How many cops, cameras and other surveillance gear do you get for $1 billion dollars?
Well, Vancouver residents are finding out the answer….that's because $1 billion dollars is the security budget for the 2010 winter games, which starts on Feb 12th.
Stark Raven spoke to anti-Olympic activist and UBC professor Chris Shaw to help us makes sense of the unfolding Olympic security regime. Chris is the author of the book Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games.
Note: In this interview, he refers to local Olympic resistance organizing, the ORN which is the Olympic Resistance Network. www.olympicresistance.net
He also refers to the ISU, which is the Integrated Security Unit in charge of security for the games.
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