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June 13, 2007 

Justice Department Announces New Export Enforcement Iniatives and Appointment of National Export Control Coordinator

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stressed the importance of export controls in a speech made to the the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism Law Enforcement Summit which is being held this week in Miami, Florida. In addition to stating that "effective export controls are critical to countering the proliferation of nuclear weapons, their delivery systems and related technologies", the Attorney General announced a new export enforcement initiative.

Specifically, the Attorney General stated that the "Justice Department is preparing a national export enforcement initiative that will harness the counter-proliferation assets of the law enforcement and intelligence communities to improve the detection, investigation, and prosecution of persons and corporations violating U.S. export control laws." He said that "one of the key elements of the initiative will be to provide . . . federal prosecutors with the assistance, training and expertise they need to undertake these specialized prosecutions." For example, the Attorney General indicated that the Justice Department's National Security Division held a national export control conference where federal prosecutors were provided instruction and guidance on export control cases.

The Attorney General also announced that the Justice Department recently appointed its first National Export Control Coordinator that will be responsible for, among other things, "the development of comprehensive training materials for prosecutors nationwide" and "coordinating with the many other U.S. law enforcement, licensing and intelligence agencies that play a role in export enforcement."

The first
Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism Law Enforcement Conference is being held "to enhance cooperation between nations participating in the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism" and "aid in building the capacity of all participating nations to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism". Attendees include policy, program and tactical professionals from all levels of government and industry, including international delegates from over 40 partner nations.

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