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Issa and Grassley Concerned About ATF Blocking Book by Whistleblower on “Fast and Furious”

John Dodson

By TAL KOPAN
Politico

WASHINGTON — Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Thursday demanding more information about the agency’s decision to prohibit the agent who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious from publishing his book.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member, who have been outspoken critics of the failed gun-walking operation, wrote to the director of the ATF that the rejection of Special Agent John Dodson’s book was “disconcerting.”

“We find it disconcerting that ATF denied Special Agent Dodson’s request merely because the content of his book might be uncomfortable and embarrassing to some within your organization,” the lawmakers wrote. “This position does not reflect the commitment you made in your confirmation hearing to be supportive of whistleblowers in your role as director of the ATF.”

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ATF Agent, Whistleblower Criticizes Agency for Blocking His Book from Being Published

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The ATF’s reason for blocking his book about the botched and deadly Operation Fast and Furious is “absurd,” the author said, the Dallas Morning News reports.

John Dodson, an ATF special agent who blew the whistle on the operation, said the book reveals important information about missteps in the agency.

“I think what happened, what we were doing, what the agency was doing, the Phoenix field division, operation itself, I think that is what is harmful for morale,” Dodson said. “I think that is what is a detriment to not only our relationships with other federal agencies, but our relationships with the American people and their trust in us.”

The AFT maintains it has the right to bar Dodson from writing the book “for any reason” because he’s a federal employee.

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Mexican Police Arrest 3rd Suspect in Slaying of Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The December 2010 slaying of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry shed light on the U.S. government’s botched gun-smuggling investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, The Washington Times reports.

Now a third suspect is in custody in the shootout that left Terry dead in the Arizona borderlands.

Police in Sinaloa, Mexico, arrested suspect Ivan Soto Barraza, 30.

He is awaiting extradition, the Times reported.

“Brian’s family is pleased to hear of another arrest and we remain hopeful that two additional fugitives believed to be in Mexico will be arrested. Questions remain unanswered about the death of Brian, including details on the failed gun trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious,” Terry’s cousin told Reuters.

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Mexican Man Who Killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010 to Be Sentenced Sept. 10

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican man who pleaded guilty to killing a Border Patrol agent in 2010 and whose case revealed the botched “Fast and Furious” investigation is to be sentenced Sept. 10, the Associated Press reports.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes is one of five men accused of killing Agent Brian Terry, but he’s the only one to plead guilty. One other suspect is in custody, while the others remain on the loose.

Two rifles found at the scene belonged originated from the “Fast and Furious” investigation.

Fed Judge Skeptical of Justice Dept. Bid to Dismiss Lawsuit in Fast and Furious Case


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
A fed judge in D.C. appeared skeptical of the Justice Department’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit centering on the poorly thought out ATF operation known as Fast and Furious, according to the Associated Press. 

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has filed a lawsuit seeking records related to the operation.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson “sharply challenged the department’s claim that federal courts have no jurisdiction in the dispute,” according to the Associated Press.

“I’m a check and balance,” countered Jackson.”The third branch exists.”

 

Report: ICE Agents Could Have Blown the Whistle on Bungled Fast & Furious Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ICE agents along the Arizona border became aware that ATF was allowing illegal guns to cross the border as part of the bungled Fast & Furious investigation, the Washington Guardian reports.

But ICE agents, who were concerned and talked to local ATF officials about the unusual probe, never took the complaints to Washington, missing an opportunity to blow the whistle on the scandal, the Guardian wrote.

The findings were revealed in a new Homeland Security inspector general report.

“Most Homeland Security Investigations personnel in Arizona who received information about the investigation recognized that the task force was using a flawed methodology, which was contrary to ICE policy and practices for weapons smuggling investigations,” the inspector general concluded in a little-noticed report issued late last month.

 

Sidelined for Blowing the Whistle on ATF, Special Agent Now Hailed As Hero

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

ATF Special Agent John Dodson, who was sidelined after blowing the whistle on the botched gun-running operation Fast and Furious, has been cleared by his bosses and now is considered a hero, Fox News reports.

John Dodson has been cleared of any wrongdoing, was praised by Congress for bringing the botched operation to the public, Fox News wrote.

“I fully appreciate that you took the courageous step of going to Congress to ensure that the public learned of the flawed tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious,” Deputy Director Tom Brandon said to Dodson.

“Although it took some time, the basic truth is now known to all: Throughout Operation Fast and Furious, agents and prosecutors failed to ensure that firearms were interdicted from straw purchasers and traffickers whenever there was a legal basis and opportunity to do so,” Brandon said.

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More Guns Show Up from Botched Gun-Trafficking Operation Fast and Furious

atf file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Two weapons linked to the botched gun-trafficking Operation Fast and Furious were found at the scene of a deadly drug cartel gunfight last month, the Tribune Washington Bureau reports.

The guns – an AK-47 assault rifle and 5.7 mm pistol – illustrate that some of the 2,000 weapons lost under Operation Fast and Furious remain in the wrong hands and likely will be used in crimed, the Tribune reported.

The pistol was purchased by Supervisory Agent George Gillett, who was helping oversee the botched operation.

Feds are investigating. Gillett declined to comment.