WND Can’t Imagine Why ATF Would Need Bombmaking Materials

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.

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  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    They might be purchasing products to check to see if they are being shipped correctly, have correct taggants in them, etc. Sheesh. They’d be complaining if the ATF wasn’t doing anything, and they’d complain if it was.

  • justsomeguy

    “Specific bureau plans for the materials, however, remain undetermined.”

    In related news, ATF purchased hundreds of reams of paper but will not state what they intend to print on each sheet. We can only assume that they will be using it to print thousands of copies of the Communist Manifesto to be distributed to schools.

  • coragyps

    In other news, the US Army is reported to be buying ammunition for rifles. Pretty ominous……

  • iknklast

    I think the ghost of Saul Alinsky is responsible for a lot of the recent terror attacks on Christians in this country. This is the explanation that makes the most sense of why there is such an escalation of violence against Christians and Christian churches….

    (please note the sarcasm….)

  • Synfandel

    Specific bureau plans for the materials, however, remain undetermined.

    It’s highly unlikely that bureau plans for the materials are undetermined. It’s far more likely that WND’s Steve Peacock just doesn’t know what those plans are.

  • Loqi

    This reminds me of my computer science days in college. The university refused to teach any courses on security, because in order to teach security, you need to teach students about different exploits and how to find vulnerabilities in a system. Apparently, some jackasses heard this and thought “OMG THEY’RE TRAINING HACKERS!” They couldn’t imagine why anyone might need to know that stuff.

  • cptdoom

    I’ve got a real shocker for WND – sometimes the NTSB actually stages fake plane crashes!

  • John Pieret

    Google is your friend. A minute or two was all that was needed to find this at the ATF website:

    Post Blast Investigative Techniques I (Course ID EXPL-CS-0013)

    Program Description: This is a basic post blast course designed to teach a systematic method of investigating an explosion scene. The course provides instruction in explosives identification and applications, explosives effects, IED component recognition and evidence collection.


    If you are gonna study what happens after thing go boom, ya kinda have to make them go boom in the first place.

  • coryat

    Yeah but they phoned and got a busy signal, how much deeper do you expect them to dig?

  • Trebuchet

    @9: No, it wasn’t a busy signal, it was one of those automated systems and they couldn’t figure out how to press “one”.

  • matty1

    @9 Oh I think they’ve dug themselves quite deep enough.

  • blf

    They should keep on digging until they are underneath all the turtles.

  • D. C. Sessions

    That’s a major “well, DUH!” to me and my neighbors. Some places have church bells at all hours, we have EMRTC and training programs put on by DHS and ATF:


    Trust me, there’s a lot of good stuff there. Including Mythbusters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.criley jason the cripple

    Here’s another reason for the C4. Sometimes they can’t safely move a bomb, so they blow it up in place. They need something to do that with, and my guess is C4. Also, when they do remove the bomb, they will detonate it in a safe location. Guess what they use then too?

  • Matrim

    I’ve built more IEDs than your average terrorist bomb maker, I purchased through a government agency highly specific and sometimes advanced bomb-making supplies, I’ve purchased (again through a goverment agency) thousands of pounds of C4 (and dynamite, and thermite, and det cord, and sheet explosive, and time fuse) and I’ve handled literally millions of pounds of explosives in one form or another. Of course I was an EOD technician would worked in our flight’s training section and who participated in lots of munitions destruction operations. Honestly, it must be exhausting if you get worked up over the ATF purchasing C4, or HS buying ammunition.

  • oranje

    Every time someone mentions Saul Alinsky, all I think of is Saul from the Ocean’s films. Imaging him bothering right-wingers is amusing.

  • freehand

    coragyps: In other news, the US Army is reported to be buying ammunition for rifles. Pretty ominous……


    Moreover, they refuse to specify where and why each round will be fired off!


    What are they trying to hide?