Alex Witt | January 04, 2014
>>> concerns about the upcoming olympic games in sochi , this following two terrorist bombings in russia that killed over 30 people. in an exclusive interview for tomorrow's "meet the press," former homeland security janet napolitano weighed in.
>> they will have security people on the ground so i think we will have to rely on that. we look to cooperating with the ioc, with the host nation and the other countries that are there in terms of protecting the security of the games.
>> joining me now is former secret service agent dan bongino. he was the leading agent for several overseas trip. he is a democratic candidate for congress in maryland and author of "life inside the bubble." good morning to you.
>> thanks, alex.
>> we have sochi about 400 miles or so away from volvo grad, t -- volvograd. all of these places i mentioned militant hot beds. so it begs the question, is it too close for comfort, sochi , relative to these other places?
>> i think so. i think the selection of the site was poor for a number of reasons. v volgograd was targeted. it was a rife between the chechens and dagestan for years for selection.
>> in regard to this, you have 11 sports divided up in two areas. they're about 30 miles or so apart.
>> that is a lot of geography. so how difficult is that to secure?
>> very difficult. when you are doing security for the president of the united states and he goes to multiple site, remember, alex, it's not just the sites that have to be secure. it's the transportation hubs in between and this particular group of terrorists, they're incredibly vicious and they're known to target transportation hubs. so it's not good enough to just secure say the olympic village and the hockey venue. the entire transportation corridor in between those has to be secured as well. that's where it gets very difficult. you have to look at varying motorcade routes, hard cars, that kind of thing.
>> clearly, vladmir putin 's government is aware of this, to the tune of billions of dollars russia is taking. 40,000 special polices and forces dough employed, drones flying overhead, also, sonar listening devices will be off shore taking a listen at things. is that good enough in your mind or is that just a good start?
>> here's my problem. sometimes we tend to inflate access control with all of these money and military personnel may be terrific at controlling access, who comes in and out. but a football tick at a football game the access as well. you are relying on the security personnel and their training to be able to detect certain patterning on clothing for explosives or potential secreted weapons. i'm not sure if the training is there to insure, you know, an adequate level of security at the games.
>> yeah. one can't take any presum shuns here, the fact is, if there is somebody who is willing to give their live, a suicide bomber who blew herself up in the train straigs station there in volvograd. if that extreme is willing to be taken, what can you do?
>> frankly, not much. it's the investigation beforehand and the intelligence network you can develop that's going to have to stop it before it starts. once that kind of attack is initiated, there is really not much, sadly, there is not much can you do.
>> very quickly with 1972 munich, 1976 atlanta and the terrorist attacks there the bombing in atlanta, security has changed a lot since then, so do we feel safer going into sochi ?
>> well, you feel safer, but the question is do you feel safer or do you feel safe? terrorists want eyeballs, every eyeball in the world will be on the olympics. there is no bigger target.
>> thank you, dan, bofgino. i appreciate it.
>> that is it for now. be sure to join me at 2:00 right now, we