Sochi promises tight security at Olympics

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics begin Friday amid security concerns about attacks from regional terrorist groups.
Posted By Aileen Graef  |  Feb. 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Sochi promises tight security at Olympics with a "Ring of Steel" security force. Organizers have promised "the safest games in history" with 100,000 police officers, military troops, and security agents forming what they call a "Ring of Steel" around the perimeter of Sochi.

People watching the games will be subject to X-ray scans, bag checks, vehicle searches and aerial surveillance. U.S. and British intelligence officials are still concerned there will be an attack due to the threat from the northern Caucasus terror group Imarat Kavkaz, which threatened to attack the Olympics. The group succeeded in a terrorist attack 400 miles north of Sochi in a twin bombing that killed 34 people.

In addition to physical surveillance with hundreds of cameras, security agents will be monitoring all cell phones, emails, and social media in Sochi during the games. One official said, "it will be the NSA on steroids."

[NowThis News]

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