Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Congressman Threatens to Impeach Bush

From CNS News:

Weeks after accusing President Bush of "shameful" behavior over the imprisonment of two Border Patrol agents who shot an unarmed suspected drug smuggler along the U.S.-Mexico border, a federal lawmaker turned up the heat further Wednesday, suggesting the president should be impeached if either of the two men is murdered in prison.

Speaking after the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that agent Ignacio Ramos was assaulted by inmates in his Mississippi prison over the weekend, California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher had a warning for the White House.

"I tell you, Mr. President, if these men -- especially after this assault -- are murdered in prison, if one of them lose their lives, there's going to be some sort of impeachment talk in Capitol Hill," he told a press conference in Washington D.C.

For their families' sakes I really hope nothing happens to these men while they're in prison.

When Ramos and colleague Jose Compean began their sentences of 12 and 11 years' imprisonment respectively last month, Rohrabacher said of the president for not pardoning the men, "This is the worst betrayal of American defenders I have ever seen."

"It's shameful this was done by someone who is in the Republican Party," Rohrabacher added, saying Bush "obviously thinks more about his agreements with Mexico than the lives of American people and backing up his defenders."

The outrage has targeted both the administration and U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, who prosecuted the two and offered an immunity deal to the suspected drug smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, in return for his testimony against the agents.

And that's the rub. You offer immunity or a lower charge to some dirtbag dealer because you want to go up to the next rung, so you can go after his supplier. But the US Attorney in effect, is rewarding this dirtbag to lie against the very men who were trying to arrest him in the first place. The 800 pounds of marijuana he was sneaking across the border when Ramos and Compean initially encountered him is suddenly of no concern to the US Attorney. To amke matters worse, this piece of garbage is caught several months later smuggling another 1,000 pounds of weed into the US while driving a government car.

For this two cops languish in the general population of a federal prison where they can be attacked at any time.

More on Congressman Rohrabacher here.

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