ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent’s ‘Fast and Furious’ book
1st Amendment battle over gun-walking expose
By John Solomon The Washington Times Sunday, October 6, 2013
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.
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.
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Last time I checked, alcohol, tobacco, and firearms are all legal products in this country.
Why do we need an agency of armed government goons to even be involved in any of these?
It’s time the ATF was disbanded, as there is absolutely no constitutional basis for its existence.
-And the ATF agents involved in Fast and Furious need to be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.