Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
According to the newly minted Olympics security talking head (at least in the media sphere: Michael Zekulin’s first citation in Google News is Jan 27, 2010, but there are journal entries, speeches given at RMC, and other academic material all over the web), the military and police buildup around the Olympics is for the Canadian people. Upwards of a billion dollars has been spent on this military/police integration operation. Hey, Zekulin, Canadian protesters are not the enemy! Unless, of course, you count those wielding cream pies. Here’s another article about the guy’s views in the U of C newspaper.
Flashback: The War on Terrorism and the Countdown to the 2010 Olympics | Police State Canada 2010 and the Olympic Crackdown | Vancouver orders removal of anti-Olympic mural | Border guards are now Olympic thought police — Amy Goodman detained | Vancouver eases Olympic protest restrictions | Anti-Olympic activists decry ‘Orwellian’ treatment | Vancouver police get military sound cannon just in time for Olympics | Anti-Olympic signs could net 6 months’ jail: rights group | Olympic security follows protester’s friend | 2010 Olympic security plans include ‘free speech’ zones | Olympic security boss puts protesters on notice | Activists seen as potential threat to Vancouver Games | CSIS Spying on Natives, Olympic Dissidents
February 2, 2010
A University of Calgary expert in modern terrorism says small disruptions by domestic groups are the most likely security threat to the upcoming 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, but organizational issues are also a critical concern.
Vancouver is set to capture the world’s attention for 16 days when the Olympic Winter Games begin later this month. But with that global spotlight comes some of the world’s biggest problems and a heightened risk of terrorist attacks, according to Michael Zekulin, a PhD candidate researching contemporary terrorism in the U of C’s political science department.
“In today’s world, the Olympic Games represent a very real target for terrorism. It provides groups with the potential for large casualties and immediate global attention,” said Zekulin.
“While the likelihood of a sophisticated, large-scale attack carried out by an international group like al-Qaeda is unlikely, disruption to the Games by domestic groups remains a possibility,” he said in a statement released on Tuesday morning.
Anti-Olympic protesters have already been a thorn in the side of Olympic torch relay organizers, and have promised to disrupt the Games when they open in Vancouver on Feb 12.