Expressing dismay at an increase in Equal Employment Opportunity complaints under the administration of recently confirmed permanent Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director B. Todd Jones, a moderator at CleanUpATF blasted the agency Thursday by citing Department of Justice statistics, also released yesterday.
Longtime readers of this column recall CUATF is a website run by disaffected ATF agents dedicated to exposing Bureau waste, abuse, corruption and fraud. It was from their forum that this correspondent and citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh of the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog first got wind of allegations that ATF was facilitating “gunwalking” into Mexico via the operation dubbed “Fast and Furious,” and that weapons from that operation were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December, 2010. The unfolding of that investigation is documented in a detailed guide that chronicles what it took to force Congressional attention and break the story into the mainstream.
“How disturbing is this?” the CUATF moderator posting under the screen name “Doc Holiday” asked, relating that under “total number of pending EEOC complaints reported end of year 2012,” ATF had 1,362, more than 25 percent out of 4,770 employees, compared to less than one percent for both DEA and the FBI.
“How disturbing is it that ATF leadership denies there is a problem?” the moderator continued. “Mr. Jones, [Deputy Director Thomas E.] Brandon and [Assistant Director Field Operations Ronald] Turk are thumbing their noses at the dedicated employees of ATF as evidenced by their refusal to rein in out of control Chief Counsel’s office as evidenced by Mr. Brandon completely ignoring the FAAP [Field Agent Advisory Panel] recommendations.”
That assessment corroborates a Gun Rights Examiner column from September, 2012, reporting “Chief Counsel’s Office still calling shots at ATF despite report.”
“Does this in fact VALIDATE those Congressional members who resisted Mr. Jones confirmation based upon allegations of reprisals and abuse?” the moderator asked, providing further corroboration to a September, 2011 report from this column detailing how ATF management and the Chief Counsel’s office sought reprisal against the initial anonymous CUATF source who opened the gates on Fast and Furious, a source they were seeking to identify.
“You be the judge,” he concluded. “Mr. Jones has been in charge either acting or confirmed for over two years. Compare the 2010 stats and the steady increase.”
That confirmation, as this column reported in July, happened despite objections by Sen. Chuck Grassley.
“[T]here remains an open investigation by the Office of Special Counsel regarding Mr. Jones’ conduct as U.S. Attorney,” Grassley reminded his colleagues. “Generally, when a nominee is the subject of an open investigation, the Committee does not move forward until the issues are resolved. That is the sensible thing to do.”
Inexplicably, the National Rifle Association remained neutral on the Jones nomination, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation actually endorsed it, essentially green-lighting six Republicans to vote for cloture on a confirmation vote without worrying about NRA ratings, and giving so-called “pro-gun Democrats” a pass to approve the new director.
Now that the Jones placement is a done deal, it’s interesting to note how the hand-picked choice of Barack Obama and Eric Holder is performing in regards to civil rights, a subject the administration does not hesitate to exploit with a vengeance when it suits their agenda.
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