Obama, Who Said ‘We Shall Never Forget the Sacrifices Made by Our Military’ Has Forgotten this Marine

Obama, Who Said ‘We Shall Never Forget the Sacrifices Made by Our Military’ Has Forgotten this Marine

U. S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi Starts Eighth Month in Mexican Jail

The only person who can’t cross our Southern Border is, apparently, a United States Marine.  Mexico is the 16th largest exporter in the world, and 82% of these exports go to the U.S., that doesn’t include illegal immigrants.

The President of Mexico was in the United States and met with President Obama among other government officials in June. According to reports Obama made no reference at that time to Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi. It has now been seven months since Sgt. Tahmooressi was arrested and placed in a Mexican prison. Obama spends more time in an average week deciding on a tee time, than worrying about a United States Marine. The President, who spoke on Memorial Day, saying that we shall “never forget” the sacrifices made by our soldiers, has a very short memory. The same president who traded five of the worst Al Qaeda terrorists for a Marine who deserted, can’t make so much as a phone call to the President of Mexico.
President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, you must not allow the wrongful prosecution of an American hero.

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 SAN DIEGO –  There’s no dispute retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi drove with three loaded guns in his truck into Mexico where firearms are illegal.

Tahmooressi says he got lost on a California freeway ramp that sent him across the border with no way to turn back. His attorney argues Mexican Customs officials also violated his rights by holding him for some eight hours without notifying the U.S. Consulate or getting a translator.

But arguing those points could mean a long time in jail for the 26-year-old Afghanistan war veteran.

Instead, his lawyer is relying on another argument to win his freedom in the shortest time possible: He needs to be release so he can go home to get treatment for his combat-related post-traumatic stress, which Mexican authorities don’t treat, even in their own soldiers.

The case marks one of the first times Mexico could make a ruling on PTSD — though the psychological wound is increasingly used in U.S. courts, especially in arguing for reduced sentences.

But it has gotten mixed results, according to a study by the University of California, San Francisco.  U.S. appeals courts have found PTSD-based criminal defenses to be viable when a direct connection is made by an expert between the criminal actions and PTSD, the study found.

That U.S. case law could serve as an important reference point for courts in other countries, the authors’ noted. Mexico, however, has a long history of staunchly keeping U.S. influences at bay and it is particularly sensitive of any perceived pressure on its courts from its neighbor.

At the same time, Mexico has prided itself on considering humanitarian concerns — which is why Tahmooressi’s lawyer, Fernando Benitez, believes his client’s PTSD will help in fast-tracking his return home.

The seasoned lawyer, who has successfully defended well-known names south of the border, said he is not using PTSD as a defense as the Marine’s previous lawyer tried to do before Tahmooressi fired him.

That would mean then that Tahmooressi admits a wrongdoing caused by PTSD, and the Florida man maintains his innocence.

Using PTSD as a defense also could backfire with Mexico deciding that he is mentally incapacitated and sending him to a mental institution, legal experts say.

Benitez instead is asking the judge to rule in his favor so he can get PTSD treatment.

Benitez said his client carries loaded guns with him because his weapons, which were bought legally in the U.S., make him feel safer, and he is often distracted, which could have contributed to him becoming lost.

“He suffers from the hunter-prey syndrome,” Benitez said. “He feels the need to protect himself at all times.”

His mother, Jill Tahmooressi, says his time in a Mexican jail has been worse than his two tours in Afghanistan, where he took heavy gunfire and performed first aid on a bomb technician whose legs were severed in an explosion.

“He’s fighting constantly just to stay sane,” said his mother, who talks to him daily.

A psychiatrist hired by Mexican prosecutors, Dr. Alberto Pinzon, noted in his Sept. 30 report that Tahmooressi feels like he is constantly in danger and is in a constant state of alertness. He recommended Tahmooressi get PTSD treatment in the U.S.

The prosecution said Tahmooressi visited Mexico at least four times before and the border is well marked about entering Mexico. The government said now it’s up to its court system to decide the outcome.

“In Mexico, as in the United States, ignorance of the law, error, or failure to understand the consequences of violating the law do not exempt individuals from responsibility, regardless of intention,” the Mexican embassy in Washington said.

Tahmooressi left Florida for San Diego in January to get help after dropping out of college, unable to concentrate or sleep, his mother said. He was getting settled and starting therapy.

Before he was arrested, Tahmooressi said he had gone to Tijuana on foot, and left his truck at a U.S. parking lot.

When he walked back to his truck to drive home March 31, his attorney said, he took a wrong turn and he was funneled into a Mexican port of entry with a rifle, shotgun, pistol and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his truck.

In Mexico, possession of weapons restricted for Army use is a federal crime, and the country has been tightening up its border checks to stop the flow of US weapons that have been used by drug cartels.

After being jailed in Tijuana, Tahmooressi’s mother said, he tried to kill himself by cutting his neck with a shard from a light bulb in his cell because the guards and inmates threatened to rape, torture and kill him and he feared she would be in danger.

He has since been transferred to another prison. A pastor visits him regularly and the Mexican government says he is under medical observation.

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/10/23/ptsd-at-center-case-marine-jailed-in-mexico/

 

Good news update 10-31-2014, Tahmooressi has just been released by a Mexican judge.  There is no news that Obama had anything to do with the release.   Months ago AUN-TV stated that Obama could get him released with one phone call.  Mexico is very dependent on US tourism.

  1. Tahmooressi had been through that checkpoint by car three times previously. He had a girlfriend in Tijuana. On the day of his arrest he walked into TJ, spent the day partying, RENTED A HOTEL ROOM, then walked back to the US, got in his truck, and deliberately drove back into Mexico through the Nothing to Declare lane carrying three loaded guns and 457 rounds of ammo on his front seat, for which he was arrested. His guns were illegal in the US as well, since he was in violation of California law by carrying three loaded guns in the driver’s compartment of his pickup truck. He lied repeatedly to Mexican authorities and tried to escape twice. Under these circumstances, why shouldn’t his claims of “accidental” entry be examined in a court of law, as is being done right now?

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    • It is not true that he had been through the checkpoint by car, he had parked his car and walked over the border. This was at night, not during the day. Greta Van Susteren took a film crew and made the same trip to show how easy it was. The last sign for a U-Turn was laying on the ground. Why would he deliberately take a car over with guns? That makes no sense.

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  2. On Tuesday, Greta van Susteren went Off the Record to press the US government to revamp tricky highway traffic patterns at a number of US-Mexico border crossings.

    Two Americans have recently been held captive in Mexico after they accidentally crossed the border at such crossings.

    Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is currently being held in a Tecate, Mex. prison, and Jabin Bogan, a truck driver who also went On the Record Tuesday evening, was held in prison for a time as well.

    Bogan said that after becoming disoriented in a construction zone while trying to travel from El Paso, Texas to Arizona, he had to enter Mexico in order to attempt a U-turn at a border crossing.
    http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/05/27/greta-wrong-turn-mexico-can-happen-any-us-marineheldinmexico

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  3. No one goes to Mexico to traffic 3 weapons.

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  4. His firearms were legal. OVOMIT had nothing to do with his release.
    After 214 days in a Mexican prison, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi crossed the US – Mexican border Friday night, boarding a private jet for Florida shortly after 9 p.m., after a strong diplomatic push convinced a judge to release the former Marine on humanitarian grounds.

    His release comes after a lengthy trial and a Congressional hearing in September highly critical of Obama Administration efforts to secure his release and Mexico’s refusal to let him go. Tahmooressi said he made an innocent mistake the evening he crossed into Tijuana with three weapons in his truck on March 31.

    While his defense rested its case several weeks ago, Tahmooressi’s release came only after a strong diplomatic push from former Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ).

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/11/01/andrew-tahmooressi-released-from-mexican-jail-after-214-days/

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    • The signs have been changed, they were so confusing is why he ended up in Mexico. Obama ignored him, but other office holders did get him released as you say. With a legit news media Obama could have never got away with what he did.

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  5. When will Bergdahl be court martialed?

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    • Probably never on Bergdahl, because it would hurt Obama to handle this honestly. After Obama leaves, likely still would not happen as would expose prior president. When is the last time Republicans ever exposed wrong doing by a prior Democrat president?

      If it does happen that would indicate a major change in America.

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