The British Government are re-inforcing the Police State in the UK where the police have powers which the Stasi only dreamed of. The last time the POlice had such power they qwere called the Gestopo. Political dissent is now ruthlessly stamped out and anyonw who's political beliefs may cause a problem are being weeded out and set-up using the increasing power of the Police.
The British government announced Thursday that it would mobilize an
additional 3,500 troops for security duty at the Olympics, bringing the
total number of soldiers, airmen and military police deployed for the
event to a staggering 17,000, far more than are currently deployed in
the imperialist war in Afghanistan.
The combined total of 49,000
uniformed personnel—17,000 troops, 12,000 police and 20,000 or more
security guards—exceeds the size of the expeditionary force Britain
contributed to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It is the largest single
mobilization of British security forces since the Suez Crisis of 1956.
target of this display of military force cannot be a handful of Islamic
fundamentalist terrorists allegedly seeking to attack the showcase
event, as the government of Prime Minister David Cameron claims. The
scale of the mobilization is entirely disproportionate to the potential
threat of Al Qaeda-linked groups, whose last significant attacks in
Western Europe were the suicide bombings of mass transit in Madrid and
London in 2004 and 2005.
The British government is mobilizing
more than three times as many regular troops as the Bush administration
did in 2002 for the Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City, Utah, which began
only six months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and four months after
the US invasion of Afghanistan.
The selection of weaponry belies
the claim that small-scale or “lone-wolf” terrorism is the main concern.
Why then patrol the skies over London with supersonic Typhoon fighter
jets? Why deploy anti-aircraft missile batteries on rooftops in densely
populated neighborhoods in east London, where the firing of heavy
weapons is more likely to cause civilian casualties than any terrorist
Why bring the largest ship in the British Navy, the carrier HMS Ocean,
equipped with 40 attack helicopters firing rockets and heavy machine
guns up the Thames? The last deployment for this warship was in the 2011
NATO attack on Libya.
Despite the nonstop barrage in the British
and American media over the threat of terrorism, the police state
atmosphere surrounding the London Olympics has far more to do with the
increasingly tense state of class relations in Britain and the
increasing resort by the imperialist powers to military violence around
The Olympic Games are being held only a few miles from
neighborhoods where mass rioting against police brutality and
devastating poverty and unemployment erupted last August, after the
police killing of an unarmed father of four. From Tottenham, rioting
spread to cities throughout the country, with the Cameron government,
the opposition Labour Party, and the corporate-controlled media all
denying there was any social reason for the unrest. The official
response to the rioting was massive repression and assembly-line
prosecution of alleged rioters, who were summarily sentenced to long
prison terms in court proceedings that made a travesty of justice.
Earlier this year, the Daily Telegraph
reported that soldiers from the elite Third Battalion of the Parachute
Regiment, blooded by years of deployment in Northern Ireland and
Afghanistan, were conducting training exercises in Kent for future riot
situations in Britain, including potential flare-ups during the 2012
Olympics. The newspaper concluded: “Defence sources have confirmed that
if violence were to return to British cities, especially during the
Olympic Games, the Paras would be ‘ideally placed’ to provide
‘short-term’ support to police forces around the UK.”
bill for the 2012 Olympics is approaching 10 billion pounds—itself an
insult to the British working class, which faces nonstop cuts in jobs,
wages and social programs, including education, the National Health
Service and old-age pensions. Of this staggering figure, at least half
is categorized as “security-related,” including 1.1 billion pounds for
the police alone, and 4.4 billion pounds for the military and
Cameron’s Home Secretary, Theresa May, in
charge of internal policing, has boasted of creating a massive
intelligence database and setting up a special center “now producing and
disseminating national Olympic threat assessments.”
“threats” are not so much of violence as of political opposition to the
austerity policies of the British government. May said that security had
been heightened against “encampment-style protests inside Olympic
venues” and that police would respond swiftly to “remove encampments and
equipment.” The Metropolitan Police, for example, have stockpiled tens
of thousands of rubber bullets, compared to a supply of only 700 before
last August’s riots.