- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 6, 2014

Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, recently freed from a Mexican prison, said Thursday he was happy to take beatings from prison guards during his eight-month incarceration.

“They started hitting me, hitting me in the face with open palms, nothing full-blown,” Sgt. Tahmooressi said during an interview with Fox News, describing a beating he took after an attempted escape.

“I knew the beating was coming. They were telling me stories about the guards, about how, you know, if someone acts up or does something wrong they get beat,” Sgt. Tahmooressi continued. “So I already knew it was going to happen to me. So I was glad as could be to take that beating, I was like ‘bring it. Just bring it on.’ I was just there joyful, knowing that I got away from that place, so the beating didn’t bother me.”

Sgt. Tahmooressi was arrested by Mexican officials in March when he accidentally took a wrong exit while driving, leading him across the border with three weapons in the back of his car.

He described the the border official’s sudden change in demeanor when the incident occurred, and the moment he knew he was in trouble.

“I was thinking, ‘hopefully these guys are going to be considerate and caring and understanding.’ But I started feeling something shift,” Sgt. Tahmooressi said. “They were very helpful and then it shifted, and I knew this could be bad.”

Sgt. Tahmooressi was released Friday with the help of several Republican politicians, who convinced the Mexican attorney general to pass a non-accusatory judgment to allow his return to the U.S. to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sgt. Tahmooressi’s hourlong interview will air Thursday at 7 p.m. on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” It will be his first and only interview addressing his imprisonment.

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