Southwest Border: What a Joke
Posted 23 September 2010 - 08:27 PM
I was one of the fortunate chosen ones to participate in the GRIT Detail fiasco in 2009. One day after completing a dope/gun buy I was walking into the office with the recently purchased contraband to process evidence and write my reports. I walked past the ASAC, who was leaving for the day to go home in his suit and tie. It was 1645 hrs. He glanced at me and saw I was wearing jeans and a t shirt. You know the appropriate attire to wear when working in the dangerous neighborhoods targeting the worst of the worst dope and gun gangs. Any hooooo I could tell by his condescending glare that he did not appreciate my attire. He is one of the many SAC's and ASAC's who think that agents should wear suit and tie when doing u/c buys.
Well, fast forward a week ahead and I am down in Texas for four months on the GRIT detail. One day notice to inform me that I was going and leave the next day for a 4 month detail. (More than happy to go down to the border and fight the bad guys, however would appreciate more than one day's notice when I am going to be away from my family for four months). My wife, who was very sick at the time and undergoing medical treatment, was not too happy but she had grown accustomed to ATF management treating their agents like crap. Other agents, with 0 investigations in my division volunteered but the ASAC thought I should go even though I had over a dozen open active investigations to include an investigation involving the trafficking of firearms to Mexico and the ZETA's. You know the old ATF management adage: Rule by fear and intimidation.
When I arrived in Houston and was told the importance of OPSEC. Don't tell anyone about GRIT. Big secret! All arriving GRIT detail members attended a briefing/meeting and when GRIT agents left the meeting and opened the door the press was waiting and taking pics of everyone. The SAC and ASAC's of Houston were obliviously giving interviews and bragging to any microphone or camera in their JC Penny suits how great they were. Next day articles in US News and CNN article about the super secret GRIT details in TX. OPSEC???? Well, that shut everything down for the detail. Nice job management.
I was shuffled to four different offices in S texas during the GRIT detail because they had no work for us. Good job Houston management! I ended up helping local gang units who were motivated and great guys. Managed to take at least a few bad guys off of the street. O h I did interview a 78 year old man who purchased 3 Mosin Nagant rifles from a GRIT lead.
We agents joined ATF because we want to fight crime and put the bad guys in prison. We are very passionate about our work and our desire to protect our communities. We work long dangerous hours away from our families and do not complain. It is a shame we are unable to do our jobs.
Posted 23 September 2010 - 06:24 PM
Are there any mummies in Ireland?
Posted 23 September 2010 - 03:16 PM
Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:57 PM
Gunrunner is investigated by the Office of the Inspector General and found to have been grossly mismanaged. CleanUpATF long ago stated that with Webb, Newell and Torres as ATF's border SAC's this would happen. Is any of this a surprise? All three are known throughout ATF for their incompetence but obviously not in HQ. When Newell spends more time seeking interviews and sabotaging the Mexico Attache than he does running his division what was expected? Arizona is key in fighting border crime but Newell's priority is stealing the attache job from the current person holding it.
Our explosives jurisdiction was handed over. CleanUpATF predicted what was taking place but no on in HQ seemed to know until it was too late.
Employee moral is at an all time low but it took a survey for Melson's ears to perk up to that. What was his reaction? Hire an independant contractor to tell him how this happened. All he needs to do is read CleanUpATF. His answers are right here and have been for months. Don't trust your employees, trust the XYZ Corporation to figure this out for you, right Ken?
Every single bad thing happening in ATF has been discussed and discribed in detail right on this website and better, has been done months in advance of the various predicted collapses.
From the border to personell issues to trafficking to violent crime to explosives to special programs and on and on is a disaster at ATF. Is there one single thing that our leadership is doing that is right or good? Name one single thing and don't try to sell me on the mummy task force either!
No more excuses or denials are acceptable. The inner trust at ATF is corrupt. Chief Counsels office is corrupt. And, Melson going along with ity all shows he is corrupt. Welcome to life at ATF.
Posted 21 September 2010 - 06:18 PM
Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:03 AM
U.S. Bid to Stem Flow of Weapons to Mexico Cartels Misfires
MSNBC (09/21/10) Isikoff, Michael
The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General has released a report on the problems with Project Gunrunner, a Justice Department initiative that aims to prevent weapons from being smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border and given to Mexican drug cartels. Although officials have claimed that Project Gunrunner has been a success, the report says that the programs suffers from several "significant weaknesses," including a lack of cooperation between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)--which runs the project--and the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). For example, ATF and ICE do not share intelligence about illegal gun trafficking, nor do they conduct joint investigations with one another, the report said. The report also noted that the two agencies do not notify each other about what cases they are working on. In addition, the report criticized ATF for failing to cooperate with Mexican law enforcement officials in executing Project Gunrunner and for distributing leads about illegal gun purchases that are untimely and thus of little use to investigators. The report attributed the problems with Project Gunrunner to several factors, including a lack of funding from Congress and a lack of gun laws that ban weapons trafficking. Critics also say that ATF has been ineffective in stopping the smuggling of weapons across the U.S.-Mexico border because President Obama has yet to appoint a director for the agency.
U.S. bid to stem flow of weapons to Mexico cartels misfires
A U.S. program aimed at intercepting the flow of weapons to Mexico's drug cartels is misfiring due to bureaucratic turf battles and a failure to share critical intelligence , according to a Justice Department report obtained by NBC News.
Posted 17 September 2010 - 11:24 PM
Posted 16 September 2010 - 06:45 PM
Posted 15 September 2010 - 06:58 PM
Boarder or border, our glaring lack of leadership has shined through. Mr. Melson is going to claim victory for GRIT tomorrow, having full knowledge that the Department of Justice OIG has categorically stated that we have failed miserably at project gunrunner and related initiatives. This is unacceptable. Hearings into ATFs regulatory functions cancelled with allegations looming that Chief Counsels office knowingly and willfully have tried to circumvent Federal law and artificially impact statutory import procedures. If Mr. Melson cannot reign in the Executive leadership with his vast education and experience, what makes anybody think Andy Traver is more capable? We need a leader and we need it now. Before DOJ/FBI picks our agencies bones clean. HELP CONGRESS.
Posted 15 September 2010 - 12:00 PM
Posted 15 September 2010 - 04:36 AM
Posted 14 September 2010 - 11:24 AM
Obviously the objective here was to show that ATF spend a lot of money and sent a bunch of Agents to the "boarder" (City of Tucson) to fix violent crime. The case codes will most likely be manipulated during this period to attribute all cases to the "task force" and request more money from Congress. ATF becomes more and more a joke every day!! Before we talk about how corrupt the Mexicans are we need to look inward at our own organization's leadership (I use the term loosely).
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