reply to post by markygee
"Peasant slapping" aside, which is fun we can all enjoy, this is highly unlikely to be used on crowds in the pain inducing mode. What is more likely
is it will be used to intercept a marine threat on the Thames (hence it's positioning) as it has already proven effective at buggering up more than
one Somali pirates afternoon...
This is really only going to see a use in directing the huge throngs of people. It has also proven effective as a loud speaker which can be heard very
well over thousands of people, so if a message needs to be broadcast quickly and clearly, this is the tool for the job...
Anyhoo, does anyone not remember Beijing 2008, Athens 2004 or other Olympics before hand? Security has always been a top priority, as terrorists have
attacked the Olympics before.
Also, London 2012 is not the first time SAM's have been deployed either.
I think a lot of the fear on hear about ruining a peasants day is simple paranoia, but there is quite a bit of that on this board these days, often
grounded in little fact and an even smaller amount of critical, sensible thinking.