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

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  1. oldguy

    oldguy Well-Known

    Mar 6, 2008
    1. ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent’s Fast and Furious book
      1st Amendment battle over ‘gun-walking’ expose

      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.

      A source famiiiar with Mr. Dodson’s book request told the Times that ATF officials never inquired whether he was seeking to publish the book for pay or free, and that the rejection came only after his superiors in Washington and Arizona asked to read the manuscript.

      Mr. Dodson was the first ATF special agent to go public in 2011 with allegations that his supervisors had authorized the flow of semi-automatic weapons into Mexico instead of interdicting them, touching off a scandal that toppled most of the top leadership of ATF in Washington and Phoenix. The controversy also led to angry recriminations in Mexico, which dealt with a wave of violent crime linked to the weapons, and high-profile congressional hearings that embarrassed the Obama administration.

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      Mr. Dodson began penning a book late last year about his role as the central whistleblower in the case and in June sought formal permission for outside employment that would allow him to engage a publisher and publish the book. He gave a copy of the manuscript to Washington superiors in late May and to his immediate superiors in Arizona in July.

      Documents show that one of Mr. Dodson’s supervisors in Arizona, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Carlos Canino, rejected his request July 19 and was backed in the decision by the agent in charge of the office, Thomas G. Atteberry, four days later.

      Their rejection made no claims that the book would release sensitive or classified information or compromise ongoing law enforcement proceedings.

      Rather, the supervisors offered a different reason for their decision. “This would have a negative impact on morale in the Phoenix [Field Division] and would have a detrimental effect on our relationships with DEA and FBI.”

      The ATF general counsel’s office subsequently sanctioned the decision, all but killing the book project.

      “An employee’s supervisory chain may disapprove any outside employment request for any reason, at any supervisory level,” ATF attorney Greg Serres wrote Mr. Dodson on Aug. 29, underlining the word “any” for emphasis. “The Office of Chief Counsel cannot approve outside employment requests in lieu of the supervisory chain’s disapproval.

      “Therefore, your request to engage in outside employment is denied,” he said.

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  2. Mic

    Mic TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Jan 3, 2009
    Good to see the ACLU doing what they should be even when it benefits conservatives. They have been doing quite a bit of this lately - good for them.
  3. grumper

    grumper Well-Known

    Jul 5, 2012
    **** obama.

    Have the book stolen and leaked on the Internet for free then.
  4. Charlie

    Charlie "I can't think of one thing that I don't know." TGT Supporter

    Mar 19, 2008
    Kerr County
    This will be very interesting. We all know, the "book" will eventually come out ................... and make lots of money!:boom:
  5. txbikerman

    txbikerman TGT Addict

    Jul 10, 2013
    They dont want the truth to come out. Hope it gets out. I will buy and read it

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  6. AcidFlashGordon

    AcidFlashGordon TGT Addict

    Considering that Obuttfuck issued an executive order halting the investigation into assHolder's involvement in this failed farce, it's no wonder that the ATF wouldn't want one of the whistleblower's putting what really happened out there.

    Will hurt?? Holy Hell, the morale has already been shot in the ass after all the crap came down ON the whistleblowers, not to mention that no major players in this farce ever faced any disciplinary action.
  7. bryonbush

    bryonbush Active Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    this is going to be a good book. when it comes out. and makes millions. most likely on amazon.
  8. PhulesAu

    PhulesAu Well-Known

    Jul 26, 2013
    Texas, Mostly
    You're not allowed to print things, that offend people??
  9. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

    Jul 11, 2009
    East Houston
    This is just more of the same. Obama is covering his tracks. I would read that book if it gets published.

  10. AcidFlashGordon

    AcidFlashGordon TGT Addict

    Not offend Obastard's people. Everyone else is fair game, especially the Republicans ... as has been evidenced by all the pissing, whining and moaning about those "evil Republicans" being the only ones responsible for the shutdown.

    It's definitely someone trying to cover their tracks...whether it's Obastard or anyone else in that department is up for grabs. Probably everyone involved doesn't want this book published. I'll be in line to buy it the first day it's available for sale!!!!

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