Friday, February 23, 2007

Who's Watching the Store

This is what happens when you refuse to control your own borders.

Rival alien and drug smugglers on the U.S.-Mexico border are targeting each other in a wave of escalating violence to win control of smuggling corridors into the United States, with at least four recent killings tied to efforts to kidnap migrants for ransom.

Nature abhors a vacuum. Since the US government refuses to exercise dominion over the entrance and egress to our land, others are taking advantage of this opportunity to enrich themselves.

Authorities said gang members are kidnapping illegal aliens being guided into the United States, demanding ransoms of up to $2,500 a person and killing the illegals, along with gang rivals, who resist. The kidnappings save the gangs the cost of recruiting migrants in Mexico and hiring guides, or "coyotes," to bring them across the border.

Instead of controlling the thugs and murderers who infest our borders, the feds are prosecuting and imprisoning the cops who are trying to stop the violence.

A federal court has denied a request to release on bond pending appeal two former Border Patrol agents whose jailing for shooting a suspected drug smuggler sparked a political controversy.

The decision by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has given new impetus to a bipartisan chorus of congressional criticism over the prosecution and conviction of former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who are serving prison terms of 11 and 12 years respectively.

[...] "Acquiescing to the insistence of the White House, the court has decided to treat Ramos and Compean worse that they would common criminals, which is consistent with the way the Bush administration has handled these two border agents from the beginning," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), in a statement Friday.

The feds have treated these cops far, far worse than the FBI sniper who shot and killed Vicki Weaver during the Ruby Ridge incident under the Clinton administration in 1992. The FBI sniper that killed her was never punished.

This from Wikipedia:

In 1992, while working at sniper position Sierra 4 for the FBI Hostage Rescue Team at Ruby Ridge, Horiuchi allegedly killed Vicki Weaver, and wounded her husband Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris. Vicki Weaver was unarmed, clutching her infant daughter, when Horiuchi shot her in the face.

In September 1995, Horiuchi testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on the Ruby Ridge shootings; however, following advice of counsel, he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights, which limited the ability of Idaho's prosecutorial team of Denise Woodbury and Stephen Yagman to build a criminal case against him.

In 1997, Horiuchi was charged in Boundary County, Idaho state court with involuntary manslaughter. Horiuchi removed the case to federal court, where the case was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge on May 14, 1998, who cited the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution which grants immunity to Federal officers acting in the scope of their employment. This decision was reversed by an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit, which held that Horiuchi should stand trial.

However, shortly after the Circuit court rendered its decision, the prosecutor moved to drop the case, and the District court granted the motion on June 26, 2001.

Horiuchi was also one of the FBI snipers engaged in Waco, TX, at the Branch Davidian compound.

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