December 13, 2013

The Appalling Scandals in the ATF

What in God's name is going on in the e U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, otherwise known as the ATF?  Is this our government at work?

For those of you who have forgotten, Fast and Furious or Gunwalking was an ATF  operation run out of the Arizona Field Office which purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers in the hopes it would lead them to the leaders of the Mexican drug cartels.  Despite the protests of many ATF agents and senior officials, thousands of guns, some bought by ATF officials, were allowed to cross the border to Mexico thereby violating international arms trafficking agreements.  U.S. Border patrol  agent Brian Terry was shot and killed by a rifle  linked to a Phoenix store where a sniper rifles, AK-47s were allowed to 'walk'.  Only 710 of the weapons were recovered

The Mexican government was never informed about the operation.  Weapons tied to the gunwalking operation were found at numerous crime scenes in Mexico where at least 150 Mexican civilians were killed.  Diplomatic relations between the US. and the furious Mexican government were damaged

President Obama evoked executive privilege to block Congressional investigation of the affair.  Attorney General Eric Holder initially testified he knew nothing about the operation, but later was forced to admit to it.  He was held in contempt of Congress for his refusal to hand over some 1300 documents in response to a Congressional subpoena

ATF Caught Using Felons, Teens, and the Mentally Handicapped to Systematically "Manufacture" Gun Crimes

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is probably best known these days for the failure of its disastrous Fast and Furious scheme — a botched initiative that aimed to give American guns to Mexican cartels first and to ask questions later. Under pressure, the administration was quick to imply that the mistake was an aberration. But a watchdog report, published last week by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, suggests that the caprice, carelessness, and downright incompetence that marked the disaster was no accident. In fact, that it is endemic in the ATF.

Among the tactics they discovered ATF agents employing were using mentally disabled Americans to help run unnecessary sting operations; establishing agency-run “fronts” in “safe zones” such as schools and churches; providing alcohol, drugs, and sexual invitations to minors; destroying property and then expecting the owners to pick up the tab; and hiring felons to sell guns to legal purchasers. Worse, perhaps, in a wide range of cases, undercover agents specifically instructed individuals to behave in a certain manner — and then arrested and imprisoned them for doing so. This is government at its worst. And it appears to be standard operating procedure.

The series in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted by Jill Fallon at December 13, 2013 10:58 AM | Permalink