and screwed whistleblowers:
...Based on court records, police reports and dozens of interviews, the paper details how the ATF used "rogue" tactics — including providing underage youths with alcohol and allowing them to smoke pot — to run storefront gun and drug stings across the country.
In our estimation the most explosive allegation made in the report is that the agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives used mentally disabled people to run their stings.
And no, they don't mean the agents; they're morally and ethically retarded, but not disabled.
And yeah, NPR is reporting this; bet it caused huge wailing and gnashing for them to report on one of their favorite agencies being dirtbags.
From the report itself:
Among the findings:
■ ATF agents befriended mentally disabled people to drum up business
and later arrested them in at least four cities in addition to
Milwaukee. In Wichita, Kan., ATF agents referred to a man with a low IQ
as "slow-headed" before deciding to secretly use him as a key cog in
their sting. And agents in Albuquerque, N.M., gave a brain-damaged drug
addict with little knowledge of weapons a "tutorial" on machine guns,
hoping he could find them one.
■ Agents in several cities opened undercover gun- and drug-buying
operations in safe zones near churches and schools, allowed juveniles to
come in and play video games and teens to smoke marijuana, and provided
alcohol to underage youths. In Portland, attorneys for three teens who
were charged said a female agent dressed provocatively, flirted with the
boys and encouraged them to bring drugs and weapons to the store to
sell. (a professional .gov prostitute; wonder if she got a bonus?)
■ As they did in Milwaukee, agents in other cities offered sky-high
prices for guns, leading suspects to buy firearms at stores and turn
around and sell them to undercover agents for a quick profit. In other
stings, agents ran fake pawnshops and readily bought stolen items, such
as electronics and bikes — no questions asked — spurring burglaries and
theft. In Atlanta, agents bought guns that had been stolen just hours
earlier, several ripped off from police cars.
■ Agents damaged buildings they rented for their operations, tearing
out walls and rewiring electricity — then stuck landlords with the
repair bills. A property owner in Portland said agents removed a parking
lot spotlight,damaging her new $30,000 roof and causing leaks, before
they shut down the operation and disappeared without a way for her to
Because being an ATF agent means never taking responsibility for screwing people over.
From their trying to report on the miserable excuse for LE that started this:
The ATF has refused to release its internal investigation into the
failures of its flawed Fearless Distributing sting in Milwaukee. The
report has been sought by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and members of
Congress since its completion earlier this year. Because being BATFE means telling Congress to go away and paying no price for it.
The internal review was launched after a Journal Sentinel
investigation revealed numerous foul-ups in the operation. For nine
months, the ATF also has refused to provide any documents to the Journal
Sentinel, which has filed a dozen requests under the federal Freedom of
Information Act, including the cost of the operations and rules on
agents keeping guns in their vehicles.
In late November, Department of Justice attorney Anne D. Work
affirmed the ATF's position that its entire internal report on the
closed Milwaukee operation should be kept secret and not released to the
public. Work wrote that releasing the investigation "could reasonably
be expected to interfere with (law) enforcement proceedings."
"You expect us to let the peasants know what we did? That's not allowable!"
And Bloody-Hands Cummings will sit there and defend every bit of this. And insist it's just nasty Republicans causing problems for the noble agency. Because nothing counts but supporting Holder and Obama, and helping an agency that forgot that oath decades ago.