Skip to comments.Prosecutors will ask for unsealing of files in gun-walking case(Fast and Furious)
Posted on 01/12/2012 6:24:06 PM PST by marktwain
Prosecutors who asked a federal court to seal the records in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent as part of their investigation into the Fast and Furious operation now say they will ask that some of the documents be made public - more than a year after the shooting death.
Six newspaper and television stations in Arizona had asked that documents in the Dec. 14, 2010, death of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry be unsealed, telling a federal court the public had a right to inspect the records and attend any criminal trials that may come out of it.
On Wednesday, prosecutors said that although unsealing the entire case would reveal the identity of those charged in the shooting but not yet apprehended, they were willing to unseal the remaining documents.
Five illegal immigrants armed with at least two AK-47 semiautomatic assault rifles purchased during the Fast and Furious operation were hunting for Border Patrol agents near a desert watering hole known as Mesquite Seep just north of the Arizona-Mexico border when a firefight erupted and Terry was killed.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee who first asked questions about Fast and Furious, said it was not unusual for a criminal case to be sealed with fugitives still at large, but in high-profile and controversial cases such as this, the Justice Department should make every effort to release more information than they normally would.
More transparency is especially needed when there are credible questions about whether Operation Fast and Furious contributed to the death of a federal agent, Mr. Grassley said.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Unsealing records - after they’ve been sanitized?
No way to know whether the records given and complete and not redacted.
....sanitized data points ...
nothing truthful about the information !!!
Investigators did not locate any printed documents or computer files related to Fast and Furious, but did find a bill from Holder Paper and Hard Drive Shredding Service dated November 5, 2011 for $35,782.00.
The third gun is of deep concern to DOJ, why?
You can bet these docs will be redacted to the dot of the i.
The families of Zapatos and Terry deserve justice.
Squirm, Eric, squirm.
Ooopps! I’m sure the other three were carrying party favors, not US weapons.
In case you missed it ping.
I asked for a new Corvette when I was a kid, I expect they will have the same luck that I did.
FBI Criminal Informant Complicit in Brian Terrys Death (PJM Exclusive)
The rip crew was in Peck Canyon that evening with the intention of stealing money and drugs from a specific shipment of which they had prior knowledge.
The rip crew knew to be in Peck Canyon that December evening because a CI working for the FBI found out about a smuggling run from the FBI.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) through its own CIs and communications intercepts was also aware of the planned assault.
Neither the DEA nor FBI warned Border Patrol about the expected criminal activity.
The federal government will still not reveal if one of the two WASR-10 AK-pattern semi-automatic rifles located near the scene provided to the Sinaloa cartel via Operation Fast and Furious was the weapon that put a bullet through Brian Terrys heart. The existence of a third recovered gun, an SKS carbine, has been disputed by the FBI despite the fact it had been talked about openly in the beginning of the investigation among federal agents.
Multiple sources tell PJM that this third weapon disappeared because it was the weapon carried by the FBI CI who ran the rip crew. When it was recovered near the scene of the murder and subsequently traced by the ATF, it traced back to the FBI CI via the gun shop in Texas where it was purchased.