foolgut - jet gets shot down??? revenge????

  1. Yak
    13,672 Posts.
    Along the lines of a previous thread.....if these f#ckers shoot down a plane full of Aussies...go for revenge or not?

    If one of your kids on it....go for revenge or not?

    Tuff one huh??

    Not really

    Missile threat to Qantas jets
    By Sophie Morris
    August 11, 2003


    CONCERNS that Qantas's international flights could be targeted by terrorists have led to closer co-operation between Australian and British intelligence agencies, the Prime Minister said yesterday.



    British authorities fear an attack from around Heathrow airport / File

    John Howard said the potential vulnerability of commercial flights to attack by ground-to-air missiles fired from around London's Heathrow airport had been the subject of high-level consultations.

    The US Department of Homeland Security is developing an anti-missile system for passenger jets and has sent aviation security experts to Iraq, Europe and Asia amid fears that shoulder-fired missiles could be used against passenger planes. Mr Howard said it was difficult to intercept a missile after it had been launched.

    "If an aircraft is taking off, the possibility of ... throwing something out from the aircraft to divert the missile is quite difficult," he said.

    "It is really a question of thorough intelligence and other methods preventing the missile being launched."

    A Qantas spokeswoman said the airline could not comment on specific security issues.

    "But Qantas is in close and continuing contact with Australian and overseas intelligence and security organisations," she said.

    "There is no increased threat to Qantas operations in Australia or elsewhere in the world."

    Meanwhile, British Police have been ordered to "shoot to kill" suicide bombers following intelligence warnings that an al-Qaeda terrorist attack in Britain may be imminent, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported overnight.

    Sir John Stevens, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, placed his force on its highest alert last week and told his officers that British intelligence indicates there are more al-Qaeda agents in Britain than previously thought.

    He believes that the terror network is sufficiently extensive to be able to mount suicide attacks.

    One senior officer said: "He's made it plain that if we think we are facing a suicide bomber, we should shoot first and ask questions later."

    Defence blowout

    Mr Howard said the bombing on Tuesday of the Marriott hotel in Jakarta showed that the Australian embassy in Indonesia was a potential terrorist target, as was any place where Westerners gathered.

    Labor backbencher and former leader Kim Beazley said yesterday the Government had failed to properly resource the domestic spy agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

    "The simple fact remains that the complement of ASIO is still well below its level during the years of the Cold War, when the direct threat to Australia and Australians was far less imminent," he said.

    Mr Howard played down reports of a $2 billion blow-out in defence spending, saying the 1.9 per cent of GDP budgeted for defence was adequate and had grown in real terms as the economy grew.

    But Defence Minister Robert Hill admitted funds were tight and measures were being considered to rein in costs, including buying fewer Joint Strike Fighters or spacing out their purchase over a number of years.

    The fighters, or F-35s, are being developed by Lockheed Martin in the US and are considered to be a potential replacement for the RAAF's 35 F-111s and 71 F/A-18s, but are not due to be ready for use before 2012.

    One option being considered by the Defence Department is retiring the ageing F-111s from 2006, a decade earlier than planned.

    Senator Hill said Australia had not committed to buying the JSFs, which are expected to form the backbone of the US Air Force, despite investing heavily in their development.

    "How many aircraft will be purchased, and whether they might be purchased in a series over a number of years, is still yet to be determined," Senator Hill said on ABC-TV.
 
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