Slain Agent's Brother to AG Holder: Stop Obstruction of Justice

Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 12:38 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Kent Terry, brother of slain border patrol agent Brian Terry, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday asking that he come forward with information and comply with Congress on Operation Fast and Furious, which allegedly lead to his brother's death in 2010.

"Simply denying that you had no knowledge about Operation Fast and Furious is troubling in itself, but for you to not comply with Congress is even more troubling," Terry wrote in the letter obtained by Breitbart.com.

Holder has refused to turn over documents about the operation to Congress, particularly the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In June, Holder was held in contempt of Congress, and a civil lawsuit was filed against him. Holder tried to appeal the lawsuit, which a federal judge rejected in November.

Terry wants to know if it is true that the attorney general didn't know about the gun-walking operation, why no one has been held accountable, and why those involved are still working in the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

"Mr. Holder, answer me this, why are ATF agents and other agencies that were involved in Operation Fast and Furious still actively holding jobs and actively working?" Terry said. "Why are they allowed to carry a gun and a badge? Why are these agents that were originally involved still making decisions on behalf of the American people, which can put Americans in harm's way?"

Operation Fast and Furious began in 2009 as a gun-walking operation in which 2,000 AK-47s were sold to drug traffickers as a way to identify and keep tabs on them, but law enforcement lost track of the firearms that fell into the hands of drug cartels and other criminals. They have yet to be recovered.

In 2010, Terry's brother Brian died while engaged in a shoot-out with a drug cartel in southern Arizona.  Two of the guns sold in the Fast and Furious operation were found at the scene.

"Somewhere deep inside you must have some conscience," Terry wrote. "Do the honorable thing and have some integrity as an attorney general."

"These guns will continue to show up at murder scenes in the future, and I am sure you don't want more blood on your hands," he concluded. "So I ask you: stop misleading my family and the American people. Stop obstruction of justice."

"My family has been through enough grief with the loss of my brother, and to have no answers for why [his blood was spilled] on this soil is upsetting to me and my family; our lives are shattered for the rest of our lives and will never be the same."

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