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ON “HUMANITARIAN” GROUNDS
by Sharon Rondeau
Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi had served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A resident of Florida, he had sought treatment in California and had reportedly crossed over the U.S.-Mexican border inadvertently on March 31.
The prisoner’s mother, Jill Tahmooressi, tearfully testified to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on October 1 along with several other military veterans, including talk show host Montel Williams. A Mexican psychiatrist recommended that Tahmooressi receive therapy for his PTSD in the United States.
In an editorial in The Los Angeles Times dated August 7, Robin Abcarian wrote, “Like many Americans, I hope the judge lets him come home, where he can get into treatment for his PTSD. By the time the case is resolved, Tahmooressi will have probably spent eight months or so in custody, which seems a heavy price to pay for what is either an honest mistake or very poor judgment.” She further opined, “Since 2008, Congress has appropriated $2.1 billion to help Mexico deepen its commitment to the rule of law. How foolish and hypocritical to demand that Mexico now ignore the very justice system we’ve encouraged it to create.”
Exactly five months ago, a petition at whitehouse.gov demanding Tahmooressi’s release had garnered more than 100,000 signatures, the level at which the Obama regime has pledged it will attend to the issue at hand.
Tahmooressi’s freedom was reportedly planned for by Mexican officials in late August.