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    London 2012 Olympics

    Fixing from Indian subcontinent poses threat to 2012 Games, says Minister
    (Reporting by Matt Falloon, editing by Justin Palmer)
    Sun Jan 1



    (Reuters) - The integrity of the London 2012 Olympics could be shattered by the "enormous" threat of illegal gambling rings trying to fix results, Britain's Olympics minister said on Sunday.

    Event fixing could play "a very real part" at the Olympics, Hugh Robertson said, adding that he was trying to convince other governments to take the threat seriously to avoid a scandal which could scar the reputation of the Games.

    "We know that there are enormous illegal betting syndicates in both the Indian subcontinent and across the far east," Robertson told Sky News.

    "We know that pressure is very often exerted on athletes and indeed athletes' families. We know it's out there.

    "It's very difficult in cultures where they don't admit that gambling takes place, so it all happens behind closed doors, in back rooms and so on and so forth, it all happens illegally. It's very, very difficult to police that."

    Illegal betting and event fixing have not been detected at previous Olympics, according to authorities, but Robertson's ramping up of the rhetoric reflects a concern that not enough is being done across the world to clamp down on the activity.

    A joint intelligence unit, comprising the International Olympic Committee, Britain's Gambling Commission watchdog and the police, will operate during the 2012 Games, drawing on information from betting firms, national Olympic committees and Interpol.

    The IOC, which has banned athletes and their entourages from placing any bets during the Games, has issued advice to athletes and officials and will set up an email hotline for reporting suspicious activity.

    The IOC used betting early warning systems during the Beijing 2008 and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and neither Games showed anything suspicious.

    But IOC president Jacques Rogge has said there is a danger gambling rings will penetrate the Games in the future.

    Robertson said he was confident that sufficient action had been taken to minimise the threat in Europe, through information sharing and co-operation between organised crime agencies, police, gambling bodies and sports organisations.

    "It's not really an expensive thing, it's more about setting a good example and convincing others that this is a threat that needs to be taken seriously," he said.

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    Discerning readers must decide individually, whether the above^ is a "distraction", or the following,


    Are the 2012 Olympics part of a plot to take over the world?

    Some people believe an elite clique* will use the games to simulate an alien invasion in their plan for global domination

    Steve Rose
    guardian.co.uk, Sunday 5 December 2010 21.00 GMT





    * "elite clique" = The Zionist Elephant In The Room

    Also google "project blue beam" - here's one summary (top google result), while I don't vouch for the entirety of the site, while you're there why not poke around at the links on top:
    Project Blue Beam By Serge Monast (1994)



    If there's any merit to these "whacked out fringe tin foil hat off-meds nutjob conspiracy theories", then the "enormous" threat of illegal gambling rings trying to fix results, would be the least of the "enormous threats" which "events" at the 2012 Olympics might possibly pose to humanity... not to suggest I'm ungrateful that Rothschild's Reuters "News Service" has diligently brought the former "enormous threat" to the world's attention,



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    UK police launch special unit to protect London Olympics from Indian betting syndicates

    London, Jan 2 : The UK police will set up a special unit to crack down on betting syndicates, particularly in the Indian sub-continent and in the Far East, planning to influence the outcome of this year’s London Olympics.

    Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson said games fixing has now overtaken doping as the biggest threat to the reputation of the London games.

    “You cannot underestimate the threat this poses because the moment that spectators start to feel that what they are seeing is not a true contest, that is when spectators stop turning up and the whole thing turns to pieces,” The Daily Mail quoted Robertson, as saying.

    “At some stage over the next two or three years, we will have some other sort of betting scandal in some sport. I just hope it''s not at the Olympics,” he added.

    Robertson said betting authorities in the West were ‘well set up’ to spot illegal betting activities, and also criticised regulation in the Far East and Indian sub-continent.

    “If you look at the most high-profile incident - the Pakistani cricketers [caught spot fixing] at Lord''s, the issue is not of betting syndicates in this part of the world - it is illegal betting syndicates in the Indian sub-continent and elsewhere, where huge sums of money change hands,” he said.

    newkerala.com

    According to the paper, the special unit will be headed by the Metropolitan Police and will work with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and Interpol to track suspicious gambling activity abroad. (ANI)

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    Grab bag of various stories here,

    all for our protection :


    Former Secret Service Boss Proposes Global Email Fusion Center


    Friday, 06 January 2012 09:05

    'Ronald Noble – the former head of the Secret Service, the BATF, and secretary general of Interpol – wants to create a fusion center with the ability to track and trace your email.

    Noble says that although there is no known threat posed against the Olympics planned for 2012 in London, the State needs a fusion center to make sure.

    “A smart terrorist would know that if the world’s attention is focused on something and they commit a terrorist act it will help them create the kind of fear that would make people want to leave London,” Noble told The Independent before visiting Scotland Yard to discuss arrangements for the Games.'
    Read more: Former Secret Service Boss Proposes Global Email Fusion Center


    some older stories here, interesting but varied in message/implications,


    Iran terms Olympics logo 'racist'
    PressTV.ir
    Tue Mar 1, 2011 4:49PM


    The 2012 London Olympics logo

    Iran has officially voiced its objection to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over the logo of the 2012 London Olympics, condemning it as “racist.”


    In an official letter to the IOC signed by Secretary General of the National Iranian Olympic Committee Bahram Afsharzadeh as well as its Director Mohammad Aliabadi, Iran complained that the logo is “racist” as it features the word "Zion."
    more: PressTV - Iran terms Olympics logo 'racist'



    I just find this massive sculpture a little odd-- pics inside:


    London: 2012 Olympics: Weaving Junk Metal Into Gold



    make of this one what you will:

    London UFO Scare: Intelligent Lifeforms Threaten BBC



    Looking to Take Julian Assange Back to His Native Planet?


    By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

    The multiple UFO sightings this week in London remind us of the promises from last November. Wikileaks was going to release documents outlining secret UFO bases in Chile and Antarctica and a 2004 UFO war between the United States and, well, we aren’t exactly sure who or what.

    more:
    London UFO Scare: Intelligent Lifeforms Threaten BBC | Veterans Today



    security, security, security!!

    US officials worried about security at London 2012 Olympics

    US plans to send 500 FBI agents to protect its athletes as organisers admit underestimating number of security guards needed
    Sunday 13 November 2011 20.30 GMT
    US officials worried about security at London 2012 Olympics | Sport | The Guardian





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    That is an awful logo - should not have been accepted...

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    London flats set to host missiles for Olympics
    29/04/2012

    Residents of a London apartment block have been told that surface-to-air missiles were likely to be installed on the building to help combat airborne terror threats to the Olympic Games.


    Giant Olympic Rings on a barge float next to the Thames Barrier on the river Thames in London. Residents of a London apartment block have been told that surface-to-air missiles were likely to be installed on the building to help combat airborne terror threats to the Olympic Games.

    "A high-velocity missile system may be situated on the roof" and 10 soldiers stationed in the building for two months for the Games, which start on July 27, according to a leaflet distributed to residents.

    The Ministry of Defence confirmed on Saturday it was scouting locations as Britain prepares to mount its biggest peacetime security operation for the Olympics.

    "Ground-based air defence systems could be deployed as part of a multi-layered air security plan for the Olympics, including fast jets and helicopters," a spokesman for the ministry said in a statement.

    "Based on military advice, we have identified a number of sites and... are talking to local authorities and relevant landowners to help minimise the impact of any temporary deployments," he said.

    The ministry has made no final decision on deployment of missiles, but is evaluating sites alongside police, the statement added.

    Brian Whelan, a journalist and resident of the apartment block in Bow, east London, told AFP: "They're going to do a dummy run and if it goes well, there will be high-velocity missiles stationed on my building, along with soldiers.

    "It seems like it's completely written in stone -- there's been no consultation. They announced it in a way that makes it seem like some kind of prize that I've won, to be living on an army base, which is insulting."

    The building was chosen because of its "excellent view of the surrounding area and the entire sky above the Olympic Park", the leaflet said.

    It assured residents that the missiles would only be used in the event of "specific orders from the highest levels of government in response to a confirmed and extreme security threat".

    "Having a 24/7 armed forces and police presence will improve your local security and will not make you a target for terrorists," it said.

    A security force of more than 40,000, backed by a huge intelligence operation, will guard venues, athletes and the millions of visitors expected to throng the British capital for the Games.

    "Lone wolf" terrorist attacks are a major concern for security forces but a range of other threats are also being considered.

    In 2005, a day after London was named host city, four homegrown suicide bombers attacked three underground trains and a bus, killing 52 people.

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    ^

    surprised this hasn't generated any response

    lets give it it's own thread :

    http://teakdoor.com/world-news/10706...-olympics.html (London flats set to host missiles for Olympics)

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    It hasn't generated any response because it's singularly uninteresting.

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    thanxs for your response harry ...................

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    He's got a point though, the UK population has been so excluded from the 'peoples games' from employment, to regional development, to ticket allocation, that any mention of the Olympics has become synonymous with government self interest and corporate arse fucking.

    It will come, it will go, it will have very little effect on the average citizen, unless they are having missiles on their rooftop, and only if you live in a very small and decidedly unappealing part of Great Britain called Hackney.
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

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    Maybe I've been away too long, but having the Olympics in the UK means nothing more to me than a spectacular waste of public money and the opportunity for a few more illegal immigrants, masquerading as "tourists", to slip in the country and bump up the benefit bill and the crime rate.

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