Before getting into this story, I noticed today that ICE Agent Jaime Zapata has a page dedicated to his story on Wikipedia. Border Patrol Agent and former U.S. Marine Brian Terry does not. To find Terry, you must log-on to a Wikipedia page titled “ATF Gun Walking Scandal.” I believe I have seen a Brian Terry Wiki page in the past. Have you? If so, he has been disappeared again. The family of Jaime Zapata has filed a wrongful death suit against “the Justice Dept. and other federal agencies” for the death of Zapata by a gun the ATF illegally allowed into Mexico. How much the family is suing for is not mentioned in Sharyl Attkisson’s story at CBS News. The family of Brian Terry filed a $25 Million wrongful death suit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) and Lone Wolf Trading Company, which they allege sold “hundreds of weapons” to straw purchasers” and “realized hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits” from doing so. Perhaps a suit against the DOJ will be forthcoming from the Terry family.
I have an alleged transcript of the owner (or someone) of Lone Wolf Trading Company talking to an ATF Agent about the weapons that came from his store, and a third weapon that was found at the scene of Terry’s death. Read it here. Katie Pavlich at Townhall has another alleged transcript of Lone Wolf talking to an ATF agent, and he isn’t happy about whistleblower, Federal Agent, John Dodson, who is a hero in my opinion.
Jaime Zapata died on February 15, 2011 at the age of 32 after being shot dead by Mexico’s vicious Los Zetas cartel in San Luis Potosi, Mexico where he was on duty as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent (ICE, a Homeland Security agency). The gun used was smuggled into Mexico from Dallas, Texas by a straw purchaser (someone who buys or provides a service on behalf of another person who cannot gain the item or service himself/herself) whom the ATF was well aware of. In other words, the AFT knew the straw purchaser, how he worked, and left him on the streets. Straw purchasers are prohibited by U.S. Law. It is unknown whether Jaime Zapata’s death is directly linked to Operation Fast and Furious but…
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.
Senator Charles Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa notified the DOJ, via letter, that they knew that the BATF:
…was aware of straw buying by Manuel Barba during a several month span of which one of the weapons found at the murder scene of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Officer Jaime Zapata was purchased. (Read the strange details of Barba’s conviction at Michelle Malkin).
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died on December 14, 2010 at the age of 40 while patrolling 11 miles from the border near Santa Cruz, Arizona. Those in power in Border Security had armed Terry with only a gun firing beanbags, while Terry faced an AK-47 sent south of the border by his own government. He was shot in the back. When the news broke of Brian Terry’s death, Agent John Dodson came forward and revealed how he had been told to look the other way when guns illegally left Arizona for south of the border. He said his superiors told him “it never happened.” This was Dodson’s reply:
I’m boots on the ground in Phoenix, telling you we’ve been doing it every day since I’ve been here,” he said. “Here I am. Tell me I didn’t do the things that I did. Tell me you didn’t order me to do the things I did. Tell me it didn’t happen. Now you have a name on it. You have a face to put with it. Here I am. Someone now, tell me it didn’t happen.”
When we send the Obamas packing from the White House, some justice would be forcing them to live on the border in Arizona, where the administration has been vigilant in thwarting all border security. Residents must send their children to school on buses that travel the dangerous area roads to get them there. The Obamas should be forced to do the same.
So far, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is missing any intense scrutiny:
Conceivably, Napolitano was even better informed than Holder because her former gubernatorial chief of staff Dennis K. Burke was the U.S. Attorney for the Arizona Department. It is fair to guess, that Burke briefed his former boss, who sponsored his appointment.
Burke was a useful part of the Fast and Furious cover-up and damage control. After waiting more than two weeks to charge the men who killed Terry, he charged them with unrelated gun violations. This move allowed him to deny Terry’s parents’ request for victims-of-crime rights. Under federal law, victims of crimes are afforded special briefings about the progress of investigations and prosecutions.
Burke also saw to it that the Terry case was sealed and all press relations were handled through the local FBI office that he controlled rather than through Border Patrol public information officers…The poor Carter County clerk, whose indictment for facilitating illegal guns sales the paper celebrated as validation of its crusade, had all charges dismissed—lest he explain in court what really happened. Source: Human Events
Manuel Osario-Arellanes (aka Manuel Arellanes, aka Paye) and his brother, Rito Osario-Arellanes have been indicted in Brian Terry’s death. Manuel Osario-Arellanes was convicted in 2006 in Phoenix of felony aggravated assault He had been detained twice in 2010 as an illegal immigrant, and had been returned to Mexico repeatedly (in otherwords, he re-entered illegally, repeatedly, as we know the worst-of-the-worst do). The indictment is Second Degree Murder. Read the indictment dated April 20, 2011 here and note that a blog link leading to the published indictment is dated May 7, 2011.
Nearly five months after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down near the Arizona-Mexico border, today a federal judge unsealed 14 count indictment charging Manuel Osario-Arellanes and at least two others with Terry’s murder.
In November 2011 a confusing call came down from the DOJ or a U.S. Attorney to seal the indictments. So they were sealed, before they were unsealed, and then months later, sealed again. The Judge’s reasoning for sealing documents that had already been released and were floating around the InterTubes was also sealed. Perhaps the sealed documents were changed in some way. However…
Among the strangeness is a report from USA Today dated January 30, 2012, saying another Judge ruled that at least a portion of the documents could be unsealed, and they were.
Manuel Osario-Arellanes’ trial was set for May 2011, then May 2012, then rescheduled for June 8th, 2012 and now has been rescheduled for November 6, 2012.
Rito Osario Arellanes was arrested for re-entry into the U.S. two days before Terry’s death. A third man is suspected, but is at-large. He has not been identified.
Armed with beanbags, Agent Brian Terry was said to have been a member of “an elite tactical unit known as BORTAC.” The Arizona Republic and other media refer to the “shoot out” or “fight” that ensued when the killers went after our Border Agents. Somehow those beanbags haven’t gotten much press. This website alleges that the day the Osario Arellanes indictment came down:
…there’s U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke’s signature on the indictment. And what’s on his website on the day Osario-Arellanes’ indictment was unsealed? Yuma Donut Shop Owner Indicted For Failing To Pay Overtime. I wonder why Burke didn’t want to highlight his involvement in this case?
Remember that Burke was Janet Napolitano’s Chief of Staff when she was Governor of Arizona. When she moved to Homeland Security, Burke was a Senior Advisor. In 2009 he was appointed to the U.S. Attorney General’s (Eric Holder) advisory committee, while serving as a U.S. Attorney General for Arizona. This administration knows how to stitch up all the loose ends. No one at the DOJ has been fired or prosecuted (or even blamed – except George W. Bush) for Fast and Furious, but numerous serving at high-levels have been moved to Washington, D.C., and/or promoted. Who wants to talk when you’re bribed with a promotion with salary paid by taxpayers.
On February 4th, 2011, the DOJ submitted a letter to Congress denying that gunrunning existed at all. This March 2009 press conference refuted the letter entirely and shows that both Holder and Obama directed the acceleration of gunrunning. On December 11, 2011, the DOJ “withdrew” the letter, and poof, like magic, it no longer exists, except that Senator Charles Grassley noted that the text is all over the internet.
Coincidentally on Friday, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, in another letter to Congress, wrote: “Facts have come to light during the course of this investigation that indicate the Feb. 4 letter contains inaccuracies.” In other words, the Department of Justice lied to Congress.
So the Friday letter withdrawing the February letter is itself full of “inaccuracies,” starting with the statement that only recently discovered facts have changed things. Friday’s document dump shows that DOJ knew the letter was deceptive as it was being drafted and that it was a monumental effort to conceal the truth.
But the letter and the lies are now considered to have never happened. That’s the state of American government today, bolstered by Obama invoking Executive Privilege to cover-up the truth of Fast and Furious. “Wrongful death” is such a shamefully pitiful descriptor of why Jaime Zapata and Brian Terry died. “Purposeful death” is a better fit. After all, the truth is stranger than fiction.