Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The nameless, faceless dead of the Project Gunwalker Scandal. "What's a few more dead Mexicans in the grand scheme of things?"
We know the name and the face of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, killed on 14 December 2010 by a smuggler's semi-auto rifle that the ATF knew beforehand was headed south and did nothing to stop.
What we don't know yet, because the ATF and the Justice Department are unwilling to tell us, are the names of the faceless dead of other people in Mexico killed with rifles of similar provenance, provided them by SAC Newell and friends in the Phoenix ATF office. That such people existed is a certainty, and not just because our sources within ATF, those brave whistleblowers, tell us so. If with a wink and a nod you provide weapons to criminals, they will kill people with them. And they have, now on both sides of the border.
These people have names and faces, of course. The ATF, through means of their much-ballyhooed trace information knows who they are. They had names and faces, all known to and loved by their bereft families -- wives, sweethearts, mothers, fathers, children -- yet unknown to us because the Obama Administration is desperately trying to make sure that we never find out.
They believe, these cover-up artists, that if they are able to lie their way past culpability for the death of Brian Terry, that no one here will care about a few dead, nameless, faceless Mexicans. The Mexican government, it is said by people familiar with the process, will likely be bought off from protesting too much about the unintended consequences of ATF bureaucracy's latest bright idea. What's a few more dead Mexicans in the grand scheme of things? These dead people mean nothing to them when stacked up against their unimpeded retirement plans.
Let us remember Brian Terry. But let us also remember the nameless, faceless Mexican dead of the Project Gunwalker scandal -- made nameless and faceless by the continuing cover-up of the circumstances of their deaths by employees of the United States government.
Let us remember.
Let us remember and let us insist that the people responsible for callously and cynically arming their killers in a bureaucratic stunt be called to account.