President Obama to intervene on the Marine’s behalf, so he is
organizing a ride to the Mexican border to demand U.S. Marine Sgt.
Andrew Tahmooressi’s release.
On March 31, 2014, U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a decorated
veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan, had walked across the
border into Tijuana to patronize an establishment popular with Marines
from Camp Pendleton. Out of a parking lot, he just made one wrong
turn, and that one wrong turn he thought was going to take him north
to San Diego was actually an on-ramp that swooped around back to the
south and to Mexico.
At one point, he got “funneled” across the border.
Tahmooressi said that there was no way out of that except if he had
turned his truck around and drove into oncoming traffic.
According to Jill Tahmooressi, Sgt. Tahmooressi’s mother, her son
immediately disclosed to the border guards that he had weapons and
requested that he be allowed to turn around.
“The first thing he said to the first person that stopped him was, ‘I
got here accidentally; please let me turn around. I have three guns in
my truck,’” his mother said.
Apparently, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was not familiar with the modus
operandi of Mexican authorities. A very simple “mordida” would have
done the trick. Money (dollars) is what they were expecting, that’s
the way they operate on a daily basis.
That statement ‘I got here accidentally; please let me turn around’ is
not good in Mexico unless you offer them money in their hand.
Some people have the audacity to state that this guy was dumb enough
to bring guns to a different country, ignore their laws and then
claim, “I’m an American.” People cannot break their laws. They need to
That’s exactly how we have been trying to educate Mexicans for years,
but still they break our laws and disrespect the American people.
According to Sgt. Tahmooressi he has been punched, slapped, cursed at,
deprived of water and food and shackled to a bed with a “four-point
restraint for almost a month. Tahmooressi says he was shackled so
tightly that his ankles bled and his wrists chafed. Guards once denied
him water for a full 24 hours, he said. Meanwhile, a suspected Army
deserter, U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, is getting top-flight
medical care in Germany after being released by the Taliban in
Afghanistan in return for the release of five top terrorist commanders
held in Guantanamo Bay.
Probably the problem or diference between Bergdahl and Tahmooressi is
that Bergdahl learned to speak Arabic, the language of the Koran, and
Tahmooressi doesn’t know Spanish.
What happened, at a state penitentiary called La Mesa, left his mother
“mortified.” In addition to being punched in the stomach and slapped
in the face, Andrew Tahmooressi said he was at times “naked …
overnight in the cold” and “shackled in a way that made me want to
stand overnight.” He added: “I was not allowed to drink water for
about maybe 12 hours, and I was not given food for a certain amount of
time like half a day or so.”
A 911 tape released by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, appears
to support his version of events. In it, the Marine is heard saying,
“I crossed the border by accident, and I have three guns in my truck,
and they’re trying to take my guns from me.”
After learning he’s in Mexico, the 911 dispatcher responds: “There’s
nothing I can help you with then, sir. I do apologize. You’re not on
American soil anymore.”
Tahmooressi asks whether authorities have a right to take his guns.
The dispatcher tells him he should have seen large warning signs on
the freeway saying it’s illegal to enter Mexico with guns. “There are
warning signs that do say that as you’re driving down the freeway,
before you enter Mexico,” she says.
“Yeah, I was hoping there would be a turnaround point,” he says, “but
there never was.” Jill Tahmooressi said no one from the State
Department in Washington had contacted her, but she heard from Bill
Whitaker, chief of American citizens services at the U.S. Consulate
General in Tijuana.
Tahmooressi and his family have pressed their case in other ways as
well. That includes a White House petition his mother started on May 1
that, as of Friday night, had 110,000 signatures — above the mark
needed to garner an official government response.
John Harrington is organizing a ride to the Mexican border to demand
Tahmooressi’s release. “I started last Thursday to organize the ride
on the border to demand the release of Sgt. Tahmooressi,” Harrington
told the Guerilla Media Network in a roadside interview last week.
“Somebody has to stand up for these guys. It’s time we start fighting
liars with fires. So that’s what we’re doing.”
“President Obama doesn’t leave anyone behind,” Harrington quipped. “He
doesn’t leave traitors behind. He left four behind in Benghazi, and
he’s leaving our man behind here.”