Yeah, this is definitely something you don’t want the bad guys to know about. Who let this one go public?
AP – U.K. police managed to smuggle a fake bomb into Olympic Park in a security test, overshadowing a special U.K. Cabinet meeting held at the park Monday marking 200 days until the Summer Games begin.
The Olympic Delivery Authority declined to comment directly on whether a fake bomb was involved in last year’s failed test, but said “testing is standard practice” in all major security operations.
“Such tests have a key role in developing our capability to ensure that London 2012 is safe and secure and that we are best prepared to detect potential threats before and during the Games,” the statement said Sunday. “Members of the public with tickets should be reassured that such exercises are being staged to ensure their safety, our number one priority.”
Olympic security experts downplayed the significance of the test, arguing that such tests are routine and conducted by experts trained at exposing vulnerabilities.
Peter Fussey, author of “Securing and Sustaining the Olympic City,” which looks at the London 2012 games, said the only thing that was unusual was that the public heard about it.