After the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, John Dodson pulled bodies out of the wreckage at the Pentagon. In 2007, following the shooting massacre at Virginia Tech, John Dodson walked through the classrooms, heartbroken, to cover up the bodies of the victims.
Then came Arizona. The American border.
Ten days before Christmas, 2010, ATF agent John Dodson awoke to the news he had dreaded every day as a member of the elite team called the Group VII Strike Force: a U.S. border patrol agent named Brian Terry had been shot dead by bandits armed with guns that had been supplied to them by ATF. Was this an inevitable consequence of the Obama administration’s Project Gunrunner, set in place one year earlier ostensibly to track Mexican drug cartels?
Brian Terry’s murder would not only change John Dodson’s life forever; it would reveal a scandal so unthinkably unpatriotic that it forced President Barack Obama to claim executive privilege and caused Attorney General Eric Holder to be held in contempt of Congress.
Federal Agent John Dodson, an ex-military man, took an oath to defend the world’s greatest country, and proudly considered himself a walking patriotic example of the American Dream. Brian Terry, ex-military like Dodson, was only forty years old, a family man who served his country by working for the government.
Dodson was terrified when the next phone call came, one with the potential to destroy his career, his family, and his life. CBS investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson asked Dodson to go public with what he knew about Fast and Furious. To Agent Dodson, this meant blowing the whistle. But to the family of Agent Terry, it was a chance to save lives and right a wrong. As he took a fight from the border towns of Arizona to a showdown in the halls of Congress, John Dodson clung to the hope that truth would prevail, that he would be redeemed, and that Brian Terry’s death would not be in vain.
Like whistle-blowers before him, John would not be welcome back on the job. But he found strength in his conscience, in the support of the American public, and in Senators Darryl Issa and Chuck Grassley. When his first-amendment rights to publicly tell his story were threatened, the ACLU took up his case. For her report revealing John Dodson as the key whistle-blower in Fast and Furious, Sharyl Attkisson received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.
Ultimately, John Dodson was cleared by the Inspector General’s office, publicly heralded as a hero, and returned to Arizona.
Perhaps a lesson gleaned from John Dodson’s powerful account is well stated by former Speaker of the House of Representatives Sam Rayburn: “If you always tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said.”
''If it weren't for John Dodson, Americans would never have known the truth about Operation Fast and Furious and the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. This book is his story, a tale of the personal and professional journey of a man who decided to tell the truth, no matter the costs. John Dodson didn't take the easy way out. For that and much more, the American people owe John Dodson a debt of gratitude.'' --Senator Chuck Grassley and Representative Darrell Issa
About the Author
John Dodson was born in Virginia. His mother was a custodian at an elementary school and his father was a farmhand. He went straight into the army after his high school graduation, where he worked in intelligence for three years. He was given an honorable discharge and became a deputy. After a long, successful law enforcement career, making detective, and working in the vice-narcotics unit, ATF recruited him in 2005. In late 2009, he was transferred to Phoenix to help start a new group there that would specifically target firearms trafficking, where he became aware of the Fast and Furious program. After blowing the whistle in early 2011, he was transferred to Tucson, Arizona, where he currently resides.
Do you have the capacity to read with an open mind, and then form your conclusions based on factual evidence? You will need this ability to truly appreciate the courage it took for the author to write this book. Unfortunately, politics and religion are the two subjects which divide our country immeasurably. This book regrettably contains some politics. At the same time it includes information which, though contentious, should make absolutely no difference to the objective reader ... whether conservative, liberal or independent. The full story behind the 2010 secret government activity known as "Project Gunrunner," later named "Fast & Furious" by the ATF and media has never been fully detailed ... until now! As a direct participant, the author had a front row seat on the covert operation as it unfolded. This was a fascinating, if not questionable action ... The type average citizens like you and I never learn about under normal circumstances. Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Read this fascinating historical account to understand how and why our government agencies create and carry out overtly illegal covert actions.
Shockingly clear example of the government's tenacious determination to make itself part of the problem rather than part of the solution. Blind determination to create evidence of trafficking guns to Mexico blaming the gun dealers who were reporting suspicious straw buyers to the ATF. The government knowingly urged these dealers to proceed with the sales where they knew the guns were destined to Mexico. The only remaining question is whether Congress will actually do anything to hold the Justice Department accountable for its deliberate promotion of crime and obstruction of the justice it is sworn to uphold. The answer lies with the voters. Will they consent to inaction by their Congressmen and Senators? Or, will they hold them accountable?
John Dodson is a true American hero - exactly the type of person who should be in law enforcement as he truly believes in and lives the oath that he took to "... to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Dodson went through a daily hell at work, because he swore an oath and never failed to honor that oath.
Anyone who closely followed the Fast & Furious fiasco including the House investigation (as I did), will find a lot of the "missing" information provided herein. A careful reader will also note by reading between the lines as to just where the ultimate responsibility for a (thankfully) botched attempt by the Executive Branch to strip away our Second Amendment Rights, lies.
I purchased multiple copies which I intend to give as Christmas gifts.
Just finished this excellent book about the inept investigation and subsequent corruption surrounding Fast and Furious. The book made me go to YouTube and watch the congressional testimony of ATF personnel. Any LE officer or agent with any street experience knows how to conduct investigations better than the - recommend the guns to be sold by the dealers, audio/video the sales, trip the strawbuyer to the actual buyer and then walk away that was F&F. Over two thousand guns went to Mexico and only one trafficker was arrested. Truly sad.
There was so many questions the book and congressional testimony brought forth. The attempts at character assassination of Dodson are standard "attack the witness" tactics of the worst defense lawyers.
Worth the time and investment but a sad representation of our government at its worst...
John Dodson is a talented writer. He's funny and has a biting sense of humor, which I didn't expect. The subject matter itself is enough to keep you engaged, so it's a plus that it's written in such an entertaining way. Highly recommend. Great service from company and quick arrival.
I once worked for a manufacturer of AR 15 rifles. These sold to military and civilian customers. The whole company was in constant fear of the ATF overlords for their reputation as being tough enforcers of American firearms regulations. What a joke. Apparently that notion couldn't be farther from the truth. After reading Mr. Dodson's fine book the embarrassing truth of incompetence and corruption is exposed. This is a great read as good as Flynn or Thor but non fiction. The only part lacking is the latest part of the story that implies this program was designed by the Obama administration specifically to bolster support for stronger gun laws and further restrict AR type weapons. Hopefully Issa will get to the top some day soon.
I recommend this book to anyone who is concerned about being informed of very questionable government activities. ATF agents were facilitating the movement of AK-47 rifle variants, different pistol types to Mexican drug cartels and other locales. Many of the recovered weapons were linked to crimes or to murders, Many events that take place by those involved and in command are grossly negligent and nearly unbelievable but are sadly true, Don't miss out on this one, it's a must read!!