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The murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry: One year ago today

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 14, 2011 11:11 AM

Since this blog was founded in 2005 and before that, since the publication of Invasion in 2002, I’ve covered the blood-boiling deaths of law enforcement and border security officials who put their lives on the front lines for us — only to lose them in part because of government negligence, malfeasance, and refusal to do what needs to be done to keep America safe.

We have mourned murdered National Park Service ranger Kris Eggle. And Denver detective Donnie Young. And Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy David March. And Houston police officer Rodney Johnson. And so many more.

All are etched in my consciousness permanently, but none have shaken me more than the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry one year ago today. The systemic incompetence, callousness, and corruption that created the conditions for his murder are unfathomable. The cover-up that continues today in the White House is unconscionable.

Look back at how Agent Terry’s death was first reported 12 months ago:

A Border Patrol agent was shot and killed Tuesday night near Rio Rico after encountering several suspects, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Agent Brian Terry was killed just 10 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, north of Nogales. Four suspects are in custody and one is being pursued, according to a press release from Customs and Border Protection.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.

Now, reflect on the extent of the lies, leaks, deception, and obstruction in the investigations of Agent Terry’s murder.

Now, imagine the suffering of the Terry family a year later — still seeking answers and the truth about Operation Fast and Furious — as they endured the vile, cynical exploitation of the case by Attorney General Eric Holder, who released his Kabuki “apology” letter to the media before they had even received it.

Border security activists, Second Amendment activists, anti-corruption advocates, and all Americans who care about the security and sovereignty of this country owe this family their thoughts, prayers, and gratitude as they continue to fight for the truth.


Neil McCabe at Human Events has a moving tribute and retrospective.

Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com

Vigilant national security/second amendment blogger David Codrea at Sipsey Street Irregulars marks the anniversary:

A year. And still we wait for the FBI to figure out a way to prosecute the one wounded killer they were forced to retain without compromising their cover-up of the involvement of their one-armed paid snitch.

A year. And still we wait for the much ballyhooed Office of Inspector General Report. You know, the one that the administration always uses to justify not telling you anything about the Gunwalker Scandal.

A year. And still we wait for the “mainstream media” to actually engage on the story of the greatest scandal of federal misadventure to date.

Watch this video from the House GOP Oversight and Reform on Brian Terry’s service to our nation:

More calls for Holder’s resignation. And the no-confidence tide swells.

FBI Director Bob Mueller may get Fast and Furious questions today.

Bob Owens spotlights Mother Jones trying to shoot the messenger on F&F.

How long will national media outlets keep up the Fast and Furious blackout? Mary Chastain is keeping tabs.

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