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Nineteen Thirty Twelve?


Written by Cowardly Lion for The Initiative Group


In a recent article written by a Professor Stephen Graham for The Guardian, in its characteristic apathetic tone, the article covered some rather relevant points regarding the 2012 London Olympics games and the planned security measures that we londoners await. After the authors initial babble about  “Wenlock” whatever that may be, a brief mention of God, something about Crossrail and after potentially loosing half his readership (perhaps intended), he eventually gets to a rather startling reality. That reality being that Britain is unrivaled in its….. Well, the figures speak for themselves.


  • at least £11 bn –  £2 bn over the recently inflated budgets.  The estimated cost put forward only seven years ago when the Games were won was £2.37 bn.
  • immediate security costs have doubled from £282m to £553m. These figures are likely to increase substantially (the 2004 Athens Olympics security costs were around £1bn)
  • Even if London’s overall security budget remains close to £1bn that equates to £59,000 of public money to secure each competitor or £3,500 per competitor per day.

Security staff;

  • Around 13,500 troops will be deployed (more than in Afghanistan)
  • The growing security force is being estimated at anything between 24,000 and 49,000 in total.
  • secrecy insures no one knows for sure.
  • A thousand armed US diplomatic and FBI agents and 55 dog teams

Security equipment;

  • Olympic zone partitioned off from the wider city by an 11-mile, £80m, 5,000-volt electric fence.
  • an aircraft carrier will dock in the Thames
  • Surface-to-air missile systems will be deployed
  • Unmanned aerial drones will monitor all activity
  • RAF Typhoon Eurofighters will fly in from RAF Northolt

Additional measures;

  • New laws such as the London Olympic Games Act 2006 are in force. These legitimise the use of force even by private security companies.
  • london will be wired with new scanners and biometric ID cards
  • number-plate and facial-recognition CCTV systems
  • disease tracking systems
  • police control centres and checkpoints

All we have to say is we should be very grateful our government goes to such lengthy measures to protect us. In underdeveloped totalitarian countries, like the Syria, people really don’t have this level of security and protection. (sarc)

To be fair, if you can stomach the narrative, the article itself makes worthwhile reading. However we still cant help but feel the situation is being rather underplayed. Here are a few choice excerpts;

“Many such systems, deliberately installed to exploit unparalleled security budgets and relatively little scrutiny or protest, have been designed to linger long after the athletes and VIPs have left. Already, the Dorset police are proudly boasting that their new number-plate recognition cameras, built for sailing events, are allowing them to catch criminals more effectively”

“amid a global economic crash, so-called “homeland security” industries – a loose confederation of defence, IT and biotechnology industries – are in bonanza mode. As this post 9/11 paradigm is being diffused around the world, the industry – worth $142bn in 2009 – is expected to be worth a staggering $2.7tn globally between 2010 and 2020. Growth rates are between 5% and 12% a year”

“The security boom is unaffected, or perhaps even fuelled, by the global crash, as wealthy and powerful elites across the world seek ever-more fortified lifestyles. Essentially, it is about defence and security corporations building huge new income streams by systematically exploiting three linked trends: the lucrative possibilities created by post 9/11 fears; widening privatisation and out-sourcing in the context of deep austerity programmes; and the desire of big city and national governments to brand themselves as secure destinations for major global events.”

read the full article here


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