(Toledo, OH) An excellent article can be found by David Niewert over at Orcinus on the Minuteman Project. The goal of the Minutemen is ostensibly to "protect" US borders from illegal immigrants, and members are only supposed to report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol.
Niewert's article, which is the third in a series on the Minutemen, looks at the problems that the project's leaders have faced in attracting hard-core white supremacists, as well as the proliferation of guns among a group that is supposedly an unarmed civil patrol.
Interesting quote from Niewert that I think encapsulates the flaws with the Minuteman Project:
What's going on, of course, is that the Minutemen provide an ideal opportunity for white racists to "mainstream" their agenda, using the relatively benign "average citizens" that Lou Dobbs exclusively observes in their ranks as just so much cover.Niewert notes that posters at white supremacist forums like Stormfront regularly proclaim the importance of not only using these movements as entry into mainstream dialogue, but to actively coopt them.
I harken back to an article I wrote noting the similarities between these anti-immigrant, pro-white movements and the similarities with the growth of Hitler’s Sturmabteilung (SA) in late 1920s and early 1930s Germany. Are we witnessing the birth of an American right-wing paramilitary force?