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January 18, 2007

Dope Smuggler Goes Free and Border Patrol Gets Jail Time ~ HUH?

At the US-Mexican border near San Diego

Illegal aliens near Naco, Arizona border.
Night vision photo by Henry Harvey.

Bush Slammed as Border Patrol Agents Begin Prison Terms
As two U.S. Border Patrol agents surrendered to federal marshals Wednesday afternoon to begin serving more than a decade in jail for shooting an illegal drug smuggler, a federal lawmaker and conservative advocacy group expressed outrage at President Bush for not pardoning the men.

"This is the worst betrayal of American defenders I have ever seen," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said of the president.
"It's shameful this was done by someone who is in the Republican Party," the California Republican added in comments coinciding with the jailing of agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.
Rohrabacher said Bush "obviously thinks more about his agreements with Mexico than the lives of American people and backing up his defenders."

Ramos and Compean reportedly handed themselves over to the U.S. Marshal's office in El Paso, Texas, early Wednesday afternoon, facing the prospect of 11- and 12-year prison terms, respectively, for a string of offenses including the use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.


On February 17, 2005, Ramos and Compean were patrolling the border town of Fabens, Texas, when a Mexican illegal alien and drug smuggler, attempted to secret nearly 800 pounds of marijuana into the United States in his van. Agent Compean chased Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila by vehicle and on foot, ordering him to stop. Compean says Aldrete-Davila ignored him, pushed him down, and assaulted him, whereupon the agent called for backup, drawing seven additional units, including Ramos. When he arrived on the scene, he heard gunfire, saw Compean bleeding on the ground, and the fugitive – still refusing to stop as commanded – stealing furtive glances over his shoulder while holding something shiny he believed to be a handgun. Both state they felt threatened, and both fired rounds in the alien’s direction, Ramos striking him in the buttocks. The alien got away, but the two men had jeopardized their own well-being to keep his noxious contraband off our streets.

Returning to Mexico, Aldrete-Davila related his misfortunes to his mother, who contacted the mother-in-law of Border Patrol agent Rene Sanchez. Sanchez in turn tipped off a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who went to Mexico to offer immunity if Osbaldo would act as a state’s witness against Ramos and Compean: the feds wanted to prosecute the agents shooting the alien narcotics supplier.

To sweeten the immunity deal, the feds paid for Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila’s medical treatment of his ailing backside – a taxpayer-funded recuperation at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. He showed his gratitude by breaking his immunity agreement in October 2005, when officers say he attempted to smuggle 1,000 pounds of marijuana into America. The prosecution further extended its immunity to this felony and sealed the indictment from jurors. Aldrete-Davila repaid this new shower of grace by suing the federal government for $5 million, alleging the shooting violated his civil rights. However, he agreed to help in their criminal prosecution, as well, and the feds are apparently happy to collaborate with the pusher as long as he helped put effective lawmen behind bars.

Wild Thing's comment.......

These guys would have never been convicted if this Administration didn't offer the Illegal Alien Drug Smuggler immunity to testify against them.

I will defend the BP agents more than I will a drug smuggler! An ILLEGAL alien drug smuggler at that!

These Border Agents did their job, when an AMERICAN says they defend a bum drug smuggler and NOT the law and those who upkeep the law it is a sad day in America!!

It reminds me of those that tried to convict our Military not to long ago when they were accused. We all supported and stood by our military and I would do it again just as I stand by the BORDER PATROL AGENTS!

Anyone can come over the OPEN border, terrorists with suitcase nuclear weapons and stinking drug smugglers! There is something very wrong with these guys going to prison and the drug dealer going free.

This wasn't Anytown USA and those BP's are in an undeclared war zone of which our leaders in Washington DC have turned a blind eye to. It is the Mexican Smugglers against the US BP it is the Mexican Army as well as Mexican Police against our BP. Then besides that they face the often-armed illegal’s with nothing to loose. Night after night day after day while our POTUS kisses up to the Mexican government BACKING the ones shooting at our BP's for his beloved new trade union. That’s right, OUR Government BREAKING OUR LAWS everyday they kiss ass to Mexico encouraging the illegal’s to enter and give them rewards with our tax dollars for doing such.

What is worse the government thinks that their bad cutting a deal by pardoning a felon with 700 pounds of pot is a far less serious a crime as being shot in the butt? This man has had how many arrests by BP? The USAG's office is ready to give him sainthood.

How many BP's have been shot at and killed by Mexicans and what has been Mexico's response? What have been the Whitehouse’s demands? It's a war zone down there!

The record shows, for a fact, they acted legally and thought the perp had a gun at the time.

I will no more second guess them under their circumstances than our U.S. service members actions in Iraq.

Unarmed National Guards on the border that the BP as well must protect. Bush has helped create the very conditions that place our BP's lives in danger to start with. In light of his gross mis-management concerning our borders yes he owes them a pardon and the rest of the BP and the NG's he sent there unarmed an apology as well.

Rule of law" to Alberto Gonzales means:

1. 12 years in prison for shooting a drug smuggler in the ass, and lying about it

2. 100 hours community service for Sandy Berger for stealing and destroying top-secret government documents pertaining to acts of war, and lying about it.

Our government is sending the border agents a message: Don't defend yourselves. Don't secure the border. Otherwise, you go to jail. You're there only for appearances.

Now let's take this a step further ok? We have our awesome troops, locked and loaded to fight. Ready, aim, fire…. a go at the enemy. BUT wait......God forbid they take out a Muslim that reaches for a bomb, a gun, a weapon. God forbid the freaking smelly turbin headed Muslim turns to run and gets shot, in the gluts’, in the back, in the hamstring...whatever! Who gives a shit! I applaud the soldier and we have one less infidel hater on this earth. I call that a damn good day!

We are sending more troops to Iraq. OK good, but IF our leadership intends to repeat the hands tied behind the back rule, then screw it. Yes I am pissed, I am tired of this weak lawbreaking leadership that expects our troops, our soldiers and yes our BP agents to do their job when our leadership ignores our existing laws, takes the side of the damn Muslims and the illegal’s, then this world is upside down and we might as well just order more amo for our homes and keep going to the range. Because the open borders have already proven they are a way for terrorists to enter as well.

I am fierce about loyalty and I will give mine to our troops, to our Veterans and to our BP agents that WANT to defend this Nation. NOT to some two faced loyalty in our leadership that want to stay in some kind of sick comfort zone of aiding the enemy by caving in to their demands, their whines, their illegal activity and their deal making, lies and tax funded health care etc. to obtain the freedoms that our Veterans, and troops today fought for, got injured for and died for. And that includes our BP agents as well.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 18, 2007 12:55 AM


The Bush Administration sent a strong message to Border Patrol Agents and all other law enforcement agencies of what will happen if they use necessary force to enforce our immigration and drug laws. This is George Bush’s Justice Department that perused this case, tracked down this drug runner, and got him to testify against the agents in exchange for immunity. I bet they’re going to offer the criminal citizenship and monetary compensation. In the mean time, two men who defended this nation are going to prison for shooting a drug runner.

These Border Patrol Agents are protecting and defending this nation just as much as an military person. Matter-of-fact, they're actually here protecting our homeland.

Thanks to Ramos and Compean, 800 pounds of Marajuana didn't get into our schools. Bush really thanked them for that, didn't he?

Posted by: BobF at January 18, 2007 11:05 AM

Putting on my BOHICA hat ~
This goes beyond belief. I am so disappointed and disgusted at this travesty. I've watched the crime rate go up where I live because of the influx of gangs in the area and the cops have their hands tied by the bleeding hearts. More and more places are getting too dangerous to go into and everyone seems to have their head in the sand as to the why of it. ("we don't have a heroin problem here" yeah, right!) It's not going to get any better with the recent weather taking out over half the crops here ~ field work is going to drop and a lot of the workers, illegal or not, are going to be without jobs. Will they go back to Mexico? Doubt it, as the taxpayers will continue to foot their bills.

Posted by: yankeemom at January 18, 2007 11:39 AM

Ugh. I'll be blogging on this shortly. Illegal alien stuff is definitely one of the top 3 things that infuriate me beyond belief. And the fact that these poor bastards are going to get 10 years possibly can really drive a man to load a couple dozen guns and go "patrol the border" himself. Argh! Thanks for putting this on here, I don't know if I'd find some of this stuff out if it wasn't for blogs.

Posted by: Mike Slag at January 18, 2007 12:53 PM

For the attitude Bush has about illegal immigration alone, I could support his impeachment. Does he have no inkling the infuriation of his tax paying core of supporters toward illegal immigration. That is a rhetorical question. Bush was Texas Governor for 5 years and during that entire time, Bush was reminded over and over that illegal immigration was a burr in the ass of Conservative Texans.

Add 6 more years as President and a disasterous election. Now you know Bush knows. He could get an immense boost in his ratings(respect) by immediately pardoning these two Border Patrol agents. He won't. Now he wants his presidential library to be on the grounds of Southern Methodist University here in Dallas. I think that frig'n library should be in Mexico City. (BTW; a nice condo complex was razed and owners displaced against their wishes for this library-eminent domain ya know).

These two Border Patrol agents are pawns in a crime that is laughed at by too many powerful people, including our President.

Posted by: TomR at January 18, 2007 01:28 PM

And just who is Melquiades R. Martinez? This is the direct - in your face - answer to illegal immigration by George Bush. Perpetuate the Illegal Alien by appointing a sympathizer who will not support conservative values or conservative constituents. I reckon it will take vigilante action against illegals to highlight just how strongly the American public feels about the injustices of the judicial system and the lack of border discipline. Criminalizing border enforcement just gave them the green light, not limited to the illegal immigrant but to include the elusive terrorist. The best defense is a strong offense, nightscopes, snipers, antipersonnel mines, and fear would go a long way to deter them.

Posted by: Jack at January 18, 2007 02:33 PM

Besides Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, where are the rest of the Republicans and Conservative lawmakers?

Posted by: BobF at January 18, 2007 05:51 PM

Do you think Bush know........hittin the sauce again?

Posted by: Billy at January 18, 2007 11:24 PM

Bob, I agree, big mistake on Bush's part. We just don't need this kind of thing happening and it weakens us....not good...not good at all.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 19, 2007 12:04 AM

Yankeemom, yes, it just keeps shocking me these different things that are happening. I would love a week, just a week to go by with no news where I shake my head and and say....what????? oh no.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 19, 2007 12:06 AM

Mike, I aagree so much, thanks for blogs. I learn a lot that I would miss in our news.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 19, 2007 12:09 AM

Tom your right they are pawns.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 19, 2007 12:10 AM

Jack it would be great to do those things.

"The best defense is a strong offense, nightscopes, snipers, antipersonnel mines, and fear would go a long way to deter them."

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 19, 2007 12:12 AM

Billy I hope not.

I am glad we do not have Kerry in our White House, God help us even more if we did. But Bush needs to realzie the people that put him where he is are not the lefties, not the rhinos but those of us that are conservatives and we like our laws for immigration, our grandparents obeyed them and so should people today.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 19, 2007 12:14 AM

Those Agents should have been promoted, instead they were sent to prison. Tell me, again, Bush wants to secure the border.

Posted by: Mark at January 19, 2007 05:09 PM

Well I know I am going to open a can of worms on this one "BUT" the lead federal lawyer made a very
good case for conviction on O'Rielly last night.
One, they flat out knew he was unarmed, 2 they knew
it was against the rules to shoot someone running away. 3 not only one shot but they
unlaoded their weapons, 15 shots and then because they knew their ass was hanging out they
lied and covered it up and thars where they
screwed the pooch...In the past 5 years there
have been 10 shootings by the patrol with 4 of
those fatal and no charges were filed..You
want to blame some on for the mess on the boarder Start with Ronnie then Carter, Bush 1&2
and Clinton. The way to stop the wetbacks is to fine every one who hires one 25000.00 each and
you will see the need dry up and if they don't
pay up shut down their operation till they do...

Posted by: Tincan Sailor at January 19, 2007 05:22 PM

Mark, exactly!! And also I agree they should have been promoted.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 20, 2007 01:49 AM

Tincan Sailor, I agree that the illegal immigration problem goes back a long way. Long before Bush W. got in the White House.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 20, 2007 01:51 AM