Recent news stories about guns in Arizona suggest that Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry may have been shot by a gun that was purchased at a Glendale gun shop, and smuggled into Mexico while the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (generally known as the ATF) watched.
US Senator Charles Grassley sent two letters to Kenneth Melson, Acting Director of the ATF on January 27 and January 31st.
In Grassley’s January 27th letter he says “Members of the Judiciary Committee have received numerous allegations that the ATF sanctioned the sale of hundreds of assault weapons to suspected straw purchasers, who then alleged transported these weapons throughout the southwestern border area and then into Mexico.”
Senator Grassley went on to state “ According to the allegations, one of these individuals purchased three assault rifles with cash in Glendale, Arizona on January 16, 2010. Two of the weapons were then alleged used in a firefight on December 14, 2010 against Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agents killing CPB agent Brian Terry. These extremely serious allegations were accompanied by detailed documentation which appears to lend credibility to the claims and partially corroborates them.”
Grassley is questioning ATF’s “Project Gunrunner” which attempts to track the flow of guns from the US into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. Other reports confirm the flow of guns from Arizona to Mexico.
On January 31 Grassley sent a second letter to Melson questioning efforts of ATF to silence one of ATF’s agents in its Phoenix office who may have been leaking information about the guns used in the firefight that killed Terry.
Grassley said “I understand Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) George Gillette of the ATF’s Phoenix office questioned one of the individual agents who answered my staff’s questions about Project Gunrunner. ASAC Gillette alleged accused the agent of misconduct related to his contacts with the Senate Judiciary Committee”.
Grassley then went on to state “Whistle blowers are some of the most patriotic people I know — who labor, often anonymously to let Congress and the American people know when the government isn’t working so we can fix it.”
Grassley added the following threat “ As you may be aware obstructing a Congressional investigation is a crime.”
While federal officials have no released any information about what kind of weapon was used to kill agent Terry, there is a sick feeling that Terry may have been killed with one of the Glendale guns.
Sources I have indicate that the feds knew about the Glendale weapons within 48 hours of Terry’s shooting.
Maybe this is why the FBI has been so reluctant to reveal any information about Terry’s death and why the 6 men arrested in the area have not been charged with anything relating to the murder.
IF ATF and other federal agencies are covering up the truth about agent Terry’s death, President Obama needs to clean house and remove everyone involved in the cover-up.