Thursday, April 16, 2009

Planning For Employing Israelis Security Agencies for 2010 Commonwealth Games

Planning For Employing Israelis Security Agencies for 2010 Commonwealth GamesUnshackling itself from a security plan confined to government agencies, the Organizing Committee of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi is actively pursuing the idea of involving international private security professionals, even reaching out to the Israelis.

“With over a dozen main venues and many other training venues to guard, that too with multi-layered security, the task of securing the Games would be enormous. While the Home Ministry and Delhi Police are handling overall security, the need to rope in private players has now been acknowledged,” an official of the Organizing Committee told The Indian Express.

The International Security and Defense Systems (ISDS), an Israeli security firm, has already initiated talks with the Government, offering its services for the Games. Set up by former operatives of the Mossad and Israel Defense Forces, the ISDS has been involved in securing the Olympics in Barcelona, Sydney, Athens and Beijing.

“The Games are the face of your society. And the threat is very serious, especially after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. India is surrounded by a lot of enemies and Pakistan and Afghanistan will be in a terrible situation next year,” says Leo Gleser, president of ISDS who delivered a talk today on “Games Security” at a conference on Counter Terror & Security Solutions for India.

He said threats to the Games ranged from aircraft as WMDs to terrorists from Pakistan and Afghanistan.