Save The Border Agents: It Just Gets Worse

See that button on the right side about pardoning the border agents? If you haven't filled out the petition, please do so, because it seems as if the agents were prosecuted using the wrong law

What crime is committed when two Border Patrol agents shoot in the buttocks a fleeing drug smuggler who has abandoned a van containing 743 pounds of marijuana?

Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., has on record a letter written to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Oct.11, 2006, charging that Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean were charged under a statute that did not apply to the facts of the case. As previously reported by WND, the interview I conducted on Friday, Jan. 17, 2007 with the prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, adds strong support to Rep. Jones's contention.

Jones notes that Ramos and Compean were convicted of violating 18 U.S.C. Section 924(c). This statute was written to increase the penalties when a violent criminal, such as a drug trafficker or a rapist, carries or uses a weapon during the commission of the crime. Law enforcement officers, including Border Patrol agents, are issued weapons by the Border Patrol to carry in the normal pursuit of their duties.

Ironically, Ramos and Compean were trying to apprehend an escaping suspect who was a drug smuggler. How is it that a law meant to punish armed drug smugglers is applied to prosecute the two Border Patrol agents who attempted to apprehend a person U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton properly characterizes as a drug-dealing ''dirt-bag?''

Jones notes that 18 U.S.C. Section 18 U.S.C. Section 924(c) has only been applied to law enforcement officers who themselves commit heinous crimes, such as sexual assault, outside the scope of their official duties. As Jones writes, ''Ramos and Compean were within the scope of their official duties when they fired at an illegal drug smuggler they believe to be armed and dangerous.''

Make sure you read the rest of the WorldNetDaily article. It is an eye opener.

And sign the petition. Pardoning the agents is the right thing to do.

According to an email from Grassfire.org,

We've just been informed from Rep. Rohrabacher's office that Monica Ramos will be attending the President's State-of-the-Union Address tonight! Mrs. Ramos was personally invited by the Congressman, who said, "Monica Ramos' presence in the gallery during President Bush's address sends a powerful message."

Thank you, Rep Rohrabacher!

And, yes, I have put this post under the heading of Idiot GOP'ers, due to the way that President Bush is treating this issue.

Look, another petition button here

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