Meet Brian Terry
Do you know this man?
His name is Brian Terry. You may
have heard his name mentioned occasionally by the mainstream press in
association with the Fast and Furious scandal.
More than likely you know very little about him or the circumstances of
Brian Terry was one of the brave members of the U.S. Border
Patrol assigned to guard our borders.
After high school he served his country proudly as a Marine and went on
to become a decorated police officer in Michigan. In 2007 he graduated from the Border Patrol
Academy as the president of his class and was assigned a post at the Naco
station near Bisbee, Arizona.
On December 14, 2010, Brian was part of an operation
conducted by the Border Patrol Tactical Unit in Nogales, Arizona. During this operation his team encountered five
members of a Mexican drug cartel in the “Peck Well” area near Rio Rico,
Arizona. These bandits were carrying the
latest military grade assault weapons that were purchased out of the Justice
Departments gunwalking program known as Operation Fast and Furious. During the exchange, Brian was shot in the
lower back and died the following day.
His family in Michigan was expecting Brian to come home for
Christmas. They were not expecting that
trip to be made in a flag draped coffin.
This young man didn’t have to die.
His death was a result of the botched Fast and Furious program, the same
program that the Justice Department has stonewalled congress on the release of
documents for over eight months.
Through the Fast and Furious program the ATF knowingly
allowed thousands of guns to be bought by suspected arms traffickers, working
through straw purchasers, on behalf of Mexican drug cartels. At least 200 people in Mexico have been
killed with these guns. It appears from
the limited information the Justice Department will release that there never
was a real plan in place to track the guns after they were sold.
The House Oversight Committee voted June 20th to hold
Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of congress for continuing to refuse
to turn over documents related to Fast and Furious. Still the Justice Department is withholding
the documents and the White House has stepped in claiming executive privilege
to keep the documents from being made public.
Contact your member of congress today and urge him to
pressure the Justice Department to release the documents congress has requested
and, if necessary, to vote to hold Eric Holder in contempt of congress.