Ramos & Compean
John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Fri Oct 19 20:23:35 MDT 2007
Article published Oct 16, 2007
Jailed border agents backed
October 16, 2007
By Sara A. Carter - A group of congressmen is
demanding an investigation into the treatment of
two former Border Patrol agents in prison for
shooting an admitted drug dealer near the Mexican
border, saying the conditions are far worse than
those of suspected terrorists being held at the
U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, and
Rep. John Culberson, Texas Republican who have
championed the fight for Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos
and Jose Alonso Compean will deliver a letter
detailing their concerns today to Attorney
General-designate Michael B. Mukasey. More than
three dozen House members have signed it.
Ramos is serving his sentence in a
medium-security prison in the Southwest. He was
transferred from the Yazoo correctional facility
in Mississippi earlier this year after suspected
gang members recognizing the high-profile inmate beat him.
He is unable to serve his sentence in a
minimum-security prison camp owing to the 10-year
mandatory minimum for unlawful discharge of a
firearm during a crime of violence. The charge is
one issue in their cases under appeal in the 5th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Compean is serving out his sentence in an Ohio prison in solitary confinement.
Both men are being held in so-called special
housing units (SHU) for their safety, but they
are denied privileges that other inmates in the
general population are afforded, said Tara
Setmayer, communications director for Mr. Rohrabacher.
"The harsh conditions Agent Ramos is forced to
endure in solitary is despicable," said Ms.
Setmayer, who visited Mr. Ramos last month.
Ramos has been confined to a single cell for 23
hours a day for the past 10 months conditions
far worse than those experienced by suspected
terrorists in the Guantanamo Bay detention
facility in Cuba, say the congressional
representatives demanding the investigation.
"Ignacio Ramos was placed in the SHU because he
was assaulted in a different facility earlier
this year, and his assailants were never
charged," the letter to Mr. Mukasey states.
"While Ramos' status as a former law enforcement
officer is problematic in prison, Bureau of
Prisons guidelines state that administrative
detention status is supposed to be 'nonpunitive'
used for 'short periods ... not to exceed 90 days.' "
On Feb. 17, 2005, Agents Ramos and Compean shot
and wounded admitted drug smuggler Osbaldo
Aldrete-Davila in the buttocks after a long foot
chase near the U.S.-Mexican border in Texas. Mr.
Aldrete-Davila who was given immunity to
testify against the agents had fled in a van
the agents were pursuing. The van later turned
out to contain marijuana valued at nearly $1
million. The agents were convicted on Oct. 19,
2006. Ramos was sentenced to 11 years; Compean received 12.
The letter being sent to Mr. Mukasey also brings
into question the validity of the guilty verdict in the former agents' cases.
"We request that you conduct a fair and unbiased
review of this case and take any action to
rectify this injustice. ... As the nominee to be
the next attorney general, we urge you to
investigate the case against these two agents,
who we believe acted in accordance with their
duties to enforce the law, as well as take the
action to rectify the mistreatment of Ignacio
Ramos, and move him to a minimum-security facility."
Mr. Rohrabacher and Mr. Culberson are expected to
speak on behalf of the agents at a press
conference today, along with Republican
colleagues Duncan Hunter of California, Ted Poe
of Texas and Walter B. Jones of North Carolina.
At stake is the United States of America.
It is really Mexican War II.
We have allowed the occupants of the Trojan Horse to be in charge of America.
How long are we going to allow enemy agents to be in charge of this battle?
Who wants America more? The Invaders or YOU?
If fences and solid barricades don't work then
take down those around the White House.
If armed guards are too strong then remove the
armed guards around Bush & Cheney.
As I have said many times, if fences do not work
then remove all fences and barriers to the White
House and Congress and to all other government
facilities. Why have them if they don't work?
Why have walls and fences around prisons? Why
string rolls of razor wire around areas?
Why have we spent all that money all these years
if WALLS AND FENCES DON'T WORK?
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