Remember Fearless Distributing, the ATF’s plan to create crime in Milwaukee? Or the score of other crime-creating ATF programs in the last year or so? Apparently just like the ATF’s Gunwalker Operations like Fast and Furious and Castaway, they’re just going to go ahead and never answer any congressional inquiries and simply expect to never be held accountable.
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.
Issa, R-Calif., claimed this week that the ATF has stonewalled him by withholding documents and shown a “complete lack of cooperation.”
“I have no choice today but to issue the enclosed subpoena,” he wrote to ATF Director B. Todd Jones. “… The time for hollow promises is over.”
Yup, now is the time for coverup and the media to carry the Obama administration’s water. For those who say FOX is a conservative news outlet, it’s worth reading how this story is written when it comes to the ATF’s actions.
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.
If you’re not familiar with it, read the Journal-Sentinel article. There aren’t “missteps” that drew criticism. The entire operation is based around the premise of creating crime in order to say they fought crime.
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.
Again, “missteps”, like this was Chevrolet launching a car with wipers that didn’t work.
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.
And here we get to a big one, and a whopper that somehow exists across the media. Operation Fast and Furious was not botched. It did just what it set out to do. It armed the cartels, got guns to the cartels, blamed American gun stores, and got people killed… and when F&F guns were found at murder scenes, ATF supervisers were practically “giddy” (in the words of whistleblower John Dodson).
There was no “botched” about it. Fast and Furious worked as intended – just the intentions are so insane that people refuse to accept it for what it was.
When congress began questioning whodunnit, the local ATF guys like Bill Newell gave non-answers, the higher-ups gave no answers, and the paper trail consisted of the DOJ issuing redacted blacked-out non-documents to congress while shredding the real thing:
The FOX story continues, but with watered-down treatment again:
ATF agents, though, have defended the storefront program, saying lawmakers overstate the problem.
“Putting this into context, there were deficiencies with the storefront operations, but there have been many successes and it still remains a viable technique when managed well,” ATF Deputy Director Tom Brandon told lawmakers recently.
The operation in Milwaukee, despite its flaws, resulted in dozens of arrests.
“There were deficiencies?” The ATF defends it, despite it being a crime-creating program, because people will report it without asking why, and without simply restating what it did and how it did it.
Dozens of arrests are meaningless as a statistic against crime, and dozens of arrests when a fedgov agency is off creating crime being used as a defense is horrible.
It’d be like if the Army said of the My Lai Massacre, “Putting this into context, there were missteps, but we got a body count of 347 probable enemy, so it still remains a viable technique”.
Again, keep in mind this is FOX that’s writing the bland media line about what the ATF did. Other outlets simply don’t report it at all.
The only reason this stuff has continued is because the press refuses to do their job. And the few hard-nosed real reporters left are left hung out to dry for doing their jobs.