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Without a doubt, we could not be happier for USMC Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi and his family, particularly his mother, Jill Tahmooressi who has done everything within her power to secure his release after being imprisoned for a minor offense for TWO HUNDRED & FIFTEEN DAYS (215), or nearly 60% of the year 2014! At Flash News Network, we refused to let this Marine sit in prison one second longer than necessary. We pushed members of Congress, the White House and the State Department to pressure Mexico to release our Marine:
FNN (Scott Anthony) Video 10/28/14 Urging Viewers to Contact Asst. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs prior to her Mexico trip:
Shortly after his incarceration, we couldn't help notice the lack of "urgency" by any department or agency within the Obama Administration. While we can understand some slight delays in getting Sgt. Tahmooressi released, 215 days, is anything but "prompt" or expeditiously. However, as you will soon see, that is how the State Department viewed his release. In fact, if it were not for people like Matt Lee (Associated Press), Lucas Tomlinson from Fox News Channel and multiple Independent News Associations like Flash News Network (among others), the story of Sgt. Tahmooressi would not have been getting the attention it deserved. We were honored to be a (small) part of securing his release.
FNN (Scott Anthony) Video July 4th, 2014 On Sgt. Tahmooressi:
We have held back much of our strong opinions about how pathetically slow the U.S. Governement, in particular, President Obama, has been in attempting to free Sgt. Tahmooressi; we did not want to post too many articles expressing our opinions as we did not want anything to hamper the efforts to have him return back to the U.S. Now that he is back on American soil however, we think it's appropriate that every American view just how cavalier and nonchalant this Administration has been over the past 215 days.
FNN Video 10/20/2014 On Sgt. Tahmooressi Again....
Before we show you the evidence, it is important to express our sincere thanks, to the press, local governement and private citizens who DID go above and beyond to free Sgt. Tahmooressi. Specifically, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, talk show host Montel Williams, Greta Van Susteren (Fox News) and the congressional members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere:
Now let's take a look at just how pathetically disconnected the White House and State Department actually were regarding Sgt. Tahmooressi's unethical detention....
First, it is important to note, that President Obama and the White House, have yet to even acknowledge that Sgt. Tahmooressi has been returned home! Not one statement, not one tweet, not even a blurb on the White House website to indicate this victory for Sgt. Tahmooressi, who to this day, is still an Active Reserve Marine! He has served his country meritoriously with TWO tours of duty in Afghanistan... and our "Commander-In-Chief" has YET to acknowledge the return of one of his Marines! (I suppose one needs to be a questionable radical-Islamist / turncoat to receive such recognition from our President... see the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl case).
The State Department, the only Department to acknowledge Sgt. Tahmooressi's return, did so in the most lackluster way possible on November 1, 2014:
We take considerable offense to this Press Statement as Ms. Psaki seems to infer that the State Department has been working on securing Sgt. Tahmooressi's release relentlessly. Nothing could be further from the truth as you will soon see. In addition, the State Department is "grateful for the excellent cooperation... prompt access... regular accommodation of multiple requests made by the U.S. Government..." ; the State Department should be ashamed to even make such a statement! The State Department was asked repeatedly since March 31, 2014, on the status of, any updates about, and visits to Sgt. Tahmooressi by ANY top-level Official from the Obama Administration. As you will now see, the answers to questions regarding this, are less-than-stellar, non-transparent and offer little-to-no information as to what the U.S. Government was actively doing to secure his release: