By: Rachel Pulaski
On December 14, 2010 Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was gunned down in Peck Canyon along the Mexican border by Mexican drug cartel. The gun used to kill Terry was supplied by Operation Fast and Furious while Terry was forced to defend himself with bean bags. Operation Fast and Furious is responsible for over 200 murders including the death of a Mexican police chief Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga. After the public and family member of Agent Brian Terry demanded answers from the Obama administration, in 2011 the courts decided to seal the records detailing his death. Agent Terry’s family then filed a $25 million lawsuit against the ATF for wrongdoing. Today, the family of Brian Terry still seeks answers about his death
Now, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection dedicated a 25 foot boat at Elizabeth Park near the Detroit River in the name of Agent Brian Terry. The boat will be used to patrol the Detroit River.
Texas GOP Vote reported:
Brian’s brother, Kent Terry, told me this week, “Brian would be so proud that the Border Patrol had named a vessel in his honor. Brian grew up on this very same lake, Lake Erie. He always enjoyed boating and continued that activity every time he came home to visit. Through this boat, Brian will remain visible and his friends will be reminded of his sacrifice to our nation.”
Terry’s memory was also honored by having the Border Patrol Station where he worked in Arizona named after him. Additionaly, a memorial was placed by his fellow agents and family near the site where Terry was murdered.
While these memorials are certainly fitting tributes to a great American hero, perhaps Brian Terry’s family would be better served if U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would cooperate in Congressional investigations into Fast and Furious (Holder has been held in Contempt of Congress over this issue) and if the Obama Administration would stop promoting members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms like the new ATF Director Todd Jones.