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Sat May 12, 2012, 03:19 PM

A New Amenity, Missiles, May Show Up on Some London Roofs for the Olympics

Source: New York Times

LONDON — “It looked like one of those things where you get free pizzas through the post,” Hilal Bozkurt said, describing the innocuous-looking leaflet that came through her mail slot recently. “But this was like, free missiles.”

The leaflet was from the Ministry of Defense, and it briskly informed Ms. Bozkurt that her building, Fred Wigg Tower, part of a sad-looking public housing project in a depressed neighborhood in an unloved corner of this city, had been selected as a possible front line against terrorist attacks during the Olympics. Because of the 17-story tower’s strategic location and “excellent all-around view,” the leaflet said, the military was considering installing a “high-velocity missile system” on the roof.

“The air defense system will be manned by fully trained, professional soldiers,” the leaflet said, adding in the “frequently asked questions” section that it would “improve your local security and not make you a target for terrorists.”

Ms. Bozkurt said she did not think that a residential apartment building, even one made of concrete and built in the pugnacious Brutalist style of the 1960s, was a suitable place for a pop-up military base featuring surface-to-air weapons able to travel at three times the speed of sound and hit targets more than three miles away in less than eight seconds. “It does frighten you,” she said.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/world/europe/london-wary-of-rooftop-missiles-plan-during-olympics.html?_r=1

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Reply A New Amenity, Missiles, May Show Up on Some London Roofs for the Olympics (Original post)
kpete May 2012 OP
Dawson Leery May 2012 #1
FrodosPet May 2012 #8
freshwest May 2012 #2
jtuck004 May 2012 #3
JustABozoOnThisBus May 2012 #4
drdtroit May 2012 #5
Odin2005 May 2012 #6
Odin2005 May 2012 #7

Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 04:00 PM

1. Got to keep the money making machine safe.

The olympics are nothing more than an advertising bonanza for global corporations.

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #1)

Sat May 12, 2012, 09:48 PM

8. What good would they have done in Munich 1972?

I would be more worried about a repeat of that.

If there is a legitimate threat of air attack, just keep a couple F-16s or F-18s flying around 24x7 and menace any air traffic that strays into a sensitive zone.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 04:26 PM

2. It sounds like they have more than one purpose in mind. Creepy.

I'm glad she's speaking out, maybe it's not a done deal.

What exactly do they expect those missiles to hit, and how much damage will hitting their targets entail for the area beneath them?

Perhaps it's better to be in the place they're launched from than on the other end. I guess no one gets to vote on this scheme to turn downtown London into a war zone, either.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 04:57 PM

3. Maybe they could recolor the logo to match the trim...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 05:09 PM

4. Making the rooftops safe for sunbathing, no doubt

Except that the rocket launch will blow the umbrella out of the rum punch.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 08:11 PM

5. INSANITY rules the Western cultures! n/t

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Response to drdtroit (Reply #5)

Sat May 12, 2012, 09:21 PM

6. Yes, because non-Western cultures are so enlightened and progressive!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 09:22 PM

7. Assholes with too many "toys".

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