Who are the mysterious armed Met police unit , SCO19?
According to wikipedia:
” Specialist Crime and Operations Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19) (previously known as SO19 and then CO19) is a Central Operations branch within Greater London‘s Metropolitan Police Service. The Command is responsible for providing a firearms-response capability, assisting the rest of the service, which is normally unarmed”
The SCO19 were the unit responsible for the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station.
The SC019 were allegedly trained by the Israeli police force :
” The cold-blooded murder of Jean Charles de Menezes, in the Stockwell underground was no accident. London Metropolitan Police had approved a policy of “shoot to kill”:
”a controversial tactic deployed only in the most extreme circumstances but one police have been preparing to use for the last two weeks.”.
The shoot to kill policy was undertaken under the auspices of “Operation Kratos”, named after the mythical Spartan hero. It was carried out by the London Metropolitan’s elite SO19 firearms unit often referred to as the Blue Berets. The latter are described as the equivalent to the US SWAT teams, yet in this particular case, they were not wearing uniforms.
The training of the S019 marksmen was patterned on that of Israel. They had been briefed “by officers who had been to Israel to meet their counterparts there and pick up tips gleaned from the experience of dealing with Hamas bombers”.
“During the Kratos briefings, the Met team were told that, contrary to their normal arms training, they should fire at the head rather than the chest. Although the chest is easier to hit, it is not as reliable in causing instant death, giving a bomber a chance to detonate his device…. “(The Scottish Daily Record, 23 July, 2005).
The “Israeli counterparts” refers to Israel’s National Police (INP), Shin Bet (the Israel Security Agency) and Israel’s Ministry of Internal Security. But the police antiterrorist operations conducted by the INP against Hamas and Islamic Jihad are carried out in close coordination with the Military (Israeli Defense Force) and Mossad. Israel has also collaborated in the training of members of the FBI and the LAPD. Top law enforcement officers of the FBI were trained in Israel under a program sponsored by the The Jewish Institute for National Security.”
In the comments section of a website discussing a high-level paedophile ring the following statement was made:
” Members of SO19 know about the kids home behind Waterloo Station where they used to drop of and collect a senior royal. Good few years ago though!”
In February 2013, an elite police officer, Colin Smelt, was found with dead with gunshot wounds at his home in Camden.
He was a Royal Protection Officer with the Met.
Apparently there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
Is there more to the SCO19 than meets the eye?