A New Amenity May Show Up on Some London Roofs for the Olympics: Missiles
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Source: NY 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 towers 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.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/world/europe/london-wary-of-rooftop-missiles-plan-during-olympics.html?hp
Having someone from the Territorial Army aim a missile at you as you try to break in to someone's house down the road.
Oh the puns and innuendos that go with this.... went to the olympics and had a blast.... the opening night went off with a bang... the xyz country's team had no shot at the gold medal... the gun contestants's aim was a little off... the sprinters started before the bang...
At least we know about the missiles... could be worse.
but i disagree about not making the occupants of the high-rise buildings (well high rise for London) a terrorist target - any true terrorist would definitely be staking out the missile sites.
Given the history of terrorism in the UK, 11th September 2001 still fresh in peoples minds as well as the Tube Train bombings... I think this is more for show than anything. But still...
see first posting at http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014119727