A petition entitled: Demand Release of U.S.M.C. Sgt. Tahmooressi Suffering with PTSD from Mexico Imprisonment, was submitted to the White House on May 1, 2014. This is the marine who had just moved to San Diego to seek treatment for his PTSD. He had all of his possessions in his truck, including three U.S. legal firearms, when he reportedly took a wrong turn at the border and wound up in Mexico. He immediately called 911 and declared them to Mexican border agents, but he was arrested nevertheless.
On August 29th the White House finally responded to the petition. Although the threshold requiring a response from the White House is 100,000 signatures, it sat for months before they got around to it. It is interesting to note that there were 134,934 signatures as of that date.
The White House said that “U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, have spoken to Mexican officials at the most highest levels regarding Mr. Tahmooressi’s case…” and that “Our goal is to see that Mr. Tahmooressi is treated fairly during the judicial process…”
Treated fairly? Fair treatment would be to let him go now and put an end to this charade. Nowhere in the White House response did I see any demands for Sgt. Tahmooressi’s immediate release nor any hint of consequences to Mexico if they drag this on and continue to hold him. But what I found the most upsetting about the White House statement was their repeatedly referring (four times) to this marine as Mr. Tahmooressi, as opposed to Sgt. Tahmooressi. This was a complete disregard of, and a slap in the face to his military service to our country. Very sad, but totally predictable of this administration. You may read the petition and the entire White House response here.