United States of America is known to have hosted one of the prominent sports events, FIFA World Cup in 1994 which took place in seven different sporting venues. However, she was faced with various security vulnerabilities throughout the tournament period. For instance, there was potential threat of terrorism. As the host, United States reviewed the potential economic and political benefits of hosting this worldwide event. Similarly, potential terrorists also assessed the value of attacking the event.
The terrorists and other politically-driven groups wanted to seek identification and therefore they brought fear by corroding the public’s confidence in the states for their safety (Mark, 1999). Due to the convincing threat of these terrorists attack citizens were warned to be alert during the finals and be careful while travelling between the seven cities. The enactment of the world cup brought with it a media rich environment that could generate a prospective target for terrorists who were aiming to confine the attention of the world with an act of coward violence.
Additionally, there was threat of drug trafficking that was being associated with this 1994 world cup soccer championship and many victims were arrested for engaging themselves in drug trafficking. There were rampant talks about performance enhancing drugs. It was also evidenced that most of the threats against the teams together with their families came from people who had involved in drug trafficking. Hooliganism was seen as a major threat during the 1994 world cup. This is because it could bring fear to the fans and also cause death.
Due to the much crowded streets there were high possibilities of various kinds of terrorism like hostage-taking and hijacking to take place. The international forum was seen as a major platform for international trafficking in illicit drugs and this could have led to social, health complications and legal problems. Millions of people were involved in this illegal transaction that took place over the course of football matches. The gamblers frequently involved the easy fortunes summative through drug trafficking and laundered by spoiled financial, custom and political institutions.
Drug traffickers lost millions of dollars in stakes on the Colombian team. However, police suspected that irritated bettors may have ordered the Escobar’s murder. There were terrorists’ attacks on the United States and they were mainly directed to the foreigners. Many players and fans suffered greatly through such attacks (Kort, et al, 2007). The international terrorists used the world’s biggest festival as a prospect for inflicting horror to have demands met and also achieve their set goals.
Currently, surveillance technology has taken a high note in listening, recording, analyzing, tracking and scanning every day’s activities. This technology inspects to the depths potentially terrific equipment, parabolic microphones and radar visions. During the 1994 world cup soccer tournament, some of these new technologies to deal with terrorism were absent. For example, digital surveillance, that is endowed with a capable system for registering the individuals’ behaviors. This surveillance approach utilizes various allegations concerning suspected individuals (Kort, et al, 2007).
Moreover, due to the heightened levels of illegal weapons smuggling and illicit drug trafficking, modern ways have been put in place to counter this. To begin with the RFID biometric technology is a perfect example. This surveillance technology requires the scanning of the index finger. This technology, additionally, supports faster and more safe and sound recognition of any illegal undertaking. Besides, it allows integrated sharing of the security information between the surveillance organs (Mark, 1999).
Apart from the scanning of the index finger, biometrics technology also includes the iris scans and retina scans. A computer system, referred to as the facial recognition system, has also been innovated. This has the ability to automatically make out and authenticate persons from a video frame or a digital image. It further makes comparisons between the selected features of the face of the image with the already existing facial database. This plays an important role in the identification of threat suspects.
Sensor technology is also a reliable technology. In the 1994 world cup surveillance efforts, stationary cameras were among the surveillance technologies that being utilized. On the other hand, modern surveillance standards use intelligent surveillance systems. These support motion detections, tracking and image augmentation. Moreover, they have been incorporated with alarm systems and instant action access controls. L-3 security and detection systems equally offer high level detection to security threats.
The afore-discussed surveillance technologies would have greatly helped in addressing the security vulnerabilities that the United States faced in 1994 by hosting the worldwide event. For instance, L-3 security and detections systems would have been employed in inspecting both the visitors’ and tourists’ baggage and any illicit drugs or deadly weapons detected in time before causing havoc during the tournament. The biometric technologies, moreover, would be used to detect and identify any terrorist since a database with their information would have been checked against their images and faces (David, 2004).
The sensor technology has the detection capabilities and if it had been developed at this time illicit drugs would have been detected in advance any the traffickers punished appropriately. All these new technologies would have averted, mitigated or eliminated the threats aforementioned and the international event would have had no security vulnerabilities.
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