MR. PRESIDENT OBAMA: PLEASE ISSUE A FULL PARDON TO FORMER USBP AGENTS RAMOS AND COMPEAN
Honorable United States President Barack Obama: Please grant a full pardon, vindication, and removal of the felony conviction of former United States Border Patrol Agents Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos, Jr., and Jose Alonso Compean. Please do it on September 16, 2009, Mexico's Independence Day.
"This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country." - Theodore Roosevelt
Mr. President Obama, I am hereby respectfully requesting that your exercise your executive privilege as President of the United States and that you grant full pardons, vindication and subsequent removal of their felony convictions of former United States Border Patrol Agents Ignacio “Nacho” Ramos, Jr. and Jose Alonso Compean.
I respectfully suggest that you issue their full pardon and vindication on September 16, 2009, our Mexican Independence Day which is celebrated in Mexico and in almost all Mexican communities located in the United States and throughout the world. Please allow me a short synopsis to describe Mexican Independence Day. It is basically similar to our Fourth of July, Independence Day’s observance. “Shortly before dawn on September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla made a monumentous (I believe the original writer meant monumental or momentous) decision that revolutionized the course of Mexican history. Within hours, Hidalgo, a Catholic priest in the village of Dolores, ordered the arrest of Dolores' native Spaniards. Then Hidalgo rang the church bell as he customarily did to call the indians to mass. The message that Hidalgo gave to the indians and mestizos called them to retaliate against the hated Gachupines, or native Spaniards, who had exploited and oppressed Mexicans for ten generations.” – Mexicoonline.com - http://www.mexonline.com/mexican-independence.htm.
A brief synopsis of the former U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio “Nacho” Ramos Jr., and Jose Alonso Ramos case:
On February 17, 2005, drug smuggler Osvaldo ALDRETE-DAVILA entered the United States illegally to pick-up a van loaded with 743 pounds of marijuana. He found the van and while driving away but within a short distance, he was spotted by two alert U.S. Border Patrol Agents who were performing their duties. ALDRETE-DAVILA saw that he had been spotted, he attempted to get away, but the van got stuck. The area was well known to be a favorite spot area used by drug traffickers to smuggle drugs into the United States. ALDRETE-DDAVILA then attempted to run back into Mexico but was momentarily detained by Agent Compean. A physical struggle ensued and the suspect, ALDRETE-Davila got away and ran towards Mexico. As he was running, ALDRETE-DAVILA was shot several times by Compean but he missed. Ramos shot one round and allegedly hit him. RAMOS and COMPEAN later stated that they saw or believed seeing ALDRETE-DAVILA brandishing a shinny object before they decided to use lethal force.
On or about March 4, 2005, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General initiated an investigation into the shooting incident which disclosed that at the time of the shooting two supervisors and several Agents of the US Border Patrol were at the scene. Several of such employees were subsequently terminated from employment with the U.S. Border Patrol for their participation at the scene and/or making false statements.
On March 18, 2005, federal arrests warrants are issued for Ramos and Compean. On March 18-19, 2005, DHS-OIG with the assistance of the El Paso Police Department conducted a full SWAT type of entry into the residences of Ramos and Compean taking them into custody in the presence of their wives and children. From February 21, 2006 to March 6, 2006, both Ramos and Compean went through a federal jury trial at the U.S. District Court and before the Honorable Judge Kathleen Cardone. On October 19, 2006, judge Cardone sentenced Ramos to serve eleven (11) years and 1 day and Compean to serve twelve (12) years of incarceration in a federal penitentiary. On January 19, 2009 (Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday) former President George W. Bush commuted the prison sentences of Ramos and Compean. “Bush didn't pardon the men for their crimes, but decided instead to commute their prison sentences because he believed they were excessive and that they had already suffered the loss of their jobs, freedom and reputations,” a senior administration official said. Ramos and Compean were released from their prison cells on March 20, 2009.
Since their imprisonment, scores of legal experts have analyzed the details of the case and concluded overwhelmingly that this was one of the most gross failures of the U.S. justice system in our republic's history--and that the preponderance of evidence suggested cover-up and conspiracy against Ramos and Compean. Two of the jurors gave sworn testimony that they were pressured to deliver a "guilty" verdict for Ramos and Compean. Then, DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner admitted under oath to Congress that they had falsified an alleged confession by Ramos and Compean!
Under questioning by Rep. John Culberson, a Department of Homeland Security representative admitted that his department did not have evidence to back up a number of claims made to members of Congress last fall to bolster its case against imprisoned agents Ramos and Compean, including: that the agents “wanted to shoot a Mexican,” confessed to shooting an unarmed suspect, were belligerent to investigators, lied and submitted false reports, and stated during the investigation that the illegal alien did not pose a threat.
According to Culberson, “(DHS Inspector General) Richard Skinner admitted yesterday under oath that his top deputies gave members of Congress false information painting Border Patrol agents as rogue cops who were not in fear for their lives and who were ‘out to shoot Mexicans.” Our U.S. Government lied to Congress to bolster its case.
Basically, the government has admitted that its officials lied to Congress in an effort to bolster its case in the public against agents Ramos and Compean. These charges have caused many to question the validity of the agents’ claims that they are innocent and acted in response to an imminent threat from an illegal alien drug runner.
The truth is that Johnny Sutton and our government turned what is at most a procedural violation (punishable by at the most a few days unpaid leave) and made it into a witch-hunt against our agents.
As Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said in a speech from the floor of the House on 2/7/07, “The initial decision to prosecute the two border patrol agents instead of the drug smugglers was indefensible, period. Sutton’s only defense… has been to lie and to demonize the two border patrol agents.” (Author Unknown)
Mr. President Obama, it is my hope that you seriously consider removing the felony convictions of Ramos and Compean by granting them full pardons. The entire U.S. Citizenry and our Hispanic, especially Mexican-American communities will always remember this gesture and great honorable act you will be issuing to two former U.S. Border Patrol Agents who were just protecting our great nation from drugs being smuggled into our streets, personal lives, homes, public schools and so on. I am also requesting that your administration look into the House of Death murders fully documented by Bill Conroy of Narco News, and the recent killing of an alleged drug cartel leader working for a Juarez Drug Cartel and also working with ICE as a confidential informant who was murdered by another drug trafficker and also a registered confidential informant with ICE.
It is rather amaze how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General’s (DHS-OIG) El Paso, Texas became well known as the federal investigative agency in charge of the justified shooting of drug smuggler, convicted, and currently incarcerated criminal Osvaldo ALDETRETE-DAVILA by two former U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean, while staying away from investigating former Special Agent in Charge Giovanni John Gaudioso, a Senior Executive Service; Patricia Kramer, a GS-1811-15, Supervisory Criminal Investigator; Curtis R. Compton, a GS-1811-14, Supervisory Criminal Investigator, and Raul Bencomo, a GS-1811-13, criminal investigator, assigned to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency under the jurisdiction of DHS-OIG, which investigates any serious and gross criminal misconduct by any ICE employee, grade GS-1811-15 and above. Gaudioso, Kramer, Compton, and Bencomo were exposed by Bill Conroy, co-publisher and senior professional journalist of Narco News. The former Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Mr. Sandalio Gonzalez became involved in this case which resulted in SAC Gonzalez being retaliated by his former employer DEA. However, Mr. Gonzalez filed a federal lawsuit against DEA and DOJ, went to a U.S. District Court Trial Jury and WON! The trial jury found that DEA had indeed retaliated against Mr. Sandalio Gonzalez. The following is a portion of the affidavit submitted by retired DEA SAC Philip E. Jordan on October 6, 2006:
“The BICE officials, including Raul Bencomo, Curtis Compton and Giovanni Gaudioso, make no efforts to stop Ramirez from participating in the murders. The several management reviews of Bencomo, Compton, [ICE Associate Special Agent in Charge Patricia] Kramer and Fielden show a total disregard for human life and disrespect for the rule of law in Mexico. The evidence indicates that BICE officials and Ms. Fielden made no efforts to arrest the suspects and “take down” the case. This allowed an additional 13 murders to take place. According to the DEA review, the BICE agents and the prosecutor’s office went to great lengths to protect this homicidal informant. Gaudioso allowed the prosecutor Fielden to make operational decisions regarding Ramirez. The operation was only stopped after the attempted murder of a DEA agent and his family in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.” http://narcosphere.narconews.com/node/1716
Ms. Fielden who is mentioned in the above affidavit is Juanita Fielden, an Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to the El Paso, Texas. She works in the same office with the federal prosecutor in the Ramos and Compean case at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, El Paso, Texas. Johnnie Sutton, the former U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas was directly involved in both cases.
It is going to be up to you Mr. President to be always remembered as one of the greatest U.S. President, we ever had, and one who believed in true justice and civil and human rights. Or be remembered as a U.S. President who ignored the cries and laments of Ramos and Compean, their families and millions that stand behind them and all of our honest and dedicated hard working law enforcement officers, who kiss their significant others and their children, not knowing if they would make through the end of their shift before being gunned down, in the line of duty. In my 30 years of being in law enforcement, I became involved in some fatal shootings, where I was part of the shooting group or as a manager of an internal affairs case. I know that feeling of having to surrender my assigned government issued handgun and replaced with another one and having to spent hours waiting to be fully interviewed by the case agent. However, the only difference is that in all of the fatal shootings where I got involved, our federal and local top management officials always decided to allow the local police or county police department’s best homicide investigator conduct the shooting incidents.
DECLARATION OF SPECIAL AGENT MIGUEL A. CONTRERAS
I, Miguel A. Contreras, declare that the following is true and correct:
I am over 18 years of age and have personal knowledge of the facts stated herein.
I am a Hispanic American male. I came to this country from Mexico as a farm worker and later became a naturalized citizen in 1978.
I have approximately 30 years in law enforcement. Please refer to my professional public and personal information posted at the bottom of this declaration.
I started my federal law enforcement career in April of 1983 with the Legacy U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as a criminal investigator. In that capacity I was assigned to a very high federal profiled public corruption investigation involving former INS and Legacy U.S. Customs Service Inspectors assigned to the Nogales and Douglas, Arizona’s International Port of Entries. At the conclusion of this assignment numerous U.S. Border law enforcement officers were federally indicted and subsequent convicted on corruption charges. I recall that the INS port director before being served with a federal arrest warrant committed suicide. During this high profiled federal corruption investigation, I became an undercover operative in Mexico and a staff member of a court-approved telephone wiretap listening to several telephone lines.
I was the Legacy U.S. Customs Service’s (Customs) Resident Agent in Charge of the Office of Internal Affairs (OIA), El Centro, California. In my capacity as the RAC for this office, I personally witnessed how easily the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of the Treasury was influenced and manipulated by top officials of Customs’ OIA at headquarters and the field. I believe this has been the case with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General and ICE.
During my entire federal law enforcement career I learned how registered confidential informants were to be handled and controlled by U.S. federal law enforcement officers, especially officers assigned to the International border with the Republic of Mexico. I am also familiar with the Geneva Convention and how U.S. based federal law enforcement officer require applying for a “country clearance” from their agency’s foreign Attaché or representative before they can travel to another country on official business as stipulated by the Foreign Service Act of 1980 - (Public Law 96-465).
In circa 1990, I was detailed to the Office of the Attaché, Legacy U.S. Customs Service’s Montevideo, Uruguay. In this capacity, I processed “requests to travel to a foreign country” by Legacy U.S. Customs special agents submitted to their local Offices of Special Agent in Charge located in the United States. This is the official protocol I have known as “obtaining a country clearance to travel abroad” on official businesses.
From December 1995 to May 1999, I served as Resident Agent-in-Charge (RAIC), Legacy U. S. Customs Service’s Office of Internal Affairs, El Centro, CA 92243. In such capacity I supervised a group of senior special agents. I can attest with certainty that at least 80% of my investigative staff were subsequently promoted to GS-1811-14 or beyond. One of my former subordinates, Mr. Matthew L. Issman, is now the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, U.S. Department of the Treasury.
As the RAIC for this Customs’ Office of Internal Affairs my greatest happiness and appreciation for the work of my staff was when charges of criminal or gross administrative misconduct were filed against any employee of the U.S. Customs Service and the investigative findings resulted with the absolution and clearing of any wrongdoing in the part of the employee. At the same time, when we determined that an employee was indeed a corrupt employee, we did our best to follow the letter of the law and our own agency’s internal policies, rules and regulations while conducting our internal investigations making sure the employee (s) received a fair treatment through the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Public Corruption Unit and or through our agency’s administrative process. We followed our own Handbook Manual for Customs’ Office of Internal Affairs. I stressed the importance of conducting our internal affairs investigations by following the rule of federal criminal, evidence and procedures, and made sure my staff adhered to such strict guidelines. One of the main reasons for doing so was because if in the pursuit of investigating a particular internal affairs case, one of my subordinate investigative senior special agents violated our own agency’s policies, rules, and procedure, as well as the employee or employees’ U.S. Constitutional Bill of Rights, then we ourselves became lawbreakers, and adopted the role of judge, jury, federal prosecutor, and internal affairs investigators. If I condoned such unlawful investigative approach, then we ourselves became “rogue Customs internal affairs investigators”
Unfortunately this is what occurred with the Ramos-Compean’s DHS-OIG investigation. In pursuing this investigation, prosecution, and sentencing of former U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean, DHS-OIG’s special agent Christopher R. Sanchez, his superiors at DHS-OIG and the Office of the U.S. Attorney, spearheaded by Johnnie Sutton and his Assistant United States Attorney Debra Kanof took the law unto themselves and anyone connected to this case from those two offices became lawbreakers themselves. Everyone involved in the investigation and prosecution of Ramos and Compean became rogue federal law enforcement officials.
Last week I telephoned Ignacio “Nacho” Ramos who at the time was working. He did not know who I was but after a brief introduction and salutations, I asked the most important question I had in mind. Whether he and his partner Jose Alonso Compean wanted to have their felony convictions completely removed. Ramos answered in the affirmative. I used his common name of “Nacho” and told him the he and Jose needed a full pardon and vindication from the President of the United States. I asked him if he wanted me to prepare my own styled request package to be published on Narco News. I told Nacho that all of my exhibits were taken from the Internet. Nacho’s answer was a big yes with some sincere appreciation that one can only detect when talking with someone who has been through a lot of pain. Since he cannot directly communicate with Jose Alonso Compean, I suggested to have a family member or a friend relate to Compean what this writer intended to do. Since I detected that he was working in some warehouse due the background noise, I apologized for calling him at work but we both agreed to stay in touch. Ramos impressed me due to the professionalism displayed while answering some of my questions, which were just very short and to the point. We ended with Nacho thanking me for what I am doing for him and Compean.
The best characterization of the Ramos-Compean’s case was given by U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, a member of the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight, who stated:
“The Ramos and Compean case appears to be a blatantly bad call by prosecutors at its inception, followed not by admitting a mistake in judgment but by compounding the damage with lies, malicious vilification, and further bad calls. Bad calls like giving a free border crossing pass to an admitted drug dealer, leading to the obstruction of Congressional investigations and inquiries, and lies to Congress and to Congressional inquiries, and then a cover-up of the facts.”
U.S. Rep. Edward R. Royce (California), a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on July 31, 2007, during “The Case of Ramos and Compean: The Across-Border Context” hearing, stated:
“According to Border Patrol policy, failure to report a shooting is a violation that carries a maximum penalty of a 5-day suspension, and for that Agents Ramos and Compean could have been subject to an administrative inquiry. If information developed during the inquiry that led investigators to suspect criminal wrongdoing, then a preliminary criminal inquiry would have been called for, the findings of which would normally be brought to the U.S. Attorney, who would then decide whether to prosecute.
What is different about this case is it appears that the first several steps of this process were ignored by the Inspector General. Instead, the IG opted to immediately open a criminal investigation into the actions of the Border Patrol agents. As part of that investigation, Agent Sanchez traveled to Mexico, for which he would have needed permission from the Mexican Government, to locate ALDRETE-DAVILA and offer him immunity and medical treatment for the bullet wound and permission to cross the border freely into the United States, in exchange for his testimony against Agent Ramos and Compean.
Did the DHS Office of Inspector General agent need permission to enter into Mexico to meet? I would ask that question again. And if so, under what auspices would the OIG have sought such permission?”
The Honorable Charles S, Shapiro, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State answered U.S Rep. Royce’ question in the affirmative. Mr. Shapiro stated that the DHS-OIG requested permission from the U.S. State Department to enter the Republic of Mexico by contacting the local State Diplomatic Resident Security Officer (RSO) in Juarez. However, it is questionable whether the proper U.S. law enforcement system protocol was followed. I personally know that federal criminal investigators based in the USA do not call RSO directly. The response that U.S. Rep. Royce got was that DHS-OIG agent Sanchez was given permission to travel to Mexico. Documents reflect that agent Sanchez’ supervisor DHS-OIG’s Resident Agent in Charge James Smith wrote a letter dated March 31, 2005 to the consul general of Mexico in response to the request for assistance made by the Mexican consul to the DHS-OIG on March 28, 2005. However, James Smith told the Mexican consul that ALDRETE-DAVILAdid not wanted to meet with anyone but only with the DHS-OIG. At the time of these events DHS did not have an Attaché in Mexico City. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which is part of DHS have an Attaché at the American Embassy in Mexico City and Senior ICE Representatives (SIR) in certain U.S. Consulates throughout Mexico. DHS-OIG could have contacted the nearest SIR in Mexico to arrange his travel. Instead, agent Sanchez or his immediate supervisor backdoors agency’s policy and contacts the RSO In Juarez, Mexico.
Now, the question I am posing is whether agent Sanchez possessed a U.S. Official Passport? Whether there was a diplomatic note from the government of Mexico to the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico City, or to the U.S. Consul in Ciudad Juarez. My assertion is in the negative. A review of the literature regarding this case reflect that on March 16, 2005, DHS-OIG agents met and interviewed ALDRETE-DAVILA at the U.S. Consulate, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, where a “Letter of Limited Use Immunity” from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Texas was given to ALDRETE-DAVILA, in addition to a CBP I-94-A (a temporary non-immigrant parole VISA) under 212 (d)(5) with multiple entries for the purpose: “public interest.” Further, DHS-OIG obtained several CBP I-94-As for ALDRETE-DAVILAwho shortly after he got shot by Ramos, he is involved in a second smuggling of marijuana venture which was not disclosed to the jury at the Ramos-Compean criminal trial. In fact numerous pieces of exculpatory evidence were precluded by the presiding U.S. District Court judge upon the request of the federal prosecutor. Exculpatory evidence favorable to the defendants Ramos and Compean that according to some jurors who were part of the jury panel stated if presented at the trial would have exonerated the two former Border Patrol agents. USA Sutton asserts that Ramos and Compean and their defense attorneys stipulated to some critical issues. However, a review of the literature indicates they did not have adequate legal representation.
This statement deals with the notable and very high profiled investigation, prosecution, and judicial disposition of former U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio “Nacho” Ramos, Jr., and Jose Alonso Compean by the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Border Patrol, and the Office of the U.S. Attorney (Johnnie Sutton) of the Western District of Texas.
My objective is to provide my expert opinion and advice regarding the actions of all of the U.S. government officials, convicted felon, and drug smuggler Osvaldo ALDRETE-DAVILAand other private individuals involved in this case.
After a review of the below listed documents, I conclusively agreed with the U.S. Congress and several U.S. government officials and non-government officials, namely private citizens who believed that Mr. Ramos and Mr. Compean deserve a full pardon and vindication of their felony convictions. In short, their federal prosecution and especially the application of Title 18 USC 924 ( c ) was a malicious persecution.
To reiterate, Mr. President Obama, I am hereby respectfully requesting that your exercise your executive privilege as President of the United States to grant a full pardon, vindication, and subsequent removal of their felony conviction.
Mr. President, please don’t misinterpret my recommendation as something I decided to do, nor I just woke up one morning and decided to come to this conclusion. It took me a long time and I spent a great deal of time reviewing thousands of documents, including the following documents:
The heavily redacted Report of Investigation Case Number I05-CBP-ELP-07117, consisting of 77-pages submitted on November 20, 2006 by the DHS-OIG and approved by James E. Smith, Special Agent in Charge, El Paso, Texas. This document can be found at http://www.dhs.gov/xoig/assets/OIG_foia_RamosCompean.pdf
Complete Transcripts of the federal trial against Ramos and Compean which started on February 21, 2006 and ended on March 6, 2006 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in El Paso, Texas. The Honorable Kathleen Cardone, U.S. District Judge, presided over the trial. Also you can get all news releases from this official website: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txw/press_releases/Compean-Ramos/index.html
Complete report titled “The Investigation, Arrest, and Trial of U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean: Background and Issues” - March 13, 2007 By Blas Nunez-Nieto and Michael John Garcia – Congressional Research Service. This document can be found at: http://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&q=cache:1UVYNOGdhZQJ:poe.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CRS%2520Brief_Ramos%2520%26%2520Compean.pdf+The+Investigation,+Arrest,+and+Trial+of+U.S.+Border+Patrol+Agents+Ignacio+Ramos+and+Jose+Compean:+Background+and+Issues&hl=en&gl=us
The Statement of Johnnie Sutton, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, U.S. Department of Justice before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate concerning “A Hearing to Examine the Prosecution of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean” presented on July 17, 2007. Numerous other official documents connected with this case can be found at: http://www.senate.gov/general/search/search_cfm.cfm?q=ignacio+ramos+and+jose+compean&site=default_collection&num=10&filter=0&x=20&y=12
The Case of Ramos and Compean: The Across-Border Context Hearing before the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight of the Committee on Foreign Affairs House of Representatives, 110th U.S. Congress, First Session, July 31, 2007, Serial No. 110-90. This is a very comprehensive full account of what actually took place on February 17, 2005. The day ALDRETE-DAVILA got shot while committing a federal felony drug criminal act involving several violations of our federal criminal statutes. This report can be found at: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/110/37065.pdf
Complete Transcripts of the appeal filed on behalf of Ramos and Compean with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court, Docket Number 06-51489 filed on July 28, 2008 and revised on July 29, 2008 and September 10, 2008. To see court decision’s go to: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/06/06-51489-CR0.wpd.pdf.
Numerous statements and press releases issued by Johnnie Sutton, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas. Sutton travelled at taxpayers’ dollars while trying to explain his one-sided and crooked story and sequence of events, nation-wide.
All of the investigative news reports written by Jerome R. Corsi of WorldNetDaily.com and Sara A. Carter of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, listed below.
Numerous related investigative news reports dealing with the Ramos-Compean case, listed below.
I strongly believe that a very bad travesty of justice took place when SA Sanchez, his superiors and former U.S. Attorney Johnnie Sutton (USA Sutton) decided to go after two dedicated U.S. Border Patrol agents and to prosecute them to the full extent of the law. During this travesty of justice, Inspector General, Mr. Richard Skinner, his subordinates and USA Sutton and his subordinate prosecutor basically “trashed” our U.S. Constitution and our Bill of Rights and made a ‘mockery” of our U.S. Criminal Justice System believed to be the best in the world.
Mr. President Obama, former U.S. Attorney Johnnie Sutton had already a reputation of being a questionable federal prosecutor who perhaps truly believed that he and some of his assistant attorneys were above the law. The best illustration of learning about Johnnie Sutton’s Modus Operandi is found in Bill Conroy's numerous stories written for free and on his own time. Mr. Conroy has devoted years exposing all of the laws that Sutton, et al and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its predecessor the U.S. Customs Service have broken, and yet, he is still untouched and now working with his former federal boss, John David Ashcroft, who served under former president George W. Bush as U.S. Attorney General February 2, 2001 – February 3, 2005. As to Customs-ICE since 1992 when the U.S. Congress held hearings for three days regarding serious misconduct and serious mismanagement at the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, several managers and supervisors were never disciplined. In March 2003 the U.S. Customs Service’s Offices of Investigations and Internal Affairs were merged with ICE under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
I would like to bring to your attention the outstanding investigative reporting of my fellow co-publisher Bill Conroy into the numerous reports titled HOUSE OF DEATH, all chronicled reporting of events of the gross criminal activities including murder by Guillermo “Lalo” Ramirez Peyro, a former Mexican cop and former registered confidential source of information with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Investigations (OI), El Paso, Texas. In this horrible and terrible series of events, also USA Sutton plays a leading role. In brief, the confidential informant Lalo with the full knowledge of his Customs-ICE controlling agent Raul Bencomo and his superiors became an active participant in several of the identified murders that took place in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, across the El Paso, Texas. In this high profiled case, U.S. Attorney Johnnie Sutton and his federal prosecutor Juanita Fielden and the U.S. Department of homeland Security play significant roles. I personally know Bill Conroy and know how high his journalism’s ethics are. If ICE was in the right, he would not hesitate stating so, nor he would make up stories and guess that they would be accurate. I, highly recommend the reading of the following investigative news reports authored by Bill Conroy:
Informant says first victim buried at House of Death was U.S. citizen
David Castro killed, buried at Juarez home after bungled kidnapping
Posted by Bill Conroy - June 21, 2009 at 4:52 pm – Narco News
“In the spring of 2005, then U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton announced that he had cut a plea deal with Heriberto Santillan Tabares, the narco-trafficker who orchestrated the carnage at the now infamous House of Death in Juarez.
As part of that plea agreement, Sutton announced that he was dropping all the murder charges against Santillan, who in turn agreed to cop to charges of “conducting a criminal enterprise [drug trafficking]” — accepting a 25-year prison sentence in the bargain.
At the time, Sutton — the chief federal prosecutor for South Texas, based in San Antonio — justified the plea bargain with the following words to the public:
All of the murders were committed in Ciudad Juarez, by Mexican citizens, including law enforcement officials, and all of the victims were citizens of Mexico. While much of the evidence relating to the murders is from Mexico, Sutton said his office would share with Mexican authorities any evidence developed in the United States.”
Please note: the entire House of Death series can be found at this link: http://narconews.com/houseofdeath/
ICE racism, the House of Death murders and Democrats in apparent retreat
Posted by Bill Conroy - February 11, 2007 at 6:32 pm
“The head of the Office of Investigations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seems to have a problem with minorities. This fact is particularly relevant to putting into context the lack of action taken by ICE with respect to the House of Death mass murder in Juarez. In that case, a dozen people of Mexican descent were brutally torture and killed with the participation of an informant who worked for ICE”
Then Bill Conroy close his news report with the following statement:
“Interestingly, in Mexican press accounts of the list of victims unearthed at the House of Death in early 2004, there is no mention of David Castro.
In addition, U.S. officials have never stated publicly that a U.S. citizen was among the victims found buried at the Parsioneros house. In fact, the only known victim from the U.S. was a young man from the El Paso-area named Louis Padilla — who was not a U.S. citizen, though he was a legal U.S. resident at the time of his murder.
Had Ramirez not sought to draw Castro into a smuggling deal to advance his informant work for ICE, then it is arguable that Castro might still be alive today. The fact that, according to Ramirez, ICE was fully aware of Castro’s murder and subsequent burial at the House of Death months prior to the murder of Fernando Reyes — a killing carried out with the participation of their informant — means that Sutton’s office should have been aware that the U.S had a “superior interest” in investigating that crime and bringing the killers to justice.
But it seems that interest is outweighed by the fact that investigating Castro’s murder would inevitably lead to a trail that could implicate officials at ICE and the Department of Justice (including Sutton, who now works for former U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft’s law firm) in obstruction of justice and complicity in the House of Death murders.
So, we can expect that Castro’s body will remain buried in the shadows of a long-running cover-up that implicates former, and possibly current, high-level officials within the U.S. government.
That is, until enough people seek to bend the arc of justice back toward the truth in this case.
Stay tuned: More revelations from the Informant Interviews are coming….”
Mr. President Obama, please ask Secretary Janet Napolitano to look into the EEO record of ICE's Office of Investigation Marcy Forman, who has been found responsible for employment discrimination. The Legacy U.S. Customs Service-ICE has a long history of discriminating against certain ethinc groups. When an employee wins in his/her federal discrimination lawsuit in U.S. District Court, ICE tend to ignore the jury's decision and in some cases, the ICE responsible officials are promoted and relocated at our taxpayers' dollars.
The following HOUSE OF DEATH news report is the first one to be penned by Bill Conroy:
The House of Death
U.S. Prosecutors Protect an Informant Who Killed Mexican Citizens, as Two DEA Agents Barely Escaped Alive - By Bill Conroy - Special to The Narco News Bulletin - April 22, 2004
“Mexican state police Commander Miguel Loya Gallegos disappeared in January.
Several of his associates disappeared, too, vexing law enforcement agents who say their mysterious disappearance – and consequent unavailability as potential witnesses to multiple murders – could prove very convenient to U.S. prosecutors and a confidential informant under their protection.
U.S. law enforcement agents, coming forward on the condition of anonymity, believe that the comandante – the U.S. Attorney indicted him in Texas as part of an alleged drug-smuggling organization – was witness to up to nine murders committed by a confidential informant while that informant was on the payroll of the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).” http://www.narconews.com/Issue33/article962.html
Retired DEA top level official provided an affidavit regarding Lalo, and his involvement in a murder spree in Ciudad Juarez, while his ICE’s special agent handler and management as well as the USA Sutton and AUSA Juanita Fielden knew of the killings:
A portion of retired DEA top level official Phillip E. Jordan’s sworn affidavit issued on October 6, 2006:
“Ms. Fielden’s testimony is inconsistent and lacks credibility. Fielden admits that the first murder was recorded by the informant. Fielden does not reveal whether the Judge signed a T-III [Title III federal wiretap law] federal intercept order. And, if so, what did they tell the judge in the [required] 10-day report? The report would indicate whether they informed the judge that the informant supervised but did not participate in the murder. This would have been a mischaracterization and deceptive.
Fielden’s statements indicate that she misrepresented the true nature of the informant’s involvement. The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement August 25, 2003 memorandum gives an incomplete account of the informant’s involvement in the murder. Fielden and ICE’s account of the murder of [Mexican attorney Fernando] Reyes [the first victim at the House of Death in Juarez] was not completely truthful, especially compared with Ramirez’s own statements. Ramirez gave a sworn statement to the Mexican consulate in Dallas, Texas. He testified in immigration court. And, he has given a sworn deposition.
In his deposition, Mr. Ramirez adopted the statement to the Mexican consulate as true and accurate. The statement gives a detailed account of the murder of Fernando Reyes that occurred in August 2003. By all indications, Ramirez was a key participant in the torture and murder of Reyes. Ramirez also admits his involvement in disposing of the bodies. It is my belief that [federal] Judge Phil Martinez would not have authorized the Title III [wiretap] intercept had he been informed of Ramirez’s true involvement in murder.
Ms. Fielden and ICE agents deliberately excluded DEA personnel and concealed information regarding Ramirez’s involvement in murders and other illegal activity. The cooperating individual referred to as the “CI” in the affidavit [Ramirez Peyro], was arrested by New Mexico DEA Special Agent Mike Garcia. After the CI’s arrest, Ms. Fielden held a meeting with ICE management, excluding DEA personnel. Under the established protocol, Ms. Fielden had no right to call this meeting without the arresting agency being present and did not have justification to request the dismissal of the charges [against Ramirez Peyro] that were pending in state court without DEA consultation. Under DEA policy, if an informant is arrested committing a crime, he subject to being “blacklisted” and extraordinary precautions would have to be taken in order to continue utilizing this type of informant. Murder is not negotiable to continue the utilization of an informant.
Ms. Fielden makes no mention of any DEA consultation. Ms. Fielden claims to have obtained a “consensus” to continue using the informant. The reasons Ms. Fielden and ICE personnel concealed information from DEA is clear.
Ms. Fielden and the ICE agents were aware of the CI’s illicit activities, i.e., committing murder, which is totally against DEA and Department of Justice policy. It has always been DEA policy that an investigation is terminated when the CI is an accomplice, accessory, or is about to commit a murder. To allow a CI to continue cooperating with the government after having been involved in criminal wrong-doing, i.e., murder, is against all Department of Justice policies, and, most important, the United States Constitution.
Ramirez testified that his BICE handlers knew ahead of time that murders were planned. According to Ramirez, the intercepts indicate the time, place and the person(s) targeted for torture and murder. I refer to the court transcript of Ramirez’s testimony as well as his media interview.
In his 18 years of law enforcement, [ICE Special Agent Raul] Bencomo has been trained to discontinue working with an informant that “supervised” and participated in a murder. It is simply not credible that Department of Justice Officials would approve the continued use of an informant directly involved in murder.
“Bencomo and [ICE Supervisor Curtis] Compton’s claims that they were not aware of the killings prior to them taking place are contrary to the evidence. The DEA timeline of events show that the ICE agents allowed Ramirez to return to Juarez armed with a firearm against both U.S. policy and Mexican law. The informant continued his involvement after each sequential murder and debriefing. Bencomo states they learned of the “murders” through “interviews” of Ramirez after the fact. He does not indicate how many interviews took place between August 3, 2003 and January 4, 2004. He does not indicate how many murders took place. There is no evidence to support Compton’s claim that the Mexican authorities authorized the operations to continue.
As a supervisor, Compton should have blacklisted the informant immediately upon learning of the first murder. Compton cannot explain why Ramirez signed the INSTRUCTION FOR CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES FORM under a fictitious name “Jesus Contreras.” Furthermore, Ramirez was never required to sign another form after the first murder.
According to the Ramirez media interview [as well as Narco News’ interview with the informant], ICE took no action to prevent the murders from occurring and stop the operation. Ramirez was specifically instructed not to record any more murders, thus giving the informant a false impression that he had license to kill.
Bencomo and Compton admit Ramirez told them where the murder took place giving the exact address. This means El Paso ICE lied to the DEA in Juarez, and to the Mexican authorities in the letter dated August 15, 2003. The Letter to the PGR stated that the informant “witnessed” a murder and suggested they didn’t know where the murder took place.
Bencomo claims to have worked diligently with the prosecutor to prepare an indictment of [the narco-trafficker] Santillan but did not indict him for the first murder. This is further indication that the prosecutors were attempting to conceal Ramirez’s involvement in the first murder. I believe it was never the prosecutor and ICE’s intention to arrest Santillan for the first murder because they continued sending the informant to Juarez where additional murders took place. Moreover, when the prosecutor indicted Santillan in November 2003, she did not charge him with the first murder. Fielden knew the murders were taking place and they took no action to prevent them. DEA was never consulted during this time.
Bencomo knew of the first murder and the caliber of the Juarez cartel [the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes (VCF) organization] they were investigating. It stands to reason that other murders would follow. By the informant’s modus operandi, BICE would have reason to expect that others would be killed. As the record shows, Ramirez was acting as an agent of the U.S. government.
The agents attempt to justify their actions by claiming that all of this happened in Mexico. The murders were being supervised, however, by an informant sponsored by the U.S. government. It is startling to say the least given [ICE El Paso Special Agent in Charge] Gaudioso’s experience and training that he allowed the operation to continue after Ramirez admitted to committing murder while working for BICE.
The BICE officials, including Raul Bencomo, Curtis Compton and Giovanni Gaudioso, make no efforts to stop Ramirez from participating in the murders. The several management reviews of Bencomo, Compton, [ICE Associate Special Agent in Charge Patricia] Kramer and Fielden show a total disregard for human life and disrespect for the rule of law in Mexico. The evidence indicates that BICE officials and Ms. Fielden made no efforts to arrest the suspects and “take down” the case. This allowed an additional 13 murders to take place. According to the DEA review, the BICE agents and the prosecutor’s office went to great lengths to protect this homicidal informant. Gaudioso allowed the prosecutor Fielden to make operational decisions regarding Ramirez. The operation was only stopped after the attempted murder of a DEA agent and his family in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Under DEA and Department of Justice Guidelines, a federal agent has an affirmative duty to prevent a premeditated murder or bodily harm that could lead to death. The federal agents knew that the informant and the Juarez cartel had specifically targeted specific individuals for execution. After review of the evidence, the federal agents made no attempts to prevent the murders from occurring.
The actions of Raul Bencomo, Curtis Compton, Giovanni Gaudioso, Patricia Kramer and Juanita Fielden show deliberate, reckless, or callous indifference to the constitutional rights of the victims and their survivors. The victims and their families are legal residents and citizens of the United States protected by the Constitution. The fact that the crimes committed by Ramirez, the confidential informant, were only halted after the apparent targeting of two DEA Special Agents is unprecedented in my 30 years of law enforcement.”
Mr. President Obama, please bear with me because currently there is allegedly an investigation going on regarding ICE’s Office of Investigation, El Paso, Texas. The issues: the El Paso’s Special Agent in Charge office registered two confidential sources of information, one is allegedly a drug cartel lieutenant with a Juarez Drug cartel who had a visa given to him by ICE (I can only assume that is a CBP I-94-A parole card similar to the ones issued to Osvaldo ALDRETE-DAVILA). My understanding about this particular act of violence in the murder of an ICE confidential informant by another ICE’s registered informant is that behind where the dead drug cartel member and ICE’s informant, the residence of the Chief of Police of the El Paso Police Department is located. I reviewed a commentary he (chief of police) made regarding ICE not alerting him to the fact that the ICE’s informant and active drug cartel member was his neighbor. According to the news report the Chief of Police was not very happy. Please refer to the following news story dealing with the above referenced information:
Police: Drug informant was killed by informant - By ALICIA A. CALDWELL - The Associated Press - Tuesday, August 11, 2009; 8:26 PM
“Ruben Rodriguez Dorado hired Pfc. Michael Jackson Apodaca, 18, and Christopher Duran, 17, to help kill Jose Daniel Gonzalez Galeana, El Paso police said Tuesday in charging documents against them. The three were arrested Monday and charged with capital murder in the May 15 slaying of Gonzalez, who was shot eight times outside his pricey El Paso home.
A warrant has been issued for a fourth man, 33-year-old Jesus Aguayo Salas, on a capital murder charge. Investigators said Aguayo, also a ranking cartel official in Mexico, ordered and paid for the hit.
Rodriguez, like Gonzalez, was an informant working with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement service, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said.” (Emphasis mine)
As a retired federal career criminal investigator know that using informants is a risky business, but ICE could have kept a closer eye on their informant turned hit man. I have posted a few other news stories dealing with this case. It appears that ICE is still negligent on how to handle their informants and/or they just don’t care. We know that in the House of Death the ICE SAC Giovanni John Gaudioso was simply relocated to ICE-HQ at taxpayers’ dollars expense. Patricia Kramer allegedly retired and Raul Bencomo got fired. I can only confirm as to Gaudioso’s move to HQ make some ICE employees wonder if his move is considered a promotion rather than a disciplinary move.
The application of Title 18 United States Code 924 ( c ) by USA Sutton to charge Ramos and Compean.
Something about "carry": Supreme Court broadens the scope of 18 U.S.C. sec. 924 - Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Spring, 1999 by Lynn Marsella – A review of Muscarello v. United States, 118 S. Ct. 1911 (1998) and the history and background of charging defendants with 18 USC 924 ( c )
In Muscarello v. United States,(1) the Supreme Court held that the phrase "carries a firearm" for the purposes of 18 U.S.C. [sections] 924(c)(1)(2) "applies to a person who knowingly possesses and conveys firearms in a vehicle, including in the locked glove compartment or trunk of a car, which the person accompanies."(3) Rejecting the argument that "carries" applies only to firearms carried on the person, the Court reasoned that the statutory language and legislative history of [sections] 924 supported the application of the statute to firearms "carried" in vehicles as well. Please click at the following link to read the rest of the article: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb6700/is_3_89/ai_n28740778/
I am also a former special agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) assigned to Tucson, Arizona from 1985 and 1988. I can assert and attest that back then ATF was the exclusive agency to use Title 18 USC Section 924 ( c ). Since the ALDRETE-AVILA shooting took place when ATF was part of the U.S. Department of Justice, I don’t know if ATF was contacted by DHS-OIG. A review of the literature does not mention ATF at all. 924 ( c ) was added to The Gun Control Act of 1968, Pub. L. No. 90-618, 82 Stat. 1213. One of the reasons ATF was the designated agency is to the fact that in order to enforce the Gun Control Act of 1968 as amended requires extensive federal training at the ATF Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. My understanding is that when other federal law enforcement agencies wanted to use section 924 ( c ), a memorandum of understanding had to be in place. For more information on the history and background of the original Gun Control Act, please go to: http://www.saf.org/LawReviews/Zimring68.htm
DHS-OIG: Jackbooted Government Thugs in charge of the investigation of former USBP Agents Ramos and Compean. Why not investigating the ICE's Office of Investigation in its involvement in the House of Death numerous murders? One of the reasons is that DHS-OIG will be dealing with the investigation of high level senior executive service and managers graded GS-1811-15s experienced federal criminal investigators, plus they are non-Hispanics.
A series of unexplained discrepancies and contradictions have attracted the attention of almost the entire Full U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who have called for the resignation of Richard L. Skinner, Inspector General, DHS, and several members of his staff for lying to members of the U.S. Congress, in addition calls were made to appoint an independent counsel to look into U.S. Attorney Johnnie Sutton’s alleged lies and his role, along with the role of Debra Kanof, the Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted Ramos and Compean for conducting a malicious prosecution. The issuance of the Report of Investigation that was released by the Department of Homeland Security to Congress over the case involving former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, only made matters worse.
For example, the heavily redacted report left unclear what the relationship is between Willcox, Ariz-based Border Patrol agent Rene Sanchez and drug smuggler Osbaldo ALDRETE-DAVILA, with whom Sanchez supposedly grew up in Mexico.
Ramos and Compean were charged, tried and convicted of shooting ALDRETE-DAVILA, a fleeing drug smuggler, in the buttocks. They were given sentences of 11 and 12 years in prison, while federal prosecutors granted the drug smuggler immunity to return to the United States and testify against the law enforcement officers. The circumstances of the case have outraged many concerned over the problems of illegal immigration and running drugs from Mexico into the United States. Dozens of members of Congress as well as several activist groups have called for the officers to be pardoned.
"The president has reviewed the circumstances of this case as a whole and the conditions of confinement and believes the sentences they received are too harsh and that they, and their families, have suffered enough for their crimes," a senior administration official said. Commuting their sentences does not diminish the seriousness of their crimes. Ramos and Compean are convicted felons who violated their oaths to uphold the law and have been severely punished," the official stated. This commutation gives them an opportunity to return to their families and communities, but both men will have to carry the burden of being convicted felons and the shame of violating their oaths for the rest of their lives." - Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney
Was the van driven by Osvaldo ALDRETE-DAVILA properly processed by a team of Crime Scene Investigators to attempt finding any fingerprints and other evidence?
Foreign Service Act of 1980 (P.L. 96-465) - Section 207(b) of Public Law 96-465 required DHS-OIG SA Christopher R. Sanchez obtain country attaché travel clearance. Law enforcement agencies having employees in a country are required by Section 207(b) of Public Law 96-465 to keep the Ambassador to that country fully and currently inform of all activities and operations of its employees and to comply fully with all applicable directives of the Ambassador.
Why was special agent Christopher R. Sanchez, a trainee with the Office of Inspector General, DHS, assigned to be the case agent of this significant shooting case? Assigning a shooting incident to a trainee DHS-OIG agent such as Christopher R. Sanchez was a travesty of justice. A review of the literature reflects that SA Sanchez had been with the DHS-OIG for four months and that he previously was assigned to Arizona with ICE. However I asked some retired Legacy U.S. Customs Service’s Office of Investigation employees , the predecessor of ICE, and current ICE employees located in Arizona if they knew of a special agent by the name of Christopher R. Sanchez and their answer was in the negative. However, I gave agent Sanchez credit: he is an excellent writer.
Then, DHS-OIG agent Sanchez facilitates the admission of drug smuggler Osvaldo ALDRETE-DAVILA who is carrying a bullet in his body. Did agent Sanchez and his alleged victim presented an ATF importation permit to introduce the bullet into the United States from Mexico under Title 22 U.S.C., Section 1934(c)? Under the U.S. Munitions Import List, Category III-Ammunition (b) Components, parts, accessories, and attachments for articles in paragraph (a) of this category, including but not limited to cartridge cases, powder bags, bullets, jackets, cores, shells (excluding shotgun shells), projectiles, boosters, fuzes and components therefor, primers, and other detonating devices for such ammunition.
This writer believes that DHS-OIG did not have the required ATF paperwork in accordance with the U.S. Arms Export and Import Laws. Also by keeping ALDRETE-DAVILA with him at his residence, agent Sanchez violated DHS' policy. A review of the record reflects that DHS-OIG agents went into Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to have ALDRETE-DAVILA sign a limited immunity document issued by the federal prosecutor. The government of Mexico was not involved in the official business conducted by our own U.S. federal law enforcement officers.
Was the FBI first contacted to see if they had operational interest on the case, if not, why not?
Why CBP and USBP top management did not ask that the shooting incident be investigated by the county or local police department’s homicide investigators, after all police detectives assigned to homicide units have numerous years of criminal investigative experience. In my 30 years of law enforcement experience, I personally became involved in at least four fatal shooting involving federal law enforcement officers and the killing of criminal suspects. In all four cases, the FBI was contacted first but they always declined in lieu of having the local county or police department conduct the shooting incidents.
Since this writer is a former city police officer of the capital city of Michigan, Lansing, I can assert that a detective assigned to homicide units with mid to large city police departments, they must apply any and all known police investigative techniques. The sworn affidavit by DHS-OIG special agent (SA) Christopher R. Sanchez tells us nothing about his age and what his experience as a criminal investigator is. SA Sanchez only stated “I, (Christopher R. Sanchez) being dully sworn, do hereby state that I am a Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security, Office if Inspector General, and, as such, am vested with the authority to investigate violations of Federal laws, including Title 18 of the United States Code. Is working for DHS-OIG as a special agent makes a federal law enforcement officer an automatic expert and a well experienced criminal investigator of shooting confrontations between drug smugglers and federal law enforcement officers? Hope the U.S. Magistrate asked him some questions about his background and investigative working experience.
However, if the defense attorneys tried to bring up the subject and the court simply did not allow such argument be presented to the jury trial, then shame on the court. The defense attorneys could have produced enough documentary data to sustain their claim that the almost all federal law enforcement shootings resulting in the death or wounding of a suspect or any civilian regardless of immigration status is conducted by city, county or state investigators and prosecutors.
The father-in-law of former Border Patrol Agent Ignacio Ramos is called for an investigation of Border Patrol Agent Rene Sanchez, a longtime friend of convicted drug smuggler Osvaldo ALDRETE-DAVILA. Why was agent Rene Sanchez allowed to browse the U.S. Border Patrol computer system to look for information regarding the drug seizure on February 17, 2005? Was he an agent assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol Office of Internal Audit (USBP-OIA)? To my knowledge non-internal affairs employees working for any federal law enforcement agency cannot conduct any investigative acts regarding other co-workers. In fact most agencies have strict rules about “computer browsing.”
This is an old case and old news. In fact, both Ramos and Compean have been released from custody thanks to 48 lawmakers from the U.S. Congress asked former president George W. Bush to pardon the two former US Border Patrol agents who were found guilty on numerous criminal acts and were subsequently sentenced to serve at least ten (10) years each in a federal prison.
This case caused sensational news not only in the United States but in the world.
On February 09, 2007, Andrew C. McCarthy published an article titled In the Border Patrol Case, the Best Defense Is a Good Offense - The spin about the inspector general’s report is belied by what is in the inspector general’s report. I posted McCarthy’s opinion only to show that there are people who regardless what the evidence demonstrate, these people will have their own opinion. For McCarthy, the DHS-OIG report proves that the two US Border Patrol agents are guilty as charged. This comes as no surprise McCarthy approves and has defended the practice of waterboarding as not necessarily being torture when prosecuting terrorists. However, the report written by agent Christopher Sanchez shows that the prosecution did not have all the ducks on the row. I agree with McCarthy to some degree that Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean are not completely in the clear. They violated a number of agency’s policies, rules, and regulations.
However, in my opinion, this case from the beginning became a disaster. The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) supervisors at the scene, how the USBP top management handled the shooting incident-crisis, the investigation by a DHS-OIG rookie agent, and the prosecution by a U.S. Attorney’s office headed by Johnnie Sutton, a character that had already shown a particular bias toward a certain race with the House of Death series written by Bill Conroy. You can be an excellent teacher and orator on law enforcement issues, but if you have never been a law enforcement officer, a police officer, then whatever you are teaching becomes an empty lecture. USBP agents and police officers in general sometimes only have a few seconds to make a life or death decision. It is where the old adage comes from, “I rather be judged by twelve than be carried by six.”
Some individual U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senators called for the resignation or firing of the DHS-OIG’s Inspector General (IG) Richard L. Skinner for lying to the U.S. Congress.
IG Skinner took the criticism of his deputies and investigators very personal to the point of appearing before the U.S. Congress and still defending their actions.
Mr. President Obama, the actions by DHS' Inspector General Richard Skinner, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush serves at the pleasure of your Office of the U.S. Presidency. Just like I personally have no use for truly bad law enforcement officers, if you review all of the lies and false information that Mr. Skinner and his deputies provided to members of the U.S. Congress and the number of acts committed in the Ramos-Compean case by DHS-OIG, you would agree that his resignation is in order.
This writer has attempted several times to have IG Skinner or any OIG special agents respond and to tell this writer about the status of the numerous complaints he has filed. In short, DHS and its OIG agents have been ignoring this writer for too long. I want to make sure IG Skinner and his staff doesn’t misunderstand me and they overreact by paying me a surprise visit, non-announced while conducting a vindictive and retaliatory interview.
After I reviewed the heavily redacted 77 pages of a Report of Investigation written by DHS-OIG special agent Christopher R. Sanchez, who was allegedly a DHS-OIG trainee special agent hired from an Arizona’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), plus dozens of investigative reports and a report titled The Investigation, Arrest, and Trial of U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean: Background and Issues, by the Congressional Research Service on March 13, 2007, I determined that the termination of IG Skinner, his deputies, and special agent Christopher R. Sanchez from employment with the U.S. government is in order for the good and efficiency of DHS and the U.S. government. The charges: making false statements and lying to the U.S. Congress and for making unauthorized disclosures of law enforcement information by agent Sanchez to U.S. Border Patrol Agent Rene Sanchez.
Like any other civil service employee, agent Sanchez can appeal any proposed termination with the MSPB. It is his right but I wish him luck and hope he’s got lots of money to hire an attorney. As to the Inspector General, he serves at the pleasure of the U.S. President. After a proper briefing on this matter, I doubt very much, President Barack Obama would have any confidence or trust IG Richard L. Skinner.
This writer also reviewed the following news reports and related documents posted in the Internet.
A review of the following story posted at http://www.alipac.us/article-print-1960.html you will find numerous inconsistent; including an allegation that DHS-OIG’s special agent Christopher Sanchez made an unauthorized disclosure of his criminal investigative findings to USBP agent Rene Sanchez, an alleged boyhood friend of drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila:
Cop called 'double agent'
Date: Friday, February 23 @ 10:45:17 CST
Topic: Border Patrol American US Security
Stillinger objects to Cardone that when Christopher Sanchez got the Blanchette memo he shared it with Rene Sanchez rather than begin an investigation of Rene Sanchez himself.
Stillinger says in the transcript:
This guy (Christopher Sanchez) gets a memo in July, where somebody is saying – not terrible, but saying, I have concerns about Rene Sanchez. And it's not terrible, but he seems unusually well informed.
This witness (Christopher Sanchez) does – instead of investigating it, he turns the memo over to Rene Sanchez, so Rene Sanchez can call Blanchette and say, Why are you writing these things about me? It's not normal behavior.
It's not normal behavior, I don't think, for an OIG (Office of the Inspector General) agent to turn over an investigatory memo within hours of having received it, to turn it over to the subject of the memo. And I think that shows his bias in this investigation. (Emphasis Mine)
MEXICO UNDER SIEGE The drug was at our doorstep
The Los Angeles Times has posted a very interesting website titled Mexico Under Siege with updated almost daily stories of the war on drugs on both sides of our International border, the United States and Mexico. http://projects.latimes.com/mexico-drug-war/#/its-a-war
17 charged in string of brutal kidnappings and slayings in San Diego suburbs - In a spillover of Tijuana violence, Mexican gang members posing as U.S. law enforcement personnel abducted and killed 9 victims. By Richard Marosi - latimes.com - August 14, 2009
Experts say working with informants risky business - August 13, 2009 - ALICIA A. CALDWELL and Suzanne Gamboa - Associated Press Writer http://www.evri.com/apfeeds/AP_Online_National_News/af/f7/aff7767720f642caa253b1463cbd0e2c
ICE Agent in Hot Water? - Aug 13th, 2009 - By Michel Marizco – Border Reporter http://borderreporter.com/?p=2305
Experts: Using informants risky, but ICE could have kept closer eye on man charged in hit - By ALICIA A. CALDWELL - Associated Press - August 13, 2009
16-year-old arrested in cartel shooting in El Paso - By ALICIA A. CALDWELL - The Associated Press - August 12, 2009 - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/12/AR2009081200915.html
Border security not an isolated issue, Napolitano says - The Homeland Security chief, at an El Paso conference, says immigration enforcement, citizenship processes and counter-narcotics efforts are 'inextricably linked' to border safety - By Anna Gorman – August 12, 2009 - Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-immigration12-2009aug12,0,6305451.story
SPLC Report: Militia Movement Resurgent, Infused with Racism - The Second Wave: Return of the Militias SLC Center – August 12, 2009 - http://www.splcenter.org/news/item.jsp?aid=392
U.S. government still hiding facts in the case against Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean - August 12, 2009 - Norfolk Crime Examiner - Dave Gibson
Obama loses immigration allies
Obama puts off immigration bill
Economy, health care reform to take priority
A Test of Faith in Mexico's Drug War - Religion Endures an Inner, Outer Struggle By Steve Fainaru and William Booth - Washington Post - Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Obama, Mexican Leader Discuss Drug Cartels By Cheryl W. Thompson - Washington Post Staff Writer - Monday, August 10, 2009 - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/09/AR2009080901566.html
Obama says drug cartels violate human rights - The Associated Press - Monday, August 10, 2009 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/10/AR2009081001605.html
Border corruption rising on US side - More American enforcement officials giving in to lure of smugglers' bribes By Martha Mendoza and Christopher Sherman - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tucson, Arizona - Published: 08.10.2009 http://www.azstarnet.com/dailystar/304259
Leahy Blocks Positive Report on Mexico's Rights Record - Skepticism About Conclusions Delays U.S. Anti-Drug Aid By William Booth and Steve Fainaru - Washington Post - Wednesday, August 5, 2009
EL PASO AREA FEDERAL LAW AGENTS FROM VARIOUS FEDERAL AGENCIES PLEAD GUILTY AND/OR ARE FOUND GUILTY TO VARIOUS CHARGES.
John E. Murphy, Acting United States Attorney, has issued several press releases dealing with public corruption criminal convictions. Press releases from the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas - August 3, 2009 - http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txw/press_releases/index.html
Slain Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas laid to rest
By Angelica Martinez - Union-Tribune Staff Writer - Originally published 9:05 a.m. July 31, 2009, updated 2:55 p.m., July 31, 2009 - http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jul/31/bn31rosas0953/
Activists picket, feel betrayed by administration policies By Stephen Dinan Originally published July 30, 2009 http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/30/obama-loses-immigration-allies/
Border agent killed in unusual violence within US - By Gillian Flaccus - Associated Press Writer - July 24, 2009 http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2009/07/24/border_patrol_agent_killed_in_san_diego_county/
Calderon’s drug offensive stirs ‘wasp net’ - The 2 ½-year offesinve has uncovered deep corruption and sparked violent gang wars, presenting a stark reality: The longer and harder the war is fought, the more complex and daunting it becomes - By Ken Ellingwood and Tracy Wilkinson – Los Angeles Times – July 13, 2009 http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexico-drugwar13-2009jul13,0,1796109.story
Chismes: Was a Murdered Cartel Figure an Informant for the U.S.? - Jun 8th, 2009 - By Michel Marizco – Border Reporter http://borderreporter.com/?p=2144
Indictment and Arrest of Eight Individuals and the Execution of Two Search Warrants - News Release DEA – El Paso, Texas – DEA SAIC Joseph M. Arabit - May 22, 2009
Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) El Paso Field Division, announced the indictment and arrest of eight individuals and the execution of two search warrants in El Paso, Texas as a result of an investigation into the Rodrigo Eckenroth drug trafficking organization (DTO). The investigation of the Eckenroth DTO was initiated by a DEA El Paso Division Multi-Agency HIDTA Task Force along with the El Paso Police Department Stash House Task Force, based on information that the Eckenroth DTO was responsible for the distribution of approximately 25,000 pounds of marijuana a year throughout the United States during 2007 and 2008. The investigation identified various warehouses and residences in the El Paso metropolitan area that had been utilized by the Eckenroth DTO to store and transport drug shipments. Please note the absence of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement who reportedly is involved and cooperating with the DEA.
Sinaloa cartel may resort to deadly force in U.S. - Authorities say Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, the reputed leader of the Mexican cartel, has given his associates the OK, if necessary, to open fire across the border. By Josh Meyer - latimes.com - May 6, 2009 - http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-mexico-chapo6-2009may06,0,5537420.story
MEXICAN DRUG WARS IN AMERICA NOW!! - April 19, 2009 in BORDER PATROL, DRUG WAR, ECONOMY, Immigration, KIDNAPPING, KILLED, MISSING PERSONS, MURDER, ONE PARTY SYSTEM, REVOLUTION, SECURE BORDERS, SOCIALSIM, WELFARE NATION, drugs, enemy, smugglers, terrorists, wordpress political alliance. http://mickmck707.wordpress.com/2009/04/19/mexican-drug-wars-in-america-now/
STATEMENT OF RICHARD L. SKINNER INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REGARDING THE INVESTIGATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL AGENTS IGNACIO RAMOS AND JOSE COMPEAN http://www.scribd.com/doc/219391/Ramos-and-Campean-Statement-of-Richard-Skinner-Inspector-General-DHS
Richard L. Skinner – Inspector General – DHS-OIG - http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/structure/biography_0112.shtm
Christopher R. Sanchez - Special Agent - DHS-OIG - http://www.zoominfo.com/people/Sanchez_Christopher_357006761.aspx?PersonID=357006761&lastName=Sanchez&firstName=Christopher&id=357006761&searchSource=page&page=2
Drug cartels' new weaponry means war - Narcotics traffickers are acquiring firepower more appropriate to an army -- including grenade launchers and antitank rockets -- and the police are feeling outgunned. By Ken Ellingwood and Tracy Wilkinson - latimes.com - March 15, 2009
Osvaldo ALDRETE-DAVILA, Federal Prisoner Number 09567-280 currently incarcerated at the Fort Worth FCI – Expected Release Date 02-24-2016 http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinderServlet?Transaction=NameSearch&needingMoreList=false&FirstName=osvaldo&Middle=&LastName=aldrete-davila&Race=U&Sex=U&Age=&x=94&y=24
Arrests of corrupt border police rise
Charges range from drug trafficking to immigrant smuggling
August 11, 2009 at 10:22 am Immigration Watch International
Arrests of corrupt U.S. border police rise
Charges range from drug trafficking to immigrant smuggling
Associated Press - Updated 1:30 p.m. MT, Sun., Aug 9, 2009
Public's help needed in terror fight, Napolitano says - CNN – July 29, 2009 http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/29/homeland.security/index.html#cnnSTCText
Mexico Accused of Torture in Drug War - Army Using Brutality To Fight Trafficking, Rights Groups Say By Steve Fainaru and William Booth - Washington Post - Thursday, July 9, 2009
"They've kicked the can down the road, which could lead to more of the same squabbles we're trying to get rid of," - Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa)
MEXICO UNDER SIEGE: Designated immigration agents authorized to participate in drug enforcement - An agreement is reached to limit drug trafficking at the U.S.-Mexico border, a move intended to end the turf war between the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. By Josh Meyer - June 19, 2009 http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-smuggling19-2009jun19,0,1373014.story
Border Patrol agent shoots, kills, suspected human smuggler
By ALICIA A. CALDWELL – KVIA - Associated Press Writer – August 9, 2007
THE CASE OF RAMOS AND COMPEAN: THE ACROSS-BORDER CONTEXT
HEARING BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND OVERSIGHT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
ONE HUNDRED TENTH CONGRESS FIRST SESSION - JULY 31, 2007 - Serial No. 110–90
Former border agents optimistic about future after prison release - By Lou Dobbs – CNN – March 20, 2009 http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/03/20/ramos.compean.interview/index.html
Ex-Border Patrol agents released early from prison By Lou Dobbs – CNN – February 17, 2009 http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/02/17/border.pardons/index.html
Mexican Drug Runner Shot by Border Agents Breaks His Silence - May 10, 2007 – Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,271332,00.html
Panel calls for more scrutiny of ICE program - 03/04/09 by SUSAN CARROLL - HOUSTON CHRONICLE http://mccaul.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=48§iontree=7,48&itemid=288#
Freed Border Agents Ramos, Compean Finally Break Their Silence - By: David Eberhart - Newsmax.com - Wednesday, March 25, 2009 http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/ramos_compean_interview/2009/03/25/195954.html
Arrest and conviction of former CBP officer - On February 26, 2009, U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, Western District of Texas issued a press release announcing that on this date 28-year-old Alex Moses Jr., a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer pled guilty to smuggling six grams of cocaine from Mexico, into the United States. Moses had been arrested on September 28, 2008 at the Highway 277 Border Patrol Checkpoint north of Del Rio after a canine alert on Moses’ vehicle. He also was in possession of two pounds of marijuana and five grams of cocaine. While in custody, authorities found one gram of cocaine inside Moses’ cell phone. U.S. Attorney Sutton’s press release indicated Moses faced between up to 20 years in federal prison for importation of cocaine. On August 18, 2009, the Office of the U.S. Attorney’s media unit reported that On May 29, 2009, Alex Moses received a sentence of five years probation. http://www.dhs.gov/xoig/assets/press/OIGpr_022609.pdf
COMMUTATIONS: Thanks to Those Who Never Quit Trying -- Even When Others Said Trying Was Futile
Convicted Ex-Border Agents Hope for Pardons From Bush - FOX News - Jennifer Lawinski and Sara Bonisteel - November 17, 2008 - http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,453444,00.html
Second Ex-Border Agent Resentenced in Shooting Case as Supporters Call for Pardons - Fox News - Sara Bonisteel - Associated Press - November 13, 2008
"Victim" In Border Agent Case Convicted of Drug Smuggling - 7/29/2008 by John Walsh - American Most Wanted http://www.amw.com/features/feature_story_detail.cfm?id=1369
STATEMENT OF DR. ERIK CAMAYD-FREIXAS FEDERALLY CERTIFIED INTERPRETER AT THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA REGARDING A HEARING ON “THE ARREST, PROSECUTION, AND CONVICTION OF 297 UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS IN POSTVILLE, IOWA, FROM MAY 12 TO 22, 2008” BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP, REFUGEES, BORDER SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL LAW July 24, 2008 at 11:00am 1310 Longworth House Office Building
Sara Carter from the Washington Times -
December 4, 2007 - GLENN BECK PROGRAM - BEGIN TRANSCRIPT - http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/196/1695/
The ballad of Ramos and Compean: How the anti-immigration right -- and Lou Dobbs -- turned two rogue Border Patrol agents into heroes and got Congress on their side - By Alex Koppelman (Against Ramos and Compean – Alex Koppelman believes they are guilty as charged) http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/09/04/ramos_compean/print.html
Note: This writer does not agree with Alex Koppelman's article. It is only posted as an illustration that some people believe in former U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's justification in the prosecution of Ramos and Compean.
Border Patrol: OK to Shoot Fleeing Subjects? - Posted Jul 18, 07 4:25 PM CDT in Politics - http://www.newser.com/story/4456/border-patrol-ok-to-shoot-fleeing-subjects.html
Lawmakers Probe Prosecution of Border Agents Who Shot Mexican Drug Runner - http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,284893,00.html
The Investigation, Arrest, and Trial of U.S. Border Patrol Agents
Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean: Background and Issues
March 13, 2007 By Blas Nunez-Nieto and Michael John Garcia – Congressional Research Service
Official: Mexican Drug Runner Shot by Border Agents Smuggled More Drugs Into U.S.
By Liza Porteus - March 01, 2007
Ramos attorney calls for mistrial
Claims key document withheld from border agents' defense
February 20, 2007 - By Jerome R. Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com
Discrepancies in case against Border Patrol - 02-13-2007 - Jay Are - Talk Show America
'Pardon Ramos and Compean now!'
Long-time Bush friend among 31 leaders signing letter to White House By Jerome R. Corsi - Posted: November 19, 2007 - WorldNetDaily.com - http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58772
Hearings about agents' case could go before House - By Sara A. Carter - 02/14/2007 – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_5230591
How cozy was Border Patrol with smuggler?
Corruption cover-up charged in case of jailed agents By Jerome R. Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com - February 12, 2007 http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=54199
Border Patrol agents fired for changing testimonies - 2 agents face dismissal, 1 resigns – all 3
given immunity despite altering accounts - February 10, 2007 - WorldNetDaily.com
Border-agent investigator had tie to smuggler - Played major role in Ramos-Compean case but name blacked out in report - By Jerome R. Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com - February 09, 2007
Border pass - February 09, 2007 - WorldNetDaily.com - http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=54167
Border agents who testified against convicted co-workers will be fired - Men who were at scene of shooting terminated for changing their stories - By Sara A. Carter, Staff Writer - 02/09/2007 – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_5200281
Author of DHS border-agent report lied to Congress - Senate Democrats give Feinstein OK to hold hearing on Ramos-Compean - By Jerome R. Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com - February 08, 2007
Prosecutor accused of hiding smuggler's 2nd drug bust
Suspect in case against border guards given free pass on charges - By Jerome R. Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com - February 01, 2007 - http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=54044
Border Patrol Union Says Agent Is Being Railroaded for Fatal Shooting of Mexican Immigrant
By William LaJeunesse – Fox News -February 01, 2007 - http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,248681,00.html
Lawmakers Review Homeland Security Report on Border Agent Shooting of Drug Runner
By Liza Porteus – Fox News - January 31, 2007 - http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,248705,00.html
Homeland Security memos contradict U.S. attorney - Also reveal smuggler formed 'hunting party' targeting Ramos, Compean - By Jerome R. Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com – January 31, 2007
Congress gets reports on jailed border patrol agents - By Sara A. Carter - 01/31/2007 - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Malicious Prosecution of Ramos and Compean: Johnny Sutton’s Days Numbered? Most Likely
January 30, 2007 by hecubus
Memo casts doubt on agency's assertions - Homeland Security won't release papers on border agents' case By Sara A. Carter - 01/28/2007 - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Ballistics data don't support charge against border agents
Investigator: U.S. attorney twisted evidence to fit case – 'guilty of malicious prosecution'
January 28, 2007 - By Jerome R. Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com - http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53976
Feds pressed to hand over border agent docs
Congressman files FOIA request on info that could favor Compean, Ramos
January 26, 2007 - By Jerome R. Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com - http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53948
Ex-Border Patrol Agents Await Word of Bush Pardon While in Prison
By Liza Porteus – Fox News - January 24, 2007 - http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,246101,00.html
DHS yet to release evidence on convicted border agents - By Sara Carter - 01/24/2007 - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Republican revolt builds over border agents - House resolution calls for tossing Ramos, Compean convictions
January 23, 2007 - By Jerome R. Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com - http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53893
Border Patrol agent held in solitary confinement
'They act like he's Charles Manson,' father-in-law tells WND
January 23, 2007 - By Jerome R. Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com - http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53897
Wrong law used to convict Border agents - By Jerome R. Corsi - January 22, 2007 - WorldNetDaily.com http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53873
Border agents' prosecutor responds to critics - U.S. attorney: 'I understand the public relations problem the case has caused' - By Jerome R. Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com - January 19, 2007 http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53837
Bush to Consider Pardon for Border Agents Convicted of Shooting Drug Runner - Associated Press – Fox News - January 19, 2007 - http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,244740,00.html
Special counsel sought for imprisoned border agents - Head of union wants probe of case against 'innocent men doing their job' - By Jerome R. Corsi - WorldNetDaily.com - January 18, 2007
Border Patrol agents start sentence - Sara A. Carter, Staff Writer - 01/18/2007 - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_5035488
Lawmakers, Advocacy Groups Launch Last-Ditch Effort to Save Two Border Patrol Agents From Jail
By Liza Porteus – Fox News - January 17, 2007 - http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,243921,00.html
Border agents sent to prison - Angry Republican congressman calls President Bush 'disgrace' By Art Moore - WorldNetDaily.com - January 17, 2007 http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53805
Border agents plead for 'Christmas pardon' - Congressman hosts rally asking Bush to stop 'miscarriage of justice' By Art Moore - WorldNetDaily.com – December 20, 2006 - http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53448
DEA veteran claims House of Death informant had license to murder - Posted by Bill Conroy - November 6, 2006 – Narco News - http://narcosphere.narconews.com/node/1716
Report: Agents 'out to shoot Mexicans' - Sara A. Carter - 10/26/2006 - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin - http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_4551034
Where is the proof? - Those backing border agents want to see evidence of wrongdoing
Decade-plus in prison - Sentence handed to border agents; free until Jan. 17 - By Louie Gilot, El Paso Times - 10/19/2006 -http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_4519632
Lawmakers seek review of border agent case - August 23, 2006 – The Washington Times
Agents' case prompts call for probe - Judiciary Committee agrees Border Patrol pair's conviction warrants investigation, hearings - By Sara A. Carter - 08/17/2006 - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_4199317
Breaking The Silence: Convicted Border Agent Tells His Story - By Sara A. Carter – The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, August 8, 2006 - http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2006/08/breaking_the_si.php
Several Documents dealing with the prosecution of Ramos and Compean by Friends of the Border Patrol
JONES EXPRESSES OUTRAGE OVER UNJUST PROSECUTION OF U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENTS
Washington, D.C. – In a letter today to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Third District Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) expressed outrage over the Justice Department’s unacceptable prosecution of two U.S. Border Patrol agents for simply doing their jobs to protect our homeland. - http://jones.house.gov/release.cfm?id=436
Los Angeles Times – Mexico’s Drug war - Complete series – June 3, 2008 to July 30, 2009 Use the list below to sort and view all Los Angeles Times coverage of Mexico Under Siege - http://projects.latimes.com/mexico-drug-war/#/its-a-war
STATEMENT OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE - Press Release - February 27 1998
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Justice Department has closed a federal civil rights investigation into the death of Ezequiel Hernandez, Jr., who was shot on the Texas/Mexico border last May. U.S. Marine Corporal Clement Banuelos, who was participating in a federal drug interdiction operation, fatally shot the 18 year old high school student who was herding goats near his home in Redford, Texas.
No Charges Against Marine in Border Killing
By SAM HOWE VERHOVEK - August 15, 1997 – The New York Times
Neighbors of Texan Killed by Military Anti-Drug Patrol Petition for Demilitarization of Border; Pentagon Pulls Anti-Drug Troops From Border; State Grand Jury Decides Not to Indict Marine
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MIGUEL ANGEL CONTRERAS
Miguel Angel Contreras, the founder and president of CONTRERAS ASSOCIATES INTERNATIONAL, is the founding and chairmen emeritus of the Federal Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers Association www.fhleoa.org.
Dr. Contreras is a renowned leader with a firm commitment to diverse ethnic communities worldwide. He is recognized for his work ethics in the areas of leadership, civil rights advocate, social ethics, reform, and reconciliation. A noted criminal justice, law enforcement, security management, and community leader for more than 30 years, his expertise and extensive background in these subject areas have resulted in his being called for consultation with various organizations on issues dealing with law enforcement, security management, U.S. Customs, U.S. immigration issues, society, and social justice.
Dr. Contreras, for 30 years served with distinction as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator and as a journeyman criminal investigator with Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, such as the US Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement, www.ice.gov US Customs Service's Offices of Investigations and Internal Affairs, www.ice.gov US Drug Enforcement Administration, www.dea.gov US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, www.atf.gov US Immigration & Naturalization Service, www.ice.gov and US Defense Investigative Service, www.dss.mil. He served with the Lansing Police Department www.lansingpolice.com as a police officer and corrections officer with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan, www.ingham.org/sh in the late 1970s. Dr. Contreras honorably retired from federal law enforcement service on October 4, 2006.
He has lectured foreign national federal police personnel in national security issues, and has traveled to several countries as a Federal law enforcement official. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), designation granted by the American Society for Industrial Security, www.asisonline.org a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), designation granted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, www.acfe.com a Diplomate of the American Board of Law Enforcement Experts (DABLEE), designation granted by the American College of Forensic Examiners, www.acfei.com and Certified Security Supervisor (CSS) and Certified Protection Officer (CPO), designations granted by the International Foundation for Protection Officers, www.ifpo.org.
A consummate no-nonsense law enforcement and security management expert, is a driving-force of numerous coalitions across ideological, cultural and social spectrum, he has served on numerous local, regional and national boards assisting communities.
Dr. Contreras received his Associate Applied of Science degree and Associate in Business at Arizona Western College, www.azwestern.edu and Lansing Community College, www.lcc.edu respectively, and a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Criminal Justice Administration at Michigan State University, www.msu.edu a Master in Theology and Apologetics, and a Doctor of Theology degree at Calvin School of Apologetics & Theology, www.calvinschool.info a Master of Theology in Christian Counseling, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theology, and a Doctor in Theology in Pastoral Counseling at Northwestern Theological Seminary, www.northwesternseminary.com. He also conducted advanced graduate studies in security management at the University of Leicester, Leicester, UK, www.le.ac.uk. In January 2005, he received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Theological Seminary.
Dr. Contreras is currently an ordained minister with the Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Church (LEPC). He was a former minister and pastor with the Assemblies of God – USA, www.ag.org and conducted home-church services at his residence located at 3767 W 18th PL, Yuma, AZ 85364 under the names of Mission Assembly of God and Indonesian Assembly of God. He also offered totally free Christian counseling and preached for free at the Crossroads Mission Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center and at other locations in Yuma, AZ and nation-wide. Dr. Contreras never received compensation or was paid for his pastoral, preaching or Christian Counseling services.
The following is a portion of my Curriculum Vitae:
CERTIFIED PROTECTION PROFESSIONAL (CPP) - Designation granted by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), 1625 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2818 - November 1, 1997
CERTIFIED SECURITY SUPERVISOR (CSS) - Designation granted by the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO), Bellingham Business Park, Suite 200, 4200 Meridian, Bellingham, Washington 98226 - March 9, 1994
CERTIFIED PROTECTION OFFICER (CPO) - Designation granted by the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) - February 14, 1994
CERTIFIED FRAUD EXAMINER (CFE) - Designation granted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, 716 West Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701 - March 5, 1993 - Life Member
DIPLOMATE OF THE AMERICAN BOARD OF LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERTS (DABLEE) - Designation granted by the American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFE), 611 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-3892 - March 17, 1999 – Former Member (permission to post designation was granted by ACFE as long as I identify myself as a former member)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Northwestern Theological Seminary
Doctor of Theology (ThD) - Calvin School of Apologetics & Theology, Cochin University
Doctor of Divinity (DD) Honorary - Northwestern Theological Seminary
Master of Theology (MTh) - Northwestern Theological Seminary
Master of Theology (MTh) - Calvin School of Apologetics & Theology, Cochin University
Bachelor of Art (BA) - School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
Associate in Business (AB) - Lansing Community College
Associate Applied of Science (AAS) - Arizona Western College
10/04/06 – 12/31/2008 – CONTRERAS ASSOCIATES INTERNATIONAL, LLC, 3767 W 18th PL, Yuma, Arizona 85364. Telephone (928) 329-1099. Title: Owner- President- Operator.
03/03 - 10/03/2006 - U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Office of Investigations, 3911 S. Pico Avenue, Yuma, Arizona, 85365. Title: Senior Special Agent, GS-1811-13, Step 10.
05/00 - 03/03 - U. S. Customs Service - Office of Investigations, 3911 South Pico Avenue, Yuma, Arizona, 85365. Title: Senior Special Agent, GS-1811-13, Step 10.
05/99 - 05/00 - U. S. Customs Service - Office of Investigations, 3911 South Pico Avenue, Yuma, Arizona, 85365. Title: Group Supervisor, GS-1811-14, Step 4
12/95 - 05/99 - U. S. Customs Service - Office of Internal Affairs, 321 South Waterman Street, Suite 110, El Centro, CA 92243. Title: Resident Agent-in-Charge, GS-1811-14, Step 4
06/95 - 12/95 - U. S. Customs Service - Office of Investigations, 3911 South Pico Avenue, Yuma, Arizona, 85365. Title: Senior Special Agent, GS-1811-13.
08/92 - 06/95 - U. S. Customs Service - Office of Investigations, Special Agent-in-Charge, 477 Michigan Avenue, Room 1850, Detroit, Michigan 48226. Title: Senior Special Agent, GS-1811-13.
05/88 - 08/92 - U. S. Customs Service - Office of Enforcement, Resident Agent-in-Charge, 321 S. Waterman St., Suite 210, El Centro, California 92243. Title: Special Agent, GS-1811-12.
09/85 - 07/88 - U. S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms - Office of the Resident Agent-in-Charge, 300 W. Congress St., Tucson, Arizona 85702. Title: Special Agent, GS-1811-12.
07/85 - 09/85 - U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of the Resident Agent-in-Charge, 6904 Plummer St., Tucson, Arizona 85706. Title: Special Agent, GS-1811-07.
04/83 - 02/85 - U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service, Investigations Branch, 630 Sansome Street, San Francisco, California 9411. Title: Special Agent, GS-1811-07.
12/81 - 04/83 - U. S. Defense Investigative Service, 520 C Street, Suite 200, San Diego, California 92101. Title: Special Agent, GS-1810-07. Telephone (619) 293-5544
11/78 - 12/81 - Lansing Police Department, 124 W. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48906. Title: Police Officer.
06/78 - 11/78 - Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, Mason, Michigan. Title: Deputy Sheriff (Corrections Officer).
01/75 - 01/77 - Arizona Western College Campus Police, P.O. Box 929, Yuma, Arizona. Title: Police Cadet (Student part-time).
I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge, information and belief. Executed this 20thh day of August, 2009.
MIGUEL ANGEL CONTRERAS