Issa: The ATF is using “rogue” tactics to wage a “war on guns”

posted at 6:01 pm on January 13, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The definitively not-”botched” but certainly ill-conceived Operation Fast & Furious isn’t the only instance of gun-related sketchiness and/or idiocy exhibited by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives under the Obama administration (and as for sketchy versus idiotic, we have yet to fully discern which, since the Obama administration is still deliberately refusing to tell us); in December, Allahpundit detailed the bizarre report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the ATF’s use of weirdly small-beans and wildly questionable methods to stage generally ineffective storefront stings in six cities across the country, sometimes taking advantage of the mentally ill to do so. Last week, a group of Congressional Republicans sent the Obama administration a letter slamming their “almost unimaginable” tactics, and House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa is planning to keep on keepin’ on in pursuing the ATF’s very peculiar behavior as an Oversight agenda item in 2014:


This is Fast & Furious revisited. You finally have a confirmed director, Todd Jones, who was supposed to clean up this operation. And instead, what you see in many of these cases, they’re continuing, they’re continuing to have this be what’s called a “rogue organization.” But I think for the members of the ATF, I want to make sure I make one thing clear: The ATF never acts alone. The FBI and the U.S. attorneys in each of these areas, political appointees in the case of the U.S. attorney, they work hand in hand. So this is not something where you say, “well, it’s a few agents,” as they tried to say in Fast & Furious. This is the president, President Obama’s Department of Justice, that continues to support these sting operations, these “rogue operations” as they’re called, that lead to harm in communities. … I think what we have here once again is a war on guns, if you will, that causes them to take these bold moves, bold and reckless moves, because they hate guns so much.


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I’m not taking your guns…the ATF is.

BobMbx on January 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Yet Holder and obama still roam free. No arrests. No firings. Quit wasting our money, Issa.

Lanceman on January 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I really don’t want to hear another damn word out of Issa until he *achieves* something to show for his years of investigations.

Midas on January 13, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I think somebody needs to investigate why Darrell Issa never concludes an investigation or dishes out subpoenas.

DanMan on January 13, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I’d like to think this guy really has bitten down and won’t let go. That someone is being removed from their office and transported to a cell over all this, very soon.

I’d like to trust him to follow through.

But I just don’t see it.

PXCharon on January 13, 2014 at 6:22 PM

As Chair of House Oversight he has nearly unlimited subpoena power….

aquaviva on January 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM

I think somebody needs to investigate why Darrell Issa never concludes an investigation or dishes out subpoenas.

DanMan on January 13, 2014 at 6:19 PM

What, you want more than simply “raising awareness?”

arnold ziffel on January 13, 2014 at 6:24 PM

“Under the radar”./Obama.

OldEnglish on January 13, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Obama to his cabinet members: “Uh-oh, Issa is investigating us again….”
Silence.
Then the room bursts out with 20 minutes uncontrollable side-shaking, rolling on the floor, hilarious laughing.

albill on January 13, 2014 at 6:38 PM

I think somebody needs to investigate why Darrell Issa never concludes an investigation or dishes out subpoenas.

DanMan on January 13, 2014 at 6:19 PM

He’d never survive a primary if challenged on that very point.

Daryl “Chicken Little” Issa.

BobMbx on January 13, 2014 at 6:40 PM

That an administration can actively thumb its nose at those who have been elected to oversee their operations is very troublesome. holder and company are simply laughing at Issa, fully aware there’s nothing he will do other than to continue asking for compliance to his requests.

What have you wrought, Mr. Issa? What subpoenas have been written? How long has it been now? When our system of checks and balances can this easily be ignored, and simply “run out the clock” by turning over nothing until the administration is out of office, then we have a major problem.

It’s time to remind them that they work for us, not the other way around.

rightside on January 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM

*yawwwnn*

Dime IV on January 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM

No wonder the Obysmal administration was trying to damage James Rosen:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/13/benghazi-transcripts-top-defense-officials-briefed-obama-on-attack-not-video-or/

The timeline tells a different story than he “narrative” that Obysmal (Jarrett) and Hillary were trying to spin.

onlineanalyst on January 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM

…send another stern letter to them…Mr. Facetime!

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I just wish Issa and Co. would vanish. Nothing but talk and waste of our tax money. On each and every so called “investigation”. F&F, Benghazi, IRS, HusseinCare, whatever.

NOTHING EVER HAPPENS TO CROOKS. NOTHING.

Issa, just shut the hell up already and go away. Since you can’t seem to do anything, anyway.

riddick on January 13, 2014 at 7:51 PM

The ATF should be disbanded and eliminated.

TX-96 on January 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

“This is Fast & Furious revisited.”

So I guess your committee will flush it down the investigative black hole, revisited.

Akzed on January 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM

This is the president, President Obama’s Department of Justice, that continues to support these sting operations, these “rogue operations” as they’re called, that lead to harm in communities. … I think what we have here once again is a war on guns, if you will, that causes them to take these bold moves, bold and reckless moves, because they hate guns so much.

Issa and a stopped (analog) clock.

ATF has been staffed with foaming-at-the-mouth hoplophobes since Nixon created it in 1969. (I know this from first-hand experience, fortunately not as a “target”.)

Their “rogue” tactics are their standard tactics, and the main reason no LEO in the country wants to work with them. (They have a talent for blowing major cases that borders on the supernatural. Few of their “case preparation” procedures survive the Court of Appeals.)

They rely on triple-digit “case clearance” figures achieved by hauling law-abiding gun owners into court on spurious charges and/or entrapment to justify their funding by Congress. The fact that most of the Democratic delegation shares their desire to eat gun owners with fava beans and a nice Chianti helps, too.

ATF is a creature of the “progressive” culture. If Issa thinks that this President, this new ATF Director, or the majority in the Senate want ATF’s budget cut, its powers restricted, or indeed any sort of oversight on its actions, I want to know what color the sky is on his planet.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 13, 2014 at 8:41 PM

A series of serious, only tangentially related, inquiries to the Hotairians.

1. Why is 22LR STILL unavailable, but I can buy 1000 rounds of 9mm or 223 without a blink, even at Walmart? I can’t teach a 10 year old to shoot with .223.

2. Why does no-one make a semi in .17 HMR. I can buy the same in .223 for under $1k. Or a Marlin 60 for $150.

3. If your answer to number 2 is there would be no market for it, why did Winchester introduce their .17 WSM rimfire?

This wouldn’t be happening under anyone other than O’bozo. IMHO

WryTrvllr on January 13, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Why don’t we call Mr. Issa’s office and ask him these questions? Venting on the internet does nothing.

Vince on January 13, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Why don’t we call Mr. Issa’s office and ask him these questions? Venting on the internet does nothing.

Vince on January 13, 2014 at 9:46 PM

I disagree. Mr Issa doesn’t give a damn. Witness Fast and Furious. AlGore’s creation, however, is what they feel the need to control. Thanks Vince.

WryTrvllr on January 13, 2014 at 9:49 PM

So, is anyone counting?
How many rounds of congresscritter bloviating theatrics where NOTHING actually happens to the government criminals does this make?
Issa is apparently nothing more than a circus sideshow barker that nobody really pays any attention to.

dentarthurdent on January 13, 2014 at 10:22 PM

What is Issa’s ratio of Subpoena’s issue to those responded to?
If it isn’t 1:1 then he isn’t using his powers to any meaningful degree.
I like the funding issue … THAT has ‘You WILL pay attention to me’ written all over it. Cut the ATF budget by 10% per annum for 5 years.
BATFE is known as a total ‘Clusterfark’ organization. Anyone who is substandard/discard from consideration in other Treasury positions is taken-up by ATF.

Missilengr on January 14, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I would like to make a substitution of Trey Gowdy for Issa. Can we do that?

magicbeans on January 14, 2014 at 1:18 PM