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Olympiad Readiness: Militarized London Total Policing

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Olympiad Readiness: Militarized London Total Policing

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London turned into a militarized police state for Olympics.

by Stephen Lendman

Olympism today differs vastly from its Athens roots. A previous article explained it's more about profiteering, exploitation, and cynicism than sport. 

Militarized London reflects something more. A 2011 "Total Policing" brochure explained. In September 2011, Bernard Hogan-Howe became Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.

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Straightaway he announced a "total policing" policy. Effectively it means anything goes. He said it's "about total war on suspects and total victim care." Take the latter concern with a grain of salt. 

An 11-page brochure said police intend to use section 60 of the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. It gives them "the right to search people in a defined area at a specific time."

It also "provides powers to require the removal of disguises at public order events."

Essentially it gives cops and other security forces carte blanche to enforce police state authority. Increasingly they're taking full advantage.

From July 27 - August 12, London will host the Games of the XXX Olympiad. The city is militarized and ready. 

Police and other security forces are authorized to lock down areas, clear them out or remove people there, confront peaceful protesters, instigate violence, make arrests, criminalize dissent, and prosecute alleged offenders.

Expect protesters for social justice, democratic values and peace to face militarized crackdowns. 

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An alleged terrorist threat is more hype than real. No evidence whatever suggests possible dangers. Secretary of State for Defense Philip Hammond said "there is no specific threat to the Games."

What's involved is confronting growing numbers down and out Londoners demanding rights they've long been denied. 

Office for Security and Counterterrorism general director Charles Farr said the most likely threat involves public crime and disorder. Militarized readiness for war will confront peaceful protests if they occur.

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