Are these the cadre of Obama's shock troops?
Dress rehersal for the upcoming political conventions?
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.
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.
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.
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.