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London 2012 Olympics: The Staging Ground for the Coming Police State?
New Jersey Today ^ | July 28, 2012 | John W. Whitehead

Posted on 07/30/2012 12:31:02 PM PDT by IbJensen

“As London prepares to throw the world a $14 billion party, it seems fair to ask the question: What does it get out of the bargain?” asks the Christian Science Monitor in a recent story on the 2012 Summer Olympics. “Salt Lake got to show that its Mormon community was open to the world,” observes journalist Mark Sappenfield. “Turin got to show that it was not the Detroit of Europe. China got to give the world a glimpse of the superpower-to-be. And Vancouver got to show the world that Canadians are not, in fact, Americans.”

And what is London showing the world? Sappenfield suggests that London is showing off its new ultramodern and efficient infrastructure, but if the security for the 2012 Olympics is anything to go by, it would seem that London is really showing the world how easy it is to make the move to a police state without much opposition from the populace.

It’s what the Romans used to refer to as “bread and circuses” – the idea that the key to controlling the masses is by satiating their carnal appetites and entertaining them with mindless distraction. Thus, while the world loses itself in the pomp and circumstance of a thoroughly British Olympics, complete with Sir Paul McCartney rocking the opening ceremony, celebrity sightings galore and a fair share of athletic feats and inspirational victories to keep us glued to our TV sets, a more sinister drama will be unfolding.

Under cover of the glitz and glamour of these time-honored Games, a chilling military operation is underway, masterminded by a merger of the corporate, military and security industrial complexes and staffed by more than 40,000 civilian police, British military and security personnel, as well as FBI, CIA, and TSA agents, and private security contractors. Appropriately enough, this year’s Olympic mascot, Wenlock – a strange, futuristic blob with an all-seeing eye to “record everything” in the games – is being sold in Olympic stores dressed in a policeman’s uniform. “As a metaphor for the London Olympics, it could hardly be more stark,” writes Stephen Graham for the Guardian. “For £10.25 you, too, can own the ultimate symbol of the Games: a member of by far the biggest and most expensive security operation in recent British history packaged as tourist commodity.”

In addition to the usual tourist sights such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Big Ben, visitors to London may find themselves goggling at the military aircraft carrier floating in the Thames, the Typhoon fighter jets taking to the skies, ready to shoot down unauthorized aircraft, aerial drones hovering overhead to track residents and tourists, snipers perched in helicopters, an 18-km high, 11-mile long, 5,000-volt electric stun fence surrounding Olympic Park, and 55 dog teams patrolling the perimeter. Several locations throughout London will also feature surface-to-air missiles, including some residential areas in East London that will have them perched on top of apartment buildings. All these and more are supposedly part of the new security apparatus required to maintain security in an age of terror.

Roughly 13,000 private security guards provided by G4S, the world’s second largest private employer, will be patrolling the streets of London, under a $439 million contract with the British government. Due to some last minute trouble recruiting and training guards, 3,500 additional British military troops will be called in, making a total of 17,000 troops scheduled to police the Olympics.

More than 500 American federal agents, trained in the methods of security theater, will be on hand to assist Britain’s security forces. In fact, the CIA, State Department, and FBI have all been working closely with British authorities for well over a year in preparation for the Olympic games. TSA agents – infamous for stealing large sums of money from passengers’ luggage, patting down children and the elderly and handicapped, and, among other things, breaking diabetic passengers’ insulin pumps – will also be on loan to the British to assist with airport passenger screening during the Games, which will include fast-track fingerprinting for Olympic athletes.

There’s even a security patrol tasked with making sure that local businesses observe the government ban on symbols and words relating to the Olympics lest they cause economic harm to the “official” corporate sponsors, including Adidas, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and BP. These purple-capped government officials are authorized to enter businesses to look for violations, and can impose fines up to 20,000 pounds ($31,000). Included on the banned list are such words as games, 2012, gold, silver, bronze, summer, sponsors, and London. As Slate reports, “So far a London café has been forced to remove five offending bagels from its windows, as has a butcher who had the temerity to do the same with sausage links. Spectators have been warned that to risk wearing a garment adorned with the Pepsi logo may result in being banished from game venues and that nobody but McDonald’s can sell French fries at any Olympic concession stand. An old lady got tagged for sewing the five rings onto a mini doll sweater.”

And then there’s the surveillance. With one government-operated outdoor surveillance camera for every 14 citizens in the UK, Great Britain is already widely recognized as a surveillance society. However, in preparation for the Olympics, London has also been “wired up with a new range of scanners, biometric ID cards, number-plate and facial-recognition CCTV systems, disease tracking systems, new police control centres and checkpoints. These will intensify the sense of lockdown in a city which is already a byword across the world for remarkably intensive surveillance,” reports journalist Stephen Graham. Even neighborhoods beyond Olympic park have been embedded with biometric scanners and surveillance cameras with automatic facial and behavior recognition technologies.

Unfortunately for the people of London and beyond, the UK’s willingness to host the 2012 Summer Olympics has turned this exercise in solidarity, teamwork and nationalism into a $17 billion exercise in militarism, corporatism, surveillance and oppression.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: policestate
More than 500 American federal agents, trained in the methods of security theater, will be on hand to assist Britain’s security forces. In fact, the CIA, State Department, and FBI have all been working closely with British authorities for well over a year..

Are these the cadre of Obama's shock troops?

1 posted on 07/30/2012 12:31:09 PM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

Dress rehersal for the upcoming political conventions?


2 posted on 07/30/2012 1:10:05 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: IbJensen

3 posted on 07/30/2012 1:15:36 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: IbJensen

In this day and age of hyper-terrorist threat, what did he expect Britain to do? Did he fail to understand that the Olympics is a great big huge target? Evidently so.

I don’t see the heightened defense measures to be something inappropriate. We don’t want a Munich repeat.

Now this may mean that I am a mindless dreg willing to give up all liberty to be safe. Or it may make me someone who realizes the age we live in, where there are serious threats that need to be eliminated.

If security was not elevated and something happened, this same writer would be out there with an article slamming the careless British government.

You can’t really win these days.


4 posted on 07/30/2012 1:16:38 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: IbJensen
The writer goes to great lengths to make the security for the London Olympics seem absolutely Orwellian. However, with the U.K now having a large Muslim population that has shown a penchant for violence before, the security measures, admittedly tight, are not entirely out of bounds considering the horrendous threat. Although the IOC has conveniently forgotten the 1972 Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes at Munich, the Brits have not.

Were there not as large of a Muslim population as there is today in London, I doubt the security would be quite as stringent. As Ann Coulter once stated: every Muslim may not be a terrorist but to date, just about every terrorist has been a Muslim. England is just being vigilant, not oppressive. That could change but I don't see it happening...yet.

5 posted on 07/30/2012 1:32:55 PM PDT by Jim Scott (Obama must be defeated)
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To: DoughtyOne

They opened the floodgates to Muslims, now they have to protect themselves from them. And if riot control over natives emerges from it, all the better. Owebama wants to do the same here.


6 posted on 07/30/2012 1:38:52 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar

I do heartily agree that seems to be the model for what is taking place here too.

Let people in from terrorist nations, and then strip your decent citizens just trying to visit family or go on vacation.

With an event like this one though, it does seem like it’s reasoned to elevate security. I don’t know what else you can do, once you’ve let the fox within the hen house.

Both nations need to do a hell of a lot of revoking visiting visas. Some folks are entrenched in our society, and are harder to evict. With one problematic incident, that should be remedied.

Those guys who got up on that flight and made an outlandish prayer service to Allah scaring the hell out of the other passengers, should have been deported. And frankly, I don’t even care if they were citizens.


7 posted on 07/30/2012 1:49:41 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: IbJensen
Roughly 13,000 private security guards provided by G4S, the world’s second largest private employer, will be patrolling the streets of London, under a $439 million contract with the British government.

The last I heard, G4S is having problems getting close to that number. The pay is too low, the contract sucks, and a lot of security professionals see it for what it's worth.

8 posted on 07/30/2012 3:41:08 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: Jim Scott; Rennes Templar

‘However, with the U.K now having a large Muslim population’

Really, because I could swear that we dont. In fact 96% of the population is NOT Muslim. And some of the 4% who are are white converts, black Afro-Caribbean converts, white Muslims from Eastern Europe (Kosovo for example), and Muslims from Asia (Malaysia, Singapore).

Why do Americans think Britain is overrun with Muslims?.


9 posted on 07/30/2012 6:38:10 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: Jim Scott

‘As Ann Coulter once stated: every Muslim may not be a terrorist but to date, just about every terrorist has been a Muslim.’

If she said that, then that has to be one of the stupidest comments ever uttered.


10 posted on 07/30/2012 6:39:30 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: Sarajevo

Don’t forget the drones and manpower donated by the Central Socialist Government of The United States.


11 posted on 07/31/2012 4:35:49 AM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: Jim Scott

Islam will NEVER be compatible with Christianity and Judaism. NEVER. So they need to be deported to an arab nation of their choosing.

We fight in Afghanistan, Iraq building airports, embassies, training their people to take care of themselves. America is incapable under the non-standards of the current evil regime to take care of our own nation! We spend billions on foreign countries but can’t defend our own nation. DHS, TSA is a laugh.


12 posted on 07/31/2012 4:40:39 AM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: DoughtyOne

Perhaps the Olympic games should be suspended until the muslims are ALL contained in their desert empires. They have no business here unless we are hell bent on suicide.


13 posted on 07/31/2012 4:43:16 AM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: SMARTY

Yes indeedy!

There’s several articles floating around the website that cover that. One claims that the million or so rounds of hollow-point ammo were ordered by the federales for use by their special units. These troops are also to be used during the election process and afterwards in case the unwashed hordes of the uneducated riot in the event that this Bozo loses.


14 posted on 07/31/2012 4:52:42 AM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: IbJensen

I would have put a freeze on immigration from terrorist states. Unfortunately that means almost all Middle-Eastern nations. You could also include much of Southern Asia in that group.

Until these cultures decide to live in peace with others, I would not include them in my list of guests. As you said, unless we’re hell bent on suicide.

It’s not our fault that they are spoon fed doses of hate the U. S. and Western culture in their mosques. It is what it is and we’re stuck with dealing with it like we would a stick of dynamite.

As for the games, we’ve got the camel’s nose inside the tent. It’s too late now to do much of anything other than increase security.

Over time, I’d reduce the amount of people from the regions I mentioned. You can do so if they get out of line at all. Revoke their visas. If they are at all connected to any enterprises that might threaten your populace, deport them anyway.

The onus is on them. It isn’t our fault if they hate us. We don’t have to lay down and die, just because we wish the world was a peaceful place.


15 posted on 07/31/2012 6:16:23 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: the scotsman
As Ann Coulter once stated: every Muslim may not be a terrorist but to date, just about every terrorist has been a Muslim.’

If she said that, then that has to be one of the stupidest comments ever uttered.

Why? Terrorism - essentially the wanton murder en masse of innocents is inherent in the Muslim concept of jihad. Islam is the only religion extant that makes the murder of 'infidels' (non-Muslims) and especially Jews a solemn part of it's doctrine, thus justifying the killing of innocents that, in many cases, are also Muslims. It is a barbaric religion and it's victims corpses from around the world are piled up to the heavens while the murderers continue to terrorize the world with shouts of "Allahu Akbar" yet Ann Coulter's comment is 'stupid'? I don't think so.

16 posted on 07/31/2012 11:09:38 AM PDT by Jim Scott (Obama must be defeated)
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To: Jim Scott

If Ann Coulter thinks that every terrorist has been a Muslim, the women is an idiot.

How long has terrorism existed?. Answer: a century, give or take. How many terrorists have been Muslim?. Answer: some.

There have been thousands of terrorists, dozens of groups, thousands killed and maimed, all by terrorists whose ideology is not Muslim. In many cases not even religious.

So how can anyone with ANY knowledge of terrorism, of history, of the modern world, say that most terrorists have been Muslim?.


17 posted on 07/31/2012 12:55:07 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: the scotsman
From Wikipedia:

Islam has been present in the United Kingdom since its formation in 1707,[1] though it was not legally recognised until the Trinitarian Act in 1812. Today it is the second largest religion in the country with estimates suggesting that by 2010 the total Muslim population had reached 2.869 million.[2][3] Between 2001 and 2009, Islam was the fastest growing religion in the UK, with the Muslim population increasing roughly 10 times faster than for the rest of society.[4]

18 posted on 07/31/2012 1:07:36 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Yes?. And?.

The fact remains that 96% of the UK is NOT Muslim. Immigration has been and will be reduced over the coming years. And Scotland, Wales, NI and the north of England have small or tiny Muslim populations. Most British Muslims live in the Midlands or SE of England.

They havent conquered us, they dont run us.
Much as some people would like to believe the hysteria.


19 posted on 07/31/2012 1:21:22 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: the scotsman

Do muslims exert any influence on Great Britain?


20 posted on 07/31/2012 2:03:35 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: the scotsman

This issue is hardly worth a lot of my time so I’ll end my part of this exchange with the observation that Ann Coulter was quite obviously not commenting on terrorism throughout human history, as you referenced, but terrorism in the past 10 or 15 years, which has been primarily generated by Muslim jihadists. If you can’t grasp that obvious fact, then you have no business calling anyone else an idiot.


21 posted on 07/31/2012 2:28:58 PM PDT by Jim Scott (Obama must be defeated)
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To: trisham

No.


22 posted on 07/31/2012 2:36:22 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: Jim Scott

Have you BEEN to London? It is already “Orwellian.” CCTV cameras cover almost everything throughout London.
Doesn’t seem to prevent or solve crimes, though.

That said, it just makes sense to have this sort of security when Moslems make up a major part of the local population. The same writer talking about the “police state” will be harping about the “lack of security” if they manage to blow something up...


23 posted on 07/31/2012 2:38:53 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Jim Scott

Obviously?.

Sorry, but where Ms Coulter is concerned, you cannot assume anything. Coulter is one of these people who would such a gross blanket statement.


24 posted on 07/31/2012 2:40:01 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: the scotsman

Gee, who cares what percentage of the population Moslems are when they seem to be able to get whatever they want: sharia courts, protection for criticism of their religion, de facto recognition of polygamy, stores removing PIGGY BANKS for heaven’s sake.

You need to take a step back. Just as I have to frequently have to read the BBC for decent news on the US, you might need to pay attention to things we’re seeing.


25 posted on 07/31/2012 2:45:08 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: the scotsman

Hell, just look at how 2% of our country (homosexuals) are tying the USA in knots. And you have 4% Moslems.


26 posted on 07/31/2012 2:47:38 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Jim Scott

Obviously?.

Sorry, but where Ms Coulter is concerned, you cannot assume anything. Coulter is one of these people who would such a gross blanket statement.


27 posted on 07/31/2012 2:48:41 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: Little Ray

Sharia courts exist in just five English cities. With no plans even by Labour to make more. It is a civil court and by law and parliamentary act, is subject to English law.

The polygamy was a loophole not closed by Labour or previous govts.

Piggy banks?. That was one alleged bank branch in Yorkshire. And it wasnt true. The Daily Express story was a load of rubbish. Halifax bank (now HBOS) immediately shot it down in an official statement.

Are we too PC?. Yes. But that and ‘conquest’/’dhimmitude’ etc are not the same.


28 posted on 07/31/2012 2:55:07 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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ONLY five cities? So, you have a foreign courts, even they are only “civil courts” and subject to “English Law” in five cities?

Sorry about the piggy bank thing. Didn’t know that.

The polygamy part stinks though.

I’ll agree that they’re not there yet. Yet. But they won’t ever stop pushing until somebody pushes back, hard.

As I said, look at what sort of knots homosexuals are tying the US in, and they’re about 2% of the population.


29 posted on 07/31/2012 3:06:55 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: the scotsman

And don’t get me started on illegal aliens.

Geez. If anything we’re a lot worse off than the UK.


30 posted on 07/31/2012 3:09:14 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: IbJensen
“As London prepares to throw the world a $14 billion party, it seems fair to ask the question: What does it get out of the bargain?” asks the Christian Science Monitor in a recent story on the 2012 Summer Olympics. “Salt Lake got to show that its Mormon community was open to the world,” observes journalist Mark Sappenfield. “Turin got to show that it was not the Detroit of Europe. China got to give the world a glimpse of the superpower-to-be. And Vancouver got to show the world that Canadians are not, in fact, Americans.”

And what is London showing the world? Sappenfield suggests that London is showing off its new ultramodern and efficient infrastructure, but if the security for the 2012 Olympics is anything to go by, it would seem that London is really showing the world how easy it is to make the move to a police state without much opposition from the populace.

Could be. If you don't want to go that deep for an answer, try this. Countries that haven't had the Olympics yet want them to prove something about themselves. Hosting the Olympics means that Japan or Spain or South Korea or China or Australia or Brazil is really in the big leagues, really on the map, really a power to take seriously.

Countries that have already had the Olympics don't need to prove things like that. But their politicians want the Olympics as a feather in their cap to enhance their standing at the polls. So it was with London, and with Chicago's bid for the Olympics.

Of course, within a country, Atlanta may want to prove that the South has finally arrived, Vancouver may want to prove itself the equal of Toronto or Montreal, Chicago may want to prove that is a world class city (finally? still?), or Madrid may want to prove that it can host better than Barcelona. Manchester's bids have been of that sort. But in London's case, I think it was more about the politicians (and other fame and prestige seekers) than anything else.

31 posted on 07/31/2012 3:22:21 PM PDT by x
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4% of 60 million is 2.4 million. Radical Muslims are estimated to be 10 to 25% of their population, or up to
600,000. That’s a lot of Muzzies in a small country.


32 posted on 08/01/2012 6:51:42 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar

The UK radical element is much much smaller than 600000. Take a couple of zeros off and youd be nearer.


33 posted on 08/02/2012 1:52:53 AM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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