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 
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