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Washington Times Editorial: ATF Breaks Law to Enforce It

By Washington Times
Editorial Board

When President Obama rewrote inconvenient parts of his very own Obamacare law, he undermined more than health care. The attitude of “we can do what we want” trickles down to the lowliest federal agencies. That’s what several federal judges are saying about the schemes of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The ATF is the Rodney Dangerfield of law enforcement; among its peers it “don’t get no respect.” So the agency devises creative ways of proving itself, if only to itself. For example, ATF agents posing as cocaine couriers in poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Los Angeles boasted of big plans to steal the narcotics they were supposed to deliver. They did this to goad “small-time crooks” into joining a high stakes fake “stash house” raid to obtain fake cocaine. The hoods would then be arrested.

Agents are allowed to infiltrate a criminal enterprise, but this sting constituted what a federal judge called an outrageous fishing expedition. “In these stash-house cases,” said U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II, “the Government’s ‘participation in the offense conduct’ is what makes them particularly repugnant to the Constitution. Everything about the scheme — and therefore almost everything bearing upon a defendant’s ultimate sentence — hinges solely on the Government’s whim.”

Threatened with stiff drug penalties, few perps challenge the charges, and federal prosecutors add easy convictions to their trophies. No drugs were taken off the street. “That’s the problem with creating crime,” observed Judge Wright, “the Government is not making the country any safer or reducing the actual flow of drugs.” The judge dismissed all charges against defendants, saying: “The time has come to remind the Executive Branch that the Constitution charges it with law enforcement — not crime creation.”

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Former Secret Service Agent Among Millions Losing Their Insurance Plan Under Obamacare

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

You’ve probably heard of the millions of Americans who say they’ve lost their insurance plan because of the Affordable Care Act requirements.

Among those unlucky souls is a former Secret Service agent, the Washington Times reports.

Dan Bongino, who was a Secret Service agent for 12 years under the Clinton and Obama administrations, said he’s been notified by mail that his coverage is about to be canceled, the Washington Times wrote.

The letter stated: “Your current benefit plan does not conform to these new [Obamacare] mandates.”

Does Bongino have ulterior motives, though? He’s running as a Republican.

FBI Ramps Up Oversight of Tax Subsidies Under Obama’s Health Care Reform

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is preparing for the potential abuse of tax credits under Obama’s health care reform, Fox News reports.

Nearly 17 million Americans are expected to be eligible for federal tax credits to buy health insurance on the exchange. That leaves a lot of room for waste, fraud and abuse, Fox News reported.

The tax subsidies are essentially handed out on the honor system, not unlike the often abused earned income tax credits for low-income people, according to Fox News.

The federal government plans to conduct audits to detect fraud.