Thursday, July 06, 2006

And Now, Fencegate

What a tangled mess of second-rate barbed wire the whole Minutemen Project / Build it And They Will Turn Back border fence endeavor is turning into. John Amato of Crooks and Liars lays out the story:

Glenn Spencer (head of Tanton’s American Patrol) turns on Chris Simcox.

And from the above-linked website:

Chris Simcox is collecting massive amounts of money and not routing it out to the Minuteman Projects. Our only question is why are folks that mean well and want to contribute STILL sending money (lots of money!) to Chris Simcox when there have been many indications in the past of improper distribution of donations submitted to MCDC. Improper as in they get as far as Chris Simcox and promptly vanish.

Apparently, Mr. Simcox solicited donations from passionate devotees of North American isolationism (a.k.a. border-state Republicans) by promoting his plan as an Israeli-style fence when it's actually just a five-strand barbed wire livestock fence--hardly a deterrent to the desperate, hungry, and jobless people who for years have taken far greater risks to enter the United States.

And all those donations? Well, you know what they say: foolish, minute men and their money will soon be parted.

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