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Former Olympic Security Chief: I'd be shocked if there are no incidents

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Warships are reportedly being pre-positioned off the Russian Coast ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The opening ceremonies are slated to begin Feb. 7, and threats of terror attacks are looming over the games. The U.S. pre-positioned those resources in case evacuations are needed during the games.

Terrorists have already struck cities near the city of Sochi, weeks before the games.

Bill Rathburn, an expert on Olympic security lives in East Texas, and served as director of security for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and consulted several other games.

Rathburn said the Olympic venues themselves will likely be the most secure, but it's what surrounds those sites that could be vulnerable to attacks.

"As you harden the Olympic targets which might be the most attractive, you, in effect, you force people to attack softer targets, whether it's hotels or restaurants or the cultural Olympics that go on at the same time, or other known locations around the area," Rathburn said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has deployed thousands of forces ahead of the games, and in an interview with ABC News said his country will do 'whatever it takes' to keep visitors safe.

Rathburn said the attack, like the Dec. 29 attack in Volgograd, Russia, show where attacks could be possible on the edges of secure areas at security checkpoints.

"I don't care how good your security is or how many security perimeters you establish," Rathburn said. "At some point you have to screen people through those security perimeters."

Rathburn says tourists to the Sochi Games could be the most vulnerable, since mass transportation seems to be the target in prior attacks.

He said Russia has done all they can do to prepare for the games; now they just have to see if their plans will work.

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