Monday, January 20, 2014

Winter Games Threat

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.

02:21 PM ET

Warships part of U.S. contingency plan for Sochi Olympics

By Barbara Starr
The 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.

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