Multiple sources, including sources from ATF, DOJ and Congressional
offices have said there is a white paper circulating within the
Department of Justice, outlining the essential elimination of ATF.
According to sources, the paper outlines the firing of at least 450 ATF
agents in an effort to conduct damage control as Operation Fast and
Furious gets uglier and as election day 2012 gets closer. ATF agents
wouldn’t be reassigned to other positions, just simply let go. Current
duties of ATF, including the enforcement of explosives and gun laws,
would be transferred to other agencies, possibly the FBI and the DEA. According to a congressional source, there have been rumblings about the
elimination of ATF for quite sometime, but the move would require major
political capital to actually happen.
“It’s a serious white paper being circulated, how far they’d get with it I don’t know,” a confidential source said.
After a town hall meeting
about Operation Fast and Furious in Tucson, Ariz. on Monday, ATF
Whistleblower Vince Cefalu, who has been key in exposing details about
Operation Fast and Furious, confirmed the elimination of ATF has been
circulating as a serious idea for sometime now and that a white paper
outlining the plan does exist.