ATF agent sues agency, and it sues him
Some interesting developments over at Clean Up ATF. An agent had infiltrated the Hell's Angels and Aryan Brotherhood, they managed to find out where he lived, and he and his family got credible violent threats. The agency agreed to put him in the LEOs' version of witness protection and kept screwing up. When he pointed that out, his superior retaliated by withdrawing what little security he did have, and his house promptly was burned to then ground. He sues for breach of contract, ATF moves to dismiss, and loses the motion.
Then, apparently, ATF gets a US Attorney to sue him for having published a book that allegedly damaged its reputation. (I guess the expiration of the Sedition Act limited the remedy).
At the bottom of the page is a link to the court's order denying the motion to dismiss. Skim thru to p. 25, where the court lists the allegations of the complaint. Pretty spectacular.
I'm trying really hard to care when an agency devoted to enforcing unconstitutional laws turns on one of its own, but it's not happening.
Posted by: ARL at February 2, 2010 06:12 PM
I'm roasting pork on a stick.
Posted by: mrmeval at February 3, 2010 05:46 PM
Unlike ARL, I ain't even trying.
Posted by: straightarrow at February 3, 2010 11:58 PM
"ATF gets a US Attorney to sue him for having published a book that allegedly damaged its reputation."
That can't be right, ATF is a government agency and the state has no interest in its reputation. Citizens have a first amendment right to say whatever they want about the government, true or false. Are they actually suing him for disclosing confidential information?
Posted by: dustydog at February 4, 2010 08:49 AM
I didn't know it was possible to damage the reputation of a gang of thugs.
Posted by: SteveP at February 4, 2010 08:59 AM
Although I'm sorry for the guy's family, we need more of this concerned citizen action. Maybe fewer 'people' will join the SS - I mean the ATF.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms - the very definition of a southern party. Or, the proper name of a stop-n-rob down here. Yes, I'm southern. And damn proud, too. When you need rebellion, come see the rebels.
Posted by: Bill Johnson at February 4, 2010 09:04 AM
Looks like another example of Gangsta government. They won’t have to get their hands dirty dealing with this problem as the Angels or AB will probably tie up those embarrassing loose ends.
Posted by: BobInVegas at February 4, 2010 09:41 AM
Bill Johnson, I'm sorry, but I cannot take your comment seriously. Please present your troll license and most-recent test scores so that I can verify that your professional certification is current.
Posted by: DensityDuck at February 4, 2010 10:37 AM
They should sue Janet Reno instead, but I guess the statute of limitations has expired.
Posted by: Shelby at February 4, 2010 10:42 AM