Posted 6:18 PM 8/10/2012 : Veteran ATF agent demanding answers
TUCSON- A highly decorated, federal agent is demanding answers from the Department of Justice.
ATF Special Agent, Jay Dobyns' house was burned to the ground four years ago. It came after Dobyns infiltrated the "Hells Angels" gang in what was known as "Operation Black Biscuit".
After that his family was threatened. Dobyns says everything is documented. Dobyns went to his supervisors for help, but he says the threats were dismissed. Now the same supervisors who, Dobyns says, ignored his plea for protection are also tied to the botched Fast and Furious Operation.
Dobyns, a hometown hero and 25 year veteran of ATF says for four years, his reputation has been damaged by the agency he took an oath to serve and thought would protect him. "They tried to frame me as the arsonist passed the case to the FBI and in four years they haven't done anything on it."
August 10, 2008 the Dobyns home went up in flames inside his wife and children. They managed to escape. Dobyns was out of town. Dobyns denied setting fire to his house, "I absolutely did not and I've said that a thousand times."
Dobyns is convinced he's being framed by the same people in the Phoenix office who were responsible for Fast and Furious. He says it's because he blew the whistle on them and complained to the Department of Justice when they refused to take the threats against him and his family seriously. "I embarrassed them I showed their incompetence and their inability to react to threats or their unwillingness their cowardness to stand up to criminals."
Dobyns wrote a book about his experience when he went undercover in "Operation Black Biscuit" and he writes about the lack of support and empathy from the heads of the Phoenix office.
He also says there was an investigation into his allegations that were later proven to be true. "Everything I said four years ago is 100% true, 100% accurate and if they had reacted to that information in 2006, 2007, 2008 there would be no Fast and Furious because that leadership would have been removed. And the people that were in place would have known better."
Dobyns is demanding answers , wanting to clear his name. The FBI told News 4 Tucson, they are investigating the arson case along with ATF and it's an ongoing case. Privately some federal agents tell News 4 what was done to Jay Dobyns was criminal. News 4 contacted ATF in Phoenix and in Washington for their reaction. Washington called back and said, "No comment."
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