British journalists are concerned about the pre-Olympic militarization in London and the
incursion on individual rights that is strengthened by the likes of the so-called hostage-taking incident over a failed drivers’ license on Friday.
Stories of the incident spread like wild fire in media and reports of a “crisis” involving an “armed” hostage-taker put the public on the alert that they may be facing a serious security risk.
However, the incident turned out to be much less dramatic after it emerged that the so-called hostage-taker was only a client of a training company, enraged after failing a drivers’ test three times and that there were no hostages involved.
The police were also quick to dismiss any terror-related risks to the upcoming Olympics.
Olympics organizers have announced 23,000 guards will be watching the games venues as the world sports spotlight turns to London between July 27 and August 12, while another 13,000 soldiers will hit the streets.
A missile-bearing aircraft carrier will be also on standby on the river Thames, unmanned drones will keep a watch and an 11-mile electrified security barrier will cordon off unwanted disturbance.