February 7, 2007, - 2:32 pm

Homeland Security, ICE Professional Responsibility Chieftess Protect Drug Smuggler Alien

By Debbie Schlussel
Last year, I was one of the first to write about the outrageous saga of the prosecution of Border Patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos & Jose Compean (here and here).
Now serving sentences of at least 10 years each in federal prison because the Bush Administration wanted to make “examples” of them and aided and abetted a drug smuggler alien in the process, we’ve all read the stories, yesterday, about how they were put in prison facilities with illegal alien criminals, and violently attacked by them. Coincidence or deliberate? That’s very clear–It’s very predictable that if you put Border Patrol Agents in a prison with illegal alien criminals, they’ll certainly be attacked.
Today, the Department of Homeland Security “released” a 77-page “report” about the Office of the Inspector General investigation of the agents. It’s interesting that throughout the report, the illegal alien drug smuggler’s name is redacted and protected.

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Traci Lembke: Woman Who Helped Imprison Border Patrol Agents, Shield Alien Drug Smuggler?

But more than that, it struck my attention that the name atop the investigation to whom it is written (See page 5 of the report) is the extremely disreputable and dishonest Traci Lembke a/k/a “The Cheater Chick.” Would love to know exactly what her role is in all of this. Clearly, she has some sort of involvement in this.
I’ve written about Ms. Lembke, who heads Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) OPR, on this site. The woman’s “investigations” are hardly that. She protects her friends and card-playing buddies and goes after her personal enemies with a vengeance.
And there are a lot of questions about improprieties and clear conflicts of interest regarding some of her “relationships” as they relate to ICE activities and outside business dealings. If anything, she’s the last woman who should be heading up OPR (and the first one OPR should be investigating), and that’s exactly why the incompetent ICE chieftess Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess” picked her and made job conditions and hours lax and “flexible” for her.
I’ve had my own experience with Ms. Lembke, as a complaint I filed against Michigan/Ohio ICE Special Agent in Charge Brian M. Moskowitz a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz” is allegedly still being “investigated,” but almost two years later, I–the complainant–have yet to be interviewed by the the agent Lembke assigned to the case, Michael Finnerty. Some investigation.
For some reason, Lembke was personally overseeing the investigation of Abu Moskowitz. And that has everything to do with the fact that Lembke is friends with Abu Moskowitz from their days in Arizona, a fact she denied to me on the phone. But, sorry, I’m not into buying the land from the desert, which she was trying to sell me. There was so much audio-fertilizer coming from her end of the phone, it would have made several lawns grow.
So this is the woman whose name appears atop the investigation of these two mal-treated Border Patrol agents, and to whom the memo is addressed. And look inside the report. It protects the drug smuggler. Almost everywhere in which names are redacted, it’s the illegal alien drug smuggler talking.
This is how we “investigate” Border Patrol agents risking their lives and trying to do the job. And this is how we protect and reward the illegal alien drug dealers out to get them.
Again, what is Lembke’s involvement in this?
And the woman doing it is the new GrrlPower BFF (Best Friend Forever) of The ICE Princess. Another reason why both of them need TO GO.

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8 Responses

Dear Debbie;
I heard about this on the Sean Hannity radio show today. This is so despicable. These two decent men were severly railroaded. The Bush administration should be ashamed of themselves for the way these guys were treated. They should also be ashamed of their nitwit illegal alien policies.
And everybody involved in this travesty of justice should be fired.

EJO on February 7, 2007 at 9:48 pm

EJO: For that to occur you’ll have to fire the head stooge, George W. Bush. And no, I don’t have BDS(Bush Derrangement Syndrome) as I voted for the fool. His illegal immigration invasion policy is the one thing that he should be indicted for. If the Dems want toimpeach, it’s fine and dandy by me, Cheney couldn’t be any worse. Next time out it shall be teh Honorable Tom Tancredo, otherwise, I’m staying home to laugh!

Islamsnotforme on February 7, 2007 at 11:27 pm

Thank goodness you are back on the story.
Please also notice that Elizabeth Redmond was involved in putting together this post-trial, post-furor rehash, cya report containing selective attachments. Sara Carter, who has written a lot about this case, reported on KFI radio tonight that Redmond was one of the investigators who lied to the Congressmen investigating this travesty of justice.

Sue Bob on February 7, 2007 at 11:41 pm

And now she’s getting her OPR journeymen agents upgrades to GS14!

rivfedup on February 8, 2007 at 1:00 am

Hi, Debbie:
The reason that the cover memo is addressed to Ms. Lembke is NOT because ICE-OPR did the investigation in any way, but because OPR, by policy, refers ALL matters regarding ICE/CBP employee misconduct to
DHS-OIG for review and possible investigation. Therefore, by policy, DHS-OIG must direct the report back to the referring agency (this is true of any DHS component directing investigations to the OIG where their oversight is appropriate and anticipated).
I think the person with the real problem here is Richard Skinner, THE Inspector General for DHS. In a report posted on Glenn Beck’s website, IG Skinner admitted to members of Congress, in response to their request for certain documents regarding alleged statements by BPAs Ramos and Compean that they intended to shoot a drug smuggler (paraphrasing here), that, despite the IG’s initial posturing that such statements existed, that now there seems to have been a
“miscommunication”, and that no such statements ever existed.
Excuse me? Methinks IG Skinner and his investigators have some SERIOUS explaining to do, because it may have been those very same alleged statements that got BPAs Ramos and Compean convicted. Can we say “Giglio?”; can we say “Employee Misconduct?”; can we have a “Civil Rights Lawsuit” here for depriving these men of due process during their trial?
This is your DHS folks! Where the guilty go free, and the warriors get CRUCIFIED. G-d help us all !!!
THANKS FOR THAT INFO, BUT I’M KEEPING THIS ENTRY UP AND AS IS, AS I’VE BEEN TOLD SHE HAD SOME SORT OF ROLE, EVEN IF MINOR, IN THIS THING. AND MY EXPERIENCE WITH HER IS THAT SHE’S DISHONEST AND INCOMPETENT. I WISH I COULD VERIFY THESE THINGS WITH ICE WHEN THEY COME UP, BUT I GAVE UP CONTACTING THEM, B/C THEY NEVER RESPOND. MANY QUESTIONS TO DEAN BOYD WERE COMPLETELY IGNORED. IF THEY DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH ME AND BE LIKE ALL OTHER PROFESSIONAL PRESS PEOPLE ARE AND RESPOND WHEN I CALL THEM ON INQUIRIES, THEY GET WHAT THEY DESERVE.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

4EVERCUSTOMS on February 8, 2007 at 6:21 am

I just finished reading the so called ROI of Compean and Ramos.
The very first page starts out with a bold face lie; ìCompean and Ramos did not report the shooting as required by BP regulations and instead covered u the crime scene by removing the spent shell casings that were ejected from their pistols during the shootingî.
First according to BP regulations, Compean and Ramos made a verbal report to their supervisor Johnthan Richards who by BP regulations is required to file a written report not the individual agents unless the supervisor ask them to do otherwise.
Section 11, Subsection A of the firearms policy as followed by the Agents of the U.S.
Border Patrol states as follows; îAny Service employee who participates in or observes a
reportable shooting incident as defined in Subsection 3.H., shall orally report the incident to a
Supervisor.î
Second, they did not remove the spent shell casings that day and they did not recover them because they both thought they did not hit the suspect Davela.
Investigation disclosed that the following BP agents were at the location of the shooting incident, assisted in destroying evidence of the shooting, and/or knew/heard about the shooting: Oscar Juarez; Arturo Vasquez; Jose Mendoza; David Jacquez; Lance Medrano; Lorenzo Yrigoyen; Rene Mendez; Robert Arnold; and Jonathan Richards.
Some Cover-up, two supervisors were present, Arnold and Richards at the scene of the ìshootingî and seven BP agents. Why were they not arrested and charged with a cover up. That is because there was no cover-up.
On page 11 of the ROI she state that the crime laboratory matched Ramos weapon with the slug that was removed from Davila. Agent Christopher Sanchez filed an affidavit stating that this was the case.
However, Joseph J. J. Correa, a Criminalist IV of the Texas Department of Public Safety in El Paso stated the following:
Correa could not positively identify Ramos’s weapon as the one that fired the submitted bullet. His report concludes:
ìThe copper-jacketed bullet was fired from a barrel having six lands and grooves inclined to the right. The manufacturer of the firearm that fired the copper-jacketed bullet is unknown, but could include commonly encountered models of .40 S&W caliber FN/Browning, Beretta, Heckler & Koch, and Ruger pistols.î
So it seems Christopher Sanchez filed a false affidavit.

ScottyDog on February 8, 2007 at 11:32 am

…particularly disgusting when you consider that
avowed pacifist and normal person Mike Tyson,recently busted in Arizona for almost hitting a cop car and confesssing to be in possession of coke and high on it,was placed in protective custody after his arrest,released without bail and allowed to do outpatient “treatment” for various addictions with Lindsay Lohan(doghouseboxing.com).

jaywilton on February 8, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Debbie –
What 4EVERCUSTOMS said was exactly correct. ICE OPR had nothing to do with this investigation. It was all DHS-OIG. The OIG has no ability to take any disciplinary action against an agencies employee. If the OIG conducts an a misconduct investigation on an employee of ICE, CBP, USSS, USCG or any other agancy within DHS, once they complete the investigation, they have to refer their findings (ie: Report of Investigation) back to the agency, for the agency to initiate the appropriate disciplinary action against the employee. Since ICE OPR services both ICE and CBP, that is why this transmittal letter would have been addressed to Ms. Lembke. It is not indicative that ICE OPR (or Ms. Lembke) had any involvement with the investigation.

USCS1789 on February 8, 2007 at 10:06 pm

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