A federal agent who exposed the Justice Department's flawed gun-trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious says the FBI played a key role in events leading to the 2010 murder near Nogales, Ariz., of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, reports the Arizona Republic. John Dodson, an ATF special agent, contends that the bandits who killed Terry were working for FBI operatives and were sent to the border to do a drug rip-off using DEA intelligence.
Dodson's comments amplify assertions he made in his recently released book, “The Unarmed Truth,” about his role as a whistle-blower in the Fast and Furious debacle. Terry belonged to an elite Border Patrol tactical team sent to a remote area where violence had escalated because criminal gangs were stealing narcotics from drug runners. He was slain in a shootout with several bandits. Two assault-type rifles found at the scene were subsequently traced to Fast and Furious. After the Terry slaying and an attempted cover-up within the Justice Department, Dodson provided evidence and testimony to Congress. His revelations ignited a national scandal.