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News :: War and Militarism
British government: 13,500 troops to be deployed for the London 2012 Olympics
17 Dec 2011
Modified: 07:33:18 AM
While intensifying efforts to launch new wars abroad, Britain is due to host the London 2012 Olympic Games under a state of emergency…
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British government: 13,500 troops to be deployed for the London 2012 Olympics

[propaganda alert]

compiled by Cem Ertür

16 December 2011

Warship in the Thames for 2012 Olympics (*)

by Owen Gibson, The Guardian, 16 December 2011

The [British] Ministry of Defence has insisted that the London Olympics will retain a celebratory atmosphere despite unveiling plans for a warship on the [River] Thames, surface to air missiles and fighter planes on standby and the deployment of 13,500 military personnel.

[British Defence Minister Philip] Hammond revealed that the Royal Navy's largest ship, 22,500-tonne helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, would be based in Greenwich [south London] for the duration of the [Olympic] Games, while assault vessel HMS Bulwark would be moored in Weymouth, where the sailing events will take place.

An “appropriate and scaleable” air security plan includes Typhoon aircraft at RAF Northolt [airbase in northwest London], helicopters operating from HMS Ocean and “appropriate” surface to air missile systems. The [London Metropolitan] police will also deploy up to 12,000 officers on the busiest days of the [Olympic] Games, with the operation being planned on the basis that the terrorist threat level will be set at severe.

(*) title of the print edition


related news:

Olympic terror flights will divert to Scotland

Aircraft under threat from terrorists will be diverted to a Scottish airport under controversial plans to protect the London Olympics from an attack.

by Gareth Rose, The Scotsman, 16 December 2011


from the archives:

Theresa May: We will never know how many people got through without proper checks

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has admitted that the number of people who entered the country without being checked against a Home Office database of terror suspects and illegal immigrants will never be known.

Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2011 people-got-through-without-proper-checks.html

London 2012: SAS build top secret base on Olympics Park to combat potential terrorist attacks

The SAS will play a key role in Olympics security with elite troops ready to swoop via the Thames in the event of a terror attack.

Daily Mirror, 3 November 2011

SAS come home to fight Games terror

THE SAS are pulling out of Afghanistan in six months to protect London from potential terror attacks during the 2012 Olympics.

by David Willetts, The Sun, 21 June 2011


propaganda alerts:

The Guardian: Britain prepares to take part in US strikes against Iran

by Cem Ertür, San Fransisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, 2 November 2011

UK Prime Minister Cameron: We must not be afraid to use military force against tyrants

by Cem Ertür, San Francisco Bay Area Indymedia, 26 September 2011

British government: We wasted millions chasing wrong terrorist threats

by Cem Ertür, 911Blogger, 6 June 2011

UK Foreign Minister: We will continue to fight against terrorism wherever it rears its head

by Cem Ertür, 911Blogger, 5 May 2011

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