WHO IS GUARDING AMERICA’S BACK DOOR?
Painstakingly, Tim Foley (right) scans the horizon using his night-vision device. Day and night the ex-soldier lies in wait here, not far from the Mexican border. Together with a group of heavily armed veterans, Foley is on the lookout for illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and terrorists.
“I know that I am doing good and am countering evil; this is America’s own little war zone,” says the leader of the Arizona Border Recon, a paramilitary unit that has been “keeping America’s back door safe” since 2011. The 56-year-old believes it’s only a matter of time until America experiences terror attacks like those in Paris and Brussels – unless controls in America’s backyard are not strengthened quickly. “People need to wake up and realise that our border is not secure.”
According to some accounts the civilian militia has already captured hundreds of criminals and as a result saved countless lives – but what the ex-soldier doesn’t say is that he is willing to use any means to do so. As early as 2011 he attracted the attention of the federal police after FBI agents received an anonymous tip-off that Foley had placed homemade pipe bombs on the border. In 2015, in the course of a top-secret operation, several members of a similar militia – the Arizona Special Operations Group – were arrested for stealing drugs from border traffickers.