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  • Branch Davidian tragedy sparked government suspicion that still haunts us 25 years later

    04/19/2018 10:00:35 AM PDT · by BBell · 62 replies
    https://www.dallasnews.com/ ^ | 4/19/18 | Lee Hancock
    WACO — The fire rose above the Texas prairie like a portent, an inferno consuming David Koresh and more than 70 of his followers in the Branch Davidian compound. Koresh's personal apocalypse was televised live worldwide just after noon on April 19, 1993. Questions about what went wrong began to mount before the ashes were cool. How could a 33-year-old ninth-grade dropout convince so many people that he was the Lamb and God had willed this terrible end - nurses and teachers, a postman and a Harvard-educated lawyer, Australians and Brits, New Zealanders and an Argentinian-born Israeli Jew? Above all,...
  • ‘Asian White Supremacist’ Hank Yoo Arrested in Texas by Federal Agents

    04/11/2018 5:14:47 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 23 replies
    Next Shark ^ | 4/9/18 | Khier Casino
    A Korean American man known as the “Asian Nazi” on social media was arrested in Tyler, Texas, on Friday on a federal warrant by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Heon “Hank” Jong Yoo, 24, was booked into the Smith County Jail by ATF around 10:30 p.m. after making false statements while he purchased firearms, according to a U.S. Marshals Service spokesman. Share A Korean American man known as the “Asian Nazi” on social media was arrested in Tyler, Texas, on Friday on a federal warrant by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Heon...
  • Bump-Stock-Type Devices A Proposed Rule by the ATF on 03/29/2018

    03/29/2018 6:19:10 AM PDT · by old-ager · 37 replies
    Federal Register ^ | 03/29/2018 | ATF
    he Department of Justice (Department) proposes to amend the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives regulations to clarify that “bump fire” stocks, slide-fire devices, and devices with certain similar characteristics (bump-stock-type devices) are “machineguns” as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), because such devices allow a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger. Specifically, these devices convert an otherwise semiautomatic firearm into a machinegun by functioning as a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that harnesses the recoil energy...
  • Package explosion at East Austin home leaves one dead, one injured

    03/12/2018 7:08:18 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 61 replies
    CBSAustin.com ^ | March 12, 2018
    AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Police say a package exploded at a home in east Austin on Monday morning, killing one person and injuring another. It happened in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, north of E. MLK Blvd.
  • D'OH: VA Democrat Destroys AR-15 In Support Of Gun Control, But She Might Have Broken The Law

    03/12/2018 5:20:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3-9-2018 | Matt Vespa
    Karen Mallard is running against incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Taylor in Virginia's Second Congressional District. In the wake of the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, she decided to destroy her husband's AR-15 rifle. In a video posted to Facebook, she said she wanted this rifle out of the house and her husband agreed. Our friends at Twitchy noted her blog post on the matter: You may have seen Emma Gonzalez's amazing speech where she called out Trump and other politicians for taking NRA money and refusing to take any action on reforming America's...
  • Chaffetz to Slain Border PatrolAgent brother:‘I Met With Sessions to Get F&F Docs- He Said NO’

    03/03/2018 7:29:11 PM PST · by Kalamata · 83 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | ndl | Cristina Laila
    "On Saturday, former Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz told Kent Terry, the brother of slain border patrol agent Brian Terry he asked AG Sessions for the Fast & Furious documents and the Attorney General said NO."
  • BREAKING: DOJ Announces Fast and Furious Documents Withheld by Eric Holder Will Be Released

    03/07/2018 10:48:49 AM PST · by DFG · 177 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/07/2018 | Katie Pavlich
    The Department of Justice announced Wednesday additional documents related to the Operation Fast and Furious scandal during the Obama administration will be released to the House Oversight Committee. The documents were previously withheld by Attorney General Eric Holder, who was voted in civil and criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to turn them over. “The Department of Justice under my watch is committed to transparency and the rule of law. This settlement agreement is an important step to make sure that the public finally receives all the facts related to Operation Fast and Furious,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions released in...
  • ATF special agent talks to Victor students about 2nd Amendment

    03/06/2018 4:48:27 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 58 replies
    Canandaigua NY Messenger Post ^ | 03/06/18 | Denise Champagne
    VICTOR — Sean Martineck...(spoke to) the government class of Victor Senior High School teacher Mike Myers ... on ... the ...serious topic of gun violence, the Second Amendment and getting illegal guns off the streets — something that takes up a great deal of his time as a special agent for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, assigned to the Violent Crime Task Force in the Rochester satellite office. Martineck read (the Second Amendment), noting it was passed in 1791. “What did our Founding Fathers mean by that?” he asked. “Do you think our Founding Fathers envisioned...
  • Sessions: Bump fire stocks can be banned through regulation

    02/27/2018 7:31:01 PM PST · by Simon Green · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/27/18 | David Shortell
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he believes bump fire stocks can be effectively banned through regulation, teasing that an announcement from the Justice Department would be coming soon. "We've had to deal with previous (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) legal opinions but our top people in the Department of Justice have believed for some time that we can, through the regulatory process, not allow the bump stock to convert a weapon from semi automatic to fully automatic," Sessions said at a gathering of state attorneys general in Washington. "We've been working on that for some time....
  • "Waco" on Paramount channel

    02/07/2018 7:40:27 PM PST · by gop4lyf · 48 replies
    me ^ | 2/7/18 | ME
    I am absolutely floored by the depiction of what happened that is being given in this miniseries. As a kid in high school, I remember this happening. I even live in Texas. I remember watching the news conferences and even watched it burn live on t.v. I am not naive enough to believe the official ATF accounts, but holy cow. The portrayal of the raid is absolutely BRUTAL in showing how the ATF attacked without provocation. I literally cannot believe that the Hollywierd types allowed this to be produced in this way, since they love to lump all religious people...
  • Trump Envisions an A.T.F. Without the A or T

    01/19/2018 2:11:22 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/19/2018 | ALI WATKINS and MATT APUZZO
    The Trump administration has drafted plans to strip key authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, senior administration officials said on Friday, an acknowledgment that the agency has all but abandoned its legacy of fighting liquor and tobacco smugglers. The A.T.F. traces its roots to Eliot Ness and the Prohibition-era federal agents made famous in the movie “The Untouchables.” But the modern A.T.F. has focused its stagnant budget on violent crime and bombings, while tobacco smuggling — a little-known crime that costs the government billions in lost taxes each year — goes largely unenforced.
  • ATF Arrests for 2014, 2015, 2016; Four Crimes, Tiny Numbers

    01/15/2018 6:42:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 January, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    In a recent Government Accounting Office report to Congress, most have focused on the firearm owners who refuse to commit crimes or fall for stings created by the ATF.Buried in the report is a chart showing how incredibly few legal gun owners are arrested each year for gun violations. The chart shows the number of arrests made in three years, 2014, 2015, and 2016, for four crimes. The number of arrests are tiny, showing how law-abiding gun owners are.The four crimes are these: Dealing firearms without a licenseUnlawful interstate transfer of firearmsSale to prohibited individualProhibited person in possession of...
  • GAO Agents Tried 72 Times, Failed to Buy Guns on the (Normie) Internet

    01/06/2018 7:26:07 AM PST · by Simon Green · 32 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/05/18 | Ed Krayewski
    Government Accountability Office employees posing as sketchy buyers tried and failed in 72 attempts to purchase firearms on the internet, part of a failed investigation called for by a trio of Congressional Democrats. While the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) insisted in its most recent strategic plan, as cited by the GAO, that "the privacy of the Internet makes it an ideal means for gang members, violent criminals, terrorists, and juveniles to traffic and obtain illegal firearms," the new report released by the (GAO) could not corroborate any of it. The GAO did not fare much better...
  • Covert Operation Requested by Anti-Gun Dems to Bust Illegal Internet Sales Comes up Empty

    01/04/2018 11:56:16 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 4, 2018
    An investigation requested by two fierce anti-gun members of Congress to determine if firearms are purchased illegally from internet dealers has come up empty. Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren demanded the probe in the aftermath of mass shootings and the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), conducted a lengthy covert operation to try to purchase firearms illegally from internet dealers. All 72 of Congressional investigators’ attempts to purchase a firearm illegally via the surface web were unsuccessful, slamming Cummings’ and Warren’s claims that guns are easily obtained by criminal elements on the internet....
  • Buy Receivers, Assemble Rifles for Shady Characters – Go to Jail

    12/30/2017 6:08:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 December, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Gary Busby has been ordered to report to the federal Bureau of Prisons to start a six and a half year sentence on March 8, 2018. He is 65 years old.He was convicted of one count of dealing in firearms without a license, and four counts of structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements. The press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas says the firearms charge was for conspiracy to illegally manufacture firearms.  The description of the crimes appears to be illegally selling firearms, not manufacturing them.From justice.gov 8 Dec, 2017: DALLAS —...
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions Rescinds 25 Guidance Documents

    12/22/2017 1:38:18 AM PST · by fluorescence · 20 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Office of Public Affairs
    Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that, pursuant to Executive Order 13777 and his November memorandum prohibiting guidance documents, he is rescinding 25 such documents that were unnecessary, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper. In making the announcement, the Attorney General said: “Last month, I ended the longstanding abuse of issuing rules by simply publishing a letter or posting a web page. Congress has provided for a regulatory process in statute, and we are going to follow it. This is good government and prevents confusing the public with improper and wrong advice.” “Therefore, any guidance that is outdated, used to circumvent...
  • Federal agent arrested for taking photos in women's restroom, UW-Madison police say

    12/20/2017 7:20:51 AM PST · by Sopater · 26 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Dec 20, 2017 | Logan Wroge
    A federal agent was arrested Tuesday for taking pictures in the women’s restroom of a UW-Madison residence hall, the university’s police department said. Justin T. Fahy, of Monona, allegedly went into a bathroom at Witte Residence Hall, 615 W. Johnson St., on Friday afternoon, put his cell phone under an occupied stall and took pictures, police said. The 27-year-old Fahy, who identified himself as a special agent for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), told police it was a misunderstanding and that he mistakenly entered the wrong restroom, said UW police spokesman Marc Lovicott. Ashlee Sherrill,...
  • Murder by the Mile

    11/16/2017 11:20:18 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 30 replies
    Phoenix Magazine ^ | December 2017 | May Phan
    Combine a hitman, a suspicious federal agent, a world-famous graphic novelist and a daredevil journalist and you get a Molotov cocktail of mishaps in Phoenix native and former truck driver Jeffrey Yochim’s pulp thriller. Collateral Crimes (West Wave Publishing, $14.99) chronicles the adventures of novelist and murder witness Jonathan Starker, who hitches a ride to a comic book convention and finds himself on the run from an ATF agent and a ruthless hitman. The story, a slow burner at the start but fast-paced enough to keep readers flipping pages – think murder, truck hijackings and pesky witnesses – grows more...
  • Legal Marijuana Is Becoming the Norm

    10/22/2017 9:47:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 142 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2017 | Steve Chapman
    The war on drugs has been going on since 1971, and we have a winner: marijuana. Back then, possession of pot carried heavy penalties in many states -- even life imprisonment. Today, 29 states sanction medical use of cannabis, and eight allow recreational use. Legal weed has become about as controversial as Powerball. One sign of the shift came in Wednesday's debate among the Democrats running for governor of Illinois. The state didn't get its first medical marijuana dispensary until 2015, and it decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot only last year. But most of the candidates endorsed legalization...
  • Obama and Holder haven't faced justice for Brian Terry's murder

    10/19/2017 7:28:49 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | October 18, 2017 | Jordan Schachtel
    Federal agents caught the last suspect in Terry’s murder this week. Earlier this week, federal agents from both the United States and Mexico apprehended another suspect in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga was arrested in Mexico Monday and charged with first-degree murder, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Astorga is believed to be the final suspect linked to the death of Terry. However, the past administration played a major role in facilitating his tragic demise. Without the dangerous “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme initiated by Barack Obama’s Justice Department, Agent Terry may...