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Sheriff Involved In Bomb Squad Drills Before Times Square Incident


NEW YORK  – Lee County Sheriff Michael Scott was in New York City over the weekend and shortly after taking part in a New York City bomb squad training session, he found himself at the scene of a bomb scare in Times Square.  Sheriff Scott spoke with WINK News.

Meanwhile, a law enforcement official says the registered owner of an SUV used in a botched bombing in Times Square told investigators he sold it for cash three weeks ago.

The official tells The Associated Press that the Connecticut owner questioned Sunday about what happened to the SUV says he sold the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder to a stranger.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to the AP on Monday because the investigation is at a sensitive stage.

Investigators interviewed the last owner on record of the vehicle in a probe of a failed bombing that cleared several streets around Times Square of thousands of tourists on a busy Saturday night.

Officials say the owner, whose name has not been released, is not considered a suspect in the botched bombing.



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Re: Sheriff Involved In Bomb Squad Drills Before Times Square Incident
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2010, 01:14:44 pm »
Bomb Squad Manual for New York City Police Department
http://www.xm-materials.com/k9_bomb_dog.html
Explosive Detection Canines

The problem of coping with the urban terrorist is all too often a matter of measure and countermeasure; unfortunately, the initiative belongs to the guerrilla, particularly to the urban bomber. He is free to change devices or methods at will; the police and/or military must respond appropriately and in kind. In this counterattack, no instruments, methods or procedures have universal applicability.

In recent years much scientific effort and monies have been expended to research and develop instruments and systems capable of detecting concealed bombs and explosives. In this regard the principle areas of scientific concern have been tagging, radiography, nuclear activation and effluent detection. In this latter category some extremely sophisticated scientific instruments have been developed, the so called "electronic sniffers". These have been mainly modified gas chromatographs or electron capture detectors with claimed capabilities of indicating the most minute of explosive odors. To date these instruments have been by and large delicate, expensive, non-portable and of limited applicability.

Ironically, the single most conspicuously successful effluent detector developed as of now has been man's best and oldest friend, the dog. And this paper is written with a specific mission to accomplish i.e. to find a concealed explosive quickly and efficiently.

There are some obvious problems involved in using dogs in law enforcement, particularly in large U.S. Cities where police dogs have a poor public image and which has had no recent previous experience with canines. Quartering, maintaining and training can be difficult indeed, to say nothing of the problem of overcoming the innate skepticism of one's fellow officers.

Bomb Detection Canines are being used in various parts of the world. Training methods and principles vary widely and can result in varying canine capabilities. This manual relates only to the experiences of the New York City Police Department. Generalizations can be hazardous.

On May 1, 1971, the New York City Police Department Bomb Section acquired its first dogs in over twenty years; one is a German Shepherd, and the other, a Labrador Retriever. Both dogs had been previously trained in explosive detection for the odors of dynamite and C-4 (a plastic explosive), by the Psychology Department of the University of Mississippi under a Federal Grant (L.E.A.A.). Both dogs were spayed females and had been debarked and received basic obedience training. The dogs were accustomed to work both on and off leash, and with more than one handler. Three qualified dog handlers were selected from the uniform force of the department to work with the dogs. A kennel was erected adjacent to the Bomb Squad Office since these particular dogs are for the exclusive use of their office.

Since in some ways training of Explosive Detection Canines represent certain departures from traditional methods and also from that of other detection dogs, it is therefore worth describing here.
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Re: Sheriff Involved In Bomb Squad Drills Before Times Square Incident
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2010, 01:17:46 pm »
Terrorism, Internet bomb recipes drive FBI to show law enforcement nationwide how to spot IEDs
http://calamities.gaeatimes.com/2010/03/30/terrorism-internet-bomb-recipes-drive-fbi-to-show-law-enforcement-nationwide-how-to-spot-ieds-13894/
By Greg Bluestein, AP
March 30th, 2010


FBI giving cops critical info: How to spot an IED


BLYTHE, Ga. — If police officers find grainy white powder at a makeshift lab and assume they’ve made a drug bust, they could be making an explosive mistake.

The FBI has been training thousands of law enforcement officials across the nation to identify, disrupt and dismantle improvised explosive devices, including bombs made out of ordinary household products.

The need was underlined this week when federal authorities said they disrupted a suspected plot by a Christian militia to kill police officers with homemade bombs. That follows last year’s alleged plot to make bombs out of beauty supplies and an airline passenger’s alleged attempt on Christmas Day to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear.

Such devices have been around for years, but they’ve become a greater concern recently not only because of terrorism, but because of the growing availability of dangerous recipes on the Internet.

Local-level bomb experts have been getting three-day courses designed to supplement their training with the latest techniques and strategies. First responders are invited on the third day to learn how to spot an improvised explosives lab.

In one recent class, bomb technicians created a wall of fire by igniting a rope filled with the same kind of explosives found in the airline bombing attempt. They blew to bits a latex glove filled with hot dogs — an attempt to approximate the blast’s effect on a human hand.

“This is stuff that can literally kill you without thinking about it,” said Jeff Haverty, a special agent with the FBI’s Atlanta bureau.

Ordinary materials such as hydrogen peroxide — which is used in hair products — and swimming-pool chemicals can be used to make bombs. There are a host of other easily obtainable products that could be made into explosives that the FBI requested The Associated Press not disclose publicly.

“The average street police officer has some level of training and we want to add to that skill set, a few more things to put in their tool belt,” said Donald Sachtleben, a former FBI bomb tech who now leads the training program. “By talking about it and showing them, we build up their confidence so if they walk into a dangerous situation, they now have more confidence.”

Thousands of first responders at 16 spots around the nation have been trained since 2008. The FBI hopes to reach every U.S. bomb squad over the next two years to combat the growing threat of improvised explosives, Sachtleben said.

In a recent example, authorities say an Denver-area airport shuttle driver, Najibullah Zazi, plotted to bomb the New York subway system with explosives made from beauty supplies. Zazi pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction and other charges.

And nine suspects tied to a Midwest Christian militia were charged on Monday with conspiring to kill police officers and then plotting to attack a funeral using homemade bombs in hopes of killing more law enforcement officials.

The FBI training focuses on such devices, as well as manufactured chemicals such as PETN, which is used in Hollywood-type explosions and was found in the failed Detroit-bound airliner attack in December.

Authorities allege that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab assembled an explosive device, including 80 grams of PETN, in the aircraft’s bathroom and planned to detonate it with a syringe of chemicals. Passengers and crew thwarted the attack. Authorities say the Nigerian student has told investigators he received training and instructions from al-Qaida operatives in Yemen.

There are more than 3,000 certified bomb technicians on roughly 475 state and local bomb squads. All civilian bomb techs go through a six-week training program at the federally funded Hazardous Devices School on the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., which is run by the FBI and the U.S. Army.

The additional three-day FBI course is designed to educate officers on the latest threats and techniques.

At a recent seminar, about 30 bomb technicians from Georgia and South Carolina spent about half the time in classrooms and the other half getting hands-on experience in the bomb range. Much of the training focused on the latest specialized techniques used to detect bombs, from test kits to high-tech sniffer devices.

During one two-hour session, bomb techs were taught how to detect explosives using testing equipment and X-rays, and were briefed on how to use a high-powered water cannon to neutralize a homemade explosive.

On the last day, the group was joined by about 100 police and firefighters for a crash-course in detecting homemade explosives. The final lesson was to witness more than a dozen explosions rigged by the bomb technicians. Some were tiny bursts that ripped apart melons, others dramatic blasts that lit up the sky.

The technicians were told to teach their colleagues to look for certain chemicals and other signs of a makeshift explosive lab whenever they conduct a search warrant, search a crime scene or respond to a fire.

“We want to give them training and knowledge so they know what to do when they come across these dangerous items,” said Haverty, the Atlanta FBI agent. “And preventing terrorism attacks is something we can’t do alone. The law enforcement community as a whole has to be prepared.”
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Re: Sheriff Involved In Bomb Squad Drills Before Times Square Incident
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Re: Sheriff Involved In Bomb Squad Drills Before Times Square Incident
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