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12 - CAPE GAZETI'E, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 mb Law enforcement agents gather to co at domestic terrorism By Ke'rry Kester Inhabited public buildings ex- plode, leaving hundreds dead or crippled. Mail bombs snuff lives when people innocently open let- ters or packages. Pipe bombs or fireworks pranks kill or maim un- suspecting victims. Acts of do- mestic terrorism are on the rise nationwide, and no community is exempt from the threat that vio- lence will strike. During the week of Oct. 5, Delaware law enforcement agents joined six other regional members of the Inter- national As- sociation of Bomb Tech- nicians and Investigators (IABTI) in Rehoboth Beach, for in- tensive train- ing in the lat- LETTER BOMB est criminal trends, technological develop- ments, safety protocols and na- tional standards for bomb han- dling. In addition to those from Delaware, conference attendees included state, municipal and fire department IABTI Region IV members and associates from Maryland, Kentucky, Michigan, West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia. Delaware participants included state police, New Castle County and Wilmington police, Universi- ty of Delaware police and Delaware River and Bay Authori- Cape Region By Trish Vernon A large contingent of men from eastern Sussex County elected to "Stand i n th e Gap" lasf weekend, traveling 'to the Mall in Washing: ton, D.C., during the wee hours of Saturday morning to join in the sacred ass " " embly of as many as 2 million Promise Keepers. The Promise Keepers, for the few who are not yet aware, is a phenomena that is sweeping the country, and the Cape Region is no exception. Founded by former college football coach Bill Mc- Cartney, it's a men's movement focusing on spiritual revival, a commitment to honor their promises. "Basically; it's Christian men whose focus is on our roles as hus- bands, fathers and friends who re- alize our inability to control our lives by ourselves without the grace and mercy of God. We all get off track and this is an oppor- tunity to focus on the important aspects of life, reprioritize and ad- mit our shortcomings," explained Preston Dyer of Rehoboth Beach, one of a group of 76 local men who have made a solemn vow. Dyer joined a Promise Keepers' Bible study group two years ago and has been to three regional ral- ty officers. Other participants included members of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); the Federal Bureau of In- vestigation; and the Secret Service Uniformed Division. All atten- dees were sworn law enforcement agents. "Each one of us has dedicated ourselves to preventing the loss of life and property through an act of domestic terrorism," said Sgt. Donald Pyne, commander of the Delaware State Police Bomb Dis- posal Unit. Pyne said the state po- lice bomb team responded to 35 incidents last year, and this year it has already responded to 31, sug- gesting the number of crimes are rising in this state. "We're dealing with a lot more pipe bombs," said Det. Larry Cor- rigan of Troop 7, a member of the bomb team and a conference coor- dinator. "That's going to bear it- self out nationally, This is an ever-changing, dynamic field that requires constant updating, train- ing and understanding of current trends." Demonstrations teach What makes the technician's or investigator's job difficult is the vast array of ways in which bombs can be produced. "We learn from incidents," said Pyne. Simulations, such as those con- ducted during a Tuesday, Oct. 7, conference field trip to Dover Air Force Base, show the technicians and investigators not only what Continued on page 13 i)%i,! Promise Kerry Kester photos Explosives disposal units often use robots to retrieve bombs. Shown above are the Delaware State Police Bomb Disposal Unit robot, left, and the U.S. Air Force robot. The problem of domestic terrorism isn't limited to large cities. Dewey Beach tasted fear in 1995, when an explosive deviee was thrown onto the Coconuts Seafood House dance floor, and 10 people were sent to the hos- pital with minor injuries. During a demonstration at Dover Air Force Base on Oct. 7, military personnel deto- nated an explosive (at left) similar to the one thrown on- to the dance floor. According to Tech. Sgt. Wayne Simpson, U.SF., a victim at Coconuts who attempted to kick the device away was severely burned. cally from a handful to almost 100 men. Local participating churches include East Gate Presbyterian; Nev Covenant Presbyterian Church of America, Eagle's Nest Fellowship, Epworth Methodist Church, Dagsboro Church of God, Christian Tabernacle and Power and Love Outreach Ministries. This broad Cross section of faiths is indicative of the multide- nominational and multicultural nature of the Power Keepers. "McCartney received an indica- tion from God that He would bless a gathering of white men and men of color who praise Him together and allow it to grow and that is clearly the case," said Dyer. Keepers return from D.C. with renew{'.d spirits ! A group of Cape Region Promi embarking upon their trip to Was. Strictly spiritual sembly of Men." The number of P gion. The number of men gathere lion, with a major assembly plan humbleness of being part of over a st million men who were confessing pc their sins and repenting and, at the th same time, I was overcome by se empowerment through the Holy Spirit by relying on Jesus Christ m and not myself." ti Another Cape Region Promise w Keeper, restaurateur Steve Taylor, th traveled by himself to the Mall w and meandered through the rt crowd, stopping to pray with clus- gi With the theme being "Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men," Dyer stressed that the Oct. 4 rally was not meant to be a me- dia event or a display of power, but strictly a spiritual experience. " 'Stand in the Gap' expresses the need to repent before God, our families and friends - that's the essence," said the local developer. "The Promise Keepers tell you to focus on God first, your wife sec- ond, children third, and then the community and everything else." i ,e Keepers gather for a group photo in Georgetown before fington, D,C., last Saturday for "Stand the Gap: A Sacred As- romise Keepers is growing at a healthy pace in the Cape Re- t on the Mall is estimated at anywhere between I and 2 mil- ed in everystate capital in the year 2000. lge. He, too, stressed the non- ditical, all-embracing aspects of fTcasion and the movement it- "At the start, there were some ;n carrying signs with anti-abor- ,n messages and such. They ',re asked to put them down and :y did," Taylor noted. There .,re also women who tried to dis- pt the gathering - some in >ups on the periphery, shouting lies at RFK Stadium, having Personally, Dyer experienced a ters of strangers as he weaved his  waving signs of protest, oth- : watched the movement [grow/o-.. dichotg.myoQf__cts,_ ZLfgILa. _ _w_.g.Z._e,l.osea Jae.. could.to-the- - -walking bam.4xeamgh the crowd, who were either ig- nored or asked gently to cover themselves. What is it about the Promise Keepers that some women find of- fensive? Its exclusivity to the male gender and its advice to re- claim leadership of the household are two factors. But, as Dyer explained, "Many men have failed to fulfill their roles as the spiritual leaders of the home, leaving their wives neglect- Continued on page 14