Girard drew her weapon and ordered the men onto their stomachs. When she lifted Simcox's shirt, she saw his .45.

Simcox was convicted of lying to a federal agent.

The U.S. Attorney's Office observed that Simcox often was armed on the border while hunting for illegal aliens and that such behavior could spawn a volatile situation.

Simcox critic Bill Straus, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of Arizona
Simcox critic Bill Straus, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of Arizona
Attorney and former minuteman-watcher Ray Ybarra
Attorney and former minuteman-watcher Ray Ybarra

Slamming Simcox for his "dishonesty" and lack of respect for the law and those enforcing it, the government asked for five years' probation and requested that special conditions be imposed, including prohibitions from owning a weapon, from entering a national park, and from membership in groups such as Civil Homeland Defense.

However, the judge was more lenient, sentencing Simcox to 24 months' probation, fining him $1,000, and prohibiting him from owning or using a weapon while on probation.

Simcox's contempt for authority has been a recurrent theme, in his personal life and in the Minuteman movement itself.

Indeed, the movement Simcox helped found descended from the patriot and militia movements of the 1990s, which culminated in Timothy McVeigh's 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City. Much of McVeigh's distrust of the government was shared by so-called minutemen.

What inspired Simcox and others to become obsessed with illegal immigration and to track undocumented immigrants in the Arizona desert — so as to turn them over to the U.S. Border Patrol — was the 9/11 attacks.

Though the Middle Eastern men involved in 9/11 had entered the country through U.S. ports of entry and not through the Sonoran Desert, Simcox and others saw the porous U.S.-Mexico border as a major security threat. They held former President George W. Bush responsible for the "invasion" of mostly Mexican migrants, some of whom, Simcox and others argued, may have ill intent toward the United States.

Even before moving to Arizona from Los Angeles, Simcox had left a series of rambling phone messages concerning 9/11 for then-wife Kim Dunbar and their son: "I will no longer trust anyone in this country," Simcox said in one. "My life has changed forever. And if you don't get that, you are brainwashed like everyone else."

Simcox had begun collecting guns after 9/11, and on a hike through the Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, he claimed he witnessed drug runners and realized that terrorists could enter the country through the United States' southern border.

In 2002, he moved to Tombstone and acted in the daily re-creations of the O.K. Corral shootout. After applying for a job at the small town's newspaper, the Tombstone Tumbleweed, he found that it was up for sale and purchased it with $60,000 from a cashed-in retirement fund.

The paper's focus soon turned to ranting incessantly about illegal immigration. One issue featured a call to arms in large, bold-faced type on the paper's front page.

"Enough is enough!" it cried. "Citizens Border Patrol Militia Now Forming!"

The new group's "organizational meetings" were to be held in the publication's offices, where participants would discuss "creating a citizens patrol of the Arizona/Mexico border."

Significantly, the new militia, eventually to be named Civil Homeland Defense, would help "protect your country in a time of war."

Response was tepid. During some operations, only a handful of people showed up. But other right-wingers began to show interest, and Simcox began making appearances at conservative events around the country.

According to the Anti-Defamation League's seminal 2003 study of the growing vigilante movement, Border Disputes: Armed Vigilantes in Arizona, Simcox sometimes aped "New World Order conspiracy rhetoric common in the militia movement."

For instance, the ADL quoted Simcox's speaking to an extremist anti-immigration group in California.

"There's something very fishy going on at the border," he stated. "The Mexican Army is driving American vehicles — but carrying Chinese weapons. I have personally seen what I can only believe to be Chinese troops."

Simcox's stump speeches often warned of impending violence.

"So far, we have had restraint," he told the California crowd, according to the ADL. "But I'm afraid that restraint is wearing thin. Take heed of our weapons because we're going to defend our borders by any means necessary."

In an interview with Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Vijborg, Simcox's radicalism rang loudly.

"Those guys need to be, you know, lynched," he said, apparently referring to U.S. politicians, in general. "If we're attacked again, then we need some vigilantism. Then we need some going into Washington and pulling them out of their offices . . .We need revolution then."

And about migrants themselves. They're "enemies of the state" who should be "shot on site," he told Vijborg.


Jim Gilchrist, a Vietnam veteran in California, had heard Simcox on a local radio show and became intrigued. He contacted Simcox with a plan: Why not a national recruiting drive, harkening to the early days of the American Revolution against England?

Simcox loved the idea, and the Minuteman Project was born, with e-mail alerts announcing an operation for the month of April 2005.

The new brand name sold it. And timing was perfect. Post-9/11 paranoia still was high in the country. The United States had invaded Iraq and now dealt with a deadly insurgency. President Bush had declared a War on Terror, and securing the homeland was a major preoccupation of the American public.

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DNichols
DNichols

@Jimigilchrist;

This Great Nation of Immigrants doesn't need Racist Vigilantees Idiots patroling our Borders Period!

This should be the Sole Responsibility of our Government.

No one should be  killed in the Desert by Sick Vigilantee Whacko's. (Example Eloy Arizona.)

Simcox is a Sick Child Molesting Bastard that Molested his own Child Daughter,among other Children.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery should be charged with Shielding this Peice of Child Molesting Trash because they are Border Dating/Patrolling Life Buds!

You Idiots and your Racism/Hate have not only Crashed America Economically since January 2008 and the start of the I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs, You have caused a resurgence of Racism, and Hatred worse than in the 1960's

Why don't you worthless Idiots find a new hobby, just not Child Molesting?!

To: Good, and Brotherhood, not Racism/Hate.

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

This article is one of the more credible pieces of propaganda written by a Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) minion.  The author did a reasonably good job putting this story together, and appears to have a higher-than-normal caliber of journalistic instinct and talent.  However, to rely on information from David Holthouse for some sources of his information puts the veracity of the author's writings at risk.  

Holthouse is a pulp-fiction writer who has seldom written anything truthful or factual about me or the Minuteman Project.  He just plagiarizes what other incompetent journalists (propagandists) have written without serious verification of its content.

Other than including references to poorly skilled journalists like Holthouse, this article ranks as one of the seemingly more objective ones about Simcox's unfortunate alleged past, in my opinion.

Insofar as the minuteman movement's presence, it is very much alive and well, but still needs to rid itself of some of the eccentric, counter productive zealots who still remain within its ranks.  While the actions of people like Simcox and Forde have brought negative publicity to the immigration law enforcement advocacy movement in general, it is but a remote cause for the movement's lack of mojo during the past few years.  

Rabid infighting among immigration activists on my side of the debate is the real source of the movement's slowdown.  My organization has even had to successfully sue members of the movement to prevent them from seizing, exploiting and plundering the movement for their own apparent sinister motives.  The consequences of infighting is that it is difficult to garner serious attention and support from politicians and the electorate because what use to be a debate over an "issue" becomes an ongoing rhetorical donnybrook among persons who used to be cooperative allies.  No one wants to go to a party if they think a hockey game is going to break out.

Jim Gilchrist, President and Founder, The MinutemanProject

-a multiethnic immigration law enforcement advocacy group-


lardosardo
lardosardo

Well now OK that makes a lot of sense dude.


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papahutch2000
papahutch2000

Hardy har har har.  I hope someone asks him what he knows about the murder of rancher Rob Krenz.  It had to have been done by some minute man nutso.  Rob was well-armed. They didn't like each other.  Does anyone still care? i DO

DNichols
DNichols

In the photo of the "Bigot League" Arpaio seems to be the smallest Midget of a Bitch in the group?

Looks like he is pissed off at the World for being a short little Bastard?

And the Woman that Half Minute Man Simcox has his hand on appears to be Far older than the Pre-School girls he likes to date?!

Arizona's G.O.P.sure has some "Real Winners" in our Politics.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Now what would you be saying if it were the Mexican flag instead?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Is that Crazy Al Garza on the extreme left (ironic)? The one that split off from Simcox in 2009 to form his own self-styled "patriots" group?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Hey, I volunteer to stick the needle into that bitch Shawna Forde.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Why really surprises me (but then again it shouldn't), is that Simcox had ANY support from the GOP and it's "leaders" in AZ.  I actually thought the GOP here was at least smart enough to distance themselves from a guy with a long history of being a real loose cannon and a nutjob.  But then again, they like Pearce and Arpaio.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Chris Simcox is disgusting, vile and atrocious.

I hope Simcox is convicted and he rots in hell for his crimes.

And two of the politicians in that photo have been booted from public service thanks to the people. The MCSO shurf needs to fall from grace the same way twice-disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce did and the way Candy Andy did....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, the Italian and Irish flags are similar to the Mexican flag.

You got something to say about Mexicans, Irish and Italians?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@robert_graham Deport all the folks that claim to be Irish and wear green and wave the Irish Flag on St Patty's Day!  And also deport all the Italians that get awards from Italian groups, like, for example, Joe Arpaio!


Isn't that right Jaffy?

DNichols
DNichols

@Robert Graham:

Is something wrong or illegal with a Mexican Flag?!

Do you have Hate issues with any other Flags of the World?

You are a Bigot.

A Bigot standing up for your "Child Molester " Hero.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@Robert_Grahamcracker He is a chicken-choking shit talker who loves to pose as  a bad ass with his computer keyboard, but who is in reality an abject coward and hypocrite. I offered repeatedly to take him on a tour of the border south of Bisbee but he never responded. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Robert_Grahamcracker So, Jaffy got deported from AZ?  Maybe his buddy the Joker will serve the warrant on him anyway!

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

Many irish fought along side mexicans in the mexican american war...againts the United States..take a good look at ex mexican president fox...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Truth, I fully believe that if we can find a person who is sane, and we work our asses off to raise money, elevate the person's profile, etc. I think we will have someone who is willing to take on the narcissistic old man and put his ass out to pasture.

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

         I have a little irish in me...and proud of it...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Eric, I think it's because his profile wasn't elevated enough. Plus we really didn't work to get him known to the community.

As I've been saying, let's find a person who is willing to take on the narcissistic old man and work our asses off. We have 3 years before the narcissistic old man is due for a job renewal. Let's use that time to our advantage.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 Well, we surely could have pulled it off if Paul Penzone had stepped up and run against the shurf. Why he didn't is a mystery to me.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 Jaffy still has a soft spot for AZ. He still posts his bs. If he has really left the area you'd think he'd latch onto some other demagogue.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Mr. Grahamcracker, if I remember correctly little Robert HATES California. He claims the state is too liberal for him.

Are you sure he lives in Fresno? Personally I would think he'd live in a more politically conservative state like Alabama or Mississippi?

 
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