Minuteman Founder Under Attack By Internal Terrorists
By: Tim Bueler
For years, Jim Gilchrist had been concerned about the illegal alien invasion of America, which is so evident in southern California. On September 11, 2001, as he watched the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, he was outraged that these terrorist-murderers were mostly illegal aliens, here on expired visas.
Three years later, the government had done nothing to secure the borders, and Jim Gilchrist decided that letters and phone calls to politicians clearly weren t enough. On October 1, 2004 he founded The Minuteman Project and launched a recruiting program that called together patriotic Americans to stand watch on the borders, report to the Border Patrol, and try to stem the tide of illegals and terrorists who daily, in the thousands, infiltrate America. With about 1,200 volunteers from every state in the union Gilchrist and his hand-picked co-organizers successfully conducted the largest minuteman assembly since 1776.
For his efforts, Gilchrist, a wounded combat Marine veteran and retired CPA, has been routinely attacked by the usual suspects: special interests, pro-unrestricted immigration groups, supporters of amnesty, drug lords, and others, in and out of government.
Jim Gilchrist is under attack from a different sort of terrorist: covert subversives who managed to gain Gilchristâ€™s trust, only to breach that trust by attempting to kidnap the child he founded. Gilchrist has effectively led The Minuteman Project since its inception, but according to the propaganda voiced by these brazen corporate raiders, Gilchrist is a bad guy. These hostile corporate raiders claim they are taking over The Minuteman Project to â€œsaveâ€ it.
Save it? Hijack and take it over, is a more apt description, says Steve Eichler, The Minuteman Project s Executive Director. He supports Gilchrist and is outraged at the high-handed manner in which a gang of isolated insiders have moved to oust Gilchrist.
Deborah Courtney, Marvin Stewart, and Barbara Coe have all been trusted confidantes, said Eichler, and it is devastating to Jim and me, personally, to realize that they have been covertly manipulating to take over the Minuteman Project.
Courtney, Stewart and Coe claim that they are the Minuteman Project, by virtue of them having voted Gilchrist off the Project s so-called board of directors, a board that never existed.
That s pretty funny, says Eichler. The Minuteman Project is incorporated under Delaware law, and Jim is the only corporate officer. There is no board, so just how is it that three supposed board members meet secretly and vote off the founder and president, then vote to give themselves access to the bank accounts and withdraw money? What will they claim next, that Marvin L. Stewart is the president of the United States in an attempt to oust the president from the White House?
These people were simply confidantes and a board of advisors. explained Gilchrist. They were not a decision-making corporate board. Even if the seven-person board they claim to have been a part of existed, how could three people, who couldn t even constitute a quorum, meet secretly without notifying the others, and take any sort of legal action?
There is also the question of bank fraud, adds Eichler. Deborah Courtney, Marvin Stewart, and another person went to the bank with bogus paperwork, seized the Projectâ€™s bank account and withdrew Minuteman Project funds, causing the Projectâ€™s outstanding checks to bounce. We re not talking about a simple policy disagreement, here. This is white collar crime, and we intend to pursue it as such.
An Orange County Times article ( Ousted Minuteman leader seeks court remedy, by Jennifer Dilson, Feb 27, 2007) refers to the non-existent board of directors having ousted Gilchrist, and refers to Gilchist s claim that the renegade board had stolen 20,000 letterhead stationery and envelopes bearing Gilchristâ€™s personal signature, had hacked into the Minuteman Project s website, and had stolen money from the Project s bank accounts (about $4,000, according to Gilchrist, who filed a criminal report of theft with the Orange County Sheriff), and had diverted money from other sources. Gilchrist plans to meet with investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation next week to discuss any federal criminal violations that may have been perpetrated by the takeover collaborators.
Gilchrist is concerned that Courtney, Stewart and Coe will use the stolen Minuteman Project materials, including access to the Project s mailing list, to send out bogus appeals for funds. Our supporters are dedicated patriots. They don t deserve to be deceived by bogus fund-raising appeals, says a concerned Gilchrist.
Attorneys for both sides presented their case Feb 26 to Orange County Judge Randell L. Wilkinson. This morning the court ruled in Gilchristâ€™s favor by expediting the matter and setting a court date for a formal hearing on March 21 at 1:30 PM in Santa Ana Superior Court.