Major ATF incident
Stories here and here. Core event: Vince Cefalu, an ATF supervisor, and lead supervisor on the case, has testified that investigators perjured themselves to get a wiretap order, and that when he objected to this, he was taken off the case.
The article also cites to CleanUpATF.org, a very interesting website with very interesting data. I'd suggest taking a look.
"If you're not cheating, your not trying hard enough." - Old adage
I have heard this phrase from several of my local PD. Even though I respect the department, police have a hard job, and I consider almost all of them to be of good character, punishment won't really solve this problem because the problem is they have too much to do, too many laws to enforce, too much power to do it.
Big fines? Phhf, not my money; I'm just doing my job.
Short of drawing down the Police-Industrial complex by drastically cutting federal funds and legalizing drugs, you'd have to start revoking pensions and get convictions for violating civil rights under color of law to put the fear of the law into them. We're going to end up with "none of the above" and more on top of it all.
Posted by: Jim D. at July 26, 2009 06:17 PM
Look at the ATF mandate: they're revenuers from the Prohibition era, for crying out loud. Why do they still exist?
Something is rotten in that house. Power is never surrendered willingly, and 75 years later I think the point has been established definitively. Best strategy would be to roll the enforcement mandate into the FBI, and shut the ATF down as a distinct entity.
Of course, I think that's the best strategy for the IRS as well. *cough*
Posted by: Hypnagogue at July 26, 2009 09:16 PM
Congress once tried to roll the ATF into the FBI but the FBI didn't want them and managed to squash it.
Posted by: Ride Fast at July 27, 2009 01:51 PM
Don't roll the ATF into the FBI. The FBI does not want them.
Give the FBI authority over felons with guns and MG violations. Fire the ATF retards.
Posted by: Kristopher at July 27, 2009 03:28 PM
I'll second Kristopher: abolish the ATF, roll any necessary authority (not ATF's total current mission and attitude) to FBI but don't retain the ATF personnel. Which I realize would take a lot of political capital; the natural tendency in DC would be to retain the personnel. In an odd way I think we're best off with the status quo rather than re-booting (and re-legitimizing) the ATF, until there's a real chance of abolishing it completely.
Posted by: Dave R. at July 27, 2009 05:30 PM
Also! No argument with Jim D above, but I would add: an intermediate step would be to end asset forfeiture without a criminal conviction, and stop sending the funds to the seizing police agency in any case. Incentives matter.
Posted by: Dave R. at July 27, 2009 05:32 PM
Interesting stuff that will keep you up at night! It's no small wonder we are evolving into lawlessness; every new statute makes us more criminal!
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Posted by: Albert A Rasch at July 27, 2009 07:37 PM
Wow, atf agents committing pergury aging. What a surprise, NOT!!!
Posted by: emdfl at July 28, 2009 04:10 AM
Wow, atf agents committing pergury again(still?). What a surprise, NOT!!!
Posted by: emdfl at July 28, 2009 04:11 AM