Skip to comments.Marine Held in Mexican Prison, State Department Does Nothing
Posted on 12/14/2012 2:03:54 PM PST by yoe
Jon Hammar, a former Marine who served in Afghanistan and Afghanistan, is being held in a notorious Mexican prison where Zetas gang members hold power. His crime? Declaring an antique shotgun to Mexican officials after registering the gun with U.S. Customs Agents on his way to Costa Rice. Hammar has been in a prison in Mexico for months now and this week, his parents got an extortion call demanding they wire thousands of dollars to the prison. Hammar spoke to his parents on the phone, saying he thought he was going to be killed. Hammar has been tortured during his time in the prison. Hes been beaten and chained to a bed. Mexican officials have justified Hammars arrest, saying it came in accordance with gun laws in the country, have no plans to release him and the State Department has done nothing to get Hammar released. He could face as many as 15 years in prison.
Hammer was told as long as he declared his shot gun to Mexican customs authorities that carrying the gun to Costa Rice was legal. Apparently that wasnt the case however considering Mexican authorities, including Mexican President Felipe Calderon, encourage their citizens to break U.S. law on a daily basis with illegal immigration and rock throwing at U.S. Border Patrol Agents, Hammer should be released immediately.
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Freepers, do what you can on the phone and faxing....take what ever action you can...don't let this fall through the cracks...America is better than this...........
Under the Moslem-Communist
(corrupt as sure as the sun rises),
ONLY Korans and terrorists are fully protected.
A HEROIC AMERICAN, or AMBASSADOR??? Not so much,
since they are left to rot in Hell.
After this, U.S. citizens should avoid Mexico - way to dangerous to go even with a tour group. And keep the Mexican riffraff from sneaking into the U.S.
If you know what's good for you.
When we have a President who is running weapons to the Mexican Drug Cartels....and we have the opposition party concerned more with “Getting Hispanic Voters” and pushing Illegal Alien Amnesty for Mexican illegals...this is the result
Our State Dept should be in contact w Mexico to make sure this ex-Marine is released. And the GOP, instead of Rubio-types pandering to Mexican illegals with DREAMs of Amnesty....needs to put the Obama Admin butts on the coals and get moving on this
Meanwhile, the Mexican government demands that the United States Congress pass amnesty legislation. It is not as though we don’t have any bargaining chips to get our guy back.
This is like a Kulak expecting a rescue from Stalin.
I’ve emailed the Pres and The Sec. of State.
This is not a partisan issue.
Let’s all try to contact the powers that be to help this man.
Mexico has turned into an enemy nation and should be considered as such.
the zer0 admin will be too busy taking away our bill of rights after the Connecticut school massacre to save a hero in Mexico
How sad that it takes PUBLIC PRESSURE to FORCE these government morons TO DO THE RIGHT THING...BUT IT WILL.
Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. You’ll need to make 3 CALLS, each time asking to be connected to each of your 2 senators amd your representative.
Tell the staffer that you are insisting that the State Department and Obama FORCE the Mexican government to release Hammar and send him home — NOW!!!
How ironic that Jon Hammar is in jail for bringing an antique rifle across the border when OBAMA AND HOLDER, who sent hundreds of AKs and other modern weapons during Fast and Furious are STILL AT LARGE!!!!
Get caught with a gun in Mexico and you will go to prison and do a lot of time!!!!
No way he’s going to get out before serving his sentence!
The real tragedy of this case is that if Hammar is convicted in Mexico, once released from that Hellhole, he’ll be unable to ever own a firearm in the US. He didn’t break any laws here, but if you’re convicted of such outside of our country, you’re screwed. This went up to at least the 5th Circuit a few years back - a guy went to Mexico and had a single EMPTY CARTRIDGE CASE in his trunk, was convicted down there (you can’t own any military calibers without a special permit) and wasn’t allowed to own guns after that, despite it not being a crime here.
Hillary is too busy shoveling up litter in the State Department sand box to be bothered with American heroes.
You couldn’t pay me to go to Mexico; you couldn’t pay me to go to Washington, D.C., either.
People need to understand that when they are in Mexico that they must follow the laws of Mexico.
Otherwise, you will end up in a Mexican jail.
The Silver Star Families of America, who has a mission to assist our wounded, (And Lance Corporal Hammar IS wounded with PTS), has finally gotten into contact with someone who will answer their phones.
We sent our first care package off to him today and are working our butts off to get him out.
More later but we could use a little help.
My thoughts exactly. Any American taking any gun into Mexico is only asking for trouble.
And by the way folks
“Mexican President Felipe Calderon”
Calderon is no longer the President of Mexico
On our site at silverstarfamilies.org press the “Free Hammar button.
Down at the bottom is a list of all the Mexican consolutes and embassies.
November 20, 2012
The Department of State has issued this Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens about the security situation in Mexico. General information on the overall security situation is provided immediately below. For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, which can vary, travelers should reference the state-by-state assessments further below.
This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Mexico dated February 8, 2012 to consolidate and update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.
According to the statistics last published by the Mexican government in late 2011, 47,515 people were killed in narcotics-related violence in Mexico between December 1, 2006 and September 30, 2011, with 12,903 narcotics-related homicides in the first nine months of 2011 alone. While most of those killed in narcotics-related violence have been members of TCOs, innocent persons have also been killed.
The number of U.S. citizens reported to the Department of State as murdered under all circumstances in Mexico was 113 in 2011 and 32 in the first six months of 2012.
I heard he had permission from the consulate to bring the weapon into Mexico. He did not break any laws. It has been reported that the prison he is in is run by one of the drug cartels. Why any thinking person would even want to go to Mexico is beyond me. You’d probably be safer in Detroit!
It seems that some US customs officer told him that it would not be a problem to have the gun in Mexico. The problem is that the word or a US customs officer has no authority in Mexico.
Also, as you enter Mexico there are large signs that say that guns are illegal in Mexico.
His problem now is that the more publicity his case receives in the US, the higher the price will be to get him out of there.
He will most likely grt out of there, but the family is going to have to pay a large sum of money and/or the US will have to exchange some Mexican criminals held in jail in America.
The one that will not happen is for Mexico to proclaim that US citizens have immunity from prosecution in their county.
I can tell everyone this. Lance Corporal Hammar is no longer being chained to his bed and he is not longer in the general population.
He was seen the last of November by the US consulate. He is in a hell hole for sure but the news media is not always correct.
We are doing all we can, the Silver Star Families of America to get him out. AND to make him as comfortable as possible while he is still there.
We are thinking of sending a two man team down to mexico. But it will take funds.
I don’t know right now what the best course would be.
How about a five man team.
There went my coffee
Lot of info here -