Brazil: FBI Agents Help Brazilians Prepare for World Cup
By Dialogo July 01, 2012
FBI agents spent three days in May 2012 helping to train Brazilian police
officers to respond to terrorist attacks in case they occur during the 2014 World
Cup. The Sao Paulo State Public Safety Department said the training included
lectures about emergency response and investigation techniques involving chemical
and bacterial agents and even nuclear attacks.
Brazil has never been the target of a major terrorist attack. But local
authorities say the country may be at risk in the next few years as it hosts
high-profile sporting events such as the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de
Janeiro. Rio was picked to host the first Olympics in South America. Brazil will be
organizing the World Cup for the first time since 1950, and the Confederations Cup
will be held in 2013.