The forgotten Marine

American wrongly imprisoned in Mexico snubbed by his own government

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Between guns and drugs and illicit human smugglers and more, there are plenty of illegal and dangerous people and things crossing the U.S.-Mexican border each day.

Jon Hammar is clearly not one of them.

And yet the U.S. Marine has languished in a notorious Mexican prison since August, at times shackled to a bed, because he brought an antique shotgun on a trip south – reportedly with the full knowledge and advice of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents he approached about it. They allegedly said the item would be fine if he merely filled out the proper forms, which he did.

Mexican authorities thought otherwise. Even though he voluntarily told them about the gun, they arrested him and have imprisoned him ever since, threatening him with 15 years’ incarceration.

You have to wonder if it was just an attempt at extortion: Hammar’s parents have since been called from Mexico and asked for what amounts to ransom.

It’s maddening, and an outrage. He didn’t try to hide the item; he offered it up to agents to inspect.

Nor is it as if it would be the first gun inside Mexico. Good grief, the hills are blood red there with gun violence. This novelty gun was absolutely nothing in comparison to what’s going on in Mexico every day.

An international hunting expert has been quoted as saying the gun, a family relic, is legal in Mexico.

A traveling companion of Hammar’s, a fellow Marine, has said Hammar would have left it at the border if U.S. agents had advised him to.

The two combat veterans were embarking on a surfing trip with small-game hunting in the plans.

It’s hard to believe that after weeks of national media coverage – of what amounts to a foreign government kidnapping of an American Marine – that a single phone call from a high-placed U.S. official to a counterpart in Mexico wouldn’t solve this travesty in a minute.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney shamefully admitted not knowing what the administration is even doing in the case.

Hammar’s parents say it isn’t very much at all.

Do you suppose Mr. Hammar was as lackadaisical in answering his country’s call?

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shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 12/21/12 - 04:09 am
This is crazy!

Maybe if we send in a SEAL team for a quick extraction we can get the government's attention. Both governments. This should have been taken care of right after it happened. Someone has dropped the ball.
Get him out NOW USA!!!

Riverman1 12/21/12 - 06:56 am
Bodies are stacked in the streets of Mexico

Bodies are stacked in the streets of Mexico and they imprison an American for THIS? This is no better than Somali pirates demanding a ransom. Obama should fly down and have a few beers with all concerned like he's done before when he was concerned about justice.

TrukinRanger 12/21/12 - 07:44 am
Perhaps the hunting expert

Perhaps the hunting expert that says it's legal in Mexico should go get him out. Or the supposed agents to told him the right paperwork to fill out. He probably should have checked with a Mexican consulate before attempting to take a gun into Mexico. I'm not saying he had bad intentions, but possibly should have done more research on the legality before going to the border with it. This will get worked out - just may take a little time.

Jane18 12/21/12 - 10:45 am

Believe me, I am not putting Marine Hammar down one iota, but, in this day, why would anyone want to go to Mexico? This for sure, shows what they think of us, and especially our military. Mexico already gets too much of our money, especially from family members sending it back to family and friends. We need to avoid that country like the plague, they are bullies, flexing their muscles by imprisoning one of our military. The gun(which was all legally handled)is just a flimsy excuse used by Mexican extortioners! People, do not go to Mexico!!(for any reason)

MTBer 12/21/12 - 11:04 am
If our POTUS was worth a

If our POTUS was worth a grain of salt, he would make one call to the Mexican president, then immediately send down Air Force One to pick up this Marine. There would be no conversation to be had. I have been watching this story for several weeks now, and this is enough to make one's blood boil.

Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan 12/21/12 - 11:22 am
Update: He is to be released

Update: He is to be released as early as today, a judge has ruled. Our editorial worked! :)
Seriously, still no excuse for our government to let him languish that long.

CobaltGeorge 12/21/12 - 07:51 pm
If I'm Not Wrong

I believe FOX NEWS also brought it into light and had a lot to do for his release.

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