Skip to comments.Silver Star Families of America Update on Lance Corporal Hammar
Posted on 12/17/2012 3:20:27 PM PST by Steve Newton
New pictured released
After the family complained the restraints were removed and have not been replaced.
According to the U.S. Consulate the picture was taken in September before the complaint was filed. He was visited by the Consulate on 13 December.
(Promised to keep you all updated)
Story can be found here: http://www.silverstarfamilies.org/Free-Hammar.html
I apologize I am having internet problems. Could someone post the pic for me?
I apparently don’t know how to post a picture.
THANK YOU Doogle!
where is it on the site?
oh that photo has been posted before...*smiles*
Just to let everyone know, I spoke with the Consulate today. Hammar is ok.
I would imagine that he is scared, tired, hungry and dirty.
We have already sent a package and I am trying to get some of the locals involved.
We have to be very careful that we don’t come between government talks, (If they are having any), or between Hammar and the prison complex.
We are just working quietly.
Greta Van Susteren was throwing a conniption about this on Twitter today. Said she could not believe the US was not even attempting to get him back.
Please dont tell me the new picture is not showing on the site under this one?
Well I can tell you this from what I have seen.
The Mexican desk at State will NOT answer their phones.
State itself seems geared to never have to actually talk with anyone.
Even the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City will not return e mail inquires.
Funny, I thought they worked for us.
Why is anyone surprised? To think that anyone in the current administration gives a rat’s patootie about any of us is laughable. If the admin isn’t going to care about an ambassador and CIA guys over in Libya, they sure as hell aren’t going to care about a *regular* citizen, even if he is from our armed services.
no, that’s there....but the latest I’ve found in the one I posted..
Wonder when we lost control?
I feel like I work for them now and -—oh yeah. Never mind.
Nobody in this government works FOR us anymore. They either work against us or FOR themselves.
I heard Congresswoman Ilean Ros Leithen (not sure how to spell her name, she is the Cuban American congresswoman from Miami) say on Fox News that the prison where Hammar is locked up in is not under the control of the Mexican government. It is run by one of the cartels. Even if the president and government of Mexico wanted to release him they might not have the power to do it. We should send Seal Team 6 down there.
From what I have heard, the cartels weld “considerable” influence inside the prison.
Seems to me if I were a guard and the cartel knew where my family lived——well. Considerable is probably right.
It's pretty simple. Read this thread to see how it's done:
I will continue to keep this young man and his family in my prayers. It is so difficult to hear of his troubles.
God this young man is in my prayers. I as an American first with Mexican ancestry and speak Spanish fluently. NO WAY would I go down to that hell hole call Mexico. My father’s family lives in Mexico City I love them but no thank you I rather skype then fly or drive down there. People please I know Mexico has great beaches and food but just stay away it is not worth it.
THANK you Windflier!
Amen for sure
Twitter is really getting the word out on USMC Jon Hammar. I hope that helps.
It sure can’t hurt.
You bet, Steve.
Why don’t you just take up a collection on a website and publicly post that you will give all the money to the person that delivers him safely across the US border with a bank account number pinned to his shirt.
Send that link to the Gulf Cartel...he will be out in a week if the pot gets large enough.
I'm sure that reply wasn't meant for me. Perhaps for the OP?
Interesting idea, but the cartel would deliver him dead and still get the money.
Your probably right
But I’m afraid the cartel might actually read it
BROWNSVILLE A group representing more than 14,000 businessmen in northern Mexico is pleading for the release of Marine Corps veteran Jon Hammar, warning his unfair imprisonment for carrying an antique shotgun on his way to a surfing vacation will further devastate an already struggling tourism market.
Hammar has been locked up since August with limited communication to his family in Florida and with little hope of being released before Christmas.
News of his incarceration is playing as widely in Mexico as it is in the United States, said Gerardo Acevedo Danache, a Matamoros, Mexico, lawyer who’s vice president for the Matamoros and the state of Tamaulipas chambers of commerce.
I believe we are the first voice inside Mexico to demand justice, Acevedo said. It’s bad that you promote your country, you try to get tourists, and when you get the tourists, you put them in jail, he said.
Consular officials first informed Hammar’s parents about his arrest. Days later, they got a call from the prison, demanding money, they said. They since have learned the prison is under control of drug gangs.
On Thursday, consular officials told Hammar that the holiday season could bring his case to a temporary halt, said his mother, Olivia Hammar.
While their attorney has reported good signs from Mexico’s administration, the Hammars say they are in the dark.
We have not been contacted by the Mexican government; so I think that’s speculation at this point, she said Friday. If it’s happening, it’s happening as an internal thing in Mexico, and they’re not sharing that with us.
Hammar, 27, and a fellow veteran set out in August on a road trip to Costa Rica in a Winnebago loaded with surfboards and camping gear.
They crossed the border at Brownsville on Aug. 15. Hammar packed an old Sears shotgun that belonged to his great-grandfather, and asked a Customs and Border Protection officer about crossing with the gun, said his father, Jon Hammar.
According to family attorney Eddie Varon-Levy, Mexican law prohibits shotguns with barrels measuring less than 25 inches, as they can easily be concealed. They also are a type used by Mexican military. Hammar’s measured 24 inches.
The possession of any weapon restricted for the use of the army in Mexico is a federal crime, regardless of whether you declare it or not upon entering the country, and must be automatically prosecuted, said Ricardo Alday, spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington.
Mr. Hammar has been in contact with U.S. consular officials in Mexico who have regularly visited him, Alday added. Mr. Hammar’s defense has had the opportunity to present every evidence it has deemed relevant to the process.
Hammar’s father visited the federal prison in September.
He was angry, he was stoic, he was guarded, the elder Hammar said. He didn’t want to tell us anything for fear of retribution. He was angry I was there, for fear of my safety.
By all accounts, Hammar’s time in prison has been harrowing. The surfing trip was meant to be a way to recharge following treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder from tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was honorably discharged from the military in 2007.
Surfing was part of his therapy, his father said.
The family members initially kept the story from the media, fearing publicity would endanger their son.
They changed their minds when, on Nov. 23, when he was interrogated without his lawyer and pressured to plead guilty, they said.
CBP spokesman Michael Friel said the agency did not comment on the specifics of an individual’s processing but that CBP does not provide advice regarding the laws of foreign governments.
State Department spokesman Peter Velasco said the agency’s website offered detailed information and cautions on travel to Mexico.
This issue does often come up, the issue of firearms, ammunition, and the fact that the laws in Mexico are so different from the laws in the United States, and we do try to encourage people to familiarize themselves with those laws, he said. Sounds like he did, sounds like he was trying to go through the proper procedures, but I don’t know the specifics of this case.
Acevedo said about 160 people from the statewide chamber met Thursday to compose a letter to President Enrique Peña Nieto, requesting Hammar be pardoned and that the pardon happen before Dec. 25.
Acevedo, from the chambers of commerce, said they want Hammar released now.
He entered our country with legal documents. He proved that he was a tourist on his way to Central America. And he was detained on a technicality, Acevedo said. This is more than a technicality. This is more than just tourists. I think this is a human tragedy, and human tragedies have no borders.