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London Taking Security for the Olympics Seriously

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bill-swift - July 7, 2012

Visitors to London later this month may notice some anti-aircraft missile batteries on top of a couple buildings as well as around town. Those that travel in from the east and south might notice some missile batteries in the hills and surrounding countryside.

London officials are not expecting the ghost of Adolf Hitler to attack, but want to be prepared just in case a terrorist cell or two decide to take advantage of a global spectacle like the Summer Olympics.

So far there have not been any reported threats in regards to the Olympics. That hasn't stopped Defense Secretary Phillip Hammond from wanting to be more than ready in case one was to arise.

…the public expects that we put in place a range of measures aimed at ensuring the safety and security of this once-in-a-generation event. Ground-based air defense systems will form just one part of a comprehensive, multi-layered air security plan which, I believe, will provide both reassurance and a powerful deterrent.

Just in case any would-be-terrorist was thinking the defenses were all show, UK police showed they mean business. Early Thursday morning police raided a home housing six suspected terrorists, five men and a woman.

The word so far is that the captured terrorists had no designs on the Olympics, yet it sure can't hurt to have them in custody anyway, right?

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