Fast and Furious scandal: Tales of murder coming to big screen

Officer Terry Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Terry’s memorial at the Officer Down Memorial Page. []

Lionsgate, the film company that brought The Hunger Games to the big screen, has acquired rights to the authoritative book on the Fast and Furious scandal.

Status quo media had a hard time calling the gun walking operation a scandal. As the public learned of murders committed with guns permitted to be sold illegally by federal authorities in the administration of President Barack Obama, the information flow was obstructed.

Why has Obama chosen to withhold documents related to the case?

Dodson 'The Unarmed Truth'

Excerpt from Dodson’s ‘The Unarmed Truth’ (Prologue)

We know people have died, both in the United States and south of our border. There is presumably no threat to national security if full information is released. The only threat is to reputations of the bureaucrats who participated in the scheme and to former Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Dept. of Justice Report does not tell the whole story of a government operation resulting in the murders of an unknown number of people.

The Unarmed Truth cover

‘The Unarmed Truth’ by whistleblower John Dodson.

The book The Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow the Whistle and Expose Fast and Furious was written by John Dodson. Dodson was an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Dodson knew the government watched as firearms were purchased illegally—“AK-47 variants, AR variants, .50 cals…all ‘weapons of choice’ for drug traffickers.” When agents begged to arrest the buyers—“straw purchasers”—the agents were told to “stand down.”

Americans have never been told how many people died because of those illegal purchases. We do know Brian Terry, a Customs and Border Protection agent died. Independent journalist Sharyl Attkisson said Terry died from “Walked guns…used by illegal Mexican bandits in an Arizona shootout.”

At the same time those guns were being deliberately walked by federales in the US, the Obama administration continued its anti-gun agenda for law abiding citizens stateside.

Attkisson noted, “The first and only time President Obama used executive privilege to withhold documents was in the Fast and Furious case. Tens of thousands of pages are still being kept secret.”

Dodson had tried to do something about the Fast and Furious operation because, he wrote, he knew, “We were going to get people killed.”

No word yet on when the film will be out, but we can hope government powers and their allies in the entertainment industry don’t try to stop it.

I’ve ordered the book; I’ll review it once I read it  within a day or so of its arrival.

In late 2013, ATF officially admitted the guns they let walk would continue to be used in crimes.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 26, 2015)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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