GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13474 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1370 times:
Quoting NoUFO (Reply 1): Using the military internally to provide security always feels wrong.
Though not formally military, the para military GSG-9 formed after the Munich Olympics in 1972, when the police really could not cope with the unfolding horror, particularly the marksmen at the airfield.
But it IS an anomaly in the mainland UK at least, the 2012 games are just such a potential security nightmare.
Since the attack in Mumbai in 2008, UK Police firearms units and the military, (special forces presumably) have adjusted their contingency plans.
In 1969, the government agonised over the deployment of troops to Northern Ireland even as the province was consumed by anarchy.
In 1980, when the SAS were deployed to end the siege at the Iranian Embassy, for the duration of this 'Operation Nimrod' the police commanders stepped smartly aside for the, around 20 minute duration, of the op.
Then resumed control as soon as it was over.
Since Sept 11th 2001 most major summits and Olympics have had fighter cover on standby, wherever they've been held.
A contingent of battle hardened troops, even without their rifles, would likely have brought the rioting in London to a halt much quicker.
But that would be politically unacceptable, unless things really escalated hugely beyond modern experience. To a state where the all the available police were exhausted/overwhelmed. This was the tipping point in N.I. in 1969.
Gingersnap From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 911 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1266 times:
Reading through the list of what the military are bringing to the party, it's almost mind boggling.
Lynx, Puma & Apache helicopters (so I read on SkyNews)
Typhoons moved to Northolt for the duration of the games.
Ground-to-air missile systems.
HMS Ocean (the UK Navy's largest ship at this time) docked in the Thames for the duration of the game.
SAS & SBS on standby at all times to deal with terrorist threats.
Along with 10,000+ police, and who knows what else "behind the scenes". You could almost stage a small war with that kind of personnel. They'll be a sight to see however.