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Olympic Missile Plan Approved

By Laura Spadanuta

A judge ruled Tuesday that the British military can deploy a missile battery on top of a London apartment building during the upcoming Olympics. The battery would be able to shoot down suspicious aircraft.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

Tenants of the Fred Wigg Tower apartment high-rise in East London, near the Olympic Park, took the government to court, saying that it failed to consult them properly in deciding to plunk down an antiaircraft missile battery on their rooftop and alleging that their right to a peaceful home life had been violated.

But High Court Justice Charles Haddon-Cave said the military was within its rights to choose a residential building as a missile platform and that its community outreach, while not obligatory, was "immaculate."

The battery is part of the $875 million Olympic security plan which includes "7,500 soldiers, thousands of police and 13,200 private security guards, as well as RAF fighter jets on standby at nearby air bases and a helicopter carrier moored on the River Thames," according to The Huffington Post.

The Post says residents are concerned for their safety and believe the missiles make them a target.  The article adds that there has been an "expected" increase in terrorist chatter. Earlier this week, 14 people in Britain were arrested for suspected terrorist activity, though the press reports that it was not linked to the Olympics.

The Summer Olympics begin on July 27, 2012 and end on August 12, 2012.


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