30 April, 2004
WASHINGTON 30/4/2004 (ANA/T.Ellis)
U.S. Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Porter Goss has expressed his full satisfaction over the considerable progress which the Greek authorities have made in the sector of security, ahead of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
Speaking to CNN, Goss, who recently visited Greece, said:
''The preparations are very good. I think they have done a fabulous job in planning for the security. They have got to get all the pieces ready to go. That's going to be part of the problem. The airport there, their new airport, the road system functioning well, surveillance systems are really good. I'm a little concerned that they are going to have enough time to do the necessary drills. Because there are an endless number of scenarios you can create. The more you practice them, the better you are at security. But my view is I was pleasantly surprised by taking a look at what they have accomplished in the area of security. Frankly, I think their security precautions are somewhat ahead of the other architectures they need to pull off the Olympics. I'm not sure they are going to be roofs on whole stadiums and things. I have to admit I came away pleasantly surprised and encouraged about the security preparation.''
Source: Athens News Agency