Ah, we have the wonderful Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the news, once again. This time, it is courtesy Darrell Issa and his never-ending search for answers from the Obama administration. (The fruitfulness, or lack thereof of Issa’s investigations could be the subject of its own post.) It seems the ATF has been running sting operations to convince criminals to sell them their guns. These operations were done, ostensibly, to provide a way to trace said guns back to their source. Sounds a lot like another failed ATF and DOJ project called Fast and Furious to me. But, I digress.
It appears this ATF operation is just as much of a disaster as Fast and Furious. We are talking about trained ATF agents having several thousand dollars worth of merchandise, including several guns, stolen from their “stores”.
Fox News – Rep. Darrell Issa has subpoenaed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for information about what he calls a “dangerously mismanaged” program, which originally was launched to get crime guns off the street.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Issa chairs, has been looking into complaints about the program for months. Under the operation, ATF agents set up storefronts in multiple cities to try and entice criminals to sell their crime guns, unwittingly, to the government so they could be traced. But their tactics and missteps, including using mentally disabled people, drew criticism.
Details on problems with the program first emerged last January, when The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on missteps in Milwaukee under the program known as Operation Fearless. In that operation, thousands of dollars in merchandise, as well as several guns, were reportedly stolen from ATF agents.
Details of other similar operations in other cities later emerged, including claims that one operation was located across the street from a middle school. House committees are now investigating, on the heels of the controversy over the botched anti-gun trafficking Operation Fast and Furious.
Just so we are clear about this, the ATF is acting just as it has acted when faced with questions about Operation Fast and Furious. They are ignoring and obfuscating any and all requests for Congressional oversight. I would ask who they think they work for, but I’m afraid I already know the answer to that question.
Given the information that we already have, Operation Fearless would have been more aptly named Operation Clueless. Is there no end to the incompetency and secrecy that is inherent in the most transparent administration in American history?