Any idea how much these preventive maneuvers and exercises cost the British taxpayer for an attack that may or may not happen? Last tally, the UK is
in financial straits as is other nations around the world, and these readiness drills are quite costly are they not? Not to mention, militarizing the
civilian constabulary poses added risks to the local populace in the event of a panic. Will these armed-to-teeth storm troopers be given extraordinary
policing powers to arrest anyone and everyone when there happens to be a rumor of threat?
Keep in mind, this latest rumored threat may be another ruse to get countries in Europe and the United States in a tizzy as other ones have done in
the past. Furthermore, we have some yahoo in a cave somewhere laughing as he reads about it on his laptop, and studies the preventive techniques. As I
see it, counter the threat if there is one of legitimacy, but do so subtly and through investigative practices. You know, getting search warrants,
knocking on doors, cross referencing evidence, establishing informants, ect.. Usual run-of-the-mill police work would suffice on the domestic front.
Moreover, the intelligence agencies will do what they do abroad. Not this over intrusive, and downright abusive approach to all of it.
As I see it, if this knee-jerk approach continues when every schmo in the Middle East and elsewhere is the making threats, before you know it, we will
be living in a police state. We will be asked the question of old, "Papers Please?" The apparatus for tyranny is being put in place under the veil of
safety and security. One example would be the Patriot Act in the US. Perhaps, there is some similar anti-terror legislation in the UK? If we sacrifice
our way of life and liberties to a bunch of clowns, then they have won. Perhaps, that is the plan all along? As conspiracies would have it, there
seems to be an attack every time a large scale anti-terror drill happens, that I find peculiar?
Hopefully nothing comes of this threat of a Mumbai
style attack hitting the UK, but it is
imperative that we apply the breaks to this on going pursuit of overly intrusive law enforcement practices, invasions of privacy, and a subtle
militarization of civilian law enforcement. If this environment of paranoia and fear is not stopped, it will be us who suffer the brunt of it. Give
them that costly inch and they will most certainly take a mile.
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