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ATF Tries Blocking Whistlebowing Agents Fast & Furious Book
4 years ago

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 Co


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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