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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Armed US guards to protect American athletes before Olympics

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posted on Jul, 9 2004 @ 01:13 PM
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In a move to show the US is concerned about their athletes for the upcomming summer games, a special security force is going to watch over the participants during pre-games training. It is unclear as of this time if the US security force will be allowed to continue their watch inside the Olympic Village. All members of the security force will be provided with permits to carry weapons.
 

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ATHENS, Greece -- Armed U.S. agents will watch over American athletes during a pre-Olympic training camp on the Greek island of Crete, The Associated Press has learned.

Allowing armed escorts on the southern island could mark a gray area in Greece's Olympic security policies, which permit only domestic forces to have weapons.

Greek police spokesman Col. Lefteris Ikonomou repeated the government's position that no foreign agents can carry guns during the Aug. 13-29 games but would not discuss U.S. security plans before the competition starts.


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At least we are showing concern for the safety of the athletes. And are not going to bar them from participating. I still have concerns though.



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posted on Jul, 9 2004 @ 02:04 PM
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It's a good move in my opinion. They need to take all the precautions they can. It wouldn't surprise me if something happened at the games.



posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 12:15 PM
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Yeah, it's always good to play it safe, especially at a high-profile event like the Olympics.



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