William LaJeunesse of Fox News has written the following on a recent operation by America's Department of Justice:
"...Officials at the Department of Justice are in "panic mode," according to multiple sources, as word spreads that congressional testimony next week will paint a bleak and humiliating picture of Operation Fast and Furious, the botched undercover operation that left a trail of blood from Mexico to Washington, D.C.
The operation was supposed to stem the flow of weapons from the U.S. to Mexico by allowing so-called straw buyers to purchase guns legally in the U.S. and later sell them in Mexico, usually to drug cartels.
Instead, ATF documents show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms knowingly and deliberately flooded Mexico with assault rifles. Their intent was to expose the entire smuggling organization, from top to bottom, but the operation spun out of control and supervisors refused pleas from field agents to stop it. "
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/09/justice-officials-in-panic-mode-as-new-testimony-is-expected-to-reveal-depth/#ixzz1P1S4vMYc
Granted, Fox News is supposed to be biased and unreliable, but the same issue has been reported by the Wall Street Journal as well.
The new Justice Department of Eric Holder will not look into possible voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers in Philadelphia during the 2008 elections, and now has made things dangerous for a neighboring country without a declaration of war. But perhaps, rather than catching real gun and drug smugglers, the real purpose of this operation is to encourage a hue and cry against law-abiding Americans and foreign visitors purchasing firearms in the USA, and to drive one more nail in the coffin of the Second Amendment, and move to the situation in which only outlaws have guns, and the citizenry must submit to more and more policing by the government in order to protect itself. Given the history of this sort of thing, the "protection" the citizens will receive probably won't be against criminal activity, but against political dissenters.
The Alchohol, Tobacco, and Firearms division (ATF) is now running a rather dismal track record. Under the Clinton administration, it made a name for itself by killing women and children belonging to a deluded sect in Waco, Texas, and provoking a shootout with Randy Weaver, a cranky racist survivalist in Idaho, which ended in the deaths of innocents as well. Perhaps it is a good time to abolish the ATF, which is acting more like a rogue agency than like a responsible law enforcement agency.
Uncle Cephas is neither a Branch Davidian nor a member of Covenant, Arm, and Sword of the Lord or any other sect that believes in a present-day Messiah or in the nonsensical doctrine that non-whites are subhuman. However, if Muslim imams are regularly allowed to preach that Jews are relatives of apes and pigs, or the President's former pastor may piously and gleefully call on the Almighty to damn the United States (the man's namesake did no more than announce the coming exile of Judah, after all, and wept rather than chortled over it), and the President's press secretary Anita Dunn may admire the mass-murdering Mao Zedong, then a few anxious souls may indulge in racist theologizing, too. And, given that the racist cults and modern Messiah followers are not at the levers of power, but hidden in remote corners of the land, maybe they deserve less scrutiny than they get.
Further, when men like Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, John Witherspoon, Samuel Adams, and other American founders spoke of liberty, they meant liberty from an overbearing state. At present, Americans are delivering themselves and their posterity to an increasingly intrusive and potentially destructive state, as the actions of ATF are showing. It's time to reverse this trend, and abolition of a few federal agencies may be a step in the right direction.