Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dave Workman:Issa subpoenas ATF over storefront stings; Ares Armor case on hold

Chairman Issa does not have anyone to enforce his demands. That is why the administration ignores them.

As long as Harry Reid and the old media back President Obama, the House of Representatives is toothless.

He cannot do much of anything else. He has no force at his command, and the President does. He cannot even appeal to public opinion, because the old media is in collusion with the President. He cannot pass legislation because it is blocked in the Senate by Harry Reid, also in collusion with the President. 
 The best we can do is grow the new media and inform as many people as possible. Maybe we can change the Senate in 2014.

From Dave Workman:

Two seemingly unrelated cases involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will keep that agency in the headlines, with California's Ares Armor's legal action against the ATF placed on hold yesterday, while Congressman Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight Committee, late yesterday issued a subpoena to the ATF over yet another scandal, this involving storefront sting operations.

A hearing on Ares Armor’s motion for a preliminary injunction against ATF, originally scheduled for this afternoon, is now off the calendar, vacated as moot by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, in the wake of last weekend’s search by ATF of business sites owned by Lycurgan, Inc., doing business as Ares Armor. National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea details that part of the story here.

But while Codrea was busy with that, Issa was moving on the subpoenas. According to a Thursday morning press release from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa is going after documents relating to ATF’s “storefront sting operations” in several cities, including Milwaukee, Wis., Portland, Ore., Wichita, Kan., Albuquerque, N.M., Pensacola, Fla., and Atlanta, Ga.

These sting operations were exposed by stories in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel early last year regarding “Operation Fearless.” This was the sting operation in that city that, according to today’s press release, “was fundamentally mismanaged.” Further media reports revealed that the agency allegedly “exploited a mentally disabled man” and then subsequently charged him with a crime.

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