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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Department of Justice


Director Carl J. Truscott
Remarks at the ELF/ALF Indictment News Conference
Department of Justice
January 20, 2006

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. The indictments announced today represent the culmination of almost 10 years of persistent investigative work by ATF and our federal, state and local partners.

These crimes were committed by extremists using arson and explosives to cause tremendous destruction and endanger people’s lives.

As the federal agency that investigates crimes involving arson and explosives, ATF conducted the investigations surrounding the origin and cause of the various fires. We are pleased to have contributed the unique expertise of ATF certified fire investigators, forensic laboratory analysts, explosives enforcement officers and accelerant detection canines to these complex arson investigations.

ATF’s laboratory in Walnut Creek, California, was instrumental in processing and linking evidence from the crime scenes. These 17 separate criminal incidents occurred in five states, causing millions of dollars in damages. ATF and our partners aggressively pursued these cases and linked them together to bring these indictments announced today.

ATF will continue to work with the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices to provide critical testimony and evidence for successful prosecutions.

The indictments announced today clearly demonstrate what tenacious law enforcement can achieve when we work together, bring our varied expertise to the table, and effectively share information and intelligence.

Arson is an extremely difficult crime to solve. But, the message to any person or group that seeks to further its cause through crimes of violence is this: we will be relentless in finding you and bringing you to justice.

Thank you.