Skip to comments.ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent’s ‘Fast and Furious’ book
Posted on 10/06/2013 6:47:04 PM PDT by Nachum
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book for pay, 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.
ATFs 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. Dodsons 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. Dodsons 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.
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The BATFE should just hold a going out of business sale and then call it quits.
So, it's against the law to "hurt morale"? Are they even trying to claim the book is untruthful?
Hoo wooda thunk it.
We are close. They do not even claim that anything in the book is false.
If they can prohibit anything because it might ‘hurt morale’, someone needs to take our boyKing in hand and prohibit him. He is determined to destroy morale in the entire country. I am reminded of the phrase ‘the daily beatings will continue until morale improves’. He seems to relish hurting patriotic Americans.
Was I naïve, or did we lose it all in less than 20 years?
If I’m gonna’ live out my days in a totalitarian hellhole, I’ll take Cuba over the USSA. Beautiful women, cool cars, warm weather. And the faint hope of freedom.
ATF tries to block whistleblowing agents Fast and Furious book
Thanks, JJ. (Sorry, I don't have the F & F avatar.)
(In before the “I can’t believe I agree with the ACLU!” brigade)
We should leave politics to the lefties and try to reform the ACLU. They’re on our side more & more often. We should be allies.
Yep. They’re only bitch is that there widdle feewings may be hurt.
I really wish that conservatives would be able to outgrow the knee-jerk hatred of the ACLU (and probably likewise). Many times, they are on the same side. Find the areas of agreement before looking for the disagreements.
I would like someone to explain how anything - anything - that this particular agency does could be considered “classified”.
Hurt your morale? FU BATFE. How’s that feel on your morale?
I believe that this is a preemptive strike against the flood of tell-all books that are no doubt being written for publication in 2017. The Dems are broke and there won’t be enough money to pay everyone off and without being in power, no cushy jobs to pass out. And, the world has room for only so many talking heads.
It is going to be like giving laxatives to a rhinoceros with a bad combination of Monezuma’s revenge AND constipation.
Ah, it would hurt their MORALE, yes.
I wonder how it feels to have your biz raided for no reason, all your property seized, and your name tarnished..? That’s after they break into your house, smashing everything, pointing guns at your head, and then imprisoning you.
And they do that to your wife and your child, also.
Then they say you’ll get seperate trials and they hold you incommunicado.
Or....I wonder how morale is if they kill your son, and shoot your wife in the head as she holds your baby..? That probably hurts your feelings pretty badly, I’d say. And then they fly over your cabin with a huge fuel bladder, threatening to burn the whole place to a crisp...
Or...maybe they DO burn your place to a crisp, along with almost 100 other people inside, including many kids, eh? Cuz your brand of Christianity sort of weirds them out...
I’d bet that would really, REALLY hurt your morale, right?
This report SOUNDS like a joke, but against all reason they really do take their feelings quite seriously.
Excellent post, originalbuckeye. Sadly, this whole story about government attempting to block this ATF's agent book is very much consistent with the policies of this neo-totalitarian administration,
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book for pay, 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.”
I wonder which furloughed employees are following up on this. Apparently, gagging whistleblowers is an “essential” function of the Obama administration.
It isn't that they moved to the right, it is that everything else has shifted that far left.
I can see your point. If you have to live in a banana republic, you should at least be able to enjoy the bananas.
Not only does the Constitution not contain any words even vaguely capably of being construed as protecting the citizen from being “offended”, it also does not discuss protecting the “morale” of either agency, agencyperson or just plain citizen.
We have fully become the Soviet Union. Only a brief time before the Gulags are set up.
No, you pretty much nailed it.
That's Felony Bullying (34 USC 12.3)
Damn that pesky first amendment. Arrange for him to have an accident. Nothing blatant.
No toilet paper. Shortages of salt. And trust me, there aren’t that many beautiful women.
It would actually help morale if an investigation rocked the management in that agency. Morale at BATFE is already rock bottom. Who wants to work at a place where your boss is coercing you into committing a crime which your agency is supposed to be stopping. Even after F&F imploded the people running the op got moved, not fired. I bet every smart line agent is keeping book on their supervisors. Not a healthy working environment.
Article says the ATF first denied on July 17. Then deial upheld internally four days later.
My question is what happened between then and now.
So he loses his first amendment for someone’s moral?
Expect more Hastings-ides.
So the primary rationale for prohibiting the book is “morale?” This won’t last.
The ACLU decided to get involved.
>>We should leave politics to the lefties and try to reform the ACLU. Theyre on our side more & more often. We should be allies.
Good to see someone thinkin’ with their head rather than their program. There are a number of issues we have in common with the left- banking, big pharma, safe foods, rational environmentalism, reducing foreign policy adventurism, Internet freedom, safe neighborhoods, better schools and access to higher education, reduction of the power of lobbyists, etc. They are there if you look for them.
Seems odd to me that the author would just let it ride since July.
At best the Left pay only lip service to most of those.
For instance: they don't want better schools, they want entrenched and secure teacher-unions.
Ask Zimmerman how much the Left care about safe neighborhoods.
Ask the Libyans, the Yemenis and the Syrians how much the Left care about Foreign Policy.
And as for limiting lobbyists - this White House put them all on salary!
Not very odd to me. When you’re almost universally ignored by the press and 99% of the people in the country have never heard of you, it’s pretty hard to get any traction.
I’m pretty sure every court in the country would shield the BATF from getting its feeling hurt. They’d better have more than that to whine about. HEY -—ATF-—just come clean on F&F and the book won’t be a problem for you.
Their "reason" for blocking publication pretty much guarantees that the book is truthful. They're obviously afraid of it.