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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 02:06 PM

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Residents in east London are due to have missiles placed on their roofs this week to protect the Olympic Games from airborne terrorist attacks.

Military planners at the Ministry of Defence have decided to fit high-velocity rockets with a range of 5km to several apartment blocks close to the Olympic Park. This weekend they informed the occupants of the Lexington Building apartment complex in Bow that a missile battery would be installed this week.

The weapons are capable of shooting down aircraft and can counter "pop-up strikes" by helicopters, according to the MoD. During the Games, they will be controlled around the clock by 10 unarmed soldiers, who might be guarded by armed police.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 02:25 PM

The Olympics smokescreen doesn't wash with anoyone! The missiles are being stationed to protect us from the impending Alien invasion by reptilians from..... wherever they come from!


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Posted 29 April 2012 - 03:10 PM

Why not just arm the soldiers and save the money from having to hire armed police?  :huh:

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 03:35 PM

View PostI Am Not Resisting, on 29 April 2012 - 03:10 PM, said:

Why not just arm the soldiers and save the money from having to hire armed police?  :huh:
I noticed that as well.  I wonder if it isn't a British version of our Posse Comitatus  laws?  No armed military doing police work within the country?
As to feeling safer I'd say heck yeah!!  When I'm home.  But I'd feel a little squeamish and keep glancing at overhead traffic out in public since one of them might just fall on your head :gun:

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 03:41 PM

What are they going to shoot at ?..How are they gonna tell friendly aircraft from terrorists,like Halt who goes there ? friend or foe, stop or I'll shoot.The next thing you'll see is," Plane approaching Heathrow shot down by friendly fire".

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:53 PM

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How are they gonna tell friendly aircraft from terrorists
heh.. there's an IFF (identification friend or foe) transponder active for this..

but..

i don't get it? ...what happens when 20 tonnes of falling terrorist plane debris crushes folks in their houses?

..should they have been supporting their team at the olympics?



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Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:55 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 29 April 2012 - 03:41 PM, said:

What are they going to shoot at ?..How are they gonna tell friendly aircraft from terrorists,like Halt who goes there ? friend or foe, stop or I'll shoot.The next thing you'll see is," Plane approaching Heathrow shot down by friendly fire".

It could happen, Spud, but only if the terrorists were pretty sophisticated.  Every aircraft that flies has a radio signal it emits constantly to identify it.  So if there's one that's not id'd it would be fair game.  Or if the terrorists stole one or hijacked one of course the missiles might not help in time.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 05:36 PM

'airborne terrorist attacks'!!!!  They'd stand a better chance of averting a terrorist attack if they just set up a road block around Birmingham.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 06:12 PM

View PostI Am Not Resisting, on 29 April 2012 - 03:10 PM, said:

Why not just arm the soldiers and save the money from having to hire armed police?  :huh:

There are to be 10 soldiers to be stationed with the missiles.

View Postspud the mackem, on 29 April 2012 - 03:41 PM, said:

What are they going to shoot at ?..

Terrorists.


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Posted 29 April 2012 - 06:14 PM

View Postunit, on 29 April 2012 - 04:53 PM, said:


i don't get it? ...what happens when 20 tonnes of falling terrorist plane debris crushes folks in their houses


I'd rather 80 people got killed by falling debris from a shot down terrorist plane than having 80,000 people killed as a result of terrorist activity.


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Posted 29 April 2012 - 10:37 PM

View PostI Am Not Resisting, on 29 April 2012 - 03:10 PM, said:

Why not just arm the soldiers and save the money from having to hire armed police?  :huh:
Remember what Bill Adama said "the police protect the people, the army fights the enemy - when the army becomes the police the enemy becomes the people"

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 12:37 PM

I'm staying away from London for the whole event. I mean even if terrorists manage to hijack a plane, how does shooting it down over a massively populated city make any sense?! I would rather they put armed guards on the planes to stop the hijacking in the first place, or am I just using more common sense than the government?

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:08 PM

View Postbulveye, on 30 April 2012 - 12:37 PM, said:

I'm staying away from London for the whole event. I mean even if terrorists manage to hijack a plane, how does shooting it down over a massively populated city make any sense?! I would rather they put armed guards on the planes to stop the hijacking in the first place, or am I just using more common sense than the government?
Maybe terrorists wouldn't want us to put an armed guard on a airplane they've had on permanent loan from one of the likely sources?

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:26 PM

I saw this on the news this morning.  In my opinion they are conditioning the public to having military in and amongst them.  In a couple of generations nobody will think twice about having heavily armed military and police amongst an unarmed civilian populace.

This whole surface to air missile thing is bogus.  How many planes have needed to be shot down over recent olympics or other international events?  And how much tax dollars is this costing the british populace?

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:37 PM

Aggghh...its not for the Olympics...its to make sure nobody riots this year..... :whistle:






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