Once Again, For The 2012 Olympics, Police Get Special Powers To Enter Homes And Remove Signage

from the civil-liberties dept

Late last year, before the Vancouver Olympics, there was widespread concern about a special law that was passed that allowed Vancouver police the right to enter homes and remove signs that the Olympics doesn’t like (specifically, “marketing” signs). That seemed to trample on basic civil rights, even as the police tried to downplay the likelihood that they would use such a tool. However, it looks like the London police have been given the exact same rights as well. An anonymous reader sent over an article about the 2012 Olympics in London, which has a section towards the end highlighting similar questionable powers given to police:

Police will have powers to enter private homes and seize posters, and will be able to stop people carrying non-sponsor items to sporting events.

This has many people questioning why the government has tossed away their civil rights in favor of the now crassly commercial Olympics.

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Blatant Coward (profile) says:

Meanwhile in 1936...

I’m sorry Herr Himmler, due to the agreement with the IOC we will have to fine each of your troops using the “Greco-Roman single hand” salute 300 marks as it is a trademark held by the IOC, and yourself 300 marks per troop you returned the salute to. That comes to hmmm… carry the eight, add the six… Wow, the IOC might be able to have you hanged for this!

Anonymous Coward says:

The olympics are the most irrelevant major sporting event on earth now. There are two kinds of olympic atheletes now: professionals and amateurs who do nothing but compete year-round due to corporate sponsorship deals. Up until the 1960s the olympics were one of the very few times that the world’s best atheletes competed against each other, but now they compete against each other every week or two. During the 70s and 80s they were a monument to the us vs them cold-war politics. Now they’re just a bloated dead wooly mammoth gussied up in bright shiny corporate colors.

btr1701 (profile) says:


This keeps happening in countries without a strong 4th Amendment-style law or constitution in place. It’ll be interesting to see what happens the next time the Olympics are held in the USA and the IOC demands that the government empower the police to enter private homes with no warrant in order to enforce their private sponsorship deals.

IOC: “Yes, we know that violates the supreme law of your land and 200+ years of constitutional jurisprudence, but this is Olympic sponsorship we’re talking about here. Nothing is more important than that!”

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