Stoking Fear Ahead of London Olympics
Stoking fear is baseless hype.
by Stephen Lendman
America's "war on terror" never ends. Neither does Britain's. After London was named host for this year's summer games, terrorist fears were stoked.
Former Australian/UK British civil servant Peter Ryan performs security consulting services. He's advising the International Olympic Committee on London preparations. His consultancy thrives on hyped threats, real or otherwise.
After the city was named host in 2005, he told organizers to "think the unthinkable." Besides other advice, he said :
"You are not just thinking about football hooligans, getting drunk in a pub and causing trouble."
"You are dealing with a different animal, completely new threats - suicide bombers and protecting the critical infrastructure. You cannot have a power station going down and all the lights going out."
He said athletes' food and water supplies must be protected. Check for poisons, he advised. "Specialist teams" have to "supervise bomb management, hazardous materials, athlete and VIP protection, and aviation security."
Public spaces around venues are most vulnerable, he added. Ryan's well paid for making London sound more like a war zone than host for Olympic sporting events.
Terrorist threats are more hype than real. No evidence whatever suggests dangers. Secretary of State for Defense Philip Hammond said "there is no specific threat to the Games."
British MI5 head of domestic security Jonathan Evans gave a rare June public address . He called the Games no easy target. Nothing is guaranteed, he said. At the same time, he downplayed possible terrorist attacks.
Nobody's paying attention. London is more militarized than at any time since WW II. A previous article covered it and what's really going on. It's not about foiling terror attacks. An earlier one discussed Olympism profiteering, exploitation and corruption.
There's little clean and wholesome about Olympic sport. Claiming it is a mirage. It conceals its dark side. Together with militarized preparedness, London is repressively occupied.
The city is more battleground than sports venue. Hyped fear advances Anglo-American imperialism. It also targets Londoners wanting social justice. Torries and New Labour spurn it. So do other European, American and Israeli governments.