The good news is the US is finally getting its hands on another of the murderers of a Border Patrol agent. Unfortunately the man who got the killer his gun is still the Attorney General of the United States.
Late last night, FBI agents flew to Mexico City and took Lionel Portillo-Meza, aka “Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza”, into custody. Sanchez-Meza is wanted for the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and was part of the rip-crew that engaged BORTAC agents in a firefight on the night of December 14, 2010. Sanchez-Meza was arrested in Mexico on September 6, 2012 and his been waiting extradition from a prison there for nearly two years. He is currently in Tucson, Arizona for a court hearing Wednesday afternoon after being transferred through Houston.
The family of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives claiming Terry was killed with AK-47s that were knowingly sold under the Fast and Furious gunrunning probe to a straw purchaser for drug cartels.
In a 65-page complaint, served on the government on Wednesday, attorneys for the family claim ATF “wrongdoing” in Operation Fast and Furious.
“ATF’s failures were not only negligent but in violation of ATF’s own policies and procedures,” the complaint claims.
Last year, the House of Representatives found Holder in contempt of court after he withheld documents under subpoena.
Thanks to Obama Inc. the only one armed by the government in this encounter was the killer.
For the first time, federal officials revealed Monday that murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and an elite squad of federal agents first fired bean bags — not bullets — at a heavily armed drug cartel crew in the mountains south of Tucson in December 2011.
The announcement came as the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment charging five individuals allegedly involved in Terry’s death. A sixth suspect has also been charged in a related incident.
As president of the National Border Patrol Council, I represent more than 17,000 rank-and-file Border Patrol agents. I personally have been an agent for more than 25 years, during which time I have seen my fair share of politics related to the service. We have dealt with overzealous prosecutors and anti-immigration organizations, but never have we had to deal with an attorney general who has complete disregard for one of our own.
Eric H. Holder Jr. is called “America’s top cop” as the attorney general of the United States. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings with Mr. Holder as a witness in order to properly investigate the disaster known as Operation Fast and Furious. Direct questions have been aimed at the attorney general to determine who is at fault and to hold those parties accountable for their involvement in the operation. To date, Mr. Holder has danced around the questions, releasing only a small fraction of the documents that have been requested by Congress. He has not answered all of the questions that the committee has asked him. We are one-and-a-half years into this investigation and are no closer to getting the answers than when we started. It is downright unacceptable. This is why the National Border Patrol Council is calling for the resignation of Mr. Holder. Credibility, honesty, integrity and honor are trademarks that every law enforcement officer brings to work every day. Yet, as America’s top cop, Mr. Holder has failed on every count.
It’s hard to enforce the law when the top cop is a criminal.