Russian security personnel in Sochi

As the Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi, Russia, security concerns linger after last month’s shootouts with suspected militants in the region. A recent CNN poll showed 57 percent of Americans think a terrorist attack on the Games is likely. We take up the many issues shadowing the Sochi Olympics, including security matters, concerns about gay rights and infrastructure problems.

Michael Nacht, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley and former assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs
Tamara Keith, NPR White House correspondent currently in Sochi covering the Winter Olympics
Frank Deford, sports commentator for NPR, senior correspondent on HBO's "RealSports With Bryant Gumbel" and senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated

  • Bob Fry

    Seems that most visitors will face more danger in their badly built hotel, than from terrorists.

  • Guest

    The powers that be have to push and promote fears of tewworists, because there is huge money and power riding on the enormous and excessive response to tewworism, even though most of that is fake or staged (i.e. false flag attacks). The surveillance states that have arisen around the planet are very high tech and intrusive, and it is partly because of them that the media promote Elmer Fudd like tech geeks as rock stars, since many of them are implementing this regime of subtle surveillance while the media handle the fear part.

    As always, follow the money.

  • Ben Rawner

    Do any of ur panelists think that the Gay athletes will kiss on the podium similar to the black athletes putting their fists in the air in support of black power.

  • Bob Fry

    The Olympics, like most everything in recent years, has become so commercialized and hyped that it’s a turnoff to me.

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