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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jim Crandall

September 17, 2001

FY 01-09

Director Bradley A. Buckles' Statement at the Treasury
Press Conference on September 14, 2001

Washington, DC - Director Buckles’ September 14 statement
is as follows:

“On behalf of the men and women of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms, I offer my most sincere condolences to the families and
loved ones of the victims of these despicable acts. I wish to offer special
respects to the firefighters and police officers who died while trying
to save others. We have a very personal debt of gratitude, for included
among those saved were ATF personnel housed in the World Trade Center.

We have over 500 ATF special agents and forensic personnel participating
in Joint Terrorism Task Force investigations throughout the Nation.

In recent days, there have been acts of violence committed against mosques
and Islamic centers. ATF and the FBI are investigating three cases involving
these crimes through the National Church Arson Task Force. This task force
was founded several years ago as recognition that attacks on religious
activities represent attacks on basic symbols of liberty and freedom.”