From the October 2006 Idaho Observer:
Justice is when the rules of society are the same for everyone
Properly juxtaposed and placed into contemporary context, two national frontpage stories this month emerged to prove conclusively that the rules in America are not the same for everyone: The Foley sex scandal and the sentencing of two U.S. Border Patrol Agents for doing their jobs. These stories, when placed aside one another, beg the question: "What has happened to America when we allow the justice system to tolerate public servants who use public time and resources to openly communicate their desire to sodomize underage boys and punish with imprisonment other public servants for busting drug traffickers at the border?"
Story I: U.S. Border Patrol agents prosecuted by U.S. Department of Justice, convicted in federal court and sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison for shooting armed, dangerous, illegal alien drug smuggler
We could not have done it better. Following is the transcript of Lou Dobbs commenting on the report that the two border patrol agents were sent to prison for doing their jobs. Remember, also, in the August, 2006 edition Dobbs accused the Bush administration as lying to and deceiving the American people regarding 9/11.Story II: U.S. Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) was allowed to resign without being criminally prosecuted for openly seeking to use his public position and public resources to sodomize underage boys employed by Congress; House Speaker Dennis Hastert has known for years that Foley was apredatory homosexual pedophile; fellow congressmen (and women) are silent instead of disgusted and outraged
OCTOBER 19, 2006—DOBBS: Harsh sentences have just been handed down in the case of two U.S. Border Patrol agents. Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos convicted of shooting an illegal alien drug smuggler.
Casey Wian joins us now. He has the live report from El Paso—Casey.
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Lou, Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were sentenced tonight to 11 and 12 years in federal prison, respectively. That was after federal Judge Kathleen Cardone denied a last-minute request for a new trial based on allegations of jury misconduct.
Family members wept in the courtroom at the realization that these two brave Border Patrol agents, who were only trying to do their job, are going to prison.
WIAN (voice-over): Last year, Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos were trying to apprehend a Mexican drug smuggler driving a van loaded with 743 pounds of marijuana. The smuggler fled, a struggle followed, and the agents shot at the man, thinking he had a gun.
The smuggler fled across the border to Mexico. The agents thought he was uninjured.
IGNACIO RAMOS, BORDER PATROL AGENT: I was doing the job the public entrusted me to do. They entrusted me to stop a drug smuggler, and I did.
WIAN: The Border Patrol’s usual penalty for not reporting a shooting is a suspension. Instead, federal prosecutors charged the agents with attempted murder, assault, civil rights violations, and using a firearm to commit a crime.
Both agents say they had clean disciplinary records. In fact, Ramos has been nominated for agent of the year.
The drug smuggler was given immunity from prosecution to testify against the agents. Ramos and Compean were convicted in March of all charges, except attempted murder.
Defense attorneys this week filed a motion for a new trial because three jurors signed affidavits alleging jury misconduct. The case sparked nationwide outrage from the public, from fellow Border Patrol agents, who held a rally Wednesday in support of the agents, and from members of Congress, who promised to investigate the Justice Department’s decision to prosecute by the end of the year.
WIAN: Now, the sentences, Lou, handed down by the judge are actually lighter than they could have been. Each agent could have received up to 20 years in prison for the crimes that they were convicted of. Ten years of those sentences were mandatory minimums. The judge had no discretion, and she reduced the sentences to one year and two year for the other charges that the agents were convicted of.
A couple of interesting things that happened in the courtroom. The attorney for Agent Compean was arguing that the agent feared for his life at the time of this confrontation with the drug smuggler. Debra Kanof, the assistant U.S. attorney who led the prosecution of this case, said the drug smuggler was only trying to go home.
Family members of the two Border Patrol agents gasped.
One other interesting fact: The drug smuggler himself was expected to show up in court today. There had been a motion filed for him to do that. Instead, it was just his attorney, the attorney who’s representing him in his $5 million lawsuit against the U.S. government, and the drug smuggler’s attorney complained that the agents never apologized for shooting the drug smuggler.
The agents will stay out of prison until January 17th. That was the date the judge gave them to report to allow them to spend the holidays with their families. A motion to have them remain free on bail pending their appeal will be considered by the judge at a later date—Lou.
DOBBS: This judge handing down what by any measure are very severe penalties. This U.S. attorney, the assistant U.S. attorney, Debra Kanof, I mean, try to organize for us if you will the kind of priorities that would lead the U.S. attorney’s office there in Texas to give a—absolutely a guilty drug smuggler immunity to testify against two U.S. Border Patrol agents for what is effectively an administrative penalty for those unreported shots fired?
WIAN: No one can figure it out, Lou. Everyone who’s been involved with this case on the side of the two agents can’t believe that this case got this far.
I must point out that the agents were offered a plea deal of a year in prison several months ago. They turned that down, because to this day, the agents believed they didn’t do anything wrong that warrants any kind of a federal prison term.
What they do admit is they didn’t file a report that there were shots fired, and as we’ve mentioned, that’s usually handled by an administrative penalty inside the Border Patrol, Lou.
DOBBS: And Casey, the allegations, made by some U.S. congressmen, in point of fact, that this effort by the U.S. attorney’s office there in Texas and by prosecutor Debra Kanof was simply to—to some sort of—make some sort of appeasement to the Mexican government that—what is—what are the investigations? What is the state of those investigations now into that element?
WIAN: The investigations are still pending. Congressman James Sensenbrenner has promised to hold hearings by the end of the year. He indicated they wouldn’t happen before the election. You know, you mentioned Congress. And there was something that happened today. In the local paper, "The El Paso Times," Congressman Sylvestre Reyes, who’s a former Border Patrol chief in Texas and is the congressman for this area that represents these two agents, actually came out in favor of the government’s prosecution of these two agents today.
That absolutely outraged family members, who have been trying to get help from their own congressman, and every time they’ve complained to the government about the prosecution in this case, they’ve been referred to Congressman Reyes. And for him to say something like that on the eve of the trial was just very disheartening to these families, Lou.
DOBBS: Well, we will, of course, continue our investigation into what is going on there, whether it is appeasement of the government of Mexico, whether it’s just the madness of this border crisis that we have in this country, or whether it’s the influence of drug smugglers along that corridor of our border with Mexico. We’re going to do what we can to find out, and meanwhile, continue the investigation into this case, and what many are calling an outright miscarriage of justice.
Thank you very much. Casey Wian reporting tonight from El Paso.
Story II: U.S. Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) was allowed to resign without being criminally prosecuted for openly seeking to use his public position and public resources to sodomize underage boys employed by Congress; House Speaker Dennis Hastert has known for years that Foley was apredatory homosexual pedophile; fellow congressmen (and women) are silent instead of disgusted and outraged
It is a crime in most jurisdictions for an adult male to stalk teenage boys under 18 years of age as a sexual predator. It is a crime in most jurisdictions to use the power and resources of public office as a means to satisfy one’s perverse, pedophilic sexual fantasies. It is a crime in most jurisdictions to have knowledge that crimes have been committed or are being committed and do nothing to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice.
Two jurisdictions that do not recognize the abovementioned as crimes are the White House and Capitol Hill. Proof of the foregoing statement will reveal itself in due course when Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley (who resigned Sept. 29, 2006) is not indicted and prosecuted for "allegedly" committing a variety of felonies and House Speaker Dennis Hastert is not indicted and prosecuted for misprision of those felonies.
The questions this scandal raises are:
1. Why aren’t members of Congress outraged and disgusted? Why would they allow the reputation of their fraternity to be tainted in this embarrassing way?
2. Under what conditions do such sexual perversions become acceptable amongst a body of alleged public servants?
The answers to those questions, while disturbing, are easily answered in reverse order:
2. Just think the split Capitol Hill and White House personalities must undergo at this time: At work they are forced to engage in activities that are destroying our country and are causing the deaths of millions of people; at home they are supposed to pretend everything is normal and be good husbands and wives to their spouses and good mothers and fathers to their kids. Such conditions ripen people to engage in excessive behaviors as outlets for their pent up emotions. Historically, sexual deviance is common among people who are required to live with themselves under such conditions.
1. The White House and Capitol Hill are overrun by sexual deviants who could only worsen the reputation of their fraternity by speaking out and who must live under the sword of Damocles—that what happened to Foley could happen to them.
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