[Marxism] More/Real Nazis patrol the Arizona border

Greg McDonald gregmc59 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 18 15:09:57 MDT 2010

On Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 4:40 PM, Joaquín Bustelo <jbustelo at bellsouth.net> wrote:

  No, not [just] Obama's Border Patrol, sheriff Arpaio's deputies nor
> Governor Brewer's Highway Patrol. But actual cammy-wearing,
> assault-rifle toting, swastika bedecked, jew-hating "national
> socialists." Which led my son to comment, "REAL Nazis patrol the Arizona
> border," but I'm more inclined to say "MORE Nazis patrol the Arizona
> border."


There was a funny smell to the way Arizona's police-state immigration
law was passed -- especially the way factions with ties to white
supremacists whipped up the phantom menace of a wave of crime
associated with illegal immigration, focusing on the still-unsolved
murder of a border rancher named Robert Krentz, even though officially
the crime is being laid at the doorstep of Mexican drug cartels -- but
even on that score, the truth is unclear at best. Notably, the Arizona
Daily star reports that the chief suspect in the crime lives in the
USA, not in Mexico.

Moreover, as Sam Seder acidly observes, the entire claim that crime
has skyrocketed in Arizona is so much cattle offal. In fact, violent
crime in Arizona has been steadily declining in recent years.

It kind of makes you wonder, doesn't it, why Arizonans -- and
particularly the Arizona media, not to mention the national media --
never picked up on the case of Shawna Forde and her gang of rogue
Minutemen, who invaded the home of a Latino family near the border in
Arizona and shot them, killing the father and his 9-year-old daughter
in cold blood as she pleaded for her life, and wounding the mother --
who managed to get her own gun and shoot back, wounding one of the

Even more incredible, really, is that this 911 call from the wounded
mother received so little attention at the time, much less that it did
not become a focus of Arizonans fretting about violent crime:

(The actual 911 call on audiotape at the url above)
PLAYS: 5038

What brings all this into laser focus is what's actually happening
right now on the Arizona border: Latinos (some of them American
citizens bearing blood-soaked birth certificates) are being shot and
killed, and it's beginning to appear that white vigilantes -- not
Mexican drug gangs -- are doing the killing.

The shootings that first raised this likelihood occurred a little over
a week ago in Pinal County, where two Latino men who called 911
pleading for help, saying they had been shot, were found dead near a
locale where a sheriff's deputy had reportedly been wounded by drug
smugglers on the border (though many questions remain about that
incident as well).

Initially, as you can see both from the Arizona Republic report above,
as well as from the local TV coverage, the crime was blamed on "drug

But Jill Garvey at Imagine 2050 reports that something far more
insidious may be involved:

    In addition to shootings of Latinos by Border Patrol agents, there
have been mysterious shootings and even murders in Arizona deserts.
Troubling details are emerging that suggest these attacks on Latinos
are not drug-related, as often reported, but the work of violent
border vigilantes.

    In the wake of the uproar over the passage of racist SB 1070 in
Arizona, border vigilantes like Barbara Coe and Glenn Spencer, just to
name a few, are revving up their anti-immigrant rhetoric. In a trend
that has disturbing parallels, several immigrants were targeted by
camouflaged gunmen last week. And two Latino men were found murdered
in the Arizona desert on June 6. Mainstream media reports pin the
cause squarely on drug smuggling; however, bloggers who have followed
the story continue to uncover suspicious details surrounding the
murders. Foremost of which is that no drugs were found on or near the
victims, but an automatic rifle commonly used by border patrol agents
was. Also, the murders occurred within close proximity to the
high-profile Pinal County shooting involving sheriff’s deputy Louie
Puroll. Pinal County’s Sheriff Babeu is rivaling notorious Sheriff Joe
in his quest to publicize his unfair vilification of immigrants.

Perhaps the most disturbing incident occurred on June 12, as Dee
Perez-Scott at Immigration Talk With a Mexican-American reports:

    At 5:00 am on Friday, June 12, five undocumented migrants who had
crossed into the United States and were walking through the canyon
near Rio Rico, AZ., were shot at with a high powered rifle by two
unidentified white males wearing camouflage clothing. "The victims
claimed no demands were made. They were just walking and fired upon,”
said Sheriff Antonio Estrada. Estrada said when the group ran away
from the shooters, one of the men, Manuel Esquer Gomez, 45, from
Nogales, Sonora sustained a gunshot wound to the left forearm. As the
group continued to run, the men stumbled upon skeletal remains of what
they thought were two people.

    Deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, along with a
U.S. Border Patrol special response team and air support, responded
and found the skeletal remains of one man. Documents found on the man
identified him as Alberto Donato Lopez, 40, from Puebla, Mexico.
Lopez’s body was taken to the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office in
Tucson to determine the cause of death.

    “It is unknown at this time if the deceased was killed or died of
natural causes,” Estrada said. “There’s always a concern that these
people could possibly be victims of violence.” Estrada said the Border
Patrol tracked footprints from the scene of the shooting, but no
suspects were found. “At this point we don’t know who they are,” said
Estrada. “It’s perturbing to hear of people with high-powered rifles
and camouflage. It raises some real red flags.”

Just as disturbing -- and almost certainly not coincidentally -- is
the news, from Stephen Lemons at Phoenix New Times, that some of
Russell Pearce's neo-Nazi pals intend to start patrolling the border
with weapons:

    Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu recently announced that "drug
cartels" control the area in his county where deputy Louie Puroll was
allegedly shot at, and where two men were recently gunned down.

    Now Babeu may be getting some assistance from an unwelcome and
unsavory source: Vigilantes led by National Socialist Movement member
J.T. Ready.

    As I blogged back in May, Ready and fellow neo-Nazi Harry Hughes
have been going on illegal alien "patrols" in Pinal County's Vekol
Valley, dressed in camouflage and armed with assault rifles.

    Now Ready has announced a "Border Ops" alert for this Saturday via
his profile on the white supremacist New Saxon site, inviting
participants to "bring plenty of firearms and ammo."

    "Camouflage or earth tone clothing [is] preferred," according to
the announcement. "Bandanas, balaclavas, or other identity concealing
items are permissible and encouraged."

    Ready's statement promises that, "This is the Minuteman Project on

Be sure to read the whole thing -- it's frightening and disturbing and
important. As our good friend Sara Robinson observes at

    First: this a perfect example of how right-wing vigilantism, once
permitted, quickly escalates. The Minutemen weren't uniformed, only
casually armed, and careful to cloak their deep racism -- though it
tended to leak out at inopportune moments anyway. Now, because we
enabled and tolerated that, we've got self-proclaimed Nazis down there
in full battle dress, carrying military weapons and telling us quite
openly that they're on a mission to cleanse the country of the brown
scourge. If Arizona officials -- already overwhelmed by a situation
that they're getting no federal help in resolving -- don't find a way
to stop these guys, they're creating the conditions for the
paramilitary right-wing scene on their border to become the national
breeding ground for a full-on armed militia movement -- a movement
that could, in time, endanger the whole country.

    Second: This is also the next step down the road for the state of
Arizona as a whole. They've put the country on notice that they're
just fine, thank you, with being the State of Hate -- and in doing so,
opened the door to the whole national circus of haters. Ready and his
National Socialists are out front of that parade, but you can bet that
there's a long line of acts queuing up to come out to the desert and
follow them. (Note to Gov. Jan Brewer: be careful what you wish for,
for you will surely get it.)

    ... This is what we know about hate groups: they are an evil that
can only flourish where good people do nothing. The State of Arizona
is now issuing what amount to official engraved invitations to the
country's far-right vigilantes, sovereign citizens, would-be fascists,
self-styled "patriots" (we need to take that word back, seriously),
and paranoid race warriors. They cannot be surprised when people like
J.T. Ready and his New Saxons take them up on the offer.

    And their choice demands a response from everybody in the other
forty-nine as well. No American state has voluntarily chosen to go
down this path since the KKK takeover of Indiana and Oregon in the
1920s. And when hate holds that much state power, the only way it
stops is when the voters of Arizona decide they've had enough, and
vote the bastards out of office.

(It's a great, thoughtful post -- again, be sure to read it all.)

Arizonans have fundamentally turned the situation on it head by
indulging in the lowest form of hysteria: by freaking out about crime
caused by Latinos, they have in fact unleashed a wave of vigilante
crime against those same people. Even if they don't already regret
this spasm, they will.

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