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  • Yard fury over Bush visit

    I was furious when I read this, especially the last paragraph!



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    http://www.thisislondon.com/news/articles/...ning%20Standard



    White House security demands covering President George Bush's controversial state visit to Britain have provoked a serious row with Scotland Yard.



    American officials want a virtual three-day shutdown of central London in a bid to foil disruption of the visit by anti-war protestors. They are demanding that police ban all marches and seal off the city centre.



    But senior Yard officers say the powers requested by US security chiefs would be unprecedented on British soil. While the Met wants to prevent violence, it is sensitive to accusations of trying to curtail legitimate protest.



    Met officers came in for heavy criticism when banners were torn down and demonstrators prevented from coming within sight of Chinese President Jiang Zemin during his visit in 1999.



    But with tens of thousands of protestors from around the UK set to join blockades and marches during the Bush trip, US officials are reportedly insisting on an "exclusion zone".



    They say terrorists could use the crowds as cover to attack the President.



    Secrecy surrounds his itinerary during the trip, which starts on 19 November. He will stay at Buckingham Palace and his staff want The Mall, Whitehall and part of the City closed. Besides provoking a civil liberties backlash, the Met fears such a move would cause traffic chaos and incur huge loss of business across the capital.



    White House officials have already vetoed the traditional drive in an open carriage along the Mall. They fear it would make Mr Bush too vulnerable to attack or confrontations over British support for the US in Iraq.



    Anti-war groups such as the Stop The War Coalition, and the Muslim Association of Britain, have made no secret of their wish to harass Mr Bush wherever he goes. But they insist they are only planning "non-violent direct action".



    Met Commissioner Sir John Stevens said his force was facing "a very tough" time over the visit, which will see the biggest security operation ever mounted in Britain.



    He told the Breakfast with Frost show a balance had to be struck between the President's safety and protestors' right to make their voices heard.



    "We are on the highest alert that we have ever worked at," he said. "We are working two-and-a-half times harder than we did at the very height of the Irish terror campaign."



    The Yard has cancelled all leave for the three-day visit and mobilised 3,800 officers for the £4million security operation.



    Civil rights campaigners say they expect draconian anti-terror rules to be deployed, although Sir John has assured them marches will be allowed and they will be able to use Trafalgar Square.



    But the Met and the US Secret Service have reportedly agreed "rules of engagement" allowing Bush bodyguards to shoot anyone they believe is clearly threatening the life of the President.



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    How will they evaluate what is somebody 'clearly threatening the life of the President'? Will we have 'friendly fire' in the middle of London? And exclusion zones????? Unlike the Americans we value free speech and we don't have protestors penned up in 'free speech zones' six blocks away and out of site of delicate politicians!!!! Maybe there is something we can teach 'the land of the free' about freedom of speech!!!



    Misty
    "Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. You must be the change that you wish to see in the world." Gandhi

  • #2
    I've read this post, I've watched, read and listened to the news. Bush is coming here, loads of people don't like him and what he stands for. Loads of people are very unhappy about our governments' apparent unswerving support for him. Many people want to protest. It would appear that to do so is to be deemed an act of terrorism deserving of being shot by american, presidential security guards.



    Well, excuse the language but "F*ck off George W"

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    • #3
      It'd save an awful lot of bother and expense if George W just.....stopped at home

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      • #4
        the man thinks he is bigger than god. and more important.



        :angry:
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        • #5
          the man thinks he is bigger than god. and more important.


          Funny you should say that Annabel because that is exactly what he thinks. He told someone (can't remember who) that he knew God wanted him to be President, that his country needed him.



          Then, when he made that orchestrated speech on the deck of that aircraft carrier he quoted a piece of scripture that had a lot of people in a tizzy because he was virtually claiming to be the 'Messiah', the Second Coming. Not bad going for a low iq, deserter, eh?



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          • #6
            the man is an amoeba, i almost cant wait for arnold schwarzenegger to be elected president as an alternative....



            but, having said that, i read that london is at most risk in the uk from terrorist attack, espcially suicide bombing, so y'know, we gotta take care of our guests. :P



            shame they cant seal off central london when i want to go down there shopping!!!!

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            I decree today that life

            Is simply taking and not giving

            England is mine - it owes me a living

            But ask me why, and I'll spit in your eye

            Oh, ask me why, and I'll spit in your eye ~ Morrisey/Marr




            Politics is Showbusiness for ugly people ~ Jay Leno



            I don't like liars, I don't like cheats. I don't like bullsh***ters. I don't like schmoozers. I don't like ar*e-lickers. ~ Sir Alan Sugar



            "Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." ~ Samuel Johnson



            The secret of success is the capacity to overcome failure ~ Noel Coward



            An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today ~ Laurence J. Peter



            Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine ~ Lord Byron



            Better bread with water than cake with trouble ~ Russian Proverb



            There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a cup of tea ~ Bernard-Paul Heroux



            Carpe Diem



            Give Yourself to It ~ Sue Gadenne

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