Without a response from President Barack Obama, Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been locked away in a Mexican prison for more than three months.
Andrew’s mother has repeatedly tried to reach Obama to discuss the shameful imprisonment of her son, but has had no success. And bikers rallied to this cause and rode to Mexico together, trying to do what they can to demand his release and raise awareness.
Col. Oliver North, a conservative icon and outspoken patriot, appeared Fox News with Greta Van Susteren (above) to announce his new effort to demand the release of Tahmooressi.
Apparently breaking the law is no problem for the Obama administration. He has often bragged, “If Congress won’t act, I will. I have a pen and a phone.” In other words, he is willing to issue Executive Orders to dictate what he wants done.
And now, we have yet another example of presidential law-breaking. This one doesn’t require the courts to intervene – just “We The People” need to act. Here’s the law:
U.S. Code, Title 22, Chapter 23, Section 1732. It is entitled, “Release of citizens imprisoned by foreign governments.”
Whenever it is made known to the President that any citizen of the United States has been unjustly deprived of his liberty by or under the authority of any foreign government, it shall be the duty of the President forthwith to demand of that government the reasons of such imprisonment; and if it appears to be wrongful and in violation of the rights of American citizenship, the President shall forthwith demand the release of such citizen, and if the release so demanded is unreasonably delayed or refused, the President shall use such means, not amounting to acts of war and not otherwise prohibited by law, as he may think necessary and proper to obtain or effectuate the release; and all the facts and proceedings relative thereto shall as soon as practicable be communicated by the President to Congress.
One need not be a vaunted “Constitutional lawyer” or even a “Nobel Laureate” like our current head of state to see how this law relates directly to the case of U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi – now enduring his fourth month in a Mexican prison.
Members of Congress from Florida, California and elsewhere have written nearly a dozen letters to the president about Sgt. Tahmooressi. More than 100,000 Americans have responded to online petitions at WhiteHouse.gov; FoxNews.com, FreedomAlliance.org and AndrewFreedomFund.com, among others have written about his plight.
Our president has ignored them all. Apparently he’s been too busy with political fundraisers and vacuous speeches about the “Republican war on women,” economic injustice, and Congressional ineptness. There just hasn’t been time to pick up that famous phone and call Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
If Congress can’t get Obama’s attention on freeing an unjustly imprisoned Marine, We The People must. Join the effort to demand that our president obey the law. Otherwise the phrase “Leave no one behind,” is meaningless.
Via Oliver North’s op-ed on FoxNews.com
Obviously, Tahmooressi made a mistake by attempting to carry a firearm across the border. However, he has bravely served our country and spending any time in an unsanitary Mexican prison is too severe a punishment.
A serious President would have already handled this situation with a few phone calls… But with Obama around, we clearly need a grassroots movement to raise awareness and get him out! Well done, Col. North.