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Securing the gold in Athens

Since the ninth century B.C., countries participating in the Olympic Games have agreed to a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the event, a pact known in Greek as the ekecheiria, or “holding of hands.” But three millennia after the first contests, those planning the security for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad are hedging their bets when it comes to traditional gestures of good will. Greece has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on security technology as part of its larger $1.5 billion tab for ensuring the safety of athletes, spectators and others. “Our top priority is being implemented: The most comprehensive, best-staffed and best-funded security operation in the history of the Olympic Games is in place,” Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, president of the Athens 2004 organizing committee, told members of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board this past Sunday. Full Story

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