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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

FY
03-16
Contact: Andrew L. Lluberes
202-927-8500

For
Immediate Release
www.atf.gov

September
26, 2003

ATF
SHARES UNIQUE ARSON AND EXPLOSIVES
DATABASE WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS
Britain, Colombia and Mexico Participating So Far

WASHINGTON
- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and law enforcement
agencies in Britain, Colombia and Mexico are sharing a new database on arson and
explosives information that will serve as a potent tool in the international war
on terrorism.

The
XBase Project provides its users with a comprehensive international and national
information management system on explosives incidents, while facilitating and
promoting the sharing of information among participating members and national
bomb data centers worldwide.

"In
an age when bombs and other explosives are the terrorist weapons of choice, XBase
has already proven itself to be an invaluable resource," said Kathleen L.
Kiernan, ATF's Assistant Director for Strategic Intelligence and Information.
"By allowing ATF and law enforcement agencies around the world to share and
compare information securely and electronically, XBase permits those agencies
to marshal their collective expertise against terrorist bombings and other explosives
threats."


The XBase Project grew out of discussions that ATF's Arson and Explosives National
Repository, which Congress has entrusted with maintaining all national information
on explosives incidents and arson, and Britain's Bomb Data Center began in 1999
in an effort to automate the British files.


Scotland Yard contracted with ImageBase Technology, Ltd., a British firm, and
then worked with the company and ATF to develop the XBase technology. In 2000,
ATF helped bring law enforcement agencies in Mexico and then Colombia online.
Other countries interested in the project are welcome and will be directed to
ImageBase Technology for information about joining.

XBase
represents a breakthrough in technology and information sharing because it is
cost-effective for developed and developing countries alike, the software it employs
is user-friendly and does not require extensive new training to utilize, and all
types of law enforcement can use its applications.

The
project now allows ATF's Arson and Explosives National Repository to gather information
on explosives incidents worldwide, and provides all four countries participating
so far with "one-stop shopping" for explosives-related incidents.

XBase
users, which are limited to law enforcement agencies, exchange information via
encrypted messages that include, among other things, information on the explosives
incident, groups or individuals involved, vehicles used, power source, initiation
system and firearms. The information arrives in a format adaptable for use in
any language, so that law enforcement agencies around the world can work in their
own language.

Information
is exchanged on a case-by-case basis, triggered by a specific request from one
county to another and is "permission-based," meaning each country will
send a requester only what it feels is necessary. Under XBase, each country continues
to maintain and control information in its own National Repository or bomb data
center.

More
information on ATF can be found at www.atf.gov
and on the Arson and Explosives National Repository at www.atf.gov/aexis2/index.htm.

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