This 1960s apartment complex rises 17 stories above Leytonstone, just three kilometers from London’s Olympic Park. Based on the tower’s proximity to some of the biggest venues at the Games—and its unobstructed views of London—the Ministry of Defense decided to install surface-to-air missiles on its rooftop. Military officials claim the installation will allow them to counter an airborne terrorist attack. The show of strength likely plays a role in deterrence, too. Regardless of its utility, residents don’t like the thought of a missile system sitting over their heads. As they explained during their failed legal proceedings to block the installation, what goes up must come down. They fear shrapnel will rain down on their apartments in the event of an attack.
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