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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:41 PM

First the G4S scandal.... they're poor inadequate training and recruitment, then the fact they are short of enough workers that the MoD had to assign 3000+ UK troops to 'guard' duties... now this.





New security fears as Heathrow checks miss terror suspects

• Inexperienced airport staff 'missed five alerts in one day'
• Fears come after fiasco over G4S Olympic stewarding


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Inexperienced new recruits, deployed to shorten queues, are repeatedly 'missing' passengers who may need to be referred to counterterrorism officers. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA


Terror suspects on the Home Office watch list are entering the UK in the runup to the Olympics without the necessary security checks, according to frontline officials at Heathrow.

One senior border officer told the Observer that inexperienced new recruits, deployed to shorten queues after complaints over lengthy waiting times, are repeatedly "missing" passengers of interest who should be referred to counterterrorism officers when they reach passport control.

The official said he was personally aware that three terror suspects – all of whose names are registered on the Home Office suspect index system – had been waved through by staff on his shifts since the start of July. Border officials should immediately notify counterterrorism police or MI5 if they suspect that "SX travellers" are attempting to enter the UK. Another colleague alleged that five suspects were "missed" in one day earlier this month.

"It's all new faces," said the senior official. "The rest of the staff, I have no idea where they have come from, how long they are here for, what their background is. These are people who have been forced by their own department to come here."

The crisis comes days after G4S, the world's biggest security firm, announced it could not provide enough security guards for the London Olympics, forcing the government to call up 3,500 troops to meet the shortfall. Last month John Evans, head of MI5, said the Games offered an "attractive target for our enemies, and they will be at the centre of the world's attention".

The intelligence and security committee also warned that the Olympics had diverted MI5, MI6 and GCHQ from other potential threats to Britain, citing the "vulnerability of the UK at this critical period". It identified potential sources of threat including al-Qaida and its affiliates planning an attack on the Games or participants, especially US or Israeli nationals, and also the possible threat from republican dissident terrorist groups.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the UK Border Agency official said: "How many other misses have occurred? The missing of counterterrorism 'hits' is a huge thing, but new recruits are not getting enough time to be taught.

"It is vital these people do not get in without being noted and that the information is passed to the police or security services. Once they're in, you've no idea where they might be going."
Many of those drafted in to help cope with border staffing shortages before the Olympics are individuals who have been working elsewhere in the Home Office and have received only basic training to work on airport passport desks. Some have had only a day's training instead of the standard six to eight weeks.

The revelations of lax practice are particularly alarming, coming ahead of pre-Olympic week during which the vast majority of athletes, media and officials will arrive. On 25 July – the day when traffic through Heathrow airport is expected to be most intense – the staffing roster shows, according to union sources, that more than half the employees on duty are from relief staff.

It is understood that counterterrorism police at Heathrow are urgently seeking a meeting with senior UKBA management over the missed alerts. Mark Reckless MP, a Tory member of the home affairs select committee, said: "I know the home secretary would be extremely concerned if the warning index checks were being missed."

Chris Hobbs, a retired police officer who spent more than a third of his service working at Heathrow, Gatwick and in Jamaican airports, said: "Missing passengers who were the subject of security alerts was an extremely rare occurrence. The fact that it appears to be becoming a regular event shows that border controls have all but imploded."

Underlining the inexperience of some of the officials now manning UK borders, a UKBA document recently distributed to staff reassured new recruits that if they did make a mistake their lack of training would be considered.

The document states: "In the event of making a mistake the full circumstances will be carefully considered, including the extent of your training and experience."

Paul O'Connor, Home Office national manager for the Public and Commercial Services Union, said: "Theresa May said she would not compromise border security but you need properly staffed control points with fully trained border officers. They are playing fast and loose with border control."
Last Thursday, the chief inspector of borders and immigration, John Vine, said following an inspection of Heathrow's Terminals 3 and 4, temporary staff were found to process passengers slower and ask fewer "probing" questions, satisfying neither the need to deal with lengthy queues or security concerns.

A border force spokesman said: "All staff being deployed will have the necessary security clearance and will have received the training required to operate effectively. Contingency staff will only be carrying out tasks for which they have been fully trained.

"Contingency staff will operate individually, but are supported by experienced border force officers at all times. If they have any concerns or questions they are told to escalate those concerns immediately."

http://www.guardian....terror-suspects





G4S boss discovered Olympic security guard shortfall only a few days ago

Nick Buckles says company will lose up to £50m on Olympic contract because of failure to provide enough guards

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Nick Buckles of G4S, who said he could not confirm all the company's London 2012 Olympic security guards would speak English. Photograph: Newscast/Alamy


The chief executive of the security firm G4S has admitted he only discovered that his company would be unable to provide adequate numbers of security guards for the Olympics "eight or nine days ago".
Nick Buckles said G4S would lose £30m-£50m on its Olympic contract because of its failure, which will require 3,500 troops to be used to fill gaps in security.

The chief executive also told the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme he could not confirm that all G4S guards were fluent in English.

"That is a difficult question to answer. They all have a right to work in the UK and have been vetted to very high standards. I cannot say categorically as I sit here today [that all the guards speak English]," he said.

Buckles said there were roles in which fluency in English was not a necessity. "I'm saying there probably are roles within the security structure where there is not a direct communication with the public," he said.

Buckles later clarified his replies by saying that all Olympic security guards must be proficient in English to receive their Security Industry Association licence.
The chief executive added: "The workforce that we are recruiting for the Games come from different backgrounds. Some are in current employment so clearly they are not going to be available for training until quite close to the Games and others are students that clearly aren't available until closer to the Games."

Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs committee, which has summoned Buckles to appear before them next week to account for the Olympic security fiasco, said the problems raised questions as to whether the staff G4S had managed to recruit were up to the job.

"We do need to examine what is the workforce that is in place at the moment. Have they been properly trained? Are they going to be able to communicate with those that arrive at the Games and are they qualified to do what they are supposed to do?" the MP told BBC News.
Vaz added that the situation raised questions over the firm's government contracts.
"This is not a dodgy builders' firm. This is the biggest security firm in the world. They have hundreds of millions of pounds of contracts to deal with policing, prisons, detention centres, which the Home Office has given them. The worry for me is the long term," he said.

The security firm had been committed to supply 13,700 guards as demanded in its contract, worth £284m, which it now says it is unlikely to be able to fulfil. Overall, the 23,700-strong security force for the Games will include a mix of military, private security guards and at least 3,000 unpaid volunteers. Buckles said it would cost G4S between £314m and £324m to fulfil its contract and pay penalties.
Contingency plans have also been drawn up for police officers to secure venues in the days leading up to the start of the Games because of G4S's recruitment shortage. The original plan was for specialist police teams to search the venues before lockdown was carried out by either G4S or the military.

But plans are now being made for the potential need to deploy hundreds of officers to control what goes into the arenas until the extra military personnel arrive.
Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison, head of Scotland Yard's security operation, said: "Delivering a safe and secure Games is a priority but we will not compromise on keeping the streets and our local communities safe."

The home secretary, Theresa May, had been pressing G4S to provide assurances over its commitments, but patience in Whitehall ran out last weekend and talks began to establish whether the Ministry of Defence could fill the gap.
As May came under sustained opposition attack in parliament this week, she repeatedly refused to spell out what penalties G4S would face, insisting that the contract was with Locog and not the Home Office.

The depth of the crisis over G4S's Olympic security preparations became increasingly clear on Thursday as recruits revealed to the Guardian details of a "totally chaotic" selection process and police joined the military in bracing themselves to fill the void left by the private security contractor.
Opposition politicians have called for a pause in the award of any more government contracts to G4S, and there had been speculation in recent days that it would face financial penalties amounting to tens of thousands of pounds per venue per day for failing to deliver sufficient staff.
Locog, which has also been summoned to appear before the home affairs select committee along with the Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, admitted in December it had wildly underestimated the number of staff required to deliver security at 34 Olympic venues in London and around the country.


http://www.guardian....ic-security-g4s




Olympic security farce: Now MI5 sacks systems experts after anti-terror supercomputer collapse

  • £1m device for tracking suspects will not be ready in time for the Games


A supercomputer that was supposed to help Britain’s security service track terror suspects will not be ready in time for the Olympics.
MI5 has sacked a firm of IT consultants after the company failed to meet deadlines to implement the new intelligence-checking system.
The computer system is designed to help MI5 officers carry out secret searches on suspects, including those who may pose a threat at the Olympics.




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Posing a threat: The computer system is designed to help officers at MI5 (pictured) carry out secret searches on suspects

But spy chiefs have admitted that the software will not be ready in time to be safely trialled before the start of the Games later this month.
The new ‘electronic records management’ system will bring together all MI5 intelligence material, so officers can carry out complete searches of old and current records.
For example, it would alert officers more quickly to archived intelligence on a terror suspect who had been dormant or lying low for a number of years.

The IT failure comes days after the Government announced that private security firm G4S had failed to hire enough guards for the Olympics. Ministers have been forced to call upon the Army to make up the shortfall.


One security source said of the MI5 IT project: ‘Of course it would be better if this was up and running in time for the Olympics as it allows officers to search all their systems in one quick check. In a fast-moving investigation, with finite resources, delay can mean the difference between success and failure.’

The new search facility is understood to work in a similar way to the high-tech computers used in the BBC TV series Spooks, where spies match pictures, names and mobile phone numbers to identify suspects from their records.

Last night, security sources declined to name the company at the centre of the IT controversy. Nor would they say exactly why the firm had its contract terminated.
But it is understood that the project, which is estimated to have already cost up to £1 million, has been plagued by technical and commercial difficulties.

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Computer crisis: Spy chiefs have admitted that the software will not be ready in time to be safely trialled before the start of the Games

The decision to postpone implementation until after the Olympics leaves the taxpayer out of pocket while MI5 must find a replacement contractor.
It has emerged that Jonathan Evans, director-general of the security service, has voiced concerns about a number of costly IT security contracts, including the one that has been terminated.

In a report published on Thursday by MPs from the Intelligence and Security Committee, Mr Evans is quoted as saying: ‘I think it would be a fair criticism to say that we have had some cases where [our use of consultants and contractors] hasn’t been as controlled as it should, [but now] we have got a proper focus .  .  .

‘Post-Olympics, we intend to reduce [the] number of organisations and individuals we deal with and to manage those relationships more aggressively than we have done.’
A Whitehall security source said that the decision to postpone introducing the system until after the Olympics was ‘taken some time ago’ on the grounds that it would be too risky to introduce new software just before the Olympics.

He said that while the delay would affect the service’s capability ‘nobody was saying we desperately need the new system immediately now’.
It has also emerged that almost 500 officers from across MI5, MI6 and GCHQ have left the secret services in the past year at a cost of £47 million to the taxpayer. Many of the senior staff have been paid six-figure sums to take early retirement while others have been given big redundancy payoffs.

The figures, in the report by the Intelligence and Security Committee, are:

  • MI5: 216 staff each costing an average of £93,000.
  • GCHQ: 255 staff at an average cost of £90,000.
  • MI6: 24 staff at an average cost of £166,000.
The 24 MI6 staff were paid a total of £4 million to leave the service as part of a drive to remove some of the most expensive spies from the payroll.
At the Government’s secret listening post, GCHQ, 255 staff left under the Approved Early Retirement terms in 2010/11. The cost to the taxpayer of these exit packages was £23 million.

But the director of GCHQ, Iain Lobban, told MPs he had been forced to offer early retirement to reduce staff numbers and stay within budget.

He said: ‘We lost a number of more senior members of staff .  .  . As I shook hands with each of them, I felt a degree of regret, but we needed to get our figures down in order to hit our own Spending Review commitments.’

In the security service, 216 staff left under the service’s Living Within Our Means (LWOM) scheme in 2010/11. Of these, 103 staff left voluntarily and the remaining 113 were redundancies. The cost to the taxpayer was £20 million.

Jonathan Evans told the committee that part of the reason for the redundancy programme was to ‘[change] the staff mix’, and that ‘in this sort of world where technologies come and go in a fortnight, some of the staff that we had .  .  . weren’t really the right people’.

The MPs also said that all three agencies were struggling to retain staff as the private sector continued to offer Government-trained spies and cyber experts much bigger pay packets.

Trials delayed as police are sent to London

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Before the GS4 security fiasco, about 12,000 officers were due to be on duty at Olympic venues on peak days

Criminal trials are being delayed until after the Olympics because of the crisis over security.
Police officers due to testify at hearings across the country are instead being called on to assist at the Games.
It was not clear last night how many cases will be affected, but the figure may run into the hundreds.

On average, about 40,000 criminal cases are heard in England and Wales every week.
There is also concern that defendants will be kept in custody for longer than usual, at a cost to taxpayers of more than £100 a night.

District judge Graham Wilkinson, who was last week trying to arrange a trial date for an assault case in Wolverhampton, said in court: ‘We can have no police officer cases during the Olympics.’
Before the GS4 security fiasco, about 12,000 officers were due to be on duty at Olympic venues on peak days.

But hundreds more are now required to do the work of private guards in a further blow to the already over-stretched criminal justice system.
Adding to the sense of justice being put on hold, courts in and around London will close during the two-week Games because of the transport chaos.
The Old Bailey will lose half of its 18 courts, and some judges are understood to have been urged to go on holiday.


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Competitors told Olympic Park isn't ready just TWO WEEKS before opening ceremony

Athletes have begun arriving in the UK ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games but the main park is still a construction site with less than two weeks to go until the opening ceremony.

More than 40 team bosses met on Friday at Athletes' Village, one of the seven venues located within the Olympic park, but were shocked to discover that it is not finished.
National teams have been told to stay away from the park, in East London, until July 23.


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Embarrassing: Athletes have been told the Olympic Park is not yet ready

It is believed the bad weather and recent security issues may have caused the delays.
But Locog, the London Organising Committee, has said work was on schedule.

A member of one of the national teams told The Sunday Telegraph: 'We were told the Olympic Park won’t open until the 23rd.


'This is a week later than what we expected.
'We were assured they are relatively minor but it has come as a surprise because we had been told for some months now that the park was on time and ready, and it isn’t.’

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Soldiering On: Troops arrive at the Olympic Park after private security contractor G4S failed to recruit enough staff

The park will host sports including athletics, swimming, hockey and cycling.
Athletes have been told their training programmes will not be disrupted.
The latest embarrassment comes after the Olympic security staff G4S's boss, Nick Buckles, was forced to apologise for failing to recruit enough staff.
He also did not know whether all security guards the company had recruited could speak fluent English.

The company now stands at losing up to £50 million on its £284 million contract with the Games organisers, Locog, as a result of the fiasco.
The company said it 'deeply regrets' the problems which have meant 3,500 troops being drafted in at the 11th hour to make up a shortfall in security guards.


http://www.dailymail...l#ixzz20j3M24e6








Military fills gap in London Olympic security


Posted Imagethe British government is putting 3,500 extra troops on standby to fill the security gap for the London Olympics, which begin July 27th. (Andrew Winning/Reuters)

The boss of British security group G4S said Saturday he was sorry that his company had bungled the contract to help protect the 2012 Olympic Games, a humbling televised apology that followed days of ugly news about his firm's failures.

Nick Buckles spoke to the BBC as British newspapers were filled with accounts of chaotic recruitment, sloppy security, and even an allegation that some G4S staffers weren't fluent in English. The firm has not been able to provide enough guards, and some 3,500 British troops are being called in to help fill the gap in security and police have been put on notice that they may need to help fill the breach.
"We're deeply disappointed and we certainly are very sorry for what's happened over the last week or two," the chief executive said. "It's a very complex process. No one's ever undertaken to recruit 10,000 fully-trained security staff for such a lengthy period of time."

In December G4S PLC promised to provide that number of people to help keep the games safe, although in reality far more than 10,000 people need to be recruited in order to compensate for attrition, sickness, and absenteeism. Buckles said that the operation was a "mammoth undertaking" involving a complex recruitment operation in five or six different stages, adding that, as of Saturday, some 4,000 people were on the ground and that about 9,000 people were still in the pipeline — which still leaves a significant shortfall.

Buckles added that he only became aware of the problem eight or nine days ago.
His comments came as the British unearthed one episode after another of apparent incompetence at the Crawley, England-based company.

The Daily Mirror tabloid quoted Sarah Hubble, whom it described as a former G4S recruiter, as saying that background checks were skipped to meet targets and that sensitive recruitment material was left lying around the company's offices. Its right-leaning rival, The Sun, quoted an unnamed former police officer as saying that some security guards couldn't speak English.
In earlier comments to BBC radio, Buckles couldn't guarantee that all his staffers spoke fluent English, saying it was a "difficult question to answer."

"I am pretty sure that they can, but I can't say categorically as I sit here today," he said.
Buckles has said his company would foot the bill for the last-minute military deployment, putting the loss on his company's $442 million US contract at up to $78 million.The costs aren't just financial — they also are a hit to its reputation.

G4S manages prisons, transports cash, and installs surveillance systems across the in some 125 countries. Its inability to get enough people to secure the world's biggest sporting event has left some observers wondering at the wisdom of doing business with the company elsewhere.
"This is not a dodgy builders' firm," said opposition lawmaker Keith Vaz, whose committee plans to quiz Buckles on his failure before Parliament next week. "This is the biggest security firm in the world. They have hundreds of millions of pounds of contracts to deal with policing, prisons, detention centers, which [Britain's] Home Office has given them. The worry for me is the long term," he told the BBC.

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...s-security.html


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:49 PM

This was a great read. Long but its amazing how complicated the process is and all the pitfalls they may have. I appreciate your efforts to get the info.

I am excited about this years team, and especially cant wait for the Tennis !!!!

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:50 PM

Don't worry they have this guy to fall back on....


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:58 PM

You know where else they have problems with airport security? Everywhere suspected terrorists boarded planes for Heathrow.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:57 PM

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They deserve to be embarrassed somewhat.

Remember all the BS the London media was spouting about our Olympics in 2010 to make themselves look good? Ha.
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Buddy I called this EXACT situtation on here two years ago and was flamed, so I guess I have a bit of hockey knowledge, not to mention the 4 years I played in the OHL idiot.


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:16 PM

They deserve to be embarrassed somewhat.

Remember all the BS the London media was spouting about our Olympics in 2010 to make themselves look good? Ha.


What goes around, comes around.

Though I wish for the general public, nothing bad happens. However, I don't mind sitting back after our country, and more specifically our province and the GVRD put on one of, if not the most successful Winter Olympics ever, even amidst all the nit-pickers, nay-sayers and troglodytes in the British media, particularly their print media.

Kinda been waiting for a couple of years to see just how much egg would appear on their faces, when it was their turn. Things couldn't be going more swimmingly.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:42 PM

Egg, meet face.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:37 PM

to top it all off, it seems like it's going to keep raining over there too lol...
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:26 PM

First the G4S scandal.... they're poor inadequate training and recruitment, then the fact they are short of enough workers that the MoD had to assign 3000+ UK troops to 'guard' duties... now this.














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Thats what they get for bashing our olympics. Its not so easy now, is it? British media? LOL
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I think Germany is the exception because they should know how to use their own balls.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:28 PM

Egg, meet face.


I'd say its Karma. Vancouver Olympics looked 10X more organized than this. Even though summer olympics is a much bigger event, at least the athletes were accommodated when they came here.
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I think Germany is the exception because they should know how to use their own balls.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:32 AM

They took a hat too big for their head.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 10:28 AM



Britain flooded with 'brand police' to protect sponsors




Olympic security is in disarray, but organisers are taking no chances with corporate deals...


Hundreds of uniformed Olympics officers will begin touring the country today enforcing sponsors' multimillion-pound marketing deals, in a highly organised mission that contrasts with the scramble to find enough staff to secure Olympic sites.

Almost 300 enforcement officers will be seen across the country checking firms to ensure they are not staging "ambush marketing" or illegally associating themselves with the Games at the expense of official sponsors such as Adidas, McDonald's, Coca-Cola and BP. The clampdown goes on while 3,500 soldiers on leave are brought in to bail out the security firm G4S which admitted it could not supply the numbers of security staff it had promised.
Yesterday, the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, refused to rule out that even more soldiers may be called upon to help with security, but dismissed the issue as merely a "hitch". However, as well as the regular Army, the Olympic "brand army" will start its work with a vengeance today.
Wearing purple caps and tops, the experts in trading and advertising working for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) are heading the biggest brand protection operation staged in the UK. Under legislation specially introduced for the London Games, they have the right to enter shops and offices and bring court action with fines of up to £20,000.
Olympics organisers have warned businesses that during London 2012 their advertising should not include a list of banned words, including "gold", "silver" and "bronze", "summer", "sponsors" and "London".
Publicans have been advised that blackboards advertising live TV coverage must not refer to beer brands or brewers without an Olympics deal, while caterers and restaurateurs have been told not to advertise dishes that could be construed as having an association with the event.
At the 40 Olympics venues, 800 retailers have been banned from serving chips to avoid infringing fast-food rights secured by McDonald's.
Marina Palomba, for the McCann Worldgroup agency in London, described the rules as "the most draconian law in advance of an Olympic Games ever". The ODA and Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) say the rules are necessary to protect brands.
"These rights are acquired by companies who invest millions of pounds to help support the staging of the Games," Locog said. "People who seek the same benefits for free – by engaging in ambush marketing or producing counterfeit goods – are effectively depriving the Games of revenue."
Some £1.4bn of the Games' £11.4bn budget comes from private sector sponsors. The International Olympic Committee's 11 global partners, including Coca-Cola, Visa and Proctor & Gamble, are contributing £700m while £700m comes from London 2012 partners, including Adidas, BT, EDF, and Lloyds TSB.
The scale of the brand enforcement squad is nonetheless likely to intensify criticism that the Olympics has become too corporate. Paul Jordan, an expert in brand protection at Bristows solicitors who advises firms on the rules, said they were almost certainly tougher than at previous Olympics. "No other brands would have people walking the streets being their eyes and ears, protecting their interests," he said.
A spokesman for the Olympic Delivery Authority, whose team of 286 enforcement officers have been seconded from 30 local councils, said it had a duty to ensure businesses were meeting the rules.
"We are using experienced local authority staff who currently enforce street trading and advertising legislation. They have all been fully trained," the spokesman said.
"Deliberate ambush offences will be dealt with using the full enforcement powers conferred on officers."

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 02:12 PM

Has any host country ever held the Olympics without troubles?!?
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 05:10 PM

Published 16 February 2010.

Since being handed the Olympic torch by Arnold Schwarzenegger last Friday, London 2012 chairman Seb Coe has had plenty to ponder as Vancouver's Winter Olympics fights a daily battle to shed its "troubled" tag.
Some of the issues that have plagued the games' organisers – such as the warm weather that led to convoys of lorries ferrying snow from higher ground and prompted refunds for 8,000 spectators – have been (largely) out of their hands. Others, such as the glitches that beset the opening ceremony, the home team's brazen mission statement to "own the podium", and the creaky transport system, have not. And then there is the furious debate surrounding the death in training of Georgian luger Nodar ­Kumaritashvili.
The repercussions for both Vancouver and the International Olympic Committee could be severe. Estimates put the cost of the games at CAN$6bn (£3.6bn), and the race to host the 2018 edition features just three bidders, the lowest number since 1988. The host broadcaster, NBC, stands to lose $200m on televising these games, so future sponsorship could suffer.
The twin spectres of the Montreal Olympics of 1976 and the 1996 Atlanta games hang over Vancouver. Montreal was left bankrupt, facing financial repercussions that lasted three decades. The Atlanta games, often cited as the worst in history, are remembered for a bomb attack, compounded by a host of other logistical problems.
Things are not quite that bad yet. But while London 2012 organisers ­insist they are planning for every eventuality, what they have seen in ­Vancouver will surely have made them redouble those efforts.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 05:26 PM

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Oh wouldn't they wish for warm weather right about now.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:28 PM

Forget everything else, if the weather keeps up the other problems will look like nothing at all. Apparently the beach volleyball courts look more like a mud pit right now.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:39 PM

Vancouver 2010, best Olympics of all the time. Enough said, stop trying to duplicate it world.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:02 AM

Looks like America's Security Theater troupe/Molestation brigade will be making its way to London.

TSA agents to staff UK airports during Olympics

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:04 AM

Looks like America's Security Theater troupe/Molestation brigade will be making its way to London.

TSA agents to staff UK airports during Olympics


This is good news. What an undertaking it is to secure the Olympics in such a centralized place as London. I wonder how many agents and security guys they end up getting :frantic:
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 12:07 PM

G4S farce goes on: Just 20 out of 300 staff turn up at Olympic venue as Buckles yields to angry calls from police and Army to cover their costs


The fiasco surrounding G4S security at the Olympics continued today as only 30 out of 200 staff turned up for work at a cycling venue in Surrey.

The huge absence of personnel at the road-race circuit in Box Hill came as it was revealed only 4,200 of the contracted 10,400 guards have so far reported for duty across the country.
It is the latest blow for the company, which has been slammed for the level of training its staff have received, as well as absenteeism at other Games venues.

The news comes as the chief executive of the security firm, Nick Buckles, appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee today to explain the company's catastrophic arrangements.
He told the committee that although 200 had originally been earmarked for duties, just 35 were rostered on to work at the Games venue.

The figures are all the more remarkable given the fact that the total workforce of G4S is 650,000 - more than the population of Luxembourg, one MP pointed out......


Read more: http://www.dailymail...l#ixzz20uNUJA7i







Cab drivers create gridlock in Games Lane protest

More than 200 taxi drivers have brought central London to a halt in a protest at the Olympic Games lanes.

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Blaring their horns, the cabbies took their case to Parliament Square, creating gridlock in the heart of the capital. with the jam swiftly spreading to Millbank and Whitehall.


London’s iconic black cabs are being excluded from the 30 miles of games lanes, which have been reserved for Olympic competitors, officials and sponsors.


Dubbed “Zil lanes” by critics, they come into force on Wednesday next week. Drivers who transgress face a £130 fine.


The restrictions will ban drivers from the lanes, making journey times across the capital longer and dearer for passengers.


Many cab drivers have said they will leave London during the Games rather than put up with the frustration of navigating the capital’s traffic.

"There will be no access to these lanes for any traffic apart from the Olympics family.

"Taxis are excluded, which is unacceptable and wrong. This is a working city and we need to get around and do our job," said Jonathan Myers, of the United Cabbies group union.

“We've come to Parliament so MPs can wake up and hear what we're talking about."

Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT union, which has a number of cab drivers in its membership, said:

“It’s a scandal that a London taxi was used as an iconic London image to secure the games and yet those same cab drivers are now being kicked in the teeth by Olympics chiefs over the VIP lanes and the entire Olympics transport strategy.”


However John Mason, Director of London Taxi and Private Hire, defended the arrangement.

“We have worked tirelessly with groups that represent the majority of hard working taxi drivers to provide cabbies with as much access to the lanes as possible.

“Transport for London has secured concessions specifically for taxi drivers, including the use of turns along the Olympic Route Network that were initially banned for all traffic except buses, as well as access to a number of kerbside Games lanes to pick up passengers.

"We have informed taxi drivers that any such demonstration is completely irresponsible and would only disrupt the travelling public – the very people taxi drivers are supposed to serve.

“We strongly urge taxi drivers to ignore calls to join these unnecessary protests and instead show why they are regularly voted the best in the world.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/news/9406127/Cab-drivers-create-gridlock-in-Games-Lane-protest.html




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Posted 17 July 2012 - 12:22 PM

Regarding that 'Olympic lane' in London, I wonder, did we have something similar here as well? Also, *wishing Wetcoaster was here* would that not classify as a violation against 'freedom of movement' or our mobility rights, if it hypothetically happened here?
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 01:00 PM

From the sounds of it, London would sell the queen herself if it meant obliging the Olympics committee. What's next? Restrooms for the Games participants, and restrooms for everyone else? Jokes aside, news from England makes it seem like a more grim police state every day. I'm surprised they didn't have an initiative where the government hands out helmets with cameras to everyone in the city.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 01:19 PM

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:45 PM

Two points from a Londoner:

1. I'm glad the army is doing most of the security. No one messes with the British Army.

2. Cab drivers can go do one. They're just bitter they have to sit in traffic like the rest of us. The Olympic lanes in my area are clear, empty, but who cares? At least we're not being blitzed by the Luftwaffe.
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:20 PM

Olympics security: MoD prepares to call up 2,000 more troops for G4S shortfall


The Ministry of Defence is urgently making preparations to call up as many as 2,000 more troops for Olympic security if G4S fails to deliver on its revised target of 7,000 staff in place by next week's opening ceremony, Whitehall sources say.

Fresh urgency was injected into the contingency preparations after defence officials started working with G4S in the last few days and gained a better understanding of the problems facing . Whitehall sources told the Guardian the contingency involved the possibility of calling up between 500 and 2,000 more troops.
The home secretary, Theresa May, who only last Wednesday authorised the call-up of 3,500 extra troops to bail out the private security company, has not made any further official request for troops and is working to avoid exactly that situation.
The chief executive of the London 2012 organisers, Paul Deighton, in effect took control of the G4S operation on Tuesday alongside senior Home Office officials, working through venue security rotas "line by line" in a desperate attempt to avoid the embarrassment of a fresh call-up.
This effort came as the G4S chief executive, Nick Buckles, admitted to MPs he couldn't guarantee to provide 7,000 trained and screened security guards by next Friday. Buckles has a list of 5,500 ready-to-deploy guards and is adding to them at a rate of 500 a day, but astonished MPs by telling them that even at this late stage he couldn't predict the scale of "no-shows" until recruits failed to respond to an email.
If G4S reaches its 7,000 target, the MoD will not be called upon again. "But it is a big if," said a Whitehall source. "The military would prefer the Home Office to make the decision on whether to provide more military personnel sooner rather than later." Commanders have asked for a "decision point" – a moment this week when ministers look at the actual number of security guards being provided by G4S, and mobilise the MoD to fill in the gaps. Though leaving the decision until next week will give G4S more time, it is a high-risk strategy that will make deploying more troops more difficult, the source said.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson admitted that there was a chance further troops would be required, and said there was no way of knowing how many G4S staff would turn up to work. "We're not absolutely sure of either of those two things. There is enough slack in the system to deal with some slippage either way. Nothing is certain, we keep it under constant review. We're confident that having had a problem presented to us last Wednesday, we've taken all the action we need to address that and build a bit of slack into the system."
Lord Coe, London 2012 organising committee chairman, again insisted that security would not be compromised. "My responsibility is to make sure that we get a Games that is safe and secure. We will do that, and it is to make sure that our teams, the Home Office and the military sit alongside G4S and mobilise and deploy exactly who we need to," he said.
An MoD spokesman said: "As the defence secretary made clear at the weekend, should there be a requirement for additional military personnel the MoD will do whatever possible to make them available. At the present time no further requests have been received but, as people would expect, an ongoing programme of prudent planning continues."
"If you are saying to me would I rather not be here, then the answer to that is of course. It would be ridiculous to say anything other than that. But my task is to deliver that. It was never about numbers, G4S interviewed 100,000 people, but it is about making sure they turn up."
The confidence of MPs at Westminster in the private company's ability to deliver even their revised target of 7,000 security guards drained away during the two-hour grilling of the company's chief executive before the Commons home affairs select committee on Tuesday.
Buckles was forced to agree the episode had been a "humiliating shambles" that had left his company's reputation in tatters. He said he regretted signing the £284m Olympic security contract, which had only been taken on to "boost the company's reputation". The potential £10m profit had turned into a projected £30m-£50m loss and the company had already dropped any hopes of bidding for the security contracts for the next football World Cup, or Olympic Games, which will be held in Brazil.
He to foot the bill for any extra military or policing costs, including funding a £500-a-head bonus for armed forces personnel who have to be brought back from leave, but outraged MPs when he insisted that G4S still planned to keep the £57m "management fee" for the contract despite a woeful performance.
Buckles also defied expectations by insisting there was no question of his immediate resignation: "It's not about me; it's about delivering the contract. I'm the right person to ensure that happens," he said.
Buckles said he was told about the recruitment problems when he was on holiday in the US on 3 July, and flew home the same day. The paper trail submitted to the committee makes clear Home Office ministers and officials, including James Brokenshire, and security supremo Charles Farr, were kept in the loop daily from that point. It was another eight days before the home secretary said the scale of the problem had "crystallised" to the point where it was apparent G4S could not supply its original target of 10,400 guards and she had to call in the extra 3,500 troops.
But Buckles did not blame Home Office officials or ministers, telling MPs that he was "100% responsible" for what had gone wrong.
The verdict from the MPs was damning. The committee chairman, Keith Vaz, said Buckles's evidence had given the impression of a company that was "unacceptable, incompetent and amateurish".
As it was being delivered, the defence secretary, Philip Hammond, confirmed that 2,500 of the additional military personnel are to be housed in an exhibition centre at Wapping in east London. Tobacco Dock is a grade 1-listed, converted 19th-century warehouse. The remaining 1,000 troops are to be housed in temporary accommodation in Hainault, Essex and on military bases.
http://www.guardian....s-g4s-shortfall


Olympics opening ceremony slashed by half an hour over fears G4S security shambles could cause chaos for spectators

  • -Event cut to three hours as it is feared they will not cope with the huge crowds, an Olympic source said
  • -London 2012 tell MailOnline 'tough decision' taken to ensure that the 80,000 fans get home on public transport
  • -Changes will help get people safely out of stadium at midnight without any dangerous rush
The security shambles that has engulfed London 2012 has now forced the £27million Opening Ceremony to be slashed by half an hour, it was revealed today.
Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle's spectacle has been cut to three hours to ensure the 80,000 fans in the Olympic Stadium do not get stranded and left unable get home on Friday, July 27.
The extravaganza was due to finish at 12.30am but will now end around midnight to allow people enough time to get on packed public transport.

For London 2012's much-anticipated Opening Ceremony, which will start at 9pm, the Olympic Stadium is to be transformed into a British rural idyll, complete with real cows, sheep and a horse-drawn plough.
But scenes have now been shortened and one bike stunt element has been scrapped completely to avoid misery for spectators coming to Stratford, east London for the event.
The stadium will be packed with 80,000 spectators, 16,000 athletes, 10,000 performers, 70 sheep, 12 horses, ten chickens, three cows, two goats and even dogs and geese.
One billion people around the world will be watching on television.
'The show has been cut because of fears that the checkpoints couldn't cope with the huge rush in and out of the stadium,' a London 2012 source told The Sun.
'It's not just crowds of fans, athletes and performers G4S and our soldiers will have to cope with - it's dozens of live animals as well.
'All will have to be checked and searched before being allowed into the secure area. It's a huge logistical nightmare.'


A London 2012 spokesman told MailOnline: 'Performers are rehearsing sections and transitions to ensure they are as tight as possible. This is normal in any production, whether it be theatre or ceremonies.
'We need to make sure the show comes in on time to make sure spectators can get home on public transport, so we have taken the tough decision to cut a small stunt bike sequence of the show.
'We will be paying contracts in full and giving full credit in the programme. The show is set to finish between 12am and 12.30am.'
They denied that the decision was connected to the G4S security debacle.
It is yet another damning blow for security company G4S, who will be managing the crowd, after thousands of armed forces and police were brought in because they couldn't provide enough staff themselves..... continued.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 04:36 PM

Seem really unprepared...might be a chance of a terrorist attack by the looks of how behind security is..
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:09 PM

Regarding that 'Olympic lane' in London, I wonder, did we have something similar here as well?


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Posted 19 July 2012 - 01:01 PM

UK border guards to strike on eve of Olympics

LONDON (AP) -- Border guards at British airports will walk off the job July 26, the day before the London Olympics begin, creating an Olympic-sized logistical headache for British officials...

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The great Olympic walkout: Now train drivers AND airport immigration staff announce strikes which will hit Games

  • Aslef union will take industrial action over pensions on August 6, 7 and 8
  • Thousands of staff at the Home Office, including airport immigration workers, will also stage a 24-hour strike the day before the opening of the Olympics
  • Train company bosses are 'shocked and angry' strikes are being planned at time of 'great national pride' for country
  • Aslef general secretary, Mick Whelan calls cutting pension contributions 'highly irresponsible'
  • Transport Secretary Justine Greening: 'If there were an Olympic sport of self-interest, Aslef union leaders would win it hands down'
  • Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt claims unions would be 'completely out of tune' with public mood if strike held during Games
  • Labour leader Ed Miliband: 'People should not be striking during the Olympics. People should not be disrupting the Olympic Games'
  • Members of RMT union on South West Trains reject strikes by narrow margin of four votes
http://www.dailymail...l#ixzz216IIGtHb


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Posted 20 July 2012 - 04:35 PM

We may have overpaid for security, but at least we didn't have a shortage of guards mere days before the Olympics began.....
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