Chicago, IL—On a muggy Tuesday morning in late June, a group of about six dozen people gathered outside a downtown Chicago studio where photographer David Ehrlich was working on a project documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
A reporter was waiting to speak to the group, but the group was silent, with Ehrliches face hidden in a pocket of his clothes.
The man who had arrived on the scene, a veteran reporter named Matt Lutz, said he wanted to speak with Eichler, who has been working with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) since 2007 to try to prevent criminals from using the city’s streets and streetscapes to carry out mass shootings and other mass atrocities.
“This is a very big city,” Lutz said, “and there’s a lot of people out there, and there’s no way that a single person can get into the city.”
Lutz is one of dozens of people who have spoken with ATF about the agency’s efforts to thwart terrorism and other attacks that would allow gunmen to shoot people on Chicago’s streets.
As the U,S.
government battles the homegrown threat posed by radicalized terrorists, the agency is also battling a proliferation of images that show the city as a sanctuary city for the perpetrators of some of the most deadly terrorist attacks in U.A.E. history.
It is unclear how many law enforcement agencies in the country have been involved in the FBI’s efforts.
The bureau’s investigation into the shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2014 prompted a wave of publicity around the issue of “citizen journalism” in the wake of the killings.
In a series of letters, the FBI described how it was investigating what it called the “crime and terrorism of a few, an ideology and a conspiracy.”
A report by the Congressional Black Caucus Office of the Inspector General (OCOIG) in 2017 detailed how law enforcement officers were not properly tracking and preventing the flow of guns into the UAB, and were not enforcing the federal gun-control laws.
In the wake, FBI Director Christopher Wray acknowledged that the agency was not doing enough to prevent gun trafficking and other types of violent crimes that could lead to the deaths of people.
But the OCOIG found that the FBI had been “failing to follow its own policy guidance.”
In its investigation, the OCCOIG found the bureau had not properly tracked and reported the sale of guns to the OAB and other law enforcement groups that are allowed to purchase guns without being required to register them.
The OCCG also found that many ATF employees had not been following procedures to detect and respond to suspicious activities.
The ATF declined to respond to questions about the bureau’s efforts, but an agency spokesperson told the Chicago Sun-Times that the bureau was “committed to keeping its citizens safe.”
In an interview with Ars, Lutz described the FBI as a “superweapon” for its efforts to protect the city.
“If you want to understand why they’re doing this, it’s because the ATF is an incredible superweapon,” Luthyso said.
“They can just be a superweapon for anybody.”
The ATF has a reputation for its “super weapon” tactics.
The agency has been at the forefront of gun-tracking programs that help law enforcement trace firearms to the source of them and then track those guns through the background check system, known as FFLs, to the person who owns them.
According to a report by The Intercept, the ATF has had an FFL program in place for nearly three decades.
And the agency has an extensive database of weapons that have been linked to domestic terrorism, gun crimes, or other criminal activity.
The FBI’s involvement in the project is not unprecedented.
As of January 2018, the bureau has a $2.5 million bounty on the head of anyone who tracks down and sells guns that were used in attacks on U.s. soil during the presidential election in 2016.
The program has become so widespread that the ATF began tracking down potential buyers on its own, which is not uncommon in an era when gun owners are increasingly reluctant to talk to police about guns that may be involved in crimes.
But Lutz and other investigators say the FBI is not following its own guidelines to deal with these types of cases.
“The way the FBI operates and what they do is they’re not going to investigate these cases and they’re never going to talk about it with law enforcement,” Lutks attorney, John E. Wetherbee, told Ars.
“That’s why they get so much publicity.”
Wetherbees group is part of the Chicago-based Criminal Justice Transparency Initiative, which works to expose and combat corruption and the use of government resources to advance special interests and corporate agendas.
In 2015, the group published a report detailing how the FBI was paying $60