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Thomas Veil

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(How's that for a tabloid headline?)

LONDON, England (CNN) -- London's police chief has demanded an urgent inquiry after a fathers rights campaigner dressed as Batman evaded supposedly tight security to stage a protest on a Buckingham Palace balcony.

Officers, facing their second security breach in four months after the group pelted Prime Minister Tony Blair with flour-filled condoms, took five hours to finally bring the protester down from Queen Elizabeth's London residence.

I didn't even know Batman had a position on fathers' rights. :rolleyes:

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MongoTheGeek

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What do they have for security at Buckingham Palace? One would think that it would be a fortress on the scale of the White House. It seems they have a sizable security breach once a year or so. I don't think anyone has gotten to the White House in over a decade. The secret service is on top of them as soon as they clear the fence.
 

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This stuff really gets me going. What are they doing allowing this guy to get so close? Why isn't the SAS there scaling the wall in 2 minutes dragging him off the building and searching him for weapons? What's stopping a terrorist from wearing a kiddie suit and blowing up part of Buckingham palace.

By letting him sit there he has acheived his purpose of media coverage, which I'm sure is totally valid, this is not the way to go about it.
 

rainman::|:|

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hey, i love civil disobedience. more power to him. i think. i can't tell if i agree with his position, but i think so.

but yeah, buckingham palace's security must consist of a "keep out" sign at an open gate... "I'm going to vacation in London this year"... "Oh, really, lovely, will you be breaching security at Buckingham?"... "No, I don't think so, the kids only really enjoyed that when they were younger" :)

paul
 

garybUK

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I've been inside buckingham palace on the tours, too many foreign toursits though.. The security didn't seem much much beyond keeping vehicles out of the grounds, Windsor and Balmoral seem to have much better security, as does the Houses of Parliament.

I think the SAS and M.I. departments have better things to be concentrating on than fathers for justice or whatever these people are representing.

Oh and just goes to show, the Pentagon, supposidly the most heavily defended building in the world wasn't that well defended was it, just shows you can't be completely safe anywhere.
 

wdlove

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I'm really surprised by the lack of security at the palace. This type of thing has happened on many occasions. Does anyone know why this is occurring?

My first thought when I saw the guy was that his costume was a very poor imitation. The Robin costume wasn't even close.
 

edesignuk

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I think they should have just shot him down :eek:. WTF did he think he was doing climbing up Buckingham palace FFS :rolleyes: No matter what the cause, no one should ever be allowed to do this.
 

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edesignuk said:
I think they should have just shot him down :eek:. WTF did he think he was doing climbing up Buckingham palace FFS :rolleyes: No matter what the cause, no one should ever be allowed to do this.


I heard some police inspector comment on this fiasco this morning. Apparently an assessment was made that he was not a terrorist threat and that there was no need to shoot him. I guess had he been wearing a turban and had a beard they would have shot him. Because surely we can pick out terrorists from how they look.
 

edesignuk

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Wes said:
Because surely we can pick out terrorists from how they look.
Exactly. What utter bollocks! :mad:

If you choose to scale the walls of Buckingham Palace, or indeed the Westmister, expect what's coming to you I say.
 

MacFan26

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I saw the clips on TV, quite funny if you asked me. First that thing at Prince Williams' birthday or whatever, and then this. Hey, if you're able to get past the security there wearing a batman suit, more power to you I guess. I just think it almost is like holding up a bright red flag for terrorists signaling an easy place to blow up.

and I agree with wdlove, the Robin costume was awful :D
 
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