Neo-Nazi Lurks on Ariz. Border

JT Ready's group has local cops worried, but they can't do much
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 18, 2010 7:08 AM CDT
In this undated handout photo from JT Ready, weaponry and military-style gadgets including semiautomatic rifles are shown.   (AP Photo/J.T. Ready)
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(Newser) – Jason "JT" Ready is taking matters into his own hands along the Arizona border, declaring war on "narco-terrorists" and keeping an eye out for illegal immigrants. But local law enforcement are nervous given that Ready's militia is heavily armed and identifies with the National Socialist Movement, an organization that believes only non-Jewish, white heterosexuals should be American citizens and that everyone who isn't white should leave the country "peacefully or by force." "We're not going to sit around and wait for the government anymore," Ready says.

"These are explicit Nazis," says one expert. "These are people who wear swastikas on their sleeves." Local law enforcement is nervous about Ready's group, but don't have much leverage: He's patrolling public lands, and Arizona's loose gun laws make it perfectly legal for him to be armed to the teeth while doing so. "If they don't want my people out there, then there's an easy way to send us home: Secure the border," Ready says. "We'll put our guns back on the shelf, and that'll be the end of that."

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