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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

David Neiwert on the Minutemen

[T]he Project actually shut down early for a lack of volunteers. And in the end, the Project seems to be lauded more for not having had any tragedies occur during its tenure than anything else.

My greatest concern is that this is, in effect, the first official embrace of right-wing extremist vigilantism by supposedly mainstream authorities on record. That is a benchmark with deeply disturbing ramifications.

This is, after all, an organization that has indicated it intends to expand its purview. And the concept of the Minutemen as a right-wing citizen vigilante force has uses well beyond even border patrols. These endorsements [like arnold] may wind up giving the Minutemen more than their 15 seconds of fame -- and that could be a problem for many years to come.

that's precisely what i find so troubling about this... positive, official acknowledgement of thinly-veiled bigotry, white supremacy and racism gives me the cold shakes...

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