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Thursday, January 03, 2008

How do you define the term 'rogue federal agency'?

I think Ryan Horsley might be able to help with that question. For example, would a federal agency that defies Congressional authority qualify? If not, how about if that wasn't the first time?

The Committee has heard reports that ATF has pursued license revocations and denials against firearms dealers based on violations that consist largely of recordkeeping errors of various types that are unlikely to impede tracing investigations or prosecution of individuals who use firearms in crime. The Committee encourages ATF to focus its efforts on cases where licensees commit serious, material violation of known legal duties. The Committee urges ATF to examine it's regulations, forms and recordkeeping requirements to prevent inadvertent violations by licensees.
How about if they also willfully (to borrow a term) ignore the recommendations of the Office of the Inspector General (which, as part of the BATFE's parent organization, the Department of Justice, is tasked with oversight of the BATFE)?
Recommendation #8: Continue coordinating with the Department of Justice, Office of Legislative Affairs, to gain the authority to suspend or impose civil penalties on FFL’s that violate federal firearms laws.
The BATFE is an organization whose purpose for existence is the performance of an unconstitutional mission, an organization that routinely abuses its authority (and the citizens of the country it ostensibly serves)--apparently for the sheer enjoyment of it, and an organization that if the Brady Campaign's "Petey" Hamm and Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry have their way, will be placed under the control of "Maximum Mike" Sullivan.

If we can't find the off switch for this infernal machine, we had better at least put a governor on it.