Canadian television has reported that a mentally ill man with a homemade security pass was able to get within meters of the U.S. Vice President during a security breach at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. As dozens of police held back thousands of protestors outside of BC Place in Vancouver, a 48-year-old British Columbia man slipped past several layers of security inside the venue, said the RCMP assistant commissioner, the head of the 2010 Integrated Security Unit (ISU). The RCMP commissioner said the man’s target was clear. “He had an infatuation with the US Vice President.” It has been estimated that $60 million has been spent on security at this Winter Olympics.

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