Fast and Furious: 2nd Gun in Agent Zapata Murder – What About the Third Gun in Agent Terry Death?

Two dead border agents – perhaps five guns involved in their deaths – all five illegally allowed to “walk” into the hands of Mexican drug cartels by the Department of Justice and the ATF. In the highly-publicized death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry,  thanks to Conservative bloggers, we know two guns were found at the scene and traced to the Fast and Furious cache of weapons. But we also heard there was a third gun, and an audio confirmed that report, but barely, nary a word about it since. Today I found a headline at KatyPundit and followed it to Grumpy Opinions reporting that a second gun has been traced to the murder of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata. A Texas man was both arrested and sentenced, and Zapata’s family didn’t have the courtesy of a notice. Understand that: the case was so far along that, at the time the Zapata family learned of a second gun, the arrest, conviction and sentencing of Manuel Barba had already already taken place. Obviously, no Victim Impact statement was given. While Congressman Darrell Issa has been dogging this in the House, some are thinking he is giving up on probing Eric Holder and Fast and Furious.

Brian Terry – Jaime Zapata

In my previous post about the third gun in the Brian Terry case was this update: Fox is reporting emails showing there was an effort to protect “a confidential informant,” who “works inside a major Mexican cartel and provided the money to obtain the weapons used to kill Terry.”

Let me ask you: have you heard about the third gun?

Here is the transcript of the CBS audio:

Agent: Well there was two.

Dealer: There’s three weapons.

Agent: There’s three weapons.

Dealer: I know that.

Agent: And yes, there’s serial numbers for all three.

Dealer: That’s correct.

Agent: Two of them came from this store.

Dealer: I understand that.

Agent: There’s an SKS that I don’t think came from…. Dallas or Texas or something like that.

Dealer: I know. Talking about the AK’s

Agent: The two AK’s came from this store.

Dealer: I know that.

Agent: Ok.

Dealer: I did the Goddamned trace

Agent: Third weapon is the SKS has nothing to do with it.

Dealer: That didn’t come from me.

Agent: No and there is that’s my knowledge. And I spoke to someone who would know those are the only ones they have. So this is the agent who’s working the case, all I can go by is what she told me.

The ATF “Agent” quoted above is identified as Hope MacAllister. The “Dealer” is identified as Andre Howard, owner of Lone Wolf Trading Company. The following is my commentary from the same article linking the transcript above:
Now, here’s the kicker, Agent MacAllister says the third weapon at the scene had nothing to do with Terry’s murder, and in the audio it is clear that the SKS did not walk from Andre Howard’s store.

So, when the weapons at the scene were seized, where did the SKS go and who did it go with? Where did it come from? And why the need to hide it?

Apparently the “confidential informant” is still confidential. About a month after the above reports, the Daily Caller quotes Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA):
Issa said Sunday that he thinks there may have been a third gun at the scene of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder.

On crime-scene “tickets” used to mark evidence, FBI investigators labeled the weapons “No. 2″ and “No. 3″ — a fact which hasn’t escaped Issa’s notice. The California Republican told CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer on Sunday that he doesn’t believe FBI officials tampered with crime scene evidence, but he does worry about specific inconsistencies which, so far, lack explanations.

“We’re not suggesting that,” Issa said, “but when you have tickets that are numbered 2 and 3 and there’s no ticket 1, when agents who were at Brian Terry’s funeral made statements to his mother indicating that there were three weapons, when the two weapons that they have tested don’t conclusively match up — then you look and say, ‘Well, was there a third weapon at the scene? Were there additional people who escaped with weapons?’”

 The core of the Department of Justice is rotted and the stench is mighty. Attorney General Eric Holder and the DOH has ignored subpoenas, and Issa has threatened Contempt charges – but when:

Perhaps such astounding arrogance should have surprised no one, for when the House at last filed a subpoena in October demanding the Department turn over approximately 80,000 Fast and Furious related documents, Holder ignored it, making clear even then that he had no intention of abiding by House demands.

And the House of Representatives—that is, the Republican Party—did nothing…

Yet when February 9th passed without a single page having been turned over by the DOJ, rather than press ahead with a contempt filing, Darrell Issa provided Eric Holder and his minions an extension—an INDEFINITE extension, apparently “permitting” the most corrupt Attorney General in this nation’s history all the time in the world to continue his practice of ignoring the House and its subpoenas.

We have one agent’s family unaware that a man was arrested, convicted and sentenced in the death of their son, and we have a third, unexplained weapon in the death of Agent Terry – maybe tied to a cartel informant. Someone in Congress must stand up and make things happen. I thought Issa was up to the job. That’s what I get for thinking. Truth and Justice dying daily. See continuing updates on Fast and Furious at Si Vis Pacem. 

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Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook