Olympic Games Starting to Resemble War Setup

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London may be preparing for the 2012 Olympics, but the city is starting to look more like a setup for war.

Lockdown has begun in Britain's capital, meaning anti-terrorist surface-to-air missiles now hover over some London dwellings.

"This is the tower that sticks out right above my apartment. As you can see, there's a high velocity missile battery on the roof," Londoner Brian Whelan said.

But the east London resident said the proliferation of weapons did not make him feel safe.

"It makes me feel like a target," Whelan said. "It makes me worry about what goes wrong."

The missile sites, which are scattered throughout London, are part of a $2 billion security effort to stage the games around the newly completed and furnished Olympic Village.

The United Kindom's largest warship will also do its part to guard the city. Tens of thousands of police will man the area around the London Underground, one of the world's busiest metro systems.

Despite all the security, officials found this week that they needed an extra 3,500 troops to protect athletes, onlookers, and the city's 8 million residents.

The news did not go down well in parliament.

"What does it say about the Home Secretary's assurance process that it took until two weeks before to realize that 3,500 additional personnel would be needed because G4S aren't just a few volunteers short?" Yvette Cooper, the opposition Labour Party's spokeswoman on home affairs, asked.

"Why did it take until lockdown to realize that this is what was going on?" she continued.

"Troops have always been part of the provision of the venue security and we are taking the action that ensures the confidence that the numbers will be there," British Home Secretary Theresa May said.

Meanwhile, defensive organizers are playing down the situation.

"Don't run away with the idea that this has made a dramatic difference to numbers," London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe said. "It hasn't. This is only about the mix of security in and around our venues and around the park."

Festivities in Fortress London will start July 27.

Originally aired on Friday, July 13.

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