Carl Truscott, a 22 year veteran of the Secret Service, became head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on April 18, 2004. He announced his resignation on August 4, 2006, six months into an investigation by the DOJ’s Inspector General. Truscott it seems was more interested in spending $300,000 to decorate his office at the ATF’s new headquarters (at a time of budget cuts) than he was in actually running the agency. Then there was the use of ATF staff to put together a video report for a young relative’s school project. This illustrates the essential paradox of an Administration that in public obsesses about terrorism and demands the power to strip away Constitutional protections but which chooses to have its war on terror run by the ineffectual, the clueless, and the incompetent.