I spoke on satellite radio yesterday on The Blaze. My interview was within the context of how what happened to me relates to Fast and Furious. The lead-in to the interview is tremendous. My comments begin at about 21:20.
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And click on this file: Jay Severin - Jay Severin 2/19/14
I have very few regrets as an ATF Agent. Some, but few.
My greatest regret is that in 2008, when Gillett was trying to frame me and Newell had his head in the sand, I did not fight harder to expose what they were doing. I tried to expose it but was ignored and I rolled over and took it.
Had I been stronger and more courageous, I may have been able to prevent Fast and Furious by taking out the leadership in Phoenix. It was all there for me. I had them dead-to-rights as corrupt and criminal for what they were doing to me, pre-F&F. I was weak and I was scared and because I was, I failed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and his mother Josephine. Saying I am sorry now to Josie, Brian's brother and sisters, his family and friends can never correct what I should have, and could have done then.
At that time I failed ATF as well. A good man and many others were lost because I didn't push hard enough and my agency was trainwrecked because of it.
That is a heavy burden to carry. Speaking out now will never fix that.
Josie, had I been a better man in 2008 your life would be much different now, much better. I can not change my past but I can learn from it and hopefully now and in the future, I will be more like Brian.
RIP Brian Terry.