Wow. Yesterday I find myself taking sides with PeTA and now today I find myself agreeing with… Dianne Feinstein of all people. Anybody who reads this blog regularly knows where I stand politically, but when I find a liberal actually making sense, which is usually about as often as Haley’s comet passes by; I’m not going to shy away from pointing it out.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] has decided to ask President Bush to commute the sentences of former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. Something that needed to be done a long time ago, because they were wrongfully imprisoned.
While Sen. Feinstein is not exactly a complete moonbat, she does swing far to the hard left. It is pretty bad for Conservatism in this country when a liberal democrat is doing the job of a conservative and empty suit country club republicans don’t want to touch the issue — except of course for Duncan Hunter.
On Tuesday after presiding over a hearing looking into the case of Ramos and Compean, Sen. Feinstein concluded vowed to look further into why prosecutors charged the men under section 924(c) of the U.S. code, which requires a 10-year sentence for using or carrying a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.
During questioning of U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton — who in turn for his testimony, gave immunity to the drug smuggler that Ramon and Compean were charged with shooting as he fled back to Mexico after driving across the border with 742 pounds of marijuana — Feinstein argued that the statute did not apply to the two U.S. Border Patrol agents in their pursuit of the illegal alien drug smuggler, because there was no underlying crime.
I support my President, but I have to say that it is completely screwed up that he has not pardoned these two agents who were doing their job — you know protecting our borders and stopping illicit drugs from entering our country. He found the political will to, rightfully, commute the sentence of Scooter Libby. Now President Bush needs to once again do the right thing and pardon the two border patrol agents.
During testimony on Tuesday, Duncan Hunter whom I have a whole new great amount of respect for, said that pardoning the agents is the only way to correct this terrible injustice as well as to restore the faith of the American people – that their nation is serious about enforcing its immigration and smuggling laws.
The conviction of agents Ramos and Compean represents a compelling case for a presidential pardon for one reason: prison sentences of 11 and 12 years, respectively, for wounding a fleeing drug smuggler on the U.S. – Mexico border, are not justified by any version or interpretation of the facts. Even if you accept the drug dealer’s version of what occurred as he attempted to run more than 740 pounds of illegal narcotics across the Southern land border, there is absolutely no justification for such unfair and excessive prison sentences.
The drug dealer contends that he was escaping to Mexico and presented no threat to agents Compean and Ramos, and, therefore, their actions constitute an unjustified assault. Conversely, the agents claimed they had a reasonable apprehension and the drug smuggler was armed, thereby justifying their response, which involved the discharge of their firearms.
The U.S. government sadly decided to side with the drug dealer and prosecute agents Compean and Ramos for simply fulfilling their duties as Border Patrolmen. The drug smuggler walked away from the incident with only a wound in his rear-end, only to attempt another drug run soon after.
In representing a border community for more than 26 years, I have worked with the fine men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol to ensure they receive the support and resources they need to address the constant intrusion of drug and human smugglers across our borders. It troubles me to think that questionable testimony by a drug smuggler, who was granted immunity and free medical care for his cooperation, was put before the two Border Patrol agents who willing accepted this inherently dangerous responsibility.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA], has also been critical of the prosecutions, having emotionally exclaimed during the hearing that Ramos and Compean are “now beginning their 180th day in solitary confinement!”
He conceded that Ramos and Compean had apparently tried to cover up the shooting and came up short in the paperwork reporting of the incident, but argued that the pair should have been reprimanded — not prosecuted for a felony. I would have to agree wholeheartedly.