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Security Experts weighs in on Sochi Olympic threat

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MINEOLA (KYTX) - The Sochi Winter Olympics less than six weeks away and Olympic security is in the spotlight. Deadly suicide bombings in Russia just weeks before the games have rattled nerves.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey spoke with the former Olympic security director for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Who said these threats are the most credible he's ever seen made toward the Olympic games. 

Every four years, hordes of people come together to participate and celebrate the summer and winter Olympic games...

For more than 30 years Bill Rathburn has worked in law enforcement and has played a part in keeping the Olympics safe. In 1996,director of Olympic security at the Atlanta games, he oversaw more 17,000 security members.

"I don't think there's ever been an announced credible threat to the games until now," Rathburn said.

The Sochi Olympics is less than a month away, and security concerns are growing. 

Monday, 17 people were killed in a trolley bombing. Sunday, 14 people were killed in a train station bombing. Both incidents are believed to be organized by a terrorist group.

"They had the threat now they have the two incidents to show their willingness and capabilities."

 Rathburn said, the threats are real and Russia is doing the right thing by increasing its security.

"I'm absolutely certain the Russians have done everything they can do to prepare," Rathburn said.

However, he said based on his experience there's only so much planning you can do.

"There are some things beyond government control and terrorism is one of those."

Rathburn is retired now, he instead spends time taking care of a pair of 700 pound tigers on his ranch.

A job, he says, is much less stressful than ensuring Olympic safety.

"It's  nice to be sitting in this quiet and peace ful environment  talking about the Sochi Olympics and not having to be there worry about  it."


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