Sunday, January 7, 2007

Border Patrol Punished for Defending the Border

If this doesn't infuriate you, you're reading the wrong blog. Read on for additional comments within the message and at the bottom.


From the Center for Individual Freedom:

Question: Thousands of illegal aliens -- many of whom are drug smugglers, gangsters and other criminals -- cross our borders every single day. But what happens to our brave border patrol agents who aggressively pursue and try to capture these criminals?

Answer: 11-12 years in prison!

You read that right.

Two brave U.S. Border Patrol agents -- Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean -- are headed to prison for a combined 23 YEARS! Their sentences begin on January 17 -- less than two weeks from today!

Their crime?

Defending our nation's southern border against illegal alien drug smugglers.

In other words, these two men are going to jail for what Congressman Tom Tancredo called, "doing their job" -- securing the border.

Here are the facts:

Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean spotted a suspicious van on U.S. soil near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The van was being driven by an illegal alien -- Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila -- who was smuggling 743 pounds of marijuana into the United States.

When the illegal alien and drug smuggler saw Agents Ramos and Compean, he ran for the border. The agents heard gun shots while pursuing Davila on foot.

According to media reports, Davila at one point turned toward the pursuing agents and pointed what appeared to be a gun. The border agents fired their weapons at the fleeing illegal alien drug smuggler.

Davila was hit in his buttocks -- although Compean and Ramos apparently did not know it at the time -- and Davila didn't even slow down. He jumped into a waiting van and sped off in the night.

What happened next is so unbelievable, so outrageous that it should boil the blood of every American.

Apparently outraged that a foreign illegal drug smuggler was shot in the buttocks, Johnny Sutton -- U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas -- ordered a full-scale, no stone un-turned, investigation of COMPEAN AND RAMOS!

The illegal alien drug smuggler Davila received full immunity for his testimony against Agents Ramos and Compean. Not only that, he was given full medical care at an Army medical center in El Paso courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. ...

We couldn't make this up if we tried.

Sutton charged these two heroes with Causing Serious Bodily Injury, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Discharge of a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence, and -- get this -- a violation of the "civil rights" of an illegal alien.

{What civil rights does an illegal alien have in our country? Especially an illegal alien whose crime is not only being undocumented, but also that of drug smuggling! What happened to the war on drugs? What happened to the war on terror? This criminal alien (more than just illegal, I say) was a soldier in both those wars, fighting against the American people, and he deserves more than just a shot in the ass (excuse my language, please). -- Joe}

In other words, he threw the book at them.

What about the illegal alien drug smuggler you ask? DAVILA WAS AGAIN CAUGHT SMUGGLING DRUGS INTO THE UNITED STATES! And Sutton gave him immunity from prosecution from those crimes as well.

Use the hyperlink below to send your urgent and personalized Blast Fax Messages to President Bush and the leaders of the House and the Senate.

Tell them TODAY that the President MUST use his power of presidential pardon, as granted by the United States Constitution in Article II, Section 2, to pardon Agents Ramos and Compean! The American people will not tolerate the imprisonment of two brave border patrol agents who did nothing more than pursue an enemy of their country.

This terrible wrong must be righted before these brave men are sent to jail on January 17.

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What Happened at the Trial?

...At the trial, the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Kanov, dismissed Agent Ramos's testimony that he saw "something shiny" in Davila's hand. She said Ramos "couldn't be sure it was a gun he had seen." ...

Also, the prosecutor said it was a violation of Border Patrol policy for agents to pursue dope dealers on the run. As she explained it:

"Agents are not allowed to pursue. In order to exceed the speed limit, you have to get supervisor approval, and they did not."

Ramos, who had a stellar 10-year record and who had been nominated for the Agent of the Year award, said in reply:

"How are we supposed to follow the Border patrol strategy of apprehending terrorists or drug smugglers if we aren't supposed to pursue fleeing people? Everybody who's breaking the law flees from us. What are we supposed to do? Do they want us to catch them or not?"

{This is exactly the same problem our troops have in Afghanistan, Iraq, and even at Gitmo. How can they possibly do the job of defending our country and fighting for the cause of freedom with their hands tied behind their backs? Constantly worried that the media will distort and twist events into the worst case scenario. Worried that a shot they fire in self-defense will be misinterpreted as an offensive strike against an innocent person. In Iraq they can't even tell the difference between friends and enemies because they all dress the same! -- Joe}

The answer to Officer Ramos's question is: OBVIOUSLY NOT!

That's why criminals like Davila are crossing our borders every single day.

And when two law enforcement officers try to carry out the will of the American people -- when they try to do their jobs -- they are handcuffed and hauled off to prison.

Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean deserve to be commended for their bravery and service to our country, not charged by our government for supposedly violating an illegal alien drug smuggler's "Civil Rights."

What the system has done to these agents is wicked and must be undone immediately.

What About the Jury?

Question: What about the jury? Why did all 12 jurors agree that both Border Patrol officers were guilty?

Three jurors now say THEY DIDN'T WANT TO VOTE GUILTY and are disturbed by the verdict.

[These three jurors] say they were told the verdict HAD TO BE UNANIMOUS, which was flat-out untrue.

After the trial, at least two jurors gave sworn statements that they had been pressured to render a guilty verdict and did not understand that a hung jury was possible.

In addition, some jurors allegedly bullied other jurors, intimidating them into changing their votes.

One juror said he thought that 10 years in prison for the agents was excessive punishment. "Had we had the option of a hung jury," he said, "I truly believe the outcome may have been different."

Another said of the jury foreman, "I felt like he knew something about the judge that we did not know. I did not think that Mr. Ramos or Mr. Compean was guilty of the assaults and civil rights violations."

In light of these juror statements, defense attorney Mary Stillinger asked that the verdict be set aside, but the judge oddly, arbitrarily denied the motion.

What are Others Saying?

People all over the country have expressed their indignation at this sickening misuse of our judicial system, which further hamstrings and intimidates our Border Patrol. ...

{That's funny, this is the first I've heard of it. Granted, I don't watch much TV, or listen to much radio, but I do read the news and get constant updates in my email. No what I got in my email today? Obama Admits Drug Use. That's right, rookie Senator Barak Obama wrote a book in which he admits to using drugs. Why does anyone care? Because he actually thinks he can get elected to the White House in 2008. How can his confession of alleged poor judgment actually be more newsworthy than what you've been reading in this post? -- Joe}

Andy Ramirez, of the non-profit Friends of the Border Patrol, said: "This is the greatest miscarriage of justice I have ever seen. This drug smuggler has fully contributed to the destruction of two brave agents and their families and has sent a very loud message to the other Border Patrol agents: If you confront a smuggler, this is what will happen to you." [Emphasis Mine]

55 Members of Congress are demanding that President Bush pardon these brave border agents and 12 of these Members sent a letter to President Bush, which reads in part: "We ask that a full investigation of this case be ordered immediately. We are confident that during such an investigation you will find that these Border Patrol agents were acting within the scope of their duty and were unjustly prosecuted. Also, we ask that you use your power of presidential pardon, as granted by the United States Constitution in Article II, Section 2, to pardon these two Border Patrol agents."

The drug cartels, gangs, and even terrorists seeking to exploit our nation's open borders have just seen the light turn green. The Border Patrol has been stripped naked. It can't fire a gun without risking more than ten years in prison. It can't violate the speed limit without saying, "Mother, may I?" And if it detains an illegal alien dealing drugs, it may be violating his civil rights? ...

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