Untouchable: The tradition continues for the ATF and not like in the movies.

Imagine if you will that you worked for a large company and were issued both a company car and company-provided credit card. Then imagine what would happen if you decided to use that company car to drive to a casino, to use that company-provided credit card to get a cash advance to buy chips, and you did it all on company time.You would likely be fired and perhaps even prosecuted for stealing from your employer. Or, at least, that is how it should work in the real world.
However, if you were a BATFE Special Agent and you did this, then you just might get promoted to Special Agent in Charge of a Field Division and move into the Senior Executive Service. According to the summary report from the DOJ’s Office of Inspector General posted to CleanUpATF.org, that is exactly what happened.

Source: No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money: Malfeasance Rewarded

ATF needs to be disbanded, the building demolished and whatever ground remains, covered in salt. Since I’ve been following their deeds in the 90s, I have not seen another agency get away with so much without any consequences.

Earlier this year, there was the big scandal of the FBI’s forensic hair analysis and thousands of cases are now up for review for basically making stuff up. They are babes compared to the crap that ATF has been pulling through the years and allowed to get away. And don’t get me started on loss weapons, ammunition and laptops.

Like the Volstead Act, ATF needs to go the way of the Prohibition-Era gangsters: To the history books.

14 Replies to “Untouchable: The tradition continues for the ATF and not like in the movies.”

  1. Oh come on… I’m sure they’re a bunch of good guys who mean well and just want to do the right thing! Shucks by golly! Im sure the average field agent doesn’t know his agency has an anti-rights agenda and purpose. I’m sure the average guy or gal in ATF can work there twenty years or more and have no idea what the higher ups are doing. Why, Fast and Furious? I’m sure nobody, outside a few guys the Senior Executive Service, had even a hint about it. When Brian Terry was killed, I’m sure that ALL the field agents said in unison, “Shucks! Lookie there! That don’t make no sense, why’d they do that?”

    Oh, and Waco? That only happened because those damned civilians didn’t roll over and piss on themselves like they were supposed to.




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    1. Waco happened because one of the initial 4 ATF agents was surprised by a toddler, and accidentally shot his fellow agents, and the toddler. The rest was covering up.




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  2. Don’t know the details here, but my experience has been that a street agent who does that is fired, but an ASAC or above gets rewarded (if he knows the right people). I saw it happen in the FBI, the old INS, the old Customs Service, ICE (the new INS/Customs Service), the old Treasury ATF, and probably a few others I can’t remember.
    In fact, when the U.S. Marshals Service disciplined and fired several top people at one office after a fatal shooting that arose from egregious policy violations, everyone I knew said, “Good for them. In my agency it would have been swept under the rug.”
    In that way, the G is like private industry: One rule for the peons and another for the CEO.




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    1. This guy knew somebody. You don’t go from Special Agent to SAC without at least two intervening steps. He had to be at least an ASAC to start with.
      I’m not saying all Special Agents are gods, but they’re not all dogs either.




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  3. A good Chianti Reserva in the same category as explosives and firearms? I dunno, I associate a Chianti Riserva with pappardelle al sugo and roasts.




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      1. But calling a good wine alcohol is like calling great pasta “starch”… (or carbs).

        Plus you forgot the “explosives” so to do it up right after the good cigar and brandy… fireworks!




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  4. I think it is funny how the government really think we all buy these cover up stories, they most think we are all liberals.Like Jeff would say,if you believe the government,here’s your sign you might be a liberal.




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