It hearkens one back to the stories of the SS gaining special perks to keep them motivated for their dirty jobs in and out of WWII Germany, from the top right down through agents such as fourteen year old George Soros, in Budapest. Perks are given out for reasons. What reasons does federal government have, for motivating ATF members with such excesses as these?
Soldier Of Fortune Magazine Exposes Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms And Explosives Corruption In IraqNow an Obama administration and a Pelosi Congress would want to investigate this... wouldn't they?
by Robert K. Brown
Editor and Publisher
Soldier of Fortune Magazine
This editorial was first published in the April 2009 edition of Soldier of Fortune Magazine.
It may be reprinted with the encouragement of its author.
NEED A DEFINITION FOR OBAMA’S CALL FOR “RESPONSIBILITY”
Amid the orderly transfer of power, our new Chief Executive has issued a call for responsibility. As is the case with most of his public statements, his meaning is not clear. However, if he means holding government officials accountable for their actions, a novel and great idea, it is something that we can all embrace. It is particularly true of those officials within agencies with a long and well documented history of abuses of entrusted powers. Somehow, ATFE comes to mind as the poster boy for irresponsibility and unaccountability.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Justice recently (December 2008) reported on “An Investigation of Overtime Payments to FBI and Other Department of Justice Employees Deployed to Iraq” during the period 2003 through 2008. The “other” employees in the title of the report included ATFE Special Agents as well as DEA Special Agents and Deputy U.S. Marshals.ATFE Special Agents were deployed in Iraq on 90-day TDY assignments between 2003 and 2008. During that time, they were paid $4,175,731.00 in unauthorized and unlawful overtime pay.