Retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent and author Jay Dobyns released an open letter to Congress on Saturday marking the sixth anniversary of the arson of his home, torched after ATF management failed to provide adequate security following a highly dangerous and protracted undercover investigation.
Dobyns is the plaintiff in a contract dispute suit in which he maintains that, following an undercover operation in which he infiltrated the Hells Angels (a story documented in his book “No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels”), ATF violated an agreement he had with the agency to protect him and his family after credible threats of violence were made. His fears were realized when his house was set ablaze with his wife and children inside, and his alienation from management became complete after the bureau attempted to smear his reputation by maliciously pursuing him as a suspect, despite “two of the nation’s leading arson investigators determined that [he] was not involved."
Instead, real-time leads were ignored, true suspects were not pursued and Dobyns’ telephone calls were illegally recorded. A veteran investigator of numerous high-profile incidents who declared “Jay [is] clean” was removed from the case. That removal was ordered, Dobyns writes, by the same supervisor first named in connection with Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking” and the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, by insiders discussing agency abuses on the CleanUp ATF website.
“Word is that curious George Gillett the Phoenix ASAC stepped on it again,” CUATF member "1desertrat" revealed in December, 2010, giving the first hint into an operation people are still at risk of being killed from. “Allegedly he has approved more than 500 AR-15 type rifles from Tucson and Phoenix cases to be ‘walked’ to Mexico. Appears that ATF may be one of the largest suppliers of assault rifles to the Mexican cartels! One of these rifles is rumored to have been linked to the recent killing of a Border Patrol Officer in Nogales, AZ. Can anyone confirm this information?”
Opposed by the same bureaucracy responsible for covering up, stonewalling and generally toeing the administration line on Operation Fast and Furious, Dobyns has become a leading voice calling for congressional and judicial action, which he notes has been sorely lacking in his case. He has also become the target of a seeming vendetta campaign to destroy his career and reputation.
"The unethical tactics used by the government included the destruction and withholding of critical evidence and providing false sworn testimony at depositions and at trial," Dobyns charges, alleging "the highest levels of leadership ... are fully aware of the truth, yet they continue efforts to ensure it is never exposed.
“But, where is Congress on this?” he asks in his open letter. “What more is needed? If federal legislators are waiting for the court to put a bow on this situation for them then, in my opinion, you are not fulfilling your duties and passing the buck by displacing your jobs onto the judge. Evidence is presently available for your attention and action outside of the pending legal proceedings.
“For six years ATF’s top brass has acted in the very manner that you publicly criticize them for, but Congress has turned their backs to this situation, acting in the exact manner you challenge ATF’s leadership for,” he explains. “Attached below is a fraction of the critical information available to you that is not protected by the court.
"Will you react to it or will hold a double standard; one for your demands of ATF accountability and one for yourselves?" Dobyns asks.
Included as attachments were a report of investigation into the arson fire pointing to an official campaign to destroy Dobyns’ reputation even after his innocence had been established, relevant trial transcripts, and a copy of “an email exchange between two ATF managers, one of which was a figurehead in ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious (Gillett), conspiring to cover up their malicious pursuit of [Dobyns] as a suspect after learning [he] was innocent, not involved, and with no rational basis to do so.”
This column will monitor developments and report on any actions resulting from today’s open letter.