This is former Marine Corporal Jon Hammar. This is the first photo released by the Mexican “government” since Hammar was imprisoned at the Matamoros state prison. Yes, he is chained to the bed. I understand that the chains have since been removed. I’ve held off on writing about this until more facts were made available.
Hammar was initially imprisoned with the general populace which is full of drug lords and cartel thugs. Hammar’s family was extorted for money to ensure his survival and Hammar has faced death threats from the cartel gangsters that control the prison.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/12/19/conditions-in-notorious-mexican-prison-worsens-jon-hammar-ptsd-family-fears/#ixzz2FZ3l7400. Only AFTER our State Department got involved did they move him into this single cell. But, where is our government now?
When asked by a Fox News reporter about Hammar, press secretary Jay Carney had no answers. HE COULDN’T EVEN PROVIDE A SIMPLE “WE’RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SECURE HIS RELEASE?!?!?! This is utterly despicable to me that the White House doesn’t seem to care that a United States Marine and veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan is imprisoned in a dirty Mexican jail illegally. Yes, I just said illegally.
The story begins when Hammar and a friend decided they were going to travel from Florida to Costa Rica after being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and undergoing some counseling for PTSD. He and Ian McDonough sold much of what they owned and bought an RV. They decided they were going to the Central American country to do some surfing and unwinding.
However, Hammar didn’t want to sell his grandfather’s antique .410 gauge Sears Roebuck shotgun. He looked at the state department web site to find information on transporting the firearm. He found out that he would have to fill out some paperwork and declare the weapon at the border.
When he got to the border checkpoint on the US side, he got the paperwork stamped and was told what to do once he crossed the border. After crossing the border, he declared the antique shotgun to the Mexican authorities and presented the paperwork. Instead of signing off on it and letting the Marines go, they were instead charged with possessing a gun used by the Mexican military which is an aggravated felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. If the Mexican military is still using this shotgun, it’s not wonder they can’t seem to defeat the drug cartels. Here is what the shotgun probably looks like.
McDonough was eventually released, but Hammar continues to be held by the Mexican authorities. While a state department representative has visited Hammar once, there doesn’t seem to be any movement. There hasn’t been a single mention of Hammar’s condition by the president or secretary of state publicly to pressure the Mexican government to release Hammar.
Christmas is less than a week away and one of our own rots in a dingy, corrupt prison barely even a mile from the border. His dad recently had a chance to visit him and says that his son is relapsing.
“He told me, ‘Dad, when I get out of here I’m going to have to be alone,'” Hammar Sr. said.
The family is expecting a ruling on Hammar’s case on Friday. I’ll make sure to keep you posted. In the meantime, our elected representatives need to hear your voices. The number to the White House switchboard is 202-456-1111/1414. Go to this link to find the number of your congressman or senator and let them know that you demand our government get more involved to secure Hammar’s release.