I don’t often give the ACLU credit for anything. After all, the national organization itself wants to pick and choose which Bill of Rights Amendments it will work to protect, and the second one is never included in that list. Anyway, they challenged the ATF over a whistle-blower’s forthcoming book about the Fast & Furious scandal, as it has come to be known, and the ATF has blinked. From CNN via KUTV:
A federal agent will be allowed to write a book with an insider’s account of Operation Fast and Furious, reversing an earlier government attempt to block publication for “morale” reasons. However, John Dodson, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, won’t be allowed to make money on the book.
A U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the matter says the Justice Department, ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will review Dodson’s manuscript and, after making redactions to protect sensitive law enforcement information, will clear it for publication. However, federal employee guidelines prohibit Dodson and other active agents from making a profit from their work in law enforcement, the official said.
Much, much more at the link. One wonders just how much of the manuscript will be ‘redacted’ for whatever self-protective reasons the ATF sees fit. Still, this is a small, moral victory for truth.
Related: An Open Letter to the ATF regarding “firing squads” for whistle-blowers.
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