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.
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.