London Olympics security not affected by austerity

British officials say austerity measures will not affect

security for the London Olympics in 2012.

Home Secretary Theresa May told reporters that the 500 million

pounds ($804 million) Olympics security budget is being protected

from cuts and won’t be affected by the tough measures aimed at

reducing Britain’s burgeoning budget deficit.

May refused to discuss whether officials had any information on

whether slain al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden had planned to target

the games.

Homegrown suicide bombers attacked London’s transit network in

2005, killing 52 people the day after London was awarded the

Olympic games.

The British government has repeatedly said the national terror

threat will remain at the ”severe” level during the Olympics,

meaning an attack is ”highly likely.”