Friday, March 23, 2007

You don't have to be an eagle to know that something is terribly wrong

Phyllis Schlafly is still around - hadn't heard about her in years. She is editorializing about the Bush Administration's treatment of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

With mounting bipartisan criticism from Republican congressmen and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Department of Justice has stepped up an unprecedented public relations campaign to defend its prosecution of former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, now serving 11-and 12-year prison terms. But new facts keep emerging to prove that this prosecution was a gross injustice....

The government prosecuted Ramos and Compean criminally for acts that called only for an administrative reprimand, based the case on the testimony of an admitted drug smuggler brought back from Mexico and induced to testify by a grant of immunity, withheld crucial evidence from the jury, [and] used the wrong law (that carries a mandatory additional 10-year sentence)....

The big question is why didn't the government prosecute the drug smuggler and give immunity to the border guards (who had good service records), instead of vice versa? The smuggler admitted his illegal drug project to an Immigration Control agent before Sutton gave him immunity, and the prosecutor did not bother to investigate this drug smuggling by checking the cell phone left in the smuggler's van, or by ordering a fingerprint search of the van until a month after it entered the United States, and even then didn't have it done by the FBI.

The bipartisan comment is telling. Granted that the Cindy Sheehans of the world consider Feinstein to be a right-wing fascist, and the neo-conservative establishment considers the disaffected Republicans to be traitorous kooks, but the only reason that Bush continues to get away with this is because the leading Democrats don't want to see Ramos and Compean freed either. Another brand of bipartisanship.

See John and Ken's web post here.


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