Saturday, July 23, 2005

Insanity in London

It was announced today that the man chased and shot dead by British police had nothing to do with the recent terrorist bombings in London. If news reports are to be believed, the man was chased and caught by the police. The police then held him down and shot him multiple times in the head and torso. His “crime” appeared to be living in the same apartment building as a suspected terrorist did and wearing a “thick coat” which, because of the warm weather I guess, aroused suspicion.

"If you are dealing with someone who might be a suicide bomber, if they remain conscious, they could trigger plastic explosives or whatever device is on them," said Mayor Ken Livingstone (of London). "Therefore, overwhelmingly in these circumstances, it is going to be a shoot-to-kill policy."

Is this wise?

Have the police never heard of a dead-man switch? More importantly, what about the intelligence value that can be gained from questioning live suspects? And what about mistakes, such as this one, which can never be undone?

I understand the fear and the rage which must exist in London now, but the proper response is to capture these bastards, interrogate them and, when they no longer have any more intelligence value, then it can be decided what to do with them. You can always kill them later – you can’t bring back a dead man.

The Brits need to rethink this one…

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