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Truth, details revealed about Operation Fast and Furious

Posted on: February 11, 2014

In The Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow the Whistle and Expose Fast and Furious, John Dodson, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent, law enforcement officer and Army veteran, writes in detail about his life and the details behind the ATF Operation Fast and Furious and how and why he blew the whistle on the operation.

John Dodson exposes Operation Fast and Furious in The Unarmed Truth.

John Dodson exposes Operation Fast and Furious in The Unarmed Truth.

Dodson pulls no punches. He names names, gives details of how the operation began and how it continued even after warnings to those in charge from him and other members of the team of the danger of letting guns walk across the border. He shows how gun shop owners questioned the tactics, but went along because the ATF directed them to cooperate. Dodson describes the arrogance of those in charge and their inability to recognize the damage the operation caused on both sides of the border.

The book shows how Dodson agonized over what to do. Who to tell. How to get someone to pay attention and stop the madness of Operation Fast and Furious. The reader begins to understand just how difficult the situation is. Dodson also worried that a Border Patrol agent or a local law enforcement officer might be killed with one of the Operation Fast and Furious weapons.  He speculated that those responsible for the operation “were going to frame the gun dealers for what went wrong.”

On Dec. 15, 2010, Dodson’s fears became a reality when Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot dead by a bandit using one of the Operation Fast and Furious weapons. Dodson writes about his “anger, guilt, shame, and regret. Anger at a group of people who carried out this madness with their arrogance and incompetence. Guilt that I was ever a part of any of it. Shame that my agency was capable of such stupidity. Regret that I hadn’t done more sooner. And then sadness…sad that a warrior I had never met had given his life, and there was a family out there that might never know the true circumstances surrounding their loved one’s death.”

From that point on, Dodson goes about getting facts and details together. He begins the arduous task of blowing the whistle on the operation. Dodson lists the avenues he takes to get the job done and the difficulty of getting to the right source. The tide changed when two representatives from Sen. Charles Grassley’s office contacted Dodson. From that point on things heated up and Dodson shared all of the information about Operation Fast and Furious.

This is a must read book told in its entirety and in great detail, so that all Americans and others effected by Operation Fast and Furious get the total picture of how this operation came to be. Dodson gives credit where credit is due not only in the acknowledgments section of the book, but in the book’s pages. He also lays the blame for the operation at the feet of those responsible. Let’s hope that Dodson’s honesty and full disclosure help to hold those responsible for this murderous operation fully accountable.

© 2014 Janice Semmel

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