WASHINGTON – It was reported back in 2012 that members of Congress were alarmed that Obama administration officials had been threatening retaliation against the whistleblowers who exposed the government’s decision to traffic weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
So concerned were they that Rep. Darrell Issa and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley at that time asked the Department of Justice’s internal investigator to identify and prosecute any retaliation.
Now Katie Pavlich, author of the New York Times bestseller “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up,” news editor of Townhall.com and an expert on the Fast and Furious scandal, has reported the extensive attacks those employees have endured.
“They’ve been transferred, then been harassed, they’ve had their guns and badges stripped from them and placed at corner desks, and transferred to Washington D.C. at what they call the mothership” so the government can keep a better eye on them, Pavlich told WND.
Most shocking, she cites that the government “has actively worked with Media Matters to smear whistleblowers and their reputation,” which Pavlich says is “illegal” and a “violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act.”
Since the exposure of the 2009 scandal over Fast and Furious whistleblowers have been essential to the revealing of information behind the actions and nature of the scandal. The scandal itself was revealed because of whistleblowers who revealed that they were being forced to traffic arms to drug dealers in Mexico.
Pavlich told WND earlier that the goal of the operation was to create a false flag situation that the Obama administration could use to lobby for more gun control.
Congressional alarm over retaliation was based on information obtained by Grassley and Issa over the course of their inquiries into the misbehavior. Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress over the issue, and members of Congress said, last year, “We just learned that ATF senior management placed two of the main whistleblowers who have testified before Congress about Fast and Furious under the supervision of someone who vowed to retaliate against them.”
The members of Congress also cited a statement from Scot Thomasson, who at that time was in the Public Affairs Division for ATF, that made threats. “We need to get whatever dirt we can on these guys (whistleblowers) and take them down.”
The attacks apparently followed.
“Whistleblowers under the Obama administration have seen their lives turned completely upside down,” Pavlich told WND.
The Whistleblower Protection Act was supposed to protect whistleblowers and prevent retaliation, but Pavlich said that the Department of Justice has “completely changed the law” and how it is enforced.
She explained “because the DOJ disagrees with what the whistleblowers are saying, they are not going to protect them.”
One example? John Dodson.
He was an outspoken ATF whistleblower who, according to Pavlich, “worked as part of ATF Phoenix Gunrunning Group VII, the group assigned to carry out the bulk of Fast and Furious. He was told for months to allow thousands of AK-47 style guns to walk into Mexico. He was instructed to watch straw purchasers illegally buy weapons, but not to arrest them.”
As the mission progressed, Dodson began to challenge his superiors as to the ethical consequences of the operation and eventually became “vocal within ATF throughout 2010 about his concerns, and on March 3, 2011, he exposed Fast and Furious and its connection to Brian Terry’s murder on national television to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson.”
Dodson was ruthlessly attacked by spokesmen in the ATF in letters sent to Grassley. They challenged his character, called him a “disgruntled employee.”
“I call it the brass vs. the boots,” Pavlich said. “You have the agents in the field doing very hard work, chasing down criminals in the streets. And then you have the guys in the offices who wear the fancy suits every day … who are the ones who are really trying to climb the government ladder and would do anything to get there.”
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Pavlich earlier explained the operations were launched as “the government was creating a situation where they could blame law-abiding citizens, turn them into criminals and creat[e] this false problem that they could solve through gun regulation.”
“This is a situation where they [the Obama administration] were willing to put public safety in danger, get thousands of people killed south of the border. The only reason we know about this is because [Border Patrol agent] Brian Terry was killed,” she said.