i will post a copy of the wording of the bill as soon as it is available. (S.2292)
SENATOR COLLINS ANNOUNCES BOMBING PREVENTION LEGISLATION
Senator Joined by Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff,
Law Enforcement Officials Maine
Earlier today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff joined Senator Susan Collins and members of
Joining Secretary Chertoff and Senator Collins today were members of
Senator Collins said, “The most likely terror threat around the world and here in the
Secretary Chertoff said, “The weapon of choice for terrorists is bombs.” He explained that everything that DHS must do should focus on our ability to disrupt and detect explosive devises. He commended Senators Collins and Lieberman for their leadership on this issue.
Senator Lieberman said, “An IED is relatively easy and inexpensive to make and can cause mass casualties, even to armored military personnel. They are a global threat, and the American public, here at home, is not immune. If the Department of Homeland Security is to plan effectively for future attacks here at home, it must have a cohesive and robust defense against the most likely threat of IEDs.”
The National Bombing Prevention Act has three primary purposes. First, the bill strengthens the Department’s Office of Bombing Prevention (OBP). It authorizes enough funding—$10 million for FY 2008, $25 million for each of FY 2009 and FY 2010—to help the office fulfill its important mission Among other things, the Act designates OBP as the Department’s lead agent for combating terrorist explosive attacks and directs it to promote counter-IED security planning, information sharing, and training programs.
The new resources provided under this bill will enhance OBP’s coordination, outreach, and training programs for state and local law enforcement – improving tactics, providing up-to-date threat analysis, and identifying and eliminating weaknesses in our nation’s defenses against IEDs. These resources will also help fund OBP’s Tripwire program—a secure, online information-sharing network for law enforcement, bomb squads, and other first responders to learn about current terrorist bombing tactics, techniques, and procedures, including IED design and emplacement.
Second, the Act formally directs the President to produce the long-delayed National Strategy for Bombing Prevention and requires periodic updates to that strategy. As terrorist IED technology and tactics evolve, so too must our efforts to deter, detect, prevent, protect against, and respond to them.
Third, the Act promotes more research, development, testing, and evaluation of counter-explosive technologies as well as the transfer of military know-how and technologies, as appropriate, to other Federal, State, and local entities with bombing prevention responsibilities. Given the military’s experience with IEDs in
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