to me, too.
"Today's incitement is an important step, but it is only a first step to serving justice on behalf of Agent Brian Terry," U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke said in a statement.
U.S. Attorney Burke, who announced today's indictment, was also the U.S. Attorney on a major ATF alleged gunwalking operation in Phoenix known as "Fast and Furious".(Emphasis supplied, MBV.
Terry's death is at the center of the so-called "gunwalker" controversy at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Insiders say ATF used a controversial intelligence-gathering strategy called lettings guns "walk," and allowed thousands of assault weapons to hit the streets to see where they'd end up.
As CBS News has reported, two AK-47 variant assault rifles that ATF allegedly let "walk" were found at the murder scene of Agent Terry on Dec. 14. According to the indictment unsealed today, Osorio-Arellanes was part of an "armed group of illegal aliens that engaged in a firefight with Agent Terry and other border patrol agents...One of the group shot Agent Terry who died of the wound." Osorio-Arellanes was also wounded in the exchange and has been in federal custody on felony immigration charges.
That's from the news story: from the gentleman at Sipsey,
Burke, who served as Chief of Staff to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano from 2003 to 2008 (described here as Janet's "long-time right hand man") and who was sworn in as the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona on 16 September 2009 (just in time to work on the Fast and Furious portion of the Gunwalker scandal), is famously quoted as saying that, in his expert opinion, an “iron river” of weapons flows from Phoenix to Mexico.
Well, hell, he ought to know since he facilitated the Gunwalker scandal from the U.S. Attorney's office in Phoenix.
Burke is not just some low-level USA, for he was also recently appointed to serve on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee (AGAC) which advises the Attorney General on policy, management, and operational issues at the Department of Justice and he was also selected to be the Chair of the AGAC Subcommittee on Border and Immigration Law Enforcement.
The timing of this indictment is no accident.
But now, after doing nothing but covering up for almost five months, the DOJ will say with this oh-too-convenient indictment, that it is a MURDER investigation that Issa and Holder are dabbling with so DOJ still can't cooperate with the subpoenas. What horseshit.
Now, if I was a hot-shot attorney, or I had the money to hire same, I would make sure that Osorio-Arellanes dumped his court-appointed defense attorney and got the very best lawyering possible. I just KNOW that the discovery phase of this trial, handled by a competent attorney, would blow the lid off the prosecution and the Gunwalker scandal, both at the same time.
Holder & Melson & Co. have to be having cramps now, can you imagine if some lawyer who'd actually dig into this said he'd represent this dirtbag? 'Discovery' of the contents of their bowels that just went into their pants, I'd imagine.