Will Obama Rescue This Marine?

snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques 2012/12/14 03:29:47
Obama Gov’t Leaves US Marine Chained To A Bed In Mexican Prison

Why is the Obama administration doing nothing to free Jon Hammer?

We urge you to call and contact
your local representative in Washington, DC and demand that the Obama
government work to free former US Marine Jon Hammer.

An ex-Marine who survived dangerous patrols in Iraq and Afghanistan
is now “chained to a bed” in a notorious Mexican prison after a road
trip to Costa Rica went terribly wrong, his friends and family say.


Hammar was en route to Costa Rica for a surfing trip when he cleared
the gun with U.S. customs and was told he could do the same in Mexico.
Four months later, he’s still behind bars in a notorious prison and is
‘losing hope.’

A chorus of supporters are calling on the Mexican government to
release Jon Hammar, 27, who was jailed in August for carrying an antique
shotgun that he believed could be legally registered in Mexico.

Hammar, of Palmetto Bay, Fla., was headed to Costa Rica for a surfing
trip to try and recover from post-traumatic stress after four years of
combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The only time Hammar is not losing his mind is when he’s on the
water,” fellow Marine veteran Ian McDonough, who was arrested with
Hammar during the August incident but later released by Mexican
authorities, told McClatchy newspapers.

Hammar and McDonough had stocked up a used Winnebago with surfboards
and camping supplies and had just crossed the border from Brownsville,
Texas into Matamoros, Mexico, where they were detained.

Hammar had registered the shotgun, a Sear & Roebuck model that
once belonged to his great-grandfather, with U.S. Customs and Border
Protection officials on the U.S. side of the border.

After being told by U.S. agents the shotgun posed no problem and
could be reigstered in Mexico, Hammar and McDonough crossed the border,
tried to declare the weapon, and found themselves separated and behind

“The crux of it is the length of the barrel,” his mother, Olivia Hammar, 46, told Reuters.
“There’s an old law on the books that says it can’t be under 25
inches…It’s a 2-foot barrel…It’s strictly a technicality.”

“It’s a glorified BB gun,” she said.

McDonough, who has Argentine residency in addition to his U.S.
citizenship, was freed a few days after the Aug. 13 arrest and walked
back to Brownsville.

But the nightmare was just beginning for Hammar, who on Aug. 20 was
charged with carrying a deadly weapon and placed in a prison known as
CEDES in Matamoros, a notorious facility heavily populated, and run, by
Mexico’s dangerous drug cartels.

His parents have even received late night phone calls
saying he would be killed if they failed to make thousands of dollars in
payments into a Western Union account.

“He was housed in a wing controlled by the drug cartel,” said Eddie
Varon-Levy, a Mexican lawyer hired by the family. He told Reuters the
charges in Mexico appear to be an effort to “make an example out of the

The Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C. did not immediately respond
to a request from the Daily News about Hammar’s case or why he wasn’t
turned back at the border. After receiving the death and extortion
threats, Hammar’s family made frantic calls to U.S. diplomats who were
able to get the former Marine temporarily placed in solitary
confinement. source – NY Daily News

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  • rightside 2012/12/14 05:01:56
    Just remember that bama doesn't care about the military and could give a rats patootie about this young man. If he did care, it would be all over by now, but he had them postpone it until after the elections,
    Bama is an ass and all those that voted for him should be ashamed.

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  • snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cl... 2012/12/18 03:59:02 (edited)
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    Today is the 18th of December, 2012 - the guy has been held 'hostage' since August - not ONCE has obama stepped forward to DEMAND from Mexico's Prez Nieto, Hammars release.
  • Deb 2012/12/17 05:31:44
    Obama, being the slime that he is won't do a damn thing..however, there is a massive petition going around, I signed...Americans are fighting to get him freed. Pray for this Marine.
  • Angus 2012/12/16 03:47:33
    Obama gives a rats ass about him. He doesn't want to mess things up with the Mexican drug cartel. After all, they are his number one illegal weapons client.
  • DUGGINS 2012/12/16 01:32:26
    Being an ex-marine I already sent e-mails to representarives to free our comrade, Obama doesn't care because Jon Hammer is a white boy.
  • stevmackey 2012/12/15 06:09:06
    He must be white. If he was black he would have the Black Nationalists attack.
  • snell/G... stevmackey 2012/12/18 04:03:25 (edited)
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques

    ....that's a fact, plus obama hasn't stepped forward and said: "if he had a son - he would look just like Hammar".....
  • Apache 2012/12/15 01:43:53
  • Yo'Adri... Apache 2012/12/16 00:48:38
    Thanks for the link...................
  • I Love ... Apache 2013/01/26 19:10:54
    I Love this country
    My father and 2 of his friends were mugged by cops in Mexico, all on separate occasions.
  • RoyJLores 2012/12/15 00:12:06
    Sadly as others pointed out NObama does not care about the men and women in the armed forces except to send them to his worthless conflicts around the world to him they are literally nothing more than cannon fodder.
  • Drummerboy 2012/12/14 21:15:26
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  • Freedooooom!!!!!!!!!! 2012/12/14 21:00:25
    First off he was an ex marine not a full time on duty soldier like this post leads us to believe... Second I am an ex marine... I feel for the dude and think this is total BS how he got screwed by luck (or possibly the Americans that told him it was fine). However if some Mexican come into our country with an illegal firearm, I'll be damned if I or any of you would show him any benefit of the doubt.
  • Drummerboy Freedoo... 2012/12/16 00:54:33
  • Freedoo... Drummerboy 2012/12/16 03:10:10
    Thats my point... It was American customs that screwed up and were getting mad at the Mexicans.

    Put the shoe on the other foot: if some wet back paid his friends on the Mexican side to let him through and we found him with an illegal fire arm.... You gonna take his word for it (that he is a humble ex mexican military going for some r and r) and just let a gun smuggerler go because the Mexican customs officials gave him the go ahead?

    I def think Obama or America should do something about it because it was us that screwed up..... but we can't be mad that the Mexican's are strongly supporting their own sovernty(and justice) just like we would if the situation was flipped. I'll be damned if the Mexican government could tell us to release gun smugglers.
  • snell/G... Freedoo... 2012/12/18 04:10:45
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    yeah? well how bout exercising a little bit of that 'sovrenty' and prevent their drug cartels and illegals from slipping in over here and living off America and planting 'anchor babies' for generations over here - huh? Got any answers for that one??
  • Freedoo... snell/G... 2012/12/19 13:42:37
    Whatever I can't spell... I can use a dictionary or google all day, but you can't do anything to fix stupid. Doing what America tells you to do and shutting up isn't exactly what sovereignty means............ On another point you used 2 exclamation points and all caps words to tell me to lighten up lol. Why is looking at this situation from another perspective than yours viewed as such a staunch and aggressive stance lol... I was in now way in need of lightening up.
  • snell/G... Freedoo... 2012/12/21 19:05:56
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    you tend to live up to your avatar in text - lol
  • snell/G... Freedoo... 2012/12/18 04:08:50
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    Okay, okay - nuffs enough already! The dude's been incarcerated since August. The Mexicans have made no headway to try him, fine him, or DEPORT him HOME! oKAY? Marine or not - lighten up!
  • none 2012/12/14 20:13:15
  • Louisa - Enemy of the State 2012/12/14 19:46:03
    Louisa - Enemy of the State
    This man is an enemy of obama. However, IF everyone is convinced that they Marine should be released to the US, then why are we allowing it? Why do we sit in our heated and air conditioned homes, watching TV and feeding our mouths when an injustice is being encouraged by the government............who just happens to be us! You and me...........
  • snell/G... Louisa ... 2012/12/18 04:13:14
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    obama's not of the ppl, for the ppl, and to the ppl. so anyone expecting the lying illegal potus to 'do' anythng constructive to aid and abet the country he sits over is just day dreaming.....thus why this blog? Beats me!
  • peggy 2012/12/14 17:54:09
    No. He's on vacation
  • ReconMa... peggy 2012/12/14 20:12:50
  • peggy ReconMa... 2012/12/14 20:18:29
    Lol! So true..
  • keeper 2012/12/14 17:38:32
    He better be... I live 30 miles from where he crossed into Mexico at Matamores, and the people down here are not happy with this Marine being detained!
  • ReconMa... keeper 2012/12/14 20:14:32
  • keeper ReconMa... 2012/12/14 20:27:31
    Our government should be doing more than it is doing!!! I have heard horror stories about the Matamores jail...
  • calvin236 keeper 2012/12/15 17:48:46
    And still they won't let him go for whatever reason they won't tell (probably not allowed to do it by somebody's orders). Well, he will probably sit there until somebody comes a few years later and finally decides to do something.
  • keeper calvin236 2012/12/15 17:56:19
    The news I am hearing down here is that the Mexican officials consider it a major crime that has to go to court. they are ignoring the fact that the gun is an antique, and was cleared by US Customs. There is something very strange going on!
  • calvin236 keeper 2012/12/15 20:22:19 (edited)
    I don't know either, but unless something happens fast (which i doubt), he will be stuck in a foreign prison for a good few years while nobody helps him get out and he is on his own with no way to get back here without help.
  • keeper calvin236 2012/12/16 03:46:09
    They have said that the minimum sentence would be 5 years if he is found guilty!
  • Max 2012/12/14 17:27:53
    I doubt Ø will lift a finger to help this Marine.
  • ReconMa... Max 2012/12/14 20:15:22
  • Elleryqueen 2012/12/14 15:51:38
    If this was some towelhead obama would be all over it. Could care less about the military/american citizens, but would undoubtedly do everything in his power to save one of his towelhead brethern.
  • ReconMa... Elleryq... 2012/12/14 20:17:28
  • Elleryq... ReconMa... 2012/12/14 23:14:08
    Sooooo true. Thanks.

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