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Thursday, 4 November 2010

'New armed police unit to combat terror attacks set up in Birmingham' [from: Birmingham Post]





[The Birmingham Post article follows the comment; after the dotted line.]


One week the CCTVs in Muslim areas were taken down or covered up. The next week other measures are taken to guard against Birmingham-based terror. It doesn’t really add up. In any case, won’t the Muslim community find things wrong with the new measures as well? They are bound to.

For instance, whatever this ‘elite police squad’ does in Muslim areas, or to Muslims, will not go down well at all in many circles. And Liberty’s ever-present Shami Chakrabarti will be on the case within the blink of an eye.

Perhaps something will be made, by those ubiquitous ‘community leaders’, about the Heckler & Koch sub-machine guns which are capable of firing up to 750 rounds per minute. Any offers for this: ‘They’re a little over the top, aren’t they’?

The Police and security forces are clearly expecting something to happen in Birmingham. For example, ‘to tackle the threat of terrorists rampaging through public spaces and taking hostages’. Do they know something we don’t? Perhaps it’s best to keep it that way.

Despite all this preparation, and the changes in tactics and weaponry, all this is not supposed to be ‘in response to any specific information suggesting an increased threat to the West Midlands’. Not ‘specific information’; but clearly information of a kind has brought about all these changes.
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- Oct 31 2010, by Mark Cowan, Birmingham Post

An elite police squad is to be set up in Birmingham in the run-up to the Olympics to tackle the threat of a Mumbai-style terror attack.

According to reports the squad will be one of a number across the country with handpicked marksmen ready to repel armed attacks.

They will be armed with Heckler & Koch sub-machine guns that are capable of firing up to 750 rounds per minute.

The network of armed squads will mirror the established counter-terrorism hubs set up five years ago following the London Tube bombings. One of those units is based in the West Midlands.

As well as terrorists the units will be able to respond to incidents such as the killing spree by taxi driver Derrick Bird, in Cumbria earlier this year. Twelve people were killed before Bird killed himself.

Police firearms units are currently training with SAS troops to hone tactics to tackle the threat of terrorists rampaging through public spaces and taking hostages.

The units would be able to target terrorists before they have chance wreak the havoc seen in Mumbai in November 2008 when ten gunmen killed 174 people.

A source said: “The requirement to meet the threat goes beyond the mission of the police. So it’s been decided the police need new tactics to meet that threat."

Details of the armed unit emerged as security chiefs continued to monitor Al-Qaeda plans to carry out commando-style on hotels and the UK threat level stood at severe.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “In recent times the force has made improved resources available to the firearms unit. This is not in response to any specific information suggesting an increased threat to the West Midlands.

“However, it has enhanced the capability of the department to deal with a wide range of potential incidents. This is in line with a national plan to improve our ability to protect the public in such circumstances.

“We can confirm that a number of vehicles and officers are routinely deployed around the force area on a 24/7 basis.”

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