WASHINGTON, November 1, 2014 – Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, is now in Florida. Images of him being pushed around by Mexican guards were replaced with the joy of being back on Florida soil with his mother, Jill.
The Mexican Attorney General released the Marine on “humanitarian grounds”due to Tahmoressi’s clinically diagnosed PTSD. Despite the statement by Mexico, there are numerous reports that Tahmoressi was treated inhumanely during his captivity in Mexico. He reportedly was chained to his bed, left naked in his cell and suffered other physical indignities and tortures.
U.S. lawmakers demanded the release of the decorated Marine, and a petition, largely ignored, was filed to push the Obama Administration to aid in his release. A criticism of Obama, the Commander in Chief of the U.S. armed services, has been his lack of effort on behalf of Tahmooressi, even as he publicly campaigned for the release of captures soldier Bowe Bergdahl.
Instead, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who calls Tahmooressi a “good young man and a war hero,” and talk show host Montel Williams worked tirelessly on his behalf, working with the Mexican government for the Marine’s release.
“It’s a victory for American veterans,” said Richardson, who had talked to Mexican officials to urge them to release Tahmooressi on humanitarian grounds. “It’s a victory for the United States.”
Tahmooressi, 26, served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He was arrested when he accidentally crossed the border between the U.S. and Mexico. He has been held since March 31 as he had three legally-purchased and registered guns in his truck, a .45-caliber pistol, a pump shotgun and an AR-15 rifle.
The possession of any weapon restricted for the use of the Army is a federal crime in Mexico – regardless of whether visitors declare it or not upon entering the country. A Mexican court-appointed psychiatrist confirmed that Tahmooressi has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a family spokesman said the judge released him without making a determination on the charge against him.
Mexico is saying that they do not have the resources necessary to treat the Marine.
Yesterday the family issued the following statement: “It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in a Mexican Jail.”
Tahmooressi has continually said that he got lost on a California freeway ramp that took him across the border, without the ability to turn around. He immediately declared that he had the guns, did not intend to enter Mexico and asked to return to the US. Tahmooressi mother said that her son had moved to the San Ysidro, California, area to get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
“He has unresolved, or untreated PTSD, and he cannot get the cognitive therapy behavior that veterans of America receive … in a Mexico jail, where there is no such thing,” his mother told CNN earlier this year. “He’s highly discouraged there is no light at the end of the tunnel.”
The Marine’s long detention brought calls for his release from U.S. politicians, veterans groups and social media campaigns that were angered as thousands of illegal immigrants crossed the border into the US. But there was little apparent interest from the White House which was simultaneously battling opponents to amnesty and voting rights for illegal aliens flooding the U.S. When asked why the President would not “make the call” to secure Tahmooressi’s release, Josh Earnst referred reporters to the “State Department.”
Though the President made numberous pro-immigration speeches, and Democrats speak loudly on our responsibility to be “humane”, comment by the President or from the White House can still not be found in search or on WhiteHouse.gov.
Which might be a good thing as Tuesday voters might see it as nothing short of hypocrisy further tarnishing the President pre Tuesday’s elections particularly in game-changer states like Colorado:
Obama said NOT ONE WORD about Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi’s incarceration. If he dares comment AFTER the release… I swear I’m gonna lose it.
— COGoddess ™ (@coloradorebecca) November 1, 2014