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July 16th, 2012
08:52 AM ET

Troops brought in for London Olympics security after personnel shortage

London (CNN) - British government ministers fought back Sunday against accusations they had taken their eye off the Olympic security ball, rejecting accusations they were warned nearly a year ago about the security giant contracted to provide guards for the Games.

G4S, the security contractor, admitted on Wednesday that it would not be able to provide more than 10,000 security staffers by the time the Olympics begin in less than two weeks.

The government hurriedly announced it would bring in 3,500 military personnel to boost security for the Games.

Sports Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Sunday it should be no surprise that some contractors were unable to meet their commitments. "It's completely normal that you're going to find some contractors on a project of this size who aren't going to be able to deliver what they promised," he said on the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

On "Early Start" this morning, CNN reporter Dan Rivers explains the security concerns despite the government downplaying the shortage.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • Security
July 9th, 2012
06:04 AM ET

'Internet Doomsday' virus threatens to boot thousands off web

Dan Simon on an 'internet doomsday' computer virus that threatens to keep thousands of people off the web today.


Filed under: Internet • Security
July 4th, 2012
06:21 AM ET

Missiles to be mounted on London rooftops in advance of Olympic Games – Nic Robertson explains

When the Summer Olympics get underway in London later this month, Britain's Defense Department confirms there will be missile launchers positioned at six locations around the city to protect the games from terrorists.

Two of those surface-to-air missile sites will be located on top of apartment buildings, despite protests from residents.

Nic Robertson explains this plan this morning on "Early Start," and if there are any credible threats against the games .

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • Security
May 16th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

TSA fails to track security breaches – CNN's Lizzie O'Leary explains

CNN's Lizzie O'Leary on a new report showing only 42% of security breaches reported properly by TSA.

Filed under: Security • TSA
March 29th, 2012
03:09 PM ET

Dealing with distruption in the sky – Should pilots have further psych evaluations?

Veda Shook with the Association of Flight Attendants explains standard procedure in the airline business, and how flight crews are trained to handle emergencies on a commercial flight. Shook also addresses the issue of psychological testing of pilots.

The FAA tells CNN that pilots must complete an official FAA medical application form, and have a physical examination by an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). The AME does ask questions about psychological condition as part of his/her assessment, and the AME can order additional psychological testing.

Filed under: Air travel • Security
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