Past Features

December 6, 2015

Minutemen Redux
A Well-intentioned Gesture

Steve Doocy interviews Tim 'Nailer' Foley
Fox News -- December 3, 2015
Armed veterans patrol U.S.- Mexico border in search for ISIS terrorists
    A brigade of veterans, former law enforcement, and private security personnel is patrolling the U.S. southern border with a renewed mission to protect the homeland from potential ISIS terrorists.
    The Arizona Border Recon was formed in 2011 to help stop the flow of undocumented migrants and illegal goods crossing the border. It is made up of heavily armed men that patrol a 600 square-mile area on the Arizona-Mexico border.
    Given the increasing threat from ISIS terrorists, the group is now worried that a potential terrorist could easily infiltrate the border. Tim 'Nailer' Foley, the 56-year-old founder of the group, says his hidden cameras have caught 'Middle Eastern guys with beards.'
    "A couple weeks ago, 10 miles to the west of us, they got five Pakistanis and an Afghani trying to get through the border and they got caught," said Foley, a veteran and head of field operations for the group, referencing a report confirmed by the FBI. "On trail cameras, we've seen Somali and Sudanese – everybody and their brother is coming though that border."
    The group says on its website that it is not affiliated with the government and is not a militia. It claims to have detained hundreds of undocumented immigrants, drug mules and cartel scouts. Foley told the Washington Post that his group has saved more than 100 people as well.

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol   
A Symbolic Gesture
    In October of 2002, Chris Simcox announced the launch of his Minuteman project.
    It isn't well known, but American Border Patrol was already running its “Hawkeye” patrols on the Arizona-Mexico border when Simcox suddenly got the idea.
    (I criticized Simcox when he threatened to use force to stop illegal aliens.)
    As one with a background in Military Operations Research, it wasn't long before I realized the futility of trying to spot illegal aliens with binoculars --- there were too many places to cross the border under cover. So, in 2003, I launched the Border Hawk UAV project.
    The Border Hawk was designed to launch and fly to where ground sensors picked up “suspected border intruders.”
    We then learned that ground sensors were the weak-link in the system --- with a false-alarm rate of more than 90%.
    This led to the development of what is now called SEIDARM (Seismic Detection and Ranging System) that can detect and spot people and airplanes anywhere on the entire border. We are now using SEIDARM with an updated “Identicopter” --- replacing the Border Hawk.
    I applaud the efforts of Tim Foley. However, no matter how well-intentioned, without proper detection technology and command-and-control, a handful of dedicated citizens can at most call attention to the problem. His is a symbolic gesture, but an important one.