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London beefs up security before Olympics

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An Army Rapier missile defense battery is deployed at Blackheath insight of the Canary Wharf financial center on May 2, in London, England. The missiles are being readied as part of Operation Exercise Olympic Guardian which is taking place in London over the next few days to test security for the London 2012 Olympics.

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Chinook Helicopters fly over the Olympic Stadium in London on May 2. London launched a major military exercise Wednesday to check security responses for the 2012 Olympics, as the final wave of test sports events got under way.

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RAF ground technicians work on a RAF Typhoon fighter aircraft at RAF base Northolt, where four of the aircraft will be based as part of the Olympics related security exercise in west London, Wednesday, May 2. The Typhoon interceptor aircraft forms a part of a co-ordinated defense against possible threats to the London 2012 Olympic games, involving all three of the British armed services, with high end weaponry including a missile defence system, fighter aircraft and AWACS aircraft.


By F. Brinley Bruton, msnbc.com

LONDON - Brian Whelan, a 28-year-old journalist living in London, was probably expecting traffic chaos, hordes of tourists and seriously beefed-up security ahead of this summer's Olympics.

High velocity surface-to-air missiles perched atop his apartment building he did not foresee.

"People are quite shocked. I don't think anybody expected that the price you pay for hosting the Olympics is militarizing residential communities," he told msnbc.com.  For more on this story click here