May 10, 2005: Minuteman Project On Go!
CIVIL HOMELAND DEFENSE IS NOW
MINUTEMAN CIVIL DEFENSE CORPS, INC.
PO Box 1489 Tombstone, AZ 85638 (520) 457-2320
Serving the sovereign citizens of these United States
Mission of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
The Mission of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, headquartered in Tombstone, Arizona, is to report suspicious illegal activities to proper authorities and deter, by legal means, illegal aliens, drug traffickers and terrorists from entering the United States by physical presence along the immediate U.S. Mexican border. Citizen groups along the Canadian border and coastal areas are encouraged to operate with the same level of vigilance.
The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps Area of Operations is the American border territory immediately adjacent to the U.S. border fence with Mexico and within Cochise County, Arizona. Volunteers have created a model that can be used by any group of concerned responsible citizens anywhere in the United States. All practical attempts will be made to operate within the immediate 60' wide strip next to the border fence. Any operations further distant from said 60' strip will be done only as terrain, safety and common sense dictate.
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps volunteers have recorded 4,609 peaceful, non-violent assists with Border Patrol and Customs agents of people illegally crossing our border with Mexico since November of 2002.
Since June 1, 2003, MCDC Volunteers have made 158 Rescues of men, women and children who were provided life-saving water, first aid, blankets and food while volunteers waited for Border Patrol agents to arrive on scene to deport groups.
Simcox denied access to press conference
by Bill Hess
DOUGLAS While members of different Arizona media outlets were inside the gates of the U.S. Border Patrols Douglas Station, a newspaper owner, editor and reporter was denied access to a press conference with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
Chris Simcox, who owns, edits, and writes for the Tombstone Tumbleweed, said he was told Border Patrol Tucson Sector Chief Michael Nicley said he could not attend the press conference Thursday.
Calls for comments from the Tucson Sector public affairs office were not returned.
Simcox said he was told to call Nicley for the reason he was denied access, but the chief had not returned his calls on Thursday afternoon.
I showed up with credentials and was held outside the gate, Simcox said, adding it was then he learned from a Border Patrol agent that Nicley refused him access to the press conference.
Simcox is considering seeking advice from an attorney and even the American Civil Liberties Union because he believes his First Amendment rights as a member of the press were denied.
Before the press conference, he received notice of it like other members of the media. Simcox said he sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security saying he was going to attend. No one from the departments public affairs office called saying he would be barred, he added.
Simcox said he believes Nicley refused him admittance because of his connection with the Minuteman Project, which involved volunteers watching the border in Cochise County throughout April. Simcox was co-organizer of the event with Californian Jim Gilchrist.
The Border Patrol felt the project was unnecessary.
If he was banned because of the Minuteman Project connection, Simcox said that is unfair because he had a right to attend the press conference and report on Chertoffs visit.