Experts say Olympic Terrorism Fears are Unfounded: Tight Security Makes Olympics Attack Unlikely
Ever since terrorism first struck the Olympic Games in 1972, security has steadily increased to meet the ever-changing terrorist threat. This year, significant snafus like missing keys to an Olympic venue and severe staff shortages evoked harsh scrutiny of England's Olympic security plans. The 40th anniversary of the Munich Massacre, where a Palestinian terrorist killed 11 Israelis, compounds concerns, as it increases the likelihood of an "anniversary attack." Experts say, however, that the fears are unfounded. Increased personnel and sophisticated detection devices ensure high levels of safety. Experts also argue that the Olympics are no longer an attractive terrorist target and warn that the real threat will come when the games are over and everyone's defenses go down. Lara Berman, JN1, Los Angeles.