Whether Sen. Grassley and the Judiciary Committee will seek more answers, and whether the House Oversight Committee will also redouble its efforts, remains to be seen.
New revelations discussed in the letter and on the program include curiously-timed government actions that occurred after the family approached since-resigned and reprimanded U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke. The actions followed Terry’s father notifying Burke that “Brian had sent three emails to the union over concerns that were not regarding ‘standard’ USBP issues.
“It was then that federal agents made entry into Brian’s home, seizing his personal electronics and personally-owned weapons without warning or permission,” the letter to Grassley reports. “The electronic devices were returned to our family, wiped clean of any data and Brian’s personal handguns have still not been returned to this day. Brian’s personal cell phone, although, ‘Undiscovered’ by investigators, remained active for over a year. We still have not been provided the warrant, legal writ, or any other associated documentation as to why Brian’s house was searched and his personal belongings taken and altered against our wishes.”
These revelations, along with corroboration of further stonewalling on the part of those in charge further illustrate the deliberate indifference with which the administration has treated Fast and Furious, with contempt of Congress charges against Attorney General Eric Holder still being pursued in the courts. Surviving family members, Congressional investigators, and the public have been denied what should be the government’s primary concern, getting to the bottom of official misdeeds, holding those who committed them accountable, and ensuring safeguards are in place to similar future operations.
“Whenever you lose a loved one to violence, you never get closure,” host Frady noted in his introduction to the Terry siblings interview, beginning at around 1:24 into the above embedded video record of the interview. “But you can find answers, you want to find answers, you at least want to know.”