I have to hope so, because after Benghazi, the election, and now “the Fiscal Cliff,” the whole world seems to want to move on. But they shouldn’t. This is a horrific story that, despite a whitewash that tries to scapegoat lower level agents and bureaucrats, seems to go all the way to the White House. Why else would Obama invoke “executive privilege” to prevent the release of information?
But now a family of one of the victims is taking action:
“The family of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry have filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), claiming the failure of officials within the agency to properly oversee the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation led to the agent’s death. The lawsuit seeks $25 million in compensation. Terry was fatally wounded on the night of Dec. 14, 2010, during a firefight with Mexican bandits in an isolated canyon just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, about 60 miles south of Tucson. He was shot in the back by one of five men who had sneaked across the border with the intent to rob marijuana smugglers. The lawsuit… also accused a federal prosecutor who previously handled the case and the owner of a Phoenix-area gun store where the weapons were purchased by “straw buyers” with the knowledge of the ATF. Two AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle variants were found at the scene of the Terry killing.”
A mere civil suit is rather unsatisfactory. After all, none of the agents will actually pay the money out of their own pockets. It really ought to be a criminal investigation. But one can hope that this will at least keep the scandal in the news. Furthermore, as the lawyers depose witnesses, perhaps some admissions can be shaken loose.