Amid serious threat information, the British are deploying Rapier missiles to protect six different sites for the Olympic games in London.
The six sites where the surface to air missiles are proposed to be deployed include:
It is meant to address the threat of 9-11 style attacks, such as a commercial aircraft being commandeered by terrorist and crashed into the Olympic venue.
In such an event it is presumed the decision will be made to blow the commercial airliner out of the sky, thereby reducing the risk of more casualties. “It’s a matter of killing a few hundred passengers who may have been taken hostage as compared to the death of thousands or tens of thousands of Olympic spectators watching the games”, said one expert, who declined to be named in this report. “The presumption is that the airline passengers are already dead when the terrorists take over the plane.”
The Rapier missiles are a failsafe in case a commercial aircraft suddenly or unexpectedly turns and makes a run for the stadiums.
Security experts assume they are being vigilant in addressing the threat.
Terrorism experts I talked with concerning this matter say the more attractive targets are nuclear power plants. Especially if terrorist crash a commercial airliner into a cooling tower.
What makes nuclear power plants more attractive targets is the potential to kill millions rather than thousands of people.