Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bush's Shameful Pardons and Non-Pardons

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President Bush today pardoned several people who committed real crimes. Here's some examples:

_William Alvis III, of Flushing, Ohio. Possession of an unregistered firearm and cocaine distribution.

_John Allen Aregood of Riviera, Texas. Conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal aliens.

_Eric Charles Blanke of Parker, Colo. Counterfeiting.

_Steve Doyle Cavender of The Villages, Fla. Conspiring to import, possess, distribute and dispense marijuana.

_Donald Edward Roessler of Harrison, Ohio. Embezzlement of mail matter.

_Issac Robert Toussie of Brooklyn, N.Y. False statements to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and mail fraud.
The horrible decision, however, is who is not on the list:

... Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, former U.S. Border Patrol agents who were convicted of shooting a drug smuggler in 2005 and trying to cover it up...

These two men shot an illegal alien who was smuggling drugs across the border. They were doing their jobs and protecting the people of the US from a vile criminal and for their service were throw in prison. Here's their story for background. Please take a moment to read it.

Convicted drug dealers, embezzlers, hucksters, con artists, counterfeiters and other assorted felons get off while Compean and Ramos rot in jail for doing their job. Yes, they didn't follow all the rules but to let them be put away for years? I think not and Bush still has the ability to see that doesn't happen.

While I'll always respect the President for his actions in the War on Terror, I will always believe he stained his legacy by his shameful treatment of these two men.


Leonard said...

If this would be made known by the national media It wouldn't go unnoticed and would cause an upprage of the voting public. But as with all illegal citizenship news it will go unreported by the mainstream media.

Anonymous said...

I have to respectfully disagree. Whatever the drug smuggler had done, he was unarmed, and they had no right to take his life.

(Happy christmas!)

Scott said...

He is alive. He was shot in the ass and testified for the prosecution.