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Justice Department Memo Suggests Leakers Face Firing Squad?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Leak information and you face a firing squad from the Justice Department.

So suggests a page of the ATF’s online manual, some employees complained, reports the Washington Times.

With the recent mass shootings and leaks, some ATF employees were offended, saying the agency already fosters a hostile environment for whistleblowers.

ATF authorities said the photo was a light-hearted joke.

Issa and Grassley Concerned About ATF Blocking Book by Whistleblower on “Fast and Furious”

John Dodson

By TAL KOPAN
Politico

WASHINGTON — Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Thursday demanding more information about the agency’s decision to prohibit the agent who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious from publishing his book.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member, who have been outspoken critics of the failed gun-walking operation, wrote to the director of the ATF that the rejection of Special Agent John Dodson’s book was “disconcerting.”

“We find it disconcerting that ATF denied Special Agent Dodson’s request merely because the content of his book might be uncomfortable and embarrassing to some within your organization,” the lawmakers wrote. “This position does not reflect the commitment you made in your confirmation hearing to be supportive of whistleblowers in your role as director of the ATF.”

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ATF Agent, Whistleblower Criticizes Agency for Blocking His Book from Being Published

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The ATF’s reason for blocking his book about the botched and deadly Operation Fast and Furious is “absurd,” the author said, the Dallas Morning News reports.

John Dodson, an ATF special agent who blew the whistle on the operation, said the book reveals important information about missteps in the agency.

“I think what happened, what we were doing, what the agency was doing, the Phoenix field division, operation itself, I think that is what is harmful for morale,” Dodson said. “I think that is what is a detriment to not only our relationships with other federal agencies, but our relationships with the American people and their trust in us.”

The AFT maintains it has the right to bar Dodson from writing the book “for any reason” because he’s a federal employee.

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FBI, ATF Probe Attacks on Arkansas’ Power Grid

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and ATF are investigating what appears to be three attacks on Arkansas’ power grid over the past six weeks, THV 11 reports.

“We believe that anyone that intentionally brings down power lines could potentially put themselves at risk and certainly the public at risk,” said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kimberly Brunell. “Though we remain confident that we will identify the person or persons responsible for these incidents we are enlisting the public’s help to be our eyes and to be our ears. We take threats to our power grid very seriously.”

In one incident, the scofflaws cut down two power poles, knocking out power to roughly 10,000 people, THV reported.

ATF Misplaced 420M Cigarettes, Misuses $162M in Profits

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Bad news continues to follow ATF.

This time, the federal agency lost 420 million cigarettes, misused $162 million in profits from stings and conducted dozens of unauthorized investigations of illegal tobacco sales, the inspector general said, according to the Associated Press.

Investigators were unable to locate 2.1 million cartons because of shoddy documentation and poor oversight over the span of 20 tobacco stings, according to the AP.

The audit also found that the ATF gave a confidential informant $4.9 million from the sale of $15 million in cigarettes.

“ATF’s guidance regarding churning investigations lacked breadth and specificity, and managers at ATF headquarters as well as managers and special agents at ATF field offices often disregarded it,” Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz wrote in the 53-page audit.

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Eighth Case Dropped in ATFs Botched Gun-Buying Sting in Milwaukee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The ATF’s botched gun-buy sting in Milwaukee took another turn for the worse, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Karen Loebel said two more cases related to the sting need to be dismissed because the lead agent cannot be called as a witness.

The case is the eighth of 18 that Loebel dismissed.

It’s unclear why the lead agents can’t be called as a witness because of “the manner in which I received the information,” Loebel said.

The cases stem from a sting that went seriously wrong. Guns were stolen. A brain-damaged man was promoted to set up drugs in the case. And evidence was lost

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ATF, Already Struggling to Show Relevancy, Snubbed in Navy Yard Shooting Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although the ATF is tasked with tracing guns used in crimes, the agency was virtually left out of the Navy Yard shooting investigation, CBS News reports.

That task was given to the FBI, which located the store where the gun was purchased within a few hours of the shooting.

It was unusual to leave out the ATF, CBS News reported.

“I have never seen an instance where ATF had not been relied upon to trace the gun,” said Mike Bouchard, a former ATF assistant director for field operations. “I have never heard of a situation like that.”

ATF spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun was vague in a statement.

“ATF is the sole federal agency that is authorized to conduct firearms tracing,” Colbrun stated. The ATF’s National Tracing Center “is authorized to trace a firearm for a law enforcement agency involved in a bona fide criminal investigation.”

 

ATF Team Who Sought Boston Marathon Bomber a Part of D.C. Shooting Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A full-scale tactical team for the ATF, which took part in the capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was activated to investigate the U.S. Navy Yard shooting in Washington D.C., the Boston Globe reports.

The team, based in D.C., is among five regional ATF tactical groups stationed across the nation.

The team was critical in the manhunt and capture of Tsareav, who was captured inside a backyard boat in Watertown.

The Boston Globe wrote that team specializes in covert operations, high-risk surveillance, crisis negotiations, arrest and search warrants and home invasions investigations.