The British government is considering plans to deploy crack trained SAS commandos onto the streets to work alongside police in “counter-terrorism surveillance teams”, according to a leaked memo unveiled by the Times Of London today.
The justification given in the memo is to counter “Al Qaeda’s International Operations wing”, which security officials believe is adamant on carrying out a Mumbai style terror attack to inflict mass casualties on the streets of London.
The restricted Whitehall document notes that under the plans, the SAS could relocate to a base in central London in order to cut down response time.
The document states that terrorists are seeking to use suicide or car bombs or the use of “firearms against aircraft and airport targets”.
It is claimed that the Royal Wedding in May and the 2012 Olympics are high profile events that could be targeted by terrorists, and that the incident involving the student protest “attack” on the car of Prince Charles last year shows that extra security is required.
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