ATF tries to block Fast and Furious book

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ATF tries to block Fast and Furious whistle-blower from publishing book

The ATF agent who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious has been denied permission to write a book on the botched anti-gun trafficking sting "because it would have a negative impact on morale," according to the very agency responsible for the scandal.

After first trying to stop the operation internally, ATF Agent John Dodson went to Congress and eventually the media following the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010. Two guns found at the murder scene were sold through the ATF operation.

Dodson's book, titled "The Unarmed Truth," provides the first inside account of how the federal government permitted and helped sell some 2,000 guns to Mexican drug cartels, despite evidence the guns killed innocent people.

Dodson, who is working with publisher Simon & Schuster, submitted his manuscript to the department for review, per federal rules. However, it was denied.

Greg Serres, an ATF ethics official, told Dodson that any of his supervisors at any level could disapprove outside employment "for any reason."

Serres letter said: "This would have a negative impact on morale in the Phoenix Field Division and would have a detremental effect [sic] on our relationships with DEA and FBI."

The national office of the American Civil Liberties Association is representing Dodson as he fights the decision. ACLU attorney Lee Rowland says the agency's restriction is overly broad.

Rather than provide a specific objection which would allow for a line-by-line redaction, ATF used a policy that "grants supervisors the discretion to censor critical speech simply because it annoys or embarrasses the ATF," Rowland wrote in a letter delivered Monday.

"Given the national importance of both the Fast and Furious operation and ATF practices more broadly, ATF faces an extremely high burden in demonstrating that its interests outweigh Agent Dodson's right to speak -- and the public's right to hear -- his views about Operation Fast and Furious," she explained.

First Amendment rights are especially strong when the speech affected deals with public policy, Rowland said, requiring the government to meet a very high bar. Precisely because Dodson's views differ dramatically from those of his supervisors, his "thoughts and opinions" should not be censored, Rowland said.

Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl said the federal code prohibiting employees from outside compensation from speeches and writing could pose a significant problem for Dodson.

"He is still an agent with the ATF and the ATF has very strict restrictions," Wiehl said. "You can't receive compensation for outside employment, including writing a book, without permission."

On the other hand, Wiehl said, the ATF may have overplayed its hand by saying it can deny publication "for any reason."

"What kind of hubris is that when a whistle-blower wants to go on public record -- the First Amendment says he should be able to go forward," she said. "The ATF created their own embarrassment, maybe its own negligence -- that agent Dodson had the courage to reveal. And now he is being punished for that."

The ACLU argues ATF rules are "constitutionally inadequate (and result) in impermissible censorship of the speech of a public employee."

Dodson says "The Unarmed Truth" will come out in January, with or without the ATF's permission.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...-furious-whistle-blower-from-publishing-book/
 

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Kirk is disappoint. Was counting on for fap material.
 

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Fuck the atf
 

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I shall support this author. Been looking for some new reading material.
 

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Can he quit the ATF, then sell the book?

Also, someone needs to look up the Streisand effect.
 

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Can he quit the ATF, then sell the book?
Better idea. Sell the book to the publisher outright, and have them attach a pseudonym to it.
 
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Can he quit the ATF, then sell the book?

Also, someone needs to look up the Streisand effect.
I don't think so... as he would have to sign like confidentially agreements... like when we bought this farm my chick had to fill out paperwork showing them all her interests in here and making sure there is no conflict of interest etc...
 

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They didn't try to attack specific content, or claim that there was false information in the book, so it sounds like it's all true, and it's all bad.
 
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Most transparent blah blah blah.
It's not even that... again depending on agency you sign a shit ton of stuff saying you will not blab about what you have seen... as say you worked for a regulating agency like the FDA... and saw the Coke formula... that sort of thing.
 

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It's not even that... again depending on agency you sign a shit ton of stuff saying you will not blab about what you have seen... as say you worked for a regulating agency like the FDA... and saw the Coke formula... that sort of thing.
This has nothing to do with protecting military secrets, or not contributing to illicit activity. The excuse given was it would hurt morale, but basically they are saying "don't publish this book, because it will make us look like liars and/or incompetent assholes".
 
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This has nothing to do with protecting military secrets, or not contributing to illicit activity. The excuse given was it would hurt morale, but basically they are saying "don't publish this book, because it will make us look like liars and/or incompetent assholes".
Well that is what is signed up for...
 

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I can't imagine a fast and furious book would be very interesting:

The car chased the other car. The car drove faster. The other car also increased its speed. The car hit another car. The other car also hit a car. Then they drove fast some more.
 

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I can't imagine a fast and furious book would be very interesting:

The car chased the other car. The car drove faster. The other car also increased its speed. The car hit another car. The other car also hit a car. Then they drove fast some more.
Seriously. I wish they would get involved and try to block more Fast and Furious movies. Those things stink worse than week old shit

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There, I fixed it. Happy @Pigdango You fumb ducker?
 

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Seriously. I wish they would get involved and try to block more Fast and Furious movies. Those things stick worse than week old shit
Week old shit is probably too hard to stick to anything.
 

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I can't imagine a fast and furious book would be very interesting:

The car chased the other car. The car drove faster. The other car also increased its speed. The car hit another car. The other car also hit a car. Then they drove fast some more.
Vin Diesel and the Rock posed like oiled-up Greek Gods.
 

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I heard there's something about an airfield track that was super long that got everyone hot and bothered.
 

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Quit and publish it anyway. He'd probably make more money that way than retiring.
 

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It's not even that... again depending on agency you sign a shit ton of stuff saying you will not blab about what you have seen... as say you worked for a regulating agency like the FDA... and saw the Coke formula... that sort of thing.
Does that thing you sign count if the agency is involved with illegal activity?
 
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Does that thing you sign count if the agency is involved with illegal activity?
I have not idea... again confidentiality... but there are those whistle blower laws... guess he could argue those.
 

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The empty suits in charge have been trying to fire him for blowing the whistle on their illegal operations.

The truth will set you free...