Greece Gets Radiation Detectors
Wednesday, May 26, 2004; Page D07
The United States provided Greek police and border officials with radiation detection equipment to help guard the Athens Olympics against a nuclear or "dirty" bomb.
Recent terrorist attacks have demonstrated that the use of such weapons at the Aug. 13-29 Olympics by terrorist groups could not be ruled out, said Anita Nilsson, director of nuclear security for the International Atomic Energy Agency. U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham gave Greece the radiation detectors, worth more than $26 million.
"They will supplement the extraordinary security apparatus at the Olympics," Abraham said as he delivered some of the equipment.
Permanent detectors will be installed at 32 airports and seaports and Olympic venues. Portable equipment will be given to police and border guards, customs officers and the coast guard.
The equipment will be "deployed to detect radioactive materials that might be used as a weapon by terrorists in a radiological dispersal device, a so-called dirty bomb," the IAEA said in a statement from Vienna.
Fighting Chance for Iraqi
For Najah Ali, liberation from the reign of Saddam Hussein means an opportunity to box for Olympic gold -- without fear of being punished if he doesn't win.
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Ali and wrestlers Ahmed Jasim and Ahamad Weali will represent Iraq in the Titan Games, a pre-Olympics competition in Atlanta that begins June 18.
Ali already has qualified for the Olympics.
"My dream is to be in the Olympics. It is a big dream I have all my life," Ali said. "This is very big to me."
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