Life Imitates “The State Within”: British Pakistanis Face Extra Scrutiny in U.S.

The people behind BBC AMERICA's The State Within are looking pretty prescient today. In the six-part miniseries, British Muslims were interned in America after UK citizens were suspected of blowing up a US aircraft. Today's story in The New York Times has some remarkable parallels to the plotline:

American officials, citing the number of terror plots in Britain involving Britons with ties to Pakistan, expressed concern over the visa loophole. In recent months, the homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, has opened talks with the government here on how to curb the access of British citizens of Pakistani origin to the United States.

Too bad we don't have Jason Isaacs to set everything straight.

In other news:

  • Robin Hood villain Keith Allen and daughter Lily Allen were among the sobbing mourners at Princess Di's funeral. "I was shocked to see Keith standing next to me with his kids. Some reporters tried to talk to him but he told them it was a private moment. As the coffin passed, Lily was quite upset." (The Sun)
Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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