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Will Fast And Furious Controversy Shut Down The ATF For Good?

July 8, 2011 by  

Will Fast And Furious Controversy Shut Down The ATF For Good?

The controversy surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) plan to allow firearms to cross the Mexican border in the hope of tracking down drug lords, continues to haunt the agency. The  White House has said it will not comment while the official investigations into the operation are being carried out by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Justice Department Inspector General, but rumors are circulating that the embattled agency could be brought down in the aftermath.

“Now, with ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson hobbled by the scandal over Operation Fast and Furious and by indications he’s at odds with senior Justice Department officials, many are saying a breakup of the storied agency could just be a matter of time,” POLITICO reported, citing interviews with “former ATF employees and advocates on both sides of the gun control debate.”

The real issue with ATF is that it lacks a permanent Director, the article read: “The agency… has been without a permanent director for nearly five years.” Appointees to the position that need be approved by the Senate are not, as each has been heavily opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

“I think something like (a break-up of the agency) is likely to happen,” Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence told the news site. “Unless they take some action to give it a director, it’s inevitable it’s going to have to get to that stage. It cannot continue the way it’s going now… Right now, ATF is so weak it’s amazing.” Helmke went on to say that Congress seems to “like a weak ATF.”

The Congressional investigation has revealed the agency’s lack of communication with other, related government agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Melson testified that ATF did not know that some of the Operation’s targets had dealings with FBI agents.

“We have very real indications from several sources that some of the gun trafficking ‘higher ups’ that the ATF sought to identify were already known to other agencies and may have been paid as informants,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote Tuesday in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the article reported.

“I don’t think (ATF) should exist. The investigations should be subsumed within the FBI, and the licensing could be done by Treasury, which is a tax-collecting agency,” Jim Kessler of Third Way, a centrist Democratic group, told POLITICO.

 

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  • Raggs

    The AFT is a tenicle of oblama so it will not go until he goes first. And then let’s hope that he is stuck by his own corruption and he faces LAW.

    • http://certus-certusblogspot.com RAYMOND HARBIN

      RAGGS– WHY CAN’T CONGRESS SPELL “I M P E A C H M E N T” IN BOLD BLACK LETTERS AND PUT IT ON OBAMA’S BULLETIN BOARD?? AND IN HIS TOILET, JUST ABOVE THE TOILET TISSUE? AND ON HIS BEDROOM CEILING JUT ABOVE HIS BED? HE WILL BE KICKED OUT IN NOVEMBER 2012–BUT CAN OUR BEATEN AND PUNISHED NATION SURVIVE UNTIL THEN?? SUPPOSE, THAT AFTER HIS DEFEAT BUT BEFORE JANUARY ONE– HE DECLARES AN EXECUTIVE ORDER(I THINK A “PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED DUCK” IS THE TECHNICAL TERM.) MAKING OUR REPUBLIC A COLONY OF IRAN? AND SOME OF OUR SENIOR REPUBLICANS WILER SURELY SAY, NOW, NOW, NEWLY ELECTED– NO BIG PROBLEM, NO PANIC– WE CAN JUST PAY IRAN A FEW MEGAGAZILLION DOLLARS RANSOM FOR THE RETURN OF OUR COUNTRY; BUT WE MUST MAINTAIN OUR FAWNING COMPOSURE, FOR AFTER ALL WE OWE HIM THE RESPECT OF HIS OFFICE, EVEN THOUGH HE TOTALLY DESPISES EVERY LAST MICROGRAM OF OUR FORMER REPUBLIC– LET’S NOT RAISE OUR VOICES AND CREATE AN UNTIDY SCENE IN THE HALLOWED HALLS OF CONGRESS. OUR KIND AND VERY INTELLIGENT, ACROSS-THE–AISLE, REPRESENTATIVE, PELOSI IS INTRODUCING A BILL THAT SHE SAYS MAY ALLOW THE JUSTICE SEEKING COUNTRY OF IRAN TO LET US PAY THE RANSOM ON THE INSTALLMENT PLAN.THE BILL IS A BIT LENGTHY–SOME 8,000 PAGES, AND SHE ADVISES CONGRESS TO PASS THE BILL, AND THEN, SHE WILL EXPLAIN THE CONCESSIONS WE MUST MAKE TO IRAN IN GRATITUDE FOR THEIR STUNNING FORBEARANCE.

  • TIME

    We can only ( HOPE for CHANGE ) like that, lets also HOPE for the CHANGE that the DOJ also gets the AXE!

    Afterall its always nice to think positve now and then, afterall thats some kind of Hope & Change.
    Hey perhaps ever the IRS and the FED will get shut down too, and countless thousands of laws repealed ~~
    Now thats some kind of HOPE & CHANGE we can all believe in.

    • Raggs

      DITTO.

  • JimH

    The Obama adminisration will just find a flunky scapegoat to put on trial for show.
    Then it will be the status quo again.
    Shut down the ATF, we couldn’t get that lucky.
    They may get rid of it and bring it back later under a different name.

  • vicki

    The argument has been made in the past that a “poll tax” on the “right” to vote is unconstitutionally burdensom. There is even an amendment (24) to address the problem.

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0383_0663_ZO.html

    So why then is it acceptable to tax or charge fees for permission to exercise the right to keep (means posses) and bear (means to carry) arms (means tools like guns and knives and swords etc.)

  • Raggs

    I’m so glad that our system funds all of this BS corrupt BS entitlement programs..

  • s c

    I don’t mean to be a pessimist, but while the idea of shutting down the ATF sounds good, I suspect it is too well ‘protected’ to do that. That is, this crap started under the direction of [guess who?] Motormouth Joe Biden.
    Now, any guess as to how far anyone will want to push the idea of bringing down old Joe? Please remember that you’re dealing with people who are above the law, and they don’t take kindly to being treated like mere mortals.
    In case you don’t believe me about old Motormouth, look it up. Progressives, your day is coming, and it won’t be pretty. You have EARNED it.

  • Melissab

    Let’s face it, they will never agree! The Dems are to arrogant to listen to anyone but the voice in their own head, which I might add is from a brian that’s wired in an f…k up way…The issues we face with Republicans are standing up for our needs and constitutional rights..

    Again, they will never agree and in that puts us stuck in the middle while our country is destroyed by idiots who don’t have a clue…

  • http://certus-certusblogspot.com RAYMOND HARBIN

    WELL SINCE OBAMA (AS HE SO DUTIFULLY TOLD US AND TOLD US AND TOLD US), PERSONALLY SHOT BIN LADIN– MAYBE HE WILL ABSENT MINDEDLY CLAIM HE DROVE THE GUN TRUCK THAT **ALMOST** CAPTURED TEN MILLION MEXICAN DRUG LORDS, BUT BUSH MADE A MISTAKE IN 2008 THAT SPOILED OBAMA’S FUTURE, GENIUS PLAN.

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