The Worldnetdaily does its usual bang-up job of “journalism” with an article entitled “Mystery: ATF making its very own bombs.” It’s full of implication and innuendo to convince its credulous readers that something nefarious is going without even attempting to think of a reason why it might be happening.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, or ATF, is planning to take possession of a 160-pound shipment of plastic explosives accompanied by blasting wire measuring hundreds of thousands of feet.
It won’t take place through an enforcement seizure, however, but via bulk direct purchase for its own use.
Some of ATF’s areas of responsibility include monitoring the explosives industry, providing state and local prosecutorial-staff explosives training and investigating the illegal use and possession of explosives.
Specific bureau plans for the materials, however, remain undetermined. Calls to ATF’s Public and Government Affairs Unit seeking explanation were met with a busy signal.
Gee, can you think of a reason why ATF might want bombmaking material? I mean, I’m sure the Worldnetdaily and their readers think they want it so they can bomb churches and kill Christians who are against gay marriage, but I’m just gonna spitball here and suggest that perhaps they want it for training purposes. After all, tracking and investigating such explosive material is part of their job. Their agents have to be very well trained in order to do that. They have to be able to identify such material, know the many ways bombs can be built with them, how to disarm them if they’re raiding a facility. I can think of lots and lots of reasons why the ATF would need such material. The geniuses at WND apparently can’t.
Coinciding with its acquisition of explosives is a major ATF investigation into the reported theft of high explosives from a Montana warehouse.
The bureau is offering a $5,000 reward for information on 285 pounds of missing dynamite, ammonium nitrate fuel oil and explosive boosters reported stolen from an Ajax Contracting Inc. storage facility, ATF’s Denver office said this week.
The alleged theft took place sometime between March 15 and April 1. ATF, within days in an unrelated action, issued a bid request in Solicitation no. DJA-14-ANCE-PR-0360, which seeks 231,000 feet of detonating cords, and quantities of C1 and C2 explosives and 2,000 fuse caps.
If this is, by your own admission, an “unrelated action,” then why bring it up at all? I mean, I’m sure that Joseph Farah thinks President Obama and George Soros are going to plant a bomb at his house personally, along with the ghost of Saul Alinsky, but seriously people. At least try to do some actual journalism.