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Defending the 2012 games in London

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 01:44

April 29 - Britain's military considers missile battery on apartment complex to defend the 2012 Games. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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An upscale apartment block near London's Olympic Park. Now residents are being told that Britain's military plans to install a missile battery on top of a tower within their housing complex to defend the 2012 Games this summer. The site is one of a number around the capital the army is considering as bases for surface-to-air missiles to protect the London games from an aerial attack. Some residents are alarmed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRIAN WHELAN, RESIDENT, SAYING: "Yesterday morning my girlfriend brought home the leaflet. I was absolutely shocked. I couldn't believe that this would be announced in such a flippant way. Just a leaflet put through the door - some posters put up. I don't think that's any way to tell people that you're putting a missile base on their roof." Security analyst Will Geddes explains the choice. SOUNDBITE) (English) WILL GEDDES, SECURITY ANALYST, SAYING: "The reasoning behind choosing this particular position for locating these HVM or high velocity missiles will be not only to provide that air defense against a 9/11 type of attack. But because of its proximity to the stadium it will afford a fantastic view across the local area to identify a multitude of types of risk that they could anticipate." Britain has said it would follow the precedent set by previous Olympics such as the Beijing games in 2008 where surface to air missiles were stationed a kilometer south of its showpiece stadiums. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Defending the 2012 games in London

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 01:44