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But they’d much rather stay

The bill, by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), would impose an immediate hiring freeze at the ATF and require a plan be submitted within six months on how to move its activities to other agencies. The bill calls for eliminating the agency a year after the bill’s final passage, moving its functions into the FBI,…

FBI Liar Still on The Job

The former chief of the FBI Milwaukee office — believed to have encouraged perjury and then lied to investigators — is worthless as a witness and dishonors an agency that places a premium on integrity, according to bureau veterans and law enforcement experts. But Teresa Carlson remains a high-ranking FBI official in Washington, D.C., and…

ATF gets off easy

Moore said in her statement: “I was surprised to learn of the seemingly light nature of the disciplinary action taken against those ATF special agents involved in Operation Fearless. I am not privy to the internal personnel matters of the Bureau, but I do think it is important to ensure that those responsible for any…

Disabled man free of ATF snare

In the wake of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports exposing the agency’s use of people with disabilities in such operations, the attorney for one defendant went to trial and made the difficult-to-prove argument that her client was entrapped by agents. The jury agreed. Alexis Davis — who has an IQ of 59 and reads at a…

Residents’ heavy burden

[Washington, D.C.] Federal regulations cost Wisconsin $2.4 billion in just the first half of 2014 according to a study by American Action Forum (AAF), a national public policy institute. Wisconsin faced the largest per capita regulatory cost in the Midwest, costing every person in the state $415 from January to June of 2014. Minnesota ranked…

ATF as Gov’t Failure

A proposal to eliminate the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is drawing opposition from groups that typically sit on opposite sides of the gun debate. The idea, advanced last week by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and a left-leaning think tank, also is drawing support from powerful Republicans, and some Democrats are indicating…

Time to End the ATF

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would be eliminated under a bill in the works from U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.). Citing ATF’s recent operational failures and its overlap with other federal law enforcement, Sensenbrenner is preparing a bill to dissolve the agency and have existing agencies in the U.S. Justice Department take on its duties.…

America’s finest travel service

….Since 2008, the eight current members of the U.S. House and their aides have taken at least 125 privately funded trips at a cost of more than $400,000, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis of travel records. Some are relatively cheap jumps to Maryland or Virginia to speak at conferences. Others are all-expenses-paid trips…