Is “extremism spreading” the same as using a seeder to apply fertilizer evenly in your garden?]

The central element of the Home Office plan is a new national “deradicalisation” programme that would persuade converts to violent and extremist causes to change their views.

Controversially, the new plan makes clear that people who fall under the influence of violent organisations will not automatically face prosecution.

Instead, the presumption should be that some such individuals would face therapy and counselling from community groups instead of criminal charges.

This excellent idea, though somewhat dated by now, will probably use music and aversion techniques to help “persuade converts to violent and extremist causes to change their views.”/؟

Documents being distributed to local councils explain that many people who get drawn into extremism have often suffered some sort of personal trauma or crisis that makes them vulnerable to exploitation.

“We do not want to put through the criminal justice system those who are vulnerable to, or are being drawn into, violent extremism unless they have clearly committed an offence,” a Home Office report says.

It remains to be seen exactly which behaviors the Home Office will consider an “offence.” Probably anything that results in more than two deaths.

As to the psychobabble about people who get drawn into extremism have often suffered some sort of personal trauma or crisis that makes them vulnerable to exploitation, my response is “so what? They still have free will and agency or we may as well let all the criminals loose with a pat of sympathy.

One American psychiatrist who donated his time for a few years to working with groups of prisoners told me that more than ninety per cent of the men had suffered what he considered extreme abuse. He also found them manipulative and unresponsive to treatment. No surprise: he burned out eventually.

The Home Office natters on:
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“It is vital that individuals and communities understand this and have the confidence to use the support structures that we shall be developing.”

Most of the new funding will be set aside for grants to community groups that challenge the messages of violent extremists should be supported.

The plan includes a suggestion that local councils should map their areas’ religion, surveying and recording the faiths and denominations of local residents.

SAY WHAT??? Religious profiling? And why? Oh, of course, so they can provide spiritual counseling to these poor victims of trauma who aren’t really criminals. Inside each of them is a good boy, trying to get help from the right person.

New guidelines for councils say: “A deeper understanding of local communities should be developed to help inform and focus the programme of action - this may include mapping denominational backgrounds and demographic and socio-economic factors.”

The Home Office has told councils they must be prepared to ask police to vet anyone involved in projects that receive government anti-radicalisation funding.

If a group is found to be promoting violent extremism, local agencies and the police should consider disrupting or removing funding, and deny access to public facilities, the document added. [emphasis added]

They don’t necessarily have to withhold monies from radical lunatics who endanger the commonweal, they only have to cover their behinds by proving they “considered” such action. Oh, craven new world.

There are several better solutions. One would be to rent Alcatraz and put offenders there. The place isn’t being used anymore, and would make a fine residence for violent terrorists who do not wish England well.

Another solution was offered in January, but you can imagine how that went over:

British authorities are considering a proposal to implant “machine-readable” RFID tags under the skin of some prison inmates as part of a plan to free up space in the country’s overcrowded prisons. Just like the nightmare world described in your favorite cautionary tales, the chips would enable authorities to track the location of implantees using satellite and radio-wave technology. The program would build off the current ankle-tagging currently in place, and according to an official from the Ministry of Justice who finds the plan double-plus good, “All the options are on the table, and this is one we would like to pursue.”

Hey, if the Brits don’t want it, we could move the Gitmo prisoners to Alcatraz.

As one who has worked with groups of abusive spouses, I will offer an opinion on this hare-brained scheme: be sure to have a large life-insurance policy in place for each “therapist” or “counselor” you find who is dumb enough to work one-on-one with terrorists. At least their families will be protected. I wonder what an actuarial accountant would say the insurance premium ought to be for these intrepid souls.

A pox on Freud.


Hat tip: TB

10 comments:

kenprice said...

I have a much simpler, more effective solution: a prefrontal lobotomy with a .44 magnum. Screw the psychobabble, one shot cures all.

Sir Henry Morgan said...

Mentoring 4 Maniacs ‘r Us says:

Here’s the best therapy for “de-radicalising” homicidal maniacs that money can buy.

This:

http://worldweapons.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/barrett_xm500.jpg

And this:

http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/0/07/300px-Mk211_Raufoss.jpg

In combination.

livfreerdie said...

Alcatraz is out. Dirty Harry "messed" it up in the movie "The Enforcer".

Tom

Zenster said...

The Anthony Burgess reference is exceptionally appropriate. Just as with the book's ending, where reconditioned once-hyper-violent Malcom is no longer able to defend himself, so Britian's numerous Politically Correct policies are crippling its societal immune system.

If a group is found to be promoting violent extremism, local agencies and the police should consider disrupting or removing funding ...

Perish the thought of just plain arresting them!

As to the idiotic RFID tagging, how in Hell does that stop someone from blowing themself up on a tube train? By the time officers are racing to apprend your errant thug, his thumb can already be on the detonater. IDIOCY!

This is a picture perfect example of Western multiculturalists insisting that everybody else thinks like they do when nothing could be farther from the truth.

costin said...

I got that strange 1984 feeling more and more often...

no2liberals said...

Videe well, oh my brother!(and sister)

Defiant Lion said...

Costin:

You wouldn't believe how right you are.

Don't be fooled into thinking this is just another "liberal multicult" bumble.

This is deliberate. It is yet another attack on our nation by marxists,in particular, a leadership "charity" called "Common Purpose".

Common Purpose have infected all levels of our society. They have "graduates" in all parties at both national and government level.

Although they claim to be a charity, they are funded by government.

Brian Gerrish - google with common purpose to find out more - has labelled the activities of CP as "subversion". I believe he is spot on and I believe there are similar groups throughout the EUSSR and most probably the US.

More here if you are interested:

Stop Common Purpose

Zenster said...

Defiant Lion: This is deliberate. It is yet another attack on our nation by marxists,in particular, a leadership "charity" called "Common Purpose".

What is it about the way that Brits are so enamored of communism? Is there some lingering fascination with monarchy that has been siphoned off into pursuing communist elitism? It is unnerving to watch one of the world's greatest empire builders bow and scrape at the feet of this world's greatest empire destroyer.

Defiant Lion said...

Zenster:

It isn't just the Brits, it's Europe and of course, South Africa as well. It is all about the destruction of western societies and they are succeeding.

They're also at work in the US too, the NAU being a good example along with the programs in universities that brand all whites as "inherently racist".

Cultural marxism is destroying the entire west. It is every bit as dangerous an enemy as Islam, if not more so, and the goal is the so called "New World Order" - the one world government, a nationless eutopia. The corrupt EUSSR is a prime example of what they are after.

Some of us are waking up to it but there is still a long way to go.

Saharians said...

I wonder if this namby-pamby treatment will be extended to non-Muslim activists, European nationalists, and Western freedom fighters?