Two months ago, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms attempted to censor a book written by Operation Fast and Furious whistleblower John Dodson, arguing the book's publication would "hurt morale." They failed. The book ATF didn't want Americans to read is out this week with new information and an incredible insider view of the fatal operation.
The Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow The Whistle and Expose Fast and Furious, Dodson details how the operation happened and how he, a person who had spent his life hiding from attention, made the decision to approach Congress about the Department of Justice and its gunwalking into Mexico after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December 2010. Although he had been put in tough positions before, on 9/11 he pulled bodies out of the Pentagon and was called to help after the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, the decision to become a whistleblower changed his life forever. ATF supervisors tried to strip Dodson of his badge, had him transferred numerous times and did everything possible to make his life a living hell. Dodson's "friends" in the agency abandoned him and the pressure took a toll on his family. Regardless, Dodson believed the truth was most important. In the book, Dodson describes whistleblowing as a "full time job," and today, despite poor treatment from his agency, stands vindicated.
"Hopefully, for all the injustices we suffered, if we made it a little easier for others to speak out against the actions of their government then what we did was worth it. I believe there are still plenty of us out there who believe the unarmed truth is ultimately worth more than any job or accolade. I want my story to be known to anyone willing to take a stand, so they will know that they don't stand alone," Dodson writes.
Last night, Dodson went on Fox News to tell his story and stressed the importance of people in government taking a stand against illegal behavior and illegal orders from supervisors.
Thanks to Right Sightings for the video.
This post has been updated.
|Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is also the author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up.
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