Justice at last for agent Terry

April 16, 2017

He was 40 years old, full of life, living his dream, when on a cold December night in 2010 he was cut down in his prime while battling members of a Mexican drug cartel along the Arizona – Mexico border.

The Officer Down Memorial Page website summarizes that cold, hard, facts: “Agent Terry was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the United States Border Patrol for 3-1/2 years. He had previously served as a police officer with the Lincoln Park, Michigan, Police Department. He is survived by his parents, brother, two sisters, five nieces, and one nephew and is buried in Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, Wayne County, Michigan.”

Writing for the Huffington Post in June, 2012, Andrea Stone filled in the human side noting : “Christmas was 11 days away, and Brian Terry was eager to fly home to Michigan for his first family holiday in three years. He couldn’t wait to see the faces of his nephew and nieces when they opened the presents he’d been hinting about.”

The death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the guns recovered at the scene would lead to exposing Operation Fast and Furious, one of the worst run operations in ATF (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) history. Of the 2,000 plus guns the operation let “walk” (allowing straw purchased guns on the U.S. side of the border slip into Mexico without proper tracking or notifying Mexican authorities) the bureau over 1,400 disappeared into the hands of who knows who. No doubt there are many of those very same guns still killing today.

Over the next two years, what should have been a bi-partisan, independent effort to uncover the truth of why an American hero was gunned down with weapons his own government put in the hands of known criminals turned into cesspool of obfuscations, half-truths, and out right lies as the Obama administration did everything possible to protect the Holder Justice Department and the ATF management involved in the debacle.

By the summer of 2012 the animosity between Congress investigating and the White House and its Justice Department stonewalling broke into all out political war. The left was shouting “political witch hunt”, Eric Holder had played the race card in a New York Times interview, and the national media was playing the narrative in pitch perfect tone.

What should have been outrage at President Obama’s last minute granting of executive privilege his Attorney General and the documents Congress was requesting to uncover the truth was instead covered as no big deal. And when over 100 House Democrats refused to even record a vote on the motion that made Eric Holder the only cabinet member in United States history to be held in contempt of Congress the same media that had propelled Barack Obama to the presidency, dutifully spun the story never before had there been a Congress so bitterly against an administration.

Why, now the history lesson? Because we learned this week that after over six years of walking free, the accused trigger man in Agent Terry’s death, known cartel member Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, was finally arrested. Osorio-Arellanes is now sitting in a Mexican jail while paperwork is processing for his extradition to the U.S. for trial.

While agent Terry is forever gone except in memory, and his family will most likely never know the truth of just who was behind the operation that led to his death, knowing the man suspected of killing him will at last face justice for his crimes has to be at least a small bit of solace in their sea of grief all these past years.

And lest you’re one of those partisans that still think Fast and Furious was much ado about nothing, I close with the last paragraph of Ms. Stone’s column of 2012:

“Terry’s flag-draped coffin was sent home to Michigan in time for Christmas. The gifts for his nieces and nephew arrived as mourners paid their respects at the funeral home. He had shipped them from Arizona just before his final shift.”

God rest your soul Brian Terry and may he be with your family as once again they are forced to re-live that terrible night.

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