chapter  3
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Surveilling the 2004 Athens Olympics in the aftermath of 9/11: international pressures and domestic implications

ByMINAS SAMATAS

Greece is currently facing a dramatic fi nancial crisis and possible bankruptcy, due not only to international economic conditions, political mismanagement and corruption, but also to the outrageous cost of the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Contrary to the promises of long-term benefi ts and progress, these Games had far-reaching negative implications for Greece, especially with regard to its sovereignty and economy. As the nation state which gave birth to the classical and modern Olympics, Greece sought to reaffi rm its national pride by hosting the Games in the early twenty-fi rst century. However, the panic surrounding 9/11 was used to force her to accept oversight from foreign security agencies and an extremely expensive but fl awed surveillance system.