When the Government Goes Bad

According to Political Outcast, Feds, principally the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives), are performing STING operations from Pensacola to Milwaukee and from Albuquerque to Wichita to arrest, try, and convict illicit purchases of dangerous weapons of a wide variety.

What makes this operation different from other STING operations conducted by the FBI and state and local law enforcement agencies in the past is the “bait” they are using to lure perpetrators into their clutches. They seem to be using people, primarily young men, who are at the low end of the intelligence scale, as their shills.

In Wichita, KS, they used a man they referred to as one “with a low IQ” who was “slow-headed” to buy machine guns on the street. In Albuquerque, they gave a “brain-damaged drug addict with little knowledge of weapons a tutorial on machine guns, hoping he could find them one.”

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BATF agents opened undercover gun and drug buying operations “in safe zones near churches and schools.” They allowed juveniles to come in and play video games and teens to smoke joints and provided alcohol to under age youths. In Portland, OR, a female agent dressed provocatively flirted with boys and encouraged them to bring drugs and weapons to the store to sell.

GMenIn other cities they offered tempting prices for guns, leading suspects to buy firearms at stores and turn around and sell them to undercover agents for a quick profit. In other places they ran fake pawnshops and readily bought stolen items such as electronics and bikes, spurring rashes of burglaries and thefts and subsequent arrests.

Agents in other cities rented buildings and tore out partitions and rewired the buildings and then left the buildings in a bad state of disrepair, sticking the landlords with the repairs necessary to make the building viable for renting to the next client.

There is much more in the report in Political Outcast. Is the leadership of the BATF and are the BATF agents so emboldened by their recent “success” with Fast and Furious that they now think they can get away with anything?

When I was a child when we chose up sides to play “cops and robbers” everybody wanted to be selected to be a G Man, a Government Man, FBI, Secret Service, or some other not-named federal law enforcement agency. We raced around the neighborhood or through the woods near my home in Kansas City with our toy guns trying to capture the bad guys who always wore bandannas over their faces. The G Man was the Good Guy and the disguised playmate was the Bad Guy. Now, it’s hard to tell which is which in real life. I’m really confused.


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Harry Livermore

Harry Livermore spent a lifetime teaching English in high schools and junior colleges in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Georgia. He now writes for and is editor of the Valdosta Magazine. Harry and his wife Janice live in Valdosta, GA. They are members of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Valdosta. Harry has two sons, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren who live in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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