Counter-Terrorism Bill includes appropriation for NMT, Dec. 20, 2001

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ILEA & Antiterrorism Programs in FY02 Foreign Ops Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001 -- U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, a Senate Appropriations Committee member, today voted with the Senate to send President Bush an appropriations bill that funds several counter-terrorism and international law enforcement programs in New Mexico.

Taking a voice vote, the Senate completed congressional action on the FY2002 Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, which provides federal funding for the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Roswell and the Antiterrorism
Assistance Program (ATA), which involves the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology at Socorro.

The bill next goes to the President to be signed into law. At the request of Domenici and Congressman Joe Skeen, the bill includes $5 million to continue the ILEA program based at the Roswell Industrial Air Center.

“This funding will assure the continuance of the ILEA program in Roswell. That training has commenced in Roswell. I believe this work will have long-term benefits in terms of America’s relationship with its allies, but also adds to activities at the Roswell Industrial Air Center,” Domenici said.

The ILEA funding is provided through the State Department’s International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Program. ILEA training in Roswell was launched earlier this fall using $10 million secured by Domenici and Skeen in 1999 and 2000. Domenici has worked to ensure the U.S. State Department continues to support $5 million per year for the length of the five-year ILEA contract signed in March with New Mexico Tech.

New Mexico Tech has partnered with Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, Sam Houston University, and the Science Applications International Corporation to begin ILEA training. An estimated 1,200 officers are expected to receive training in Roswell in its first year.

ILEA is an outgrowth of a United Nations meeting in 1995 at which time former President Clinton announced a U.S. commitment to international law enforcement in order to tackle transnational criminal issues, such as counternarcotics or money laundering.

The State Department now has four ILEAs located in Budapest, Bangkok, Botswana and Roswell. Roswell is the only program that is university-based and offers a degree program. The curriculum at every ILEA has extensive course-work
regarding attention to human and civil rights in the practice of law enforcement.

New Mexico Tech is also involved in ATA, which is funded at $38 million in the bill. The bill also states its support for ATA commencement of Anti_Terrorism Instructor Training and Emergency Medical Responder Instructor courses and an expansion of the Dignitary Protection Training Program.

Established in 1983, ATA provides training and equipment to law enforcement personnel in friendly countries to deter and counter terrorist threats within their borders. ATA is carried out by Louisiana State University with New Mexico Tech as a partner. In addition, ATA currently offers training courses through DOE’s Nonproliferation and National Security Institute (NNSI) at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque.