Americans Held while Foreigners Freed

A judge placed a Connecticut girl in the permanent custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in a legal dispute involving different medical diagnoses by two hospitals in March of this year. Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Johnston issued the ruling in the case of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier of West Hartford whose parents sought custody.

Tufts Medical Center had treated Justina for mitochondrial disease, a disorder that affects cellular energy production.  But Boston Children’s Hospital later diagnosed her problems as psychiatric.

When her parents rejected the new diagnosis and tried to take her back to Tufts in April 2013, the Massachusetts DCF took custody of her. Since then Justina’s condition has worsened.

Nothing has been said about her case by the Obama administration, though the President injected himself during the Florida vs. George Zimmerman murder case in March 2012, saying, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin.”

In January 2013, Saeed Abedini was sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison. His crime was returning to Iran to help build a state-run, secular orphanage where Iranian police pulled him off a bus and imprisoned him in September 2012.

This past March Abedini was taken to a hospital after an attack by gaurd at Iran’s Rajai Shahr prison.  Once there, he was shackled to a hospital bed and refused surgery for internal bleeding.

While the Obama Administration has taken the case to the United Nations and the European Union, the U.S. State Department has yet to officially demand Abedini’s release.

Also from Idaho is U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, taken captive and still being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan.  He’s the only known U.S. Prisoner-of-War being held since his disappearance in June 2009.

His whereabouts are unknown at this time. Rumors have even been floated that he is now a Taliban fighter and that’s why there are no real efforts being made to free him.

The missing serviceman’s fate is tied up in the Obama Administrations efforts to broker a peace deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government, something unlikely to happen until all U.S. troops are out of Afghanistan.

A U.S. citizen waits for her hanging execution in Sudan after she was found ‘guilty’ for the crime of apostasy. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag was also charged with adultery for marrying Daniel Wani, a Sudanese man and Christian with U.S. citizenship who lives in New Hampshire.

She was sentenced to 100 lashes after the court refused to recognize her 2011 marriage to Wani because they consider her a Muslim. Ishag, who is eight-months pregnant, also refused to convert to Islam because Christianity is the only religion she has known.

While the White House condemned her treatment and urged the Sudanese government to meet its obligations under international human rights law, the American Embassy in Sudan has denied her any help.

Since March, a U.S. Marine and Afghanistan war veteran has been held in a Tijuana, Mexico, prison.  Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi accidentally crossed into Mexico with three personal firearms while on his way to meet friends in San Ysidro, California.

Tahmooressi had recently moved to the area to get treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder and was living out of his truck and now awaits a May 28 court date. Since his arrest a petition has been set up to draw attention to his imprisonment.

So far the petition has garnered nearly 70,000 signatures, about 30,000 short of the 100,000 required to get a response from the White House.

Yet no petition was required for the Obama Administration to deploy 80 members of the armed forces to Chad to help search for 276 kidnapped school girls. Boko Haram abducted the girls last month from Nigeria.

While the deployment is not based on any new intelligence leads, President Obama had to tell the House speaker and the president of the Senate of the move because the soldiers are armed.

It was learned earlier this month that the Obama administration intentionally released 36,000 illegal aliens in 2013. Citing a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement memo, the Center for Immigration Studies says those released included criminals convicted of homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault.

Many of the releases were done at the discretion of the federal government and not in response to any requirements under the law and some were ordered “contrary to law,” the report said.

Maybe instead of releasing prisoners and ignoring those ‘illegally’ held abroad and here at home, Obama should study the playbook of another Progressive president, Theodore Roosevelt.

Roosevelt faced an international dilemma in May 1904 when Ion Perdicaris was abducted along with his stepson from their Tangier home. Their abductor was Sherif Mulai Ahmed ibn-Muhammed er Raisuli, Lord of the Rif.

The Raisuli’s ransom demands included an indemnity of $70,000, land, the release of prisoners being held by the government, and the removal of the Bashaw, a local governor. Instead, Roosevelt ordered seven battleships from the Atlantic fleet to the Moroccan coast with the order: “…Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead.”

Though there is much more to the story, such as Perdicaris actually being a Greek citizen and the Raisuli receiving his random, in the end Perdicaris was set free and Roosevelt went on to win a second term that November.

Progressivism, though its creep is slow and incessant, doesn’t change from generation to generation.


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Tom Darby

Former radio personality and newspaper reporter

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