Brian Terry: A Timeline of Death and Politics

Brian Terry: A Timeline of Death and Politics

The Justice Department unsealed an indictment yesterday charging five people in connection with Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s death. The timing is suspicious to say the least.  Herein an abbreviated timeline of pertinent events in the saga of Agent Terry’s tragic death.   

2009 Operation Fast and Furious is launched by ATF to catch drug trafficking kingpins, but federal agents lose track of about 1,400 of the more than 2,000 weapons.

December 14, 2010 Border Patrol agent Brian Terry is killed by armed criminals who illegally enter the United States from Mexico to rob drug traffickers. Two of the “lost” Fast and Furious guns are found at the scene of Agent Terry’s killing.  Indictee Manuel Osorio-Arellanes is taken into custody.

December 12, 2010 Indictee Rito Osorio-Arellanes is arrested by Border Patrol agents on immigration charges.

February 2011 ATF Special Agent John Dodson reveals the agency’s controversial “gunwalking” tactics in an interview with CBS News.  He later testifies before Congress.

Feb. 4, 2011 in a letter to Congress the Justice Department asserts ATF  “makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico.”

September 9, 2011 Congress formally asks the Obama administration to turn over copies of “all records” related to Fast and Furious.

November 7, 2011 a sealed (not released to the public) 11-count indictment (Case Number: CR-11-0150-TUC-DCB-BPV), charges five mexican nationals with the killing of Agent Terry.

December 2, 2011 The Justice Department retracts the February 4, 2011 letter.

June 20, 2012 President Obama asserts executive privilege to shield Justice Department Fast and Furious documents from Congress.

June 28, 2012 Eric Holder is held in contempt of Congress after Holder fails to turn over thousands of pages of subpoenaed Fast and Furious documents to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

June 20, 2012 The Justice Department retracts a second statement Eric Holder made to congressional investigators regarding  Fast and Furious.

July 9, 2012 The November, 2011 indictment is unsealed (revealed to the public) and the FBI announces 1 million dollar reward for indicted fugitives.

The FBI press release announcing the indictment (link below) offers platitudes regarding Agent Terry’s death that are too little, too late. The Obama Administration must cease its obstruction of the Fast and Furious investigation forthwith.  Learning the truth about Agents Terry’s death NOW is far more important then winning a presidential re- election, is it not?

FBI Press release dated 7/9/12

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