Bush Did It! He Finally Did It! Border Agents To Be Freed From Prison!
Posted by Casey on January 19, 2009
The joy is overwhelming even after all day to absorb it. I didn’t think Bush would pull the trigger, but he did the right thing. They will still be felons, but at least they are free.
Outside of conservative talk radio, Lou Dobbs and Fox News, the media has given little coverage to the crimes committed by two Border Patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. So they’ve scrambled to get the details on the story today, as President Bush commuted their sentences. Rep. Roy Blunt issued a statement “on the pardon” of the two — but a pardon it was not. The White House gave lip service to the idea that the two ought to have been punished; the sentence apparently was not commensurate with the crime. It’s a common complaint, so why did President Bush weigh in here? Enormous pressure from conservatives ensured that the file would end up on his desk, although it’s not clear whether the Justice Department had made a recommendation.
The Atlantic got everything else about the case wrong. They didn’t point out that the Army surgeon who testified at the trial said that the dealer was shot while in a “bladed position.” Which means that he was facing back at the officers in a manner consistent with pointing a gun at them. Nor did they address that one of the agents was thrown to the ground by the dealer before he fled, or all the illegal activity by the prosecutor and judge in the case. I could go on and on about how ballistics never matched the bullet to the agent’s gun, or that there was no cover up because supervisors and other agents were all there.
There is one source who had all of that though. Make sure you read WND’s reaction to the commutation.
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