Director B. Todd Jones Quits BATFE

By Suzanne Wiley published on in News

ATF Director B. Todd Jones proves he is “a man of change” by announcing his decision to step down from his position at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and leaving the agency all together for the private sector. The rumor mill has it as he will be a lawyer for the National Football League.

The Obama-approved and Eric Holder-appointed Jones was acting director of the ATF since 2011 and voted in as permanent director in 2013. He was one of six acting directors in six years. The ATF will, yet again, be replacing the director with current Deputy Director (Thomas E. Brandon).

Brandon has served as Deputy Director since 2011. Prior to his current position, he was a special agent in charge of the field division in Phoenix, Arizona.

Appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder, Jones has been the ATF's acting director since 2011.

Appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder, Jones has been the ATF’s acting director since 2011.

Just as B. Todd Jones entered into the agency amid controversy—as is his exit with the pending M855 ammo ban—so will Brandon.

Prior to becoming Deputy Director, Brandon was the Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division for operations in Arizona and New Mexico. In Operation Fast and Furious, from 2006 to 2011, the ATF in Tucson and Phoenix purposely let illegal guns “walk” into Mexico in hopes the ATF could track down and arrest cartel leaders. The ATF lost track of over 2,000 firearms. Including the one used to murder United States Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. As a guest on a 2012 radio show called “The Badge,” Brandon said about Operation Fast and Furious, “Being totally candid with you and the public, we made mistakes and we’re owning up to them.” None of my research returned that Brandon was ever called to testify or questioned about his role in Operation Fast and Furious.

B. Todd Jones resignation is effective March 31, 2015. He said, “I will truly miss leading and working side-by-side with these men and women in their pursuit of ATF’s unique law enforcement and regulatory mission.”

Besides Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF has been widely criticized for its many botched sting operations operating fake gun stores throughout the country where agents took advantage of mentally incapacitated individuals, losing track of firearms and leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damages to properties in Operation Fearless.

It has been nearly a decade in which the ATF’s operations including the recent proposal to change the framework for “armor piercing ammunition” have been a disaster. So much so, that last year, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner said he was going to draft a bill to eliminate the ATF. Supporters of the bill called the ATF, “unaccountable,” “a debacle” and an “embarrassment.” Judging by the agency’s track record, I just don’t see it or Brandon digging themselves out of the hole they so furiously dug.

From the ATF’s press release:

ATF Announces B. Todd Jones to Depart
WASHINGTON, D.C. – B. Todd Jones, the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), today announced he will depart to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Jones’s resignation becomes effective March 31.
“ATF employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who serve the public to make our nation safer every day,” said Jones. “I have seen firsthand their extraordinary commitment to combating violent crime, ridding the streets of criminals, and leveraging all available resources to keep our communities safe.”
“I will truly miss leading and working side-by-side with these men and women in their pursuit of ATF’s unique law enforcement and regulatory mission,” Jones added.
Jones was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of ATF director on Jan. 24, 2013. On July 31, 2013, Jones became the first ATF director in history to receive Senate confirmation. As Director, Jones led the nearly 5,000 ATF employees whose responsibilities include enforcing firearms and explosives laws that protect communities from violent criminals and criminal organizations.
Prior to becoming ATF’s permanent Director, Jones served as the acting ATF Director starting Aug. 31, 2011. While serving as the acting director of ATF, Jones was also the U. S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, a post he held from Aug. 7, 2009, until his confirmation as ATF Director.
ATF Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon will serve as Acting Director after Jones departs. Brandon was appointed Deputy Director of ATF in October 2011.
Brandon has more than 26 years of experience with ATF. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Director, Brandon served as the special agent in charge of the Phoenix field division beginning in March 2011, and special agent in charge of the Detroit field division from January 2008 until his assignment to Phoenix.
A law enforcement professional, Brandon began his ATF career in 1989, with Detroit as his first office assignment. Rising through the ranks at ATF, he served in many management positions including the position of chief of ATF’s National Academy, in Glynco, Ga. His vast experience ranges from participating and leading firearms and explosives enforcement operations to supervising arson investigations.
ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research and use of technology.

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SLRule

Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (31)

  • Bearman

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    I think that Chris Cox, from the NRA/ILA, would be an excellent replacement for Biquarious Todd Jones, who stepped down from the BATFE. Chris Cox would do a very good job heading up the BATFE since he is familiar with Government, Guns and God.
    Best of luck to Biquarious with the NFL. With a name like Biquarious you would’ve thought the NFL would’ve been his first choice anyway.

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    • Key and Peele

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      Right on brother!! One thing about Chris Cox heading up the BATFE…. you can expect him to do the right thing per the Constitution.
      Everyone thinks our show on Comedy Central is funny, but the real comedy is our politicians. My partner, Peele, enjoys doing the Obama skits.

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  • Thunder

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    What ? He would not become rug rolling muslin ? Did the Sig arm brace give him a bruise ? Did the Drug Cartels make him a better offer ? Being a Soldier should be required of any Top level manager in law Enforcement . Being a REAL AMERICAN BORN CITIZEN should be required of any American President ……. prove it with real birth certificate . And NO company doing business directly with the Military , The .Gov. providing Intel , receiving Intel or the Mil . Industrial Complex should be allowed to use foreign money and influence to set the pace for ANY AMERICAN CITIZEN or Any American Law(s) ,,,or be a socialist by the name of George ! Money talks and American Law (s) walk ! God Bless America , God Bless The Republic

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  • GRA

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    GOOD RIDDANCE – GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!

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  • fishunter

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    As long as the current administration is running the government, do not expect anything to improve. Whomever is appointed will be in lock-step with Obama. We need to hang-on until 2016 and elect someone who supports individual freedom and believes in the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

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  • steve b.

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    One incompetent stooge out one incompetent stooge in.Just how has anybody “owned up” to Terrys death? Anybody go to jail? Anybody even fired?Big government=small freedom/Small government=big freedom.Something appears to be blatantly wrong in El barack husseins choices.

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  • Bobby G

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    I can’t tell you how much hearing this news just breaks my heart. I wish more people like him would give up trying to shove their so called “progressive” agendas down our throats and resign in disgust. We’ll all be happier if more of them do.

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  • will-j

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    Been a while since I’ve added my $.02 worth in here. But, I think that one requirement for the appointment of ANYONE to ANY Government post should be that the person Will have to be a VETERAN….HONORABLY DISCHARGED; NO exceptions.
    Perhaps then, We’ll have someone to speak/act on our behalf. Just sayin’.
    WILL

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    • 440volt

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      Well said sir! Might I add the offices of President and Vice President should be Honorably discharged Veterans. I have always felt that if the Commander in Chief is going to send young men and women off to war he (or she) should have at least a nodding acquaintance with what it is like to serve on active duty.

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    • Don

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      So what about people who have medical reasons why they can’t get into the military? There are millions of people in the US who have ailments that keep them from getting into the military but are more than capable of running a country. And there are just as many ex-military who were discharged honorably that screw up this country… There are ex honorably discharged military at all levels who can’t even balance a check book let alone balance the budget of a country.

      So you are saying that we should elect Wesley Clark, the democratic retired General… Or Colin Powell, another retired military General who is pro climate change legislation. He supports the radical governmental takeover of the health care industry. He accuses the GOP of using racial code words to oppose the president. He is pro amnesty as a path to immigration reform…

      The only way we are going to turn this country around is to get the corruption out of politics. Until we can do that we will never have the true leaders jumping into politics. We need leaders that can put politics aside and lead the country as a whole, military or non-military. We need leaders that can get both parties to work together and get things done no matter if they are white, black, female, ex-military or civilian.

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  • dprato

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    These people probably leave the administration in droves because they finally can’t live with all the BS and irrational things they are asked to do and say by this administration. There is nothing worse than looking like a fool to protect an incompetent boss or bosses.

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  • Sean

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    95% of the United States Federal government is illegal=unconstitutional. Just because 8 people in black robes say something is constitutional doesn’t make it so. Effectively, yes, legally? No. Read the constitution; article 3 gives the congress the ability to constitute the supreme court. Nowhere in that article does it state that the supreme court has any ability to interpret the plain language of the constitution. It is time the States (yes, capital S State, as the States are the true power, not the Federal apparatus, which is created and should be controlled by the States) amended the constitution with no input from any Federal official and put an end to the freedom sapping and, I say again, illegal, Federal government.

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    • Franco Templet

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      I agree with every point in your post. The ONLY way to do what you suggest is to have a Convention of the States under Article 5 of our Republic’s Constitution. This process is under way as we speak in several State legislatures across this nation. The political Left is trying hard to spin this and convince people that a convention under Art. 5 will allow the participants to nullify/cancel our Const. It does not. What it does do is allow amendments to our Const. to be purposed and voted for or against by the delegates. ANY/ALL amendments adopted at the convention CAN NOT BE CHANGED OR VETOED BY ANYONE. Not the POTUS, the Congress, nor any court including the Supreme Court.
      Amendments adopted will be what turns our Republic around, such as lifetime term limits (X # of total lifetime years in any elected office) for members of any/all courts, including the Sup. Court, both houses of Congress & their staff members, Stop paying any/all Fed employees obscene salary/bonuses, pensions/insurance plans, install a pay-cap for Fed jobs to a wage comparable to the same position in the private sector, do away with or drastically change the corrupt Lobbing system, end dozens of Fed Agencies, and prevent them from reinstatement, stop any/all ”Executive Orders” by future Presidents, make it easier to fire Fed employees including the President, & arrest/prosecute them for crimes, allow State Att’s General/We the People to bring charges against any Fed employee or the POTUS using a different and un-corrupted mechanism. these are just a few examples.
      The way it is now, anything we do, there is some mechanism allowing it to be nullified. When their’s not any legal way, the Const. is circumvented, and no one has the stones to do anything about it. The Fed system is so compromised/corrupted by un-elected people, changing who we elect will do nothing as long as these longtime Dep. heads are not uprooted and evicted post-hast.
      We ALL need to do our homework, then support a Convention of the Several States (35 of 50) to preserve our Republic as founded. ”Working together” with Progressives who’s goal is to overload the Capitalist system to the point of collapse/failure is an exercise in suicide. They want the US to fail,, we want it to survive. Where’s the ”common ground” or ”Compromise”in that?? There is none. They’ll do anything to see it fail. If we are not willing to do anything to see it survive, we’ve already lost, and we have failed every generation not yet born, sentencing them all to unspeakable oppression from a Totalitarian State.
      For those lucky enough to escape the US borders,(if there are any) where the hell are they to escape too? We are the very last hope on this planet for the Human Race to live in Liberty. People use to laugh at political corruption. Well, no one’s laughing anymore.
      Think about that while watching your children’s care-free faces as they play. How can we do anything less than everything, even if it requires using our nations enemies tactics against them? By now, the internal rot is so complete,, that our only way out,, is through.

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    • carroll

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      I am very happy that we have a person who understands the constitution the people of this country have let the government stick there heads .up there own ass. have the people forgotten that they are the government, so what the HELL are they complaining about. It is so sad that we hold a lie higher than we hold the truth and this is a FACT.I thought our dream had came true when the housing boom clasped but the people were already in so much debt. nothing has changed. YOU know you are paying too much in taxes when the GOVERNMENT is in the real state business, ect it is so sad 85% of the people don,t own anything in America.all they owe is debt till they die. lets let america go down so people will pull there heads out of there asses and see what is really going on in there own back yard

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  • Mikial

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    Another career bureaucrat hits the revolving door to make more money and give favors in the private sector. The BATF should really be eliminated. It’s an agency that has never done anything but create problems for honest citizens and blow small incidents into major fiascoes.

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    • zmortis

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      I’m a little more generous. The BATFE should still have their regulatory powers over alcohol and tobacco. However their armed law enforcement powers should be eliminated. It hasn’t been their taxing which has been problematic, but their cowboy adventurism in the law enforcement field which has fraught with issues.

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    • Don

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      So zmortis… If you strip their armed law enforcement powers then they are useless… You said to let them keep their regulatory powers, is it not congress that passes / regulates the laws with them enforcing them? (Supposedly) So if they don’t make laws and they don’t have armed law enforcement powers, what is their purpose? That would make them tax collectors, would that not make them tax agents? And don’t we already have a tax department, the IRS???

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