ATF has been conducting rogue operations around the country since 2009, including here in Portland, Oregon, as a damning investigation by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel demonstrates. Agents set up false storefronts, often damaging the properties in question, and hired mentally-defective individuals whom they set up for long prison terms in order to boost their funding stats.
Aaron Key wasn't sure he wanted a tattoo on his neck. Especially one of a giant squid smoking a joint.
But the guys running Squid's Smoke Shop in Portland, Ore., convinced him: It would be a perfect way to promote their store.
They would even pay him and a friend $150 apiece if they agreed to turn their bodies into walking billboards.
Key, who is mentally disabled, was swayed.
He and his friend, Marquis Glover, liked Squid's. It was their hangout. The 19-year-olds spent many afternoons there playing Xbox and chatting with the owner, "Squid," and the store clerks.
So they took the money and got the ink etched on their necks, tentacles creeping down to their collarbones.
It would be months before the young men learned the whole thing was a setup. The guys running Squid's were actually undercover ATF agents conducting a sting to get guns away from criminals and drugs off the street.
The tattoos had been sponsored by the U.S. government; advertisements for a fake storefront.
The teens found out as they were arrested and booked into jail.
The ATF opened Squid's Smoke Shop in 2010 in an aging strip mall near a tax service, hairdresser and a coffee shop — and across the street from H.B. Lee Middle School.
ATF agents said the location near a school — which allowed enhanced penalties for selling in a safe zone — was an accident.
Under Eric Holder, the Obama administration's DoJ has engaged in repeated patterns of illegal behavior; their "Fast and Furious" gun-running operation to send weapons into Mexico was merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg. They've been doing the same stuff in our own back yard.
One may wonder what it will take for our good Democrat Senators to get behind impeachment proceedings for Eric and his pals. If setting up sham shops and setting up mentally challenged people for long prison terms in the state's largest city isn't enough for them, what's it going to take?
"Fast and Felonious" failed to arouse their ire. Why would systematic abuse of mentally-challenged kids upset them?