Jerry Seper, investigative editor for the Washington Times completed an excellant portrayal of known facts relating to the Brian Terry murder, December 14,2010. Border Patrol Agent Terry was killed when challenging five armed Mexican nationals along the smuggling trails of Peck Canyon,Rio Rico, Arizona at 11:15 P.M.
The armed intruders had Romanian AK-47’s which were a part of ATF’s operation Gunwalker, Fast and Furious weapons shipments to Mexican Drug Cartels. Two of the recovered AK-47s at the murder scene were identified as Gunwalker inventory. Manuel Osario-Arellanes , a Mexican National who had been convicted of felony aggravated assault, and multiple illegal entries was shot in the stomach and leg by Border Patrol Agents. Four men in the group fled south and were not apprehended.
The Arellanes case as well as others identified who may have been involved in the shooting incident have been sealed by court authorities. The media as well as the general public is barred from obtaining any access to arguments, evidence or court rulings.
The National Border Patrol Union which represents non-supervisory agents nationwide has many concerns about the lack of transparency in the Brian Terry Investigation. It will soon be a full year that has elasped from the time period of Agent Terry’s murder. Terry was “shot in the back” by a weapon supplied by ATF to unknown criminal factors in Mexico.
As a retired U.S.B.P.Special Agent , Anti-Smuggling Unit, working the Peck Canyon area west of Nogales, Arizona has always been a dangerous corridor. Armed bandits would rob groups of illegal aliens of their money, possessions and drug smugglers protected their loads with firearms. Alexander Kirpnick, a young border patrol agent was shot and killed by smugglers ten years ago in Peck Canyon. In 2005, two agents were shot in an ambush with over fifty rounds of ammunition expended. Armed Snipers set up “lookout” posts on “high points” that are still in use in 2011.
The organized criminal elements in Mexico do not need ATF’s help in killing law enforcement officers. We’ve had $50,000 bounties placed on our heads a few years ago by drug cadres, and really don’t appreciate Fast and Furious, a “no common sense ” ATF boondoggle. All proper investigative procedures were not followed. For operations in a foreign country, and the majority of undercover ops; everything must be cleared from local Assistant U.S. Attorneys to the “brass” in D.C. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico should have been on board as well as the Attorney General of Mexico. The sealed indictments in the Brian Terry investigation must be truly revealing materials that ATF prefers to keep silent.
Jerry Seper’s article can be found at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/22/armed-illegals-stalked-border-patrol/?
In any large scale investigation, lead agents need constant reporting of facts, times, places, and movement of contraband or people. It does not matter what agency is tasked in investigative cases, DEA, ICE, FBI or State and local police.The guidelines ,procedures and methods of operation are similar. In undercover missions, an agent’s primary responsibilty is the general public’s safety. It appears there were no undercover agents in Gunwalker, merely identified smugglers delivering large quantities of firearms to dangerous unknown persons who apparently were not under observation.
When shipments of guns were allowed to be delivered to the cartels, ATF should have been on top of the situation 24 hours per day, 7 days a week with confidential informants and plain clothes survelliance teams in Mexico. Every cache of smuggled weapons should have been closely monitored with the knowledge that the guns would be used in criminal activity with lethal intent to citizens as well as law enforcement officers.
Foreign gun runners have supplied Mexican smugglers with Chi-com Ak-47s to a wide range of armament for the past 30 years with no intervention or notice by ATF. Mexico was a sovereign nation. It defies basic common sense when a U.S. agency allows known smugglers to transport uncontrolled guns across the border. The cartels have stacked up enough bodies without assistance from the ATF.
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