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Former FBI head of Olympic security on safety concerns during Rio

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Brazilian soldiers stand on patrol during a security rehearsal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony outside Maracana stadium on July 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Brazil has security out in full force today as the 2016 Summer Olympics get underway in the country’s capital, Rio de Janeiro.

Amid financial, public health, and political concerns surrounding the games, there is the threat of a terrorist attack or security breach. Officials in Rio are on even higher alert than usual after recent terrorist attacks, but many still worry that Rio doesn’t have the proper security and safety measures in place to handle the task of keeping the athletes, fans, and staff safe.

We’ll also take a look at some of the more memorable opening ceremonies in Olympic history as the Rio Games have their opening ceremonies this Friday.


David Wallechinsky, president of the International Society of Olympic Historians and author of "The Complete Book of The Olympics"

Ray Mey (FBI, ret.), consulting security expert at the forensic consulting firm Park Dietz & Associates; he was the FBI Olympic Security Manager for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy

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