LONDON — Around 25,000 troops and police officers will be deployed in London during the Olympic Games to prevent attacks, a Scotland Yard official told AFP on Thursday.
“The whole purpose of our policing operation is to try and deter terrorists, to deter those wish to do ill to the Games,” Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison said during a security demonstration on the River Thames.
Around 100 Royal Marines and 50 police officers rehearsed a series of drills in patrol boats as a Lynx Navy helicopter flew ahead.
The drills, which the Metropolitan Police said would continue for a week, are aimed at familiarising troops and police ahead of the summer — when Britain will launch its biggest ever peacetime security operation.
Major Paul Stitson of the Royal Marines said the police and military were working closely together.
“We have been developing our local knowledge and assessing threats,” he said. “We always prepare for the unknown.”
London’s £553-million security operation for the Games will also involve warplanes, two navy ships and surface-to-air missiles.
Trump’s horsewhip-carrying chief of protocol will resign after intimidating State Department staff: report
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Sean Lawler, whose job includes assisting the president in diplomatic talks overseas and with foreign leaders in the White House, faces an investigation from the State Department's inspector general for intimidating subordinates, including carrying a horsewhip around the office.
The president reportedly did not care for Lawler, at one point asking officials why he still works at the White House.
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Dr. Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, posted on Twitter an Associated Press story on the "perilous conditions" at a Texas Border Patrol station holding 300 children.
"The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences. Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge from violence back home. We can do better than this," Moore wrote.
Prosecutors offered indicted GOP congressman a deal to keep his multiple taxpayer-funded trysts quiet — but he refused
On Tuesday, CNN reported that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), facing indictment for stealing campaign funds and falsifying spending reports, was offered a deal by to keep secret the incidents in which he used taxpayer money to finance affairs with lobbyists — but he refused.
"Prosecutors told a judge they tried to cut a deal with Hunter to avoid revealing the alleged tryst, but his attorneys refused," reported CNN's Tom Foreman.
The affairs were made public shortly after it was revealed that Hunter's wife Margaret, an alleged co-conspirator in the scheme, was cooperating with prosecutors. Hunter had previously tried to blame the entire scheme on his wife — a claim that looks increasingly dubious.