The Department of Justice's inspector general has released its findings from a probe into the controversial gun-trafficking program known as “Operation Fast and Furious.” The new report examines details that were only publicly revealed following the tragic shooting death of border patrol agent Brian Terry in late 2010. Terry’s death led to questions about the program's existence when two guns found at his shooting scene in Arizona were connected to the DOJ program.
Robert Heyer, Terry’s cousin and spokesman for the family, says that his family is anxious to fully examine the report after waiting almost 21 months since Terry’s death. “We’ve been calling for answers. We’ve been calling for the truth to come out,” Heyer says.
Heyer argues that “Operation Fast and Furious” and the subsequent immediate inquiry into the program were a “combination of incompetence and arrogance” on the part of the government, the Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
“Brian was murdered on December 15th of 2010. One of the very first things we noticed in this report is the attorney general saying that he did not know about Operation Fast and Furious until January or February of 2011,” Heyer says. “Remember, everybody in federal law enforcement associated with the murder investigation, to include the U.S. attorney at the time for the district of Arizona, Dennis Burke, knew that the weapons found at the murder scene were Operation Fast and Furious guns. They knew then who the suspect's straw buyer was who bought those weapons, and now they saw that they were found at the murder scene and carried by the men that killed Brian Terry.”
“It's very distressing that top officials in the Department of Justice did not provide that information to the attorney general. Something was broken, something remains broken, and we have to wait to see if this thing gets fixed,” he adds.