Not Everyone From the Government is Here to Help You
Mike Detty was a confidential informant. Most informants are common criminals who talk to the police in exchange for reduced prosecution or a shorter sentence. Mike is the uncommon exception. He is an honest and concerned citizen who talked to the police because he wanted to stop crime. Isn’t that what every law enforcement officer wants? Some officers do, but not the agents in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who worked with Mike Detty. Mike wrote a book about his experience.
At first, Mike thought some of the guns he sold were going to criminal drug gangs. Mike wanted to stop selling the guns, but the federal agents he contacted wanted them sold. These federal agents told Mike to sell hundreds of guns to the gangs. With extensive federal supervision, Mike did exactly that. Mike informed on some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. He was at the sharp end of the spear in the federal fiasco called Operation Fast and Furious.
Fortunately, Mike had some good outside advice that kept him from being manipulated by the feds. For one thing he kept detailed notes, including the names of the federal agents with whom he worked. Mike had been a journalist long before he was involved with the feds. Gun shops also make a habit of keeping accurate records. Keeping accurate documentation and digital recordings probably saved Mike’s life.. or at least kept him out of jail. You see, when you help the Feds break the law, the agents have a strong incentive to frame you as a criminal to hide their own actions.
Mike has more honesty, integrity and courage than most of us, and certainly more than the politicians who started Fast and Furious.
Mike certainly has higher standards of personal conduct than the agents from BATFE.
I thanked Mike for his service when I shook his hand in Houston, Texas. Mike deserves our thanks for what he did and for writing it down so we can learn about it. Now Mike writes about guns for a living. His book about gun running is called Guns Across the Border.
Rob the reader
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