Every now and then you meet someone in your life that impacts your own life one way or another. Since the invention of internet technology and social networks, you don’t have to travel long distances to meet and greet other people who share common values in life such as patriotism and freedom of our country as well as sharing ideas on immigration and security of the border issues that dominate the news day in and day out as the country suffers its worse economic recession in decades. Coming out to tell the truth about our borders is this man who cares about his country and his brothers and sisters in the Border Patrol.
Several months ago, I met Andy Ramirez through the facebook social pages and found him to be most interesting and impressed with his energy, dedication and support for the border patrol and its components. We talked via the facebook and emailed each other a couple times to get to know each other a little bit better. Speaking out regardless of being politically correct about the matter or not, he revealed matters that explained many of the recent tragedies occurring on our porous border between the United States and Mexico. His knowledge, expertise and depth of researching these intricate matters related to national security and how the government looks at our border control awakened me into another level of awareness. Just recently he wrote a very explosive article on gun running on the border and made it public for all readers to make up their own minds on how deep the governments of Mexico and the USA are involved in a “Fast and Furious” scenario exposed. Dedicating his article to Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata he articulates a story that appears to be written out of a movie script where the special effects exceed the sanity of the human mind. Titled “Gunwalker” he goes into the details of the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry who was shot to death on December 14, 2010, while on duty on the border nearby one of the many known isolated and desolate smuggling routes near the US ‘” Mexico border. Specifically Andy writes “On the night of December 14, 2010, Agent Terry was on duty in the Rio Rico area of Southern Arizona about 15 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. He and three fellow BORTAC agents were summoned to Peck Canyon, one of the many rural pathways alongside Interstate 19 that are notorious as transport routes for smugglers of drugs, humans, and other contraband. Peck Canyon is also notorious as an area plagued by Mexican bandits known as “rip crews” who prey not only on the smugglers and illegal aliens, but also on hikers, ranchers, local police, and Border Patrol agents.
His introduction to the matter was both very graphic and accurate as he goes on to describe what happened to Agent Brian Terry that night and how “something when terribly wrong that night” as this agent was shot by what appeared to be gleaned as five suspects called “bandits” by the local lawmen as they conducted themselves as lawless individuals with no regard to human life or any decency for anyone. Apprehending four of the five, it was speculated at the time that the fifth bandit avoided capture by fleeing back into Mexico seeking sanctuary from a foreign power. No doubt, the homicide of Agent Terry took the world by shock as his family struggled to know the truth about what happened to their son. This matter became much more complicated as rumors began to surface as the story changed so many times providing hardly any facts and shadows of suspicion and secrecy or non transparency into the case began to creep into the matter.
This is where Andy Ramirez put his neck on the line for our country as he revealed the truth in this matter that showed that the Border Patrol administration had flaws that resulted in poor management and ill advised tactics ordered to be used by border patrol agents in that area. The first fact revealed by Andy was the fact that “Agent Terry’s BORTAC Unit was under orders to use non-lethal “beanbag” loads; while the bandits were armed with semi automatic lethal weapons. Secondly, the guns “confiscated from the bandits turned out to be guns that had been delivered to the drug cartels via an operation of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) named Project Gunrunner.” Revealing such a flaw in the process, Andy, through thorough and detailed investigative methods revealed that these weapons provided by our own government law agencies were responsible for many “criminal” activities that would severely impact the personal safety of every border patrol agent, law enforcement officer and policeman working the border and fighting illegal immigration issues as mandated by our laws.
Revealing that “ATF agents, as well as the private firearms dealer who sold the guns to the Mexican cartel’s buyer at the ATF’s direction, had warned ATF higher-ups against continuing the program and had warned that the guns would be used for criminal purpose” shed a whole new light on this matter for the American public who needs to know how the government is handling these border issues.
After revealing his own investigation and story on this matter, the government took action to avoid the appearances of a cover up. There was a major shakeup in the ATF organization that resulted in administrative moves of personnel that were designed to break up the previous practice and instill a new strategy to address gun running by the cartel. However, recently, it was published by CBS News that “a Mexican military helicopter forced to land after it was fired upon is linked to the ATF Fast and Furious “Gunwalker” operation. Drug cartel suspects on the ground shot at Mexican government helicopters two weeks ago in western Mexico, forcing one chopper to land. Among the seized weapons are guns sold to suspects as part of the ATF sting operation, sources say. Gunrunning scandal uncovered at the ATF. Instead of interdicting them, sources tell CBS News, ATF let the guns “walk” or hit the streets.” It is likely that before all is said and done, there will be many victims and crimes committed by these gunrunning carrying criminals before it is over and done with.
Andrew “Andy” Ramirez is the founder and president of the Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council and a regular correspondent on immigration and border security for Liberty News Network ( www.libertynewsnetwork )