Don’t Call Up the Devil and Expect Him to Behave

Those were the words uttered by FBI agent Fox Mulder, a character on an old television show, The X-Files, after a bunch of Satan worshippers perform some sort of hocus pocus ceremony aimed at summoning up a spirit and then finding themselves the target of that evil force.

I couldn’t help but think of those words when I heard a story recently about a scum bag named Santana Gaona, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who was deported twice and in prison for the sexual assault of his ex-wife. I would’ve been very happy to keep him behind bars and send him back to where he came from when his sentence was up.

Unfortunately, I’m not Empress of the World (yet) and the line between what’s right and what’s wrong got muddied along the way.  Turns out, he was given a get-out-of-jail card by an agency, unknown at the time of the first report, and went on to kill his ex-brother in law, Jesse Benavedes.  According to the victim’s brother, Santana was let out of prison and showed up uninvited at a family party.  Jesse tried to escort him outside, there was an exchange of words and Gaona shot Jesse.

When the O’Reilly Factor first reported the story, the agency that let this creep out of jail was unknown.  It has since come to light that it was the FBI that let him out because he was an informant presumably providing information about the drug cartels.  I sure hope they got plenty of reliable information out of this filth – but I doubt it.

Now I fully understand that in order to catch garbage, you’re going to get a bit of stink on yourself.   Law enforcement has to make all sorts of deals with bad guys in order to catch bigger fish.  I get it.  But what I don’t get is why this guy wasn’t more carefully supervised.

Why wasn’t Goana being watched?  Why was he able to get anywhere near the person he had sexually assaulted?  He wasn’t some penny ante drug pusher – this was a really bad guy with a history of violence and sexual assault and the feds should’ve known he was capable of greater violence and taken better precautions to keep him on a very short leash.

Instead, the guy was able to show up at his ex‘s home with a gun and murder his brother-in-law.  How does the FBI explain this to the family?  How does the FBI explain this to the American people?  It’s bad enough this pig was deported twice and allowed to somehow get back into the country but to actually be imprisoned and let go is, to me, unconscionable.

It’s one thing to see this scenario played out on television where there’s a local murder but the feds take over the investigation, over the objection of the local police, because they have bigger fish to fry.  If you make deals with the devil, someone’s going to get burned.  Unfortunately, this was not some police show on tv; this was real life and an American citizen got murdered.  The FBI needs to explain their actions and heads should roll.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Glen Stambaugh

    Leona, I don’t get this one either. Seems many innocent people’s security may oft be sacrificed for other (noble?) goals and noone takes responsibility for the unintended results. Too bad.

  • Ron F

    The news reports state that the rape charge collapsed. One report said that it was because the wife would not return calls to the police. I do not know what “collapsed” means or if the rape charge was still pending when Gaona was released. Since Gaona was released by INS, it seems that the State charge of rape was not still pending. I think it was Mark Furhman who said that informants committing crimes is a common problem for law enforcement agencies because most informants are violent offenders. I have no idea how good the information was that the FBI received from Gaona, how long it received the information or if the information led to any convictions. The problem is that if we want law enforcement agencies to provide perfect protection from informants, law enforcement agencies will be getting very little information. It is a never ending problem, there will always be mistakes, which in this case resulted in a tragedy, when we give discretion to law enforcement agencies and officers. Since we do not have all of the information as to what the agents did to protect the public, we do not know what they did wrong and what procedures should be changed in the future and if heads should roll.