Operation Fast and Furious rears its ugly head once more

Candidate Donald Trump met with Brian Terry’s brother Kent and “promised answers" relating to his brother’s murder and the Obama administration’s culpability.

The funeral of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010.

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2017 — Mexico has been less than enthusiastic about paying for President Trump’s border wall. But our friends south of the border were more than happy to surrender Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes to their gringo law enforcement counterparts north of the Rio Grande.

FBI wanted poster for murder suspect Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes.

Arellanes has been wanted in connection with the December 2010 shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The gun he purportedly used to kill Terry had been sold to Mexico’s deadly Sinaloa drug cartel by Obama’s Justice Department as part of Operation Fast and Furious.

After Terry’s murder, Arellanes managed to elude U.S. and Mexican authorities for seven years, which coincidentally spanned President Obama’s time in office. Recently, however, Arellanes was nabbed by Mexican marines in a rugged mountain region bordering the states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa and is now being held in the U.S.

A makeshift memorial marked the spot where U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry was murdered in the Arizona desert.

Last July, candidate Donald Trump met with Brian Terry’s brother Kent and promised answers” relating to his brother’s murder and the Obama administration’s culpability in the tragedy.

“When I become president, I will open the books on Fast and Furious and Brian,” Trump told Kent Terry, Amoland.com reported.

In February, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told The Hill that President Trump urged him not to “slow down. You go after everything you want to go after. You look at everything you want to look at … do your job, there’s a lot to get after with the government,” Chaffetz said.

The mainstream media has never been a fan of the Fast and Furious story, no more than former Attorney General Eric Holder or Obama have been. Former CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, who was first among major network reporters to break the story, left the “Tiffany Network” after her follow-up stories were spiked by her editors.

Recall that as attorney general, Holder lied to Congress when he said all he knew about Fast and Furious was what he read in the newspapers.

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before Congress.

When Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, later asked Holder if he would “like to apologize” for the Justice Department operation “that took the life of a United States law enforcement agent,” Holder responded:

“I certainly regret what happened to Agent Brian Terry. It is not fair, however, to assume that the mistakes that happened in Fast and Furious directly led to the death of Agent Terry.”

Holder’s arrogant response only served to exacerbate his original lie when it was later revealed two weapons recovered at the Terry murder scene were indeed part of the weapons cache sold to Mexican drug lords by the Obama administration.

Recent reports tend to support President Trump’s assertion that in the last days of the Obama administration, Obama officials went into overdrive in an attempt to find dirt on Tump and members of his transition team before they entered the White House.

Information gathered by U.S. intelligence through extra-constitutionally obtained wiretaps, which were illegally leaked to the press, has embroiled the Trump administration in a scandal based on the unsubstantiated charge it colluded with the Russians to steal the presidency from Hillary Clinton.

We have since learned it was most likely Susan Rice, Obama’s national security advisor, who “unmasked” the names of Trump transition team members who were attempting to repair relations with Russia by speaking to their officials through back channels.

Fortunately, no one died as a result of these efforts. President Trump’s recent cruise missile strike on Syria, however, has brought our relations with Russia to a “new low,” rendering the media’s scandal drumbeat moot.

But now, the arrest of Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, coupled with his extradition to the U.S. should rekindle a gradually revamped Justice Department, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to redouble efforts to reveal the truth behind the Obama administration’s arms deal with Mexican drug gangs:

A gun deal Obama hid behind executive privilege. A gun deal that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of innocent Mexicans. A gun deal that resulted in the cold-blooded murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

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