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Scott McClellan: Minutemen are still "vigilantes"

Here's a question Les Kinsolving of WND asked at yesterday's White House news briefing:

Scott, WorldNet Daily quotes the largest local union of U.S. Border Patrol agents, Local 2544 in Tucson section, as saying this: "We have not had one single complaint from a rank-and-file agent in this sector about the Minutemen, many of whom are retired firefighters, cops and other professionals. Sensors have been set off by the ACLU sneaking around. If only President Bush were supportive of the rank-and-file agents." And my question, first question, has the president given any reconsideration to his reference to the Minutemen as vigilantes?

Needless to say, a large burst of hot air followed shortly thereafter, including this: "I think the president's views were made known, and I've expressed what our views are, as well." In other words, Bush is not going to retract calling the Minutemen "vigilantes."

Immigration2005a · Thu, 04/21/2005 - 22:52 · Importance: 1

Fri, 04/22/2005 - 15:24
Tim Brummer

George Bush and Viscente Fox
are the leaders of a vigilante gang
not the Minutemen.

Fri, 04/22/2005 - 08:27
John S Bolton
www.johnsbolton.net

Would they need permission from the mexican government, to diverge from the official line that these minutemen are to be called vigilantes? Taking the law into one's own hands, is what illegals do, and what the lawless administration does, but not what peacable border observers do. By this vigilante characterization, minitruth would have us believe that aiding in the defense of the borders from foreign aggression, is somehow an offense, but aggression is legitimate.