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ATF Agent Blasts Handling of Botched ‘Fast and Furious’


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Dodson said he’s barely hanging onto his job.

The ATF agent blew the whistle on the botched gun trafficking scheme, “Fast and Furious,” and is the author of “The Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow the Whistle And Expose Fast and Furious.”

Dodson said not enough people were held accountable.

“Nobody’s ever explained where this started from, who thought this was a good idea, and how no one’s been held accountable for it.”

For more on his story, click on the video above.

New ATF Director B. Todd Jones Has a Plate Full of Challenges

Todd Jones

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Over the years, ATF, like other federal agencies, has had its scandals and controversies and challenges getting respect. It has battled the National Rifle Association, had to deal with morale issues and public criticism from within.

NPR’s Carrie Johnson reports that the agency’s new leader B. Todd Jones,the former U.S. Attorney from Minnesota, is now taking on the challenge of steering the ship to calm waters.

After years of having failing to get a permanent director, Todd is now the permanent guy.

“There’s a sort of collective sigh of relief that not another person’s going to show up here for a bit,” Jones tells. “You know, they had five acting directors in the seven-year span since they made it subject to Senate confirmation, which is difficult for any organization to build momentum or have continuity.”

He’s had to deal with the fallout of the failed “Fast and Furious” undercover operation.

Johnson writes:

By all accounts since then, Jones has cleaned house at the ATF. He replaced virtually all of the top managers at headquarters and put nearly two dozen new agents in charge of field offices around the country. Over the next five years, some of the ATF’s most experienced agents — about 40 percent of the workforce — will be retiring. So the time to focus on the future and groom young talent, Jones says, is now.

To read more click here.

 

ATF Supervisor Indicted for Theft

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Things aren’t looking good for James Contreras, who was an ATF supervisor in Seattle.

The Seattle PI reports that Contreras, 51, has been indicted on charges that he stole $19,700 from ATF from funds that were earmarked for undercover agents to buy guns and for informants.

The feds allege that he faked records to cover up the theft.

The paper reports that authorities allege that the crimes took place between March 2010 to April 2012.

Prosecutors claim the thefts began in March 2010 and continued through April 2012.

 

Veteran ATF Agent, Wife Dead in Shooting Possibly Motivated by Domestic Problems

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A veteran ATF agent and his wife are dead following a shooting at a home in Chantilly, Va., CBS-DC reports.

Killed were 46-year-old Paul Parisi and his wife, 47-year-old Jannine Parisi, who were found in their home after a report of gunshots just after 5 a.m.

Police have not yet divulged details but said the shooting was domestic-related.

Not injured were two teenage girls inside the home.

According to CBSDC, Paul Parisi worked with ATF since 1993 and was most recently a special agent assigned to the Washington Field Division in the arson and explosives division.

His wife taught physical education at a middle school, CBSDC reported.

ATF Tries to Boost Low Morale By Building Store at Washington D.C. Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It’s no secret that ATF employees are struggling with morale problems.

In hopes of turning around that morale, the federal government is opening a store inside ATF headquarters in Washington D.C., Townhall reports.

“Currently the Office of the Director is in the process of coordinating the opening of an ATF store, which will be located in ATF HQ,” ATF Chief of Strategic Management Ron Humphries wrote in an email to employees on October 28, 2013. “The mission of the store is to serve current and former employees of ATF, Task Force Officers, and family members by promoting the general welfare and morale of the employees of ATF by providing, encouraging and supporting social, educational, and recreational activities of interest to its employees. In the coming weeks, more information will follow about the ATF HQ store.”

It’s unclear exactly what would be sold in the store.

Not everyone is sold on the idea.

“At a time when our Bureau is plagued by years of mismanagement, lack of oversight and abuses directed at its agents, it’s very disheartening to the field that headquarter priorities have nothing to do with correcting the broken policies and practices or even relate to strengthening our mission capability,” ATF Special Agent and whistleblower Vince Cefalu told Townhall. “The best they can come up with is selling ATF SWAG. For a Bureau suffering such huge divisions between the field and management, this does nothing to rebuild confidence in our leadership by either the agents or the American public.”

ATF’s Undercover Hit Men Cause Big Problems for Would-Be Criminals

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Angry at a cheating spouse or jerk boss?

While most of us would handle our issues without violence, others look for “hit men” for payback.

Enter undercover ATF agents, who bust people who pay to have someone killed or injured, GQ reports.

Reporter Jeanne Marie Laskas tagged along with one agent, who took orders to cut up a man’s ex-girlfriend’s face. As the agent appears to go along with the plan, feds swoop in and bust the customer.

Was ‘Hero’ ATF Agent Too Cold After Shooting a Bronx Weapons Dealer?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An ATF agent hailed as a hero for fatally shooting a Bronx weapons dealer is suing the federal agency because he was taken off full duty after the incident, the New York Post reports.

Adam Bruzzese, of Long Island, said his bosses at ATF were convinced something was wrong with him because they believed he didn’t show enough emotional reaction.

“Although Mr. Bruzzese appreciated the gravity of the on-the-job shooting, he did not experience any psychological, psychosomatic or emotional difficulties and he was willing and able to return to work immediately,” the suit states.

But a boss “questioned Mr. Bruzzese’s mental and emotional stability because Mr. Bruzzese did not seek further counseling, did not take time off from work and was supposedly not acknowledging the seriousness of the incident,” the suit says.

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Detroit Cop on ATF Task Force Dies From Wounds Suffered in April Shootout

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Detroit cop Patrick Hill — part of a federal task force– who was critically wounded in a shootout with a murder suspect in early April on the city’s west side, died Saturday, a source tells Deadline Detroit.

Hill got into a shootout while trying to arrest a murder suspect. The suspect was killed by law enforcement. Another officer was wounded during the shootout, but was treated and released from the hospital within 24 hours of the shooting.

Details about his death were sketchy.

Originally, back in April, it was reported that Hill was shot in the head multiple times. Reports later came out that he may have been hit by shrapnel or metal fragments, possibly from a car that was hit by bullets.

Hill was a highly respected cop on the task force.