Judge approves rooftop Olympic missiles for London apartment building

By David Edwards
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:58 EDT
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British Rapier missile system (Telegraph screen grab)
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A High Court judge has ruled that the British army will be allowed to install high-velocity missiles on the roof of a high-rise building to provide security during the London Olympics later this month.

Tenants in the Fred Wigg Tower public housing project had argued that the missile installations endangered their families.

“It’s kind of scary now, to be honest,” resident Iqbal Hossain said. “If it’s about safety for the Olympics, what about safety for us? If there is a terrorist attack, the first thing they are going to attack is the missiles.”

But Justice Charles Haddon-Cave agreed with the Ministry of Defense’s assertion that residents were “under something of a misapprehension” about the risks.

“The law and the facts militate against the claim for judicial review,” the judge said. “In my judgment the MoD’s voluntary engagement with the community and residents in this matter were immaculate.”

The Rapier high-velocity missile systems that the British army plans to install in at Fred Wigg Tower and one other high-rise building are capable of shooting down a Boeing 747 or other fixed-wing hijacked aircraft.

In all, six London locations are expected to have surface-to-air missiles.

Watch this video from Sky News, broadcast May 1, 2012.

Watch this video from the Telegraph, broadcast May 3, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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