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Parents of slain border agent slam DOJ report

By Bob Christie

PHOENIX (AP) - The parents of a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed with a gun sold in the government's botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning investigation believe a Justice Department Inspector General's report into the case was mostly an effort to keep Attorney General Eric Holder from being blamed.

Agent Brian Terry's father, Kent Terry, also said the former head of the ATF and a senior prosecutor who left the Justice Department after the report's release were getting off easy.

"We want whoever's responsible for this penalized, not slapped on the hand and given another pay raise," step-mother Carolyn Terry said. "I want someone to go to jail for what they've done.

"They've got their lives. We don't have our son any longer," she said.

Kent and Carolyn Terry, of Jonesville, Mich., spoke with The Associated Press Thursday about the report that detailed who was responsible for allowing assault weapons to be smuggled into Mexico.

Brian Terry was killed in an exchange of gunfire in southern Arizona on Dec. 14, 2010. He and other agents had been looking for bandits in a desert area more than 10 miles north of Nogales. Two guns were found at the scene.

The report blamed failed strategies, errors in judgment and management failures. It also faulted midlevel and senior officials for not briefing Holder before early 2011.

Kent and Carolyn Terry both said they believed Holder knew about the case before the report said he did.

"I don't believe it stopped and Holder didn't know it," Carolyn Terry said. "His name was on some of those papers which they won't turn over. There's more to it, with the president sealing that case. I think his name's in it too, because they're protecting somebody."

The Terrys were in Arizona to attend this week's dedication of a new Border Patrol station named for their son.

Robert Heyer, Brian's cousin and chairman of the Brian Terry Foundation, said it was too early to criticize the inspector general's report. He said his uncle didn't have time to read the 471 page report and was speaking after an emotional week.

"You can imagine his frustration and his anger but we really have to take a look at this report and see what it says," Heyer said. "Give us time to take a look, let us read this thing and then we'll point out any inaccuracies or things that were left out."

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  1. AMVoterComment by AMVoter
    September 21, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Of course Holder and Obama are responsible for guns going to Mexico and the deaths that occurred because of it, but someone else had to take the fall to protect the despicable pair.

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    • fmrusmcrntxComment by fmrusmcrntx
      September 21, 2012 @ 11:47 am

      AMEN, AMVoter! This radical, corrupt administration LIES every day! And this “DOJ IG Report” is nothing more or less than a charade…akin to having the CROOK John Corzine “investigate” his MF Global fiasco! :( That said, per the comments made last evening by Rep. Issa, this thing is NOT OVER! I certainly hope not. History will reveal the REAL TRUTH of this criminal activity, fostered & supported by the very folks who’re supposed to ENFORCE our laws. Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata, and their families deserve far better than what they’ve received from this ROTTEN administration and DOJ/BATFE! As do all of us, the citizens of this nation! We all know that the entire “Fast and Furious/Operation Gunrunner” program was a political ploy to push the anti-gun agenda. It don’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out and Katie Pavlich (God Bless Her for her fine work & courage) told the TRUTH in her book on this despicable operation funded by OUR tax dollars! Obozo & Holder should both be prosecuted and sent to jail for a LONG TIME! But so long as they retain the POWER (that’s what all of this is about), that won’t happen! God Bless America, Keep Her Free & Strong….and Free from these LIBERAL TYRANTS! Semper Fi! :)

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  2. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    September 21, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Obama and Holder innocent? Whatever happened to the “buck stops here”? This happened on Obama and Holder’s watch, but they were clueless? If true then they’re quite incompetent!

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  3. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    September 21, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    I feel so sorry for this mother, and the rest of Terry’s family.

    It’s a shame we can’t drop Holder off on the Texas border with some bean bags to use against the drug cartel criminals.

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  4. jaijacobiaComment by jaijacobia
    September 21, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    Words cannot express the sympathy I feel for this family nor the fury I feel for Eric Holder and Obama who directed and intended to benefit from this insane program and who now blames George Bush. Such a horrible act to achieve a mere political victory.

    I try to pray for Obama, but in my heart, I can only petition God for peace for this wonderful family and others whose lives have been forever impacted by Obama’s horrible policies. I am so filled with disgust, I can only pray for justice for the perpetrators.

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