Chris Shaw, a UBC professor, is probably the most credible of the critics of the Vancouver 2010 Games. He’s the author of Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games. In this report, published on the Vancouver Observer website, he reveals how the RCMP struggled with releasing the details of the security cost overruns. One wonders why honesty wouldn’t have served them better: no one believed the initial security budget estimate of $175 million was remotely realistic. The delays and wasted energy spent trying to sugar-coat the truth did far more damage to both the government, the RCMP and Olympic organizers.