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GUNNING FOR GOLD

OLYMPIC RINGS OF STEEL AS UK PREPARES FOR MILITARY LOCKDOWN

The deployment of up to 13,500 military personnel, two of the navy's largest warships, unspecified numbers of military attack helicopters staffed by snipers, typhoon fighter jets, surface to air missiles, support from the SAS and Navy Marines 12,000 police officers, 300 MI5 agents, 20,000 private security guards and up to 1000 US agents including 500 FBI. The extension of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act across the whole of Britain. All costing in the region of £6million.

So the invasion of Iran? The military contingent sent to join Arab Spring rebel groups? The recent deployment in Libya? No – it's a just a few folk running and seeing who can throw something the furthest. In the capital city of a country that according to the Country Risk Index is one of the most stable in the world. East London is set to resemble a warzone (again) as the Olympic Games 2012 rolls into town.

Despite constant assurances from Home Secretary Philip Hammond that Olympic Security is a 'civilian lead' (hopefully not as in Cast Lead) force the number of military personnel now involved has escalated from it's original commitment of 3,000 troops to 13,500. This is 4,000 more soldiers than in Afghanistan, and will be Britain's biggest peace time mobilisation on home soil. The army on the ground will be assisting police to search people entering the stadiums and provide 'venue security'. There is also a team to help with logistics and planning, as well as contingency teams for bomb disposal, military working dogs and maritime support.

THE SHIP HITS THE FANS

HMS Bulwark and HMS Ocean will be berthed on the Thames, equipped with a whole host of military bells and whistles. HMS Ocean is an amphibious assault ship and is the largest ship in the Royal Navy. She is staffed by up to 830 Royal Marines, 40 vehicles, 285 officers and crew and 180 Fleet Air Arm staff for the 18 helicopters she carries. Also on board are 7 radar guided missile launchers and four landing craft capable of carrying troops and vehicles.

HMS Bulwark is the flagship of the Royal Navy and is fresh back from the Libyan conflict. She can house 256 Royal Marines with their vehicles and combat supplies, as well as up to 405 troops. Armaments include two automatic radar guided cannons, four 7.62mm machine guns and two 20mm cannons. Both ships are designed to launch missiles to take down aircraft flying in 'Olympic airspace' and provide logistics support, accommodation, helicopter landing sites, maritime command and control and small boat basing.

In addition to the sea-faring killing machines, an SAS military base is under construction at the main Olympic site in Stratford, and Typhoon jets fresh back from Libya will be deployed along with the helicopters based on the warships to patrolling London's airspace. The Lynx and Puma aircraft will be staffed with snipers able to shoot 'enemies' from 1,000 yards using night light and infra red laser technology, and had their last outing in Iraq.

And that's just the military forces. Police from over 20 constabularies and external organisations will also be roaming around. Those organisations range from the Fire and Ambulance Emergency Services, UKBA, Ministry of Defence and a special team to represent the twelve Police Golds running their operations in the venue forces. See- Britain's got 12 Golds before the Olympics have even started, who could possibly complain? And what will all those officers being doing with their time? They'll be stopping and searching whoever the hell they like: Section 44 of the Terrorism Act will be enforced over the whole of Britain. Yes, all of it. They'll also be storming on to private property and tearing down 'advertising' of any kind. The London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 specifies that police have the right to use force to enter any property, including people's homes and places of work, to remove unsanctioned advertising in the vicinity of the Olympic sites. However, their description of advertising is decidedly vague. The official definition includes: “announcements or notices of any kind; advertising of a non-commercial nature; the distribution or provision of documents or articles; the display or projection of words, images, lights or sounds; things done with or in relation to material which has or may have purposes or uses other than as an advertisement”. So basically, if you live in East London or any other of the Olympic locations and have an anti-cuts poster in your window or possibly even play Killing in the Name of... slightly too loud, the coppers can storm yer humble abode, rough you up a bit, then grab your leaflets and boombox. These regulations, and the imposition of Section 44 are both for indefinite periods of time, making you wonder whether this is just another excuse to push through yet more draconian laws which continue to limit freedom of speech and expression. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are looming and there seems to be no sign of stopping until at least then.

In addition to the more officious forces of repression, 20,000 private security agents, trained by companies such as well-known hippy bashers G4S will also be putting the boot in. Despite a track record which includes the death of deportee Jimmy Mubenga whilst being restrained by G4S staff (see SchNEWS 763), the organisation won a £100million contract to provide 10,000 thugs to help police the games, including the main Olympics site which is currently surrounded by 17 kilometres of electrified fencing, with up to 900 cameras. New software has integrated the entire CCTV network, enabling an individual to be followed across the whole of London.

Various countries who are involved will be bringing their own security teams and there has been recent controversy over the number of FBI agents the US wants to bring into the country and whether they will be allowed to carry weapons. The national security coordinator for the games has stated there will be no foreign armed personnel at the Olympics, but with rumours circulating of massive pressure from the US to direct the whole security effort, it's probably not worth believing. And don't think that just cos the FBI won't have them that there won't be any guns. The British Transport Police are to start regular armed patrols on the London Underground network soon in preparation for their operations during the games, which will see over 100 officers with submachine guns going round the circle line.

SPONSORED RUN

It's not just those with a passion for thuggery that are getting to swing their dicks. The Olympics are fast turning out to be an excuse for the corporate elite to show exactly what they're made of. Each corporate brand that is an official sponsor for the games (Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and others) will be bringing their own security teams - no doubt to help protect their advertising rights by prohibiting the expression of any other opinion apart from “I'm lovin' it” in a two hundred mile exclusion zone of the games.

The Olympic authority is shipping in 4,000 brand-new luxury BMW 3 and 5 series vehicles from Germany to ferry the officials and 'dignitaries' around in style. These state-of-the-art limousines will be equipped with special traffic censors, so as they are cruising round the hundreds of miles of public roads that will be shut off exclusively for their use, traffic lights will turn to green and their approach and red on as they drive off. Canary Wharf and the Royal Docks are being cleared to make way for dozens of billionaires' super yachts to sail in, with a speedboat service complete with Michelin star chefs to transport them directly to Olympic sites. And in these austerity gripped times, not even the aristoparasites in Buckingham Palace can afford to miss out on earning a quick buck, as private rooms in the royal reptile residence are being hired out for £30,000 a day.

All of this set to the background of a city crippled by the economic insanity of the last few decades. With the lottery fiasco of Olympic ticket allocation that has seen, predictably, wealthy and influential applicants cream the best of the seats and over a million ordinary families missing out on even the most obscure of events, this complete suspension of civil liberties and obscenely gross spending of millions of pounds is the final insult. The unprecedented security measures being put in place make a mockery of even the draconian Beijing Olympics in 2008 hosted by the Chinese Communist Party. These are the actions of a government that is very, very scared - not only of the 'threat of international terrorism' but also of its own people.

There are 14 comments on this story...
Added By: Anonymous - 6th January 2012 @ 11:43 AM
HMS Ocean doesn't carry Typhoons (it can carry VTOL aircraft like Harriers, but it doesn't currently), and Section 44 is currently suspended by the European Court of Human Rights and the Home Secretary. I'm entirely with you on how mental this all is, but (a) sources, (b) sources. Let's get this stuff right, because then we can work out what to do about it.
Added By: Steve - 6th January 2012 @ 1:37 PM
It's a little alarmist, to put it mildly, to call the 10,000 G4S security staff "thugs" unless you truly believe that everyone in a hi-vis jacket is a fascist...

first they competently organised the traffic flow of an event, but i did not speak out because i liked getting to the tube in a reasonable amount of time. doesn't quite work, does it?
Added By: Jo Makepeace - 6th January 2012 @ 6:22 PM
Thanks to Anonymous for above comment. You're quite right, a slight error - HMS Ocean doesn't carry Tyhpoons, they're to be stationed at RAF Northolt - story amended to reflect this. Also you are alas right about sect.44 too. 'Guidelines' issued by T.May told cops to use sec.47 instead and only if they have legitimate 'suspicions' - although huge amounts of stop'n'searches continued and played a part in provoking the London riots methinks. Nonetheless, poor show from our editors; the writer of this peice deserves to be dragged out in the street and shot (oh, sorry, I've gone all Jeremy Clarkson). We will attempt to amend story to reflect reality. Still our first article in yonks to have cited and linked to multiple real sources, and you're just pointing out all the other facts we got wrong.. are you never happy?! Apologies to all.
Added By: Jo Makepeace - 6th January 2012 @ 6:25 PM
And of course, when I said 'comment above' I meant 'below', naturally. Oops.
Added By: Anonymous - 8th January 2012 @ 3:18 PM
I wonder if our military will be goose stepping like their peers in North Korea
Added By: Anonymous - 9th January 2012 @ 3:31 AM
Let's Occupy Stonehenge until we get a cap on personal wealth. From...April?
Added By: G4S - 10th January 2012 @ 8:00 PM
We are still looking for security staff and welcome applicants from all sections of society. We also have vacencies for a number of undercover operatives for pre-emptive work.

http://careers.g4s.com/search-job.php?find_type=0&keywords=London+2012


Added By: Anonymous - 17th January 2012 @ 10:24 PM
This is the same first anonymous - thanks for the correction, and it wasn't intended to slight the entire article, which has indeed been widely and rightly read and cited. Thanks for the excellent work, keep it up, etc.
Added By: Anonymous - 1st February 2012 @ 5:16 PM
@ naysayers - Section 44 is suspended but the replacement (in Protection of Freedoms Bill) will probably be available before the Olympics; G4S have proven their record with Mubenga and other cases (Mussolini also made the trains run on time, Steve you twit); and everything else just google it - this is all accurate.
Added By: Joginder Singh F - 4th February 2012 @ 1:26 PM
Time for some massive "Reclaim The Streets" style street parties up and down the country during the time of the olympics me doth think
Added By: Anonymous - 7th February 2012 @ 9:35 AM
Who cares, I know of nobody who gives a toss about these ritualistic games, just make sure your out of London for the bell ringing and possible false flag.
Added By: Suely - 19th July 2012 @ 8:24 AM
dude ur a joke. there isnt a god or all knowing being . the bible was ceteard by man to do what i think is was a great idea(trick ppl into doing the right things for the wrong reason) there are no facts that prove the bible to be tru yet scientists have a SHITLOAD of them confirming science. the whole illuminati* thing is just a joke(just like the crop circles[ppl started them, and others around the world began to do it too]) u just dont have the mental capacity to comprehend science fact.
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