Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Montel to Obama: 'Make the call today' to free Tahmooressi!

If it's gonna take more names to get some kind of action out of this president, then they need to join the growing chorus. This is an absolute disgrace that we have an honorable American soldier still wrongfully imprisoned in Mexico, and a President & Congress who've done little to rectify the situation...

FreeBeacon: Talk show host Montel Williams urged President Obama to “make the call” to Mexican President Enrique Nieto to release imprisoned Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.

“It is, right now, 11:05, if this hearing’s gonna stop in the next 10 minutes, I think the president needs to pick up the phone in 15,” Williams said. “Make the call, make the call today.”

Williams, who served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, revealed that his outspoken involvement in Sgt. Tahmoressi’s case came from recent personal communications with Tahmooressi’s mother.

“I have a daughter right now who has been going through cancer treatments for a year,” Williams said. “This woman, since June, has sent a prayer to my family every day, for my daughter.”

Williams said that if President Obama was unable to make the call, the Committee should issue a joint statement directly to President Nieto.

“The world’s watching,” Williams said. “It’s time for you to act.”
Related link: Montel Williams: How Dare We, as a Nation, Hesitate to Bring Tahmooressi Home!
‘The buck stops … there!’ White House deflects question about Sgt. Tahmooressi

ADDENDUM: Lawmakers say Mexico may be close to releasing Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from prison...but they're having to negotiate a release based on proof of a medical condition. All it should take to release an innocent American from a Mexican jail is for the President of the United States, with unanimous congressional backing, to pick up the damn phone and say, 'Do it or else!' How far we've fallen...
TheBlaze: Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said he made a breakthrough in a talk last week with Mexican authorities about Tahmooressi, who has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“Last week I had a good and productive conversation with the Mexican Attorney General and am confident that a humanitarian release of Andrew will occur very soon so he can start getting better,” Royce said at the start of a House hearing on the matter Wednesday.

At the hearing, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) added that Mexico’s Attorney General has told lawmakers that Tahmooressi can be released once Mexico receives proof of Tahmooressi’s medical condition. Salmon said lawmakers just sent medical information about Tahmooressi to Mexico, which is why they hope he may soon be able to return home.
What Rep. Salmon continued to press is particularly noteworthy:
“I am mystified that President Obama couldn’t find time, between negotiating with terrorists, to call our ally, the Mexican president, to appeal to him on behalf of our Marine,” Salmon said at the hearing.

“The fact is that Mexican citizens violate U.S. law on a regular and continuing basis, illegally crossing our southern border,” Salmon added. “Mexican officials respond by asking the U.S. for compassion and amnesty for their citizens to remain in the U.S. But frankly, compassion goes both ways.”
And the White House line is telling to say the least:
“We respect the rule of law and expect the judicial process of sovereign nations to protect other U.S. citizens who might find themselves in similar circumstances in the future,” the White House said. “We will continue to monitor the case and work with the Mexican authorities as this case proceeds through the Mexican judicial system.”
Give me a freakin' break! Respect the 'rule of law'...for other lands! Certainly not this one.

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