For Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata …
It was 11 days until Christmas and Detroit-born Brian Terry was looking forward to leaving the U.S.-Mexico border at the end of the week for a holiday visit with his family in his home state of Michigan. He had joined the Border Patrol three and one-half years before and had quickly excelled, becoming a member of the elite BORTAC (Border Tactical) Unit detailed out of the Naco, Arizona, station. A rugged, muscular, 6-foot-4 athlete, prior to the Border Patrol he had served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps — including a combat tour in Iraq during Desert Storm — had gone on to college, and then served nine years as a police officer in Lincoln Park, Michigan, a downriver suburb south of Detroit.
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to consider the appeal of five former terrorism suspects who claim they were kidnapped and taken on "torture flights" by the United States to other countries and subjected to brutal interrogations by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The decision leaves standing a federal appeals court ruling upholding the "state secrets'" privilege claimed by both the Bush and Obama administrations to prevent to testimony in matters regarding national security.
The French head of the International Monetary Fund, a man known in his home country as “the great seducer,” was arrested Saturday on charges that he sexually assaulted a maid at a hotel in New York City.