SAS hit squads are today protecting packed shopping centers from terrorists
- with orders to shoot to kill.
The regiment's elite troops are poised to foil any al-Qaeda bid to cause Mumbai-style carnage amid Britain's Christmas crowds.
The Who Dares Wins teams have instructions to strike hard and fast to combat the "real and credible" threat of a bomb-and-gun onslaught by fanatics.
Terrorist gunman in Mumbai.
They have been briefed to "engage and neutralise" any terrorists as quickly as possible to minimise the chance of civilian deaths. They know the first 90 minutes are crucial to prevent the toll soaring.
Blazing hotel . . . Mumbai, India, 2008
The alert comes after growing fears that fanatics inspired by al-Qaeda plan a copy of the 2008 outrage in Mumbai, India.
Commando-style gunmen and bombers killed 175 and wounded more than 300 in a terror rampage.
Police stepped up security at shopping centres and airports across Britain over the weekend because of the fear of such an attack.
The SAS were drafted in because of the potential threat to shoppers on the streets of London, Birmingham and other major cities.
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It won't happen here, however. This briefing was included when I went through door-kicking school at Fort Bragg:
The Posse Comitatus Act - 18 US Code § 1385 - prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services (today the Army, Navy, Air Force, and State National Guard forces when such are called into federal service) from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain "law and order" on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) within the United States.
The Act was passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction, with the intention (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) of substantially limiting the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement.
The Coast Guard is exempt from the Act.
This is the reason why they kept talking about "FBI tanks" when the compound was taken down in Waco - and why there are a plethora of paramilitary law enforcement entities here in the United States.
It works in Britain, but we don't have squads of Delta Force commandos stalking our airports and crowded public places looking for someone to piss on . . . and when when you think of the problems we have simply with Federal Law Enforcement in places like Ruby Ridge . . . we really don't want to be in a hurry to let that tiger out of the bag.
British SAS troopers in combat . . . Iranian Embassy siege, London, 1980.