In Orlando Saturday, talk about Operation Fast and Furious is once again heating up with Friday’s revelation by CBS News that Capitol Hill investigators are looking at a subpoena for someone who declined to talk earlier, and a key whistleblower is demanding the retraction of a June 27 article published by Fortune Magazine.
Fast and Furious was supposed to be just one of many issues discussed here at the 27th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, but there are some people here who may make it a central topic.
Prof. John Lott, who wrote a blistering rebuttal to the Fortune Magazine article, is on the afternoon agenda. Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars, who originally broke the Fast and Furious story with National Gun Rights Examiner Dan, is here. There is an afternoon discussion, led by this columnist, on the “Fast and Furious Fiasco.”
Gun Rights Examiner was in a couple of chats Friday evening with people interested in the deadly scandal. This thing is not going away, although the consensus is that the “whole truth” may never be known, and all those responsible will never be held accountable, without a change of administrations, and a new attorney general,
Fast and Furious was supposed to have cooled down with the release ten days ago of the Inspector General’s report. But Politico’s Dylan Byers turned up the flame anew with his exclusive report about Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent-turned-whistleblower John Dodson’s demand for a retraction of the Fortune Magazine article in a letter from his attorney, posted here by Politico.
In that piece — which has essentially been debunked by the report from IG Michael Horowitz and the Joint Staff Report released in June by Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley — Dodson was portrayed, as CBS News put it, as a “disgruntled employee.” Not surprisingly at the time, some media outlets boosted the Fortune article.
The coming week will see whether Dodson’s demand is satisfied or dismissed.
Also on today’s agenda, as reported here earlier, Stand Your Ground will be discussed and defense attorney Mark O’Mara, who represents George Zimmerman, will be speaking. There is much media attention focused on today’s program.
Meanwhile, this column was advised last night that Chicago gun rights icon Otis McDonald is stable in a Chicago hospital. He was scheduled to speak here today but suffered a head injury in a fall. When there is new information about his condition, this column will update.