Ground-to-Air Missiles For Olympics?

By M@ Last edited 149 months ago
Ground-to-Air Missiles For Olympics?

So you thought that threatening protestors with rubber bullets was a bit extreme? Newbie Defence Secretary Philip 'Ammo' Hammond has just announced that the Olympic Games could be protected by missiles.

In a comment to the house of commons, the minister revealed that ground-to-air missiles could be deployed to protect the Olympics if deemed operationally necessary by the military. No further elaboration was made.

Earlier today, the US revealed that it will deploy a thousand of its own security agents at the 2012 Games (although we did turn down their earlier offer of a helpful aircraft carrier in the Thames). With the addition of a secret SAS base in the East End, and the mysterious disappearance of HMS Belfast, the Lea Valley could resemble a theatre of war come next summer. Good luck to whoever gets the task of firing the starting pistol.

Image by McTumshie in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Listen to our own close encounter with Olympics security.

Last Updated 14 November 2011