Capital | Mixtape Fest 2015 | Amityville, New York
Give | Mixtape Fest 2015 | Amityville, New York
High Card | Mixtape Fest 2015 | Amityville, New York
Kill Your Idols- St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn NY, March 20, 2015.
A couple weeks ago, I spent the night with the Ryders Alley Trencherfed Society (R.A.T.S.), an urban hunting club that kills rats for sport.
Check out the recent VICE piece about the NYC R.A.T.S!
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.
“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.”
Lifeless and Turnstile- November 2, 2014 Vengeance Fest Day 2
Foundation and King Nine- November 2, 2014, Vengeance Fest Day 2 Amityville NY.
Crown of Thorns and Foundation- November 2, 2014, Vengeance Fest Day 2 Amityville, NY.
Angel Dust and Criminal Instinct- November 2, 2014, Vengeance Fest Day 2. Amityville, NY.
Arizona Border Recon’s search for drug traffickers and undocumented migrants stirs controversy in an area marked by vigilante violence
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.