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Dec 02 2011

Fast and Furious Whistleblower Punished, Participants Rewarded

Even in the Age of Obama, some public servants have integrity — but they have to pay a price for it. Meanwhile those responsible for Brian Terry’s death and piles of bodies in Mexico are rewarded for their loyalty to the Regime of Hope & Change.

Six months ago, several agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stood before Congress to testify about the details of a U.S. government program that armed Mexico’s largest drug cartel with thousands of assault rifles.

The administration denied it at the time and questioned the agents’ integrity. The men were nervous and scared. They said they feared for their careers, their reputation and their families.

They were right to stand up to Obamunist malfeasance. But they were also right to be afraid.

The main hero in the story is ATF field agent John Dodson.

Dodson uprooted his family from Virginia in 2010 to join a new elite anti-gun trafficking group in Phoenix, known as Group 7. Dodson quickly witnessed what was wrong and loudly voiced his objections to [superiors David] Voth and [Bill] Newell.

Management reassigned Dodson to weekend duty and the wire room, a relatively boring job monitoring telephone traffic and subordinate to junior agents. Soon thereafter, Dodson was temporarily assigned to another group for an additional menial assignment, until ultimately sent to an FBI Task Force, completely away from the ATF, even turning off his ATF building access pass.

Dodson continued to challenge Voth, saying the operation was killing people in Mexico and suggested it was only a matter of time before a “border agent or sheriff’s deputy” would be killed by one of the guns they let go.

“If you’re going to make an omelet, you’ve got to scramble some eggs,” Voth replied, according to a congressional report.

Voth moved Dodson out of Group 7 shortly before Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot by weapons traced to Fast and Furious.

Having been proven correct did not make things easier for Dodson.

In Phoenix he was isolated, marginalized and referred to as a “nut job,” “wing-nut” and “disgruntled,” according to sources.

In Washington, ATF command ordered that “Contact with Dodson was detrimental to any ATF career.” …

Dodson was told he was toxic and could no longer work in Phoenix. With sole custody of two teenagers and under water on his house mortgage, Dodson found himself with no place to be and nowhere to go.

A supervisor suggested he’d be treated fairly at an office in South Carolina. Wanting to keep his job, protect his pension and pay the mortgage, Dodson had no other choice. He and his family now live in a small apartment, facing financial troubles, still labeled persona non grata by the very agency he carries a badge for, and regularly assaulted by leaks from “ATF sources at headquarters.”

In short, he saw his career destroyed as punishment for doing the right thing. Meanwhile,

Those in charge of the botched operation have been reassigned or promoted, their pensions intact.

Regarding Voth,

Group Supervisor David Voth managed Fast and Furious on a day-to-day basis and repeatedly stopped field agents from interdicting weapons headed to the border, according to congressional testimony. ATF boosted Voth to chief of the ATF Tobacco Division, where he now supervises more employees in Washington than he ever did in Phoenix.

As for Newell,

Special Agent in Charge of Phoenix Bill Newell, the man most responsible for directly overseeing Fast and Furious, was promoted to the Office of Management in Washington.

One of the most immutable laws defining reality is that the bigger government gets, the more corrupt it becomes. No one should be surprised that the election of the personification of Big Government has reduced America to this.

Keep quiet if you want to be rewarded.

On a tip from StanInTexas.

12 Responses to “Fast and Furious Whistleblower Punished, Participants Rewarded”

  1. Val says:

    Keep quiet about this too:Online soap opera cleans up with stimulus broadband cash
    Nearly $1M in federal funds for ‘Diary of a Single Mom’

  2. StanInTexas says:

    BEHOLD, the transparency of the Obama Administration!

  3. kiplingsburdens says:

    Proof positive that best way is to stand by and let the wolves slaughter the sheep.

    Our nation is gone. Let its enemies free us from ourselves.

  4. Mickey Shea says:

    Don’t forget also that the numbskulls at the SEC who
    were asleep at the wheel and pornsurfing while Madoff was
    running his Ponzi scheme also got bonuses and no blowback whatsoever.

  5. chuck in st paul says:

    I spent 25 years in a government agency and the unofficial motto was, “F*ck up, move up.”

    We saw it again and again. People who were actually dangerous to the public while working in the field were given cushy jobs at the sector or regional offices with a promotion instead of dismissing them for incompetence. Supervisors who were detrimental to operations and/or incompetent were given sideways promotions but not fired or demoted. The only folks who caught hell were anyone pointing out that something going on was bad or dangerous.

    So… I see nothing has changed.

  6. David says:

    Why aren’t the Republicans coming forth to protect these patriots against the corrupt actions of the ATF and the white house. Are there any honest, decent men left in our Government. What’s next the prosecution of our veterans and soldiers for doing their duty to protect our country.
    Why are the American people so quiet on this serious issue.

  7. Bubba says:

    They operate like the mafia, and I see no reason not to eliminate them like the mafia does. How about another St. Valentine’s day massacre?

  8. Jeff says:

    So if you do the politically correct bidding of the powers that be and people died due to your actions: you get rewareded for it. Do your duty to uphold your oath of office and to the right thing; you are punished for it.
    David, I dont think you understand the MSM is an arm of the Obama administration. He is their boy and they are not going to report anything that will make him look bad. And if they have to report it, they going to understate and down play it as much as they can. Hell will freeze over before they go after Obama with the same vengence as they did with Bush. Most of the public care only about who is on Dancing with the stars, or how their favorite sports team is doing.

  9. A. Levy says:

    It’s not surprising to see this happening. The Marxist-in-Chief has to cover comrade Holder at DOJ, especially since Holder was following WH orders. What IS surprising is how the gutless Republican party, and even more importantly, the American people, are tolerating this very smelly mess.

    Can you say, IMPEACHMENT?

  10. IslandLifer says:

    To the crooks go the spoils, the Untouchable Chicago Crime Syndicate. I think there are around 50 politicians asking for Holders resignation. That won’t happen and it’s NOT enough. It’s living a bad nightmare watching these crooks get away with treason and murder.

  11. JooJooB says:

    These demon-crats spend all their time fighting Congressional oversight … they don’t have a spirit of cooperation, to make sure the government is sharp and clean and taking responsibility for watching over the best interests of the country, they balk, cover up, obfuscate and frustrate every attempt at open government.

    Kick the bastards out in 2012.

  12. Sarge says:

    What ever happened to the Whistle Blower Laws put into effect after Nixon’s downfall?

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