|e-Cigarette Launches 200 Armed Police, Army Bomb Disposal Unit, Emergency Services In British Terror Alert|
|Written by Brit|
|Friday, 06 July 2012 10:23|
In a disturbing example of the insane terror hysteria gripping the UK, an electronic cigarette machine yesterday caused chaos on an English motorway.
A coach driver's call to the police reporting a passenger seen "pouring liquid into a bag and causing it to smoke" resulted in the closing of a 27-mile stretch of the M6 motorway near Lichfield and the deployment of an estimated 200 emergency personnel - including the involvement of an armed response unit, two police forces, two fire brigades, and a military bomb disposal unit.
Decontamination tents were erected and the coach's 48 passengers made to file out of the vehicle with their hands in the air, before being surrounded and searched by armed police, and then made to sit on the motorway in rows in a taped off square.
It turned out Al Qaeda terrorists had not started targeting early morning budget intercity coaches, but that a passenger had in fact been using an 'e–cigarette' machine, which replicates the sensation of smoking using vapour.
Passengers were understandably angry about the way they had been treated. One passenger described how people had been terrified, with some crying and believing a bomb or an escaped prisoner to be on board the coach. Vermilion von Kangur described armed officers looking at passengers through the windows of the coach with binoculars and how she thought that if she "made a wrong move I could have been shot."
The motorway was closed for more than four hours, leading to long tailbacks.
The incident highlights the kind of totally disproportionate and hysterical response resulting from a climate of fear about terrorism - even though, as recently pointed out by the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, the UK terror threat has been massively overblown and as many people die from bee stings each year as from terror attacks.