London Olympics security not affected by austerity
Monday, July 4, 2011
LONDON (AP) -- British officials say austerity measures will not affect security for the London Olympics in 2012.
Home Secretary Theresa May told reporters that the 500 million pounds ($804 million) Olympics security budget is being protected from cuts and won't be affected by the tough measures aimed at reducing Britain's burgeoning budget deficit.
May refused to discuss whether officials had any information on whether slain al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden had planned to target the games.
Homegrown suicide bombers attacked London's transit network in 2005, killing 52 people the day after London was awarded the Olympic games.
The British government has repeatedly said the national terror threat will remain at the "severe" level during the Olympics, meaning an attack is "highly likely."