Sunday’s edition of the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) newspaper has outdone itself in demonizing law enforcement as it elevates criminals with Hispanic surnames. The latest in the agendized news coverage is a series referred to as an “investigative report.” Hustling with front page coverage that meanders for three additional full pages, it begins with the saga of Antonio Elena Rodriguez whose image, the daily tells its dwindling readers, is on posters, murals and graffiti plastered on walls in the Mexican border town of Nogales, Sonora. He was shot by border agents as he was with a pack of thugs hurling deadly rocks at them. His family contends he was merely walking to the store.
The República article titled, “Wall of silence surrounds killings by border agents,” contends similar victims dot the landscape of border towns. In this saga, the border agents are the heavies. No notice is given to those who have been killed in the line of duty. Click on this link and check the officers who “have lost their lives serving and protecting the citizens of this great nation,” going back to 1919. Many are Hispanic. The complete history of Theodore Newton and George Azrak, BP agents who were abducted and executed by drug dealers, can be read here.
During Christmas week in 2007, Seeing Red AZ wrote that George W. Bush’s White House spokesman shut down questions from a reporter inquiring about a year-end pardon for imprisoned BP agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.
December 2008, just before he left office, we noted that as president, George W. Bush pardoned or commuted sentences of 32 drug dealers, 12 thieves, seven embezzlers, an arsonist, an armed bank robber and eight Thanksgiving turkeys, among many others – but U.S. Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean remained in prison for Christmas — serving disproportionately harsh 11- and 12-year prison sentences, respectively, for shooting at a fleeing illegal alien drug dealer smuggling nearly 750 pounds of marijuana across the border.
U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton gave the smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, full immunity from prosecution for agreeing to serve as the government’s star witness and testify against the border agents.
Grant Woods, who began his erstwhile political career as Chief of Staff for John McCain is a former AZ Attorney General and dedicated RINO, who is invariably on the wrong side of issues. Woods prosecuted U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Corbett charging him with second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide in the fatal shooting of an illegal alien during a border altercation. Corbett, who said he acted in self-defense, was tried twice, with both cases resulting in a hung jury as Woods did not prove the case. Debbie Schlussel got it right as she wrote about the “doctrine of prosecuting border agents.”
As to charges in the death of Arizona Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, we turn to Breitbart News. Relying on much emanating from the Periódico de la República de Arizona regarding that horrific murder—- committed with a weapon from the Obama Justice Department’s botched AZ gun-running scheme known as “Operation Fast and Furious” —- qualifies as a fool’s errand.