Oh yeah! I forgot about the Olympics...
We have been accused of anthellenism by one of our readers who wrote:
"At the end of the day, aside constructive criticism which is always welcome,vile unfounded attacks such as the ones your illustious cite perpetrates
arefounded on nothing else than envy that one of the greatest ideals in historyoriginates to THAT little country."So let's look at today's news about the Olympics:
"In the midst of international terror concerns, Greek government officials say they have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure the safety of the Games
. A seven-nation advisory group and NATO have lent their expertise and resources in an unprecedented cooperative effort of a scale unimagined when Athens won the Games in 1997.
Last week, Greek Public Order Minister George Voulgarakis said that the security measures were fully operational and working well. But others involved in the project said many kinks still had not been worked out
and that the communications network was not as comprehensive as originally planned.
Although the security system is described as highly advanced, Greek officials have had little time to run tests on the network or to become familiar with its capabilities
The Olympic security operations are geared toward preventing a large-scale terrorist attack intended to produce mass casualties, such as threats from a hijacked airliner, chemical weapons or hostage-seeking gunmen, according to Greek and Western officials.
Counter-terrorism officials from Greece and elsewhere in Europe said there have been no signs or specific intelligence indicating that such attacks are being planned. More likely, they said, was the chance that the Olympics would be targeted by one of Greece's many small anarchist or radical political organizations that regularly ignite pipe bombs and other small explosives in Athens.
On May 5, precisely 100 days before the Opening Ceremonies here, a police precinct in Athens was dynamited by a group calling itself Revolutionary Struggle
. No one was injured in the blast, but in a statement delivered to a newspaper a few days later, the group said it carried out the bombing to show the "vulnerability" of Greece's security measures and to protest the coming influx of "wealthy" Western visitors and business leaders for the Olympics
Mary Bossis, a Greek terrorism expert and an adviser to the government, said it was an embarrassment that Greek officials had been unable to make any arrests
in that case despite spending so much on security measures and intelligence gathering for the Olympics.
"We have all these very expensive toys floating all over the place, but they have not proven their worth at all in terms of finding domestic terrorists," Bossis said. "There are a number of these groups and they have voiced their disagreements with the Olympics very loudly, but so far I haven't seen any ability by the authorities to arrest or identify any of them
."The United States, Australia, Israel and Britain are quietly planning to bring armed security guards
to provide individual protection for athletes and dignitaries, in spite of a Greek ban on foreigners carrying weapons
, according to officials and media reports from those countries.
A U.S. embassy official declined to answer questions about whether U.S. security agents would be armed. Greek government leaders have denied the existence of any agreements to allow foreigners to wield guns.
For months, U.S. officials have pressed the Greek government to allow U.S. security personnel to assist in safeguarding the U.S. team
, made up of more than 500 athletes.Read Article