Many UK royal wedding security steps would not work in US

April 22nd, 2011 - 4:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Prince William London, Apr. 22 (ANI): Americans may be surprised to know it would be difficult to implement many of the security preparations in the United States that are being put in place for the April 29 royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London.

Former CIA agent Mike Baker told Fox News Americans might be more security-sensitive “right after an incident like 9/11,” but it’s not too long before people start to complain “about having to take their shoes off at the airport.”

British authorities prepping for the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton say they will likely use random stop-and-searches, closely monitored closed-circuit cameras spread throughout London and “pre-emptive policing,” which means police can arrest someone for a terror charge — even planning or inciting a terror act — before they have all the evidence related to it, to enforce order and maintain safety.

Even the uploading of photos to a new iPhone app is being restricted within the vicinity Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on the wedding day.

Baker, founder of the global security firm Prescience, said that would be the biggest point of contention in the United States.

London police has labeled the application, which automatically uploads photos to the web and groups them according to where they were taken, a “threat to security”. Baker said that wouldn’t fly in the U.S.

He said: “You’re going to tell them what they can and can’t do with their iPhone? That would drive people nuts.”

Retired NYPD Detective Pat Brosnan said the extension of stop-and-search powers would also be far more difficult.

“The U.K. has the ability and authority to turn on like a light switch and turn off like a light switch the stop and search powers of their police authorities,” Brosnan, now founder and president of the Brosnan Group, told Fox News.

He said there are certain circumstances in the U.S. where police can set up perimeters and allow access only to those who submit to searches. But even those police powers are limited.

Close circuit TV, which Brosnan says is already used by law enforcement in several U.S. cities, doesn’t come close to the surveillance in London, says Baker.

“I could pick someone up on the street in London and track them pretty much wherever they go. It’s a very impressive capability, and we’re (US) nowhere near that,” he said.

Baker said the main difference between U.S. and U.K. security isn’t necessarily what is done, but how it’s portrayed. (ANI)

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