A federal appeals court has ruled, despite its previously expressed objections, that a district court was wrong to rule that a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) “reverse sting” operation involving an imaginary cocaine stash house did not involve or constitute “outrageous government conduct.” “We have previously held that similar reverse-sting operations, if [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 4, 2014 3:20 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday November 21, 2014 3:15 pm|
In a case involving a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) “reverse sting” on an imaginary cocaine stash house, federal prosecutors have requested that an appeals court reinstate charges against two men who had drug conspiracy and robbery conspiracy charges dropped after a district judge ruled the government engaged in outrageous misconduct.
However, Judge William A. Fletcher, who was appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton, expressed his disgust with the government’s conduct. “I think the government is wasting resources. I think it is encouraging them to commit crimes they otherwise wouldn’t commit.”
|By: Attaturk 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?
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: MSPB Watch 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.
|By: MSPB Watch Sunday July 22, 2012 5:00 pm|
Dissenters’ Digest takes a look back at news stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability.
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: dakine01 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: