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, 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 US 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 40 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, 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.
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Shocking true story of government incompetence
Evil Succeeds When Good Men Do Nothing
Absolutely. This book isn't just a "tell all" about government employees who don't care about their obligation to the right thing, its a tribute to the bravery of a man who believed in his oath of office and was willing to put everything on the line for public he served.
Special Agent Dodson's attention to detail, honesty, and his ability to make a complex situation understandable for those who aren't involved in law enforcement.
Yes. Its another example of good narration.
I'm disgusted by the lack of integrity by those who are far more interested in their "career" in public service, than actually providing a service to the public that depends upon them. I'm frightened by the lack of knowledge and apathy on the part of the public and the inaction on these issues by far too many elected officials.
This book doesn't just illustrate poor management, it demonstrates the necessity of protecting government employees that are willing to come forward and report corruption from the political consequences that are sure to follow. Special Agent Dodson's devotion to duty stands in stark contrast to those who either "go along to get along" or (at worst) ignore their responsibilities to "protect and serve" as members of law enforcement. The book also shows the importance of providing adequate support (in the form of staffing) to the few elected officials (such as Senator Charles Grassley) who are willing to meet their obligations to govern the government and insure that taxpayer dollars are put to their intended use.
Many people believe they know the story behind the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) "Operation Fast and Furious". They don't. This book provides the real details, told by the primary "whistle blower" on the case: Special Agent John Dodson, a man that obviously cares about such things as ethics and meeting his responsibilities as a peace officer sworn to serve the public interests. This isn't just about those charged with the responsibility of investigating firearms trafficking allowing a few criminals to violate laws regulating gun purchases. Its about law enforcement managers who instituted a policy of forcing gun dealers to sell firearms to known traffickers under ATF surveillance, watching the transactions occur, and willingly allowing the "straw buyers" to transfer the weapons to known, violent, criminals...regardless of the injuries and deaths that were sure to follow. Why? Unfortunately, the answer is: Inflating statistics and making callous managers of governmental institutions (such as the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the United States Department of Justice) look good, instead of actually arresting violators, prosecuting criminals, and preventing violent crime.The only thing more disgusting and frightening about the government complicity in placing literally thousands of AK47s and other firearms into the hands of dangerous criminals on the U.S. and Mexican sides of the border, is the willingness of alleged "leaders" to not only sacrifice innocent lives for personal advancement, but to then engage in a criminal coverup when a U.S. Border Patrol officer is murdered with one of the weapons involved. How do such people sleep at night? How do we sleep at night, knowing that those we depend upon for law enforcement are only too willing to break the law themselves and are defended by elected officials who are only willing to perpetuate the lies for political gain?Much is said about the power of the free press in this country and while its true that the media did pick up on this story, in no way can television provide viewers with an understanding of the depth of this horrible situation given the medium's time constraints. Nor can TV viewers understand how misinformation is being used by those who know better, to provide "cover and concealment" for those inside our most trusted law enforcement institutions who should be demoted, fired, removed from public office, and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. That medium can and has sparked interest, but this book provides sufficient evidence of public corruption to (hopefully) result in needed action. Only an informed and inflamed electorate can bring about the necessary change to deal with such a breach of the public's trust. This book isn't for those with short attention spans. Its for those who care about the safety of their communities, country, innocent victims on both sides of the United States and Mexican border, and ethical members of law enforcement that are placing their lives at risk to protect the public they serve.
- Gary S.