WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014 — One of the most glaring and obvious examples of how President Obama ignores the law when it is inconvenient regards a particular jailed Marine in Mexico.
By now, most of you out there are familiar with story of Andrew Tahmooressi, the Marine who while moving from Florida to San Diego to undergo PTSD treatment wandered into Mexico by mistake. Unfortunately, Tahmooressi had all of his possessions with him including three firearms which are illegal in Mexico. Upon declaring that he had the firearms in his truck, Mexican authorities detained him for trying to illegally carry banned weapons into the country.
Despite countless letters from family members, friends, lawmakers, and others, President Obama has done little to remedy the situation. Even a petition which reached over 100,000 signatures was summarily ignored by the Obama Administration. In May, it was reported that Secretary of State John Kerry and other US diplomats were speaking with Mexican officials, but no progress had been made.
While President Obama follows the law to the letter when dealing with the current border crisis, recent reports would indicate that the President is ignoring the law when it comes to Andrew Tahmooressi.
According to a report on Fox News with Col. Oliver North, President Obama is bound by US law to assist Andrew Tamhooressi, using all of the power of his office. The law, Code 22 Section 1732, lays out the responsibilities of the President when an American is unjustly imprisoned in a foreign country.
“Whenever it is made known to the President that any citizen of the United States has been unjustly deprived of his liberty by or under the authority of any foreign government, it shall be the duty of the President forthwith to demand of that government the reasons of such imprisonment; and if it appears to be wrongful and in violation of the rights of American citizenship, the President shall forthwith demand the release of such citizen, and if the release so demanded is unreasonably delayed or refused, the President shall use such means, not amounting to acts of war and not otherwise prohibited by law, as he may think necessary and proper to obtain or effectuate the release; and all the facts and proceedings relative thereto shall as soon as practicable be communicated by the President to Congress.”
Up until now, the President has communicated nothing to Congress, evidenced by so many lawmakers demanding action by the leader of the free world. As a result, it would appear that the President is in violation of the law. Andrew Tamhooressi is clearly the victim of injustice on foreign soil, and even regardless of his service in the Marine Corps, he deserves the full support and authority of the United States government as the right of every citizen in good standing.
The argument could of course be made that the President is pursing matters behind closed doors, and that he is working secretly to free the incarcerated Marine, but that dog won’t hunt. This President is a true politician, he has masterfully played every angle of every single aspect of government and policy that he has been a part of. Every decision which can be somehow construed as politically advantageous, President Obama is there taking credit.
The same man who announced the death of Osama Bin Laden moments after the body was thrown into the sea, far before the US intelligence and spec ops community could take advantage of the confusion caused by his disappearance, is unlikely to let his involvement in the process to free a US Marine wrongly imprisoned in Mexico go un-trumpeted.
The same man who stuck his chest out and swelled with pride over obtaining the release of Sgt. Bergdahl at the expense of five senior Taliban commanders, cannot be expected to pass such a politically advantageous opportunity as the release, or even attempted release, of Tahmooressi.
If previous behavior is any indication of future behavior, the President has not brought the power of his office to bear on the situation, because we would have heard of it. CNN and NBC would probably call for him to be crowned king of time. And with the absence of a Presidential report to Congress on the matter, it would seem as though President Obama is in violation of the law.
But don’t yell that too loudly, people might hear you.
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