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ATF rewards Misconduct with promotion

In Milwaukee, an ongoing AFT sting operation was ‘botched,’ where botched means an example of gross failure, misconduct, and abuse. So, what’s the plan of action from the Bureat of Alochol, Tobacco, and Firearms?

1. Send the leader of of the Milwaukee ATF office to an even larger city:

The ATF leader who oversaw a botched undercover operation in Milwaukee will now be in charge of the agency’s embattled Phoenix office, where agents allowed more than 2,000 guns to walk into the hands of suspected criminals through the infamous “Operation Fast and Furious.”

Bernard “B.J.” Zapor will be reunited in Phoenix with Fred Milanowski, another key figure in Milwaukee’s “Operation Fearless,” where a Journal Sentinel investigation found agents lost government guns, had their storefront ripped off and arrested at least four of the wrong people.

2. Refuse to answer questions about the promotion:

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) last week questioned putting Zapor in charge of Phoenix, given Zapor’s “failed management of Operation Fearless.”

“Why would you put him in charge of an office that so clearly needs good leadership?” Grassley wrote in questions to Jones. A vote on Jones’ confirmation was delayed last week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Jones told Grassley he was unable to answer his questions because of the federal Privacy Act, but confirmed Zapor will lead the Phoenix office.

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