The U.S. State Department on Friday issued a travel alert to Americans traveling
to Russia to attend next
month's Winter Olympics in Sochi.
“The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens planning to attend the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia that they should remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times,” the alert states.
The alert mentions the threat of terrorism and reminds gay Americans about Russia's recently enacted law which prohibits the promotion of “gay propaganda.”
“Acts of terrorism, including bombings and hostage takings,
continue to occur in Russia,
particularly in the North Caucasus region. … In July 2013, Doku
Umarov, the head of the Caucasus Emirate (an organization the United
States designated as a terrorist organization in 2010, and known in
Russia as the Imirat Kavkaz or IK) released a video message
rescinding prior directions not to attack civilians and calling for
attacks on the Winter Olympics in Sochi.”
The alert also warns that foreign citizens found guilty of violating the nation's anti-gay law face up to 14 days in jail and steep fines.
“Russian authorities have indicated a broad interpretation of what constitutes 'LGBT propaganda,' and provided vague guidance as to which actions will be interpreted by authorities as 'LGBT propaganda.”
Despite the whole gay propaganda thing, there's a fully active terrorist group which has stated they intend to make the Sochi Olympics a target and have fully demonstrated their ability to back up that threat.
Yet amazingly, they are sending our athletes over there, knowing this?