Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives whistleblower Special Agent John Dodson--the first BATFE agent to courageously come forward and publicly expose the twisted evil of "Operation Fast and Furious," has written a book about the operation. Operation Fast and Furious, generally referred to in this column as "Project Gunwalker" (thank you, David Codrea) was a plan hatched at Attorney General Eric Holder's Department of "Justice" to deliberately arm Mexico's brutal drug cartels with so-called "assault weapons." The entirely predictable (and indeed counted upon) ensuing carnage was then exploited to justify more draconian gun regulation in the U.S.
To, let us hope, the shock of no one, the agency is refusing to allow the publication of the book. From The Hill:
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) penned a foreword to a book written by an ATF whistle-blower John Dodson. But the ATF is preventing publication because the book could hurt morale, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Dodson.
Hmm--"the book could hurt morale" at the BATFE? And are we to understand that this is a bad thing? Let us remember what boosts the morale of the BATFE command structure. We talked about it before, quoting a report compiled by Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA):
An increase of crimes and deaths in Mexico caused an increase in the recovery of weapons at crime scenes. When these weapons traced back through the Suspect Gun Database to weapons that were walked under Fast and Furious, supervisors in Phoenix were giddy at the success of their operation.
Yep--dead Mexicans, killed with the assistance of the U.S. government, are a "success," about which to be "giddy." As BATFE supervisor David Voth told agents who somehow failed to appreciate the joys of facilitating mass murder in Mexico, "If you don't think this is fun you're in the wrong line of work."
Some might argue that if this kind of institutional evil is what makes the agency happy, decent people should want morale there to be as low as possible. Note that the the BATFE seems not to be contesting the truth of the book's allegations. Shouldn't bureau employees be encouraged to face hard truths about the agency's egregious misdeeds? Is that not the first step in avoidance of a repetition of disgraceful history?
In fairness, it should be noted that there are also reports that it is not only the book itself that the BATFE finds sufficiently objectionable to justify blocking its publication, but the fact that an individual currently employed by the agency would profit from sales of the book. From the Huffington Post:
ATF Agent John Dodson, whose disclosures about the Arizona-based ATF operation known as Fast and Furious sparked congressional and Justice Department investigations, is trying to publish a book about his experience. Having written the book during his continued employment with the ATF, Dodson had to request that it qualify as outside employment in order to be able to receive any proceeds from publishing the book. ATF officials denied that request, but said he's still free to publish the book after an internal agency review -- as long as he doesn't get paid.
Perhaps. Such treatment by the bureau of Dodson in that regard, though, would certainly be in marked contrast to its decision to allow a central figure in "Project Gunwalker" to collect a very comfy BATFE salary while on paid leave, and simultaneously collect a six figure salary from JP Morgan Chase--a corporation with numerous cozy (and profitable) ties to BATFE, and which (coincidentally?) has also worked to undermine Defense Distributed's "Wiki Weapon" Project.
This concern about "morale" at the BATFE is certainly late in coming, having never posed any obstacle to retaliation against whistleblowers (too many examples to catalog). Leadership also appears blissfully unconcerned about the morale of the families of hundreds of "nameless, faceless dead" in Mexico (or, for that matter, the family of "Gunwalker"-slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry).
In the end, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that in an agency that exists to violate the rights of citizens, the lower the morale, the better.
- A journalist's guide to 'Project Gunwalker'-Part One
- Breakfast with the BATFE; Mexican journalist asks Obama to 'veto' 2nd Amendment
- Let's be clear--the only thing 'botched' in 'Project Gunwalker' was the cover-up
- Holding ‘Gunwalker’ figures ‘accountable’ evidently involves sweetheart deals
- Family of Brian Terry Responds to ATF Censorship of Fast and Furious Whistleblower John Dodson
- Terry Family Say Let Dodson Publish