Skip to comments.Making a Success of Sports Events Will Contribute to Defeat of Terrorism
Posted on 02/20/2010 10:20:10 PM PST by Cindy
SNIPPET: "Three prestigious global sports events are scheduled to take place in India between now and the end of the year---the World Cup Hockey, the IPL Cricket League and the Commonwealth Games.
2. These events will atract the attention of not only the sports enthusiasts of the world, but also of the terrorists with a global or an anti-Indian agenda who will look upon the events as an opportunity to publicise their cause and to demonstrate their capability to take the intelligence and security agencies by surprise. Even if they are not able to carry out any terrorist strike on the ground, they will try to create feelings of insecurity in the minds of sports enthusiasts and the general public by the spread of rumours, issue of threats and other means.
3. The Internet and the E-mail have placed at their disposal means of spreading nervousness through threats disseminated electronically in the names of well-known terrorist organisations. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to establish the authenticity of such mails and the seriousness of such threats. At the same time, it will be unwise not to factor them into our security planning just because their authenticity could not be established."
SNIPPET: "5. The moment we let ourselves be intimidated and unnerved by the tactics of the terrorists we will be paving the way for more terrorism in the world. Defiance in the face of intimidation should be our motto.
6. While thus maintaining our equanimity, we should ensure that our security planning leaves nothing to chance and that every security-related contingency is catered for."
Note: "The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai."
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FICA sweats as IPL3 faces terror threat from Taliban
THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | TNN, 7 February 2010, 12:08am IST | n/a
Posted on February 7, 2010 1:53:09 AM PST by Cindy
NEW DELHI: The Federation of International Cricketer’s Association (FICA) once again raised the issue of security during the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). FICA president Tim May, a former Aussie cricketer, told TOI on Saturday that foreign players urgently needed information on security arrangements during IPL because independent Australian security experts have told FICA that the T20 event faces threat from terror outfits, including Taliban.
“We have generic inputs from an independent security agency in Australia that Taliban, a couple of other right wing and terrorist groups could be a threat to the IPL and we are really concerned about it. IPL is a high profile sporting event and that is why we are asking the organisers to share the security arrangements of the tournament with us,” May said.
“This is not just a matter of concern for the Australian players, it is for all players who will take part in the IPL. I am aware that players from across the world have written and made phone calls to their franchises requesting details of security. Unfortunately, that has not met with a positive response from the IPL. We are yet to be updated on the security situation,” May said.”
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Of General Interest:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Consular Affairs
This information is current as of today, Sat Feb 20 2010 22:25:31 GMT-0800 (PST).
February 12, 2010
Paper no. 3672
SNIPPET: “Post-Pune Blast Developments-—Attempt to Intimidate Foreign Sports Teams - International Terrorism Monitor-—Paper No. 620”
By B. Raman
Not a Snippet — that is the title.
Gee can you see the Saudis, Iranians or Taliban having a woman’s Olympic swim team?
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