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That slow, painful, cold, and wet walk back to the car…

That slow, painful, cold, and wet walk back to the car…

Don’t forget to pick up your free firewood at your local headstone shop. In case you wanted to experiment in DIY cremations.

Don’t forget to pick up your free firewood at your local headstone shop. In case you wanted to experiment in DIY cremations.

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Volunteers have to sign the group’s standard operating procedure and rules of engagement setting out the legal framework for any encounter with border crossers in the rugged back country — part of the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, where agents last year seized nearly 600 tons of marijuana and made more than 120,000 arrests.

“We don’t violate anybody’s rights. I’m pretty sure you have to be a citizen in the first place to have rights in this country, but … we don’t treat anybody badly,” Foley said. “We don’t pistol-whip them, beat them, do any of that stupid shit. We treat them as human beings.”

Should they encounter a group of suspected undocumented migrants, volunteers may detain them, conduct a cursory search for weapons and inspect them for any medical needs while they call Border Patrol to effect an arrest, according to the group’s procedures.

If volunteers encounter armed border crossers, the AZBR members order them to lower their weapons and put their hands up, while keeping guns at “the low ready,” with fingers off the trigger, prepared to use deadly force if necessary, Foley said.

“Everyone knows what a racking 12-gauge shotgun sounds like. If you don’t, you’d better learn what it sounds like, because if somebody does it to you, you’d better stop dead in your fucking tracks,” he said, adding that he had not yet had to do so on a stakeout.

http://projects.aljazeera.com/2014/arizona-border-militia/index.html

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Arizona Border Recon (AZBR) draws on former military, law enforcement and private security contractors for controversial, multiday stakeouts to observe and report activity along a stubbornly persistent drug trafficking corridor on the Arizona-Mexico border that has a history of vigilante violence. AZBR runs six to eight operations a year….

“The oath that we took when we joined the military was an oath to protect the Constitution and the country against foreign and domestic enemies … and that doesn’t end when you leave the military,” said AZBR founder Tim Foley, who goes by the tag “Nailer.”

http://projects.aljazeera.com/2014/arizona-border-militia/index.html

Police stand as me members of the KKK and counter demonstrators exchange words during a rally in rockwall Texas.

Police stand as me members of the KKK and counter demonstrators exchange words during a rally in rockwall Texas.

Desert Hawks

Earlier this month AJAM sent me out to work on something familiar- border patrol operations run by militia style volunteer organizations.  The group, Arizona Border Recon, operates in the southern part of Arizona, west of Nogales.  Consisting of primarily veterans, ex special forces, and intelligence servicemen, they operate about ¼ from the border line, just passed where the fence ends.