The upcoming summer Olympics are turning London into a highly militarized zone. All kinds of weaponry are currently being tested and deployed in the city such as land-to-air missiles, fighter jets, amphibious assault ships and machine guns. These highly controversial measures are not welcomed by many Londoners as they create an unnecessary climate of fear and oppression in the city.
The weapons being tested do not only have a military purpose. New crowd control weapons will be deployed during the Olympics such as high powered “sonic gun”. Here’s an article on this new weapon.
Surface-to-Air Missiles on Residential Flats
Residents of a block of flats in east London have been told the Army is considering positioning surface-to-air missiles on the roof of their building.
RAF Typhoon Jets Test London 2012 Security
Royal Air Force Typhoon jets have arrived at an airbase in London for a large-scale Olympic security exercise.
London 2012: HMS Ocean Olympic Security Exercise
A large-scale exercise to test Britain’s military capability ahead of the Olympics is under way.
A helicopter task-force is on board the Royal Navy’s largest warship, HMS Ocean, to prepare for their role in defending London against any potential terror attack during the Games.
Sonic Weapon Deployed for Olympics
A device that can be used as a sonic weapon will be deployed in London for the Olympics.
The American-built long-range acoustic device (LRad) can be used both as a high-powered loud speaker and to emit an ear-piercing beam of sound.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed that it was among a “broad range of assets” being used by the Armed Forces to provide security during the Games.
A spokesman said it would be used primarily in “loud hailer mode” in order to issue verbal warnings to any boats on the River Thames that were causing concern.
However, the LRad can emit a highly focused beam of sound at a pain-inducing 150 decibels (dB).
In comparison, military jets have a take-off rating of 140 dB while instant perforation of an eardrum can occur at 160 dB.
The US army deployed LRad as a crowd control device during its struggles in post-war Iraq.
More recently, it used a vehicle-mounted system against G20 protesters in Pittsburgh in 2009, driving back US demonstrators with the LRad’s high-pitched sound.
The devices have also been used on cruise liners to ward off Indian Ocean pirate attacks.
Some models are now “man portable” backpacks that can blast alarm warnings at 137 dB, and can be used as land-based loud hailers with a range of 1km.
“As part of the military contribution to the police-led security effort to ensure a safe and secure games, a broad range of assets and equipment is being used by our Armed Forces,” the MoD spokesman said.
“This includes the LRad which will be deployed during the Olympic Games primarily to be used in the loud hailer mode as part of the measures to achieve a maritime stop on the Thames.”
UK Exclusions & Protester Bans
Following the footsteps of Adolf Hitler, who had undesirables and political enemies rounded up and imprisoned before the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the British government is threatening jail time for protesters violating banning orders preventing them from coming close to any Olympic venue.
“The UK government is rounding on protesters ahead of this summer’s Olympics, issuing the first court order to ban an Occupy activist from the event. The unprecedented security measures for the Games have been branded as over-the-top,” reports RT.
One such banning order was handed out to 29 year-old Simon Moore, who committed the egregious act of protesting against a practice basketball court being built near the Olympic park in East London. He faces a 5-year jail sentence if he ventures “within 100 yards of Olympic venues, homes of participants, officials or spectators and the route of the Olympic torch.”
“I think it’s insane. I think it shows the prevailing state of consciousness in our governments and the world, which is one of fear – fear and control,” Moore told RT’s Laura Smith.
In rounding up potential troublemakers ahead of the games, the British government is drawing inspiration from none other than Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
In an effort to “clean up” Berlin before the 1936 Olympics, the German Ministry of Interior authorized the chief of the Berlin Police to arrest all undesirables – mainly Gypsies – prior to the Games and have them slung in detention camps. Political enemies were also incarcerated in the camps.
Hitler also used the event to install an early form of CCTV surveillance, but nothing to rival Big Brother’s stranglehold over London which will be put to good use in spotting thought crimes before they happen.
In addition, as Tom Chivers notes, the Olympic torch procession was in fact invented by the Nazis and has nothing to do with ancient Greece. The notorious Olympic rings signal was also created by the Nazis.
Just as in 1936, when the torch procession was met with protests “which were put down with traditional brutality by quaint local security services,” anyone attempting to use the 2012 procession to draw attention to their cause will be similarly treated.
The Olympic games represent little more than an opportunity for the government to showcase its arsenal of draconian technology and stifling security measures which are justified by the threat of terrorism yet in reality are aimed at generating compliance and advancing the police state.
We’re already seeing surface to air missiles placed on top of apartment buildings to ward off Al-Qaeda’s imaginary air force, as well as radiation-firing naked body scanners being put in place for Olympic events.
London 2012 has next to nothing to do with sport and everything to do with the politics of fear – so it’s little surprise that the security preparations surrounding the event are all borrowed from the Nazi template.
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