Hallelujah! – I think. (Links to related articles at the end)
FIRST MY RANT: These men should be free until their appeals are exhausted. They didn’t kill the drug runner. In fact, because he did not stop running, because a bullet in the bottom didn’t stop him for a second, the agents didn’t realize they had hit him. Another day on the border. Put your life on the line, encounter a drug runner, try to stop him after you think you see a gun, and get hauled off to prison. This is NOT the American Way.
We brought this criminal back to the U.S., treated his buttock wound in our hospital at taxpayer expense, gave him a car right here in the U.S., and what does he do – he runs some more drugs. This is not the American Way.
So Judicial Watch is attempting to acquire information from the Department of Homeland Security.
Smuggler Who Testified Against Two Border Patrol Agents
From Judicial Watch:
“We are interested in learning about any deals brokered between the
U.S. and Mexico following the shooting incident in 2005,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Given the public and congressional controversy surrounding the case, the more the American people know about what happened, the better.”
That’s exactly right, so, Judicial Watch has:
…announced today that it has filed a new open records lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of State (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Department of Homeland Security, et al., #1:07-cv-00506(RJL)).
…records regarding the immunity and medical treatment given to Mexican drug smuggler Osbaldo Aldrete- Davila, who was shot and wounded by U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean in a 2005 drug-related incident.
…all communications between the three government agencies and the agencies and representatives of the Government of Mexico, as well as records pertaining to the participation of U.S. government personnel in coordinating the return of Aldrete-Davila to the United States for medical treatment, meetings with federal investigators and to testify in court.
Then here are a few words about the unacceptable state of our southern borders:
In 2006, Judicial Watch uncovered documents that detail the chaotic and dangerous nature of the U.S. border with Mexico. The records, obtained by the Department of Homeland Security, describe incidents involving shots fired on both sides of the border, unmarked Mexican helicopters invading U.S. airspace, drug smuggling, and confrontations between U.S. Border Patrol agents and armed members of the Mexican military.
If you are not familiar with the efforts to free, or at least clean-up the court proceedings that convicted these two men, here’s some background: Border Patrol Trial: Transcript Shows Judge Withheld Information and Finding In-Depth Reporting on Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean and here’s the beginning of the nightmare for these agents: 2 Border Patrol Agents to Turn Themselves in Today for Shooting Mexican Drug Runner
Then here’s three articles discussing the miserable circumstances some American citizens face in their hometowns and on on their private property:
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Others talking about Agents Ramos and Compean:
Ramos and Compean – Should be Free While Appeals pending from Conservative Culture
Excerpt: Maggie’s Notebook has a variety of good info and links on the case. I agree they should be free until the appeal process is finished. They didn’t kill anyone and certainly should get as much respect as the Government has given the millions …
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