Obama Left One Behind in Mexico … Patriot Bikers Won’t

Shield Tactical owner John Harrington (left), Shaggy, Rick, Judie Arellenes (2MBTDC Arizona State Coordinator) and Mama Star in Tombstone Wednesday night. Thanks to Judie and ALL for hospitality including American Legion Riders.Shield Tactical owner John Harrington (left), Shaggy, Rick, Judie Arellenes (2MBTDC Arizona State Coordinator) and Mama Star in Tombstone Wednesday night. Thanks to Judie and ALL for hospitality including American Legion Riders.

When US Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested and jailed on weapons charges following a wrong turn at the Mexican border, most Americans expected the US Government to handle the matter with a minimum of political fuss.

Tahmooressi, who had three legally owned firearms in his vehicle when he entered Mexico, alerted border officials of both his situation and the weapons before being arrested on weapons charges.

Since his April 1 arrest, Tahmooressi, a veteran of two combat tours in Afghanistan and suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, has remained behind bars – first in a Tijuana jail where he was wounded in the neck – and now in El Hongo prison near Tecate, where he is awaiting trial while under medical supervision

Despite repeated outcries from the public, more than 100,000 White House petition signatures, entreaties from Tahmooressi’s mother, Jill, on multiple national news broadcasts and alleged conversations between US State Department officials and the Mexican government, Tahmooressi still sits in prison and the White House has remained strangely silent.

Fed up with the inaction and apparent indifference from the government, John W. Harrington, founder and president of Shield Tactical, decided that he and any other interested bikers would leave no American behind if it was in his power to help. Harrington and a group of other riders – some of whom took time off from work to join the ride — left Shiner, Texas early Tuesday morning, arriving in Tombstone, Arizona, on Wednesday.

Shield Tactical owner John Harrington (left), Shaggy, Rick, Judie Arellenes (2MBTDC Arizona State Coordinator) and Mama Star in Tombstone Wednesday night. Thanks to Judie and ALL for hospitality including American Legion Riders.

Shield Tactical owner John Harrington (left), Shaggy, Rick, Judie Arellenes (2MBTDC Arizona State Coordinator) and Mama Star in Tombstone Wednesday night. Thanks to Judie and ALL for hospitality including American Legion Riders.

Strong supporters of Harrington’s patriotic effort is the group, 2 Million Bikers to DC, who launched a highly successful ride through Washington, D.C., last September 11 to honor those killed in the terrorist attacks. The group not only notified its membership about the Shield Tactical effort, but an Arizona chapter hosted the riders to some grub, rest and relaxation while they were in Tombstone.

In another show of solidarity, the group The Minuteman Project, a multi-ethnic immigration law enforcement advocacy group led by founder and president Jim Gilchrist, invited Harrington’s group to join them at the Mexican Consulate in San Diego on June 18 for a day-long protest against the continued imprisonment of Tahmooressi.

Harrington called the Trucker Talk Live Radio show from Tombstone Thursday evening to give supporters an update on the mission. He thanked everyone who made donations toward fuel and other necessities, but said they’re good right now. “All we need now is bodies … that’s what really counts,” Harrington said. “When we’re together, and we’re in the right, all the planning in the world doesn’t matter as people who are together … who have a like mind and a common goal.”

Despite a bike breakdown, the group met additional riders Friday in Gila Bend, Ariz. They’ve set up a base of operations at San Diego Harley Davidson, 4645 Moreno Blvd., San Diego, CA. 92117. Harrington welcomes anyone and any vehicle to join them tomorrow at the dealership before they head on down to the border, “… to officially demand release of our Marine. We are drafting a proclamation demanding the release of OUR Marine to be delivered tomorrow upon our initial ride.”

Live updates and photos will be posted, when available, on the Shield Tactical and 2 Million Bikers to DC Facebook pages. You can listen to a nightly live report from John Harrington to Trucker Talk Radio. The live radio call-in show begins at 8:30 p.m. EDT.

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SueMcCarty
Sue McCarty, a writer and editor since 1994, worked in daily and weekly newspapers around the country before turning to freelancing. She assisted in her husband's motorcycle shop for many years and specializes in writing and editing motorcycle news stories, blogs, technical pieces and reviews. While earning her bachelor's degree in communications, McCarty began her journalism career at a Pennsylvania daily newspaper.