NORTHERN IRELAND: Shades of Guy Fawkes

Never had there been such extreme security measures to guard Queen Elizabeth in her own capital. Some 6,000 extra police stood duty in the center of London. Police launches and even frogmen guarded the Thames river approaches to Parliament. The building entrance was encircled by wire netting, and police made four separate searches through the underground tunnels in which, exactly 366 years ago, Guy Fawkes' plot to blow up Parliament had been discovered.

A bomb had gone off just two days earlier in the 39-story Post Office Tower, London's tallest building. The blast...

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