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Uneasy Greeks Focus on Olympic Safety

Four months before thousands of world-class athletes and legions of spectators descend here for the Summer Olympics, the Greek authorities, already on the defensive because of delays in completing sporting sites, are confronting renewed fears about security at the Games. The Spanish terror bombings last month unnerved this ancient capital, and contributed to the Greek government’s decision to request NATO help during the Olympics. The alliance is expected to deploy ships and Awacs surveillance planes to patrol the Greek coastline and airspace, and to provide other help to protect against chemical, biological and nuclear attacks. Officials here, hoping to put to rest their country’s reputation as lax on terrorism, have repeatedly declared that the Games will be safe and noted that they are spending nearly $1 billion on a security operation that is by far the costliest and most extensive in Olympic history. International Olympic officials, who monitor but do not control security, have said they have confidence in the preparations. Full Story

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