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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 his death.


U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

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.

Brian Terry Carrying Wounded Agent 
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 expectingBrian Terry Holding Child 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.


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