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  • Trial delayed as US vigilantes deny charges of torture

    08/17/2004 2:15:53 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 7 replies · 457+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | August 17, 2004 | STEPHEN GRAHAM
    THREE American vigilantes who ran their own counter-terror campaign in Afghanistan yesterday denied charges of torturing prisoners in a private jail and were given a week to bolster their defence with documents returned by the FBI.The group’s leader, Jonathan Idema, accused the United States authorities of withholding hundreds of documents, photos and videos which he claimed proved his contacts with the CIA, FBI and the US department of defence. Idema, Brett Bennett and Edward Caraballo were arrested when Afghan security forces raided their makeshift prison in a house in Kabul on 5 July. They face charges including hostage-taking and "mental...
  • More American vigilantes may be in Afghanistan, U.S. military says

    07/24/2004 9:01:55 PM PDT · by Valin · 4 replies · 396+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. military said Saturday there could be more vigilantes hunting terror suspects here after a group of Americans were arrested for allegedly abusing Afghans in a private jail. The U.S. government is offering big rewards for the capture of top terrorist suspects, including a US$50 million bounty on al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. It remains unclear if the three Americans who went on trial in the Afghan capital on Wednesday charged with hostage-taking and torture were hoping to cash in _ or if they were the only such group in the country. "It is entirely possible...
  • Ranchers Sued by Civil Rights Group

    12/10/2003 8:04:34 PM PST · by AnimalLover · 248 replies · 1,114+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 10, 2003 | Arthur H. Rotstein
    WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO PROPERTY RIGHTS? A monastery official and a human rights advocacy group sued a southern Arizona ranch family Wednesday, accusing them of impersonating federal agents and violating the rights of undocumented immigrants. Border Action Network, a human rights organization, and Donald J. Mackenzie, groundskeeper for and vice president of Summerland Monastery Inc., filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Roger Barnett; his wife, Barbara, and his brother, incorrectly identified as Ralph. The lawsuit will be amended to correct the name Ralph to Donald, attorney Jesus Romo said. The civil action accuses the Barnetts of conspiracy to...
  • The Blood of Iranians, Fighting our way to Regime Change

    06/17/2003 3:50:56 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 23 replies · 315+ views
    National Review Online | June 17, 2003 | Koorosh Afshar
    June 17, 2003 The National Review Online Koorosh Afshar TEHRAN, IRAN — During the past few nights, we Iranian youth have been agitating — at great risk to our lives — to remove the 24-year-old plague that has stricken our homeland. Our goal is to topple the theocratic regime of the mullahs. Our opponents are barbarian vigilantes — members of Ansaar-e-Hezbollah — who are backed by heavily armed Iranian riot police. Westerners may have difficulty imagining what these people are like. In fact, it's quite easy: Simply remember the Taliban. The only difference is that they don't wear Afghani clothes....
  • Dem chief seeks 'vigilante' review

    06/17/2003 10:19:40 AM PDT · by JackelopeBreeder · 43 replies · 386+ views
    Tucson Citizen ^ | 17 June 2003 | Luke Turf
    <p>The head of the Cochise County Democratic Party has the support of at least one Arizona congressman in his call for a citizens board to review assaults against immigrants by "vigilantes."</p> <p>Democratic Party Chairman Jim Cooper will discuss his plan at length Saturday in Douglas at a march to honor an illegal immigrant killed earlier this month by a U.S. Border Patrol agent.</p>
  • Border militia pledges lifesaving effort

    06/03/2003 9:34:08 AM PDT · by JackelopeBreeder · 29 replies · 198+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 3 June 2003 | Ignacio Ibarra
    A rising death toll prompted a self-appointed border watcher to call Monday for cooperation between his group and those trying to save illegal entrants. Chris Simcox, founder of the Tombstone-based Civil Homeland Defense, says he wants to work with organizations such as Humane Borders, Samaritan Patrol and the Border Action Network, groups typically on the opposite end of the immigration debate. Simcox said his group has seen a dramatic increase in the number of illegal border crossers needing water and medical attention. He said his volunteers are willing to use their knowledge of heavily used trails along the border in...
  • U.S. Vigilantes Test Drones on Mexican Border (Hold muh taco salad alert)

    05/13/2003 6:30:47 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 27 replies · 353+ views
    Reuters | 13 May, 2003
    ReutersTuesday, May 13, 2003; 7:40 PM By Deborah TedfordMONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - An Arizona vigilante group is testing homemade "drone" reconnaissance planes on the U.S.-Mexican border to monitor illegal immigrants entering the United States in lonely desert areas.Glenn Spencer, head of the American Border Patrol vigilante group, said on Tuesday the group has been testing two Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for about a month and plans to have a fleet making passes over the border by early July."We want to show how the application of this technology can solve the border problem," Spencer told Reuters.Police and residents say they are aware...
  • Vigilante Russian gardeners seize bin Laden lookalike

    03/05/2003 1:11:11 PM PST · by MadIvan · 15 replies · 219+ views
    Ananova ^ | March 5, 2003 | Ananova
    Russian gardeners hunting a scrap metal thief were surprised when their man turned out to be an Osama bin Laden lookalike. The Alekseyevka gardening association in the Kursk region of Russia is considering offering the bin Laden double to the US in exchange for a new electric transformer. Their old one was destroyed by thieves looking for scrap metal. The gardeners staged an ambush to try and catch the culprit. They hid in wait at a local scrap metal yard and caught a man with a big bag of electrical components, who looked exactly like the world's most wanted man....
  • Feds should pay mind to border vigilantes

    02/13/2003 7:00:24 PM PST · by JackelopeBreeder · 25 replies · 210+ views
    Albuquerque Tribune ^ | 13 Feb 2003 | Unknown
    (Read to the bottom before throwing things at your monitor -- JB) Mexico deserves better from its Southwestern neighbors than threats from the local vigilance committee. But Arizona lately is making headlines for bands of its citizens, many of them armed, who have begun patrolling the border and turning back or even detaining Mexicans who try to cross illegally. It's not clear exactly how many people are involved. The story, redolent of the wild, Old West, appeals to citified national news media and is vulnerable to exaggeration. But leaders of Grand Canyon State groups such as Ranch Rescue and Civil...
  • Two Oregon Guardsmen Charged With Assaults

    01/31/2003 1:35:02 PM PST · by Willie Green · 11 replies · 131+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | JANUARY 31, 2003
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Three National Guardsmen beat up or harassed minorities and others in a ``mission'' to clean up the community, and one of the suspects killed himself at the scene of the most recent attack, police said. The two other men were arrested at a motel where they allegedly beat the Indian owner, whom they had mistaken for an Arab. The owner suffered cuts and bruises. In earlier attacks, a homeless white man was beaten with a club and called a disgrace to his race, and black teenagers were...
  • Grijalva invites Ashcroft to see vigilante 'justice'

    01/14/2003 8:01:56 AM PST · by JackelopeBreeder · 575 replies · 899+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 14 Jan 2003 | Unkown
    Grijalva invites Ashcroft to see vigilante 'justice'ARIZONA DAILY STAR; Tuesday, January 14, 2003 U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva stepped up his campaign to crack down on vigilantes Monday by inviting Attorney General John Ashcroft to come to Southern Arizona to see the threat they pose to border security. The Tucson Democrat told Ashcroft in a letter that the federal government's silence on the issue is "seen as giving official sanction to this racist movement, both by the perpetrators and victims of vigilante 'justice.' " Ashcroft's voice, Grijalva added, "is needed now to make clear that private armed groups claiming law enforcement...
  • Grijalva calls for Federal investigation of Arizona Border Groups

    01/07/2003 12:59:04 PM PST · by JackelopeBreeder · 31 replies · 275+ views
    Tucson Citizen ^ | Jan. 7, 2003 | Citizen Staff Report
    Rauuul continues to display his absurdity... Grijalva is sworn in, ‘ready to get to work'Citizen Staff Report Jan. 7, 2003 Former Pima County Supervisor Raúl M. Grijalva was sworn in today as the first representative from southern Arizona's Congressional District 7. The ceremony took place in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol. "I'm grateful to be here in Washington, D.C., representing the people of District 7," Grijalva said. "I was elected to make sure that southern Arizona has a strong and distinct voice in Congress and I am ready to get to work." Grijalva said his first official act...
  • Unusual suspects: Police may be behind executions in Venezuela

    06/22/2002 3:58:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies · 168+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | June 22, 2002 | JUAN O. TAMAYO
    MARACAIBO, Venezuela - The word spread quickly as the bodies of eight thieves, glue sniffers and neighborhood bullies began turning up in April, shotgun blasts on their chests, notes signed ''The Anonymous Avenger'' stuck in their clothes: The police were executing criminals again. Probably not the same police officers who killed 16 victims in this gritty oil port in 1995 and left behind the same notes. Probably younger, meaner cops -- two victims were also stabbed or garroted. But almost certainly the cops. Across the country, police death squads are killing more of Venezuela's suspected criminals, or simply poor people....