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Family of U.S. agent slain in Mexico demands to know gun source

July 17, 2011
Richard A. Serrano
Los Angeles Times

The lawyer for Jaime Zapata's family says U.S. officials refuse to answer questions about whether the weapons used were linked to the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.

Five months after U.S. immigration agent Jaime Zapata was shot to death by a Mexican drug cartel, his family is demanding to know whether the weapons were purchased in the United States and smuggled into Mexico under the now-defunct Fast and Furious operation.

The family complains that U.S. authorities in Washington and Texas have refused to answer crucial questions about the Feb. 15 ambush on a four-lane highway in northern Mexico.

Subjects = U.S.-Mexico border, ATF, Fast and Furious operation, DHS, drug cartels, I.C.E. Agent Jaime Zapata murder



"What happened with Jaime needs to come out," the family's lawyer, Raymond L. Thomas of McAllen, Texas, said in a telephone interview Sunday. "And the likelihood that these were Fast and Furious guns is certainly plausible."

Mexican authorities have announced nine arrests in the high-profile case. Among them was Jesus Rejon Aguilar, a Zetas cartel leader who was captured near Mexico City this month.

In Washington, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is seeking information on the Zapata slaying.

Nelson Peacock, assistant secretary for legislative affairs for the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the immigration and customs agency, told Issa in a letter Friday that investigating Zapata's killing was a priority.

"Like you, the department wants to ensure that his murderers are brought to justice," Peacock wrote.

Issa and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, are leading a broader investigation into who in the Obama administration approved and monitored the anti-gun-running operation, which was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in Phoenix.

Started in November 2009, the operation was intended to track U.S. weapons smuggled across the border so that law enforcement could disrupt the cartels' gun-running networks and ease the drug violence in Mexico.

Instead, nearly 200 of the firearms were found at crime scenes in Mexico. Two AK-47 assault rifles purchased during the operation were recovered after Brian A. Terry, a U.S. Border Patrol officer, was shot and killed in December in Arizona.

Zapata, a 32-year-old Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent, was based in Laredo, Texas. He and fellow agent Victor Avila were on the Pan-American Highway in Mexico when they were stopped by at least eight men in two vehicles. The Americans identified themselves and the attackers opened fire, killing Zapata and wounding Avila.

In March, ATF officials in Texas told reporters that one of the weapons believed to have been used in the assault — a Romanian-made AK-47 — was bought in October at a Texas gun shop. The shop purportedly sold 40 firearms that wound up with the Zetas cartel.

On June 14, Thomas, the Zapata family lawyer, asked the FBI, the U.S. attorney's office and Homeland Security agents for FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration documents on the Zetas cartel and the slaying, and for an inspection of the bullet-riddled vehicle.

"Where did the guns come from that were used in his murder?" he wrote. "Who provided the guns?"

Federal officials said they could not discuss it, he said.

Thomas said he asked to speak with the wounded agent, Avila, but was turned down. He also wants to know whether Zapata was armed.

Thomas said Zapata's father was a Vietnam veteran awarded two Purple Hearts, and that several of the slain agent's siblings work in law enforcement.

"They are all patriots who have dedicated themselves to protecting our country," he said. "So it's very hard for them to be pushed into a position that the U.S. government is stonewalling them."

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No matter what, heads should roll with this illegal activity by our government!!
Not only is the "Fast and Furious" gun operation illegal, it's unethical and immoral, AND extremely hypocritical. The administration blathers on about how gun laws will make us safer, then becomes complicit in running guns to murderers.

They should be tried in court as the criminals they are, like any other criminal should be.
The pitiful thing about this is, I haven't heard anything about it from the MSM. I may be wrong, but I found out about it right here on these boards.
 

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No matter what, heads should roll with this illegal activity by our government!!
Not only is the "Fast and Furious" gun operation illegal, it's unethical and immoral, AND extremely hypocritical. The administration blathers on about how gun laws will make us safer, then becomes complicit in running guns to murderers.

They should be tried in court as the criminals they are, like any other criminal should be.
The pitiful thing about this is, I haven't heard anything about it from the MSM. I may be wrong, but I found out about it right here on these boards.
I agree holder and dotard should both be tried for any murders committed by the guns they allowed to cross the border.
 

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They will get to see this information right after...

Obamas real birth certificate and college transcripts come out

Something of this nature will put influential people within the DOJ and Obama Administration into the spotlight of corruption.

Expect it to be given a high level classification and buried for quite sometime!
 

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That answer will never be forth comming! For if it did, that would open the participants up for being charged with complicity in a murder and a number of other criminal charges as well as make them very potentially liable in a civil case if filed against them.

As mentioned this infor if known will be highly classified and tucked away and may even be "reviewed" bt Sandy Berger, you know the Clinton rep who smuggled classified documents from its storage facilities in his socks and under wear as he was a "sloppy worker"...yeah right, gotcha.
 

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I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I want to see justice for the slain man's family, and I want to see the white house associated scum who approved this also pay the price.

Unfortunately we have a system of case law here in this country that sees one judge's opinion build on another and it can really distort original judicial intent. I am a little concerned that if this case goes to trial and a precedent is set linking gun deaths to gun sellers or owners that this could be a form ofnback door gun control.
 
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