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Border-agent investigator had tie to smuggler
worldnetdaily.com ^ | February 9, 2007 | Jerome R. Corsi

Posted on 02/09/2007 2:09:08 AM PST by ovrtaxt


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Border-agent investigator had tie to smuggler

Played major role in Ramos-Compean case but name blacked out in report


Posted: February 9, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi

© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

According to official documents in WND's possession, a Department of Homeland Security agent played a major role in managing the drug smuggler and conducting the field investigation in the incident that landed Border Patrol officers Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean in federal prison for more than a decade.

Yet, in the heavily redacted 77-page DHS report submitted to Congress Wednesday there is no explicit discussion of the role DHS Special Agent Christopher Sanchez played in the case.

Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, yesterday called for the resignation of four DHS investigators, including Assistant Inspector General Elizabeth Redman, after DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner testified under oath his deputies had lied to Congress about non-existent reports that were supposed to have established Ramos and Compean as rogue cops who wanted to "shoot some Mexicans."


Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila

WND has obtained a copy of the government-issued border pass given to Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, the drug smuggler granted immunity to testify against Ramos and Compean. The border pass allowed multiple entries to the U.S. and carried the signature and badge number of Sanchez.

The border pass appears to have been issued March 16, 2005, the day Sanchez brought Aldrete-Davila to William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, to have a bullet removed from his right thigh.

"Aldrete-Davila was issued what amounts to a 'Gold Elite' border pass," Andy Ramirez, chairman of the Friends of the Border Patrol, told WND. "With the stamp for multiple entries into the United States, Aldrete-Davila didn't have to run the back roads as a drug smuggler any more. He could tell his drug bosses in Mexico that he could drive their loads right through border crossing points without much worry."

WND previously reported Aldrete-Davila was implicated in a second drug bust in October 2005, subsequent to the Feb. 17, 2005 incident with Ramos and Compean in which he abandoned a 1989 Ford Econoline containing 743 pounds of marijuana driven across the border from Mexico.

"With that border pass, Aldrete-Davila had the green light," Ramirez told WND. "He might have been indicted if the vehicle he drove in October 2005 with 1,000 pounds of dope was identified back to a border-crossing photograph, but he probably never had to be arrested."

The prosecutor of Ramos and Compean, U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, has told WND that Aldrete-Davila was never arrested a second time for a drug offense in October 2005, but Sutton has never denied the smuggler was indicted for such an offense.

Medical records obtained by WND clearly establish the bullet wounds suffered by Aldrete-Davila involved a lateral wound to the left buttocks, not a "shot in the back" as repeatedly claimed by Sutton.

The medical records document that March 16, 2005, Dr. Winston Marne removed a large bullet fragment from Aldrete-Davila's right thigh. The records indicate bullet fragments were found in Aldrete-Davila's pelvis but not removed. The path of the bullet is clearly described as entering in the left side of the left buttocks, traversing the groin area, and lodging in the right thigh.

The records also indicate reconstructive surgery was performed on Aldrete-Davila the same day at the army hospital. Damage to the urethra required a catheter to be inserted. Aldrete-Davila was placed under anesthetics for the operation and was heavily sedated for pain.

The drug smuggler was released from the army hospital the same day and given to the protective custody of Sanchez, who also took with him the bullet fragment removed from Aldrete-Davila's thigh.

WND has learned Aldrete-Davila spent the night of March 16, 2005, at the home of Sanchez.

"Christopher Sanchez shows up again with the shell fragments from Aldrete-Davila's body," Ramirez pointed out to WND. "Sanchez was evidently Aldrete-Davila's handler and from the looks of it, he did a good job. Taking that bullet home broke the chain of evidence. From there on, what good would a report be even if it established the bullet was fired from Ramos' gun?"

WND previously reported that the weapons identifications ballistics analysis performed by the Texas Department of Public Safety on the bullet fragment held by Sanchez did not match the bullet to the weapons fired Feb. 17, 2005 by Ramos or Compean.

March 16, 2005, was also the date "Osvaldo" Aldrete-Davila signed and accepted his offer of immunity from Sutton's office, supposedly signed before the medical operation was performed and the border pass issued. There is no time stamp noted on the immunity document nor mention of the location where the document was signed.

As WND reported, Sanchez grew up with Aldrete-Davila in Mexico, and the drug dealer's identity was first discovered through these family connections.

WND repeatedly has noted many of the DHS investigative reports were filed by Sanchez, who appears to have played a major role in the DHS field investigation.

"There was no reason to have redacted Christopher Sanchez's name from the report," Ramirez told WND. "Sanchez was a DHS special agent. But everywhere you look, Sanchez shows up playing a role shepherding the drug dealer around and framing the evidence that ended up being used by Johnny Sutton to put Ramos and Compean in prison for 11 and 12 years respectively."


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More from Corsi... eventually Bush will have to address this.
1 posted on 02/09/2007 2:09:09 AM PST by ovrtaxt
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To: Tony Snow

I doubt you have time to check your account these days, Tony, but ping anyway.


2 posted on 02/09/2007 2:10:16 AM PST by ovrtaxt (I not only want my child left behind, but left alone for me to direct, not some bureaucrat.)
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To: ovrtaxt
"WND has learned Aldrete-Davila spent the night of March 16, 2005, at the home of Sanchez."

Oh hell yes. An agent gives a drug smuggler a free pass and then lets him stay at his home. Oh man, does this case ever stink!

3 posted on 02/09/2007 2:25:41 AM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: Ladycalif; dennisw; HKMk23; PhilipFreneau; april15Bendovr; Dr.Zoidberg; ZULU; calcowgirl; ...

ping


4 posted on 02/09/2007 2:26:48 AM PST by ovrtaxt (I not only want my child left behind, but left alone for me to direct, not some bureaucrat.)
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To: Enterprise
Sanchez grew up with Aldrete-Davila in Mexico, and the drug dealer's identity was first discovered through these family connections.

Apparently these two are homeboys. I've always found it fascinating that law enforcement people have such ties to those who live on the fringe of legality, or worse.

5 posted on 02/09/2007 2:30:04 AM PST by ovrtaxt (I not only want my child left behind, but left alone for me to direct, not some bureaucrat.)
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To: ovrtaxt; Ajnin; Arizona Carolyn; Calpernia; CAluvdubya; christynsoldier; Cyropaedia; dennisw; ...

Ping!


6 posted on 02/09/2007 2:31:41 AM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Hey, Chucky... check out the "Border Pass", a "Parole" card issued from Homeland Security. Humanitarian Parole is looking like a better explanation for granting U.S. entry to Aldrete-Davila, every day.

So what is this guy's real name, anyway?

Osvaldo or Osbaldo?
Aldrete or Alderete?
Davila or Avila?
I'm glad Homeland Secutiy is so conscientious in their duties /s
7 posted on 02/09/2007 2:36:50 AM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: ovrtaxt
I've always found it fascinating that law enforcement people have such ties to those who live on the fringe of legality, or worse.

I've always found it fascinating that so many on the wrong side of the law find employment in government. ;-)

9 posted on 02/09/2007 2:38:34 AM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: ovrtaxt

Unfortunately, there are a few on this forum that will try and explain this away and hope these border agents stay in jail by saying a jury convicted them and they got what they deserved.


10 posted on 02/09/2007 2:51:15 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Islander7

'Thought you might be interested in this' ping.


11 posted on 02/09/2007 3:22:17 AM PST by philman_36
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To: freeangel

Four Homeland Security Agents were questioned by congress and they straight out lied. There is corruption going on down on the boarder. I wonder what party this guy supports?


12 posted on 02/09/2007 3:24:59 AM PST by flynmudd (Proud Navy Mom to OSSA Blalock-DDG 61)
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To: freeangel
Unfortunately, there are a few on this forum that will try and explain this away and hope these border agents stay in jail by saying a jury convicted them and they got what they deserved.

No one with a lick of sense and a shred of honor can look at the mountains of evidence piling up showing just how those two men were railroaded and think justice has been served. Those that do are either fools or have an agenda that is best served by sewing fear in those whose job it is to enforce the border.

Not that being a fool and an open border shill are mutually exclusive, they are quite often found in the same person.
13 posted on 02/09/2007 3:27:54 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedanism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
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To: freeangel
:there are a few on this forum that will try and explain this away : and there is one less this morning. I had only heard the gov't side, the past few days i've seen the light.

I see now, they crossed the wrong drug dealer. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
14 posted on 02/09/2007 3:29:50 AM PST by Sherri-D (Joy is not in things, it is in us)
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To: RaceBannon; RedRover; flightline; jazusamo

Have you seen this?

Notice the author.


15 posted on 02/09/2007 3:31:11 AM PST by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

He's got to be hating it. Yes, that's his job, but how far do you have to sell your soul for a paycheck?

I love Tony, I used to call him on the radio all the time, but this whole border thing is hard to deal with. I can't help but feel annoyed at him, and I really don't want to.


17 posted on 02/09/2007 3:55:59 AM PST by ovrtaxt (I not only want my child left behind, but left alone for me to direct, not some bureaucrat.)
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To: Nightshift

ping....


18 posted on 02/09/2007 3:57:53 AM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or off.)
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To: ovrtaxt

Maybe Sanchez will be doing that Eddie Murphey movie soon, Trading Places.


19 posted on 02/09/2007 4:01:08 AM PST by aruanan
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To: ovrtaxt

Thanks to Jerome Corsi. Thanks for posting. BTTT!


20 posted on 02/09/2007 4:09:48 AM PST by PGalt
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To: ovrtaxt

"More from Corsi... eventually Bush will have to address this."

Well be prepared...I doubt he'll revue anything else but the transcript of the trial, and will decide that the trial was fair. Too much is invested in this already and just weeks after the conviction Johnny Sutton was 'thanked' with an appointed by Gonzales to chair for the Attorney General's Advisory Committee a job "which plays a significant role in determining policies and programs of the Department and in carrying out the national goals set by the President and the Attorney General."


21 posted on 02/09/2007 4:12:01 AM PST by Kimberly GG (DUNCAN HUNTER '08.....lframerica.com.....MARCH TO TAKE BACK AMERICA)
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To: ovrtaxt
These were posted to me in another thread. I think it answers allot of questions about this situation -- Sutton is close to AG Gonzales who is close to GW Bush:

U.S. retracts statements that agents were out `to shoot Mexicans'
  Posted by Kimberly GG to TomGuy
On News/Activism 02/08/2007 11:43:36 AM CST · 40 of 45

"Posts in other threads have indicated a close relationship between Prosecutor Sutton and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales."


"Mr. Sutton also serves as the chairman of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC) which plays a significant role in determining policies and programs of the Department and in carrying out the national goals set by the President and the Attorney General."

I guess we know what those goals are now, don't we!
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txw/us_attorney/index.html

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And Sutton is close to GW Bush who is close to AG Gonzales:

U.S. retracts statements that agents were out `to shoot Mexicans'
  Posted by Lancey Howard to TomGuy
On News/Activism 02/08/2007 11:17:12 PM CST · 57 of 58

Yesterday on Rush's show Roger Hedgecock said that Sutton and Bush are old acquaintances and that Bush appointed Sutton early on (ie., before Gonzales). I'm sure they're all on the same "open borders" page.

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The mire in the case is turning out to be worse than the Miers case for the Supreme Court.

22 posted on 02/09/2007 4:21:28 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: ovrtaxt
To quote Judge Judy: "Follow the money."

I would like to see a Congressional investigation of this incident and see where all the drugs and drug money related to Aldrete-Davila ended up.

It might be prudent to check the bank accounts of several of the players in this soap opera. Just how many friends and how much influence can drug money buy?
23 posted on 02/09/2007 4:25:29 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: ovrtaxt; Ladycalif
eventually Bush will have to address this.

Not just address it, but take personal responsibility for it. The buck stops at the Oval Office.

It used to anyway...

24 posted on 02/09/2007 4:29:27 AM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: ovrtaxt

Oh. My. God.

I'm going to take this with a grain of salt, given the fact that WND can be a little, uh, sensational sometimes. But if this is true, combined with the story that there were several other BP agents there that took verbal reports from the two currently in prison, then I'm going to really have to change my tune on those guys. Up until now, I've always been of the opinion that they shouldn't be doing hard time, but they should've been fired from the BP and punished for falsifying reports. Now I'm not so sure, at all.

If what Corsi is saying is true, this is a railroad job the size of the entire Union Pacific.

}:-)4


25 posted on 02/09/2007 4:39:29 AM PST by Moose4 (I don't speed in Durham--if I get pulled for 65 in a 55, Mike Nifong'll have me doing 15 to life.)
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To: TomGuy; ovrtaxt; Kimberly GG; PGalt; Virginia Ridgerunner; philman_36; flynmudd

Bush better get busy issuing pardons for these two border agents. This story isn't going to go away, thank God, and the lies and cover-ups are finally getting the exposure they deserve. Bush and his administration are standing on top of a volcano that WILL erupt if he doesn't pardon these guys NOW. Check out this transcript from Lou Dobbs show yesterday:

DOBBS: Another high-profile and controversial prosecution. This one under attack by dozens of congressmen. They're seeking justice for Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

We're joined now by two of those congressmen: Congressman John Culberson, Republican, Texas, Congressman Ted Poe, Republican, also Texas.

Gentlemen, good to have you with us.

REP. JOHN CULBERSON, (R) TEXAS: Thank you, Lou.

REP. TED POE, (R) TEXAS: Lou, good to be with you.

DOBBS: This looks like a clear case the Department of Homeland Security directly lying to you gentleman.

CULBERSON: Unfortunately, that's true. They lied to my subcommittee. They lied to all four of us, didn't they, Ted?

POE: Yes.

DOBBS: Congressman Poe, you're a former judge. What is -- how could this possibly happen?

POE: Well, it did happen. We met with the bureaucrats. They told us they had evidence that Compean and Ramos plotted and conspired that day to go out and shoot Mexican nationals. And they -- that's just a fabrication. That never happened.

So we asked for the documents. Those documents never appeared over four months. And finally through the Freedom of Information Act we were able to get certain documents that didn't substantiate what the government says occurred.

CULBERSON: And then in testimony before my subcommittee day before yesterday, Lou, I had Richard Skinner, the inspector general, in front of me under oath. And I asked him directly, "Where are the documents, and is it true what your investigators told us?"

And he said, "I'm sorry, Congressman, we misled you."

DOBBS: I mean, how can the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security -- is there any sort of repercussion? The fact that -- did they explain where they got that information or did they have any source for it or it was made up out of old cloth?

POE: The old double talk about where it came from. But it was a fabrication. And it's interesting, Lou, this whole case has to do with so-called cover up, misinformation by the Border agents. It turns out the federal government is the one that's giving this information about the whole case.

DOBBS: You know, I want to just share this with our viewers. The I.G. told you and Johnny Sutton has said -- the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas has said that these men admitted that this drug dealer didn't have any kind of weapon. His statement on the 19th of March, 2005 -- and this is from Jose Compean: "When he was running, he was pointing something shiny with his left hand. It looked like a gun. That is when I started shooting."

How in the world with this information in front of the public can this kind of thing be tolerated?

POE: It can't be tolerated and have to be some consequences for the government mis -- giving misinformation, not telling the truth about the real facts of a criminal case, hiding evidence, dealing with drug dealers in back rooms. We want to get to the bottom of all of this and those people that are responsible for misinformation, they're going to be held accountable.

CULBERSON: And, Lou, Congressman Poe and I are both beginning with asking for Mr. Skinner's resignation, the resignation of these three individuals that lied to us directly. This was given -- this false information was given to us so we would quit pursuing this case, so we would believe these are rogue cops. And a terrible injustice has been done to these two Border Patrol agents and discouraged every other agent on the border from using their weapons in defense of themselves and this country. And that's a travesty.

DOBBS: This case really originated -- was driven by Washington, D.C. either at the -- obviously at the Justice Department level and at the DHS level. Do you -- do you, gentlemen have any idea why Johnny Sutton took on this case, ignored the drug cartel behind this drug dealer, who was given immunity, and prosecuted with such vigor, such relentlessness two Border Patrol agents who had distinguished records in service to the country?

POE: That is the question. Why was our government so relentless in prosecuting border agents?

If they were as relentless in protecting the border, the border would be protected. And so we're going to find out the motive behind all of this. It's really chilled the effect of border protection on the Texas-Mexico border and maybe that's the effect that somebody wanted.

CULBERSON: And, Lou, I can tell you in visiting wit visiting with Border Patrol agents in Arizona and in Texas the week before last, they tell me that the word among agents, their opinion is -- and I tend to agree with it -- that this was a political prosecution pursued to placate Mexico public opinion and to help Vicente Fox's candidate in the Mexican elections. And I think that's outrageous. It's unacceptable. The effect of this prosecution has been to chill every agent, every law enforcement officer on the border to make them hesitate and think twice before they pull their weapon. And that is dangerous. DOBBS: You know, yesterday one of your colleagues, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, he said that if one of these agents now in prison is killed, there will be serious talk of impeachment. What's your reaction to that?

POE: In my own personal opinion, I don't think that is the answer to follow right now. I certainly don't. The border agents, we put the prison authorities on notice that they could be injured. And they were. You know, I was a judge forever. And prison people know how to take care of all inmates. That's one of the things they are taught. And they just disregarded simple procedures in protecting Ramos in this case. That's another question we want to find out the answer. To and they should be held accountable.

CULBERSON: I also -- agree with Judge Poe that this -- impeachment's not appropriate. I do think first of all we need to focus on making sure these two officers are given an appeal bond so that they can get out of prison until the appeal is complete.

And then secondly, Lou, I hope you'll encourage your listeners to contact the White House and ask the president to issue a full and complete pardon to both of these officers for the sake of the national security of the United States and the security of that border. We need to send a message to every law enforcement officer on the border, "We are as proud of you as we are of your soldiers in Iraq. And we want you to do whatever you think it needs to be done to protect yourselves and this country."

DOBBS: And those serving on the border are doing so with basically their hands tied behind their backs. And with this very clear statement by the U.S. Justice Department and the attorney general's office in Texas. They're basically saying that they would rather prosecute Border Patrol agents with distinguished records rather than bust drug cartels.

And as a matter of fact, gentlemen, we're going to be demonstrating why we think we can substantiate that very straight- forward priority here in just a few moments.

Congressman Culberson, Congressman Poe, we thank you both for being here, all that you are doing on behalf of these agencies, in truth, in justice, and I even believe in saying the American way. Because what has been pursued by this administration is, in my estimation, absolutely disgraceful. Thank you very much, gentlemen.

POE: Thank you, Lou.

CULBERSON: Lou, thank you for shining sunshine on this very important subject.

DOBBS: We try and we appreciate you doing exactly the same thing, and with your half making a difference.

CULBERSON: Thank you, sir.

DOBBS: We hope that justice can be arrived at here. We thank you for your efforts.

Coming up here next, we'll have much more on this case. And our senior legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, joins us. We're going to be analyzing exactly what in the world was the Justice Department thinking? You're going to find it shocking. I'll tell you, it is absolutely shocking.

And there are new concerns tonight about the U.S. military's use of helicopters in Iraq. And what are our enemies doing that we have not responded to? General David Grange will be here, one of the country's most distinguished former military commanders.

And what is the state of race relations in the United States? Michael Eric Dyson is the author of a provocative new book debating race. He'll be my guest here. Stay with us.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

DOBBS: For more now on the legal issues surrounding this Border Patrol agent case which I consider to be just a travesty of prosecution, we're turning to our senior legal analyst here at CNN, Jeff Toobin, former federal prosecutor, terrific attorney.

The idea of giving this drug smuggler, illegal alien, what's called limited use immunity to testify, what does that mean that the prosecutor could have done?

JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN SR. LEGAL ANALYST: You know, Lou, when you think about the powers of a federal prosecutor, there really is no greater power that a prosecutor has than the right to give immunity.

Now, the technical legal phrase is limited use immunity, but it's not really limited use immunity. It's immunity. It means you can essentially waive the pixie dust over whatever witness you want and say, we're going to wipe the slate clean. We're not going to prosecute for you -- whatever you have done, in return for your testimony in the case. It's a huge power. You can say to a murderer, we're not going to prosecute you for murder because we want you as a witness.

It's done, but it has to be done very judiciously, and it has to be done in service of a case that's worth it.

DOBBS: Johnny Sutton, U.S. attorney's office in this case, with that powerful immunity, and it is clearly stated in the I.G.'s report, chose not, according to these affidavits, to ask that drug smuggler a single thing about the people he was meeting, the car that he was to meet, with a million dollars in drugs, the safehouse that he was supposed to go to, or anything about the drug cartel.

TOOBIN: See, this is where the power is so extraordinary. Because basically as a prosecutor, you get to say, I care about case A and I don't care about case B. I care about prosecuting these Border Patrol agents and I don't care about the million dollars in drugs. That's a judgment that is completely within the discretion of the prosecutor, but it's an incredible power, when you think of weighing which crime is more serious.

DOBBS: Which is the more serious crime and which would you rather have information about? Assuming there is any legitimacy whatsoever. I mean, this drug smuggler actually lied to investigators initially, which he admits.

TOOBIN: It's all over the papers that he lied.

DOBBS: And this -- and Johnny Sutton makes a decision not to ask about the drug cartel that was employing the source of the drugs? A million dollars' worth that he's bringing in from New Mexico?

TOOBIN: And he was in Mexico after the investigation began, and they have prepared letters to him. They basically -- they wrote letters to him saying, we promise we will not prosecute you for the drug involvement that you have in return for coming back to the United States and testifying against the two agents. So even more than the usual circumstance, where you simply have just immunity. Here you have this cross-border issue, where they said, come on back, you have nothing to fear.

DOBBS: It's incredible. And this judgment, in your -- let me ask you this. In your view, can that kind of judgment be substantiated in any way by a prosecutor?

TOOBIN: Well, this is the thing. The system leaves it to the discretion of the prosecutor. The only remedy is through Congress and the pardon power, because there is no review of a decision to grant immunity.

DOBBS: Well, I'll conclude with my view on this, and you tell me if I'm wrong. If a U.S. attorney sitting in the state of Texas, or any one border state, takes the judgment and the word of an admitted, confessed, lying drug smuggler over distinguished Border Patrol agents, and then doesn't even attempt to find the source of those drugs and to find connections and the basis for stopping a drug cartel, somebody's out of their mind.

TOOBIN: Somebody needs to explain a lot better than they've done.

DOBBS: Jeffrey Toobin, thank you for being here


26 posted on 02/09/2007 4:39:34 AM PST by demkicker (In the minority or majority, I'll never stop kicking dems)
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To: Moose4

Pinging you to my post #26.


27 posted on 02/09/2007 4:40:57 AM PST by demkicker (In the minority or majority, I'll never stop kicking dems)
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To: TomGuy

Congressional investigaton? How about appointing Joe diGenova as a Special Prosecutor?


28 posted on 02/09/2007 4:42:53 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: ovrtaxt; CharlesWayneCT
As WND reported, Sanchez grew up with Aldrete-Davila in Mexico, and the drug dealer's identity was first discovered through these family connections.

WND repeatedly has noted many of the DHS investigative reports were filed by Sanchez, who appears to have played a major role in the DHS field investigation.

This is outrageous. It's high time for Congress to withhold funding for DHS and demand Alberto Gonzalez's resignation.

29 posted on 02/09/2007 4:45:42 AM PST by Uncle Chip (TRUTH : Ignore it. Deride it. Allegorize it. Interpret it. But you can't ESCAPE it.)
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To: AGP; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; Angelwood; Apple Blossom; beandog; BillF; bmwcyle; ...

DC Chapter short list ping


30 posted on 02/09/2007 5:00:59 AM PST by BufordP ("Every morning I start my day with juice, toast, and a big bowl of Baby Crunch!" -- Michael J. Fox)
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To: philman_36

well well well.


31 posted on 02/09/2007 5:03:44 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: demkicker

Thanks for posting that transcript.


32 posted on 02/09/2007 5:09:50 AM PST by gruffwolf
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To: demkicker

"DOBBS: Johnny Sutton, U.S. attorney's office in this case, with that powerful immunity, and it is clearly stated in the I.G.'s report, chose not, according to these affidavits, to ask that drug smuggler a single thing about the people he was meeting, the car that he was to meet, with a million dollars in drugs, the safehouse that he was supposed to go to, or anything about the drug cartel."


33 posted on 02/09/2007 5:12:16 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: demkicker

Someone is getting squeezed.


34 posted on 02/09/2007 5:13:15 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: DTogo

I have been waiting for 6 years for the real Bush to reveal himself. Turns out - he's weak, a bumbler. Now theborder patrol agents don't yell "Halt, or I'll shoot." Now they have to say, "Halt, or I'll complain to my supervisor." That's the way the White House wants it.


35 posted on 02/09/2007 5:23:41 AM PST by libbybelle (coffee is for closers)
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To: calcowgirl
Did anyone see the interview on Glan Beck's show last night with T J Bonner Border Patrol Union President?
BECK connection?..Sanchez and smuggler?
BONNER THey grew up together
36 posted on 02/09/2007 5:30:20 AM PST by radar101 (LIBERALS = Hypocrisy and Fantasy)
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To: ovrtaxt

We are being sold out BUMP!


37 posted on 02/09/2007 5:32:13 AM PST by SerpentDove (Quit making fun of Obama's ears.)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

GOP Lawmaker Warns of Impeachment in Border Agent Case
Kevin Mooney
Staff Writer
(CNSNews.com) - 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 the two men are killed in prison.

Speaking after the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that agent Ignacio Ramos was assaulted by inmates in his Mississippi prison at 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, or if one of them lose their lives, there's going to be some sort of impeachment talk in Capitol Hill," he said during a press conference in Washington, D.C. (Listen to Audio)


38 posted on 02/09/2007 5:32:59 AM PST by angkor
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To: demkicker
Excellent! POE: The old double talk about where it came from. But it was a fabrication. And it's interesting, Lou, this whole case has to do with so-called cover up, misinformation by the Border agents. It turns out the federal government is the one that's giving this information about the whole case.

(snip)

POE: It can't be tolerated and have to be some consequences for the government mis -- giving misinformation, not telling the truth about the real facts of a criminal case, hiding evidence, dealing with drug dealers in back rooms. We want to get to the bottom of all of this and those people that are responsible for misinformation, they're going to be held accountable.

CULBERSON: And, Lou, Congressman Poe and I are both beginning with asking for Mr. Skinner's resignation, the resignation of these three individuals that lied to us directly. This was given -- this false information was given to us so we would quit pursuing this case, so we would believe these are rogue cops. And a terrible injustice has been done to these two Border Patrol agents and discouraged every other agent on the border from using their weapons in defense of themselves and this country. And that's a travesty.

(snip)

CULBERSON: ... I do think first of all we need to focus on making sure these two officers are given an appeal bond so that they can get out of prison until the appeal is complete.


39 posted on 02/09/2007 5:37:04 AM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: Kimberly GG
This week, President Bush addressed members of the Border Patrol telling them that passing his "guest worker" plan would greatly reduce their work load, because fewer people would have to sneak across the border.

I can't understand his logic with that? Unless we have totally open borders, they will ALWAYS sneak in here.

And since our their President is solidly behind their reasons to violate our borders and laws, they will keep coming with no end in sight.

Notice how quiet La Raza and the Latio movement have been lately? They don't want to call attention to their potential victory.

sw

40 posted on 02/09/2007 5:41:25 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: radar101

http://judiciary.house.gov/media/pdfs/ramirez081706.pdf

Official Testimony Presented by:
Andy Ramirez, Chairman
Friends of the Border Patrol

Submitted to:
Committee on Judiciary
The Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Chairman

August 17, 2006 – El Paso, TX

(snip)

The smuggler also testified that he and Rene Sanchez were both born and raised in San Ysidro, MX and had known each other since they were kids. The smuggler testified that he and Rene Sanchez had not seen each other in the past year, while Rene Sanchez testified that he had not seen the smuggler since he was seven years old.

The smuggler also testified that he had met and talked to Rene Sanchez in Laredo before the drug bust in Fabens, TX in which he was wounded. He also testified that he had run into Rene Sanchez in Juarez sometime in October and before the original trial date of October the 17th. He also testified that Rene Sanchez and Christopher Sanchez had picked him up on Sunday, two days before trial and taken him to the federal building in El Paso to prepare for the case with the prosecutors. Rene Sanchez testified that although they were all in the same car, they never talked to each other.

When Rene Sanchez took the stand he testified that he had not seen the smuggler for approximately eight years. Rene Sanchez admitted to having advised the smuggler to turn himself in and admitted to having told him what to say. Rene Sanchez also admitted to having got the smuggler the lawyer, whose last name is Boyaki, to file the five million dollar lawsuit against the border patrol.


41 posted on 02/09/2007 5:42:58 AM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

Gee, ya think....?


42 posted on 02/09/2007 5:45:55 AM PST by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

Tale of a different tail, isn't it!


43 posted on 02/09/2007 5:46:28 AM PST by philman_36
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To: philman_36

Got that right man.


44 posted on 02/09/2007 5:46:55 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: ovrtaxt

Mr Bush. Tear down the walls that have these two patriotic heroes trapped among the bad guys. Do it now! Before they are murdered.

Full pardons, back pay and promotions are in order. This is the minimum owed these gentlemen.


45 posted on 02/09/2007 5:47:32 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Democrats: Too dumb to lead, too vain to follow, too egotistical to get the hell out of the way!)
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To: ovrtaxt; Moose4; Just A Nobody; Fred Nerks; george76; vince2285; CWittman32
This issue was discussed on Glenn Beck yesterday.

This case has stunk from the beginning and now that the truth is finally being revealed, things are becoming VERY clear!

It came out that the mother of this drug dealer is a childhood friend of someone in Homeland Security and after she contacted him, he told her he would take care of it. The agent in Homeland Security should be fired AND prosecuted for obstruction of justice! This case exposes the corruption and abuse of power that was used to prosecute two Border Patrol agents and protect a drug smuggler.
We can not allow this evidence to be buried anymore!

These two Border Patrol agents should have been reprimanded and or suspended for NOT reporting the incident, but they should NEVER have been prosecuted!

46 posted on 02/09/2007 5:49:23 AM PST by jan in Colorado ("Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and you will find things only evil and inhuman")
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To: happinesswithoutpeace
"DOBBS: Johnny Sutton, U.S. attorney's office in this case, with that powerful immunity, and it is clearly stated in the I.G.'s report, chose not, according to these affidavits, to ask that drug smuggler a single thing about the people he was meeting, the car that he was to meet, with a million dollars in drugs, the safehouse that he was supposed to go to, or anything about the drug cartel."

That is beyond ludicrous.....

47 posted on 02/09/2007 5:50:42 AM PST by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: demkicker

I also thank you for posting the transcript. I don't normally give CNN the time of day though I might have to reconsider viewing Mr. Dobbs' show if this is his norm.


48 posted on 02/09/2007 5:52:20 AM PST by philman_36
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To: philman_36

"I might have to reconsider viewing Mr. Dobbs' show if this is his norm."

I have watched him on a number of occasions. He is usually right on point from what I have seen in the past.


49 posted on 02/09/2007 5:55:27 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: radar101

Per some reports, the Smuggler's mother-in-law, not the Smuggler, was the one who complained to Sanchez about the shooting.

[Even that is odd.]


50 posted on 02/09/2007 5:57:53 AM PST by TomGuy
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