ATF Fumbles Again

More details on yet another ATF Boondoggle, courtesy of Mr. Streiff’s diary.

Short version: it’s Fast and Furious all over again.  Does anyone remember Operation Black Biscuit?  For those of you that don’t, here’s a little recap:

  • Undercover operation (those never go well for the ATF, do they?) to infiltrate the Hells Angels motorcycle club in 2002.
  • Nailed several low-level bikers on RICO charges, but higher-ranking members skated.
  • The ATF agent undercover had his identity compromised, in part because the ATF pulled his backstopping (they said it wasn’t necessary anymore, he said it was retaliation)
  •  Lots of time and effort, not much gained for it.

Two different presidential administrations, in two different decades.  I ran a little more research for this diary, and found a very interesting Town Hall article.  Here’s one of the more pertinent snippets:

During Operation Black Biscuit, Dobyns operated as a special field agent under ATF Phoenix Field Office management. At the time of the threats, that management team included Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Phoenix Field Division William Newell, Assistant Special Agent in Charge George Gillett and ATF Deputy Assistant Director William McMahon, who served as Newell’s direct supervisor at the time. All were intimately involved in Operation Fast and Furious.

So here, ladies and gentlemen, is a thread of connection between a bungled 2002 undercover operation and Fast and Furious, the biggest stain on federal law enforcement’s reputation since Ruby Ridge and Waco.

And as an addition to the Streiff diary’s information:

Of the 18 cases originally charged in state court, six have been dismissed — three because agents arrested the wrong person and three because the prosecutor wanted to protect informants.

Anyone want to lay bets on whether or not Newell’s involved in this latest fiasco?