Security has lapses, rated unobtrusive
With AWACS planes patrolling the skies, Patriot missiles poised to shoot down incoming ballistic missiles and navy frogmen trolling for suspicious activities beneath the seas, Greek authorities say they are prepared for any eventuality at the Athens Olympics. Safeguarding the Olympics has cost Greece $1.3 billion, more than triple the amount spent on security for the Sydney Games four years ago. But despite patrol help from NATO and all the high-tech bells and whistles, Greek officials point out that no amount of money can make a city of 3.7 million terrorist-proof. The real point, the officials say, is to give the athletes, the paying customers and the world at large a sense that these games are safe.