Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Agent's slaying becomes rallying point

After bandits killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry a year ago, he was hailed at a Tucson memorial service as a fallen hero. Then, as the circumstances of his death were revealed, Terry's name became a symbol. To some, he was the vicitm of government run amok. Others used his name to crack open government information or score political points. Two high-powered assault rifles found at the scene of the Dec. 14 gunfight west of Rio Rico were sold and let loose as part of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. That investigation was Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed a total of 2,000 firearms loose and has become a political touch point since Terry's killing helped to expose it. Jay Dobyns, an ATF agent from Tucson who helped bring Operation Fast and Furious into the public eye, thinks Terry's murder may help stop abuses of power he's been complaining about in his agency...more

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