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Fireworks at  Olympic Stadium in London, England.

The 2012 London Olympics balance security and accessibility.

Guarding the Games

January 2012, Number 03.01

“British Olympic organizers not only have to deal with the shadows of Olympics past, including the notorious kidnappings at the 1972 Munich Games, but also recent threats exemplified by the 2005 London terror bombings and the 2011 riots that raged across the British capital. Britain’s multiyear effort to provide a safe and inviting experience for more than 10,000 athletes from 200 countries will cost a minimum of 750 million euros, making it the nation’s biggest domestic security operation since World War II. Should the British model work as planned, the Russians could emulate it when they host the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, an event violent extremists have publicly vowed to disrupt...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Guarding the Games,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 1, 2012: 56-57.

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