Dear SS (re a previous conversation) - and others who might be contemplating visiting London this summer,
Though I'm not sure whether it constitutes a "travel-related" matter (in the conventional sense of the term), I nevertheless thought that the following piece (from a relatively reputable website) might be of interest:
"The Ministry of Defence is considering placing surface-to-air missiles on residential flats during the Olympics.
An east London estate, where 700 people live, has received leaflets saying a "Higher Velocity Missile system" could be placed on a water tower.
A spokesman said the MoD had not yet decided whether to deploy ground based air defence systems during the event."
Best of luck,
I've had the opportunity to be at 3 different Olympic Games, two here in the USA. They have ALL become 'lock' down events. Heck, even the G8 and G20 meetings have become challenging events to defend. I, for one, am pleased that the English are using everything at their disposal to protect the worlds elite athletes from the nuts that have threatened life as we know it.
Since those awful days in Munich we have regressed into a risk avoidance strategy for all public events. A friend was FBI Liaison for the LA Games and never slept during the entire period. Atlanta showed that a single act can wreck games. And so it goes, we live in a dangerous world.
I can understand your scepticism.
The original "report" was taken from the BBC Website, and the same story was all over the front page of last evening's London Evening Standard.
Make of it what you will. Given that many of the major political/financial etc figures from around the globe will be attending, it is inconceivable that no additional measures will be taken; equally, as an example of "disinformation", this report could be taken as part of that response.