Bloggers in England are responding to the government's plan to place missiles in residential areas in London during the Olympics. Some bloggers and radical websites have stated that they live in neighborhoods where the missiles are to be placed and did not know until they received pamphlets in their doors. There has been no consultation as to this plan.
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"Yesterday my girlfriend brought home the leaflet," resident Brian Whelan told Euronews. "I was absolutely shocked. I couldn't believe that this would be announced in such a flippant way. Just a leaflet put through the door - some posters put up. I don't think that's any way to tell people you are putting a missile base on their roof."
"We don't really know if it will make us feel safer or more of a target," an employee of Madison's, a local restaurant was quoted by The Guardian as saying.
Residents won't need to wait until the Olympics to see the system in action. The leaflet says the batteries will be deployed with dummy missiles for a national Olympic security exercise Wednesday.
And that's not all. The Defense Ministry states there are, in fact, several locations that could be used to deploy surface-to-air missiles, though a final decision is yet to be made.
"As announced before Christmas, ground-based air defense systems could be deployed as part of a multilayered air security plan for the Olympics, including fast jets and helicopters, which will protect the skies over London during the games," the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
It's all part of the Defense Ministry's 1.2 billion-euro Olympic Security plan. The Defense Secretary had previously confirmed that Typhoon fighter jets, helicopters, two warships and bomb disposal experts would all be deployed to London as part of the plan. That's alongside 13,500 troops to be dispatched to safeguard Olympic events throughout the city.
Opinions are divided as to the necessity and wisdom. I must admit, that the photos made by media computer guys look like London would be made into a war zone--but maybe it is already. Comments?