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Jill Tahmooressi: Kerry Missed Opportunity to Bring My Son Home

Friday, 06 Jun 2014 04:26 PM

By Courtney Coren

Secretary of State John Kerry missed an opportunity to bring Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi home when he was in Mexico for a late May meeting with Mexican officials and "he raised the issue," says Jill Tahmooressi, the mother of the imprisoned Marine.

"We were hoping that Secretary of State John Kerry would bring home Andrew — it would've been a perfect opportunity to bring him home," Jill Tahmooressi told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newmax TV on Friday.

"However, on the last day of his visit, I believe he raised the issue, there were those three words that were put out into print into press, he 'raised the issue,'" she explained.

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Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested on March 31 in Mexico after he mistakenly found himself at a border-crossing in Tijuana at the California border. The marine intended to have dinner in San Ysidro that night, which is right on the border, south of San Diego.

Tahmooressi is from Florida, but had traveled to the San Diego area to begin treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in Afghanistan.

The Marine was allegedly arrested because Mexican officials found three legally registered firearms in his truck along with his other belongings he had brought with him, and he has been held prisoner there since.

"He mistakenly made one wrong turn — he is guilty of being a bad driver," Jill Tahmooressi said. "He didn't follow the one graffiti-laden sign that was off to the side with no lights, he made that one wrong turn, and has literally been held captive and tortured and treated like a prisoner of war."

She said that he is in a much safer facility now "where he is guarded 24/7," but that when he was first arrested, he feared for his life.

"He was threatened to be raped, tortured and executed and he was certain that he was going to die" in the jail where he was first kept, Jill Tahmooressi explained.

The mother of the imprisoned Marine said that she started a White House petition and it has reached the 100,000 required signatures that is supposed to prompt a response from the Administration, but she says that "they have not yet responded."

"I deserve an explanation for [Obama's] inaction," Jill Tahmooressi said.

"I'm hopeful that perhaps in the background he's working on Andrew's behalf, but Andrew is disappointed because President Obama is his commander-in-chief and he would like President Obama to serve him as he served President Obama those two tours in Afghanistan," she added.

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