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Counterterrorism and GILEE: The Atlanta ‘96 Olympics to today

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Counterterrorism and GILEE: The Atlanta ‘96 Olympics to today

By Ben Coletta - The Signal

GILEE was established in 1992 to provide counterterrorism training for police officers in preparation for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. But students in the past have questioned GILEE’s effectiveness – since there was in fact a terrorist attack at the Atlanta games.

Since its inception, a focus on counterterrorism and preparedness has been emphasized for its American trainees. In an effort to improve homeland security, GILEE works with international partners, exchanging American expertise in areas like violent crime, community policing and urban policing.

On July 27, 1996, a bomb went off in Centennial Olympic Park, killing one and injuring 111.  The bomb was planted by domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph and would be his first of four bombings between 1996 and 1998. 

Richard Jewell, a security guard, spotted the bomb and evacuated the area, limiting the loss of life to one. However, after the bombing, Jewell was accused of being the attacker and later sued the AJC and other media organizations for libel. In October 1996, Jewell was exonerated by the FBI.

Read more: https://georgiastatesignal.com/counterterrorism-and-gilee-the-atlanta-96-olympics-to-today/