'Thousands' of troops pledged for 2010
Security to be a priority for Olympics, military official says
Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2008
VANCOUVER - The military is preparing to commit "thousands" of troops to ensure security at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Pile said the 2010 Olympics are a "no-fail mission" for the military.
"It is our No. 1 domestic priority, and we will field the naval, air and land forces necessary to support it," he added.
Support, Pile said, will include such things as venue security, air, sea and land surveillance and logistical support.
I didn't know that the military could have domestic concerns - except in a state of emergency, or martial law. And I wonder what the "no-fail mission" really is...to kick hippy protesters' asses?
Canada was listed as the fifth most important "Christian" target behind the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, and Australia by al-Qaida in 2004, Canadian Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais wrote in a report made public last spring.
The 2010 Olympics, his report said, "could offer opportunities for terrorists [international and domestic] and extremists to further their agendas," to attack Canada or other participating nations.
Pile, on Wednesday, would also not comment on...what the military is preparing to address in 2010.
He would only say the Armed Forces have made a threat assessment and will ensure they're capable of dealing with any potential changes in the future.
Some 12,350 RCMP, police and private security are also expected to be part of the Olympic security effort.
The Games' security budget has proved to be a controversial topic with the RCMP, last summer, admitting the $175 million established for Vancouver's Olympic bid will be inadequate for the security task.
Military observers have suggested the Armed Forces contribution alone could run in the half-billion-dollar range.
A RCMP report made public noted the integrated security unit is being asked to secure 100 venues and locations, almost five times the numbers spelled out in Vancouver's bid.
These guys must have read my prediction of the other day.
I do not like the sound of massive military, and para-military forces patrolling the streets of this fair city.
I'm moving to Montana soon...