We’re fast approaching the one-year anniversary of the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Since his death, we’ve learned that Agent Terry was shot by a team of Mexican drug thugs using firearms enabled by the ATF operation known as Fast and Furious. The investigation into Terry’s murder has been hampered/stonewalled at every turn, by the ATF, FBI, DHS, DOJ and White House. Amongst other. Last week, the judge in charge of the federal grand jury considering the fate of the one assailant held for the crime—Manuel Osorio-Arellanes—sealed the case. He also sealed the reason why he sealed the case. Thankfully, the washingtontimes.com has seen a copy of the indictment. The Times reveals that Terry’s killing was less of a random encounter and more premeditated murder. And how . . .
Five illegal immigrants armed with at least two AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifles were hunting for U.S. Border Patrol agents near a desert watering hole known as Mesquite Seep just north of the Arizona-Mexico border when a firefight erupted and one U.S. agent was killed, records show.
A now-sealed federal grand jury indictment in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry says the Mexican nationals were “patrolling” the rugged desert area of Peck Canyon at about 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 14 with the intent to “intentionally and forcibly assault” Border Patrol agents.
At least two of the Mexicans carried their assault rifles “at the ready position,” one of several details about the attack showing that Mexican smugglers are becoming more aggressive on the U.S. side of the border.
According to the indictment, the Mexicans were “patrolling the area in single-file formation” a dozen miles northwest of the border town of Nogales and — in the darkness of the Arizona night — opened fire on four Border Patrol agents after the agents identified themselves in Spanish as police officers.
The paper also highlights the media-neglected fact that Agent Terry and his fellow officers fired beanbag rounds at the Mexicans at the start of the attack. Shawn P. Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council [above], told the Times that “[CPB] field agents have been ‘strong-armed’ by the agency’s leadership to use nonlethal weapons. He said they were not appropriate for the incident in which Terry was killed.”
Ya think? The entire incident puts paid to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s assertion that the U.S. Border is safe. In fact, yesterday, nuevodia.com.mx reported that U.S. Border Patrol Agents found three bodies of suspected drug traffickers shot execution style in the Tumacacori Mountains north of Nogales, Arizona. Six miles west of Tuscon.
More to the point of this series, Moran joins us in wondering what the hell the ATF was doing enabling gun smugglers in the first place.
Mr. Moran said he understood the “rationale of working things up the food chain,” as suggested in the Fast and Furious probe, but had no idea how ATF planned to arrest cartel members who ultimately purchased the weapons since the agency lacks jurisdiction south of the border and never advised Mexican authorities about the operation.
“It was a ridiculous idea from the beginning, and it baffles us on how it was ever approved,” he said.
And therein lies the tale.