Senator Debbie Stabenow says “All hands are on deck,” to keep U.S. Olympians safe during the Winter Games in Russia.
Concerns about security are growing as Russia ramps up its security after its government said 5 Islamic suicide bombers want to attack Sochi. Two are men, and three are women known as “black widows.”
U.S. Authorities call the terror threat in Sochi the highest of any Olympics. Stabenow said the U.S. Government is providing “maximum security” for U.S. athletes and their camps. “Our government is doing everything humanly possible to make sure they are safe. We have reached out continually to Russia to do everything we can to work with them. I know the Russians take this very seriously. We need them being more transparent though, in working with us on what they are doing so that we can be most effective. But, we've got to make sure that this wonderful thing called the Olympics that people work so hard, every four years to be able to compete in, is truly safe.”
Stabenow would not talk specifics about the security measures in Sochi. The government says FBI agents and State Department security forces have been deployed to Russia. A U.S. Warship will be in the nearby Black Sea in case Americans need to be evacuated. NBC reports security to get into the so-called “ring of steel” surrounding the Olympic venues are like getting through the tighest security at an American airport. Security personnel are using metal detectors, bomb dogs, and opening every bag for inspection.