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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:00 am

I read Sam West’s letter, “Obama should be assisting jailed U.S. Marine in Mexico,” and totally agree with him and I am wondering the same.

Our president invites the parents of a soldier who walked away from his post in Afghanistan to the White House. I am glad that Bergdahl is home, and I’m not going to judge him until we know all the facts.

However, why isn’t our president doing anything to get this soldier released?

Furthermore, here we have a soldier with a honorable discharge from the military sitting in a jail in Mexico, and I am amazed that the State Department is not able to do anything about it.

Fox News has addressed this issue and given the maximum coverage, including asking Hillary Clinton to assist in this matter. I commend them for their persistence is covering this issue.

Radhika R. Rao


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  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 9:46 am on Wed, Jul 9, 2014.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    As a firm supporter of the Second Amendment but one who has never owned a gun and never plan to, I agree that Mr. Tahmooressi should have understood the laws of Mexico prior to entering with his guns. Even in Mexico ignorance of the law is not a defense.

    Having known a couple who found themselves in the very same position about 15 years ago (or so) when they were entering Mexico after target shooting in Arizona, once you're in the hands of the Mexican government, the "I'm an American and I've got rights" mantra is nothing more than gibberish to them (imagine one of their citizens offering the same demand; oops, sorry they don't have to do that since they actually WANT to be here). After nearly eight months in various forms of jails and prisons they were released. But they not only lost their guns, but their automobile as well and everything in their wallets. Not only that, the apartment they were renting in Phoenix had to be emptied of their belongings and placed into storage due to non-payment of rent. Only after paying all the back rent and storage fees were they able to get their stuff back. Nasty way to learn a lesson.

    It is my understanding that at least as my friends' experience went, once they entered the "neutral zone" on the highway that leads into Mexico from Arizona there's no way to turn around. That is when they noticed the very large signs with very large writing warning of certain items they shouldn't attempt to bring with them - including guns. It was their hope that the friendly guards at the border would just allow them to make a nice little U-Turn after sacrificing their weapons. But no, that didn't happen.

    Now that Mr. Tahmooressi's experience has made national if not international news, perhaps others will remember their plight. As for the U.S. government intervening on his behalf - I'm on the fence with this one. No, I don't think the President of the United States should get involved - he should be dealing with more pressing matters like keeping the borders secured so that thousands of illegal aliens can't get in. But I see nothing wrong with the Secretary of State's office nicely asking for his return. But I wouldn't hold out hope there. Our relationship with Mexico isn't as good as it should be at this point in time.

    I think Mr. Tahmooressi will simply need to face the music and hope for the best.

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 12:31 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Of course Tahmooressi's March arrest was prior to Secretary of State Kerry's May meeting which is why your comment, "Maybe this person's family can contact the office of the current Secretary of State" was so funny.

    Your latest, "Did Sec State Kerry actually even go to Mexico" is equally as funny considering it was State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki who confirmed that Secretary of State John Kerry “raised the issue” during his meetings in Mexico City.

  • Mike Adams posted at 7:35 pm on Thu, Jul 3, 2014.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1572

    Wow...a couple of problems jump out:
    1. Was Mr. Tahmooressi arrested prior to Sec State John Kerry's (alleged) meeting with
    Mexican officials?
    2. What "officials" was Sec State Kerry (allegedly) meeting with? Someone who runs a
    water treatment facility? Or maybe some state representative (one of the Mexican
    states of course) Was he "allegedly" meeting with someone who could intervene?
    3. Did Sec State Kerry actually even go to Mexico even sometime about this event?

    The problem with "your" research is that there are so many holes in it, only the simplest of people would believe any of it to be true. Unfortunately, there are a lot of ignorant people who believe what they read on disinfowars is actually true. When you can't supply the dates of the alleged visit with the names and offices held by supposed "Mexican officials", coupled with your past history of deliberate deceit on many issues, the more intelligent readers don't take what you say to be true. Why is Hilary Clinton even mentioned?

    I repeat: :"Maybe this person's family can contact the office of the current Secretary of State, John Kerry". (With the hope that Sec. Kerry can dialogue with the correct Mexican officials to resolve this issue)

    A simpler solution would be to let Andrew Tahmooressi remain incarcerated, in Mexico, for knowingly breaking Mexican law. Just FYI for the defense team: no one believes the "I took a wrong turn" defense anymore as in "I meant to turn right to stay in Texas, but the car went left into Mexico", Or....now he can bring his whole family to Mexico since they detained him and are feeding him and giving him room and board (for free). Maybe this was his plan all along...sneak in, get caught, then the Mexican government would be obligated to allow the rest of his family in also.
    No, no. No one would ever believe that.

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 11:45 am on Wed, Jul 2, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Despite the fact that Secretary of State John Kerry was in Mexico back in May meeting with Mexican officials where he "raised the issue" of Tahmooressi's arrest Mike says, "Maybe this person's family can contact the office of the current Secretary of State."

  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:25 am on Wed, Jul 2, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    It appears Andrew Tahmooressi broke the law in Mexico and will have to face those consequences. Andrew Tahmooressi, that's the guys name the fact that everybody complaining about this hasn't gone to the trouble to even find out his name speaks to the real motivation behind this letter.
    Anyway Andrew's own attorney stated "This is a federal court and as in any democratic nation you will not find an executive calling up a judge and ordering the release of a suspect," Benitez told Fox News. "It makes no difference if it is a mayor, governor, or the president, there's not a phone call in the world that will change this."


  • Mike Adams posted at 8:21 am on Wed, Jul 2, 2014.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1572

    Who doesn't know that it is illegal to bring guns into Mexico without prior approval?

    Every year or two, there is a story like this. Someone accidentally gets across the border and "whoa... I thought I was still in Texas/Arizona/California...I'll just turn around here and..."

    Maybe this person's family can contact the office of the current Secretary of State, John Kerry, rather than a former secretary of state who has no legal standing here or in Mexico. I doubt it will help, Mexico takes this pretty seriously.

    Look, when the time comes, pay the extorted amount for bail, leave Mexico and never come back.

  • Walter Chang posted at 8:07 am on Wed, Jul 2, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1189

    Radhika chooses to ignore the facts...

    You can too - tune into FAUXNEWS now!!



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