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December 12th, 2012
08:05 PM ET

Ex-Marine threatened in Mexican prison

Brooke talks to Senator Bill Nelson, who's trying to help a U.S. war veteran being held in a Mexican prison. The ex-Marine has been threatened by drug cartels while in custody.

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    I believe that the average psychological make up of those people who would be interested in a career in the Judge/Lawyer/Police profession is that of the Psychotic, Neanderthal, Hooligan. The Mexican Police are probably getting back at the U.S. Police for what we do. They feel justified in their actions.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
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    Something is not right, Hammar and his family first he says that he had obtained papers and were torn by the Mexican customs officer. If that is the case a copy should exist in the USA because Hammar also claims that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent told him the gun was okay to take into Mexico, but the agency said it is not policy to provide information to as to what another country's laws are.
    "Due to privacy, CBP does not comment on the specifics of an individual’s processing," said Mike Friel, spokesman, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "CBP does not provide advice regarding the laws of foreign governments.
    This has been refuted by Hammar's parents and Ian McDonough, who accompanied Hammar Jr. on the trip and was also arrested but later released. They claim U.S. agents told Hammar the gun was legal to carry in Mexico.
    But the most troubling is that his final destination was Costa Rica. Anybody knows that you need to get permits from the embassy or consulates from these other countries prior to traveling and not just showing up with a gun and expected to cross several countries without papers until reaching his final destination. So where are the permits also for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and his final destination Costa Rica? Was he expecting to do all that traveling without permits? Americans need to respect other countries laws and sometimes we take it from granted and expect the world to bend over for us simply because we are Americans. Something is wrong with this picture!

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