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Monday, September 17, 2001

Welcome to the seventh "Detail," a weekly e-mail newsletter that greets you every Monday morning. The purpose of the Detail is to help keep you informed of the current state of affairs in the latent print community, to provide an avenue to circulate original fingerprint-related articles, and to announce important events as they happen in our field.

Naturally, the Detail will be abbreviated this week as a respectful tribute to those who have been affected by the tragic attack on America.

BREAKING NEWz you can UzE...

YOU MAY NOW VOLUNTEER YOUR FINGERPRINT EXPERTISE TO ASSIST IN CASUALTY IDENTIFICATION EFFORTS.  Steven Meagher of the FBI is coordinating casualty identification following the September 11 attacks.  Mr. Meagher wishes to emphasize that as of 9/14/01, no additional latent print examiners are needed, but a list is being maintained and additional volunteers would be helpful.   To "Volunteer" normally means you have the sponsorship of your agency, or you are willing and able to take personal leave and finance your own expenses.  Naturally, response would include being available on very short notice.

This week, let us simply reflect on the events which have transpired  and that continue to affect us all.  Know that the thoughts and prayers of our international counterparts are with us.  I'm sure the following comments reflect the thoughts of many others as well:

Canít find the words.  Just want to say we are really sorry about what happened today. I donít know if they are the right words but all the colleagues and our people are together with all of you in this moment.

Please if possible, resend this mail to all divisions.

Jorge Leguisamo and Jorge Urrutia.

I wish to express my sadness for the attack on America and it's people. I have been watching the news coverage since around 9.30 this morning and I am very saddened by what has taken place. I watched as the events unfolded and was hoping that all those persons who were trapped in the buildings would be rescued.

I really do feel it for you all and wish that I could be there to assist in the recovery and identification of those innocent persons who perished. I know that your ID people will have a tremendous job to do and I do hope and pray that they will have the courage and strength to deal with it.

Our sympathies to all of you.

Stephen, Linda and family.


Dear friends,

I returned home from work yesterday and sat down to watch the unfolding events of yesterday's tragic acts of terrorism. It was hard not to think I was watching some sort of movie. It was all so real and vivid, yet surreal at the same time.  Words cannot express how much these events have horrified the civilised world.  I think I speak for all my colleagues here in the UK law enforcement community that our thoughts are with all the friends, families and emergency services sifting through the rubble of the WTC and Pentagon.  As editor of The Fingerprint Society journal, I also extend our thoughts to all law enforcement officers and forensic specialists... many of whom are friends on this list... who are at this time mobilised in the rescue and investigation process that must now take place.

Our thoughts always,

Dave Charlton
Fingerprint Society Journal


I realize this won't help, but, I have spent the past 30 hours, like most everyone else I know, watching the HORROR unfold from New York City and Washington and Pittsburgh.  This is something that I as a Christian, will never allow myself to forget.  As a man, I am incensed at the pure horror.  As a police officer (retired of course) I just want to see someone, ANYONE suffer and pay for this.  There is nothing that can be done to these fanatics that will atone for their cowardice.  I have spent the better part of that 30 hours in prayer....for the innocent victims....for the passengers of the four aircraft and for the brave fire-fighters and police officers that have been lost, saving others.  I just wanted to tell a brother officer from the states that I am saddened and shocked and so very sorry for them and their families.  GOD BLESS THEM ALL!

Bryan Amos


We just wanted to express our sympathy with your nation and its citizens, after the brutality and the tragedy that have hit innocent people.

We also know that America is strong and that the ideals it stands for will defeat terrorism.

Best regards,
Friends in Sweden
by Kjell and Bengt


We would like to express our sorrow for the terrible tragedy.  That one is the greatest shock to our society.  We express condolences over the victims of crime, all the American members of the IAI and you.  We hasten to express our heartfelt sympathy.

Shuichi and Masako
Japan Division IAI President (and his wife)


When the terrible heart rendering news broke last week, Janis & I were on the Island of Malta which, as you may know from your history books, suffered severe devastation from prolonged attacks from Hitler's bombers.  The Island, with the help of her allies survived the onslaught and was later awarded for its unstilted bravery the George Cross.  New York may not receive a medal but I'm sure its people and those of the rest of the United States will receive from the prayers of the free world, strength, courage and protection in the months ahead as they pursue justice & freedom for all mankind.

Please accept our sincere condolences at the tragic loss of so many of your fellow countrymen. - May God bless those innocent souls sadly taken from our midst - May God Bless America and her allies in the struggle ahead - May God Bless those that will undoubtedly fall in pursuit of a terrorist free world.


Maurice V. Garvie
London, England


No major updates last week.

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Have a GREAT week!


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