Back in the 1960’s the Minutemen were a right wing fringe group that engaged in harassment of civil rights and anti-war activists. They were organized under the premise that the time was soon coming that paramilitary groups would be called upon to defend the US against the creeping communist conspiracy. As the decade ended, the organization splintered, with various factions arising based on differing views of the need for immediate action.
San Diego’s splinter came to be known as the Secret Army Organization. They went beyond the pamphlets and occasional counter-protests of their predecessors and engaged in a multi-year spree of harassment, vandalism and, eventually, bombings and a drive by shooting. As it came to pass, this splinter was largely funded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There have been allegations, as yet unproven, that they were building up towards even bigger acts of terrorism during the 1972 GOP Convention, which was originally slated to be held in San Diego.
Fast forward ahead four decades and San Diego has another Minuteman organization.
Founded in the heat of the anti-immigration campaigns of the last decade, they’ve focused on immigrants as the Next Big Threat to the US, but their agenda includes a wide variety of causes near and dear to hearts of rightists everywhere. Their website features links to rightists old and new, from the John Birch Society to the World Net Daily.
An article published by the Southern Poverty Law Center described the local group:
“San Diego Minutemen take year-round pleasure in scaring immigrants. On Saturday mornings, when they travel to the sleepy suburban gas stations where immigrant day laborers go to find work, they create scenes that would play well in a show called “Nativists Gone Wild.” They call immigrants “wetbacks” and “Julios.” They pull out Mace and threaten passing motorists who disagree with them. Calling those who hire day laborers “slavemasters,” they’ve been known to slap flashing amber police lights on their SUVs and chase the would-be employers down. When they’re not busy physically intimidating migrants, they take to the airwaves and the Internet to accuse them, without a shred of evidence, of running child prostitution rings and practicing “voodoo Santeria rituals.”
Like their predecessors, the San Diego group is also a splinter. From the same article:
The SDMM also has been rejected by the very groups it borrowed its name from — the Minuteman Project and the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) — because even for these hard-line groups, the SDMM is a bit much. “[T]hey don’t abide by our rules, our SOP [standard operating procedure], and would not be considered Minutemen,” said Carl Braun, MCDC’s California leader.
Since 2007 the San Diego group has competed with other similarly named organizations for funding and influence. The local organization has attempted (often with marginal results) to differentiate themselves by engaging in verbal altercations with Latino and pro-civil rights groups. The group also boasts that its members are armed. And they maintain an “Enemies List” on their website that is regularly updated.
Here’s their current list, which includes a healthy share of local elected officials: (The descriptions are also theirs, BTW)
Enrique Morones, Border Angels, agent of Mexican Govt.
Victor Manuel Torres, El Grupo Spokesman / La Raza Lawyer
Claudia Smith, CRLAF
Joanne Yoon, paid La Raza activist, Bakersfield, CA (formerly of SD)
Daniel Gilleon, Claudia Smith & Joanne Yoon’s Lawyer for their frivolous lawsuits and attacks against American activists
Rev. Mary Moreno, St. Paul’s Cathedral (former illegal alien)
Mexican Consulate, San Diego (Maria Arnau, Con Gen)
Rep. Susan Davis
Rep. Bob Filner
Lori Saldana, CA Assemblywoman, San Diego
Mayor Jerry Sanders, San Diego (sanctuary city)
Mike “Nifong” Aguirre, former SD City Attorney, prosecuted innocent American activists
Chief Bill Lansdowne, SDPD
Ben Hueso, SD City Councilman
Christian Ramirez, AFSC
Pedro Rios, AFSC
Tina Jillings, AFSC Vista
Bill Flores, El Grupo (former spokesman; retired (racist) SD Sheriff)
Ruben Navarrette, SDUT, Open Borders Editorial Writer
Ed Sifuentes, NC Times, Pro-alien reporter, works with alien activists.
North County Times Editors
San Diego Union Tribune Editors
Dick Eiden, Vista alien activist, North County Forum
Mark Day, Vista alien activist
San Diego City Beat – free weekly rag
Danny Perez, alien activist, Escondido
Francine Busby (“You don’t need papers for voting”), Dem. Candidate, 52nd Congressional District
Shannon Dowdy, local anarchist activist, Friends of Day Laborers
David Blair-Loy, ACLU of San Diego
Morris Casuto, ADL of San Diego
Reginald Owens, NAACP of San Diego
Fredi Avalos, alien activist
Raoul “Lowery” Contreras, alien activist and fake Republican
Consuelo Martinez, Escondido Alien Activist
Olga Diaz, pro-illegal alien activist & Escondido Council member
Hiram Soto, La Raza Reporter, SDUT & Enlace
Naui Ocelotl Huitzilopochtli, Costa Mesa, Reconquista Goon
Ron Gochez, L.A. Radical Mexican activist
Armando Navarro – UC Riverside Professor, radical activist
Barack Obama Administration – promising amnesty to ILLEGAL aliens
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles
Assemblyman (former) Fabien Nunez
State Sen. Gil Cedillo
State Assm. Joe Coto
Rep. Lou Baca (CA)
Armando Navarro, UC Riverside, Radical Reconquista Activist
Nativo Lopez, Racist Radical Activist
Sec. State Hillary Clinton
Sen. Harry Reid
Sen. Ted Kennedy
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Sen. Barbara Boxer
Sen. Diane Feinstein
Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Bill Richardson, New Mexico Governor
Johnny Sutton, Federal Prosecutor, TX
Gov. Elliot Spitzer, NY (resigned 08)
Sen. John McCain
Geraldo Rivera, Fox News
Rick Sanchez, CNN
Cardinal Mahoney, Los Angeles, pro-illegal immigration
George Lopez, La Raza Comedian
We at the OBRag are crushed to find that we’re not on this list.