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Sports Venues Beefing Up Security In Wake Of Bin Laden's Death
Published May 3, 2011
PROTECTING THE RINGS: IOC President Jacques Rogge yesterday said that security at the '12 London Games “remains the ‘top priority’ and is not affected by the death” of bin Laden. Rogge said that the IOC’s security strategy “has remained the same since the killing of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches” at the '72 Munich Games. Security at the ’12 Olympics “has always been a top issue for British organizers.” The terror threat was “brought home the day after London was awarded the games in 2005, when homegrown suicide bombers attacked the city's transit network, killing 52 people” (AP, 5/2). Rogge yesterday “declined to comment about the killing” of bin Laden, saying it was a "political issue.'' In Chicago, Philip Hersh wrote, “A political issue? Isn't that something that has to do with elections? Or whether to cut taxes or spending? Or whom to appoint as a cabinet minister?" Perhaps Rogge's comment "attests to the true stature of the IOC: a pompous, feckless bunch whose president is the Grand Panjandrum" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 5/2).
A SPEEDY RESPONSE: Indianapolis Public Safety Dir Frank Straub said security would be "ramped up" for the May 29 Indianapolis 500. Straub said that officials “will conduct random vehicle checkpoints, use radiation detectors and make use of license plate readers” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/3).