Friend of Imprisoned U.S. Marine: He's Being Treated Like a Vietnam POW

Daniel Doherty

5/29/2014 12:50:00 PM - Daniel Doherty

Securing the release of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from confinement and imprisonment in Mexico has not been a top White House concern. Fox News, however, has devoted considerable airtime to his plight and at least one member of Congress, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), has been on the front lines trying to secure his release. In short, Tahmooressi was driving along the southern border when he accidentally crossed into Mexico. He was arrested soon afterwards by Mexican authorities when they discovered he had three, albeit registered, guns in his possession. Tahmooressi is a combat veteran.

Last night his best friend and fellow Marine, Mark Podlaski, went “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren. He described Tahmooressi as the most "unselfish, motivated, lead-by-example” Marine he's ever met. But more importantly, he also described the harrowing circumstances of his imprisonment and the appalling way he has thus far been treated. He likened his prison sentence to that of a Vietnam POW, explaining that he was beaten, stripped to the bone, and forcibly confined to his bed for so long that when later asked to stand, he couldn’t:

Fox News will air Greta Van Susteren’s exclusive interview with Sgt. Tahmooressi tonight at 7:00 PM EST. You can watch the preview clip here.