Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) whistleblower John Dodson has been relentlessly trying to get the truth out about Operation "Fast and Furious" ever since Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down in December 2010.
After going to Congress and the media, Dodson is now being denied permission to write a tell-all book about the failed federal gun-walking operation. Two guns found at the scene where Terry was killed were sold during the operation and other firearms sold through Fast and Furious have been showing up at crime scenes throughout Mexico.
The ATF reportedly told Dodson that his book, titled "The Unarmed Truth," would have a "negative impact on morale." The denial came after Dodson provided his manuscript to ATF officials for review.
"Greg Serres, an ATF ethics official, told Dodson that any of his supervisors at any level could disapprove outside employment 'for any reason,'" Fox News reports.
"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," he said in a letter.
Dodson is reportedly fighting the decision with the help of the American Civil Liberties Association.
More than 2,000 guns were sold through Operation Fast and Furious and then were allowed to walk across the border into Mexico and into the hands of drug cartels.