A second man charged in connection with the Brian Terry homicide was in jail on the night of the shooting.
However, the sealed records do not show what charges were made, and he may have been indicted as part of a wider conspiracy.
“Based on the evidence before the Committee, it is clear that ATF agents in Phoenix and prosecutors in the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office embarked on a deliberate strategy not to arrest suspected straw purchasers while they attempted to make larger cases against higher-level targets. Although these officials claimed they had no probable cause to arrest any straw purchasers at the time, allowing hundreds of illegally purchased military-grade assault weapons to fall into the hands of violent drug cartels over the course of five years created an obvious and inexcusable threat to public safety on both sides of the border.
FBI Director Robert Mueller denied that a third gun was allegedly recovered at Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder investigation. “There was no third weapon found at the scene. There were two weapons that were found at the scene, not a third. Why there were suggestions as to a third I’m still not certain… But the fact of the matter is there were only two weapons found at the scene,” Mueller said.
US Attorney General Eric Holder is under fire by the Republican members of Congress over the ‘Fast and Furious’ gun smuggling scandal that has begun to engulf the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the FBI, including the DEA doing a collateral money laundry for Mexican cartels. Its little concern that these scandals began during the Bush administration, and are now fully endowed by Obama’s Department of Justice.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has new methods for enforcing drugs on the American public, similar to the ATF’s strategy of letting guns ‘walk’.
If you are an important member of an alleged Mexican Drug Cartel, you can have your money laundered, transferred and traced by the Drug Enforcement Administration, at an affordable price guaranteed to perpetuate the Drug War on Americans.
The Brian Terry murder has become a flashpoint for every policy and tactic that has failed in the drug war.
Besides rules of engagement issues, Fast and Furious weapons found at the scene, an informer’s missing gun, resignations at high levels of the ATF and DOJ, and denials of criminal activities from nearly everyone in the Bush/Obama administration, this Mystery of the Desert is a tragedy of policies that militarize rather than medicalize the enormous illicit drug markets.