ATF

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives



FY 05-08

Contacts: Sheree L. Mixell/Drew J. Wade

202-927-8500



For Immediate Release
www.atf.gov

February 7, 2005

 

ATF
DIRECTOR CARL J. TRUSCOTT ADDRESSES INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF EXPLOSIVES
ENGINEERS 31ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE

WASHINGTON,
D.C. - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director
Carl J. Truscott delivered the keynote address this morning at the 31st
annual conference of the International Society of Explosives Engineers
(ISEE) and announced improvements to keep America safer from the threat
of illegal explosives use.

“American
society benefits from the use of explosives,” said Director Truscott.
“At the same time, it is essential to protect our society from
the potentially catastrophic consequences of explosives used in the
wrong way.”

“The
Society looks forward to continuing to build on its positive relationship
with ATF, working toward enhanced security and improved communication,”
said Jeffrey L. Dean, executive director and general counsel of ISEE.
“We are working together to ensure safe practices through a strong
educational program.”

The
partnership with ISEE has helped to make progress toward resolving complex
issues, like accounting for bulk explosives. ATF is working to prevent
criminals from exploiting the explosives industry as a soft target.
The agency has addressed two major concerns in the industry: physical
security and diversion.

ATF
developed a checklist of security provisions to give the industry ideas
to keep its supplies secure. Additionally, the potential for explosives
to be diverted into illegal commerce, by theft or illegal sales, prompted
ATF to focus on the internal controls of explosives companies. ATF is
examining the records and procedures of businesses to suggest improvements
that would strengthen practices that could be exploited by terrorists,
thereby helping proprietors avoid this potential hazard. ATF continues
to work with the industry to ensure that explosives are used in a safe
and lawful manner.

ATF
maintains the Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS), the arson and explosives
incident database for the Department of Justice. Recently updated, BATS
allows law enforcement partners nationwide to share data and images
of arson, improvised explosives devices, and crime scenes over the Internet
in real time.

The
mission of ISEE is to advance the science and art of explosives engineering.
More than 1,500 members - from multiple disciplines within the explosives
field - are expected to attend the three-day conference.


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