Janet Napolitano Slams Media For Airing Criticisms of Grieving Family
Janet Napolitano was not pleased with the criticism coming from the Terry Family who lost their son during a shootout near the Arizona border this week.
She fired back at the grieving family.
And, she chided reporters for reporting the news:
Via Fox News–
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, leaving the funeral of a murdered Border Patrol agent Wednesday, scolded a reporter for asking her to address the victim’s family’s concerns that not enough is being done to secure the southern border.
The family of agent Brian Terry had complained that Napolitano had offered them “empty words” when she called to express her condolences. Terry’s father, Kent Terry, in an interview with ABC affiliate KGUN, said he told Napolitano to “wake your man up in the White House,” to which she replied that he’s done more in two years than any president.
Napolitano attended the Detroit funeral Wednesday where she vowed “swift justice” for Terry’s killers. But asked about the family’s concerns outside the service, Napolitano said “now is not the time to talk about all that has been done.”
She said more agents and technology are on the border than ever before, but told the KGUN reporter it’s time to remember the fallen agent and not start picking fights.
“Listen, I don’t know who you spoke with in the family,” Napolitano said.
After being told the concerns came from his father, mother and stepmother, she continued: “Listen, we are here today, the commissioner is here today, the chief of the Border Patrol is here today and we are here and his comrades are here with the family, who said other things to me by the way, so I really don’t think it appropriate for the media to try to pick this as a fight,” she said. “This is a moment to remember a fallen agent.”
Moments earlier, Napolitano had delivered remarks for Terry’s service. She pledged to punish those responsible.
“We resolve, I resolve, to pursue swift justice for those responsible for his death, and we resolve, I resolve, to do everything in our power to protect those who put their lives on the line every day for our nation’s safety and security,” she said, according to MyFoxDetroit.
Terry was fatally shot while tracking a gang last week near Nogales, Ariz. Four people have been arrested in connection with the case.
Rumors are circulating about the circumstances of Agent Terry’s death. A few details have come to light. Namely that Agent Terry was shot in the back. The bullet pierced his protective vest and tore through his pelvis. Although critically wounded, he was able to call for help, telling fellow agents that he had been shot. Then he lost consciousness. A team with an EMT arrived almost immediately, and a helicopter lifted Terry out of the area within minutes. But the damage was too great and he died in the helicopter en route to a hospital.
Janet Napolitano, even in view of this devastating incident, still asserts that drug violence is not rampant along the border. She quoted FBI statistics indicating violent crime in the four border states of Texas, California, New Mexico, and Arizona was sharply down. Some question the accuracy of her statistics.
Apparently she is so confident in the improvement of security along the border that she is expanding her mission to include battling climate control as a Homeland Security issue.