Standard Operating Procedure for Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.
- Minutemen are courteous to everyone with whom they come into contact, and never discriminate against anyone for any reason.
- Minutemen do not respond to any taunts or harassment from outside agitators, and must never be present for duty or serve in any capacity if intoxicated.
- *Minutemen Observe, Report,Record, and Direct Border Patrol or other appropriate emergency or law enforcement agencies to suspected Illegal Aliens or Illegal Activities.
- Minutemen do not verbally contact, physically gesture to or have any form of communications with suspected Illegal Aliens.
- Minutemen follow the Standard Operating Procedures to the letter and spirit.
- Minutemen follow all federal, state and local laws, understanding that we are being held to a higher standard by all.
- Minutemen understand that, while our actions cannot stop illegal activities along the border, we can change world perception and national thought concerning Homeland and Border Security.
- Minutemen monitor their behavior, the behavior of the people around them and the group as a whole to ensure compliance with the SOP and any instruction given by Minuteman Corps Leadership.
- Minutemen leave no garbage behind and follow strict pack-in / pack-out procedures.
- Minutemen respect the property rights of everyone, start no fires, never drive off road, and follow the directions of all law enforcement personnel.
You are reading this because you believe that you can actively participate in one of the most important, socially responsible, and peaceful movements for justice since the civil rights movement of the 1960s. You are considering joining in this activist protest because you are done talking. You have debated, you have begged, you have pleaded with your government officials -- public servants whom you trusted to stand by the oath they took when sworn into office to protect the United States from invasion by enemies foreign and domestic. The human flood breaching our Homeland Defense is not necessarily the enemy per se; drug dealers, criminals and potential terrorists are, and they should be the source of any ire you may be experiencing
*You are considering joining the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. not because of bias towards people from another country, but rather because you feel your government owes the citizens of the United States protection from people who wish to take advantage of a free society. We demand that President Bush, members of Congress and the Senate maintain an orderly queue of entry into our country. We *are four years post September 11, 2001, and still our government is more concerned with securing the borders of foreign lands than securing the borders of the United States. Enough is enough. I apologize for applying such a bromide, but when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I come from a generation that has lost the ideal that we are a "can-do nation.” I cannot accept the weak excuse from our government that the problem is unsolvable. That mindset is un-American. We can and we will make a difference. We, as citizens, are the government, are acting within the social contract of our right to freedom, and we will apply our efforts within the limits of the laws we have created. *Regardless of whether we agree with the constraints on our limited ability to stem the flow of crime across our borders, or to work internally in our state to prevent the illegal hiring or to stop the building of labor sites, we will display the highest level of restraint, thus proving we are responsible citizens and that our character is consistent with our ability to stay within the boundaries of the law.
Are you willing to sacrifice a few days, a week, a month to help do the job that the government should be doing? If you choose to make the sacrifice and become the active majority rather than the silent majority, you will have accomplished more in one month than the sum total of all your years of complaining and demanding action from your public servants who seem more interested in working for people from other countries than they are in working for us.
Our effort will be tangibly effective in supporting the defenders of our border, the patriotic men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol. You will offer your assistance and become force-multipliers to assist their monumental task of turning back the* tidal wave of people entering our country illegally, and or to stop the break down of our infilstructur by preventing illegal aliens from getting jobs at a much lower wage and thus destroying the living wage, the people of the United States of America deserve!
You must be willing to accept the following plan, or you, as a segment of a larger group, are doomed to be remembered in history as representative not of the strongest character, but rather as the weakest link in our maligned and misunderstood group of truly patriotic nationalists. You must understand in the deepest ways the importance of our challenge.
You are here because you are willing to challenge our government to fulfill their constitutionally mandated responsibility, not because you want to fight them, but because you want to challenge them by fulfilling their obligation in their absence. You are willing to become force-multipliers in the absence of Congressional and Presidential will.
Composing letters, e-mails and faxes did not make an impression on our public servants. Now we will assert ourselves as citizen representatives of the government. We are citizens who set the example, of the people for the people and by the people.
We will succeed. If we are to send the message loud and clear to President Bush and Congress, it is imperative that we stay within the law. If one single individual steps over the line for their personal gratification, we are all stained with that irresponsible behavior, and labeled forever as a fringe element that embarrasses all who are counting on us to make this historic statement.
We must prevail, we will prevail. We shall overcome the effort by many to identify this movement as irresponsible; we will be victorious in proving the skeptics wrong. Our efforts will change the course of history and ignite others to stand with courage to make a change. Many are waiting for the outcome and will themselves be motivated with a new sense of activism; we will be leaders who will make a difference, role models who will influence future generations. Are you with us, Americans? If yes, then "let's roll"!
You must hold these truths to be self evident. There are restrictions and guidelines that must be followed to an absolute.
*You will abide by the laws of Arizona, or any other State that your working in. If you choose to arm yourself, you will do so for the purpose of self defense only; you will never have to take action to defend yourself, for you will abide by the rules of no contact and no engagement. (By the way, no weapons are allowed in the Coronado National Park, but we will not be working there, so no need to go any further).
*Long guns are not allowed at any MCDC event and never at an internal rally .
No weapons in the San Pedro Riparian area near the San Pedro River. There are plenty of hilltops on which to perch, spot and report. Most of the time the illegal aliens will not even know you are there, and you always have the advantage of the *high ground. Each State has different laws that must be followed in order for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corp. to be successful all around.
If challenged, you will physically remove yourself from the situation. At this point 'tis better to retreat and preserve the ability to return and fight another day. The idea is for your sidearm to remain holstered for the duration of your visit. There will be absolutely no need to ever remove your firearm from its holster - not for cleaning, not for show-and-tell, not for any reason. By never removing the firearm from the holster, never keeping it chambered and always keeping the *safety on and keeping your hands away from it, unless you have to defend your very own life, and then only within the rules of the law, according to each State you are working in, there can be no accidents. End of discussion. Remove the *firearm from the holster for any other reason, and your group members will likely send you on your way back home.
Stun guns, mace, pepper spray are alternatives for personal safety, but remember *you have agreed to abide by a no contact, no engagement policy.
Absolutely you will not bring handcuffs our other devices used for the physical *restraintofhumanbeings. YouwillnotbecomingtoArizonaor anyotherState to engage in philosophical discussions. You will not be coming to *Arizona, or any other State, to challenge anyone, any idea, any person -- your challenge is with yourself. Your challenge will be, simplistically put, to behave yourself. The mission is clear - Restraint, Responsibility and Character are the qualities that will guarantee success.
A word of advice: you will be held responsible, not just by law enforcement, but by the rules of our society, of mankind. You can be guaranteed that the first response towards any irrational or illegal behavior will come from within your group of compatriots. We will hold each other accountable. Any volunteer who even hints at illegal activity will be quickly ostracized from the mission and will be reported to law enforcement. You will be removed from the mission and will have forever shamed yourself -- you will not be allowed to shame the mission. Personal responsibility, accountability and temperament are the keys to success.
There has been much hand wringing, not just by the media but also from within the rank and file of potential volunteers.
Think about it this way. With the ideals explained in the previous paragraphs, anyone with the intention of stepping over the line will now realize they will not get away with it. Any possible racist, unstable or misguided element will now realize they will not succeed.
Why would anyone who does not agree with the tenets set forth even want to join the effort, knowing they will quickly be expelled from the activity? Those who disagree with the philosophy of this mission have now been dissuaded with caveats replete with everything they most likely despise. Those who don't agree are now making plans to stay home and cast doubt upon our efforts. Let them; for we are all better off without their participation, giving us yet another sense of gratification and desire for success.
The volunteers who have led the way are the good citizens who have joined the*efforts of Civil Homeland Defense, a group of devoted patriots, like you, who started all of this as a neighbor hood watch group and followed President Bush’s request to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity after 9/11 and who have succeeded in assisting the Border Patrol with locating over 10,000 people, during the last four years, entering our country illegally. The volunteers have never made a mistake leading to harm or arrest by law enforcement. We know how to get the job done, so please defer to our experience as your ultimate guide.
*Even though, we have now grown from a small neighborhood watch in 2002 to the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. with thousands and thousands of volunteers all across the United States of America, the still greatest country on earth our reputation still speaks for itself. Facing tremendous opposition and skepticism, we have prevailed. Yet we now risk everything we have worked to achieve during *the past four years. If one individual puts their selfish desires before the mandate of the mission, we all lose. We cannot allow such petty individual desires to ruin years and thousands of hours of effort to be wasted at the hands of one self-serving fool.
Volunteers will maintain a strict code of ethics and behavior: you will adhere to a no contact policy. Spot, report and avoid any contact with people entering our country illegally. No exceptions.
*If you are working internally in your State, the same rule applies. You record and report to the officials as well.
Why risk going to jail and ruining the mission by engaging a group of illegals? The time for that is not yet upon us. Remember, this is activism, yet it is symbolic at best. We know millions of illegals are here, thousands continue to come and nothing short of military intervention will cease the flow.
It's no big deal to let a group get away, for every group you locate; there are ten more who are getting through. Face it: there is not much else we can do. The idea is to become force-multipliers for Border Patrol. Our effort will be a shock and awe to the President and to Congressional leaders. If you are coming here because you harbor ill feelings toward the illegals, if you feel uncontrolled anger towards the government of Mexico or people who are fleeing economic disenfranchisement, you are advised to stay home.
Our efforts are not meant to stop illegals, our efforts are designed to send our elected officials a stiff reminder - they work for us first. Ignore us and we will continue to grow in numbers. We succeed this time and we will have thousands more who will follow our lead in future more interactive missions.
*Experienced volunteers of Minuteman Civil Defense Corp., will be mentoring *groups of novice border watchers who are here for the first time. Minuteman Civil Defense Corp. volunteers will consult, guide and share experience with new *volunteers. Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. volunteers will continue to work in every way possible that will support the mission. Future efforts will likely involve the tracking and containment of groups of people who have entered our country illegally. For this mission, you will resist in every way confronting or attempting to make contact with illegals.
Every group of volunteers should have at least one video camera available and a *person whose duty it is to operate it, and this goes as well for internal operations. The video camera is your insurance policy. Record any up-close encounter with the video camera. It is as much a tool for self defense as is your sidearm. If for any reason a group of people entering our country enters your area, you will politely wave, stand aside and watch them proceed on their journey. You may feel an overwhelming sense of frustration, but you will not act irrationally because of the feeling. Self restraint, discipline and personal responsibility must be uppermost in your mind. Be assured that every group you spot will be apprehended by the proper authorities. 99% of every group spotted *by volunteers of Minuteman Civil Defense Corps., have been apprehended somewhere down the road. Your satisfaction comes from knowing you have located, reported and alerted the Border Patrol of illegal activity. The group will be caught and sent back across the border.
If a group or individual approaches you in need of assistance, provide it. Every group should have a first aid kit and extra water to offer a human being life- saving aid. Sometimes you may have a person come to you for protection or aid, offer them what they need, videotape everything. Assure them you mean them no harm and tell them you have contacted “La Migra” and that help is on the way. They are usually quite grateful for the assistance.
At no time are you allowed to leave or wander off your post or partner during a mission unless an emergency arises, and only when you have informed your supervisor and a replacement person is on site, may you leave. We want our volunteers to be safe at all times.
Patrols conducted during daylight are simple. Take shifts spotting with binoculars, spotting scopes etc. If you see a group, call Border Patrol. For Naco Border Patrol, the district number is 520-432-512. Douglas Border Patrol *dispatch number is 520-805-6900. Of course, other States have their own numbers to call.
Identify yourself as a MMP volunteer. Give them your location. Report the group you have spotted in specifics. Example.
"Hello, good morning, this is Chris Simcox with the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.. I am at mile marker 5.5 overlooking the border road. I have spotted a hard count of 15 people who just entered the country illegally. They have crossed the fence and are headed up a trail towards the interior. They look as if they are taking the trail toward the mountains. There are 13 men and 2 women. We will continue to watch them so we can give more specifics to the agent who arrives to track them. How long do you think it will take an agent to arrive? If you need to call me back my cell phone number is... Thanks for your help."
When the agent on the ground arrives, give them the information and direct them towards the group. Other than that, stay out of their way and let them do their job.
If the agent apprehends the group and walks them back out past your location, stay out of the way. Video the group from a distance. You can protect the agent by not video taping his or her face. Do not approach the group even after they are in custody. If the agent asks for your help, provide it with caution. When interfacing with Border Patrol, remember, they are the good guys. Tell them you appreciate their duty to country. If they come back empty handed, tell them you hope they can catch the group farther up the trail. Never have a bad word for these guys and gals; remember they are attempting to do a job with one hand tied behind their backs. You will have to be satisfied that you can provide assistance with both hands tied behind your back. Spot and report; you are being affective just doing that.
Every team will consist of 4 to 8 volunteers. You will use FRS radios and cell phones. Hopefully each group will be provided a radio that will reach the command center. If not, use your cell phone to call Command and report how many people you counted, the time, the location and if Border Patrol responded. A log will be kept to prove our effectiveness and the effectiveness of Border Patrol. A compiled report will be shared with the media at the completion of the project.
Keep your radio transmissions to a minimum, no joking around or extraneous off-task comments. Stay calm, focused, stoic and on-task.
Spread out and maximize your personnel; take shifts spotting to relieve stress. Use the minimum number of radios possible to conserve batteries. Never stray out of radio contact with your group. Rotate the use of cell phones to conserve batteries. Your vehicles will be your command center. Bring DC connectors to re-charge batteries. Carry back-up batteries for radios.
Plan on no less than 8-hour shifts. We will organize relief shifts once we have a hard count of volunteers who have shown they will walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
*Carry personal contact information in case of emergency. Let your sector chief know of any health and physical issues, before you take a post and ensure every person in your group is aware of any physical or health issues of individuals in your team. Plan for your comfort. Bring a camping chair or folding lawn chair -you will be sitting for hours on end.
Dress warmly, and layer for extremes from cold to hot. Bring plenty of water -2 gallons per person per day. Bring snacks and meals that can be prepared without fire. Hopefully everyone can stand to rough it for at least 8 hours a day: hats, sunscreen, medications for personal issues, tissues, toilet paper, a shovel for burying your waste. Respect the environment, clean up after the group. Make every effort to leave the land just as you found it or in better shape than you found it.
Never drive off-road. Stick to the roads and two-track paths. Park as close to the side of the road as possible, always leaving room for Border Patrol or emergency vehicle access.
*If you are working internally with Rallies, etc., make sure you have adequate security at your meeting points, two people in front of the meeting room at all times to detect and report unwelcomed individuals, as well as for the general safety of your volunteers. If you cannot get the local law enforcement involved for you, you may feel it necessary to hire security. Do not ever hold a rally position by yourself, a minimum of at least 5 people is required, simply for safety reasons. At rallies, no guns are allowed, because you are generally in a suburban or city area with many people close by you. Try to involve your local law enforcement for your own protection. It is their dury to protect you!.
Not everyone will be cut out for night missions. We will be looking for those few hardy volunteers who can stand the 12 hours of dusk to twilight. Auditory awareness is your tool for locating groups. Listening carefully while sitting quietly is the toughest aspect of night work. You will hear the group coming long before you can see them. Once you hear them, call them in to Border Patrol -- get the Patrol rolling to your location as soon as possible. The groups move quickly through the night. Night vision devices can be useful but not necessary. Some groups will be assisted with thermal night scopes provided by Minuteman Civil *Defense Corps. We will try to rotate them from location to location so everyone gets in on the fun. At times, groups will walk within just feet of where you are sitting. You have two choices. Let them proceed past you while remaining silent, or, turn on a flashlight, inquire as to who is there and watch them scatter. The latter tactic often helps to delay the group while you are waiting for Border Patrol to arrive. Under no circumstances are you to chase or attempt to give the group of illegal aliens any orders to sit down. The surprise of you being there with your lights if sufficient to send them a message that they should have taken another trail. Many times the group will scatter and run back to the border -- mission accomplished! Should *you encounter a group of drug runners, Code Black will be called out – everybody will retreat immediately and drive to their debriefing point, safety permittet!
Again, at no time are you allowed to leave or wander off your post or partner during a mission, unless an emergency arises, and only when you have informed your supervisor and a replacement person is on site, may you leave. Night missions are considered more dangerous because of the possibility of drugs being pushed across our porous borders into the United States of America.
Use ear phones for radios at night. Try to remain as quiet and stealthy as possible; sound travels great distances at night. A cough can travel a half-mile away. Remember, your mind can play tricks on you at night. The slightest sound will be cause for your imagination to run wild. Be assured, you will know a group is approaching by their distinct sound. Once you hear a group walking through the brush the sound is indelibly printed in your senses.
There will be more tactics and suggestions to come during the next few weeks. There have been many tidbits of suggestions for equipment and survival offered already. They will be available on the website.
The information provided here is not open for discussion -- this is the way CHD , *the original neighborhood watch has managed to work through 2500-plus missions. This is the only way for these patrols to work this time around. If you feel this S.O.P. is too restrictive, then you know your limits and have taken the first step to insure the MMP is successful, by knowing you should not attend.