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R L Williams
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ATF does it again!!!

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If this is all true, damn.

You just can't make this up! And the Obama administration has the audacity to want more gun control regulations. Perhaps the first thing that needs to be done is abolish the ATF!!

This from The Weekly Standard, 'The Scrapbook' February 11, 2013

Faster and Furiouser: The Sequel
' A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Mil­waukee's Riverwest neighborhood, of­fering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia," begins an investigative report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the lat­est Keystone Kops operation carried out by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). As you might expect from the agency that carried out the disastrous "Fast and Furious" gunrunning pro­gram along the Mexican border, the store was part of an elaborate sting aimed at getting guns off the streets. The agency arrested some 30 people on low-level criminal charges in con­junction with the operation, but in at least three cases the ATF seems to have identified the wrong suspect. In one case, they charged a man who was in prison during the time he was alleged to have been selling drugs to them. Not only that, he was in prison as a result of a prior arrest made by, yes, the ATF.
The ATF was paying such high prices for guns that at least one defen­dant, Courvoisie Bryant, was buying new guns at a nearby sporting goods store and selling them back to the ATF at a tidy profit. During the operation, three guns were stolen out of the back of an ATF SUV parked nearby—"a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun, a Sig Sauer .40-caliber pistol and an M-4 .223-caliber fully automatic rifle." (Ammunition and an ATF radio were also stolen.) The very next day, Mar­quise Jones, 19, sold the Sig Sauer handgun back to the ATF for $1,400. Jones wasn't arrested for another two months, and, perhaps to save face, none of the charges against him are related to the vehicle break-in. He's merely charged with possession of a stolen handgun. Meanwhile, the other handgun and a fully automatic rifle are still loose on the streets of Milwaukee.
Finally this past October, four men were seen breaking into Fearless Dis­tributing, walking away with $35,000 in taxpayer-purchased goods. The landlord, David Salkin, claims the ATF owes him $15,000 in lost rent, damage from the burglary and an overflowing toilet, and for exceeding their utility allotment. But the ATF agent who signed the lease gave him a fake name and address. After Salkin contacted the ATF to get them to pay up, ATF attorney Patricia Cangemi sent him an email saying, "If you continue to contact the Agents after being so advised your contacts may be construed as harassment under the law. Threats or harassment of a Fed­eral Agent is of grave concern."
The scrapbook has low expecta­tions for the ATF but was nonetheless a bit taken aback by this comment from Michael Bouchard, former as­sistant director for field operations for the agency. "I have never heard of those kinds of problems in an opera­tion," he told the Journal Sentinel. the scrapbook wishes Bouchard a speedy recovery from the coma he must have been in for the last few years, dur­ing which it came to light that the ATF gave Mexican criminal gangs thousands of weapons as part of the botched Fast and Furious operation (named after a 2001 movie in which an undercover cop attempts to infil­trate a criminal ring).
But you know what they say—in­competent law enforcement agents who think they're living out a bad ac­tion flick are doomed to repeat them­selves. Notes the Journal Sentinel, "The operation created a Facebook page and chose a striking logo—a skull with a slew of guns and knives fanned out behind—ripped off from a recent Sylvester Stallone movie, 'The Expendables.'"
If they keep it up, Congress might decide The Expendables is a fitting name for the ATF.
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