President Obama Signs Brian A. Terry Memorial Act to Honor Slain Border Patrol Agent

This past Tuesday, President Obama signed the Brian A. Terry Memorial Act into law, which honors the U.S. Border Patrol agent who was shot and killed with firearms linked to the fatally flawed gunwalking program, Operation Fast and Furious

Under the Act, the U.S. Border Patrol station in Bisbee, Arizona, will be renamed to memorialize Agent Terry. 

US Border Patrol Agent Brian TerryTerry was killed in a gunfight with cartel members near Rio Rico, AZ, on Dec. 14, 2010. 

Following news that several of the weapons found at Terry’s crime scene were purchased by known firearms trafficker Jamie Avila, who operated under the auspices of the ATF, congress launched an investigation into Fast and Furious.  

The investigation, which is still ongoing, has not yet yielded desired results.  That is, so far, no government officials have been held accountable for the failed operation that allowed approx. 2,000 firearms to cross the border undeterred. 

Many blame Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department for stonewalling investigators. 

According to the House Oversight Committee, investigators have subpoenaed over 70,000 internal documents related to Operation Fast and Furious.  Of those 70,000, the Justice department has only provided approximately 6,400 — many of which were heavily redacted or blacked out.

Now, lawmakers are angling to slap Attorney General Eric Holder with a contempt-of-Congress charge for obstructing the federal probe (for more on this, click here). 

Brian A. Terry Memorial ActThere was no mention of the investigation or the growing pressure on Holder when Obama signed the Act on Tuesday.  In fact, there was no word from anyone in the Obama Administration about Agent Terry or the renaming of the Bisbee station. 

The Daily Caller reported that the announcement “that Obama had signed the memorial act into law was stuffed in the middle of a White House press release packed with other announcements not relevant to Terry.”

Why wasn’t there a ceremony?  Why didn’t President Obama reach out to Agent Terry’s Family? 

Maybe he will in the near future.  Maybe. 

However, when the Terry Memorial Act passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support in the House and Senate earlier this month, many praised its passage.  

“All of Washington mourned with the Terry family when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry gave his life in the line of duty in 2010,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said in a statement. “Today we stand just as unified for the purpose of honoring and preserving his legacy.”