The report by Glenn A. Fine, Justice's inspector general, singled out the department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for particular scorn, suggesting that the bureau was only dimly aware that it had been designated Justice's “lead coordinator” in responding to an attack with weapons of mass destruction.
The rationale for giving ATF, and not the FBI, the lead role was not explained in the report.
Other Justice Department components did not escape the inspector general's wrath.
“[W]e found that no Department law enforcement component, other than the FBI, has specific WMD operational response plans. ATF, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the United States Marshals Service (USMS) each have groups that manage all-hazards responses, but these groups do not include specific preparations for WMD incidents,” the inspector general said.