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ATF to Fast and Furious Whistleblower: Publish Your Book After We Censor It

October 18, 2013

Just ten days ago, I told  you about the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms moving to block the  book titled The  Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow the Whistle and Expose Fast and  Furious by Fast and Furious whistleblower John Dodson because it would  “have a negative  impact on morale.”  Dodson’s attorneys at the ACLU sent ATF  Deputy Director  Thomas Brandon a letter, and immediately the ATF changed their  story, claiming  that Dodson could not publish and profit from the book as a  working federal  agent due to federal regulations, despite the fact that the  ATF’s outside  work denial letter never mentions such a regulation.

Fast and Furious Whistleblower John Dodson

Fast and Furious Whistleblower John  Dodson

CNN is now reporting that the ATF is going to let Dodson publish the book, but not before making  redactions in it.  The ATF also says that Dodson cannot make money on the book.


A federal agent will be allowed to write a book with an insider’s account  of Operation Fast and Furious, reversing an earlier government attempt to block  publication for “morale” reasons. However, John Dodson, an agent with the  Bureau  of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, won’t be allowed  to make  money on the book.

A U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the matter says the Justice  Department, ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will review  Dodson’s manuscript and, after making redactions to protect sensitive law  enforcement information, will clear it for publication. However,  federal employee guidelines prohibit Dodson and other active agents from making  a profit from their work in law enforcement, the official  said.

Yeah, the federal government says all kinds of things that are simply untrue.

Granted, if there was something of an actual national security issue, one  could understand a redaction.  However, in the current administration, pretty  much everything they are engaged in is a national security issue, literally.   Exposing their corruption will probably fall under such a claim.

We already know where heavily redacted documents got Attorney General Eric  Holder:  Contempt  of Congress.  The Department of Justice’s documents that were sent to the  House Oversight Committee were so heavily redacted that many of the pages were  simply black, like the one seen in the photo below in the hand of Chairman  Darrell Issa (R-CA).

5937819121_ea17b658e5_zFurthermore,  I don’t see the problem in Mr. Dodson making money from his work.

The family of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered with a  weapons from the Obama administration’s Fast and Furious operation, wants  the book published.

In a statement from Ralph Terry, President of the Brian Terry Foundation, on  behalf of the family, he wrote, “The family of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent  Brian Terry stands behind ATF whistleblower John Dodson and supports his  attempts to publish his manuscript pertaining to the flawed gun trafficking  investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious. Recently, ATF officials told  Dodson that he was prohibited from releasing his memoir because it would have a  negative impact on morale in the Phoenix office of the ATF and would have a  detrimental effect on ATF’s relationships with the DEA and the FBI. Do we  really  need to remind ATF leadership that the men that killed Brian Terry were  carrying  weapons supplied to them by ATF during Operation Fast and Furious, an  investigation that both President Obama and Attorney General Holder have  publicly called ill-conceived? This latest incident reignites concerns that ATF  leadership is again seeking to avoid responsibility for the deadly errors made  in allowing the flawed gun walking tactics.”

“This should not be an issue of what some in ATF call ‘an opportunity for  Dodson to get rich’ rather it should be about accountability and transparency,”  he added.  “ATF leadership has yet another opportunity to close an ugly chapter  in its history by letting John Dodson publish his memoirs and tell the story of  Operation Fast and Furious with the goal of never repeating the same mistakes.  The Terry family and the American public deserve to hear what Dodson has to  say.  They also need to know that ATF has learned from its mistakes.”

“The Terry family urges new ATF Director Todd B. Jones to reconsider his  agency’s position and allow Dodson to publish his manuscript. It’s important  that Director Jones shows that ATF has nothing to hide in the aftermath of  Operation Fast and Furious, and that his agency is not involved in any kind of  retaliation against Special Agent Dodson for his whistleblower actions which  ultimately exposed and stopped the tactics of gun walking.  Many Americans  believe that ATF and DOJ have hidden certain aspects of the ill-conceived gun  trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious that resulted in  the death of Brian Terry; allowing the publication of John Dodson’s manuscript  would go a long way in showing that ATF has nothing to hide.”

I agree, they have hidden these things, and it is time the light came to bear  on one of the bloodiest scandals in the Obama administration in which no one  has  really been held accountable for over three years.

Credit To:  Tim Brown / Freedom Outpost


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