America sells out its own
Now the American government instead of saying turn about is fair play are playing lapdog to the Mexicans in the game of extradition.
Dogs and American Pussies
By Malia Zimmerman, 9/15/2006 3:42:51 AM
The U.S. government is appeasing the Mexican government at the expense of three of its own reputable American citizens and their families -- even though the country hasn’t been a good neighbor or done anything to stop drug trafficking, illegal immigration and other criminal activity brought by Mexican citizens across the American border.
The U.S. Office of International Affairs in Washington D.C. gave an order earlier this week for the arrest of the Bounty Hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman, 53, his son Leland Chapman, 29, and his brother Timothy Chapman, 41, with the intent of extraditing them to Mexico.
The trio are well known for their reality show on A&E, based on their work in Hawaii and the mainland as bounty hunters where they chase down and apprehend criminals who've violated the terms of their bail. They not only put on a popular entertaining show and promote law and order, but they run a compassionate and conservative operation through their business, Da Kine Bail Bonds. They pray during every television episode before they apprehend a suspect. They preach to the suspects about Jesus Christ, getting off of drugs, and turning their life around. And they even feature a picture of President George W. Bush in their shows.
Hawaii’s head U.S. Marshall, Mark “Dutch” Hanohano, says the order for their arrest came from Washington D.C. The warrant was prepared Wednesday and executed by seven deputies without incident at 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning at the Chapmans’ Hawaii Portlock home, Hanohano says.
The Chapmans made an appearance in Hawaii’s federal court Thursday and will be back in court Friday.
The irony is they are being arrested for doing what American law enforcement failed to do.
The Chapmans went to Mexico in 2003 in hot pursuit of a serial rapist, who fled the United States after being convicted in a California court for three rapes. The target was the Max Factor heir Andrew Luster, who is now serving 104 years in prison in the United States as a result of their work. They apprehended Luster on June 18, 2003, and he was jailed the next day.
But rather than cheering the Chapmans for removing a convicted serial rapist from their country before he struck again, the Mexican government charged the Chapmans with illegal detention and conspiracy, throwing them in a cold, dark and dangerous Mexican prison for refusing to turn over Luster to them. Bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico.
The case -- and their treatment by the Mexican government -- launched them into the international spotlight, and eventually landed them the A&E gig, now the most popular series on the network for the past two years.
The Chapmans were supposed to appear at a court hearing there on July 15, 2003, but wisely never showed.
Now instead of defending three citizens who have collectively rounded up an estimated 6,000 bail jumpers and criminals in the last quarter of a century, through their offices on three Hawaiian islands, the U.S. government is willing to turn them over to what could essentially turn out to be their death sentence. Mexican prisons are not patrolled by the ACLU and prisoners don’t have cable television, private cells, and three meals a day or the same rights as they would in America.
So the question is why? Why is the U.S. Office of International Affairs having them arrested and extradited? Why is that office throwing three of its most famous, do-good citizens to a lawless country run by thugs who will take cash over principal any day? At what political price are these government bureaucrats selling the Chapmans to a foreign government?
It is outrageous that the federal government is endangering the lives of these three men.
Hawaii law enforcement officers muttered something about an international treaty with Mexico, but the bottom line is the United States owes Mexico nothing except the return of its hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens and all the crack and cocaine smuggled from there to America’s 50 states.
Chapman's publicist, Mona Wood, released a statement to the media on Thursday morning, saying her client will be vindicated. “This is obviously a very upsetting time for the Chapman family. Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman is a true modern-day hero. He arrests the bad guys -- he is definitely not one of them.”
She’s right -- he is a hero. Americans should rally, write their Congressman and the president, and demand freedom now for "Dog" and the other two Chapmans.
Congress should intervene on the Chapmans’ behalf and open an investigation into the behavior of the heads of this so-called Office of International Affairs.
Whoever gave that arrest and extradition order should be fired and appropriately humiliated in the national and international press for making the American government appear hostile and unjust to its own citizens and unethical, and for embarrassing America on an international level.
The Chapmans deserve the thanks of all Americans -- including local and federal law enforcement -- for rounding up so many criminals who jumped their bail with no intention of serving jail time.
Just ask Andrew Lusters’ three rape victims who can rest a little easier knowing their seemingly untouchable and untraceable attacker is behind bars for life.
The Chapmans made the streets safer. They should be rewarded -- not punished -- and they should be put back to work. There are, after all, still thousands of real criminals to catch.