We would like to welcome our newest guest blogger, Randy Graf.
Randy has accepted our invitation to blog when he is able. And has already submitted his first article.
Unfortunately, I was not able to post it yet as an article, due to ongoing FTP difficulties. We will hopefully get this taken care of soon and posted with Frank's work. Here is Randy's submission:
Report on the American Freedom Riders Rally for BP Agents Ramos & Compean
by Randy Graf
Saturday, January 13th saw a rally in downtown Phoenix supporting and calling for a Presidential Pardon for Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. The two are scheduled to report Wednesday to begin serving their sentences of eleven and twelve years respectfully after being prosecuted and convicted by the U.S. Department of Justice for shooting and supposedly wounding a drug dealer from Mexico who was escorting some 800 pounds of marijuana into the United States. The bizarre sequence of events that led to these convictions ended with full immunity for the drug dealer in his testimony against the agents.
Details of the incident and trial can be found on World Net Daily
A CNN Lou Dobbs report can be seen online at YouTube
Danny Smith of the American Freedom Riders organized the event which was coordinated with similar events in 22 cities across America. The event was held at the Federal Building and had a number of speakers including Minuteman Civil Defense Corp founder Chris Simcox. At 11:45 AM the American Freedom Riders, some sixty motorcycles strong, appeared escorting Border Patrol Agent Ignacio Ramos and his wife Monica. The honor of Agent Ramos and his wife’s appearance was due to Congressman Tom Tancredo who was able to get a travel permit allowing Mr. Ramos to leave the state of Texas
With over 200 people listening on, Agent Ramos thanked those attending and the thousands of Americans who have contacted him with support and prayers. Agent Ramos said that Tuesday is their final chance to hear from the White House. He said he will report to prison on Wednesday, as ordered, unless the pardon comes forward.
Personally I find this a travesty and a dangerous precedent. These men were hired, trained and put on the line by our federal government to guard our borders and protect our nation. They were also accused, prosecuted and convicted by this same federal government for doing that job. Within the last few weeks our National Guard has retreated from armed men who came across our border and we have had another Border Patrol Agent involved shooting, this time in Arizona and with a fatality. Hopefully these events along with Grassfire.org’s nearly 250,000 signatures to the White House and 55 Congressman signing a letter calling for pardons will get the job done.
P.S. The illegal alien drug dealer (who has since been caught smuggling drugs again) is suing the United States for $5 million because his civil rights were violated by Agents Ramos and Compean.