• Surface-to-air missiles may be put on London flats during Olympics
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[url]http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17884897[/url] [quote=BBC News][b]The Ministry of Defence says it is still evaluating sites to place surface-to-air missiles for the Olympic Games after reports that they could be placed at residential flats.[/b] Residents at a block in Bow, east London, are reported to have received a leaflet saying soldiers and police will be stationed there during the Games. The flats are home to 700 people. A spokesman said the MoD had not decided whether to deploy ground based air defence systems for the Games. According to journalist Brian Whelan, a resident at the flats, the MoD's leaflet says the missiles will only be fired as a last resort. He said: "They are going to have a test run next week, putting high velocity missiles on the roof just above our apartment and on the back of it they're stationing police and military in the tower of the building for two months. "It's a private, gated community with an old watch tower which is now a lift shaft. We have an MoD leaflet saying the building is the only suitable place in the area. "It says there will be 10 officers plus police present 24/7. I'm not sure if they are going to live in the building." [b]'Not normal'[/b] Mr Whelan also said that the property management company which runs the flats put up posters and gave out the leaflets on Saturday. A MoD spokesman said: "As announced before Christmas, ground based air defence systems could be deployed as part of a multi-layered air security plan for the Olympics, including fast jets and helicopters, which will protect the skies over London during the Games. "Based on military advice we have identified a number of sites and, alongside colleagues from the Metropolitan Police, are talking to local authorities and relevant landowners to help minimise the impact of any temporary deployments. "As part of our ongoing planning, we can confirm site evaluations have taken place." The MoD has previously been considering plans to install surface-to-air missiles in Blackheath and Shooters Hill during the Olympics.[/quote] Note: The news here is that they may be put on flats, we already know surface-to-air missiles are definitely going to be deployed somewhere in London
then the terrorists will hack the missiles, thus bringing chaos all over london. I watch way too many action films.
Do we really need all of this?...
[QUOTE=dass;35750151]Do we really need all of this?...[/QUOTE] Iirc China had missiles back in '08
i always imagine the people who organize these things as that guy on killing floor who goes, "MONEY MONEY MONEYY" whenever it comes to sensible spending
Why would a terrorist try to attack the Olympic Games, when the security services are on highest alert?
Would be rather morbidly amusing if it turns out the method of attack used will be a bloke with condoms filled with explosive fluid in his stomach or something silly. I don't really see why they think that another 9/11 type attack is the likely scenario.
I love when the Olympics happened in Vancouver there was pretty much nothing for security besides a higher than normal police and military presence. No high fences, additional cameras, or air defense systems. Just a lot of people on foot. amazingly, nothing happened. The UK seems to think people have it in for them.
[QUOTE=smurfy;35750199]Why would a terrorist try to attack the Olympic Games, when the security services are on highest alert?[/QUOTE] Because if they succeeded, it would have a massive impact scare wise.
[QUOTE=smurfy;35750199]Why would a terrorist try to attack the Olympic Games, when the security services are on highest alert?[/QUOTE] Terrorists try to spread terror. If a terrorist COULD attack where security is the highest, then that's gonna spread terror, especially as it's something a lot of people are gonna be watching on TV and everything at home. Also, there's a lot of people there.
[QUOTE=MIPS;35750224]I love when the Olympics happened in Vancouver there was pretty much nothing for security besides a higher than normal police and military presence. No high fences, additional cameras, or air defense systems. Just a lot of people on foot. amazingly, nothing happened. The UK seems to think people have it in for them.[/QUOTE] guilty conscience
Why would anyone want to wreck the olympic games, anyway?
[QUOTE=MIPS;35750224] The UK seems to think people have it in for them.[/QUOTE] We've pissed off a lot of people in the past 11 years.
[QUOTE=MIPS;35750224]I love when the Olympics happened in Vancouver there was pretty much nothing for security besides a higher than normal police and military presence. No high fences, additional cameras, or air defense systems. Just a lot of people on foot. amazingly, nothing happened. The UK seems to think people have it in for them.[/QUOTE] Well, they kinda do. 7//7 bombings?
[QUOTE=latin_geek;35750270]Why would anyone want to wreck the olympic games, anyway?[/QUOTE] Maybe they're not very athletic.
The whole olympics thing seems like such a waste of money, the tourism had better make up for it.
I guess you can't blame them for being paranoid about terrorism [img]http://imgkk.com/i/42s3.png[/img]
[QUOTE=UberMunchkin;35750172]Iirc China had missiles back in '08[/QUOTE] Yup. [img]http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/06/25/article-0-01B91FB700000578-611_468x694.jpg[/img]
I'm not going to the Olympics this year. i guarantee you something will happen ..even if its just a bomb scare that turns out to be a hoax or something. im pretty damn sure something will happen and this whole overhype of it being sprayed everywhere sure isn't helping. i just hope it will be a false bomb scare or a suspicious package instead of a suicide bomber or something
Wouldn't be a crazy person using mortars more likely than huge missiles (hard to move around and hide)?
Surely putting missiles on top of residential flats is putting them at risk? If I was to attack the games those missiles would be my first target
[QUOTE=Arsonist;35750653]Surely putting missiles on top of residential flats is putting them at risk? If I was to attack the games those missiles would be my first target[/QUOTE]It's to stop a 9/11 style terrorist attack, not a full-blown military strike.
[QUOTE=mini me;35750422]I'm not going to the Olympics this year. i guarantee you something will happen ..even if its just a bomb scare that turns out to be a hoax or something. im pretty damn sure something will happen and this whole overhype of it being sprayed everywhere sure isn't helping. i just hope it will be a false bomb scare or a suspicious package instead of a suicide bomber or something[/QUOTE] A fake bomb scare in the middle of a crowded stadium will kill at least one guy when everyone rushes to get the fuck out, no doubt A part of the problem is the bombers, another part is the people who don't know how to or can't properly react to an emergency
Well... seems a good place to put them.
Watch as they get nicked by a bunch of chavs in the night.
[QUOTE=Swebonny;35750418]Yup. [img]http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/06/25/article-0-01B91FB700000578-611_468x694.jpg[/img][/QUOTE] [B]MOVE ALONG CITIZEN. ENJOY THE GAMES.[/B]
[QUOTE=carcarcargo;35750405]The whole olympics thing seems like such a waste of money, the tourism had better make up for it.[/QUOTE] yeah!!! i HATE events of cultural significance and entertainment all around the world!!
[QUOTE=Kinglah Crab;35751383]yeah!!! i HATE events of cultural significance and entertainment all around the world!![/QUOTE] When the country is going through massive austerity cuts, yeah pretty much
[QUOTE=latin_geek;35750270]Why would anyone want to wreck the olympic games, anyway?[/QUOTE] People not liking the countries of olympians or the host country (Munich massacre and China comes to mind) Remember when the Beijing torch was going across the world? Shitstorms everywhere, and that wasn't even the olympics.
[QUOTE=smurfy;35750199]Why would a terrorist try to attack the Olympic Games, when the security services are on highest alert?[/QUOTE] Because before some of those security services even existed we had an Israeli team executed in Munich in 1972 and a bombing in 1996.
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