Might want to get on that…

By: Tuesday April 16, 2013 1:30 am

Seems like now would be a good time to have a Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in place, since among its primary functions is investigation and regulation of explosives.
Wonder why we don’t?

 

Increasingly Venal Justice Department Settles on Gentle Punishment for Ex-Blackwater Executives

By: Friday February 22, 2013 5:45 pm

Two ex-Blackwater Worldwide executives pled guilty to one count of “failing to make and maintain records related to firearms.” They were sentenced by a federal judge to three years probation, four months house arrest with stipulations and fined five thousand dollars.

To understand how gentle this sentence happens to be and how it clearly shows the United States Justice Department threw the case, Gary Jackson, former president of Blackwater, and William Wheeler Mathews Jr., a former vice president, were indicted on April 16, 2010, on twelve counts and five counts respectively.

A Dissenters’ Digest for July 22–August 4

By: Sunday August 5, 2012 7:00 pm

Is the tide turning on whistleblower rights?

There are signs of hope. First, ATF director B. Todd Jones clarified his remarks on what seemed to be a threat to his employees not to blow the whistle outside the chain of command. Now, Jones is reaffirming ATF employees’ rights under the Whistleblower Protection Act.

On Eve of Contempt Vote, Revelation that Fast and Furious Is a Convenient Fiction

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 12:50 pm

a piece from Fortune magazine reveals that the Fast and Furious investigation was not as it has been portrayed, particularly in conservative media. First of all, it was not a so-called “gun-walking” investigation. It turns out that lax gun laws here made it nearly impossible.

Regardless of Fast and Furious Witch Hunt, Executive Privilege Claims Deserve Scrutiny

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 5:00 pm

I’ve pretty much said what I want to say about the Fast and Furious situation and the looming vote holding Eric Holder in contempt by Darrell Issa. I think it’s fairly clear at this point that ATF letting guns walk to track them was a bad strategy badly executed. That’s why the head of ATF resigned. Where Holder fits into the picture is unclear to me, but certainly Darrell Issa wants him front and center, as a means to embarrass the White House.

Obama’s Multi-Agency War on Medical Marijuana

By: Monday October 10, 2011 11:40 am

When Barack Obama ran for president he promised to respect the states’ medical marijuana laws. But since taking office Obama has been steadily using more and more parts of the federal government to wage a war on medical marijuana.

Late Night FDL: Which Causes the Most Harm to the Most People?

By: Saturday October 8, 2011 8:00 pm

You might have noticed this past week that the Department of Justice has seemingly declared war on Medical Marijuana dispensaries. The first salvo was probably at the end of September when the ATF issued a statement that it is illegal for medical marijuana users to use firearms. Since then, the four California US Attorneys have declared that California Medical Marijuana dispensaries have to close within 45 days:

Late Night FDL: US Attorneys in California Threaten to Prosecute Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By: Friday October 7, 2011 8:00 pm

A pattern is clearly forming. The Obama administration is using multiple federal departments to curb or significantly cripple the medical marijuana in the states were it was legalized by the voters. This recent move is not only another direct violation of Obama’s campaign promise to respect state’s medical marijuana laws, but the Obama administration’s is now more aggressively anti-medical marijuana than even the George W. Bush’ administration ever was.

US Government Helping Arm Mexican Drug Cartels

By: Monday March 7, 2011 9:35 am

The US Government has actually been working to allow hundreds of military-style guns to be smuggled into Mexico to see where they would end up.

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