By Rick Oltman, December 18, 2018
This past weekend marked the 8th grim anniversary of the killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Peck Canyon, Arizona, by a Mexican-smuggling gang. Terry was armed with a shotgun that fired nonlethal beanbag rounds and the smugglers were armed with AK-47s, some supplied by Barack Obama’s Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms’ “Project Gunrunner.”
Terry’s family and the public have been waiting years for an investigation and explanation of how and why over 2,500 guns, including some .50 caliber sniper rifles, were allowed to be purchased in the United States and then transported into Mexico and delivered to cartel members.
On February 24, 2011, CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson reported on the Gunrunning Scandal Uncovered at the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).
Attkisson’s report included opposition to the plan by some inside the ATF that included screaming and yelling, and one prophetic question:
“One agent argued with a superior asking, “are you prepared to go to the funeral of a federal officer killed with one of these guns?” Another said every time there was a shooting near the border, “we would all hold our breath hoping it wasn’t one of ‘our’ guns.”
Two of the smugglers’ rifles were recovered and confirmed they had been purchased in Phoenix the year before.
Over two months prior, on December 15, 2010, within 16 hours of Terry’s death, I was trying to confirm that he was armed with beanbag rounds and was informed by a border patrol agent that at least one of the rifles recovered at the scene of the shootout in Peck Canyon was, “… one of those guns that was smuggled into Mexico by the ATF.”
I was confused and responded, “What? Smuggled? What are you talking about … rogue ATF agents?”
I didn’t understand. Nobody had heard of the “gunwalking” into the hands of Mexican cartel members at that time. I found out later that what I had been told was true. Attkisson reported on it in February, 2011. It seemed as unbelievable as arming border patrol agents with beanbag rounds for a night operation against known violent drug thugs.
Agent Terry’s sister Michelle Balogh told Breitbart News in an email: “We still want those in the previous administration to be held accountable for their actions in the botched gun program, Fast and Furious, that killed Brian.”
Yes, it is long past time to learn the whole story and hold those accountable so that something as stupid and dangerous as “gunwalking” is never repeated.
Once again, 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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