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Philadelphia Division of ATF Has New Leader with 20 Years of Federal Law Enforcement Experience

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Twenty-year veteran Essam Rabadi became the new special agent in charge this month, Philly.com reports.

Rabadi, a native of Yonkers, N.Y., became an ATF special agent in 1992, three years after he started off as a local police officer, Philly.com reported. Rabadi supervised the Philadelphia division’s drug-trafficking task force from 2000 to 2005.

Rabadi’s new job requires him to oversee 14 ATF offices in Pennsylvania.

“ATF remains dedicated to identifying, targeting, and investigating violent criminals who prey upon innocent citizens and lessen the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Rabadi said in a statement.

ATF Needs Permanent Director to Usher in Strong Leadership

Reno Gazette-Journal
Editorial

It is an article of faith among many opponents of additional restrictions on gun ownership that the U.S. “doesn’t need new gun laws; it only needs to enforce the ones we’ve already have.”

For the past year, the difficulties of enforcing the nation’s gun laws have been on full display in the Truckee Meadows, where a dispute between the Reno office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Office of the U.S. Attorney has decimated the ATF forces and left local law enforcement agencies scrambling to pick up the slack.

The troubles of the Reno ATF office are evidence of an agency badly in need of strong leadership, so it’s ironic that some of the same members of Congress who have blocked any new gun measures also have blocked the appointment of a permanent director for the agency for nearly seven years now.

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While ATF Task Force Member Remains in Critical Condition, Friends and Colleagues Raise Money

Patrick Hill

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Detroit cop Patrick Hill — part of an ATF violent crime  task force — was critically wounded in a shootout with a murder suspect about four weeks ago on Detroit’s west side.

On Saturday night, while he remained hospitalized in critical condition, suffering from head wounds, his fellow officers and members of the community gathered at the VFW hall in Lincoln Park to raise money for Hill and his family. He and his wife have four children, ages 3 to 16.

Detroit Police Sgt. Michael DiCicco, a close friend of Hill’s who played on a traveling softball team with him, spearheaded the fundraiser on Saturday, and said about 1,000 people bought $20 tickets for the event. People also donated money and bought raffle tickets for donated prizes.

“It was a good haul,” DiCicco said, declining to disclose the total amount of money raised.

He said the money will help the family. The wife, who is a phsycian’s assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital, has taken an unpaid leave to help take care of her husband. DiCicco said she was on hand Saturday night along with other family members.

“She was floored,” he said. “It was overwhelming for her to see all those people come out to support her husband.

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Oft-Maligned ATF Plays Critical Role in Solving Major Crimes Like Boston Bombing

 
 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The ATF gets its share of criticism from Congress and the National Rifle Association.

But the agency still plays a vital role in solving crimes like the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Washington Post reports.

In the past two weeks, ATF agents investigated the Boston Marathon bombings and the fertilized plant explosion in Texas.

“The ATF brings an institutional knowledge of previous bomb incidents around the country and around the world,” Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, told the Post. “In Boston, they tried to reconstruct the device, looking at the component parts and feeding that information into their bomb data center to see what may be similar to other devices used around the world.”

Fed Judge Skeptical of Justice Dept. Bid to Dismiss Lawsuit in Fast and Furious Case


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
A fed judge in D.C. appeared skeptical of the Justice Department’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit centering on the poorly thought out ATF operation known as Fast and Furious, according to the Associated Press. 

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has filed a lawsuit seeking records related to the operation.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson “sharply challenged the department’s claim that federal courts have no jurisdiction in the dispute,” according to the Associated Press.

“I’m a check and balance,” countered Jackson.”The third branch exists.”

 

ATF Nominee B. Todd Jones Faces Inquiry Following Retaliation Claims

  

Todd Jones

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An independent watchdog group for the Justice Department is investigating claims that President Obama’s nominee to head the ATF retaliated against a whistleblower, the Roll Call reports.

B. Todd Jones is accused of suspending an employee in retaliation for lodging a complaint.

Carolyn N. Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, is heading the investigation.

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Report: ATF Fails to Inspect Majority of Licensed Gun Dealers in Past 5 Years

atf file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF has failed to inspect 58% of licensed gun dealers every five years because of understaffing and other obligations, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Justice Department’s inspector general examined data from 2007 to 2012.

The report also criticized the ATF’s failure to track its industry operations investigators.

Most of the blame falls on “insufficient investigator resources,” Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said, the Chronicle reported.

Luck Saves Lives of ATF Agent, Informants After Suspects’ Guns Discharge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An ATF agent and two informants are alive today because the guns of two drug-dealing suspects failed to discharge.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Frederick “Freaky” Crayton, 23 (pictured to the right)  and James “J. Blood” Jones, 21, tried to open fire on the agent and informants in a car but the guns malfunctioned.

Federal prosecutors on Monday charged Crayton and Jones with assault on a federal law enforcement officer with a dangerous or deadly weapon.

“Sometimes things just work out better for us than for them,” ATF spokeswoman Trista Frederick said