Friday, February 11, 2011

Ask and you shall receive: Stacey Delikat in Phoenix comes through with the first media report on the Grassley letter to Holder.

No sooner do I post the announcement that no one has covered the Grassley bitch slap of Eric Holder than Stacey Delikat, KTVK Channel 3, in Phoenix comes through. Unfortunately KTVK is an independent station so we won't get any network reverb. Perhaps the other local network stations will start looking into what their more aggressive competition has begun covering.

Here's the link. And here, for the benefit of my email list, is the text:

Was border agent killed with gun purchased at Glendale store?

by Alicia E. Barrón

Video report by Stacey Delikat

Posted on February 10, 2011 at 9:27 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The bandits who killed a U.S. Border Patrol agent may have been killed with guns bought in the Phoenix area.

New documents from the office of a United States senator clearly links the guns found at Agent Brian Terry’s murder scene to a store in Glendale.

Terry’s family says they are outraged. Brian’s mother, Carolyn Terry, says from their home in Michigan, “It never leaves our mind. It’s like looking at a picture, talking to a picture. Like ‘Brian, tell me what happened, tell me what happened someway’.”

No arrests have been made in Agent Terry’s death in the desert near Rio Rico in southern Arizona.

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley released documented evidence that guns found at Terry’s murder scene were purchased in Glendale and that agents with the Federal Project Gunrunner Program may have known about it.

Carolyn says, “Our son was killed with a gun sold right here in the United States.”

Grassley has sent letters to the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau and the U.S. Justice Department demanding explanations.

In his most recent letter he wrote, “ATF agents told my staff that the agency allowed the sale of assault rifles to known and suspected straw purchasers for an illegal trafficking ring near the southwest border.”

Terry’s mother says federal authorities have told her the same thing. “He told me then on the phone that the guns retrieved at the scene had been sold in the United State.”

Records obtained by Grassley’s office support the link. The serial numbers of two AK-47s sold at Lone Wolf Trading in Glendale match the numbers on the guns found at the scene in Rio Rico.

The documents suggest the ATF was tracking the suspected straw buyer for months before he bought those AK-47s.

Former U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton says, “The question is when do you stop the operation. When do you have enough evidence? When do you need to say it’s time to pull the plug?”

Charlton says he has seen sting operations like Project Gunrunner in action. “Every day you allow those investigation to go forward, you’re at risk of someone getting hurt.”

The ATF had no comment on these allegations Thursday night. Senator Grassley’s office also declined an interview.

The Justice Department has not responded to Grassley’s latest letter but last week the assistant attorney general wrote in a letter that allegations the ATF have knowingly allowed the sale of guns to stray buyers is false.


Anonymous said...

The media repoted on Grassley's initial letters likely knowing an official denial was soon to follow, which they were all to happy to report once it was released.

They were not counting on Grassley's office releasing a response including official ATF documents that blow the official denial out of the water.

Now they are hoping it all goes's not going away.

Anonymous said...

With family now talking, it fits the profile of a formula TV news story.

Very odd to see so many apparently holding back. Especially with a paper trail to back up the story.

These are indeed interesting times.

Keep it comin'!

Uncle Al said...

I just added a public section to Google News titled Brian Terry and the ATF. The search terms are "brian terry", atf, mexico. My understanding of how this works at Google News is that the section is selectable by anyone customizing his news view.

I thought this might be both handy for those who already know about the matter as well as possibly piquing the interest of casual browsers.