The Journal Sentinel reviewed thousands of pages of court records, police reports and other documents and interviewed dozens of people involved in six ATF operations nationwide that were publicly praised by the ATF in recent years for nabbing violent criminals and making cities safer.
Agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employed rogue tactics similar to those used in Milwaukee in every operation, from Portland, Ore., to Pensacola, Fla.
- The way it works.
- Agents ensnare 'slow-headed' man.
- Anything for a Buck snags 'Little Squirrel' in Pensacola.
- Attorney says defendant got 'tutorial' on gun.
- Beating a path to storefronts with stolen goods.
- Armed felons allowed to leave stores.
- Landlord left with the bill.
- Portland sting across from school.
- Agents suggest — and pay for — tattoo.
- HOW WE REPORTED THIS STORY.
- INFORMATION NOT RELEASED
The internal review was launched after a Journal Sentinel investigation revealed numerous foul-ups in the operation. For nine months, the ATF also has refused to provide any documents to the Journal Sentinel, which has filed a dozen requests under the federal Freedom of Information Act, including the cost of the operations and rules on agents keeping guns in their vehicles.
In late November, Department of Justice attorney Anne D. Work affirmed the ATF's position that its entire internal report on the closed Milwaukee operation should be kept secret and not released to the public. Work wrote that releasing the investigation "could reasonably be expected to interfere with (law) enforcement proceedings." http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/wat...234916641.html