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Salt Lake Winter Olympics: US military spied on domestic groups

“United States military intelligence spied on Planned Parenthood and other domestic groups as part of US security preparations for the 2002 winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, according to a recently declassified military document obtained by a civil liberties group” | JOHN BYRNE, rawstory.com           

(Feb 2, 2010) – United States military intelligence spied on Planned Parenthood and other domestic groups as part of US security preparations for the 2002 winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, according to a recently declassified military document obtained by a civil liberties group Thursday. Continue reading

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Former mayor of Salt Lake City sues NSA for spying on all of his town during 2002 Olympics

Fox 13 (August 21) – Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson has filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. National Security Agency, former President George W. Bush and former Vice-President Dick Cheney over accusations of spying on everyone in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Anderson accused the NSA and the Bush administration of blanket surveillance over everyone in Salt Lake City and the Olympic venues from the start of the opening ceremonies until the closing ceremonies two weeks later.

The lawsuit claims a Fourth and First Amendment violation and seeks class-action status. In his request for damages, Anderson asks on behalf of his clients an injunction “prohibiting Defendants’ continued warrantless surveillance of communications” and also asking the NSA to give his clients the data that was allegedly taken during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

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From our archives: What is behind the Olympics figure skating furor?

By DAVID WALSH

wsws.org (Feb. 19, 2002 ) – THE most striking aspect of the furor over the Olympics pairs figure skating medal is the disparity between the intrinsic significance of the incident that sparked the flap and the media/political uproar it provoked. The affair has shed light on two interrelated phenomena: the degraded state of the Olympics and the poisoned state of international political relations.

The sports story is clear enough. On February 11, by a 5-4 decision, judges awarded the gold medal in the pairs figure skating competition to Russians Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, and the silver to Canadians Jamie Salé and David Pelletier. Continue reading

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Sochi Games: Media, profits, corruption

Ðóáëåâûå êóïþðû ðàçíîãî äîñòîèíñòâàLest the Russians be blamed for all sports corruption, most of the U.S. and Canadian media does not remind us of the bribery scandal when the U.S. hosted the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2002. Tainted by the scandal, those games had to be bailed out with the help of more than $1.3 billion in federal subsidies, as Danny Schechter writes.

(Feb. 8) – THE Winter Olympics are off and running, and the media focus is about the threat of terrorism, Vladimir Putin’s motives in holding the expensive games, and why a backward town in the old Soviet Union that has been a center of human rights abuse for years is somehow – surprise, surprise – not up to the luxury standards in Los Angeles or Park City, Utah (especially for reporters who bitch the most!) Continue reading

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How Romney financed the 2002 Olympics

U.S. presidential contendor Romney [has] done just fine at milking the government and the people when it suits his purposes, the most obvious instance being the incredible $1.5 billion in aid he siphoned out of the U.S. Treasury as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake in the Mormon state of Utah – a sum greater than all federal spending for the previous seven U.S. Olympic games combined. According to a report in Rolling Stone, Romney, the supposed fiscal conservative, blew through an average of $625,000 in taxpayer money per athlete – an astounding increase of 5,582 per cent over the $11,000 average at the 1984 games in Los Angeles.

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