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The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office has refused to investigate an email sent by a Santa Clara County employee to the Minuteman Project threatening them. The email was sent by Florencio Rodarte from a county computer. Rodarte's employer when informed of the incident "counciled" Rodarte on the proper use of the county computers rather than investigating the incident or taking action on the threat.

The Santa Clara Sheriff's office has refused to do anything further and has instructed the Minuteman Project to contact Arizona's Cochise County Sheriff's office with the complaint against a California government employee! WTF!

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But the ACLU-trained legal observers, purportedly organized to document real or imagined threats and acts of violence aren't showing up to document threats when they are directed at the project and its volunteers. And it's not those observers don't have time on their hands, given there has not been a single instance of Minuteman Project volunteers acting other than in an exemplary manner.

One such threat came from Florencio Rodarte, an employee of Santa Clara County, in California. Here's what Mr. Rodarte wrote by email from the county's computer network on March 16:

From: "Florencio Rodarte"
Subject: Just wait
> If you think the illeaga (sic)l immigrants are going to sit by and let you harras (sic) them while they come across you better think twice. They will kill you if they have to to (sic) get across. Don't get it twisted they aren't (sic) the rich educated mexicans (sic). They are the poor and the criminal element so watch your red neck ass.


We had hoped the sheriff's office would at least have checked out Mr. Rodarte to satisfy themselves and us whether or not Rodarte was in fact someone likely to carry out an act of violence.

No doubt! In this day and age with wacko's running around everywhere you think that the Sheriff's office would at least do a preliminary check on whether this guy is part of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang or has a past involving violent behavior.

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Not to defend the idiot "employer" (Rodarte should be minimally on administrative leave pending an investigation), but the Santa Clara Sheriff's department is following procedure when dealing with what CA's penal codes call "terrorist threats" (PC422)... first jurisdiction is the place in which the threats are received, not originated. Although, they SHOULD have taken a report anyways and forwarded it to their DA as to save time on coordinating with AZ.

Hopefully if the MMP can ratchet up the publicity on this threat, the Santa Clara DA George Kennedy will feel political pressure to fast track an investigation (he can go to the Sheriff's department and kick a few butts). Politics...it comes down to politics. Argh.

BTW, I've decided to try and pin down Hector de la Torre for his "vigilantism" comments. I've emailed him and I'll try and get some answers via telephone next week.


Posted by: Darleen on April 30, 2005 08:58 AM

Thank God for the Minutemen and thank God there are still some conservatives in the GOP.
Little did I know when I voted for Bush in 04 that he was a closet liberal? I thought he wanted to win the War on Terror. Not join up with the ACLU (vigilantes indeed) and surrender to Al Queda.

On Larry Elder’s show Wednesday night two weeks ago Larry said that the minutemen had reduced criminal immigration by 75%!. Or the rate of criminals crossing the border was only 25% of what it had been before the Minuteman Project! Sounds very positive!

Rod Stanton

Posted by: Rod Stanton on May 1, 2005 04:16 AM

One report this morning, found on FOXNews, says this about the Minutemen; "Critics of the program, including Border Patrol officials, have said the group was little more than a nuisance that attracted significant attention from the media and civil rights groups watching volunteers for possible rights violations." For myself, I wish the Border Patrol was actually doing its job, then they would be attracting the attention of the left-wing media and rights groups and we would know the laws of our nation were actually being enforced.

Posted by: Bill on May 1, 2005 06:17 AM

Bill - I agree!

Posted by: Rod Stanton on May 1, 2005 10:54 AM

I'm an employee of the same agency. I sent a couple friends the "Mexifornia" drivers licence joke. I and my friends were suspended without pay for a week, permanent marks to our records for "Equal Opportunity Violations", and this "counseling". This was my first ever incident, and Union "progressive discipline" rules were blatantly violated. The Union, of course, is avoiding doing anything about it. Management did, of course, let a prominet Hispanic employee off the hook with only a warning. Only "white" folks (five men and a woman-who was let off after she was forced to reveal more sources of the "offensive" email-were forced onto leave.

This from an angency where there are self-identified "Mexicans"..not "hispanics", not "hispanic-american or mexican-american, but "Mexican". I won't even get into the way the Agency deliberately avoids wanting to know about illegal (undocumented) immigration status before handing out cash, food stamps and medical services.

Most government offices, from police to City Hall, are pro-Mexican (as opposed to pro-hispanic) and will not do anything about this institutionalized discrimination. The Feds have investigated other issues and let them slide as well.

Posted by: Rick on May 4, 2005 09:59 PM

Thank God for Arnold. He knows right from wrong and has the guts to stand up for the right!

Posted by: Rod Stanton on May 5, 2005 12:38 PM

Florencio Rodarte didn't make any threats. He simply expressed his opinion concerning what he believed some immigrants might do in response to the minutemen. Notice his use of "they" as opposed to "I" or "we."

Additionally, it is possible that the SC Sheriff's Dept did check out Mr.Rodarte. How does the original author know that they did not do so?

Posted by: Cliff Jamison on July 13, 2005 08:35 PM

Although many may disagree with the position of the minutmen and the tactics being implemented, I am in further disagreement with the fact that an employee of the County of Santa Clara, CA., utilized county contolled equipment when, according to Santa Clara County Ordinance A25-301, #7, this practice is clearly prohibited and can result in employee demotion or dismissal. The fact that he was "counseled" for such an agregious violation of public trust, is an even greater travesty and shows that the County of Santa Clara has little quality control over its employee actions.

Posted by: Juan on August 15, 2005 09:36 AM

Mr. Cliff Jamison: That stupid Aztec may have not said "I" or "we" but his statement can still certainly be construed as a threat. His quote "Watch your ass" suggests that he may actually be telling illegals to shoot at, or otherwise try to harm "rednecks" whom are doing the job that the U.S. government won't do. If the roles were reversed here, and a white guy wrote a similar e-mail he would of been put in jail. Just look at the two border guards that were put in jail for defending our border. We do need guns on the border, but they should be pointed towards Mexico!

Posted by: John R on March 2, 2008 07:45 PM

Oh wah! wah! wah!

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