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 Post subject: Post your Olympic national security overreactions here.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:41 pm 
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A Megabus was stopped and evacuated on the M6 toll road today, as a passenger saw vapour coming from someone else's bag. All 48 passengers got to sit on the tarmac for an hour and a half. I bet they're glad it wasn't pouring with rain.

The cause?

I'll let you read the articles.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-18728303
http://www.prisonplanet.com/electronic-cigarette-causes-huge-terror-scare.html


The MoD have proposed to (or have already) put in parks and on the tops of towerblocks.

http://www.standard.co.uk/olympics/olympic-news/legal-fight-launched-against-rooftop-missiles-near-olympic-games-7895802.html


I dread to think of the bad situations this could provoke.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:25 pm 
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It guess worse. I read that healthy food for the Olympian athletes was to be provided by the sponsors, namely MacD's and Coke. Fast food healthiness

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 Post subject: Re: Post your Olympic national security overreactions here.
PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:10 pm 
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Here's today's offering:

"Torch security team tackle cyclist". He looks like he's about 12 years old and is riding up the street on his BMX.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18756050


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:28 am 
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A bit strange that they tackled him and instead of moving him away from the torchbearer (though the boy wasn't very near him or heading towards him as far as I can see), flung him down in front of a moving car.
But I suppose it's very difficult to have control over where you throw someone when they come up unexpectedly.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:56 am 
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I think governments are paranoid about safety.

I've heard stories about wanting to put up rocket launchers on top of apartment buildings, just in case terrorists might want to fly a plane into an Olympics game.

Like if shooting down a plane above London with a missile won't give damage to the people on the ground....


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:31 pm 
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Veg_Eric wrote:
I think governments are paranoid about safety.

I've heard stories about wanting to put up rocket launchers on top of apartment buildings, just in case terrorists might want to fly a plane into an Olympics game.

Like if shooting down a plane above London with a missile won't give damage to the people on the ground....


I assume that the planes will be vaporized leaving no traces of debris, as they have been during other operations (excuse my skepticism).

The tenants are proposing legal action to stop the missiles being planted on the tops of their buildings. Sadly I doubt they'll be successful.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:59 pm 
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Looks like some tax avoidance is going on as well http://tinyurl.com/bp478lz

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:18 pm 
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Oh yeah, that stunt. There's a petition regarding that here:

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/olympic-tax-dodging-petition-targets?utm_expid=21701501-4&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Flondon.tweetmeme.com%2Fstory%2F10826965583%2F38-degrees-olympic-tax-dodging-petition


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:49 pm 
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Aghh.

'Armed forces on Olympics standby'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18804547


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:12 am 
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<TBO> I'm pleased that here in Scotland we seem well away from it all. I'm just waiting for the announcement that everyone who's unemployed in Glasgow will be forced to attend the footie matches at Hamden to make up the crowds, apathy here? Yes!

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<TBO> I'm pleased that here in Scotland we seem well away from it all. I'm just waiting for the announcement that everyone who's unemployed in Glasgow will be forced to attend the footie matches at Hamden to make up the crowds, apathy here? Yes!

Well, I live by Hampden and they've erected the most big-ass fuck-off CCTV cameras you have never seen right on my street. I'm also half-expecting to get a dawn-raid bundling me into a back of a van to be forced to watch this football bollocks that only 5 people have been ridiculous enough to buy tickets for...

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:23 pm 
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chools wrote:
<TBO> I'm pleased that here in Scotland we seem well away from it all. I'm just waiting for the announcement that everyone who's unemployed in Glasgow will be forced to attend the footie matches at Hamden to make up the crowds, apathy here? Yes!

Well, I live by Hampden and they've erected the most big-ass fuck-off CCTV cameras you have never seen right on my street. I'm also half-expecting to get a dawn-raid bundling me into a back of a van to be forced to watch this football bollocks that only 5 people have been ridiculous enough to buy tickets for...


Oops I spoke too soon!

I did see this on the beeb: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18814354

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:48 pm 
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You know, now that I've read this http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/sport ... ml?_r=1&hp and become thoroughly frightened, I think I'd prefer security overreactions over the severe unpreparedness that we have.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:39 pm 
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In some quarters there seems to be some criticism that the people employed for security are unemployed - "some workers had been unemployed for months or years"

What do they really expect, people who are employed to hand in their notice so they can work for some crepe security company on 12 hour shifts for crepe money for all of a couple of weeks or so?

Where did they expect to find crack security people in such numbers for such a short contract, and those that they have employed know that it's just a two week gig and are hardly going to be motivated beyond the bare minimum

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 Post subject: Re: Post your Olympic national security overreactions here.
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from the mouths of Spam....

in anticipation of the world cup, our city has just installed security cameras EVERYWHERE. the rumors are they will be used for remotely-issued traffic tickets before and after the cup [you! talking on the cell phone in your car! $500 ticket!]
i'd be nervous if we had enough police to do the kind of interventions mentioned ^^, but we don't. Maybe by ^cup time we'll have more cops, if we don't throw all the money into stadium-sized money pits....

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