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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Contact: Sheree L. Mixell / Chris Rhatigan


For Immediate Release

June 5, 2006


Expertise Noted in Preventing Use of Explosives by Criminals and Terrorists

TAMPA, Fla.—Director Carl J. Truscott of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today praised the role bomb technicians and investigators play in the global war against terrorism.

Speaking to the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI), Truscott discussed the crucial job of bomb technicians and investigators in Iraq and other countries that face a rising threat level as terrorists turn more often to explosives.

“People don’t often get to hear of the bombings that were prevented, and the lives that are saved because you put yourselves in harms way to prevent a would-be bomber from using an explosive device,” Truscott said in praising the group.

“We know that explosives are the chosen tools of career criminals and terrorist organizations,” Truscott added. “ATF continues to strive in providing education, training and resources to assist law enforcement in our combined goals to suppress violent crime.”

One of the tools that assist bomb squads in preventing terrorists and others from using explosives is ATF’s international explosives database. Law enforcement agencies have adopted and implemented a standard application database to share information and intelligence on explosives incidents, devices and methods, terrorist groups and firearms. So far, ATF, Britain, Colombia, Hong Kong, Mexico, Northern Ireland and Singapore have implemented the standard.

ATF has led the effort in establishing a standard platform to foster information sharing throughout the international law enforcement community.

“ATF is a valuable partner of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators in countering and defeating the threat that explosives present,” said Lawrence A. Gardiner, International Director, IABTI. “We exchange valuable technical and investigative information, expertise and training on explosives to protect the public.”

Another tool available to bomb technicians and investigators is ATF’s U.S. Bomb Data Center, which contains data describing more than 160,000 arson and explosives incidents reports from across the country.

ATF also contributes the expertise of its National Response Teams, laboratories and explosives detection canines to explosives incidents and investigations.

More information on ATF and its programs is at