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US Officials Confident About Security At Winter Olympics - 2002-01-13


A top Bush administration official said every possible security precaution will be taken at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge recently visited the Olympic site.

Tom Ridge spent a few days last week in Salt Lake City, touring Olympic venues and meeting with security officials.

He said he is convinced everything humanly possible is being done to provide Olympic security. He said the effort is unprecedented, but acknowledges there are no guarantees. Mr. Ridge said, "They have done everything that I believe is humanly and technologically possible, but that still means that it is not failsafe."

Mr. Ridge told CNN's Late Edition program that he is comfortable with the level of security that will be provided for the games. He said the situation is being reassessed continually as the opening ceremonies draw ever closer. "Every single day they review," he said. "Every single day they look for ways to enhance the security for the participants, for the visitors and for the spectators."

Federal law enforcement officials are overseeing security for the games with help from about 60 local and state police departments. The Salt Lake City Olympics open on February 8.