"Tony Blair has no plans to change [post Sept 11] the chain of command system under which he has to give personal authorisation to the RAF to shoot down a hijacked commercial airliner threatening London or other British cities, a government source said yesterday.... The chain of command in Britain for a decision requiring prime ministerial authorisation in the event of a hijacked airliner would involve a four-stage process, but officials emphasised that Mr Blair would be in a position to make a judgement in a matter of minutes... Tornado air crews on highest readiness for defending British airspace from 'enemy' aircraft can take off within five to ten minutes of being scrambled and would already be in the air, heading for the hijacked plane, by the time Mr Hoon was in touch with the Prime Minister. The government source said the Prime Minister was always instantly contactable under the special communications system wherever he was, at home or overseas. An RAF source said that even if an airliner was hijacked at Heathrow and then turned east towards London, there would still be time to act...."
War Without End, Talk online about September 11 and the subsequent War on Terror in an uncensored British forum covering the issues that the media avoid. News, views, controversy, evidence and more. Totally free registration and use of all facilities. No personal information is required to register.
IMPORTANT: YOU MUST BE AGED 18 OR ABOVE TO USE THE FORUM. Even though the forum is uncensored you are reminded that national laws apply when posting material and images. WARNING: Do not enter if you are offended by robust language or images of a graphic nature portraying the realities of war.Hoon - Click Here To Enter - Hoon