November 26, 2007, - 2:12 pm

ATF: Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives . . . & Muggings

By Debbie Schlussel
The story of what happened at the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) Headquarters in Washington, DC, is a textbook example of why moving your business to the inner city to spur economic development isn’t always the safest choice. It’s also a textbook example of how federal law enforcement agencies tasked to keep you safe, can’t even keep themselves safe:

HOME-FRONT SECURITY: Agents at Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives monitor headquarters to protect employees after co-worker’s mugging at new ATF location. The new site was selected as spur to economic development in struggling Washington neighborhood.

I’ve already written about how this new headquarters–which cost taxpayers $150 million–has a basement that doubles as the set for “Waterworld.” Now, it’s a mugger’s delight, too.


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