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Military test for Olympics security

Posted in 2012 Olympics, British Government, War with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2012 by britishloyalist

RAF Typhoon jets have arrived at an air base in London in preparation for the Olympic Games as military chiefs said they were ready to react to a “9/11-type attack”.
The four high-speed jets landed at RAF Northolt in west London ahead of a major military exercise to test security for London 2012. It is the first time fighter aircraft have been stationed at the base since the Second World War.
The Typhoons will take part in Exercise Olympic Guardian, a nine-day training operation over the skies of the capital and the home counties that runs from until May 10.
Air Vice-Marshal Stuart Atha, air component commander for Olympics air security, said: “What we will have is a plan that has many levels to it which will allow us to deal at one end – which is that 9/11-type attack – perhaps down to the lower and the slower type of threat that we may face.
“There is no specific threat and all we are doing is having in place what we would describe as prudent and appropriate measures in place, in order that we could react if required in a timely and appropriate fashion.”
Air Vice-Marshal Atha said he hoped the exercise would have “an effect on the mind” of any potential attackers, and added: “I would hope when they see how we are preparing they might be deterred from making any threats to the Games.”
The RAF warned that people in south-east England will notice an increase in air activity at certain times, in particular this weekend.
Other aircraft involved in the exercise include Royal Navy Sea King helicopters temporarily based at RAF Northolt, RAF Puma helicopters based at a Territorial Army centre in Ilford, east London, and Army and Royal Navy Lynx helicopters on HMS Ocean in the Thames.
Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond said: “Whilst there is no specific threat to the Games, we have to be ready to assist in delivering a safe and secure Olympics for all to enjoy.
“The fact that our state-of-the-art Typhoons will be stationed at RAF Northolt underlines the commitment of the Ministry of Defence and our armed forces to keeping the public safe at a time when the world will be watching us.”

Posted in 2012 Olympics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2012 by britishloyalist

Ground-to-air missiles are to be sited on the roof of a block of flats near the Olympic site as part of a huge security operation to protect the Games.
The Army will station soldiers and high-velocity surface-to-air missiles on the residential block in East London to ward off airborne terror threats.
Residents in the private, gated flats in Bow have received a leaflet warning them that a team of ten soldiers and police will be placed at the building – home to 700 people – for the duration of this summer’s Games.
It follows an announcement by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond in November that missiles might be used to safeguard the Olympic site.
Last night, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed the missiles would be deployed within the next few days. They describe them as ‘a useful deterrent’.
Resident Brian Whelan, a journalist, said the MoD leaflet says the missiles will be fired only 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. 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 ten officers plus police present 24/7. I’m not sure if they are going to live in the building. We have a gym and a pool and people have seen them there so it makes you think it will be some sort of Army base – it’s not ideal.
‘The property management company which runs the place put up posters and gave out the leaflets today.
‘The general tone was, “Great news, aren’t we lucky”, but that’s not normal, it’s not something people should have put on them.
‘I’ve looked these up [the missiles] and I don’t think they’re the kind of thing you can fire over a highly populated area like Tower Hamlets, think of the debris.’
Mr Whelan said the leaflet poses a series of questions residents might ask, such as: ‘Will this make me a target for terrorists?’
The 28-year-old said: ‘But the answer on it is that we will be safer with it here.
‘From the few people I’ve spoken to, and the security we have here, they’re not happy about it. I don’t think it needs to be here at all.’

Warning: High-velocity surface-to-air missiles will be stationed on the residential block in East London to ward off airborne terror threats

Launch site: The Army will station soldiers and high-velocity surface-to-air missiles on this residential block in Bow Quarter, East London, to ward off airborne terror threats

Protection: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond saw some of the Rapier System ground-to-air missile launchers during a visit to RAF Waddington near Lincoln, earlier this year

Target: Security agencies fear the Olympic site in Stratford, east London, will be targeted by terrorists and are preparing for a range of difference scenarios

Stop wreckers

Posted in 2012 Olympics with tags , , , , , on April 9, 2012 by britishloyalist

THE moron who spoiled the Boat Race by swimming in front of the Oxford and Cambridge teams may have unintentionally done us a service.

Because Trenton Oldfield showed how the London Olympics could be wrecked by the bogus protests of attention seekers.

Instead of an admiring world watching a supreme sporting event we’d be putting on one long, embarrassing episode of Britain’s Got Trouble.

Which is why the Government must now announce a deterrent with real teeth.

Idiots such as Oldfield must be in no doubt anyone who disrupts the Games will get a stiff jail sentence. A mandatory jail sentence.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke’s Sentencing Bill is going through parliament. A simple amendment to it can make such tough jail terms law.

This is not about crushing genuine protest. It is about thwarting cranks and ego maniacs.

The police and MI5 are already at full stretch combating the terrorist threat. And as Olympic rowing hero Matthew Pinsent pointed out yesterday, it is impossible to stop every clown hell bent on mayhem.

The marathon, the triathlon and some of the cycling takes take place on public roads. They are easy targets.

The 2004 Athens Games are remembered not for sporting excellence — but for a defrocked priest who rushed on to the track in the Marathon and grabbed the leading runner.

We do not want London 2012 similarly shamed. Meanwhile, Oldfield has been charged with a public order offence and will be hauled before magistrates.

Here’s a suggestion if he’s found guilty. He wrecked the rowers’ big day after years of training.

Why not lock him in a dressing room with the two teams for a few hours?

Rings of steel: London Olympics security goes into overdrive over terrorist sleeper cell fears

Posted in 2012 Olympics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2012 by britishloyalist

Documents seen by the Daily Mirror reveal a massive operation by security chiefs to tighten access to every venue

A terrorist sleeper cell could be already in place and waiting to commit an Olympics atrocity, experts fear.

Security chiefs have identified existing staff as the greatest threat to safety and told workers to watch each other for suspicious behaviour and to scrutinise all deliveries to Olympic venues.

Documents seen by the Daily Mirror reveal a massive operation to tighten access to every venue.

A source said: “There are real concerns that a terrorist cell could be lying under the radar already.

“Deliveries to venues have been identified as the main threat, because of the access it gives.

“The worry is that someone who is already employed is just waiting for the opportunity to attack.”

Last week, MI5 director general Jonathan Evans warned that events outside London could be the prime targets.

Fans will descend on locations such as Weymouth for sailing, Eton Dorney for rowing and Old Trafford in Manchester and other grounds in Newcastle, Coventry, Cardiff and Glasgow for football.

Under Games security procedures, security-compliant certified goods can be delivered direct to Olympic venues.

But uncertified goods must be screened, then loaded on to pre-approved vehicles and delivered only by authorised drivers.

The source added: “Bosses are determined not to make a single slip-up in their preparations.

“There will be no risks taken with the safety of athletes and spectators when the eyes of the world are on London.”

Checkpoints will control access to all venues and even goods for Westfield Shopping Centre – near the Olympic Stadium – will be screened before getting in.

The source added: “Shops are preparing for huge disruption, but they know there is no choice.”

Intelligence gathering has identified Irish dissidents, Islamist extremists and “lone wolf” attackers as the main threats.

More than 500 MI5 officers are working solely on Games security.

UK to Provide 13,500 Troops to Guard 2012 Olympics

Posted in 2012 Olympics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2012 by britishloyalist

Costs of London Olympics

Posted in 2012 Olympics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2012 by britishloyalist

Financial cost of building facilities, which may only be used to their full potential for a short time during games.
The investment is short term. Many facilities can only be used for the 3 week duration of the Olympics. After that there is a danger of ‘white elephant projects’ – facilities that can not be effectively reused. E.g. similar to the Millennium Dome.
Opportunity cost. It is estimated the cost of the Olympic village could cost up to £1billion. This is £1billion that cannot be spent on alternative investment schemes like transport and education in London.
The credit crunch means private sector investment has dried up. This increases the cost onto the tax payers. Government spending is already under strain because of the bank bailouts and recession.
If taxpayer has to step in, the Olympics will lose part of its £2.2bn contingency fund
The London Olympic logo is truly awful, and according to the Sun newspaper could trigger epilepsy.

Our Olympic eye in the sky: Inside the RAF’s airborne command centre that will guard Britain against terror threat during 2012 Games Read more:

Posted in 2012 Olympics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2012 by britishloyalist

This is the aircraft that will be on the frontline in the mission to protect spectators and athletes from terrorism during the Olympics.
The Boeing E-3 Sentry has helped the military carry out thousands of missions in war zones across the globe, including Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
But now, this state-of-the art aircraft, is set for a crucial role closer to home, guarding against threats during this summer’s London Games.
The £179m plane, which features an all-seeing radar housed in the distinctive dome, enables armed forces to find, target and neutralise threats from land, sea or air from hundreds of miles.
Defence chiefs have drafted the fearsome aircraft in to help orchestrate the enormous task of keeping the public safe from all form of attack.
Yesterday, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond visited the base to observe an air security training exercise and meet members of the armed forces who will be providing airborne security throughout the summer.
During the visit he stressed that security plans have been put in place for the Olympic Games to make sure the UK is ‘prepared in every respect’ to deal with any threats.
Philip Hammond said the potential of any outside threat or danger at this summer’s Games was ‘hopefully very unlikely’ but said a huge operation was ready to deal with anything that might go wrong.
He said: ‘Part of this exercise is making anyone with ill intention aware of the layered air defence that will be in place.
‘We’ve got no specific threat to the Olympics at all and certainly no specific threat of any kind of airborne threat, but we want the world to know we will be prepared in every respect so that we will be able to ensure that the London Olympics are safe and secure.’
He added: ‘Ever since 9/11 we’ve had a routine plan in place to deal with the possibility of a rogue airliner.
‘What we’re doing for the Olympics is lifting the profile of that and adding additional layers of defence to the routine air defence strategy that we have in place 365 days a year.’
Mr Hammond sat with General Sir Nick Parker and E-3D Sentry personnel in the mission crew area and viewed a scenario in which a rogue aircraft headed towards a target area and RAF Typhoons were scrambled from Coningsby in Lincolnshire, as well as a helicopter and sniper who could either ‘take out’ the pilot or the rogue aircraft’s engine.
Mr Hammond said a ‘number of ministers’ would be involved in the decision-making process if such action was needed and was confident military personnel could deal effectively with all scenarios.
Yesterday’s exercise was also to provide reassurance to ‘friends and allies’ who were sending teams to the Games, he added.
The E-3D Sentry carried out a two-hour test run of the exercise, codenamed Taurus Mountain, over Leamington, Dishforth and the east coast of the UK yesterday morning.
Flight Lieutenant Craige Curry said the plane and crew acted as the ‘eyes in the sky’ for areas where low-level radars could not reach and fed data back to the ground so a full security picture could be seen.
He said: ‘We’ve been involved in supporting numerous Olympics events over the years,’ he said. ‘We call them ‘high visibility events’, which the Olympics is this year.
‘We’re reasonably well-practised in terms of this kind of operation.’
Flt Lt Curry said the crew would be looking for anything and everything in the air during the Games.
‘Anything that flies we’ll be trying to build a picture of,’ he said.
Aircraft and ground units will be part of the multi-layered air defences for the Games, including RAF Typhoon interceptors, RAF E-3D Sentry and Royal Navy Sea King surveillance aircraft.
Sniper-carrying RAF Puma and Navy Lynx helicopters, as well as RAF radar systems and air defence missile systems, will all be in place.
Once the flight had finished and landed back at RAF Waddington Mr Hammond viewed a number of military aircraft and met personnel.
Air Vice Marshal Stuart Atha said the principles that underpin air security plans for the Olympics meant extra assets were able to be brought in, and ‘rapid and appropriate’ decision making was the same as on any other day of the year.
Asked if he was confident air crews could manage and maintain security, he said: ‘That’s what today’s about – it’s about exercising.
‘It’s just like Olympic athletes are preparing for the Games – well so are we.
‘We’re preparing for the Games to bring all these different assets together so that we can be prepared to deliver a safe and secure Olympics, but also doing it from the air in a way that preserves the spirit and the culture of the Games.
‘Hopefully you won’t see us, we will be above and beyond your awareness.’
The armed forces have been keen to show off their capability to counter terrorism in the build up to the Games.
Around 100 marines and 50 officers rehearsed a string of high-speed drills amid fears attackers could use the waterways to launch onslaughts on London landmarks, earlier this year.
About 50 marine police officers in rigid inflatables and fast response boats were joined by up to 100 military personnel and a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter for the exercises.
The Thames runs directly past the O2 Arena, which will be known as the North Greenwich Arena for the purpose of the Games, when it will host events including gymnastics. The river will also be used to transport tourists between venues via water buses and a new cable car.
Typhoon jets and HMS Ocean, the largest ship in the Royal Navy’s fleet, will eventually be deployed to protect the London 2012 Games along with up to 13,500 military personnel.