Obama ignores Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi in Mexico, and the law

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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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  • RGMerrick238

    Join Americans for Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi Day on Friday, July 18, 2014
    Every Member of the US Congress, the President and the US Secretary of State have failed to obtain the release of US Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican prison when his only crime was making a wrong turn at the US/Mexican border over 100 days ago. American Citizens can join together on behalf of Sgt. Tahmooressi on July 18, 2014 by taking these steps:

    1. Observe Sergeant Tahmooressi Day on July 18, 2014. Circulate this letter to every American Citizen you know – – relatives, friends, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, everyone. Spread the word now so 300 million Americans will be holding our government employees accountable for Sgt. Tahmooressi’s safe return to USA on Friday, July 18, 2014. Ask them to join all Americans to support the immediate release of Sgt. Tahmooressi from the Mexican prison. Americans can show our incompetent politicians and a corrupt Mexican government that we will fight and win when cowards we have in Washington won’t fight for a US Marine who fought for our Country. Show Mexico that We, the American People, are united in demanding the immediate release of Sgt. Tahmooressi so he is safely returned to the US before sunset on Friday, July 18, 2014.

    2. Take the Pledge: I am an American who demands that the Mexican Government immediately returns Sergeant Tahmooressi to the USA. If he is not returned before sunset on July 18, 2014, I will join 300 million American Citizens in boycotting all commerce, products and services of Mexico at the rate of one day for every minute his return is delayed* to the United States. When I shop in food markets, hardware and furniture stores, clothing outlets and the internet, I will check to be sure that no item I purchase came from Mexico. I will not vacation or visit Mexico. I will not employ Mexican workers or enable Mexicans to send American dollars to Mexico. I will not support American companies with factories in Mexico. I will write or call my Congressional Representative and Senators to demand they halt all US foreign aid and assistance to Mexico.

    3. Vote for Action: The attached roster of US Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen have failed to take swift, justified action against Mexico for the imprisonment of SGT Tahmooressi, but they are sending Mexico our American tax dollars in foreign aid. As an American Voter, I pledge that I will vote AGAINST every incumbent US Senator in my State, and AGAINST my current Congressman because they have failed at even the simplest of duties. They work for me, they have failed, and it’s time for them to leave. I will join millions of American voters to send all 535 Members of Congress packing their bags in November for their failure to take action. I will vote for candidates who pledge to immediately halt all foreign aid and assistance to Mexico because Mexico wrongfully imprisons our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.

    *Do the math: If Sgt. Tahmooressi is released 24 hours (1440 minutes) after July 18, that’s nearly 4 years of a united American boycott of all Mexican commerce. The entire, pathetic and corrupt nation of Mexico will be bankrupt when Americans stop buying Mexican products and services.
    And ask yourself this: In how many wars did the Mexican Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines join with the US Armed Forces to fight those who attacked the United States? Mexico has no right to accost, imprison and torture any American Serviceman or Servicewomen – – ever!

    Please pass this message to everyone you know; leave a stack of copies on your subway, bus or cafeteria; email this message to your friends and relatives. United Americans will free Andrew!

    • iowasteve

      Although I agree with your idea to not re-elect any congress person. I have been saying this for years now. Now about the American soldier. This is not a war zone and should not be turned into one. The Sgt committed a crime and is in jail for doing this – this is not something that the US can negotiate in. His only crime is not making a wrong turn into Mexico – his crime is taking illegal guns into Mexico. That is what he was charged with and that is why he is in jail. Also, there is no proof at all that Mexico is “accosting or torturing” any American Serviceman. They have arrested an American Citizen for breaking Mexican law. With this way of thinking – any American should be exempt from any laws in any country that they visit. That’s immature and is not even reasonable. If you have an issue with this – why don’t you petition OUR government for a gun ban here – then anytime a police officer sees someone with a gun, they can arrest them. makes about as much sense. Why not demand the removal of all judges who do not give proper sentences to Americans who break laws here in our country? Or anyone for that manner. You are not special and you are not above the law. And neither is any soldier in peace time.

      • just_the_facts_man

        Another Obama troll.

        • iowasteve

          Obama troll??? How do you come to this conclusion? When Obama does something wrong, I take sides against him as well. In this case, the original poster is wrong on some of things he said. I did say – I agree about not reelecting anyone to congress – from either side – republican or democrat. Send a message that we will no longer tolerate our representatives fighting against us in favor or big business and the corporations. If you don’t like this, then you are the troll who is just as ignorant as the rest of your friends.

      • He committed no crime here. He made a wrong turn. Look how many “mexicans” have “illegally” come over our border. Mexico turns a blind eye to all of this but gosh, one of our military makes a wrong turn…God help us! Oh…he is such a threat to the Mexicans! They should have looked at his orders and turned him around so he could get to his destination. He didn’t “sneak” into the country during the night or use a coyote to smuggle him over the border. He made an honest mistake by making a wrong turn on a poorly marked road. Obama is a coward! And I could care less that he’s heading the bombing of Isis. He will only do things if it offers him a photo op. We need to bypass him just like he has bypassed Congress and go in and get the marine out and bring him home.

  • 40Helen60

    Where is Delta Force when you need them? Oh, they do exist. If anyone can get this marine out of that horrible Mexican torture chamber, it’s the Delta Force. Obama would love nothing better than to see this guy rot in a Mexican jail. Obama hates our military as much as he hates these United States of America. Why did he glorify a deserter, and send him to Ft. Sam, when this traitor should have been arrested, and face a Courts Marshall, while making our military heroes out to be the enemy? Because he’s still giving billions of our money to the enemy, money that should be going to our men and women fighting for their very lives and for what? He wants them dead so he can raise up his own civilian army. I cannot understand how our own military commanders, the Provost Marshall and JAG continues to take orders from a man who has committed treason and is responsible for the murder of those brave seals, Ambassador Stevens and others. They are a bunch of cowards! What would have happened if FDR had chosen to glorify Hirohito after the attack on Pearl Harbor or Patton was given orders by FDR to join forces with Rommel and the Nazi’s? FDR would have been arrested and executed. Had JFK not stood up to Russia and demanded they remove those missiles out of Cuba, these United States would not be here. So, Obama is nothing but a cold blooded murderer. He will never take responsibility for anything he does. It’s always going to be some one else’s doing. “I didn’t know” will always be his excuse for his incompetence. Time our top military commanders take their heads out of the sand and stop being afraid of this make believe commander-in-chief, who knows nothing about what it takes to run a military or protect this country. Obama knows only to steal as much money he can from the American peoples, give billions to our enemy and dare Congress to stop him.

    • iowasteve

      Funny that you would say Obama hates the military when it was the republicans that have been cutting their benefits and benefits for their families here at home. You’re barking up the wrong tree. The actual POW that was returned WILL face court marshal – which is one reason he was brought back here. The guy in the Mexican jail, as I have already stated is NOT a POW and we cannot force Mexico to release a prisoner from their jail – especially in the case that the prisoner actually did break their laws. This is peacetime – not war time in Mexico. I’m sure you would be happy with us getting into a war with Mexico next. You have already suggested we start bombing central America as a way to protect the kids and get them deported back there. And when I say “you” I am referring to the GOP way of thinking. Not personally you. Also those billions that are going to our enemy is NOT the fault of Obama, it is the standard foreign aid which was created decades ago and it is not Obama who can stop that. But once again you believe that if we stop foreign aid it will be to help Americans?? Are you serious?? The GOP wants to get into several more wars. Saving foreign aid will fund those wars – that’s all it will do – the GOP doesn’t really care bout Americans.

      • Terry Ponick

        Another typical Democrat troll. Check your sources. It’s the Administration that’s been cutting all aspects of the military for 6 years now, not the Republicans. Get your news from somewhere else besides Media Matters and MSLSD.

        • iowasteve

          You do not realize how much effect all of the food stamp cuts had on military families? What did Obama cut?

  • iowasteve

    I think this has been blown completely out of proportion. First – this soldier is not a POW being held in Mexico. He entered their country illegally and violated their laws. I don’t think it matters what your current employment is – if you are in another country during peace time – you MUST obey their laws or you get arrested. He is legally in jail there and I’m not sure there is anything that Obama can do about it. We do not know if there have been any discussions with Mexico about this or not, but what would you suggest he do? Mexico doesn’t want any drug cartels back there so exchanges are not going to work in this case. Also, we are not at war with Mexico and I think that wouldn’t be a good idea anyway. This guy is not just a soldier, he is a ranking officer – I find it hard to believe he doesn’t know his whereabouts – especially when traveling in the US – and I’m also sure that the borders are marked in some way so he would have had to know he was entering Mexico. And if not, then why not? And if so, then he was illegally taking firearms into that country. You want Obama to enforce our laws against Mexicans coming in with firearms. I don’t get it. The soldier, even though he is one, is charged with a crime and is in jail for violating this crime. The US can’t just run around the world allowing Americans to break laws in other countries and then force them to be released – that doesn’t happen and I’m sure there are other cases of this and no outcries.

  • darkcyder

    1. Tahmooressi’s first mistake was telling the idiots that he had guns. He should have simply asked how to turn around and go back where he came from, rather than raise a flag. If they then decided to detain him. or ask to search, then that is a different. matter. Sometimes better not to be so honest.
    2. Obama will NOT come to his rescue, as his crime os one fo having guns that Obama himself does not approve. Additionally, there are probably “fast and furious” implications which we may not fully grasp. Recall that he and Eric Holder claimed executive privilege on any information about that activity.

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  • James Robertson

    I don’t believe this Marine meant any evil intent, have you ever travel to one location to another, and wasn’t for sure where a road were leading you to, but rather made a mistake on where you were going. Remember this Marine having PTSD traveling from Florida to San Diego, when I left Parris Island, SC, headed for the 3rd Marine Division, with a stay over with the 1st Marine Division, I didn’t know where anything were. I believe this were a honest mistake, and this country should use ever avenue diplomatically to return this Marine, I know ignorance of the law of another country is no excuse, but I believe he though he were doing the right thing by declaring these weapons, but were only incriminating himself. Please help those who cannot help themselves, he served honorably for America, don’t let the future service people our sons and daughters, fear if they make a mistake, by not knowing the law, incarcerated them in another country. This is scary and unjust.

  • I find it interesting that Obama can make a huge deal about a deserter and trade horrible men for him but can’t get this man out of Mexico. We need to send in our Special Forces and “take” him out of there. Maybe then, this marine will be able to come home and go into the treatment he was coming back home to get.