The following letter was received by MG Paul E. Vallely and the SUA staff about Sgt. Tahmooressi, penned by Joseph R. John – Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC.
By Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62, Captain, USN (Ret.)
If you watched Sgt Andrew Tahmooressi, USMC interview with Greta Van Susteren, no matter how tough you are, it will break your heart. Sgt. Tahmooressi is a “Heroic” US Marine, with two Combat Tours of Duty in Afghanistan.
He and his fellow Marines had been fighting for every American. Sgt. Tahmooressi was moving back to San Diego so he could be treated for PTSD at the San Diego VA Hospital; all his belongings were in his truck including his 3 weapons.
Sgt. Tahmooressi made an “INNOCENT MISTAKE” and took a wrong turn at night in San Diego where there were no lighted signs, and he ended up in Mexico. He explained to the Mexican Border Guards that he made a wrong turn, explained he had all his personal belongings, including 3 weapons in the back of his truck, and asked for directions back to San Diego.
Sgt. Tahmooressi was then manhandled by Mexican police, and was subsequently incarcerated for 214 days by the Mexican Federal Government, a government with double standards.
The Mexican Government has been encouraging thousands of illegal aliens to “INTENTIONALLY” violate US Federal Immigration Laws, and has supported over 20 million illegal aliens to “INTENTIONALLY” cross the wide open southern border “by foot.”
The Mexican government continues to promote the violation of US Immigration Laws because, and for the last 6 years they’ve received a wink and a nod from Obama who by his policies of preventing ICE from deporting illegal aliens, approves and encourages illegal aliens to cross illegally into the US.
Yet when just “ONE” Heroic US Marine makes an “INNOCENT MISTAKE” by crossing the Mexican border at San Diego, openly driving in his truck at night with headlights on, not by sneaking into Mexico on foot, like millions of Mexican illegal aliens cross into the US every year.
The mistaken entry occurred because of poor signage on the San Diego side of the border that eventually resulted in Sgt. Tahmooressi being put in Mexican prisons where he was mentally abused and tortured by Mexican Prison Guards while still suffering from PTSD.
I made the same innocent mistake during daylight hours while in San Diego near the Mexican border. Like Sgt Tahmooressi made in his innocent mistake at night when he crossed the Mexican border, when I showed the US Border Patrol my Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s badge and asked to be allowed to turn around at the border, they told me I would have to continue south. There wasn’t any place for them, so I had to continue into Mexico to be able turn around and head back into the US.
Recently, because of what happened to Sgt. Tahmooressi, the State of California, corrected the signage, modified the entry roads at the border to allow a turn around in order to prevent others from doing what Sgt. Tahmooressi and I did – when we “INNOCENTLY MISTAKENLY” entered Mexico.
The torturous incarceration and mental abuse that followed for Sgt. Tahmooressi over a 7 month period was unconscionable.
He suffered consistent beatings by Mexican Prison Guards with sticks and their hands, He was forced to his knees facing the wall and was forced to face abuse and threats from Mexican criminals in jails with him who said there was someone hiring a “hit man” who would kill him. Those abusive threats continued for 214 days and he was stripped naked and forced to stand through the night.
He was forced to remain in his cell naked – with no blankets at night to keep him warm. He was handcuffed by his legs and wrists in a 4-point restraint without the ability to properly go to the bathroom,
Mexican Prison Guards laughed at Sgt. Tahmooressi’s attempts to relieve himself while handcuffed by his wrist and leg. Those Mexican Prison Guards beating him and laughing at him had less of an IQ than Sgt. Tahmooressi. For Obama to allow those mental abuses and those torturous practices to be visited upon a heroic combat US Marine by the Mexican Government is disgusting.
What would the Mexican Government do if the US immigration Service tortured even one of the millions of Illegal aliens in the US like Sgt. Tahmooressi was tortured?
The occupant of the Oval Office did nothing to help a “Heroic” combat US Marine while he was being mentally abused, threatened, and tortured for 214 days, even when the US Consul in Mexico knew Sgt. Tahmooressi was suffering from PTSD as a result of his Combat service in defense of the Republic.
The Obama administration was informed by the US Consul in Mexico, that out of desperation, and in an attempt to escape the torturous incarceration, Sgt. Tahmooressi tried to escape from prison.
The US Consul was also informed the Obama administration that three days after his escape from prison failed, in order to escape the continued torture and mental abuse, Sgt. Tahmooressi tried to commit suicide by cutting his neck with broken florescent light bulb, and that he nearly bled to death.
Yet, Obama did absolutely nothing. Finally just before the election, a judge in a Mexican Court released Sgt. Tahmooressi, because Mexico had no way to treat PTSD.
Anyone who watched the interview by Greta Van Susteren with Sgt. Tahmooressi in the first 10 minutes into it, would have been aware that the US Marine is obviously suffering from PTSD. The US Consul must have determined that 214 days ago, and would have relayed that to the Obama administration.
The same occupant of the Oval Office, who not only refused to help a US Marine for over 7 months, also refused to execute “Cross Border Authority” during the Battle of Benghazi, so the Pentagon was unable to dispatch fighter aircraft that were only two hours away in Sigonella, Italy.
American personnel on the ground in Benghazi, under attack by over 125 Al Qeada terrorists, for 8 hours, pleated for military reinforcement, yet Obama still refused for 8 hours to issue “Cross Border Authority.” Therefore, the Pentagon was never able to dispatch a US Marine rescue mission that was on the tarmac in Europe, ready to go The result: two US Navy SEALs were murdered by Al Q’ieda terrorists (the US Ambassador had been captured and murdered, and a Communications Specialist had been murdered by Al Qaeda terrorists during the first hour of the attack).
If you are a US Marine or a US Navy SEAL; don’t expect the occupant in the Oval Office to help you if you get in trouble
During the same 7-month period that Sgt. Tahmooressi was in a cage in a Mexican prison, Obama exchanged a soldier who deserted in the face of the enemy in Afghanistan, where Sgt. Tahmooressi served heroically. He traded five of the most dangerous terrorists incarcerated in Gitmo for a traitorous, deserting soldier, and remained with the enemy for five years, while Sgt. Tahmooressi returned to Afghanistan to serve a second combat tour of duty.
Those five dangerous terrorists are now in support of ISIL’s fight in Iraq, along with other Al Q’ieda terrorists Obama released from Gitmo. We also received unconfirmed reports that the Obama administration paid the Taliban a substantial sum of money, as a ransom payment, for releasing that dishonorable “Deserter.” Anyone who deserts his unit in the face of the enemy, should be either jailed or executed.
What would President Ronald Reagan have done, on his watch, if a US Marine with PTSD was improperly incarcerated for over seven months, was mentally abused, and was tortured by the Mexican Prison Guards? Would he have picked up the phone and called the Mexican President and convinced him to release the US Marine?
The nation, and 23 million US military Veterans were shamed by the way the occupant of the Oval Office allowed an Honorable Combat US Marine with PTSD who made an “INNOCENT MISTAKE” and was locked up in a cage in a Mexican Prison for 7 months, was tortured, and was mentally abused while he twisted in the wind because of his abandonment by the occupant in the Oval Office.
The Combat Veterans For Congress Honor Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, USMC for his service in defense of the Republic. We veterans, all US Marines, and all Americans are so very proud of Sgt. Tahmooressi for how he courageously faced his horrible, torturous incarceration in a Mexican prison, and trust that his mental abuse at the hands of Mexican Prison Guards, and his PTSD suffered from two combat tours of duty in Afghanistan, will finally receive proper medical attention and treatment in a US Hospital.