Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) are responding to a suggested name change for the agency by the top brass in Washington. Along with the name change may come a change in duties and function, according to comments made by ATF agents Wednesday.
ATF Acting Director B. Todd Jones told the Wall Street Journal that given the enormous amount of bad press the agency has received in the wake of the Fast and Furious scandal, a name change may be in order. The "rebranding" would further signal a shift in the agency's duties and function.
But the agents who participate anonymously in an online forum called CleanUpATF.org expressed deep skepticism toward the idea. One agent stated Wednesday, "We are at a loss for words. Go home, Mr. Jones."
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