February 2, 2012
The family of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government. Terry was killed on December 14, 2010, by drug cartel bandits in Arizona. Investigators found two AK47s at the scene that were linked to the government’s Fast and Furious gun-running operation.
Under Fast and Furious, the ATF orchestrated the sale of guns originating in the United States to Mexican drug cartels financed by international banks.
According to William Newell, former ATF special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Division, the Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were “full partners” in Operation Fast and Furious.
The CIA was also involved, according to the Washington Times. The agency helped arm the Sinaloa cartel, described as the “preferred cartel on the street level near the American border.” Wachovia bank laundered Sinaloa money through foreign-exchange houses known as casas de cambio.
The relationship between Sinaloa, the Department of Justice, the DEA, FBI and presumably the CIA was revealed by Zambada Niebla, a key player in the Sinaloa organization, who is now in custody in the United States. In a court document filed last March, Niebla said he is an asset of the U.S. government.