-- Our son didn't have to die - Posted 6/22/2012
-- Congressman Says ICE Agents Ambushed by Mexican Gang - 2/17/11
-- US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry shot and killed by border bandits - Posted 12/16/10
-- Murder of Texas Jet Skier By Drug Cartel Spirals Out of Control! - Posted 10/15/2010
-- Border Patrol Agent Shot And Killed In East County - 7/23/09
-- Mexican set free after border patrol agent struck, killed - 6/27/08
-- Border Patrol agent found dead - 5/18/07
-- Border Patrol agent killed by 'smugglers' - 1/19/08
-- Teams Comb Ariz. Desert for Suspect in Border Agent’s Murder - 12/17/10
son didn't have to die
It has been more than 18 months since our son, Brian Terry, was shot and killed by a Mexican drug cartel armed by a failed U.S. Department of Justice "gun-walking" operation known as "Fast and Furious."
The pain that Brian's death has caused our family is indescribable. No matter what words we use in this letter to you, we will never be able to justly convey how much suffering we have endured. We still grieve every day, and we are resigned to the fact that the agony of his death will stick with us for the rest of our lives. Not because he didn't achieve his dreams . . . not because he didn't live his life to the fullest . . . and not because he didn't leave anything behind that we couldn't celebrate or remember.
Our family will be forever grief-stricken because Brian didn't have to die.
We wish we could take solace knowing that Brian died doing what he loved to do. After all, it was his childhood dream to make a career in law enforcement and become a federal agent.
As a youngster, Brian was inspired by his Uncle Bob, a Michigan police offer who would give Brian tours of the police station and share stories of what it was like to be a police officer. From then on, Brian believed he was destined for a career in law enforcement. He joined the Marine Corps after high school and served four years in Naples, Italy before becoming a police officer in Lincoln Park, Michigan – just like his uncle. But Brian's ultimate dream was to become a federal agent, and so he applied to the United States Border Patrol.
In 2007, he attended the Border Patrol Academy in El Paso, Texas, graduating as president of his class before being assigned to the Naco station near Bisbee, Arizona, only a few miles from the U.S.-Mexican border.
Brian accomplished exactly what he wanted to. But all of what he had worked for – and all our family had come to adore and love – was taken away so abruptly . . . so needlessly. On December 14, 2010, Brian was conducting operations as a member of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit in Nogales, Arizona. He and his team encountered five Mexican drug cartel bandits in the "Peck Well" area near Rio Rico, Arizona. Not knowing the bandits were carrying the latest military grade assault weapons provided by the Justice Department as part of Operation Fast and Furious, there was an exchange of gunfire and Brian was shot in the lower back.
He died on December 15, 2010. (Murdered by Obamas gun running operation]
Before then, our family was expecting Brian to return home for Christmas. What we were not expecting was that he would return home in a flag-draped casket. All because of an ill-conceived government gun trafficking investigation gone horribly awry.
Please consider a contribution to the Brian Terry Foundation
The Justice Department's "gunwalking" operation called for American gun dealers to sell weapons to "straw purchasers" tied to Mexican drug cartels between 2009-2011. The intention was to track the guns as they were sold to Mexican drug lords, which would theoretically lead to the arrests and dismantling of the cartels.
But that's not what happened. It turned out that there was no actual plan to track the movement of the guns as they were "walked" into Mexico.
As a result, one of our four children and as many as 200 Mexican citizens were killed with weapons connected to the operation.
Still, hundreds of guns sold as part of Operation Fast and Furious remain unrecovered, putting more brave law enforcement personnel along the border – like our son – at unnecessary risk.
Even though our son fell in the line of duty more than 18 months ago, we still don't have answers that explain why he had to die.
Unfortunately for our family and the families of others who have been injured or killed with these weapons, our son's death has ballooned into a national controversy. Currently, the House Oversight Committee is moving forward with contempt proceedings against Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General and head of the Justice Department, for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena requesting all of his communications regarding Operation Fast and Furious. Our hope is that the Justice Department is not withholding information that could expose those who are responsible for our son's death.
It has been nearly eight months since Mr. Holder was served his subpoena, and we know little more now than we did then. We think our family and Brian's memory deserve better.
So even though this government investigation drags on and prolongs our family's suffering, we are taking action.
We have established the Brian Terry Foundation not just to preserve Brian's memory and honor his service to our country, but to also help families of other U.S. Border Patrol Agents who have been killed or injured by providing ongoing emotional and financial support, establish educational scholarships, recognize the heroic efforts of current Border Patrol Agents, and raise public awareness of the flawed Fast and Furious investigation. It is also our personal mission to guarantee that any mistakes made by the Justice Department are never made again.
Because of Operation Fast and Furious, some of the most dangerous criminal organizations in North America have been strengthened, and now our Border Patrol Agents are in the gravest danger of their lives.
So please, we urge you – not just for our son, but for all U.S. Border Patrol Agents who came before him and who will come after him – to join our cause and give as generously as you can. We have to make sure that nothing like Fast and Furious ever happens again, and without grassroots support from folks like yourself, our mission fails. This failed government operation cost our son his life, but that doesn't have to stop us from saving the life of someone else's son.
In the loving and enduring memory of Brian A. Terry, Kent Terry, Sr. and Josephine Terry
The Brian Terry Foundation
P.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy. It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth. The President's executive priveledge makes getting to the truth much more difficult. We really do need your help. If you can afford to support the Brian Terry Foundation financially please give as generously as you can.
[I have inserted the e-mail I received from the family - it speaks for us all and there is nothing I can add that can better express the pain of another agent lost while in the service of all Americans, (SFC Army Retired). Lord, please, bring all our fallen home.]
| Congressman Says ICE Agents Ambushed by Mexican Gang
February 17, 2011 By Will Weissert, Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press
Brownsville, Texas (AP) - Members of Mexico's ruthless Zetas gang carried out a highway ambush that killed one U.S. federal agent and wounded another this week, a Texas congressman said Thursday.
Michael McCaul said Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata, 32, was killed by members of the Zeta cartel after a group of 10 to 15 armed men in two vehicles forced Zapata's Chevy Suburban off a highway in San Luis Potosi on Tuesday afternoon. ICE Agent Victor Avila was shot twice in the leg.
McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, said the agents identified themselves as U.S. diplomats before being shot.
"This was a complete ambush," he said, adding that investigators recovered least 90 bullet casings from the scene.
The Texas Republican said Zapata and Avila identified themselves as U.S. diplomats "hoping they (the Zetas) would honor the long-standing tradition that they don't (target) U.S. law enforcement."
"This is a complete game changer," he said. "They are changing the rules."
He said while the motive for the attack remains unclear, one thing is certain: "There's no case of mistaken identity."
Authorities have said the agents were likely in the wrong place at the wrong time and that their SUV is of a kind coveted by drug cartels in the area.
Mexican authorities are investigating the shooting but have not announced any arrests.
"My sense is that we know, we probably have pretty good intelligence as to who was behind this," McCaul said. "That's what it appears to be."
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder have formed a joint task force led by the FBI to help Mexico find the killers.
Holder said Thursday that U.S. officials would look closely at the security situation in Mexico and make any changes warranted to ensure that U.S. personnel "have maximum protection."
The Mexican government does not allow U.S. law enforcement personnel to carry weapons. Holder would not say if the government planned to push to allow U.S. law enforcement working in Mexico to arm themselves.
McCaul was more forthright.
"We are helping them, they are not helping us," McCaul said. "If we are going to put our guys down there ... to allow them not to be armed really puts them right in the bullseye and they are sitting targets."
McCaul said he wants to schedule congressional hearings to examine the U.S. role in Mexico's ongoing drug war, which has killed more than 35,000 people since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the country's drug gangs shortly after taking office in late 2006.
Zapata and Avila, both from Texas, were on temporary assignments at the ICE attache office in Mexico City. They had been driving between Monterrey, Mexico, and Mexico City when the attack occurred.
Avila serves on a unit to deter human trafficking and is based in El Paso, Texas. Zapata had been based out of Laredo, Texas. He joined Homeland Security in 2006, served on the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit as well as the Border Enforcement Security Task Force. He also was a member of the U.S. Border Patrol in Yuma, Ariz.
On Thursday, police and ICE officers blocked the entrance to the road leading to Zapata's family home in Brownsville, Texas.
Brownsville police spokesman Eddie Garcia said the department doesn't usually provide such protection to the family of shooting victims but that it was appropriate given the circumstances.
The security is "for the privacy of the family. The family is not ready to come out yet and give interviews," Garcia said.
The U.S. State Department has taken several measures over the past year to protect consulate employees and their families in Mexico, although attacks on Americans are rare. It has at times authorized the departure of relatives of U.S. government employees in northern Mexican cities.
In July, it temporarily closed the consulate in Ciudad Juarez, a city at the center of Mexico's drug cartel violence, after receiving unspecified threats. Earlier this month, the consulate in Guadalajara prohibited U.S. government officials from traveling after dark on the road to the airport because of cartel-related attacks in Mexico's second-largest city.
Source URL: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/congressman-says-ice-agents-ambushed-mex
US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry,
40, was shot and killed by border bandits on Tuesday, December 14th west of
Rio Rico in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. The fifth suspect in the attack on
US Border Patrol agents is still at-large with the FBI scouring the canyons
and surrounding area by horseback and helicopter. The area where Agent Terry
and fellow agents were attacked by the border scum is a high volume
human-smuggling and drug-trafficking route ten miles from the US-Mexico
border. This is yet another example of a Patriot’s life lost because
Washington fails to act.
Patrol Agent Shot And Killed In East County
Posted July 23, 2009 San Diego News
NEAR CAMPO, Calif. -- An investigation was under way Friday morning into the fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Campo, near the Mexican border.
The shooting was reported about 9:15 p.m. Thursday on Shockey Truck Trail southeast of the San Diego Sheriff Department's Campo substation, according to the Sheriff's Department.
A group of border patrol agents came across a group of men near the north end of the border fence, Border Patrol Public Information Officer Daryl Reed said. As the agents approached, the group of men split up and started running, Reed said. The agents followed and began a chase. One agent was separated from the group and gunshots were heard, Reed said.
Four engines, paramedics, and a medical helicopter were dispatched to the area, but the agent, who was found with a gunshot wound to the head, was declared dead at the scene, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said.
The county medical examiner arrived on scene at 3:30 a.m. to retrieve the body of the slain agent, 10 News photojournalist Rett Lawrence reported.
FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said his agency is investigating the incident, along with the Sheriff's Department, the Border Patrol and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The name of the agent was withheld pending family notification. No information on the shooter was immediately released.
Mexican set free after border patrol agent struck, killed
Judge releases drug dealer accused of murdering U.S. officer with vehicle
June 27, 2008 © 2008 WorldNetDaily
Jesus Navarro Montes
Officials are outraged after a Mexican judge released a Mexican national who allegedly struck and killed a U.S. Border Patrol agent with his vehicle.
Jesus Navarro Montes was accused of intentionally killing Agent Luis Aguilar Jan. 19 near the Imperial Sand Dunes in Imperial County, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reported. Aguilar was attempting to stop two Mexican vehicles from entering the country illegally. As he positioned a strip of tire spikes into the road, Montes allegedly rammed his vehicle into the agent and killed him.
Now a Mexican judge has released Montes without restrictions.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he was shocked at the Mexican judge's decision to free Montes.
"We are working with a determined Mexican government and our Department of Justice to seek swift justice for the Aguilar murder," Chertoff said in a statement. "We have also assured Agent Aguilar's family that every resource is being called upon in the relentless pursuit of justice."
Chertoff had previously applauded Mexico's support in finding Aguilar's murderer, and he referenced the agent's slaying as an illustration of increasing violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
However, Montes was arrested in northern Mexico three days following Aguilar's murder, where he awaited a trial on charges of immigrant smuggling. He was later set free, and the details of his prison release were unclear, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The president of the National Border Patrol Council, T.J. Bonner, told newspaper he couldn't understand how Montes could be released after he allegedly killed a border patrol agent in cold blood.
"How can a guy who murdered one of our law enforcement agents just be released like that?" Bonner asked. "He could be anywhere by now."
Officials at Mexico's federal attorney general's office and Public Safety Department said they believe Montes drove from Mexicali in Baja California toward the U.S. border in a Hummer loaded with drugs prior to striking the agent with his vehicle.
According to the report, U.S. Border Patrol agents saw the vehicles illegally enter the country on Interstate 8, so they attempted to apprehend the suspects. After Aguilar was killed, Montes drove back to Mexicali and gave the Hummer to one of his friends.
According to the report, Mexican government spokesman Ricardo Alday said, "The United States, to this date, has presented neither a provisional order of arrest for Mr. Navarro Montes nor a formal extradition request."
Border Patrol agent killed by 'smugglers'
Officer run down while laying spike strips to stop 2 vehicles fleeing toward Mexico.
January 19, 2008
A U.S. Border Patrol agent is dead in California after being struck by one of two vehicles fleeing toward the U.S.-Mexico border during a pursuit by law enforcement today.
The officer, whose name has not yet been released, was laying spike strips across the road in the Imperial Sand Dunes recreation in the southeast portion of the state at about 9:30 a.m. when he was hit by a Hummer believed to have been driven by smugglers.
The Hummer and a Black Ford F-150 pickup truck escaped into Mexico, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Jeremy Schappell told the Yuma Sun. It is unknown whether the vehicles were carrying drugs or human contraband.
"Right now our Mexican liaison unit has contact with the Mexican authorities ... try and track these individuals down," Schappell said.
Witnesses said the two vehicles were being pursued on I-8 between Calexico, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz., when the drivers left the interstate and turned into the dunes, fleeing toward the nearby border.
"It was at the entrance to the Buttercup Recreation Area, where the duners usually park," Schappell said.
Because of the proximity of interstate and the dune recreational area to the border, the area is popular with smugglers, he said.
"It actually happens quite frequently out here. What they try to do is, they hope to blend in with the usual dune traffic to increase their chances of going undetected," Schappell said.
Today's death is the first for an agent in the Yuma sector in over four years, Schappell said.
"It's not easy. No law enforcement agency wants to lose one of their own. What we're focusing on now is making sure the agents at the scene are taken care of, mentally. Our primary focus is on the family, helping them cope and deal with their loss."
Border Patrol agent found dead
North County Times - May 15, 2007 - By: North County Times Wire Services
NILAND - A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent was found dead floating in seven feet of water in a canal near the city of Niland, east of Salton Sea, authorities announced today.
Richard Goldstein, 37, a five-year veteran of the Border Patrol assigned to the El Centro Sector's Indio Station, was found floating in the Coachella Canal after agents reported him missing around 3:30 p.m., Border Patrol Agent David Kim said.
Goldstein was discovered floating in the canal almost an hour after agents found his K-9 partner sitting alongside his vehicle, which was parked and idling along the Coachella Canal, Kim said.
It was not known how Goldstein ended up in the canal, he said.
Goldstein was the first agent to have drowned in the El Centro Sector's history, Kim said.
"The loss of such a promising young agent, bravely carrying out his duty, has created a great emptiness within our ranks," said Carl L. McClafferty, chief patrol agent of the El Centro Sector.
"Our thoughts and prayers are now with his family, as we honor his courage and sacrifice," he said.
Goldstein's death was being investigated by the Imperial County Sheriff's Department, officials said.
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Murder of Texas Jet Skier By Drug Cartel Spirals Out of Control!
ALERT: Reports are coming in from Mexico that investigators in the murder of American David Hartley have also been murdered. Rolando Armando Flores Villegas was investigating David's case from the Mexican side of the border. They were cooperating with U.S. officials to try to bring those responsible to justice.
However, what is known is that two days after Villegas provided documents to a Texas TV station that identified two members of the Zeta drug cartel as the culprits a military post in Mexico received a suitcase containing the head of Villegas.
It is quite clearly a warning from the drug cartels to stay away. The Mexican government seems to be heeding the threats from the cartels with comments like those of Tamaulipas state prosecutor office spokesman Ruben Rios saying that they "don't know how or why he was killed. We don't have any details on how he died"
These shocking reports are just stoking the flames of the already controversial border security dispute. It is clear that the border has become a lawless war zone and the drug cartels are the ones calling the shots!
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The only thing the Obama administration has done to combat this growing epidemic is to concede to the cartels and place signs 70 miles INSIDE the American border telling American citizens to stay away from the border. American civilians are under attack on American soil from malicious and ruthless drug gangs! Obama has no problem protecting the borders of Afghanistan but he can't be bothered to send the army to the UNITED STATES BORDER?!
Mexican obviously can't control the cartels so it's up to us to cut off their supply of money. It is time to shut down the border completely! We need a fence and more to protect the border! It's a war zone, we need soldiers to fight in a war zone! Anything less is a disgrace to Robert Krentz, David Hartley, and the countless others that have been unnecessarily killed by drug running criminals!
Hartley and his wife Tiffany were jet skiing on Falcon Lake, which straddles the Texas border between the U.S. and Mexico. While they were sight-seeing they were savagely ambushed and attacked without provocation by Mexican pirates. The pirates swooped in mercilessly on speed boats and gunned down David Hartley in cold blood. Tiffany was unable to recover her husband's body after he was shot in the head, and she fled the attackers back to the U.S side of the lake in order to get help.
Obama has still not responded to the heartbreaking and shocking news of last week's murder of American civilian David Hartley. "How many more American citizens have to die?" said Texas Governor Rick Perry as he challenged Washington to get its act together.
What has Obama done about escalating U.S. losses? Nothing but post signs telling Americans to stay away from border areas on U.S. soil and RUN AWAY from killers in our own backyard!!! Well, I guess even a jet ski is just not fast enough.
This savage killing is just another tragic result of the Obama administration not securing the border and leaving U.S. citizens defenseless to completely unacceptable and totally avoidable murders known to be perpetrated by ruthless Mexican drug runners.
Last spring Arizona Rancher Robert Krentz was murdered by an illegal alien believed to have ties to the drug cartels on his own land. Krentz' murder was the flash point which ignited the controversial Arizona immigration enforcement legislation signed into law by the Governor of AZ and promptly stayed by the Obama Justice Department. The outrage over the open border has only grown since then. Americans want the border sealed and the flow of illegal criminals, thugs and drugs pouring over the border stopped!
However, the Obama administration has done nothing to combat this crisis. The safety of American citizens relies on signs posted 70 miles inside the border saying that American soil is no longer safe and AMERICAN CITIZENS are not allowed on their own land. This is an unprecedented act of cowardice, ceding sovereign U.S. territory to alien banditry, and Obama is the first American President to ever passively and preemptively concede American land to foreign terrorists.
Governor Perry is right to be outraged! He is doing everything he can to make sure the body of David Hartley is recovered. Mexican authorities aren't allowing U.S. officials to enter the Mexican waters of Falcon Lake to aid the search. Mexico City district attorney Marco Antonio Guerrero Carrixales said recently that they, "are not certain that incident happened the way that they are telling us." Tiffany Hartley is convinced, as are many others, that Obama could bring more pressure on the Mexican government to exert itself against the cartels to recover the body. Governor Perry responded by saying, "I find it really reprehensible for anyone, U.S. or Mexican, to speak otherwise" about Tiffany's claims.
Perry has again beseeched Washington for more troops and support on the border. He spoke to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's chief of staff and made a request for 1,000 National Guard troops for the Texan-Mexican border -- a request that was promptly denied.
Washington cares more about its political standing with a country that can't even police itself than for the safety and security of its own citizens. They should be ashamed of themselves. How many innocent Americans have to be murdered before Obama acts? In any other time these killings and invasions would constitute an act of war. All American citizens ask for is a closed and secure border, so we can safeguard the people of this country.
Obama and the Democrats have already put the Amnesty wheels in motion as orders are out to scuttle ICE raids of companies hiring illegal workers, remove key elements of 287G policies that give local law enforcement the ability to arrest illegal aliens, and to set the stage for the in-take processing of millions of illegal aliens so as to grant mass AMNESTY TO ILLEGALS.
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Teams Comb Ariz. Desert for Suspect in Border Agent’s
Friday, December 17, 2010
By Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press
Nogales, Ariz. (AP) - Teams of border officers combed through the Arizona desert about 10 miles north of Mexico on Thursday in search of the lone outstanding suspect in the fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent.
They were on horseback and all-terrain vehicles searching rugged, hard-to-reach spots in a mountainous area just north of Nogales in southeastern Arizona. Officers in patrol cars were searching the perimeter.
The suspect could be in Mexico, or could have tried his luck in Nogales or a nearby town, but he also could be hiding behind the next bush.
"Someone can hide out there very easily. There's vegetation and they can blend in with the terrain," Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada told The Associated Press on Thursday. "They have to continue trying and not give up until they feel there's absolutely no chance they'll catch him."
The shooting Tuesday night came after agents spotted suspected bandits known for targeting illegal immigrants along a violent smuggling corridor, National Border Patrol Council President T.J. Bonner said.
Brian A. Terry, 40, was waiting with three other agents when the gun battle erupted. Terry died in the shooting. None of the other agents was injured.
Border Patrol spokesman Eric Cantu and FBI spokeswoman Brenda Lee Nath declined to confirm Bonner's account but said that authorities have four suspects in custody and were searching for a fifth. The Border Patrol declined to reveal the country of origin of the suspects.
Cantu said Thursday he was unsure how long the search would go on if the suspect is not found.
"We're going to extend every asset we have at our disposal," he said. "There are many places a person can hide, especially if they have experience eluding law enforcement."
The bandits target illegal immigrants in remote areas of the desert to rob, rape or otherwise take advantage of them. They often get away with it because their victims usually still want to try to make it to their destination.
"There's a lot of things that happen in those valleys and canyons that don't get reported for a lot of reasons: fear for one," Estrada said. "They've come a long way, paid a big price and they're not about to give that up."
When reports of bandits do come it, it's usually too late to find them, Estrada said.
The killing comes as federal and local officials say the border is safer than ever.
"It's been safer, it's more secure, but it's not sealed," Estrada said. "And it will never be sealed as long as you have the demand for drugs and people. We'll continue to be busy for a very long time."
As for whether there will be more killings, Estrada said "the threat is definitely there."
"And I think everybody is mindful of that and aware of that," he said. "It is a porous border because if you want to find a way to make it across, you can."
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was expected to be in Arizona on Thursday and Friday to meet with Border Patrol agents in Nogales and Tucson, but had no scheduled events involving the public or members of the media.
The shooting occurred in the Border Patrol's Tucson sector, the busiest gateway for illegal immigrants into the United States. Half of the marijuana seizures along the 1,969-mile southern border are made in the sector, which covers 262 miles of the boundary.
Terry, who is from the Detroit area, was unmarried and didn't have children; he's survived by his parents, a brother and two sisters.