Crazy Restricted Zone Goes Up Around Sochi Today
Vladimir Putin's measures may be most extreme of any Olympics
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2014 7:31 AM CST
In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, the Olympic park in the coastal cluster in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, is seen.   (AP Photo/Lesya Polyakova, File)

(Newser) – An ominous new report on Vocativ says the Sochi Olympics may be the most extreme, security-wise, in the history of the Games—the site describes "a gulag-style restricted area" instituted by Vladimir Putin. The Christian Science Monitor calls the restricted zone the "ring of steel," an area 60 miles wide and 25 miles deep that will be patrolled by tens of thousands of security troops and in which everyone "will be subjected to near total surveillance." Air Force fighters, drones, anti-aircraft missiles, and anti-saboteur patrol boats will be deployed. Travel in and out of the city will be restricted; public protests and marches will be banned. But the most ominous part: According to the Monitor, some worry that even these measures may not be enough.

The biggest potential threat appears to be the North Caucasus Islamic insurgency and Chechen Islamist warlord Doku Umarov, leader of the Caucasus Emirate terrorist group, who has promised an attack at the Games. But there are others, experts warn, who are similarly interested in terrorizing Sochi. "When we examine these recent Volgograd attacks, it's hard not to notice how well planned and well organized they were. They seem to have enjoyed a lot of logistical help," says one expert. "Terrorism has become a big business, and there are people with a real, material interest in keeping it going." A rebel news outlet has been decrying Putin's security measures, Vocativ reports, noting that the lockdown starts today—a month before the Games start—and lasts until March 21, nearly a month after they end.

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Jan 8, 2014 7:18 AM CST
Saudi Arabia has threatened to use terrorists to attack the Olympics because they are unhappy with Russia's support of Assad in Syria
Jan 7, 2014 6:05 PM CST
have you seen the restrictions that are going to be implemented week before Super Bowl?..
Jan 7, 2014 4:15 PM CST
During George W. Bush's time as overt president, not part of the power structure behind the throne, he gloried in the use of “free speech zones”, systems of enclosures for preventing demonstrators who wished to protect his Constitution hating machinations from getting near him. The Supreme “Court” revealed its craven New World Order agenda by authorizing this system, saying the government can't control content of speech, but it can control the place, time and manner of expression. The “Court” then proceeded not to complain when Bush hypocritically, and anti, therefore, anti Constitutionally, utilized the “privilege” to keep demonstrators away from his presence, but allowed supporters in. The West doesn't seem to have any lack of political figures who want to turn the entire planet into a gulag. As for attempts at crucifying the Russians for calling their program a “steel circle”, suggesting anti individual machinations, remember that the U.S. carried out a program called “Steel Curtain” in Iraq, and Israel's anti missile program, referred to as “Iron Dome”. If there is fault in the imagery, extend that same fault to all who use it. It is opined, too, in the article that even all this may not stop “terrorists”, suggesting the question of what, in the end, can stop acts of violence. In fact, the answer is right there and always has been. People are not violent toward their friends. Those they feel friendship toward, they do not attack. Why is the U.S., then, not the friend of Muslims? The fact is, the U.S. has engaged in massive actions against the societies and nations of Muslim peoples across the planet. Installing traitorous, corporate crony leaders like Suharto, who killed more people during his term than has been credited to “terrorists” for the last few centuries; and Reza Pahlavi, whose murderous SAVAK secret police savaged Iran. Carrying out clandestine CIA/Mossad/MI-5 operations to destabilize legitimate governments and foment clan enmities. The U.S. hasn't been a fried of any nation outside the gang called the West for decades if not longer. And how many of the dullards the New World Order seeks as its target audience have even asked why “terrorism” is engaged in? Ask. Why engage in “terrorism”? It doesn't destroy infrastructure! It doesn't unseat governments! It doesn't eliminate armed power! And it hasn't succeeded! The fact is, there appear more than a modest number of Muslims who will throw in their lot with the New World Order in creating fraudulent “terrorist” incidents and not denying Muslim interests in those exercises, in exchange for money! When Ahmadinejad's comments at the UN were deliberately mistranslated, he waited three whole weeks to correct it! Many Muslim leaders seem part of the NWO. Note, too, when I accused Newser of editorializing their report on the attempt to create a white only refuge in Leith, North Dakota, I was attacked repeatedly. Yet, here, Newser openly describes the Putin plan as “crazy”, although that word is not not used in any of the outside article mentioned. If it was, they would have put “crazy” in quotes. Newser does editorialize, their reportage cannot be taken necessarily to be legitimate and not artificially tilted and unreliable.