Friday, August 21, 2015

Jay Dobyns - "Operation Black Biscuit"

In April 2002, a deadly altercation broke out between the Hells Angels and the Mongols in the middle of a Laughlin, Nevada casino filled with innocent bystanders, prompting federal law enforcement to open an undercover investigation called "Operation Black Biscuit".
Over two years of undercover operations, Dobyns and a team of ATF agents, technicians and confidential informants infiltrated the Hells Angels, primarily in Arizona. Dobyns posed as a gunrunner and member of a "solo" outlaw motorcycle club interested in joining the Angels.
To earn his "patch", Dobyns staged the fake "murder" of a member of the rival Mongols Motorcycle Club. A law enforcement officer posing as the Mongols biker was splattered with lamb blood and brains, photographed and videotaped lying in a shallow grave. Dobyns had a bloodstained Mongols’ "cut" (leather biker vest with club patches) mailed to the Hells Angels from somewhere in Mexico, and provided a videotape and pictures of the "killing". The Hells Angels leadership was highly impressed and immediately voted Dobyns in as a full "patched" member of the club.
In 2004, following the exposure of his true identity during the "Black Biscuit" prosecutions, Dobyns and his family became the targets of death threats by various organizations, including the Hells Angels.

According to Dobyns and official investigative reports by government watchdog agencies, ATF management failed to take reasonable measures to protect Dobyns and his family from numerous validated threats.
In August 2008, four months after ATF forced the location of his home into the public domain, his Tucson residence was the target of a late night arson attack while his wife and two children were asleep inside. They escaped with only smoke inhalation injuries, but the ensuing fire destroyed the home and most of the family’s belongings.

The federal government’s failure to adequately deal with the extraordinary threats has been documented by several government watchdog agencies, and eventually led Dobyns to become a federal whistleblower. He has exposed the United States Department of Justice's mismanagement and failure to protect undercover agents.

In September 2014, after a six-year court battle with ATF and DOJ, Dobyns won his case. Judge Francis Allegra issued a 54-page "landmark" verdict vindicating Dobyns.

The judge ruled that ATF was corrupt in attempting to cover up its conduct by withholding evidence and using perjured testimony.