By Rick Oltman, December 17, 2019
This past December 14 was the nine-year anniversary of the killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. A U.S. Marine, former police officer and an agent of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, Terry was killed in 2010 in a late night shoot-out in Peck Canyon just north of Nogales, Arizona, with known border bandits who had been under observation by the border patrol for months.
Inexplicably Terry and another agent were armed with non-lethal bean bag rounds, while the illegal aliens were armed by Attorney General Eric Holder’s U.S. Justice Department.
At least two AK-47 rifles, possibly a third, recovered at the site of the deadly shootout were guns from the now infamous Operation Fast and Furious sponsored by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the same government agency that brought us Ruby Ridge and the Branch Davidians.
In what was believed by many of us at the time of its disclosure, and subsequently verified by Justice Department emails, Fast and Furious was a program whose ultimate goal was to provide “ammunition” (if you will) for the federal government to restrict our Second Amendment gun rights.
The idea that law enforcement would be armed with non-lethal weapons in one of the most dangerous places along our southern border, seemed incredible. I was warned by my contacts, retired border patrol agents and supervisors, that they didn’t believe it, that it didn’t sound right, to be careful and not embarrass myself.
I got four independent confirmations of the bean bag rounds before I published the story.
And while trying to confirm the bean bags, I was also told by an agent about 16 hours after Terry was killed, that at least one of the rifles recovered at the scene in Peck Canyon was “… one of those guns that was smuggled into Mexico by the ATF.”
“What … smuggled?” I stammered. “What … what are you talking about … rogue ATF agents?” It did not compute. Nobody had heard of Fast and Furious at the time of Terry’s killing. I only found out later what it was that I had been told. It seemed as unbelievable as arming border patrol agents with bean bag rounds for a night operation against known violent drug thugs.
The border patrol officer who informed me of the ATF rifles worked at the agent level and was not in Peck Canyon that night. He was not a supervisor and not in BORTAC (basically the U.S. Border Patrol’s Special Forces), proving that the knowledge of the source of the AK-47s that killed Terry went beyond the supervisor level very quickly, which is not surprising considering how the talk between fellow agents about a killed comrade would spread throughout the ranks.
I was also told that at a “swing shift” muster at Terry’s Naco, Arizona, Border Patrol Station, the agents were advised that if anybody talked to the media about Terry’s killing, they would be “… shot.”
In 2012, I worked unsuccessfully as it turned out, with political and law enforcement contacts in Arizona and Washington, D.C., to get any of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates to visit Peck Canyon and the border area while they were in Phoenix for a Republican Presidential Candidate debate. I was told that Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann was scheduled to go, but she didn’t make it.
I was informed by officials that it would be “… too dangerous for them to go to Peck Canyon.” I responded to the official, “Don’t kid yourself or me. If even one presidential candidate made the decision to go to Peck Canyon for the purpose of calling for more border security, the U.S. Border Patrol would have an army there and it would be the safest place on the southern border.”
I was informed that two congressmen quietly traveled to the Nogales Sector and Peck Canyon, but nothing was reported on it.
In 2012, Congress, passed a bill in honor of Brian Terry, “The station of the United States Border Patrol located at 2136 South Naco Highway in Bisbee, Arizona, shall be known and designated as the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station.” And there is a statue of him at the front gate.
To U.S. Marine/Police Officer/U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, a posthumous thank you for your service to our country.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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