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LONDON TO BE SEALED DURING Y2K; 7 CONTROLLED ENTRANCES AND EXITS
December 26 1999 BRITAIN, Nick Fielding and James Clark
Anarchist attack fears turn City into no-go area
THE City of London is bracing itself for violent attacks over the millennium holiday after threats by anarchists to start a new Great Fire of London.
Police are to isolate the City after receiving a warning of the plan, as well as intelligence about Islamic fundamentalists and Irish republican splinter groups. Access will be possible only through seven tightly controlled entrances and exits. "It will effectively be a no-go area," said a Corporation of London spokesman.
Armed troops will also be on stand-by at three bases around the capital in case of public disorder if the millennium bug causes chaos.
The government's emergency planning committee, chaired by Jack Straw, the home secretary, will sit for 24 hours over millennium night and New Year's Day to monitor essential services and public safety. One barracks will be used as a helicopter port. A military communications network, including police and key Whitehall departments, will also stand ready.
Security at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, which will be attended by the Queen, the prime minister and other dignitaries, will be unprecedented. Bridges across the Thames will be closed, tunnels emptied and aircraft forbidden to fly over the site. Up to 32 police vessels will patrol the Thames, including two fire tenders. Members of the navy's elite Special Boat Squadron will be on duty.
Scotland Yard's response is being co-ordinated by a millennium unit involving the anti- terrorist squad, special branch and liaison between MI5 and MI6, the Home Office and other government departments.
The unit's concerns include Islamic terror groups based in Europe and linked to Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist described by the CIA as the world's most wanted man.
The FBI said this week that one such group, based in Frankfurt, Germany, was planning to send a string of parcel bombs to British and American targets over the holiday period. The warning came as anti-terrorist police in Britain arrested an Algerian asylum-seeker linked to an Islamic terror group. Ramdane Zouabri, 26, has been charged with threatening to kill an Algerian community leader after he was allegedly filmed making calls from a north London telephone box.
Zouabri's brother is leader of the Algerian Groupe Islamique Armi (GIA), which killed 30 people on Christmas Eve at a roadblock near Khemis Miliana, west of the Algerian capital, Algiers.
Deputy assistant commissioner Alan Fry, head of Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch, has asked members of the public to be on their guard and to contact police if they notice anything suspicious.
-- LockDown (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 26, 1999
Algerians certainly have come to the forefront lately, alongside Salami Been Rotten
To punctuate in the public consciousness, a horrible hijacking under way, already 3 days old
Now arsonist threat too.
Attendance will most likely be down ... more airline flights cancelled ... other countries may find LockDown easier to implement once the news harps on this a while ...
Trial balloon? Preview? Shades of the future? One isolated security precaution? THE WEEK begins.
-- hhmmm (email@example.com), December 26, 1999.
A quick geography lesson for Americans: the CITY of London refers to the most central portion of London. This is like shutting down lower Manhatten when 104 heads of state come to address the UN in New York. Before you get too excited, lets find out how many city blocks are part of the lock down. Considering the Brits want every leader at their stupid, expensive and ugly millenium dome, of course they want to increase security.
-- David Holladay (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 26, 1999.
Everyone in England hates the Millennium Dome. Now, no one will be able to get anywhere near it when the big moment arrives.
And they call US hysterical idiots....
-- the passing parade (email@example.com), December 26, 1999.
Anybody have a URL for a picture of the Millennial Dome?
-- curious (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 26, 1999.
Check out the dome at Http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/domecam/ default.htm
-- Old Gramma (Gotitincalif@webtv.net), December 26, 1999.
David, that is a very good point.
-- Hokie (email@example.com), December 26, 1999.
As david says the "City" of London is just one square mile.
I know the area well - it is the home of the oligarchs, the LBMA (Gold), BOE, Stock Market, all major Robber Barrons...
It was decimated by an IRA bomb 15-20 yrs ago and they have never forgotten what havoc can be reaked by a well placed bomb -
I'm glad I'm working on New Years' Evil - behind tight security :o)
-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), December 26, 1999.
The Millennium Dome
There's 3 pictures. Bottom one even has chemtrails in it. Hhhmmm.
-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 26, 1999.
Just heard one of the talking heads on the boob toob mention the city of Seattle was going to erect a fence around the space needle to contain and control the expected crowds. The first association that flashed through my mind was a slaughtering pen.
-- Nikoli Krushev (email@example.com), December 26, 1999.
Chemtrails? What are these> I keep hearing about them.
-- Interested Spectator (is@the_ring.side), December 27, 1999.
Dear Interested Spectator,
The following hot link will take you to the Chemtrail category. Many early Chemtrail threads have yet to be moved to this new category, but there's enough in there to give you a good clear idea of what this is all about:
Chemtrails/Contrails/Strange Sightings (New) Threads
-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 27, 1999.
Uh, I'd call those things in the third picture clouds, not contrails.
-- Leo (email@example.com), December 27, 1999.
Ya, London access closed down for a few hours....just like every other year including 1998-99. Whats new?
-- danny evans (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 27, 1999.