Obama Silent As Marine Is Chained To Bed In Mexican Jail On Trumped Up Charges

Former United States Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine) and Iraq War Veteran Jon Hammar endured much in his tour in the streets of Fallujah, but now he spends most of his time chained to a bed in a Mexican jail on trumped up gun charges that could result in twelve years in jail. Not surprisingly his former commander-in-chief Barack Obama has been absolutely silent on the matter, even though he was arrested on August 13. Didn't anyone tell you this?

Hammar took to Mexico with a friend to surf, as it was the only thing that seemed to ease his mind following his service in Iraq. He is now within walking distance of the U.S. border, but sadly does not possess the freedom to do so.

And why is a former Marine chained to a bed in a Mexican Jail? McClatchy DC reports:

The reason might seem ludicrous. Hammar took a six-decade-old shotgun into Mexico. The .410 bore Sears & Roebuck shotgun once belonged to his great-grandfather. The firearm had been handed down through the generations, and it had become almost a part of Hammar, suitable for shooting birds and rabbits.

But Mexican prosecutors who looked at the disassembled relic in the 1972 Winnebago motor home dismissed the U.S. registration papers Hammar had filled out. They charged him with a serious crime: possession of a weapon restricted for use to Mexico’s armed forces.

Hammar isn’t the only American accused of questionable gun-related charges at Mexico’s border. Last April, a truck driver who was carrying ammunition through Texas got lost near the border, dipped into Mexico to make a U-turn and was forced to spend more than six months in jail.

According to his grandmother the shotgun was more like a "glorified BB gun."

Both Hammar and his friend Ian McDonough were arrested, not because of the gun, which had cleared customs, but because of the length of the barrel. The Mexican prosecutors “dismissed the U.S. registration papers Hammar had filled out,” charging Hammar with the serious crime of “possession of a weapon restricted for use to Mexico’s armed forces”:

Curiously, it wasn’t the type of shotgun that broke Mexican law. It was the length of the barrel, which the formal citation said was shorter than 25 inches, although a discrepancy has emerged over how the barrel was measured.

Hammar's friend, Mcdonough, was released and allowed to walk back into Texas.

According to Marine Sgt. James Garcia, who served with Hammar in several combat situations, he said Hammar was “one of the best we had.” According to the reports Hammer, who is now only 27 years old, “joined the Marines and deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq before receiving an honorable discharge in 2007, serving another four years in inactive reserve.”

During his stay he has received death threats and as he was sent to a state prison in Matamoros, his parents in Florida received extortion phone calls demanding $1,800. They did not pay, but instead contacted U.S. diplomats who were able to get Hammar moved from a wing of the prison controlled by a Mexican drug cartel into solitary confinement.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said, “His family has described a very disturbing situation that includes their son being chained to a bed in a very small cell and receiving calls from fellow inmates threatening his life if they did not send them money. The family also says that the jail where their son is being held is controlled by the dreaded and brutal Zetas drug cartel. The family wants their son back home, and I will do my best to help them."

I'm pretty sure that Mexico is pretty ticked off still over our government's blatant supplying of arms to Mexican drug cartels with the Fast and Furious scandal has hurt our relationship with them. No doubt there should be no need to take it out on a U.S. citizen, but this is what happens when you have a man like Barack Obama in the White House.

While Garcia says, “He doesn’t deserve this. We never leave a brother behind. We never leave a Marine behind. We have to do something,” and the Hammar's own representative says she will do all she can to help, Barack Obama has said absolutely nothing on the matter or lifted a finger to help this marine who served his country.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/glenn.hendriksen Glenn Hendriksen

    ..............let WE THE PEOPLE trade NObama for HAMMAR.............EVEN steven!!!.........let THIS..............kenyan/indonesian (WHATEVER) this individual is SPEND time CHAINED!@#$! up to a bed in a third world nation like meXico (which he praises so dearly these days)....................this INDIVIDUAL deserves to be TRADED (no PUN intended of course)!!!........

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NWB6IYXUQTNKBVUZIQE2TJGRTI Hugh

    sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action


    Here's some more information about this petition:

    Advocate for the release of Jon Hammar, the Marine imprisoned in

    If the Marine Jon Hammar is not released within 48 hours - reduce any and
    all foreign and Military aid to Mexico by 1/365 per additional day he is

    Restrict all Federal and Military personal from traveling to Mexico for non
    government business.

    Issues a travel warning and restrict travel to Mexico
    Impose a surtax on all imports from Mexico of 5% of the imports value to
    combat the drug cartels on our side of the border.

  • JRJ

    barry is busy using the most recent gun tragedy to enforce his need to get rid of guns. This marine's problem doesn't help him with that at all. God bless you. We are all in a terrible situation with no obvious way to get out.

  • boyer68

    Isn't it obvious? Hammer's the wrong color.

  • WonderWarthog69

    Poor SOB! Although he should have known better than to take ANYTHING INTO Mexico more effective than a "pointed stick (although God knows, THAT'S probly illegal there too)."
    Only answer here is to BOYCOTT EVERYTHING MEXICAN MADE, AND ALL MEXICAN TOURIST AREAS until they free this young man!
    Be sure to eMail his Cong. Rep. Lehtinen and your own Reps., that you will stand by their every effort to have this man freed!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMJUHF4UNZWSLIDRXPSSTOHA3Q Shane

    Boycott freakin' Mexico; they are not an ally of the USA. O'Reilly is all over this story and he is ready to call for a boycott of Mexico if the Marine is not released soon.

  • Redbear

    Americans are afraid to vacation in Mexico for fear of being kidnapped, or shot at, yet Mexicans can come across the border and drive on our roads, impeding traffic and of course to smuggle in drugs. My advice is to arrest every Mexican in the USA who is a tourist and exchange them for this young Marine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/FreedomWriter1 Tom Ballantyne

    We should all call the White House and demand that he be released. This is what narcissists do...or don't do - anything that doesn't benefit them. If we had a real president and commander in chief (not an undocumented vacationer) he would have ordered him released the minute he learned of it...with one phone call. The community organizer doesn't have time for such petty concerns, however. Too much golf to play, and exotic vacations to keep.

  • Liberty Protected

    This kid was so mis-guided.

    I would never go to MEXICO - let alone put myself in harms way or do something that clearly may not be permitted.
    He should have done his homework and check on what type of activity will put yourself in harms way.

    PLAN AHEAD......

  • Captain277

    Give them 24 hrs. to get him home. If he isn't home by then, don't just talk about it, fix it quietly.

  • dave

    send in Seal team 6... take out what you must...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michial-Lawrence/100000291891028 Michial Lawrence

    Two trucks of Mexican soldiers, (well armed at that), come into our country by mistake and nothing is done to them. Except that they are allowed to turn around and go back into Mexico. A truck driver goes into Mexico by mistake and he spends six molnths in a Maxican jail. This marine does nothing wrong a nd he is in a bad Mexican jail. Where is the justice here?

  • GodhelptheUSA

    While I agree with all your emotional nonsense about who to deport to Mexico in place of the young Marine, wouldn't your efforts and words be more useful on a letter, email, fax or phone call to your Senator or Representative? All this does is to allow you to vent your frustrations, rightly deserved, on the POS president and his administration. Do something constructive, contact your government officials. Tell them to support Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) who is the Chairperson of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. That might help - these tirades, no matter how deserved - will help the Marine at all.
    Joe Watters, USN Ret.