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London ramps up security for Olympics

05-02-2012 13:47 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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The city of London is starting to ramp up its security ahead of this summer’s Games. And some of the initiatives it’s decided to undertake has some people feeling uneasy.

This is what the British government is trying to protect. They want to make sure that no terror attacks occur during this summer’s Olympic Games.

But it is the way that they are going about to protect the city that has some people perplexed.

This small town on the East-side of London asks residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activities.

The most suspicious activities could become from their own homes -- as surface-to-air missiles could be stationed on the rooftops of the buildings.

The city of London is starting to ramp up its security
ahead of this summer’s Games. And some of the
initiatives it’s decided to undertake has some
people feeling uneasy.

And how did the British government alert city dwellers of this plan? Through a leaflet.

Local resident Brian Whelan said, "At first I thought maybe it was a prank. I had a look at it. It looked genuine. Very angry. I had previously seen soldiers in uniform bringing crates into the tower. I was quite shocked when I saw that. So it clicked that it was legitimate."

Opposition Sports Minister Clive Efford, said, "Just to announce this is happening, without taking them through all of the issues, or saying ’we’d like to invite you to a meeting to discuss this so that we can give you a briefing on what’s taking place’. Not just to drop a leaflet through doors and say ’By the way, we’re putting a rocket on the roof of your flats.’ It’s just not the way forward."

Security Consultant Dr. Sally Leivesley said, "These measures are absolutely necessary. They are protective and it is all about deterrence and control of the air space. The government has an obligation to the International Olympic Committee to protect over 100 heads of state who are visiting and all the athletes that come from all over the world."

Britain previously confirmed that up to 13,500 troops are being deployed on land, at sea and in the air to help protect the Olympics alongside police and security guards.

Metropolitan Acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison said, "The top end terrorism attacks, potentially an attack on a venue from the air or potentially armed individuals on boats in the Thames driving very very fast is the sort of thing we would use the military to assist us with. But we have our own capability on the Thames, it is only if our capability is unable to deal with it that we call upon the military."

With 88 days to go, British military planners claim they need to increase security to cope with a potential 9/11 type attack.

Britain believes they are justified in their security efforts and don’t want a repeat of what happened 7 years ago. Suicide bombers killed 52 people in co-ordinated attacks in London on the day after the city was awarded the Games in July 2005.

Britain currently rates the threat of a terrorist attack as "substantial", the third highest level, which means a strike is seen as a strong possibility.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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