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This Father's Day

Updated on July 10, 2011

As we partake in this Father’s day, enjoying the comfort of family and friends, relaxing on a Sunday afternoon, I believe that all Americans should take a moment to consider the plight of the Guerena family.

The Guerena family lost their father. He was a Marine veteran. He volunteered to protect his country and so joined that honorable institution, The United States Marine Corps. Jose Guerena was deployed to Iraq two times. I do not know the details of his service, but I am quite sure it was not easy. He was a Marine and Marines are sent where the bullets fly.

Jose left the Marines when his time was up. He had a family to raise. He had married his childhood sweetheart just before his first deployment. He cared deeply for his bride. He knew if something happened to him when he was overseas, that she would be cared for, because the Marines look after their fallen.

Jose took on the job of a miner in Pima County, Arizona. He and his wife produced two sons. He aspired to become a Border Patrolman, this time to protect America on another front.

On May 5, 2011 an illegal warrant was issued. A SWAT team was told an unsubstantiated rumor that Jose was a very bad, a very dangerous man. At 9:30 Jose was sleeping after a long overnight shift at the mine. His wife woke him and said there were armed men around the house. His first instinct was to grab his rifle. Marine instinct. His second was to hide his wife and youngest son in a closet. He placed himself between the unknown attackers and his family. The SWAT team burst in, saw the rifle and fired 71 bullets in his direction, 22 of which hit him, leaving 96 wounds in his body. The police grabbed his wife as she was making a frantic 911 call, begging for medical care for her husband. Probably the last person to see Jose alive was his youngest son, a four year old, as he wandered out of the closet.

Jose never did receive medical care. On scene paramedics were denied access. He was pronounced dead via telephone after a robot was sent in to prod him and make sure he was dead.

The Pima County DA found all aspects of this shooting legally justified. Currently, there is not any other investigation ongoing or even being considered.

Nothing even remotely illegal was discovered at the Guerena residence. Jose’s blood showed no substance abuse of any kind.

So, as you participate in this Father’s Day, take a moment to consider what it really means to be an American. Consider what this day is like for Jose’s two little fatherless boys. Think about the widow and the hell she must be living through.

Is this the America you thought it was?

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For further information on the Jose Guerena atrocity please check out;

I am not a very good moderator. I space out into the ether for long periods. This Hub;

started by my friend Ghost 32, has been following the Guerena atrocity from the beginning and is still an active hub, I highly recommend it.

I am primarily interested in the ways and means in which to change the rules to stop the abuses of the [anti]Patriot Acts. Links to good websites with pertinent information or information about good candidates willing to take a stand, will be greatly appreciated. That all being said, if you care to comment, please write whatever you want.


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      Elenin 6 years ago from So Cal

      Mickey Dee and VietnamVet68 – Thank you for your comments. I can only repeat what I heard a long time ago. ‘Evil will triumph when good men do nothing.’

      God bless you both

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      Vietnamvet68 6 years ago

      This is such a sad tale and we know that it happens far to often in this country, it's like Micky says this country is controlled by the evil one. Thanks for sharing this story

      God Bless

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      What an incredible story. We live under the evil one. This is another example. There are way too many of these examples.

      There are SO MANY ways this could have been handled. This was a "practice"? This was a "common scenario" for the perpetrators. And - these perpetrators should - INDEED - go to jail.

      It was a terrible way to do business. Like the Davidian compound in Waco. Like Ruby Ridge.

      These perpetrators are TRAITORS to America. These folks are - under the instruction of evil. Mistaken identity? LAZINESS on behalf of these traitors to America.

      These traitors as - Lt. William Calley should be tried as traitors.

      They DID NOT do their homework. ANY action like this should ALWAYS be avoided whenever possible. This man could have been taken as he left his home for work.

      He could have been taken without a shot - anytime.

      This TERRORIST act on America's soil was carried out by the evil one. We've been under that spell for thousands of years. That evil one runs America today.

      I* can see the evidence. The evidence is foretold in the Bible. God and Jesus admitted that this world is under Satan. It is written. The evidence is clear.

      Thank you for this story. It's a hard story. It shows that - yes - even America has been and still is - under the evil one. God bless!

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      Elenin 6 years ago from So Cal

      Becky – Thank you, but call to arms might be too extreme.

      Ghost – Funny about the gun, of course there is a language barrier, but I had the impression ‘the wife’ was surprised that he had a gun when he came out of the bedroom. I would think that if a ‘drop gun’ was used they would have clicked the safety off. Time will tell.

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Not only that,Elenin, but one of the Lew Griggs links you posted on my Guerena page...calls into question even the rifle-in-hand detail. Vanessa Guerena, his widow is quoted as saying she did not see a weapon in Jose's hand..."only the one they dropped there".

      Pretty panicky drop, since the safety was still on the AR-15--yet believable, considering the overall Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight scenario.

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      Becky 6 years ago

      Yes, mighty eloquent. A fitting tribute and call to arms.