Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sipsey Street Exclusive: Jay Dobyn's Lawyer Comments On the Issa Letter.

This morning I posted the letter by Congressman Darrell Issa to Eric Holder regarding further ATF victimization of whistleblowers, including Jay Dobyns. (Here is David's take.) At the time, I didn't yet have a response from Jay's lawyer, James Reed. Here it is:
Hi Mike:
It is nice to meet you, through this email. In response to your voicemail to me today, requesting a comment for an article you are writing for Sypsey Street Irregulars, let me offer the following.
Presently, my law firm is in discussions with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) regarding a recent claim by my client, ATF Special Agent Jay Dobyns, of retaliation against Agent Dobyns by ATF, i.e., the matter to which House Chairman Darrell Issa, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, refers in his letter dated June 1, 2012, a copy of which you informed me in your voicemail today that you had already received and read.
In that letter, we appreciate that Representative Issa recognizes Agent Dobyns as an important resource during the House committee investigation regarding ATF’s Fast and Furious operation. Further, we thank Representative Issa for his role in engendering ATF agent confidence to report and speak publicly about allegations of fraud, waste and abuse within ATF, without fear of retaliation from ATF supervisors and management.
As demonstrated by publicly-available information, Agent Dobyns is not the only agent within ATF to allege that he qualifies as a federal whistleblower or to have made a claim that retaliation against him by ATF has occurred, despite federally-protected whistleblower status. In particular, Representative Issa’s letter makes clear, we believe correctly, that (1) ATF agents have a right and, under certain circumstances, even a responsibility to furnish information to Congress, (2) any limitations by ATF on such rights of communication with the Congress are impermissible, and (3) in certain instances, where prohibitions of or interference with an ATF agent’s exercise of such rights of communication with the Congress have the effect of obstructing or impeding a Congressional inquiry, such interference can rise to the level of a crime.
At the present time, I prefer not to comment further on the matters under discussion with ATF regarding Agent Dobyns, matters which we consider to be serious in nature. Please know that we appreciate the attention that Sypsey Street Irregulars continues to generate regarding the House Committee’s right to properly and thoroughly investigate Operation Fast and Furious, as part of the general public’s call for transparent operation of federal agencies whenever possible and for full respect for federal whistleblower protections. The role of Sipsey Street Irregulars in pushing for full disclosure of ATF documents relevant to Operation Fast and Furious, where such disclosure does not, when viewed fairly and objectively, compromise national security or ongoing criminal investigations, demonstrates the value of a free press and of free speech.
Jim Reed
Attorney for ATF Special Agent Jay Dobyns


Anonymous said...

Mike, you are the epitome of investigative journalism. You make MSM "reporters" look like asinine. terminally don't get it nincompoops...they know it, and we know it. Congratulations for a job well done, and thank you for opening my eyes to the real world. Without your complete annihilation of the fraudulent story coming out of the ATF and DOJ's mouth, Issa and Co. wouldn't have come this far, and we wouldn't know the truth. You deserve far more than a simple thank you, but that's all I can do. In reality..this nation owes you not only a vote of thanks, but from those who doubted, obstained, were and are outright WRONG ..a GODDAMN APOLOGY! Again, my deep appreciation.

Dedicated_Dad said...

Retaliation against whistleblowers *IS* a crime!

Don't beat around the bush - those responsible should be fired, stripped of their pensions, tried, and if convicted sent to prison where they belong!

I'm damn tired of the criminals wearing good-guy uniforms!!

Anonymous said...

Such a "lawyer letter." I hate that we have to write in that fashion. Wish we could stop worrying about covering ass and just say "Thanks for bringing the heat on the most corrupt DOJ leader in modern history. Please keep publishing any document you get your hands on because a republic cannot let its government operate in secret. Love always, Attorney for a true American Hero.

P.S. If you get any documents on Holder's involvement in OKC, please send my way. TIA."

gettimothy said...

Mike, Thank you for your hard work.

I tweet as 'gettimothy' on twitter quite a bit and have to hand copy your post links to twitter to update the twitter-verse on your work.

Many blogs have a 'tweet this' button on them after a post that make it easier for your readers to get the word out.

I found this link: http://www.bloggerplugins.org/2010/08/twitter-share-buttons-for-blogger-tweet.html

If you have the time, please get some advise from people you trust on this and let your readers help you.

If you decide it is not worth your time, I will still tweet your posts as best I can.