Retaliation Against Fast & Furious Whistleblowers



Only last night, I posted an article about the damage one Congressional hopeful from Long island inflicted on a whistleblower he should have protected as an SEC enforcement lawyer. Now, we have the more serious case of Fast & Furious, a failed, bizarre operation implemented by the DOJ, which has resulted in weapons falling into the hands of drug cartels.

A lot of people are not aware that Fast & Furious guns also took down a military helicopter. Read here: Examiner

The Fast & Furious debacle has resulted in no one being held responsible except the whistleblowers.

At the time that the three whistleblowers testified about the failed operation, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, warned the Department of Justice “Any attempt to retaliate against them for their testimony today would be unfair, unwise and unlawful.”

Sen. Grassley’s statement fell on deaf ears. The whistleblowers were rewarded for risking everything with significant personal and professional damage when they should have been given medals for their courage and sense of duty.

This is what has happened to the whistleblowers, Dodson, Alt, and Forcelli –

Dodson was told he was toxic and could no longer work in Phoenix. With sole custody of two teenagers and under water on his house mortgage, Dodson found himself with no place to be and nowhere to go.

A supervisor suggested he’d be treated fairly at an office in South Carolina. Wanting to keep his job, protect his pension and pay the mortgage, Dodson had no other choice. He and his family now live in a small apartment, facing financial troubles, still labeled persona non grata by the very agency he carries a badge for, and regularly assaulted by leaks from “ATF sources at headquarters.”

Dodson has tried to remain out of the public eye, has not filed suit and says only that he wishes to return to his work as an ATF agent.

As for the others:

— Agent Larry Alt took a transfer to Florida and has unresolved retaliation claims against the ATF.

— Agent Pete Forcelli was demoted to a desk job. Forcelli is a respected investigator, with years as a detective with the New York City Police Department. He has requested an internal investigation to address the retaliation against him.

Nothing has happened to the implementers of fast and furious, some have even been promoted. Read here: Fast & Furious Whistleblowers Retaliated Against