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November 6, 2014 (San Diego) – Veteran Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been released from a Mexican prison, the State Department has announced.  Tahmooressi was arrested and imprisoned for driving across the international border with three guns in his vehicle, which is illegal under Mexican law. He reportedly suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome and was not able to obtain treatment while imprisoned for over 200 days.

State Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine), who previously declined an invitation to a luncheon with Mexico’s president in protest of Tahmooressi’s arrest, issued a statement  indicated he is pleased that Mexican authorities have released Sgt. Tahmooressi back to the United States. 

“Releasing him so that he may receive the treatment he needs to combat his PTSD is a much more humane way of treating him than restraining him in shackles, standing for days,” Senator Anderson states. “My hopes and prayers are with Sgt. Tahmooressi and his family, and I wish him a prosperous life after his selfless defense of our country."

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I used to camp in Baja, many don't know the culture or the law. On the return trip from San Felipe there was a Policia check point. Young officers dressed in black with AR-15's. Intimidating. I smiled and waved....

Hi Don

The medium is the message.


Marshall McLuhan? That was fifty years ago. But that's it. You got it, Tom. The unintended consequence of Andrew Tahmooressi going past a No Weapons sign into Mexico was that his incarceration would become a message to the U.S.

it's a message

It's a message from Mexico that Mexicans don't like the US military and are particularly unhappy with the killing of Mexicans at the border.