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U.S., Israel will guard their own athletes at Olympics
WORLD TRIBUNE.COM ^ | 7/6/04 | WORLD TRIBUNE

Posted on 07/06/2004 6:04:53 PM PDT by wagglebee

Israel and the United States will be allowed to bring their own security force to protect athletes during the Olympic Games in August.

Most of the other delegations at the Aug. 13-29 games will be guarded by Greek security, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service.

However, Israel and the United States will bring an unspecified number of security guards to protect their athletes, the report said.

[Greece plans to enforce a no-fly zone over the Olympic sites and to hoist a huge aerostat surveillance system, Middle East Newsline reported.] "Competitors from high risk countries, presumably including the United States, Britain, Spain, and Israel, will have Greek security escorts," the report said. "Some, including the U.S. and Israeli teams, also will have their own security forces. The U.S. State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security will provide the U.S. Olympic team with a security force of 100-110 agents, analysts, and administrators."

The congressional study, entitled "Greece: Threat of Terrorism and Security at the Olympics," reviewed Greece's military preparations for the Olympic Games. They included the installation of 1,400 security cameras stationed at Olympic facilities and central points around Athens.

The Greek government has awarded $250 million to the U.S.-based Science Applications International Corp. to provide components of the security infrastructure.

SAIC heads an international consortium that includes Germany's Siemens, Sweden's Nokia, AMS, E Team, and the Greek companies Altec, Diekat, and Pouliadis-PC Systems. The consortium has been constructing a security command and control center to connect the police, the national first aid center, fire department, coast guard and military.

But the report, authored by Middle East analyst Carol Migdalovitz, did not rule out major deficiencies in security because of a delay in Olympic Village construction. The report said contractors could not install surveillance cameras without walls, and police could not review security pitfalls during construction.

The report cited some of the Israeli security help provided for the Olympic Games. Israel, a member of the seven-nation advisory board on Olympic security, has conducted training to identify and neutralize suicide bombers.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: greece; olympics; olympicsecurity; security
I just don't think Greece is up to the job of providing anywhere near the amount of security needed.
1 posted on 07/06/2004 6:04:54 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

Just how much am I expected to pay for this Olympics? Where is Jiummy Carter when we need him?


2 posted on 07/06/2004 7:05:23 PM PDT by satan
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To: satan

With the exception of figure skating, women's gymnastics, basketball, men's hockey, and on occasion boxing, track, and skiing, the Olympics are a huge financial bust. Just about every city that's ever hosted has lost money, sometimes (places like L.A. and Atlanta) make money on later use of the facilities. The only real winners have been places like Lake Placid and Squaw Valley. Greece will never be able to make back the money this costs them, and that's if everything goes well. If there is a terrorist attack it will spell financial ruin for Greece.


3 posted on 07/06/2004 7:11:32 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

I was wondering if they would be dependent on foreign security...glad to read they are taking care of themselves.

Israel and America...lone targets. That says a lot.


4 posted on 07/06/2004 7:11:39 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: wagglebee

IIRC, Los Angeles Games actually made $200 million from the games themselves. This then caused all sorts of cities to start bidding for the games and helped to foster all the corruption that followed. Most of that money went to the US Olympic Committee. The city of Los Angeles made money because most of the facilities already existed. They did make more on the facilities that were built.


5 posted on 07/06/2004 7:34:27 PM PDT by pragmatic_asian
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To: pragmatic_asian

I knew the LA Games did make money, but I wasn't sure how much. However, in fairness, the LA Games were big because the Americans did so well (the Soviet Bloc boycotted). The last summer games to have a big "West vs. East" rivalry was Montreal in 76 and that was a huge loser. Lake Placid in 1980 was possibly the greatest Olympiad ever.


6 posted on 07/06/2004 7:40:30 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

The lying crooked liberals will call this another preemptive strike.


7 posted on 07/06/2004 7:42:27 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: wagglebee

arm the athletes

specially the target shooting teams...


8 posted on 07/06/2004 7:45:41 PM PDT by Flavius ("... we should reconnoitre assiduosly... " Vegetius)
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To: wagglebee
Science Applications International Corp. = SAIC

= "CIA (S)pooks" backwords.

9 posted on 07/06/2004 7:52:58 PM PDT by AFreeBird (your mileage may vary)
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To: Flavius
Aim to fire to shoot to kill.
10 posted on 07/06/2004 7:56:47 PM PDT by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: wagglebee
Rhythmic Gymnastics was the first venue to sell out at the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. It is HUGELY popular in Europe. The girls are "stars" and rightly so - they're drop-dead gorgeous, not to mention Cirque du Soliel material when they retire from competitive life.


11 posted on 07/06/2004 7:58:54 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: wagglebee
Atlanta 1996 made tons of money.

Another factoid for you from the FIG website (International Gymnastics Federation):

1992 - 2004 : REMEMBER THE GAMES - Meeting with the Gymnastics Competitions Directors for the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens.

“The Georgia Dome was the largest indoor arena for gymnastics in the history of the Olympic Games. All sessions of Artistic Gymnastics were sold out (attendance 32’400) before the start of the Games. Podium training was sold as a ticketed session and was attended by over 78’600 spectators. The attendance set new spectator records for the Olympic Games Gymnastics sessions, averaging over 31’600 for each session in totalling 557’937! Rhythmic Gymnastics included 41’610 attendance !“

12 posted on 07/06/2004 8:10:58 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: AFreeBird

Good catch. Probably a dummy company set up just for this purpose.


13 posted on 07/06/2004 8:12:18 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: Flavius

I like that concept - a LOT! Esp. since many of the competitors have significant and relevant military experience.


14 posted on 07/06/2004 8:13:17 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: wagglebee

Hopefully, this Security force includes a large fighter CAP as well as Special Forces circulating near the games. We should share a lot of things with the Israeli's - THEY are our true allies (along with England).


15 posted on 07/06/2004 8:17:33 PM PDT by Chu Gary (USN Intel guy 1967 - 1970)
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To: wagglebee
However, in fairness, the LA Games were big because the Americans did so well (the Soviet Bloc boycotted).

That Americans did so well is a conclusion that could only be reached at the conclusion of the games. I suppose that people did decide to buy tickets after the games started, inspired by our performance. I also remember that it was hard to come by tickets to any of the "significant" events at the last minute. You could have bought last minute tickets to, say, boxing, but matchups that occurred early in the competition.

16 posted on 07/06/2004 8:31:33 PM PDT by Floratina
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Beware: the Greeks are viciously anti-American, even before the Iraq war. (Not Greek-Americans though.) Not sure why: perhaps a combination of the traditional Greek-Arab friendship (both were ruled by the Turks) and because left-leaning Greeks are WAY left and have never forgiven us for the pre-democratic regime of "the Colonels" (1967-74) which they are sure were all CIA agents.


17 posted on 07/06/2004 8:31:53 PM PDT by Heatseeker
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To: Heatseeker

"Beware: the Greeks are viciously anti-American"

And anti-Semitic. I guess there's some sort of overlap there.


18 posted on 07/07/2004 5:00:26 AM PDT by Zute
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19 posted on 07/07/2004 8:05:39 AM PDT by SJackson (Who was the first Jewish guy to get a Heisman trophy? Fred Goldman, cause he got mine!, OJ Simpson)
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To: wagglebee
I wouldn't trust Greek security even if they were all armed with crow bars.

"Competitors from high risk countries, presumably including the United States, Britain, Spain, and Israel, will have Greek security escorts," the report said.

Why did Spain get included? The Spanish government changed right after al-Qaeda blew up some of their trains before the election. Haven't the Spanish been whipped enough?

The consortium has been constructing a security command and control center to connect the police, the national first aid center, fire department, coast guard and military.

It's old news, but isn't it still fascinating that everyone knows all the security is required to keep out practioners of the "religion of peace"? Everyone just accepts that the Muslim terrorists are special cases and we don't criticize the religion that sends them because that would be prejudicial and perhaps even hurtful to their sensitive feelings.

If a world-wide web of terrorist Tibetan Buddhists were on the loose, or better yet, mad bomber Unitarians, their whole organizations would be torn apart and there wouldn't be one quibble about it. But they wouldn't have uncountable petrobucks fueling them, and their creeds are notably pacifist in the first place.

20 posted on 07/07/2004 9:55:21 AM PDT by xJones
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To: wagglebee
If there is a terrorist attack it will spell financial ruin for Greece.

Well maybe.

But if they've been able to get insurance, a terrorist attack might mean that they would actually profit.

Sick, huh ?

21 posted on 07/07/2004 2:35:40 PM PDT by happygrl
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To: wagglebee

Communist-inclined Greece provided about as much threat to the games as they did security.


22 posted on 08/28/2004 10:13:15 PM PDT by luvbach1 (President Bush is conservative only when compared with the commies allied against him.)
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To: wagglebee

LA and Atlanta made money on the Olympics itself.


23 posted on 08/28/2004 10:14:17 PM PDT by Guillermo (These are the two worst candidates for President in a very long time)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

OOOOeee! Is she flexible or what?


24 posted on 08/28/2004 10:17:06 PM PDT by LibKill (Anti-nannystate tagline.)
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