U.S. helps ransom Reyes' kin
Relative of congressman's wife whisked out of Mexico
Ben Conery (Contact) and Jerry Seper
Friday, June 27, 2008
U.S. law enforcement authorities helped facilitate a $32,000 ransom payment in Mexico for a relative of a U.S. congressman who was kidnapped last week by gunmen in Ciudad Juarez, a border city with rampant drug smuggling, gunfights and corruption.
Erika Posselt, a Mexican national described only as "a relative of the wife" of Rep. Silvestre Reyes, Texas Democrat and powerful chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, was abducted June 19 from an auto glass store she owns in Juarez.
Held for three days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents - at Mr. Reyes' request - helped arrange her safe return.
Saying they would kill Mrs. Posselt if a $500,000 ransom wasn't paid, the kidnappers negotiated with Mrs. Posselt's brother in Juarez and agreed to release her for $32,000 - in U.S. and Mexican currency. According to a confidential ICE memo, Mrs. Posselt was heard yelling in the background on one phone call between her brother and her captors.
The question to ask is whether ICE would have gotten involved if it had been a U.S. citizen or someone not related to a member of Congress," he said. "The answer, of course, would be no."
Link to Washington Times article
Another abuse of power from the Dem's side of the aisle. First Dodd and the mortgage flap and now this. If this were done by the Republicans, the MSM would make sure popular opinion was riled up to get this guy fired, impeached, arrested or whatever. But since it's done by a dem, it'll just fade off in obscurity.