At one point during the hearings before the House Oversight Committee on February 2nd, Attorney General Eric Holder said he hadn’t learned of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s death until 24 hours after it happened. However, this timeline seems questionable at best when you consider that at 2:31 a.m. on very night of Terry’s death (Terry was shot on the night of December 14/15, 2010), then U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke received an email from an unnamed official that read:
On December 14, 2010, a BORTAC agent working in the Nogales, AZ AOR was shot. The agent was conducting Border Patrol operations 18 miles north of the international boundary when he encountered [redacted word] unidentified subjects. Shots were exchanged resulting in the agent being shot. At this time, the agent is being transported to an area where he can be air lifted to an emergency medical center.
Approximately one hour later, Burke received a follow-up email which said “our agent is dead.” The email was sent to Monty Wilkinson, Holder’s Deputy Chief of Staff at the time. And a few hours later, Wilkinson responded that the incident was “tragic” and added: “I’ve alerted the AG [Holder], the Acting DAG, Lisa, etc.”
Here’s the problem: the timeframe doesn’t match up. What I mean is, if we go by the times the emails were sent and the time at which Wilkinson responded to say he had alerted Holder about Terry’s death, it’s not unreasonable to suppose Holder knew within 12 hours of the murder. Claiming that he didn’t learn about Terry’s death until 24 hours after the fact gave him 12 extra hours in which he could go golfing or play tennis or perhaps even get his team at the DOJ on the same page before news of Terry’s death broke(?).
Such a scenario isn’t that far-fetched when you consider the fact that Burke, who was the middle man for the emails in the wee hours of the morning of December 15, was also the attorney who actively tried to conceal the ties between Fast and Furious and Terry’s death. And moreover, as recently as November 2011, when Holder testified before the Senator Judiciary Committee, his stated position was that, “It is not fair…to assume that the mistakes that happened in Fast & Furious directly led to the death of Agent Terry.”
Honestly folks, no wonder Josephine Terry, Agent Terry’s mother, is so absolutely frustrated right now. She just feels like Holder isn’t giving straight answers and that he isn’t taking her son’s death seriously.
Wrote Josephine on her Facebook page:
Mr. Holder. How come you can never say my son’s name? You never have. All I ever hear you say is “I didn’t find out or I can’t say.” I’m actually tired of hearing your double talk in answering questions. What a joke you are. You know my son was a real AMERICAN, a WARRIOR, and a HERO, who was also protecting COWARD POLITICIANS like you. [I] hope you remember that.
PROUD MOM OF BRIAN A. TERRY