ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent’s Fast and Furious book

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October 7, 2013

JonDodson
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book, claiming his retelling of the Mexico “gun-walking” scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times.

ATF’s dispute with Special Agent John Dodson is setting up a First Amendment showdown that is poised to bring together liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and conservatives in Congress who have championed Mr. Dodson’s protection as a whistleblower.

The ACLU is slated to become involved in the case Monday, informing ATF it is representing Mr. Dodson and filing a formal protest to the decision to reject his request to publish the already written book, sources told The Times, speaking only on the condition of anonymity.

The battle also could have repercussions on Capitol Hill, where the two lead investigators who helped uncover the Fast and Furious scandal, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, Calif. Republican, had written a foreword to the book, the sources said.

ATF officials declined Sunday night to discuss Mr. Dodson’s specific matter, citing personnel privacy. But the officials said it was possible for an agent to be rejected for publishing a book for pay but get permission to publish it for free. No manuscript for any Fast and Furious book has received approval for unpaid publication, however, the officials said.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • David Hendrick Behrens says:

    Agent Terry was killed and hundreds of innocent Mexicans were killed by those thousands of illegal guns, illegally sold to barbaric, narco-terrorists and ATF just worries about their low Morale getting lower…… Cold, Callus, Conniving Traitors.. is all they are, as is the rest of the Obama and Holder DOJ, ATF and whole Administration, they all have tried lying, stalling and hiding documents and using a massive covering up of Fast-Furious; for several years. .

  • VirgoVince says:

    Let them TRY, but DON’T let them win!!!!

  • PBHayes says:

    The citizens of the USA will never get the truth out of the Obama Administration on anything. Fast and Furious was an unbelievably stupid operation that clearly violated the Attorney General Guidelines. It is impossible for Holder and Obama to not have known and signed off of this asinine plan. The list of similar instances of incompetence and corruption is long and will get much longer as we proceed down this path to self made destruction. President Hillary Clinton will be the final nail in our coffin.

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