"The US has raised repeated concerns about security at the London Olympics and is preparing to send up to 1,000 of its agents, including 500 from the FBI, to provide protection for America's contestants and diplomats, the Guardian has learned.
American officials have expressed deep unease that the UK has had to restrict the scope of anti-terrorism "stop and search" powers, and have sought a breakdown of the number of British police and other security personnel that will be available next summer."
"Don't go stupid places with stupid people and do stupid things."
That should not include going to the Olympics as an contestant, and probably should not include going as a spectator. But given the existence of stupid people who will use any large gathering as a vehicle for committing atrocities as the means of publicizing their particular grievances, it ends up being a stupid thing to do.
Do away with the idea of the Olympics as being some way to attract tourist dollars - it costs more to prepare for them than the games bring in anyhow - and go back to the original concept of pure competition between the athletes. Maybe have TV crews - maybe. Even during the Cold War I never thought that if the Ruskie weightlifter was stronger than the Uh-murican weightlifter it meant that democracy was doomed to be overthrown by communism. And if you are really upset that the only democracy in the Middle East continues to exist you have the UN to use as a stage for voicing your displeasure - there's no need to go killing Cuban volleyball players over the issue.
Let the State Department issue one of those warnings that says it is very dangerous to go there and the American government cannot do anything to protect you if you do go there. Make everyone who goes anyway sign a waiver absolving both the USA and (f)Great Britain of all responsibility and liability.
"He'll regret it to his dying day....if ever he lives that long."----The Quiet Man
Because stupidity isn't a race, and everybody can win.
"No matter how much contempt you have for the media in all this, you don't have enough"
500 fbi agents? Are they planning on murdering women and babies? Is that a new event? Will their posterboy, bobby hanssen be going?
Last edited by Gunslinger; 11-14-2011 at 02:36 PM.
"For any man who sheds his blood with me this day shall be my brother...And gentlemen now abed shall think themselves accursed, they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks who fought with us on Crispin's day." Henry V
1000 agents in total!!!!! They sure are taking the 1972 Munich attack way over board now aren't they.
I would say this fits well:
The logic of big government: Why do it cheaply when there's a more expensive way?
If they didn't do it and something happened, Obama would be vilified for it. If they assign the agents and nothing happens, Obama will be vilified for it. See how that works? Personally, I think 500 might be a bit over the top.