Defense Head Gets Shootdown Power

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27:  Police officers on the scene where a man threatened to blow himself up in an office building on Tottenham Court Road on April 27, 2012 in London, England. The busy shopping street in central London was evacuated after a 50-year-old man, named as Michael Green, arrived in the offices of Advantage HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) 'strapped up with gasoline cylinders, and threatened to blow up the office'. According to reports the man, who began to throw computers and other office equipment from the office window, failed a HGV training course and demanded his money back. The siege ended following the arrest of the man and no harm to any hostages.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    A senior British army official has told a high court there that, under the terms of a secret agreement forged with the local council, Defense Secretary Philip Hammond could personally order the shooting down of any suspicious aircraft approaching the Olympic Park during the upcoming Olympic Games. The missiles would be shot from the top of East London’s Fred Wigg Tower, a residential building. On Monday, occupants of the flats will protest the move in court. A lawyer representing many of the occupants said that it was “astonishing” that the government had agreed to “place explosives over the heads of men, women and children, without any form of consultation with them.”

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