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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Ramos & Compean Update: DHS Lies Continue

Illegal immigration opponents' best media friend, Sara A. Carter, is at it again...digging out the truth and putting it in print. Thanks, Sara!

Source: San Bernardino Sun

A new Department of Homeland Security report about two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a drug smuggler directly contradicts key conclusions reached by the department's own investigator on the case.

The report also does not support assertions about the agents made by the department's Office of Inspector General to several members of Congress during a private meeting last fall.

The Report of Investigation, written Nov. 20 - 21 months after the shooting - and released Wednesday, concludes that nine other agents at the scene of the shooting did not know it had taken place and thus were not responsible for reporting it.

The report states that Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean shot smuggler Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, then tried to cover up the incident by failing to file a report. It also asserts that the other agents on the scene were not aware shots had been fired.
But (you knew there'd be a but)...

But that finding directly contradicts a Department of Homeland Security memo written March 12, 2005 - less than a month after the Feb. 17, 2005, shooting - by Christopher Sanchez, the original investigating officer for the Homeland Security Inspector General's Office.

In the memo, one of several confidential Homeland Security documents about the incident obtained by The Sun's sister newspaper based in Ontario, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Sanchez wrote that all the Border Patrol agents on scene, including two supervisors, knew about the shooting when it happened and failed to report it.
It gets even better...

Further, Border Patrol firearms policy prohibits agents involved in a shooting from filing a written report on the incident, as reported earlier this week.

The policy requires that supervisors or investigators file the report within three hours of the incident.

"Ensure that supervisory personnel ... are aware that employees involved in a shooting incident shall not be required or allowed to submit a written statement of the circumstances surrounding the incident," according to the firearms policy.
Two American citizens are in federal prison. One was beaten this past weekend after being placed in the general population. Their families have been torn apart. And every piece of information that trickles out about this case stinks. It stinks big time.

If you aren't outraged by this you need to check your freakin' pulse.

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