posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 11:45 PM
Delays in construction are hampering security efforts for the upcoming 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece, now six weeks away. Many structures, such as
the main Olympic stadium and the security command center, have not yet been completed; this is raising concern with intelligence officials who believe
security will suffer because of the delays.
Surveillance cameras cannot be installed until the stadium is finished. There have been no events in the major stadiums, so officials have been
unable to test security procedures.
"We're running out of time," said a foreign intelligence official advising the Greeks on security. "The degree to which you run it down to the wire -
therein lies the greatest risk."
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In addition, the current timeline does not allow sufficient opportunity to test computer systems for bugs or to properly train staff. Questions have
been raised about the ability of Greece's electrical grid to handle the useage surge during the country's hottest time of the year, and traffic
planning in urban areas has not been completed.
Most concerning is the fact that many workers at the Olympic sites have not undergone background checks or adequate screening. Employees are required
to have visas and work papers, but many workers from out of the country come from areas where such documents are fruadulently issued without much
No direct credible threats have been made in regards to the Games this year, but the worldwide event has sparked global concern that it would be a