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Furiouser and Furiouser

I was just taping an appearance on the Dr. Gina Show for later this afternoon, and she asked me when I thought the “Fast and Furious” gunrunning scandal was going to break into the left side of the MSM. 

I’m not sure when, but stories like this one, from Fox News, may force the issue very soon:

The family of murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry wants justice, and that may include suing the federal government.

“If the evidence shows Brian’s death was proximately caused by the negligence of the federal government, there may be a cause of action,” said Terry family attorney Paul Charlton.

Terry was killed in December 2010 at the hands of an illegal immigrant working for the Sinaloa Cartel while patrolling an area near Tucson known as Rio Rico.

Officials traced the gun found at the scene to Operation Fast and Furious, a weapons trafficking program run by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that let guns travel south of the border.

William Lajeunesse’s story notes that government officials normally cannot be sued for their actions, but there are exceptions, especially in civil court. 

Defendants successfully sued the FBI three times when their informants committed murder. The U.S. government was made to pay millions of dollars to the victims families after it was found that federal agent created an unreasonable risk of harm to them by helping the informants avoid arrest. The IRS was also sued for close to $1 million when it failed to supervise one of their informants who also committed murder.

Stay tuned.

 

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.

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