A judge in Great Britain has ruled that it’s okay to put Rapier missiles on top of some apartments, to provide security for the upcoming London Olympics. For some reason, the people who live there don’t like the idea.
Photo by Nirazul
They even included a handy-dandy map showing the locations, in case you’re a terrorist and would like to bomb the above-mentioned flats.
How can this happen? For my American readers, keep in mind they have never had our Third Amendment:
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
It would be no good arguing here that these are weapons, not troops. Soldiers have to operate these things, and on this side of the pond it wouldn’t pass the smell test to say we’re just storing our muskets here, and our soldiers can come back anytime to use them.
Notice that in time of war this could be modified in the United States by law. But that’s the point. The military couldn’t just do this on their own; politicians would have to pass a law, and those same politicians could get booted out of office.