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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.

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