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Thursday, May 01, 2008

White House gall: Why suggesting that Ramos and Compean should ask for clemency is wrong

WorldNetDaily is reporting that the Bush Administration has stated that if Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean want to go free, they should ask for clemency.

Ramos and Compean are the two former Border Patrol agents who were sent to prison by spineless George W. Bush lackey U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton. Their "crime": opening fire on a Mexican drug lord, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, who was later given immunity for prosecution in exchange for testifying against Ramos and Compean. Aldrete-Davila later admitted in court to smuggling marijuana.

The Bush Administration has been a pack of complete bastards in regard to its treatment of Ramos and Compean: two good men who were doing their job, in a time when too many others in this government don't give a damn. Although the Bush Administration is usually a pack of complete bastards on just about everything else, but on this issue they are particularly vile.

Here is what White House spokes(terminology for female dog) Dana Perino had to say during today's press briefing:

The two former U.S. Border Patrol agents who were sentenced to prison terms of more than a decade each for shooting at a drug smuggler who dumped a load in the United States, then fled on foot back into Mexico rather than be arrested, must ask if they want clemency in their cases, according to the White House.

"There is a process under which anyone can apply for a pardon or a commutation. And if they want to take advantage of that process, they're absolutely welcome to," Dana Perino, the White House spokeswoman, told WND today.

She was responding to a question from Les Kinsolving, WND's correspondent at the White House, about the case involving Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. It has been a subject of dispute among border control advocates ever since the two were arrested.


"Now that Mr. Aldrete-Davila, the drug smuggler in the Ramos-Compean case, has admitted running drugs and conspiracy, will the president review his decision against a pardon, commutation or other clemency for the two Border Patrol agents jailed for shooting at this drug smuggler as he fled back into Mexico after abandoning a load of drugs in the United States?" Kinsolving asked.

Perino said she would "encourage anyone to look at the facts in the case as laid out by the attorney general – by the county – district attorney – I'm sorry, the U.S. attorney in that area."

The U.S. attorney in question, U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, has been described by President Bush as a "dear friend."

Here's why it's not only wrong, but a damned insult for Perino, as official White House spokesperson, to suggest that Ramos and Compean should apply for clemency: doing so would automatically and legally be understood that they are admitting guilt in this matter. When they in fact have nothing to be guilty of at all.

Dana Perino and the Bush Administration just flipped the middle finger to not only Ramos and Compean and their families, but to everyone for whom the negligence of our borders has been a major concern.

God help us. The bunch in the White House now actually makes Bill Clinton's gang look like an avatar of responsibility. Who ever thought that would be possible?