Thursday, December 15, 2011

One Year Later and Still No Justice for Brian Terry

Los Angeles, CA - Today marks the first anniversary of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s death. Terry was born on August 11, 1970, and grew up in Flat Rock, Mich. He was killed with a gun that his own government sent into Mexico, one of thousands of weapons that “walked” across the border in an ill-fated attempt to track the movement of illicit firearms into the hands of Mexican drug traffickers.

A memorial website administered by Terry’s family and friends describes a young man who stood out from his peers at an early age. In elementary school, his teachers told his parents about his “attention to detail and perfectionism.”

“There was a time when Brian’s teacher called his parents explaining how his Kindergarten classmates would venture outside for recess while Brian would choose to stay inside each day to clean and organize the messy paint jars,” Terry’s friends recall.

”This behavior carried on throughout his school years. Brian would miss the school bus because he was making sure his outfit was perfect,” his friends remembered. “His bedroom was always meticulously clean and he was probably the only boy from Flat Rock High School that made his bed every morning. He had many friends in High School. He was the person that was always helping out other students.”

Before he was a Border Patrol agent, Terry was a marine stationed mostly in Italy, and then a police officer in Lincoln Park, Mich. Though his friends say he “lived life to the fullest,” being a “decorative police officer” wasn’t enough for him.

Terry’s peers describe a man who loved protecting the United States borders from illegal immigrants, drug traffickers and other threats. But that would come to a tragic end: The Obama administration’s Justice Department, under Attorney General Eric Holder’s leadership, facilitated the sale of about 2,000 weapons to Mexican drug cartels via a scheme called Operation Fast and Furious.

Fast and Furious was a program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). It sent thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels via straw purchasers, people who legally purchased guns in the United States with the known intention of illegally trafficking them somewhere else.

Although more than 60 United States senators are now publicly calling for the removed of treasonous Attorney General Eric Holder, nothing has happened, and the face of tyranny continues to haunted the justice system of this great nation.

Until Holder is fired, shackled, and jailed, Brian Terry and his family may never see justice.

By:  Brent Bateman

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