Review reveals racism claims at GCHQ

Anti-terrorism efforts at GCHQ – Britain's secret eavesdropping centre – are being undermined by failing to recruit enough ethnic minority staff, according to a new report. Skip related content

The review found that black and Asian intelligence officers complained of a racist culture at the complex near Cheltenham, in Gloucestershire.

It also said that GCHQ had only a "very small pool" of black and Asian staff among its 5,000 workers – while all of the agency's senior staff were white.

Much of the agency's work involves monitoring calls and emails from terror suspects, but a lack of officers with specialist knowledge of languages like Urdu and Arabic was found to be harming efforts to spot codes and cultural nuances in intercepted conversations.

"It is critical to have a diverse staff group who are able to profile and recognise certain behaviour patterns and communications," the document said.

The report recommends better engagement with ethnic minority communities in order to boost recruitment and improve the image of the organisation, adding: "This is critical to good national security intelligence."

Why is this idea important?

UK government should not be allowed to continue its practice to exclude/exploit Black and Ethnic Minority from their legitimate right to work & be a valuable member of the society.

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