U.S. Border Patrol Names Boat for Brian Terry - Still No Answers for His Family
Along the border between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Canada, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service has deployed a new boat dedicated to the memory of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Terry grew up in Flat Rock, on the outskirts of Detroit. The photo here shows Brian Terry's sister Kelly along with his brother Kent at the dedication ceremony for the boat.
Agent Terry was killed in December, 2010 when his BORTAC team encountered a gang of Mexican criminals who opened fire on Terry and his Team. Terry was fatally wounded in the exchange. It was later learned that one of the guns found at the scene had been supplied to the Mexican criminals by our government trough a program which has become knows as Operation Fast & Furious. To date, the Terry family still have few, if any, real details about who was involved in this and how high up in this government this program was known about.
Brian's brother, Kent Terry, told me this week, "Brian would be so proud that the Border Patrol had named a vessel in his honor. Brian grew up on this very same lake, Lake Erie. He always enjoyed boating and continued that activity every time he came home to visit. Through this boat, Brian will remain visible and his friends will be reminded of his sacrifice to our nation."
Terry's memory was also honored by having the Border Patrol Station where he worked in Arizona named after him. Additionaly, a memorial was placed by his fellow agents and family near the site where Terry was murdered.
While these memorials are certainly fitting tributes to a great American hero, perhaps Brian Terry's family would be better served if U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would cooperate in Congressional investigations into Fast and Furious (Holder has been held in Contempt of Congress over this issue) and if the Obama Administration would stop promoting members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms like the new ATF Director Todd Jones.
House Oversight Committee Chairman said Jones' appointment to head the ATF was a slap in the face to the victims of Fast and Furious who include not only Brian Terry but ICE Agent Jaime Zapata, Mexican Police Chief Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga and hundreds (if not thousands) of Mexican citizens who were killed in incidents related to Fast and Furious.
“Acting Director Jones was at the helm of ATF as many troubling problems from the fallout of Operation Fast and Furious festered,” said Issa in a statement from January. “His specific decisions on a number of Fast and Furious related issues raise concerns about his judgment and ability to lead the agency."
“Jones was first brought into the job of ATF Acting Director," Issa explained, "in the middle of the Fast and Furious scandal after Justice Department officials had falsely denied reckless conduct and allegations by his predecessor that there was an effort underway to shield the Department’s senior political appointees from the scandal. Because of the numerous ATF mistakes during his tenure as Acting Director pertaining to Fast and Furious, his nomination is a slap in the face to the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Mexican citizens whose murder has been linked to Fast and Furious weapons, and ATF whistleblowers whom he failed to support.”
As President Obama now attempts to further distract Americans from his scandal with his "wag the dog" war against Syria, I hope you will join with me in asking Members of Congress to ignore this rouse by Obama and continue to press forward with their investigations into this and the long laundry-list of of Obama's "phony scandals".
Brian Terry's Family at the dedication of the boat named in his honor.
Brian Terry is truly a hero this country can be proud of. It is a dishonor to his family that employees of our government are allowed to continue to not be held accountable for their involvement in this criminal behavior. Do not let Brian Terry's death go unanswered. Demand answers from Congress today.