Los Angeles SAC John Torres invents a story of his glorious work as an undercover operative. Be mindful this is total fiction but he tried to make it non-fiction by using his real name in the story. He manipulates the Los Angeles Times, embarasses that paper, but serves his personal goal by exposeing himself to a million readers and making himself attractive as a consultant to the entertainment and movie industry. Link to the story below.
In the story he talks about his use of a transmitter/wire concealed in an Ipod. HUGE MISTAKE JT. Or, "Omar" as you like to be called.
ATF questions Omar and he does what he does best, he tries to lie his way out of his lie. His answer for the compromise is that he was talking about a "Walkman", not an Ipod. It was the authors error, not his. As riduculous as that lie is Omar failed to do his research. In the days of Walkman's the wire technology was never small enough to conceal in a Walkman. There never was such a thing as a "Walkman-wire". The technology only recently has shrunk to the point where it can be concealed in such a small disguise as an Ipod.
This is the problem with habitual and pathological liars. One lie leads to the next and there is not basis for any of it.
So Omar/JT/SAC Torres compromises a vital piece of undercover equipment that is both vital to officer safety and very expensive. In Omar's quest to to be the "go to guy in Hollywood" (JT's words, not mine) as a law enforcment consultant, he risks the lives of cops everywhere and makes costly equipment obsolete with one newspaper interview.
Other law enforcment agencies that also use the Ipod wire are in a fit with ATF. Oma's interview has cost them thousands of dollars in what is now an unusable piece of equipment. ATF itself is probably out to the tune of $75K or more. Agent and Officer lives have been placed in extreme risk.
At the time of the interview JT was facing perjury allegations, a stack of EEOC complaints and a track record of mismanagment to the most extreme levels (see Bill Newell for comparison).
Melson, Hoover and McMahon have proteced Torres for years, just like they did Newell.
Now, Vince Cefalu is being terminated for a fabricated and incomplete and one-sided allegation of "Lack of Candor"? They also recently suspended Vince for 6 days in the midst of their attempt to fire him for a trumped up allegation that they dug out from 5 years ago.
Vince has no gun, no badge and now, no pay. John Torres sits pretty as the SAC in Los Angeles. Bill Newell gets a promotion to headquarters, all expenses paid and addtional Temporary Duty pay. Same for George Gillett. Same for Jeff Voth. Bill McMahon is promoted to run Internal Affiars. You know who the person was who voted to fire Vince Cefalu for Lack of Candor? You guessed it, Bill McMahon! He knows that the lack of candor he displayed during his congressional testimony would mean nothing to Melson and Hoover. He also knew that by signing off on Vince's termination he could help ATF eliminate a squeeky wheel.
If this double standard enrages you, write to Holder, write to Melson, write to Hoover, write to McMahon and write to Issa and Grassley. The unilateral assualt on whistleblowers side by side with the unilateral protection of corrupt managers will not end until we demand that it ends. Issa and Grassley are the ones who can put a stop to it.
The corrupt managers with blood on their hands are safe but the whistleblower who did nothing wrong but speak up and tell the truth is on the street alone and abandoned. ...And headquarters laughed.
Oh, almost forgot. ATF is suing Dobyns for his book. Claiming he damaged ATF and that he didn't have permission to write it so he violated the ATF media policy. Torres didn't have ATF permission to tell his lie/story either. He damaged the government and a private business by compromising an important piece of equipment, hundreds of thousands of dollars nationwide to anyone who purchases, has purchased or manufactures that equipment. Not to mention risking the lives of hundreds of undercover officers and potentially compromising hundreds of ongoing investigations.
Is ATF going to sue Torres as they have Dobyns? Best bet is that they will protect Torres (see McMahon, Newell, Gillett, Voth for examples) and try to wring out all the money, spirit and fight from Dobyns as they are doing to Cefalu.
Bad move ATF. You took on two of America's nastiest fighters and they will make you pay now or pay more later, either way your and your corrupt nature lose.