By Jordy Yager - 07/25/12 03:46 PM EDT
A senior counter-terrorism official told lawmakers on Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies have set up a nonstop threat assessment center to analyze and collect information on potential plots to attack the upcoming Olympic games in London.
“The Olympics present a potential target for terrorists and other disruptive groups,” said Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).
Olsen, testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, said the NCTC and other U.S. intelligence agencies have launched a 24/7 “Threat Integration Center,” which is “designed to operate around the clock providing real-time situational awareness and threat analysis.”
The Summer Olympic games are slated to hold opening ceremonies Friday, with games lasting through Aug. 12. First lady Michelle Obama is leading the official U.S. delegation to the games. Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney also will attend the opening ceremony.