Hardy and Kimball's book provides more evidence of the overly aggressive and seriously flawed initial BATF
assault on the Davidians' Mt.
All participants in the project were informed that violence would not be tolerated, that in some cases it would be prosecuted in federal court, and that all of the project's separate agencies (the police, the BATF
, and community services organizations) would make offenders' lives uncomfortable until the violence stopped.
memo written two days before the February 28, 1993 raid explained, 'this operation will generate considerable attention, both locally (Texas) and nationally,'" observe Kopel and Blackman.
The latter issue has been a longstanding point of contention between the BATF
and its critics.
The police department's firearms office is electronically linked to the BATF
so that officers can immediately trace seized firearms.
But to the great discredit of FBI Director Louis Freeh and BATF
Director Bradley Buckles, the federal agents had no hesitation whatsoever about posing as journalists.
An early victory came in 1980, when the BATF
decided against warning labels.
This "new revelation" about the meaning of family and sexuality was understandably resisted by some of his followers, and some left over it-one of them Marc Breault who became the BATF
's chief informant.
In March, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF
) submitted a preliminary report to Congress regarding the use of explosive taggants.
Recently, Congress enacted the Brady Bill and adopted a partial ban on assault weapons, while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF
) toughened sales procedures for gun dealers.(1) A central issue in debating these and other control measures is which types of regulation are likely to be most cost-effective in reducing gun violence.
The Department of Justice has also announced a $1 million award to the City of Fresno to help fund a joint anti-violence initiative with the Department of Treasury's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF
Geyser Peak Winery of Geyserville, California, ran an ad that said: "As age enhances wine, wine enhances age." The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF
) squashed the ad since it made an explicit therapeutic claim.