CIA, FBI add to Olympics se­cu­rity

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY -

US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies – the CIA (Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency) and the FBI (Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion), have es­tab­lished a ‘threat in­te­gra­tion cen­tre’ in as­so­ci­a­tion with se­cu­rity agen­cies of the UK to make the Lon­don 2012 Olympics ‘safe and se­cure.

This was an­nounced by the Na­tional Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Cen­tre. “For the past two years, NCTC, in co­or­di­na­tion with our in­tel­li­gence community and British part­ners, has been lead­ing the US ef­fort to make sure that we are col­lect­ing and analysing and shar­ing all po­ten­tial threat in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the Olympics and that we are in a po­si­tion to re­spond quickly to pre­vent any pos­si­ble plot­ting tied to the games,” Matthew Olsen, Di­rec­tor of the NCTC has said.

“In par­tic­u­lar, NCTC, with our in­tel­li­gence community part­ners, es­tab­lished a threat in­te­gra­tion cen­tre, de­signed to op­er­ate around the clock pro­vid­ing real-time sit­u­a­tional aware­ness and threat anal­y­sis,” Olsen said.

The threat anal­y­sis cen­tre is staffed by of­fi­cials from the CIA, NCTC and the FBI as well as other US in­tel­li­gence ser­vices to re­view threat in­for­ma­tion and quickly share it with British Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials from Scot­land Yard, MI-5 and MI-6.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, the threat in­te­gra­tion cen­tre, which is housed at the US Em­bassy in Lon­don is fully op­er­a­tional. “We are, as part of our rou­tine and on­go­ing and long­stand­ing co­or­di­na­tion with our close ally, we’ll have some li­ai­son per­son­nel that will be in coun­try dur­ing the Olympic Games. They won’t di­rectly be pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity. That’s what the UK au­thor­i­ties will be do­ing. But they’ll be pro­vid­ing some rou­tine li­ai­son ca­pa­bil­ity,” Patrick Ven­trell said at a US State Depart­ment briefing.

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