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ATF now promoting book it tried to kill

Why would ATF equate a book it tried to kill with an agency achievment?
Why would ATF equate a book it tried to kill with an agency achievment?
Via Jay Dobyns

In a bizarre twist within a more bizarre story, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is once more promoting a book it tried to suppress and is simultaneously suing him over, recently retired agent Jay Dobyns revealed Monday on the CleanupATF “whistleblower” website.

The book, “No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels” became a New York Times bestseller that was critically-acclaimed as “a white knuckler,” as “compulsively page-turning” and as “absolutely amazing,” among the many rave reviews. Though the Bureau had been aware of the memoir since Dobyns began writing it, and had even promoted it on its internal webpage, that apparent blessing was reversed when their relationship with the agent became legally adversarial.

“In 2010, two weeks after I defeated DOJ's attempt to quash my lawsuit, ATF changed their position on my book,” Dobyns explained. “33 months after they became aware of it and with no prior interest or action, ATF and DOJ decided to counter-sue me over it.”

That makes it all the more difficult to understand why, after spending untold dollars funding “a team of no less than 10 government attorneys” in a time of supposed fiscal crisis, ATF once more finds itself trying to exploit Dobyn’s achievement as something they share credit in, even if it means undercutting its efforts to keep that achievement from succeeding.

“ATF is again promoting my book and putting it on display within the walls of the ATF Headquarters building in Washington, D.C.,” Dobyns explained, providing the photos accompanying this column to prove it. “It is being used to promote ATF's achievements on a wall labeled ‘ATF Authors’."

Whether this is an example of “the right hand never seems to know what the left hand is up to” or if it merely points to a case of exploitation, either explanation is inexcusable, especially in light of the government’s prior position that the retired agent's book presented “a compromise to national security" that warranted spending untold money and man-hours trying to kill.

After all, mismanagement disconnects were used to justify the need to have a full-time director, and to justify that director being B. Todd Jones.

"In spite of what Director Jones may say publicly, retribution is alive and well under his command. Actually it is thriving," Dobyns told Gun Rights Examiner when asked about this latest development. "The Executives at ATF know all the facts of my case. But, rather than acknowledging to the failures of their predecessors they have joined forces with DOJ to compound them by sticking their collective heads in the sand with an 'it's not my problem' attitude. That goes beyond ATF because the double-standards that exist are sanctioned by Jones' boss Eric Holder."

Unknown at this time is if another book the Bureau fought tooth and nail to kill will ever make it to the ATFHQ wall of fame.


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