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‘How Dare We!’ Montel Williams Berates House Panel over Sgt. Tahmooressi’s Imprisonment

An emotional Montel Williams implored a special congressional panel to tirelessly pursue Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s freedom after six months of imprisonment in a Mexican jail, angrily asking how the representatives dare to send soldiers off to war while ignoring the plight of Tahmooressi and other returning veterans.

A 22-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Williams minced no words with lawmakers over the U.S. government’s tepid response to Tahmooressi’s unjust incarceration.

“To me, this is an abomination,” he said, his voice breaking. “He didn’t hesitate to say, ‘Aye aye, sir,’ to go off and serve. How dare we! How dare we, as a nation, hesitate to get that young man back! We sit here, in this city, and discuss sending more young people off to die!”

“Every nation on this planet, and all people, are all judged by what we do for the least of us,” Williams continued. “Andrew is one of the best of us! America’s treasure! And if we can’t treat the best better than we treat the worst? How dare you ask another gentleman to put on a uniform.”

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