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ATF Says Fatal Shooting of Biker By Agents Under Review

portland maine mapBy Allan Lengel and Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

The ATF office in Boston said Tuesday’s incident in Maine in which ATF agents shot and killed a biker who was named in a 27-person federal indictment is under review.

“The shooting’s under review,” James McNally, a spokesman for the ATF office in Boston told the Boston Globe, adding that it was the only fatal shooting by New England-based agents of the bureau in his memory. “There will be a thorough review.”

ATF agents rounding up more than two dozen members of the American Outlaw Association motorcycle gang in a seven-state sweep, killed Thomas “Tomcat” Mayne, 59, the regional treasurer of the group, in a shoot out just south of Portland, Me., authorities said.

Michael Campbell, a spokesman for ATF in Washington, told ticklethewire.com on Tuesday that agents went to the home in the beachside community of Sandy Circle around 6 a.m. to arrest gang members Mayne and Kenneth Chretian, when they were met by gunfire.

Agents returned fire and shot and killed Mayne, who was wanted on a federal warrant, Campbell said. Chretian, who was wanted on a state warrant, was taken into custody, Campbell said.

The gang is a rival of the Hells Angels, authorities said.

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ATF Agents Shoot and Kill Motorcycle Gang Member in Shoot Out in Maine

portland maine mapBy Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON —  ATF agents rounding up more than two dozen members of the American Outlaw Association motorcycle gang in a seven-state sweep,  killed one of the members Tuesday in a shoot out just south of Portland, Me.,  authorities said.

Michael Campbell, a spokesman for ATF in Washington, said agents went to the home in the beachside community of  Sandy Circle  around 6 a.m. to arrest gang members Thomas “Tomcat” Mayne, 59, the regional treasurer, and Kenneth Chretian, when they were met by gunfire.

Agents returned fire and shot and killed Mayne, who was wanted on a federal warrant, Campbell said. Chretian, who was wanted on a state warrant, was taken into custody, Campbell said.

Mayne, the national president and 25 other members and associates of the American Outlaw Association motorcycle gang — a rival of the Hells Angels — were indicted by a federal grand jury on a host of charges including attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion and drug trafficking.

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Texas Inmate Pleads to Offering Undercover ATF Agent $10,000 to Kill His Judge

texas
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 49-year-old Texas inmate pleaded guilty Friday to hiring a hitman —  who ended up being an undercover ATF agent —  to kill a state judge.

Jeffrey Dwayne Harrison pleaded guilty in Lubbock, Tex., to attempted murder-for-hire of Judge Stephen Ellis, 35th Judicial District Court Judge of Brown County, Tex., the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Harrison was incarcerated on drug charges in the Brown County Jail in Texas at the time of the latest crime, authorities said.

According to plea bargaining papers, law enforcement in March learned that  Harrison was looking to hire someone to kill the judge, who was handing his drug case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A confidential informant  introduced Harrison to an undercover ATF agent to carry out the murder. Authorities said Harrison first contacted the undercover agent by phone and said:

“I don’t want to say too much, I was just letting you know the court, it’s 35th Judicial [District], Steve Ellis is my judge, he said you’d get some paperwork rolling for me, so I’m going to shoot you some money so that we can get that rolling right.”

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Washington Post Editorial: “Appalling” That Fed Agencies Unprepared for WMD Attack

terrorismBy The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — “EVERYBODY WOULD be winging it.” That is how one law enforcement official described the likely Justice Department response to an attack involving weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

The remark was included in a critical report by the department’s inspector general, which concluded that the department “is not prepared to fulfill its role . . . to ensure public safety and security in the event of a WMD incident,” including those involving biological, chemical or nuclear weapons.

The only Justice component to receive high marks was the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which the report noted had specific policies in place to deal with a WMD attack and routinely carried out WMD-specific training for agents and other personnel.

Not so the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Agency or the U.S. Marshals Service.

The ATF, for example, had been tapped to coordinate federal law enforcement’s response and its efforts to dovetail with local and state efforts in such matters as sealing off buildings and areas subject to WMD exposure. But the agency has no policies or training focused specifically on reacting to a WMD attack, and many officials within the Justice Department were not aware of the agency’s critical role nor had they worked with any other component, including the FBI, to coordinate efforts in the event of an attack.

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Inspector Gen. Reports Says Justice Dept. and Its Other Agencies (Except for FBI) Not Prepared for Weapons of Mass Destruction Attack

gasoline fireBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The good news is that the FBI “has taken appropriate steps to prepare to respond to a potential” weapons of mass destruction (WMD) attack, according to a just released Justice Department’s Inspector General report.

Now the bad news: “We concluded that the Department of Justice as a whole and components within the Department have not implemented adequate WMD response plans,” the report  says. “As a result, the Department is not fully prepared to provide a coordinated response to a WMD incident.”

In other words, the American people are still more vulnerable than they should  be.

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CNN Report Part II: ATF Agent Claims He’s Being Punished for Questioning Something Illegal

Head of ATF Fires Back at Critical Website

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYqpNyBl21o

ATF Agents Talk About Fear of Retaliation