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Justice Department Gives Agent Permission to Publish Book Critical of Agency

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has switched its position and said an ATF agent may publish a book about the agency’s bungled gun smuggling sting operation “Fast and Furious,”  the Associated Press reports.

The department said it was notifying the ACLU, which is representing ATF agent John Dodson, that the book could be published.

The department previously tried to stop the publication, saying federal employees are generally banned from making profits off of their work.

But for law enforcement reasons, the AP wrote, some parts of the book, “The Unarmed Truth,” will be redacted.

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ATF Agent, Whistleblower Criticizes Agency for Blocking His Book from Being Published

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The ATF’s reason for blocking his book about the botched and deadly Operation Fast and Furious is “absurd,” the author said, the Dallas Morning News reports.

John Dodson, an ATF special agent who blew the whistle on the operation, said the book reveals important information about missteps in the agency.

“I think what happened, what we were doing, what the agency was doing, the Phoenix field division, operation itself, I think that is what is harmful for morale,” Dodson said. “I think that is what is a detriment to not only our relationships with other federal agencies, but our relationships with the American people and their trust in us.”

The AFT maintains it has the right to bar Dodson from writing the book “for any reason” because he’s a federal employee.

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ATF Whistleblower Expresses Disappointment With Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal whistleblower in the scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious says in an interview with Fox News he’s “disheartened and disappointed” by the follow-up investigations.

ATF Special Agent John Dodson said he’s frustrated with the government’s response to his February 2011 complaints, which revealed that ATF was encouraging gun dealers in Arizona to sell to straw purchasers, all with the hopes of tracing the guns to the Mexican cartels. Some of those guns surfaced in crime scenes on both sides of the border.

Records show the ATF sent about 2,500 guns to a cartel as part of an investigation, and some of those weapons are believed to be responsible for the deaths of Mexicans and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, according to Fox News.

Some Federal Agents “Anguished” Over ATF Operation That Let Guns into Mexico

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A variety of federal agent voiced “anguished objections” over an ATF operation that allowed guns to be smuggled in Mexico so they could be traced to the top levels of the drug cartels, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The paper reported that the operation known as “Operation Fast and Furious” lost track of hundreds of firearms, many which have been linked to crimes including the murder of a Border Patrol agent last December.

“With the number of guns we let walk, we’ll never know how many people were killed, raped, robbed,” ATF agent John Dodson said in an interview with the Center for Public Integrity, according to the LA Times. “There is nothing we can do to round up those guns. They are gone.”

Dodson said in that interview that he was still haunted by his participation in the operation, the Times reported.

The paper reported that “ATF said agents took every possible precaution to assure that guns were recovered before crossing into Mexico.”

ATF spokesman Scot L. Thomasson said the operation is under evaluation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s always a good business practice to review any new strategy six or eight months after you’ve initiated it, to make sure it’s working, that it’s having the desired effect, and then make adjustments as you see fit to ensure it’s successful,” he said.

Meanwhile, Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt wrote in a column on Friday after meeting with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, that the president said the flow into Mexico  of assault weapons like AK-47s rose “exponentially” after Congress let a ban on the sale of assault weapons expire in 2004.