Operation Fast and Furious: Whistleblower Protection, One Year Later

Whistleblower Protection

Whistleblower protection is of the utmost importance in criminal casesA South Carolina man is “disheartened and disappointed” a year after blowing the whistle on a scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious.

ATF Special Agent John Dodson is the whistleblower, and he has not received proper protection after exposing the operation.

As reported on Fox News, Agent Dodson claims the US government was helping run guns to Mexican cartels. According to court records, Dodson claims the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were behind an operation to send 2,500 guns to the Sinaloa Cartel from the months of September 2009 to January 2011. During the operation, agents were asked to sell the guns and other weapons and report the transactions to ATF immediately. Most of the firearms dealers were skeptical, but went along with the operation. Weapons then started showing up at crimes scenes in Mexico. Dodson claims he warned his supervisors that the operation was going to kill an American law enforcement officer, as well as, hundreds of Mexicans.

Dodson made a comment in the office lunchroom in May of 2010 warning of the dangers of the operation. His warning turned into a reality with the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Terry’s family is preparing to sue the U.S. for wrongful death. Dodson said internal emails revealed guns from the Fast and Furious Operation were found at the scene of Terry’s murder.

Dodson said he complained multiple times about the dangers of operation to the ATF Office of Professional Responsibility. He says twice he was sent to voicemail. Dodson eventually sought help from Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

Dodson went public with his allegations knowing he could potentially lose his job. He states other agents considered going along with him, but the fear of losing their job kept them doing it. Dodson was eventually ordered to leave Phoenix and move to South Carolina, where Agent-in Charge-Tom Brandon knew the boss and felt Dodson would feel less ostracized and less retribution.

Dodson claims Attorney General Eric Holder admitted the Fast and Furious operation was a mistake and ordered the agency to stop funneling guns to the cartels. Dodson states that the ATF never acknowledged any wrongdoing.   A complaint has been filed against Dodson by a former commander claiming Dodson is lying.

Dodson remains on leave, even with a mountain of evidence claiming truth to his statements.  Lawmakers are currently pushing to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for his role in the operation.

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Defending criminal charges including drug crimes, DUI, CDV, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, and juvenile crimes, Pete also handles Federal and State investigations. Representing individuals in Civil Matters including Class Actions, Personal Injury, Qui Tam Actions, Defective Products, Nursing Home Neglect, and Professional Licensing Defense cases. Joseph Preston “Pete” Strom, Jr., the managing partner at Strom Law Firm, L.L.C., has been fighting for justice since 1984.

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