Title: Gold Medal Support to the Summer Games

Release Date: 2015-09-29

Document Date: 2004-09-14

Description: This 14 September 2004 post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday reviews the agency’s operations at the Athens Olympics, which had just concluded: see the Intercept article A Death in Athens: Did a Rogue NSA Operation Cause the Death of a Greek Telecom Employee?, 29 September 2015.

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(U) Gold Medal Support to the Summer Games

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Run Date: 09/14/2004

(U//FOUO) The 2004 Summer Olympic Games were held 13-29 August 2004 in
Athens, Greece. Athletes from over 200 countries participated in the Games
themselves; over 150 heads of State or heads of government attended at least one
Olympic event; and over 5 billion people watched the Olympics on television or
followed it on the Internet. The Olympic venues were located throughout Greece,
including Athens, Crete, Volos, Patra, Olympia, and Thessaloniki. Such an
important international event with a worldwide audience wrapped to their
television and PCs for two weeks presented a very tempting target for terrorists.

Athens as seen from the Acropolis

(S//SI) Well before the start of the Summer Games, NSA began supporting
Intelligence Community efforts to:

• provide Force Protection/Indication and Warning of imminent, indigenous and
transnational threats to U.S. interests in the Olympic area of responsibility
(AOR);

• develop an awareness of the Greek Government's knowledge of threats to the
Games and or U.S. interests;

• understand how countries bordering Greece were prepared to respond to a
potential attack; and,

• support the U.S. Military in any operation to provide assistance to the Greek
Government and/or evacuate U.S. entities from the area.

(S//SI) To accomplish this herculean task, NSA personnel, at the heart of the action
in Athens, were working very closely with the State Department, which was
responsible for providing security for U.S. Olympic officials, judges and athletes --
at the sporting events, the Olympic Village and aboard cruise ships in Piraeus
Harbor serving as floating hotels. From the Olympic AOR, around the world and
back to the Fort, NSA personnel were manning 24-hour watches and operations
while working with Home Land Security, the FBI, NGA, CIA and DIA, as well as
EUCOM and SOCOM in support of NATO. NSA support to the 2004 Summer Games
encompassed a wide range of offices to include:

• the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD),

• Installations and Logistics (I&L),

• Information Technology Infrastructure Services (ITIS),

• Counterterrorism (CT),

• International Security Issues (ISI),

• Customer Relationships (SI),

• the National Security Operations Center (NSOC),

• Tailored Access,

• Link Access,

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• Geocell,

• our Second Party partners, and many more.

(S//SI) A shining example of focused mission support to the Games was that being
provided by the Link Access Support to the Olympics (LASO) team. Comprised of
subject matter experts from the Office of Overhead (OH), Radio Frequency
Operations (RFO), Special Collection Service (SCS) and Special Source Operations
(SSO), the LASO team was the focal point for everything Olympics -- from planning
to resource allocation through collection management and crisis response -- for all
Olympics security operations. LA team members supported the SID Olympics team
for more than 10 months, and were in place well before the opening ceremonies.

(S//SI) NSA/CSS Olympic operations included several major initiatives within LA
spanning its accesses: BLUE FORCE TRACKING, SCS and SSO. SCS support
included the activities of US-966G and two survey sites (US-969X183 and
US-969X202). SSO support included deployment of access capabilities (APRIL
FLOWERS) to directly support the Olympics. LA Olympic Operations and the LASO
Team concept were just a small part of the larger corporate effort to the XXVIII
Summer Olympiad made possible with the hard work and dedication of many NSA
organizations working together to achieve a common goal -- a safe Olympics!

Olympic stadium

Parthenon

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