On the anniversary of fallen Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s death, moving video has surfaced of his family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers and U.S. Marines waiting at the airport in Michigan for Terry’s body. The fallen agent’s body is carried from the plane by uniformed pallbearers, and escorted to his friends and family by a traditional bag pipe player.
Terry grew up in Flat Rock, Mich., serving as a U.S. Marine and as a police officer before joining the U.S. Border Patrol. Terry was murdered with a weapon Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice allowed to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The gun was 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 the gangs. (See complete coverage of Fast and Furious scandal)
The Obama administration’s DOJ, under Holder’s leadership, facilitated the sale of about 2,000 weapons to Mexican drug cartels via Operation Fast and Furious.
Fast and Furious was a program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). It sent the thousands of weapons to the cartels via straw purchasers — people who legally purchase guns in the United States with the known intention of illegally trafficking them somewhere else.
At least 300 people in Mexico were killed with Fast and Furious weapons, as was Terry. The identities of the Mexican victims are unknown.
To this day, nobody in government has been held accountable for Terry’s death, or for the deaths of the Mexican citizens.