“When a jury gathers next week for the trial of two men charged with the murder of a U.S. federal agent, it will not hear any details of how two guns found at the murder scene were part of a U.S. government-sanctioned weapon program,” kvoa.com reports. After considering the motion from federal prosecutors, U.S. District Court Judge David Bury agreed to bury the ATF’s secret anti-gun-running gun-running op known as Fast and Furious. There is a glimmer of hope that F&F will get a look in . . .
“I agree [to the prosecution’s motion to suppress all mention of Fast and Furious] with one exception,” the Judge said. “I can’t find any relevance except if the government should open the door.”
If the government brings up the origins of the guns found, Bury ruled that defendants can then bring up Fast and Furious.
Bury ordered the defendants “not to refer to … or elicit any testimony regarding Operation Fast and Furious. Understood?”
Here’s hoping the prosecution can be tricked into opening that door. Because all hell could – finally – break loose. There is a direct link between the ATF’s Fast and Furious program and the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry (equipped with a beanbag-firing weapon on the night of his death). The guns used by the bad guys. AND the massive U.S. government coverup after his death.
Yes, there is that.
While I have no love for the rip crew that murdered Terry (one of whom is serving a 30-year sentence), there’s no question that the feds swung into “damage control mode” immediately after Terry’s death. The day after the world learned that Terry’s killers shot him with guns provided – albeit indirectly – by the U.S. government, no less a personage that DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano flew to Phoenix to oversee the “investigation.”
The resulting coverup of the ATF’s involvement in Terry’s murder, and the murder of dozens of other American and Mexican nationals with ATF-enabled weapons, went to the highest levels of the Obama administration. Congress still doesn’t have the F&F documentation it requested, despite citing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt.
All of this speaks to a question directly relevant to Ivan Soto Barraza’s and Jesus Leonel Sanchez Meza’s defense: did the United States government manufacture or suppress evidence against the men charged in Terry’s murder? Uncle Sam has both the motivation to do so and a history of perfidy in that regard. Excluding Fast and Furious from this trial is nothing less than a travesty of justice.
And something more, something darker, something that needs to come into the light . . .