Rosario Rafael Burboa Alvarez, one of the men charged with the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in a 2010 shootout between Terry’s BORTAC interdiction unit and a rip-off crew near the Mexican border, has accepted a plea deal that will put him in prison, and which will save the government from an embarrassing trial:
One of the men charged in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry pleaded guilty to one count of murder, Monday morning. Once a potential candidate for the death penalty after the murder of the agent, the drawn up plea deal now states that the U.S. and the defendant will ask for 360 months imprisonment, with credit for time served since his arrest in October 2012.
As part of the plea agreement, the United States agreed not to execute Burboa and to dismiss all other charges against him, including charges of interfering with federal officers and killing Terry with “malice aforethought” the second charge in the superseding indictment.
Two of the guns recovered from the scene of the shootout were linked to Operation Fast and Furious, an ATF gun smuggling plot that was sending thousands of guns over the border to the Sinaloa drug cartel at the same time that Barack Obama, then Attorney General Eric Holder, and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were pushing the infamous “90-percent lie” in hopes of manufacturing public support for a ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
The actual figure? Just eight percent of guns in cartel hands were traced to the United States.
The vast majority of weapons used by cartels were from Central and South America, or from Asia. All were smuggled in along the same routes as the narcotics that are the criminal organizations primary trade. These foreign military firearms were much cheaper than guns sourced from the United States, and were capable of automatic fire, something that cartels could not attain from weapons acquired in the United States.
Fast and Furious was just one of up to ten weapon smuggling plots from the ATF that may have shipped enough weapons to narco-terrorists to arm an infantry division 20,000 strong.
While the Obama Administration has claimed that Fast and Furious was simply a sting operation gone awry, that explanation simply doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. The shear volume of firearms, and the types of firearms sent over the border—specific semi-automatic rifles and pistols that Obama had public sought to ban (and which he’s tried to build support to ban ever since)—strongly suggest that Fast and Furious was part of an intentional attempt to flood Mexico with firearms from gun stores in the United States. the obvious reason for such a plot was to drive up the number of deaths on both sides of the border linked to guns sourced from American gun shops, in order to justify the increased gun control Obama has pushed for his entire Presidency.
Despite the clear violations of federal law that took place in Operation Fast and Furious, no ATF, FBI, or Department of Justice employees involved in the plot were arrested, nor even fired. A handful were allowed to resign, without penalty. The rest were either laterally transferred, or promoted.
Attorney General Eric Holder, who lied to the U.S. House Oversight Committee about what he knew of the plot and when, was charged with criminal contempt of Congress, but was never arrested by a corrupt Department of Justice. He eventually announced his resignation in September of 2014, four years after Brian Terry’s murder.
The Department of Justice has still not turned over tens of thousands of documents which may prove that Fast and Furious was directed from the White House, and no one in the Obama Administration has been held accountable for a plot that has been linked to more than 300 murders on both sides of the border.