[Rushtalk] Obama silent as Mexico jails former Marine on likely trumped-up gun charge...
Winblows at lavabit.com
Tue Jan 15 11:01:14 MST 2013
Time for a jail break in the form of that old Charles Bronson film. The
fascist reincarnation of Hitler in the person of Heir ObombA will let
the man rot. Just as Bush did to those border agents who shot drug
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by Tony Lee 9 Dec 2012, 8:38 AM PDT
A former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has been chained
to a bed in a Mexican prison since August. Jon Hammar faces up to 12
years in a Mexican jail on what may be a trumped-up charge of possessing
an illegal shotgun. Customs officials had already cleared before the
shotgun before he entered Mexico.
On August 23, Hammar and his friend Ian McDonough were en route to Costa
Rica on a surfing vacation when they ran into trouble after crossing the
According to McClatchy newspapers, Hammer brought “a six-decade-old
shotgun into Mexico,” which his mother referred to as a “glorified BB
gun,” that was passed down to him by his grandfather.
McDonough said the Customs and Border Protection Agent said, “All you
have to do is register” the gun, and gave them a registration paper to
give to the Mexican authorities.
When Hammar gave the registration form to the Mexican agents, he and
McDonough were immediately taken into custody and Mexican prosecutors
looked at the “disassembled relic in the 1972 Winnebago motor home” and
“dismissed the U.S. registration papers Hammar had filled out,” charging
Hammar with the serious crime of “possession of a weapon restricted for
use to Mexico’s armed forces”:
Curiously, it wasn’t the type of shotgun that broke Mexican law.
It was the length of the barrel, which the formal citation said
was shorter than 25 inches, although a discrepancy has emerged
over how the barrel was measured.
It is worth nothing Mexico’s gangs “routinely wield AK-47 and AR-15
assault rifles, high-powered .50-caliber sniper rifles, rocket-propelled
grenades and other potent weaponry," and Hammar's shotgun is rendered
useless against such high-powered weapons.
The Mexican lawyer representing Hammar said he faces three to 12 years
in a Mexican federal prison if convicted on the gun charge. Mexican
authorities released McDonough, Hammar's friend, who was able to walk
back to Texas, most likely because he had been living part-time in
Marine Sgt. James Garcia served with Hammar in various combat situations
and said he was heartbroken because Hammar was “one of the best we had.”
According to McClatchy, Hammer, now 27 years of age, “joined the Marines
and deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq before receiving an honorable
discharge in 2007, serving another four years in inactive reserve.”
After Hammar was sent to a state prison in Matamoros, his parents in
Florida received phone calls demanding $1,800.
According to McClatchy, Hammar’s family did not pay the extortion and
contacted U.S. diplomats and got Hammar into solitary confinement and
out of the wing controlled by a Mexican drug cartel.
This is not the first Mexican authorities have captured an American on
dubious gun-related charges. Mexican officials arrested a Dallas truck
driver in April, "carrying 25,000 pounds of ammunition in his
18-wheeler," after Customs and Border Protection agents instructed him
to briefly cross the border to make a U-turn. Mexican prosecutors
"charged him with crimes that could have brought more than 25 years in
prison" but -- after Congressional intervention -- they ultimately
released the truck driver (Jabin Bogan) on November 23.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who is the chairwoman of the House
Foreign Affairs Committee and the Hammars' Congresswoman, said she would
do her best to help the Hammar family get their son back from Mexican
“His family has described a very disturbing situation that includes
their son being chained to a bed in a very small cell and receiving
calls from fellow inmates threatening his life if they did not send them
money,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “The family also says that the jail where
their son is being held is controlled by the dreaded and brutal Zetas
drug cartel. The family wants their son back home, and I will do my best
to help them."
Garcia, who served with Hammar, emphasized how the United States should
not leave one of its own behind.
“He doesn’t deserve this,” Garcia told McClatchy. “We never leave a
brother behind. We never leave a Marine behind. We have to do
ObombA did not win erection, Trotskite RINO Mitt Romney threw the
election. -- Rush Limbaugh
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