Skip to comments.Obama's ATF Nominee on DOJ's Fast and Furious Design Team
Posted on 01/21/2013 4:37:36 AM PST by TurboZamboni
As part of President Barack Obamas 23-point gun control plan, he nominated Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Joneswho currently doubles right now as the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosivesto be the ATF director. Jones was personally a part of the high-ranking Department of Justice unit that first met on October 26, 2009, to create the new DOJ policy that was used to justify gunwalking in Operation Fast and Furious. In Fast and Furious, the ATF walked roughly 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. That means through straw purchasers the agency allowed sales to happen and didnt stop the guns from being trafficked, even though they had the legal authority to do so and were fully capable of doing so.
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of Mexican citizensestimates put it around at least 300were killed with these firearms.
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B. Todd Jones, one of Holder’s people figuratively and literally ...
“B. Todd Jones, one of Holders people figuratively and literally ..”
Yeah, the ATF is a rogue outfit, more akin to the Cowboys in the movie Tombstone than law abiding police officers. What do I mean? Well, let’s see.... They brought us Ruby Ridge and the Branch Dividian massacre. Lest you think that they’ve change after all those years lets not forget their most recent atrocity - Fast and Furious. Personally, I think the ATF is incorrigible and beyond being reformed to anything close to being a legitimate constitution abiding organization. It should be disbanded immediately and all current members barred from any form of future law enforcement employment.
Hayek Was Right: The Worst Do Get to the Top
FEBRUARY 01, 1998 by LAWRENCE W. REED
In spite of freedoms remarkable, global progress in recent yearsfrom the collapse of the Soviet empire to the growth of privatizationthere is no sign yet of a shortage of statists with silly and destructive schemes. The best explanation of why and how such people get into positions of power is still found in Why the Worst Get on Top, which is chapter ten of F. A. Hayeks masterpiece, The Road to Serfdom.
When Hayek wrote his best-known book in 1944, the world was captivated by the notion of socialist central planning. While almost everyone in Europe and America decried the brutality of nazism, fascism, and communism, public opinion was being shaped and molded by an intelligentsia which held that these excesses of socialism were avoidable exceptions. If only we make sure the right people are in charge, said the statist intellectuals, the iron fist will dissolve into a velvet glove.
Those who, in Hayeks words, think that it is not the system which we need fear, but the danger that it might be run by bad men, are naïve utopians who will forever be disappointed by the socialist outcome. Indeed, this is the history of twentieth-century statismthe endless search for a place where the dream might actually be made to work, settling on a spot until disaster is embarrassingly apparent to all, then blaming persons rather than the system and flitting off to the next inevitable disappointment. Perhaps someday, the dictionary definition of statist may read, Someone who learns nothing from human nature, economics, or experience, and repeats the same mistakes over and over again without a care for the rights and lives of people he crushes with his good intentions.
Even the worst features of the statist reality, Hayek showed, are not accidental byproducts but phenomena that are part and parcel of statism itself. He argued with great insightfulness that the unscrupulous and uninhibited are likely to be more successful in any society in which government is seen as the answer to most problems. They are precisely the kind of people who elevate power over persuasion, force over cooperation. Government, possessing by definition a legal and political monopoly of the use of force, attracts them just as surely as dung draws flies. Ultimately, it is the apparatus of government that allows them to wreak their havoc on the rest of us.
Hardly a day goes by that, a half-century after Hayek wrote, the newspapers fail to provide new examples of the worst getting to the top.