What the Hell?
President Bush gave out a handful of pardons yesterday, and one of them went to a rapper loser named John Forte who was convicted of smuggling 1.4 million dollars of cocaine into our country.
As one who has participated in the fight to keep drugs off our streets, I have to give President Bush a big sarcastic "Thanks a lot" for that.
But the real injustice is that while this doper will be walking our streets again, two selfless veteran heroes of the US Border Patrol are still sitting in prison cells for doing their jobs and protecting America from drug smugglers like Forte. Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean are serving 11- and 12-year federal prison sentences, respectively, for shooting an admitted drug smuggler who was caught crossing into our country with 743 pounds of marijuana and who then resisted arrest. As the men tell it, they shot Mexican national Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila southeast of El Paso three years ago after the suspect refused the agents' orders to stop. Wounded, Mr. Aldrete-Davila fled to Mexico, leaving behind the van containing the massive drug load.
Incredibly, federal authorities subsequently searched for and located Mr. Aldrete-Davila in Mexico and offered him immunity in exchange for his testimony against the border agents. He then filed a $5 million suit against the federal government for violating his civil rights.
On this man's testimony, the border agents were convicted by a federal jury on charges that included: assault with a dangerous weapon, lying about the incident and violating the alleged smuggler's Fourth Amendment right to be protected against illegal search and seizure.
Measnwhile, the drug-smuggler Aldrete-Davila, who was also given a border pass so that he could freely cross back into our country for medical treatment, used that pass to smuggle more drugs into our country. He was finally caught with another truckload of drugs on our soil and sentenced to prison himself.
This is wrong. It's also one of the reasons why I did little to help the McCain ticket or any other GOP candidate this year. And if they stay in prison after drug smuggler John Forte got pardoned, it'll be the reason that the GOP fights the 2010 and 2012 elections without me.
Now Ramos and Compean need to be pardoned, reinstated to the Border Patrol, and paid every penny of their lost wages back.
And in the meantime, if you readers want to help, contact the White House and ask that these two get the pardons that they deserve, and donate to their legal defense fund, which also supports their families while they're being held.