“The White House and Justice Department will tell you that I’m the only reporter—as they told me—that is not reasonable. They say the Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, the New York Times is reasonable, I’m the only one who thinks this is a story, and they think I’m unfair and biased by pursuing it.” (Sharyl Attkisson)
CHICAGO, October 5, 2011—I am Brian Terry. I, Brian Terry, have been murdered as a result of Fast and Furious. In cold blood. Sharyl Attkisson, an investigative jouranlist for CBS News, is trying to get my story told, only to receive aggressive pushback from both the Department of Justice and the White House.
Brian Terry was a United States Border Patrol Agent. He was murdered with one of the over 2,000 weapons purchased from the U.S. by Mexican Drug Cartels in the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious. The guns were sold so that U.S. operatives could track how drug cartels and other criminals used the guns. The answer to that is, to kill Mexican officials and U.S. Border Patrol Agents, like Brian Terry.
Fast and Furious has become a scandal the Obama administration wishes would go away fast and furiously, and that Attorney General Eric Holder is trying his best to sweep under the carpet.
Sharyl Attkisson, an investigative journalist for CBS News, has been digging into the “Fast and Furious scandal, following information provided to her by whistle-blowers in January 2011.
According to those at DoJ and within the Administration who wish she would just go away, she is being unreasonable. Because she is asking questions. The wrong questions. The questions no one wants asked.
She alleges she was yelled at by Justice Department’s Tracy Schmaler, while Eric Schultz at the White House “screamed and cussed” at her when she asked those difficult questions. An audio recording of an interview between conservative political commentator and talk show host Laura Ingraham and Attkisson is at the bottom of this column.
Attkisson states that the Obama Administration and the Justice Department believe her questions are unreasonable, unfair, and biased. That she is the only member of the media who cares about this story. Neither government agency will go on the record with any firm answers. They won’t provide their responses in writing.
Instead they say that the LA Times and the New York Times are reasonable. That’s because they are not asking questions no one wants to answer. Their ignorance is bliss: Fair and unbiased.
Border Patrol agent Brian Terry is dead. Murdered in cold blood. Shot with a weapon his own government allowed to be sold to foreign criminals. The people in charge of this should have been fired ages ago.
Instead, Eric Holder is playing musical chairs and shuffle board with the ATF and his staff to protect himself. He is stonewalling. He is doing it very publicly, in plain view, so everyone can see. It is the first fully transparent cover-up. No one cares. Reporters do not want to be unreasonable.
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was not important to the national interest like Eric Holder. He was just one of the little people. Dead, buried, and forgotten.
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered as a direct result of Fast and Furious. No one will be punished, fired, indicted, arrested, or tried if Holder has his way.
I am Brian Terry. I want honest answers. Is that unreasonable?
Peter Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance writer, freelance photographer, and consultant. He is a passionate cook and eater. He likes to be the sharp stick that pokes, annoys, and provokes. His opinions are his and his alone.
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