This post first appeared here on July 31, 2012.
Most Americans are not aware that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has been, literally for decades now, a federal agency without a purpose, utterly duplicating the efforts of other law enforcement agencies like the FBI. There have been furious debates raging within and outside of government about whether it should be abolished outright. Last night, The Blaze made the case that it absolutely should be, and soon.
The Blaze – Congressional investigators released a report today highlighting the culpability of five Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) officials in the Operation Fast and Furious debacle.
The report offered few new revelations and seemed pretty much useless — much like the ATF itself. About the only value of the 211-page document released today is that it clearly spells out the reasons why the ATF’s days should be numbered, revealing a level of gross incompetence, neglect of oversight, and bureaucratic ineptitude that should outrage us all. The two planned follow-on Congressional reports will deal more directly with the Department of Justice’s role and the allegations of a cover-up that continue to plague Attorney General Eric Holder. Continue reading…