Blowing the Whistle on ICE

Radley Balko has an interview with former DEA agent and “House of Death” whistleblower Sandy Gonzalez. The “House of Death” case involves an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent named Guillermo Ramirez Peyro who took part in torturing and murdering people (including one legal U.S. resident) while also being paid over $220,000 by the U.S. Government. After Gonzalez demanded some accountability for this disaster, he was pushed out of the DEA. The full interview is here.


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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Well whaddya know! Another Bush/Gonzo protege has his fingers in another torture/murder scandal:

    “[U.S. Attorney Johnny] Sutton’s role in the ‘House of Death’ case remains unresolved. Lalo, a paid informant of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), part of the Department of Homeland Security, and DEA, had infiltrated the Juarez Mexican drug cartel. In this situation he worked with Heriberto Santillan-Tabares and helped him to murder people in Mexico. Lalo had forehand knowledge of planned killings and informed his US handlers of the intended crime. Local handlers were horrified that their informant was involved in murder and got advice from higher authorities. Sutton has been named as a key US official who was aware of the murderous activities of the informant, but failed to intervene. …

    “Subsequent to the publication of the ‘House of Death’ story, the investigative journalist of narconews, Bill Conroy, received intimidating visits at his office, his home, and a visit to his employer from officers of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, an event that prompted a letter by Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney blasting Sutton for ‘an attempt … to intimidate a journalist who has reported facts that are embarrassing to him’.”

    (Quoted from Wikipedia at fair use.)

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Now ain’t that just like a Republican! Sutton’s too busy harassing a pesky journalist to worry about the fact his paid informant is not only running around with a Mexican drug gang but also is torturing and murdering people.

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    Brenda Helverson spews:

    Yet another case where you can’t tell the criminals from the Government without a program.