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Government denies false statements are 'lies'
But representatives reject explanation of Ramos-Compean case claim

Posted: March 22, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2007

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Richard Skinner issued a statement denying his department "lied to Congress" about the Ramos-Compean case, but Texas' representatives in Congress aren't buying it.

Skinner said affirmations from his staff to Congress that his office had investigative reports substantiating its claim Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean "wanted to shoot a Mexican" in the Feb. 17, 2005, incident with drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila were just "misstatements."

But four Texas Republican congressman or staff members who attended the Sept. 26 meeting are rejecting Skinner's explanation.

"Mr. Skinner sent his staff to brief me and three other members of Congress," U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul explained to WND. "During that briefing we were told that Mr. Compean and Mr. Ramos stated, 'they were out to shoot Mexicans.' The DHS staff made these statements several times. Why wouldn't we believe them? Didn't they have the facts of their investigation by that point? It was just two weeks later that these Border Patrol agents were sentenced."

The two agents were arrested for and convicted of shooting at Aldrete-Davila, who was attempting to bring marijuana into the U.S. as he fled back into Mexico. The agents now are serving prison terms of 11 and 12 years while the smuggle