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Are the UK government expecting trouble at the 2012 Olympics?

Asked by Mat74UK (4649points) December 15th, 2011

Up to 13,500 military personnel will help to provide security at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

Security would be police-led but the military would make a “significant contribution”, the MoD said.

Some 5,000 troops will support the police, up to 7,500 will provide venue security and 1,000 will provide logistical support.

Last week, ministers revised the Games security budget from £282m to £553m.

In addition to the 13,500 figure, there will be a 1,000-strong unarmed contingency force ready for deployment in the event of an “Olympics-related civil emergency”.


Why the doubling of the budget?

Could a threat have been received?

How can it actually cost so much?

I’m just after your opinion…....

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Lightlyseared's avatar

Well lets see the day after it was anounced the UK had won the bid 52 people were killed in suicide bombings in London and over 700 more were injured. Whether they expect more attacks or not things like that stick in peoples minds and make them nervous. The security is there not just to prevent problems but to make people feel safe.

WestRiverrat's avatar

The Olympics is always a high profile target. Look at Munich, and Atlanta for two examples. As long as there are sick people wanting to get the attention of the world there will always be a need for increased security at such events.

marinelife's avatar

The Olympic Games are a worldwide stage for terrorists.

MilkyWay's avatar

Angry/violent protestors.

ucme's avatar

Better to expect it than to be caught with “our” pants down.
Trust us Brits to chuck enormous wads of cash around, just look at Wembley Stadium.

wundayatta's avatar

I hope they are expecting trouble. Sure looks like they are. Very wise.

PhiNotPi's avatar

Security with the Olympics is a case of “If you have it, you won’t need it, but if you don’t you will, so have it.” In other words “better safe than sorry.”

incendiary_dan's avatar

Hosting the Olympics are always used as excuses for funneling money to corporations, evicting the poor from affordable housing (or indigenous from their legally owned land, in the case of Canada), and ramping up the police state to normalize extreme security.

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