Russian terrorists promise to kill Sochi Olympics tourists, US Senator warns against attending

Russian terrorists, who recently carried out a successful bombing at a train station in the Russian town of Volgograd, killing more then 30 people, have released a new video promising to kill tourists attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month.

In the video, the terrorists can be seen making bombs, one assumes for Sochi.

If that weren’t disturbing enough, US Senator Angus King (I-ME), who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, went on CNN yesterday and warned American athletes and tourists against attending the Olympics in Russia because he says it’s simply not safe.

Because of his position on the Intelligence Committee, it’s a fair guess that King knows something that he’s not telling us, and it’s not good.

King told CNN yesterday that because of security concerns, “I would not go, and I don’t think I would send my family.” The Senator added, “It’s just such a rich target. It would be a stretch, I think, to say I’d send my family.”

The same Russian terrorists who successfully blew up a train station last month are now promising to kill tourists at the Sochi winter Olympics next month.

The same Russian terrorists who successfully blew up a train station last month are now promising to kill tourists at the Sochi winter Olympics next month.

King’s warning comes on the heels of a recent State Department travel alert issued about Russia.

The terrorists’  new video is below, and here’s some of ABC’s reporting:

The new threat to the Winter Olympics less than three weeks away now look at this video they came out overnight these. Are purportedly the young man who carried — a recent terror attack. Not far from Sochi where the games will be played — can see them preparing a bomb that also issuing….

The video also shows them preparing that bomb making materials. Ominously however. They say that there will be further attacks injuring the Olympic — there is a specific threat made to people planning to visit.

They say there will be a surprise package for tourists visiting — — during the Winter Olympics.

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25 Responses to “Russian terrorists promise to kill Sochi Olympics tourists, US Senator warns against attending”

  1. Jailin Rose says:

    thinks we don’t exist

    Right there. Thanks again for the personal insult, BTW. Are you always this clueless? I’m glad the Russians are keeping you out of Sochi bc judging by your complete lack of integrity you probably would be trying to corrupt their children.

  2. jomicur says:

    You think you see “doesn’t think you exist”in my original comment? Christ, you’re even more mentally defective than I thought. Yes, that’s another insult. Hard to avoid, since all the facts about you are insults.

  3. Jailin Rose says:

    Thanks for the personal insult!

    And you’re saying that I made up the quote? I literally copied & pasted the quote from your original comment.

    Please also show me where I “attacked” you (though TBH, based on your prior comment, you’ll probably reply that I made up the “attack” allegation, too).

    You really need to get a clue, much more badly than I originally thought.

  4. jomicur says:

    No stupid. I said they don’t think we’re worth mentioning, which is clearly an accurate statement. What exactly do you think you accomplish by inventing a quote, attributing it to someone, then attacking that person? I’m guessing that in addition to believing in imaginary quotes, you believe in an imaginary deity too, right?

  5. Jailin Rose says:

    In short, NBC thinks we don’t exist, and our lives, rights and families are not worth mentioning.

    LOL, get a clue. Just bc someone doesn’t bend over backwards to include mention of “gay rights,” that does not mean that the news organization “doesn’t think you exist.”

    You really need to wake up. Equality means everyone is treated the same, i.e., no special treatment. Yet you are blowing a gasket bc you weren’t specially mentioned.

  6. mirror says:

    Cool. there was a silly, but cute, movie made about the first time they got a team into the olympics. Limited connection to reality, but fun, with John Candy. In reality I think the sledders the first time were members of the Jamaican armed services.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Voted the most homophobic country in the world according to some indexes, and being gay is a crime there.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Most letters through Facebook or email have been getting an automatic response, if not a ban from the page. By phone or snail mail may improve your chances of contacting an actual human.

  9. karmanot says:

    60 Minutes devoted all of three minutes to Pussy Riot—that was it….nadda

  10. Indigo says:

    They have their moments but no, it isn’t “just as dangerous.” You’d be well advised to stay out of the dance halls, though. That’s true.

  11. nicho says:

    Nice people — except for their rampant and often violent homophobia. I would avoid Jamaica at all costs. It’s not a safe country for gay people. Just as dangerous as Russia.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Black September was my first thought. Good luck to all attending – I won’t be tuning into the car-crash Olympics at all. The potential for violence really ruined the games.
    Honestly though, I didn’t know a utopian right-wing country like Russia had bigger problems than gays! /sarcasm

  13. FLL says:

    If there is a terrorist attack at the Olympics by Chechen Islamist groups, it wouldn’t be the first such attack. In 1972, Summer Olympics in Munich suffered a terrorist attack (and massacre of Israeli athletes) by the Palestinian group Black September.

  14. jomicur says:

    Last night on NBC Evening News Richard Engel gave a round-up of concerns going into the games. Among those, he reported on the possible threat of terrorism at the games. Bottom line: he was dismissive of the suggestion that there was any serious threat. And of course there wasn’t even a token mention of the LGBT situation in Russia. In short, NBC thinks we don’t exist, and our lives, rights and families are not worth mentioning. The games must go on, never mind the threats, never mind the horrific human rights abuses! Yay, Putin! Yay, Johnny Weir!

    I certainly would not like to see terrorist attacks. Putin is unleashing enough horrors on his country already; more deaths would be terrible. But if there is going to be one, I sure hope NBC’s broadcast facilities are clearly marked.

  15. jomicur says:

    Yes, we need to keep the pressure on. I’ve emailed Coke three times over the last few months, and I’ve yet to receive even a formula, boilerplate response from them, nor have any of my friends. But it’s a cinch they’re keeping track of the communications they receive. My guess is that they’ll issue a lame statement about their support for the LGBT community when the games are over, or sufficiently late in the proceedings that it won’t damage their relations Vlad “the Impaler” Putin.

  16. Indigo says:

    There was a special on the news about them Sunday evening. The Jamaican bobsled team is a real team, put together on the fly for the heck of it, but they have great spirit. This is the second time they’ve passed the trials and made it to the Olympic competition. And yes, it’s for the fun of it but if you visit Jamaica, you’ll quickly find that they’re nice people who live in the sunshine. I always wish Jamaica well. While you’re there, be sure to climb Dunn’s River falls.

  17. mirror says:

    Are they fielding a bobsled team this year or are you just being funny? I’d watch that. But I will skip watching short track and the other competitions I generally enjoy.

  18. TheOriginalLiz says:

    Am I a bad person for not being horrified by that idea?

  19. Bill_Perdue says:

    Putin definitely bit off more than he can chew. His crises are overlapping and contradictory. Solving one makes another one worse.

    His regime sponsored homophobia and the Olympics and went out of his way to link them as ‘nationalist’ causes. That backfired politically as his regime is becoming a pariah. The fire may be more real than symbolic because of the reaction to his attacks on the peoples of Chechnya and Dagestan. He’s had to launch a deceitful campaign because his state sponsored homohating confirms that his regime, like Obama’s here, is becoming a police state. He’s in the process of moving 40,000 regular Army and internal security troops to the region around Sochi, terrifying foreign visitors as Chechnya and Dagestani terrorists prove their ability to commit mayhem and murder innocent civilians.

    Putin is piling up serious problems for himself and I doubt he can overcome them. It doesn’t help him that his net worth is said to be between $40 and 70 billion dollars, (not rubles) and that he’s the most corrupt politician on the planet.

    The danger is that Putin’s state sponsored homohating and scapegoating will push the LGBT communities back for a decade or more just as Clinton’s DOMA did. That passed in 96 and Bush got it passed in dozens of states and we’ve just begun to recover, thanks the the movement and the Supreme Court ruling, which respond to the based on the growth and militancy of our movement.

    His homophobic allies at NBC/MSNBC and Coke are going to to pay a price for Putin’s obstinate homo hating and his greed. Speak the name Johnny Weir and it’ll be followed by a thousand voices hissing ‘Quisling’. And as for hurting NBC/MSNBC, Coke and the rest the damage is done. We don’t need a huge office full of activists to organize and sustain boycotts. Our communities will naturally boycott them and the boycott will last.

  20. nicho says:

    You may be onto something:

    While state-run TV trains its cameras on luxury malls, sleek stadiums and high-speed train links, thousands of ordinary people in the Sochi area put up with squalor and environmental waste: villagers living next to an illegal dump filled with Olympic construction waste, families whose homes are sinking into the earth, city dwellers suffering chronic power cuts despite promises to improve electricity.

    Peopleelsewhere in Sochi and surrounding villages have seen the quality of their life decline because of Olympic construction. In the village of Akhshtyr, residents complain about an illegal landfill operated by an Olympics contractor that has fouled the air and a stream that feeds the
    Sochi water supply. Waste from another illegal dump in the village of Loo has slid into a brook that flows into the already polluted Black Sea.

    Inthe village of Mirny, just outside the Olympic Park, rumbling trucks have damaged foundations and caused homes to sink. And right across the railroad tracks from the Akatsy building, another multifamily residence has become prone to flooding after an Olympics-related road was built nearby.

  21. bkmn says:

    With a little luck all the religious fundies that support Russia’s homo-hate will be in attendance. Just saying.

  22. dommyluc says:

    I would be more worried about the shoddy construction of the Olympic venues in that Russian mob kleptocracy. Does anyone honestly believe that any of the stadiums and arenas aren’t shoddily built – that any are actually up to code? I wouldn’t want to be sitting on the upper tiers when 40K people start jumping up and down and stomping their feet. And pardon me for sounding cruel, petty , and vindictive, but if any disaster does happen, I will have a very hard time shedding any tears. I wonder how the corrupt members of the IOC will weasel out of any responsibility this time if these go wrong?

  23. Indigo says:

    The Gulag Olympics. Not worth my television time, even . . . except for the Jamaican bobsled team, of course. Jamaica me crazy, mahn . . .

  24. lynchie says:

    With all that is going on in Russia with recent bombings to threats to be jailed if you support the Gay community you would be off your rocker to attend. Russia has spent $51 Billion on this Olympics which is staggering and many of the venues may not be complete.

    I am watching the Will and Grace Bingethon which I taped this weekend. Its about money and so serves as a very rich target for terrorism with the whole world watching.

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