2010 Olympic Security a ‘Binational’ Responsibility

Canada and its close neighbor, the U.S., share the task of ensuring the Vancouver 2010 Olympics go off without a security hitch. Besides the 5,500 athletes competing at the Games, there will also be 1.6 million spectators with tickets. Canada is spending about $900 million (U.S.) on security measures, but concerns over terrorism – especially since the botched bombing of an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day – mean this is no time for complacency.

In an article on the USA Today website, Kevin Johnson says a $4 million communications complex in Bellingham, Washington will open without fanfare. In the structure, he writes, “law enforcement, public health and military analysts representing 40 agencies will scrutinize potential threats to the Olympics.” U.S. Border Patrol helicopters will have surveillance cameras for streaming live video to the communications complex.

The 2010 Games will be the closest to the U.S. border since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. An estimated 300,000 people could cross the border from the U.S. by air, boat, car or train to attend Olympic-related activities, says the article.

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