The message below was just posted on several websites. Evidently, this is our response to the Jihadist video promising an attack in Sochi during the Winter Games. When I attended the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake in 2002, it was only a few months after 9/11 and there was a significant security concern then as well. It is sad that the dedicated athletes who compete at these games and devote years of training and sacrifice must do so under a potential backdrop of fear and anxiety. The original Olympic spirit was intended to transcend political differences and war. Now, not so much.
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By Barbara StarrThe U.S. military will have up to two warships and several transport aircraft on standby under a contingency plan to help evacuate American officials and athletes from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, if ordered, a U.S. official said.
The State Department would take the lead in organizing and evacuating Americans, if necessary, the official with direct knowledge of the plan told CNN.