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Government Lied About Ramos & Compean! What Else is New?

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From the World Net Daily story below…

WND previously reported that at that meeting the DHS Inspector General’s office asserted it had documentary evidence Ramos and Compean:

  1. confessed to knowingly shooting at an unarmed suspect;
  2. stated during the interrogation they did not believe the suspect was a threat to them at the time of the shooting;
  3. stated that day they “wanted to shoot a Mexican”;
  4. were belligerent to investigators;
  5. destroyed evidence and lied to investigators.

Under questioning by Culberson, Skinner admitted DHS did not in fact have investigative reports to back up the claims: “The person who told you that misinformed you,” Skinner reportedly replied.

This certainly explains quite a bit. The above admission by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, Richard Skinner confirms what many have suspected for sometime now–the government has been conspiring to cover up and bury their inappropriate and criminal actions in regards to their malicious prosecution of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

Johnny Sutton, Debra Kanof, Richard Skinner, Alberto Gonzales, and George Bush, to name a few, are all abject con artists and despicable examples of human beings. They didn’t simply lie to protect their own asses. They lied in order to send two good men to jail–men who had only done as they were trained to do by the federal government and the border patrol. How long does this trail of lies extend? How many more deceptions and untruths yet remain tucked away in order to protect reputations of dishonorable people who have no shame?

Additionally, we now know for certain there were several accompanying border agents, including two supervisors, near the altercation that occurred between Ramos, Compean, and the illegal alien drug smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrette-Davila. According to the firearms policy for border patrol personnel agents are not required to file written reports concerning a shooting incident. As reported in a previous post, border agents must offer only an oral report to a supervisor after the fact. Ramos and Compean did as they were trained, providing an oral report to not one, but two attending supervisors.

From the Daily Bulletin article further down in this entry…

Oscar Garcia, El Paso Border Patrol Union representative with Local 1929 and a firearms instructor, said that the Report of Apprehension or Seizure filed by Compean and Ramos on the day of the incident was accurate. Garcia stated that the agent’s omission of the shooting in the drug seizure report followed firearms policy.

“Our own policy prohibits them from filing any report on the shooting incident,” Garcia said. “The U.S. Attorney’s assertion that they covered up the incident by not filing a report is ridiculous.”

Ridiculous indeed. Yet Sutton, with whom I’ve have previously compared to an annoying parrot, has screeched ad infinitum over the last couple of months that the central reason for prosecuting and ultimately sentencing Ramos and Compean to federal prison was a result of the former border agents filing false paperwork and their attempt to willingly conceal evidence of their supposed crime–the shooting of illegal alien drug smuggler, Davila.

From a 2005 memo written by inspector, David Sanchez of the DHS Inspector Generals office…

“Investigation disclosed that the following Border Patrol agents were at the location of the shooting incident, assisted in destroying evidence of the shooting, and or knew/heard about the shooting: Oscar Juarez, Arturo Vasquez, Jose Mendoza, David Jaquez, Lance Medrano, Lorenzo Yrigoyen, Rene Mendez, Robert Arnold, and Jonathan Richards,” Sanchez wrote.

Furthermore…

Arnold and Richards were the two supervisors on the scene that day.

Richards was given a promotion shortly after the incident and testified against the agents. Agents Vasquez, Juarez and Jaquez were given immunity from prosecution to testify against Ramos and Compean.

If I didn’t know better, or I thought the best in people (God forbid), I would strongly suspect Richards had been awarded his promotion as a coercive tactic by the prosecution in order to give him a bit more incentive to testify against Ramos and Compean. Unfortunately, mostly due to the policies of the current Presidency and the deceptive actions cheerfully employed by U.S. attorney Johnny Sutton and his staff of cockroaches in the railroading case against the two former border agents, I do not think the best of people right now.

I can only hope the political prisoners Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean will see their freedom soon as a result of these obviously obfuscatory and underhanded machinations by the United States government.

Once again, diligent and tireless journalists Jerome Corsi and Sara A. Carter should be commended for their efforts in this matter.

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Government admits lying about jailed border agents
Inspector confronted on Capitol Hill, says promised ‘proof’ does not exist


Posted: February 6, 2007
8:06 p.m. Eastern
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com


Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas

A Department of Homeland Security official admitted today the agency misled Congress when it contended it possessed investigative reports proving Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean confessed guilt and declared they “wanted to shoot some Mexicans” prior to the incident that led to their imprisonment. The admission came during the testimony of DHS Inspector General Richard L. Skinner before the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, according to Michael Green, press secretary for Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas.

Culberson was questioning Skinner about a meeting DHS officials had Sept. 26 with him and three other Republican congressman from Texas, Reps. Ted Poe, Michael McCaul and Kenny Marchant.

WND previously reported that at that meeting the DHS Inspector General’s office asserted it had documentary evidence Ramos and Compean:

  1. confessed to knowingly shooting at an unarmed suspect;
  2. stated during the interrogation they did not believe the suspect was a threat to them at the time of the shooting;
  3. stated that day they “wanted to shoot a Mexican”;
  4. were belligerent to investigators;
  5. destroyed evidence and lied to investigators.

Under questioning by Culberson, Skinner admitted DHS did not in fact have investigative reports to back up the claims: “The person who told you that misinformed you,” Skinner reportedly replied.

This prompted a startled and angry response from Culberson, who charged Skinner’s office with lying to the Texas congressmen and painting Ramos and Compean as dirty cops.

Ramos and Compean began prison sentences last month after their actions in the shooting of a drug smuggler who was granted immunity to testify against them.

Responding to Skinner’s testimony yesterday, Poe said it “explains why DHS has been stonewalling Congress.”

“DHS didn’t turn over the reports to us to back up their September 26 accusations for one simple reason – the reports never existed,” the Texas congressman said.

“Why did it take DHS four months to admit their error?” he asked. “I wonder how much more has DHS told the public and Congress about Ramos and Compean that simply isn’t true?”

Poe said he’s determined to get to the bottom of DHS’s claim.

“I expect this new revelation will lead to a lot more questions before we’re done,” he said.

Andy Ramirez, who has been involved with the case as chairman of Friends of the Border Patrol, told WND the DHS’s actions “represent obstruction of justice, and they should be held in contempt of Congress, and, if possible, prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

“This admission today is yet more proof of how they are willing to distort the facts, as I have charged all along, in order to ensure a conviction,” he said.

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Policy supports agents

Written reports can only be made by investigators

By Sara A. Carter, Staff Writer

 

Two convicted former El Paso Border Patrol agents accused by the U.S. Attorney of not filing a report when they shot a Mexican drug smuggler were prohibited by their own agency’s firearms policy from doing so, according to documents obtained by the Daily Bulletin.

Meanwhile, the government made public Monday its response to Border Patrol Agent Ignacio Ramos’ October motion to reduce his sentence.

The response contends that Ramos and fellow agent Jose Alonso Compean knowingly shot an unarmed suspect, filed a false report, and that supervisors were not notified.

Attached to the motion were domestic violence arrest reports regarding three disputes Ramos had with his wife, Monica. Those documents were not admissible during the agents’ trial. Ramos was not charged with a crime stemming from the incidents.

Ramos and Compean were convicted last spring for shooting Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, a Mexican drug smuggler, in the buttocks on Feb. 17, 2005. The agents are now serving 11 and 12 years, respectively, in federal prison.

The agents were convicted partly due to the government’s successful argument at trial that the two men failed to file a report about the shooting.But U.S. Border Patrol firearms policy specifically states that agents are prohibited from filing a report if a shooting incident takes place and that only an oral report to supervisors is required.

“Ensure that supervisory personnel or INS investigating officers 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.

“All written statements regarding the incident shall be prepared by the local INS investigating officers and shall be based upon an interview of the INS employee.”

INS refers to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which oversaw the Border Patrol prior to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. The shooting policy has remained unchanged.

Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General documents obtained by the paper show that all nine agents on the scene at the time of the shooting – including two supervisors – knew shots had been fired.

Oscar Garcia, El Paso Border Patrol Union representative with Local 1929 and a firearms instructor, said that the Report of Apprehension or Seizure filed by Compean and Ramos on the day of the incident was accurate. Garcia stated that the agent’s omission of the shooting in the drug seizure report followed firearms policy.

“Our own policy prohibits them from filing any report on the shooting incident,” Garcia said. “The U.S. Attorney’s assertion that they covered up the incident by not filing a report is ridiculous.”

Johnny Sutton, the U.S. attorney for western Texas whose office prosecuted the case against the agents, contends the agents didn’t report the shooting to supervisors who arrived on scene and knowingly lied about the incident.

“Ramos did not mention the shooting, and said nothing about the suspect having a weapon,” Sutton said in an Aug. 11 press release.

Sutton was not immediately available for comment on Monday.

Both agents, however, told the Daily Bulletin the other agents and supervisors on the scene that day knew about the shooting, an assertion echoed in a Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General memorandum written March 12, 2005, by Christopher Sanchez, an investigator with the Office of Inspector General.

“Investigation disclosed that the following Border Patrol agents were at the location of the shooting incident, assisted in destroying evidence of the shooting, and or knew/heard about the shooting: Oscar Juarez, Arturo Vasquez, Jose Mendoza, David Jaquez, Lance Medrano, Lorenzo Yrigoyen, Rene Mendez, Robert Arnold, and Jonathan Richards,” Sanchez wrote.

Arnold and Richards were the two supervisors on the scene that day.

Richards was given a promotion shortly after the incident and testified against the agents. Agents Vasquez, Juarez and Jaquez were given immunity from prosecution to testify against Ramos and Compean.

The prosecution’s objection to Ramos’ motion to reduce his sentence, which was released Monday, goes against what was reported by the Office of Inspector General and contends the two former agents covered up the shooting on their own.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Kanof, who prosecuted the agents and wrote the motion, some of the least credible evidence was when Ramos and Compean walked away from the scene.

“Instead of fulfilling (Ramos’) duties as an agent and as a member of the response team, he walked side by side with Compean, who according to Compean’s own testimony, bent down at least nine times to pick up his own spent casings.”

Kanof also states in her response that Ramos never mentioned until the trial that he thought his life or Compean’s was in danger, or that they thought the smuggler had a gun.

Ramos chose not to speak to investigators until his attorney was present, he told the Daily Bulletin. Compean, however, did wave his right to counsel and discussed the incident with investigators from the Office of Inspector General.

Contrary to Kanof’s statement, several memorandums written by Sanchez, the investigating officer, attest that Compean believed his life was in danger.

“Compean said that he began to shoot at Aldrete-Davila because of the shiny object he thought he saw in Aldrete-Davila’s left hand … Compean explained that he thought that the shiny object might be a gun and that Aldrete-Davila was going to shoot him because he kept looking back at him as he ran away.”

3 Responses

  1. Thank you for your dogged research and exposee of how Pres.
    Bush’s key people [the resume of Johnny Sutton under the DOJ
    is quite interesting re. showing his personal influence & as
    a "lap dog" for Bush's true Mex.First/Anti-border policies!
    1.Note while J.Sutton only has 660 mi, or 1/3 of tot.border,
    I have only noted his sector,not the other 1300 mi border,
    [twice as long as Sutton's]under the jurisdiction of oth-
    er US Attys for some reason have not involved the framing
    of law enf.[at least Ramos,Compean,the dep.sheriff wait-
    ing sent.,etc.??]THE OTHER US ATTYS MAY NOT BE BUSH APPT.
    2.THE GUN OF ALDRETE-DAVILA: His mother reportedly has said
    that since son started drugsmugg.at age 14,he has always
    left Mex.armed! HAS ANYONE[includ.his attys]checked his
    orig.van, the area where he was shot,or his colleagues to
    find out if he was armed that day & to locate gun??? Can
    you determine if he was ever prev. caught armed or whether
    a gun was found on him in most recent arrest w/almost 1000
    lb.of drugs??
    3.NOTE THE MEDIA SUPPRESSION OF RAMOS 2/3 BEATING: From its
    2/4[Sun]iss.thru its 2/9[Fri]iss.,after both looking thru
    those 6 iss. of Brevard County’s FL.TODAY & then having
    the newsp.’s librarian computer chk if paper publ’d news
    on beating&sol.confin., she confirmed that that newspaper
    by GANNETT NEWSPAPERS, aside from 1 editorial by a commen- tator, did NOT itself provide EVEN ONE mention of the
    brutal beating nor the subseq. 2 days Ramos was locked in
    solitary without medical assistance. Have not yet checked
    but doubt they have had even one story re.HS IG Skinner’s
    false statements to the Tex.Congressman!!!
    4.I also have E-mailed many Fed.Govt.officials and media
    publications, esp. conserv. talk radio; so far have seen
    ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST in plight of 2 agents NOR apparent
    prosec. miscond. by Bush appointed Sutton/Kanof and also
    this case’s Judge Bush appointed {who denied Appeal Bond,
    denied delay to prison,& had no concern that even at this
    late date the transcripts are still not done, at least of
    testimony of Ramos & Compean. Sens. Martinez & Nelson
    have shown absolutely NO INTEREST in case based on calls
    to their offices & views of their web sites!!


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