New court documents released today provide further details on the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered in cold blood at the Mexican border by drug cartel criminals who used guns provided to them by the U.S. government.
The death of Agent Terry in 2010 began to unravel what became known as "Operation Fast and Furious" -- a dubious program initiated by the Justice Department and the ATF to deliberately place U.S. guns in the hands of drug cartels in Mexico, supposedly to trace the movements of Mexican criminals.
But somehow the ATF lost track of the guns and there never was any tracking of criminals. The guns the ATF sent to Mexico, however, did manage to wind up at numerous crimes scenes in the United States and in small Mexican towns along the U.S. border.
The murder of Agent Terry sent investigative reporters David Codrea of the Examiner and Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars on a quest to discover what exactly took place with Agent Terry's murder and the ATF's role in it.
The results of their investigation were explosive. ATF whistleblowers came forward to state both on and off the record that the Obama administration had deliberately used the ATF to send U.S. guns to Mexican criminals so that it could bolster its claim that "most of the gun crime in Mexico is traceable to lax U.S. gun laws."
A total of 2,500 U.S. guns were sent to the drug cartels. Two of these guns were found at the crime scene of Agent Terry's murder.
Despite dozens of hearings before Congress the administration has done little if anything to hold corrupt government officials responsible for their role in the Fast and Furious scheme. Attorney General Eric Holder refused to turn over subpoenaed documents to Congress and even lied to the committee investigating the scandal. For this Holder was held in contempt of Congress, the first attorney general in U.S. history with such a distinction.
And now, three years after Terry's murder, there is still no justice.
The court documents released today fill in some of the details previously unreleased concerning the last minutes of Terry's life. According to the Los Angeles Times,
"I'm hit! I'm hit!" U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry cried into the southern Arizona darkness that night, Dec. 14, 2010. "I can't feel my legs!"
The 40-year-old Border Patrol agent, who was less than four years on the job, collapsed and died in the desert brush near Rio Rico.
Terry's killing unraveled the Justice Department-sanctioned "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation and triggered one of the biggest political controversies of President Obama's first term.
More details are available in the LA Times article.
But perhaps the most astonishing detail of all is that the Border Patrol agents who confronted the Mexican criminals in the desert the night of Brian Terry's murder had been given only bean bags as ammunition against heavily armed members of drug cartels.
According to Fox News,
There's a principle in police work known as "plus one" -- which effectively holds that law enforcement should be better armed than the suspects they're pursuing. Confronting assault weapon-armed gang members in the desert with bean bags would seem to violate that principle.
Despite all that we know concerning the Fast and Furious scheme, Brian Terry's murder, Eric Holder's lies and his refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents, the administration has not moved to hold accountable those who not only carried out the illegal activity on the ground but their masterminds in high places within the administration.
As it has already been proved repeatedly within the past three years, Fast and Furious was a political scheme from the start, with Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, and others at the very top sharing in culpability. So far no one has been held accountable, just as no one has been held accountable for the cold blooded murders of U.S. diplomats in Benghazi.
It is beginning to become very clear that as long as the current crop of criminals run the U.S. government, there will never be justice for any wrongdoing whatsoever. And the feckless, timid, and cowardly Republican leadership in the House is helping them get away with it by refusing to act.
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