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Ground-to-air missiles 'may protect' London 2012 games

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Ground-to-air missiles 'may protect' London 2012 games

[quote=BBC News]Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has told MPs that ground-to-air missiles will be deployed to protect the 2012 Olympic Games in London if deemed operationally necessary.
He was asked to confirm this by the former defence secretary Liam Fox.
The comments follow reports of concern in the United States about security plans for the Games.
The Guardian claimed the US was furious about security plans and wanted to send up to 1,000 of its own people, including 500 FBI agents but the Home Office says it has "full confidence" in the plans.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15724639
Can you imagine a coalition decision giving authority to shoot down anything over London ? ? ?
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Re: Ground-to-air missiles 'may protect' London 2012 games

The Guardian report has been denied by the Olympic organisers and the US today.
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The US was providing "great support", Mr Allison added, and their officials did not "recognise" the concerns expressed in the newspaper.
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Re: Ground-to-air missiles 'may protect' London 2012 games

Why not hold the Olympic Games in a proper war zone - e.g. Iraq, so that civilians living nearby won't get bombed.

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You mean move it all down the road to Croydon ?   Cheesy
Then they could introduce some new British 'activities' -
Opening ceremony - the Olympic flame burns down some local shops.
New events - Brick throwing and window smashing followed by looting and the 100 meter leg it.
International news coverage could be coordinated by Blackberry messenger.
There could even be sponsorship deals with shoe manufacturers, to encourage da-yoofs to nick their competitors trainers from the local sportswear outlet.
Instead of medals - hand out ASBOs and restraining orders.
Closing ceremony - the traditional Pub throwing out and Great British punch-up.
Then transport home for all the foreign competitors organised by the B.N.P.
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Re: Ground-to-air missiles 'may protect' London 2012 games

Great idea but you missed synchronised throwing up (this would only be held on Friday & Saturday nights) Tongue

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Re: Ground-to-air missiles 'may protect' London 2012 games

I wonder how they'll explain the damage to people who's houses become landing pads for aircraft wreckage?
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Apparently they are still considering this idea  Huh
London 2012: Missiles may be placed at residential flats
[quote=BBC News]The Ministry of Defence says it is evaluating sites for surface-to-air missiles for the Olympic Games, and could place them at residential flats.
Residents at an estate in east London have received a leaflet saying soldiers could be placed there during the Games.
It says part of an air defence system might be based at a water tower on the estate, where 700 people live.
A spokesman said the MoD had not yet decided whether to deploy ground based air defence systems during the Games.
The leaflet states that members of the Armed Forces will be at the location for a military exercise in early May for between five and seven days, between 2 and 7 May.
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Re: Ground-to-air missiles 'may protect' London 2012 games

I used to support a trading floor overlooking HMS  Belfast near to the Tower of London on the river Thames. We often had network problems  if a naval vessel on a courtesy visit parked next to the Belfast with its main radar running. We had to record all telephone calls from the trading floor. Those recordings all had a regular loud "click" in sympathy with the sweep of the radar beam. I don't suppose it will be much different during the 8 weeks of the main and para olympics.
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Re: Ground-to-air missiles 'may protect' London 2012 games

who is being stupid, me or them?  where do the shot down planes land, or do they get vaporized
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Re: Ground-to-air missiles 'may protect' London 2012 games

Probably in the olympic stadium
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Re: Ground-to-air missiles 'may protect' London 2012 games

like a giant basketball hoop and net ?
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Was the cost of this " Air Defence" factored into the original loss  waste of money,  figures?
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Lets' hope they don't shoot down any planes circling because of Immigration & Passport delays at Heathrow !!
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Was the cost of this " Air Defence" factored into the original loss  waste of money,  figures?


If the Olympics do make a loss than the Organising company et al need investigating. Why
1. All seats have been sold, when I have watched previous Olympics venues are far from full for heats.
2. Paralympics have sold out and this is the first time that tickets are not free.
So income from tickets has to the the highest than any other Olympics. More punters more income generated from the franchises. Then TV rights. It can't end with a net loss.
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dont think the have sold all the football tickets, about time they admitted that it is not the most followed UK sport, more people go fishing