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The Challenges of Security at the Sochi Olympics

The Challenges of Security at the Sochi Olympics

Sochi, Russia

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is about to open, but it will open in the shadow of lingering terrorism fears for a reason — the terrorists have home field advantage. An estimated 1 billion people around the globe — roughly 15 percent of the world’s population — watched the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The Olympic games are a primetime media occasion of massive proportions.

Unfortunately, the global wall-to-wall news coverage turns this historic event into an inviting target for terrorists and agitators seeking to force a captivated audience to pay attention to so-called causes, grievances and issues that embrace indiscriminate killing as a public relations platform.

To read the full analysis, please visit Homeland Security Today.

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