Diener Consultants, the CNP, and the Implosion of the Minutemen
by Paul & Phillip D. Collins ©, June 10th, 2007
Back in 2005, these researchers warned that an elite-controlled racist fifth column within the Minutemen was destroying the immigration reform movement. Now, two years later, that prediction has come to pass with frightening accuracy. In the May 23, 2007 Sierra Vista Herald, Jonathan Clark reported two state-level officers in the Minutemen Civil Defense Corp. (MCDC) were dismissed for questioning Minutemen President Chris Simcox (no pagination). Eighteen state MCDC leaders put together a memo on May 8 addressed to Simcox, Vice President Carmen Mercer, and Executive Director Al Garza to attend a meeting in Phoenix to answer questions concerning the MCDC’s donors (no pagination). On May 14, Simcox responded with a memo threatening the 18 state-level leaders with the termination of their MCDC membership if they attended the meeting (no pagination). Twelve to thirteen state leaders went ahead with the meeting and issued a vote of no confidence against Simcox (no pagination). The Sierra Vista Herald reported that two leaders, Oklahoma Chapter leader Greg Thompson and New Mexico state director Bob Wright had their membership terminated (no pagination).
A May 23, 2007 article for the Southern Poverty Law Center painted a much grimmer picture. According to the article’s authors, Susy Buchanan and David Holthouse, 14 of the MCDC’s 27 state chapter leaders had been fired, as well as 1 regional leader and 3 national leaders (no pagination). Bob Wright sent out a mass e-mail on May 21 that stated: “By now you have probably heard rumors… about a massive purge of your National and State Leaders. These rumors are true” (no pagination). After being criticized for exposing problems within the Minutemen, we were vindicated. However, that vindication was anything but sweet. The implosion of a potentially good grass-roots organization was well under way. That is hardly anything to smile about. Sadly, the sweet taste of vindication turns to ashes in one’s mouth.
MCDC chapter leaders and rank-and-file members of the Minutemen wanted to know more about the $1.6 million to $1.8 million that Simcox raised by the end of May 2006 (no pagination). Where did all that green come from? Who gave the money? Many have paid the ultimate price for asking this simple question: excommunication. The money would have never become an issue if Simcox’s behavior was not suggestive of obfuscation. Simcox’s refusal to display financial responsibility has been demonstrated by the fact that the Minutemen President has never registered the MCDC with the IRS as a nonprofit corporation (no pagination). That means no periodic, detailed financial statements that would allow those members of the Amateur Colombo Club to follow the money trail.
Who pulls the MCDC’s financial strings? The answer may lie in the group’s connection to Diener Consultants. The Diener group repeatedly emerges when there is controversy surrounding the Minutemen. MCDC members wanted Simcox to explain why the Minutemen webpage classifies the group as “a project of the Declaration Alliance” (no pagination). The Declaration Alliance was founded in 1996 by Alan Keyes (no pagination). The Diener group was the public-relations arm for Alan Keyes 1996 and 2000 Presidential campaigns and his senate races in Maryland and Illinois (Seper, “Minutemen skeptical of ties with Keyes project,” no pagination). Diener consultants also emerged when a retired homebuilder who took out a $120,000 loan on his house so the Minutemen could build an “Israel-style” fence on private border wanted his money back (Seper, “Minuteman donor demands refund,” no pagination). The man, James Campbell, was suing Simcox for fraud and breach of contract (no pagination). Campbell claimed that the money was taken, but the fence was never built (no pagination). The lawsuit also named Diener Consultants (no pagination).
Diener Consultants first became involved with the Minutemen in 2005 when Connie Hair contacted Simcox (Seper, “Minutemen skeptical of ties with Keyes project,” no pagination). Hair had begun her career life as a B-movie actress, starring alongside of Charles Bronson Death Wish 4 and Pia Zadora in Fake-Out (Buchanan and Kim, no pagination). Now she was a Diener employee. Hair asked Simcox if the MCDC had a media plan (Seper, “Minutemen skeptical of ties with Keyes project,” no pagination). Simcox informed Hair that the Minutemen had no media plan (no pagination). The eager Diener employee arranged a meeting in Washington with Simcox and Minutemen founder Jim Gilchrist and an agreement was signed (no pagination). Ms. Hair went on to become the MCDC’s spokeswoman (no pagination).
Diener Consultants is connected to the highly secretive Council for National Policy (CNP). Diener President Phil Sheldon is the son of Rev. Louis Sheldon (no pagination). Louis Sheldon has been a member of the CNP (“Council for National Policy,” no pagination). Diener employee Connie Hair also worked for Judicial Watch, a group heavily funded by the Scaife Foundation (Buchanan and Kim, no pagination). The Scaife Foundation is a front for Richard Mellon Scaife, an elitist who is also a top financier of the CNP (“Council for National Policy: Selected Member Biographies,” no pagination). Connie Hair’s colleague, Mary Parker Lewis, is a former staffer for the Free Congress Foundation (“Mary Parker Lewis,” no pagination). Free Congress president Paul Weyrich has served on the CNP’s board of governors and is a current executive committee member of the CNP (“Council for National Policy: Selected Member Biographies,” no pagination). The Diener group is also closely aligned with the Declaration Alliance (Seper, “Minutemen skeptical of ties with Keyes project,” no pagination). The Declaration Alliance was founded by CNP participant Alan Keyes (“Council for National Policy,” no pagination).
The CNP is part of a project meant to dupe grass-root, conservative activists into supporting the initiatives of the power elite. This project began with Nelson Bunker Hunt. Hunt was a board member and financier of the John Birch Society (JBS) (Aho, no pagination). The JBS’s connection to the very power elite it claimed to be fighting was concealed by a public relations move in 1972 (no pagination). It was during that time period that the JBS promoted a book by current CNP member John Stormer entitled None Dare Call It Treason (no pagination). The book presented a scathing attack on the elitist organization known as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) (no pagination). In the public mind, this distanced the JBS from the elitist CFR and created the JBS’s anti-oligarchic façade. However, several JBS members such as William Grede, William Benton McMillan, Robert Waring Stoddard, J. Nelson Shepherd, and Spruille Braden were either directly or indirectly associated with the CFR (no pagination).
The CNP was created with the remnants of the domestic surveillance/intel-gathering arm of the JBS, the Western Goals Foundation (no pagination). Again, Nelson Bunker Hunt, who was also a principal character at Western Goals, provided the starter-up money for the CNP (no pagination). Hunt would go on to serve as the CNP’s president from 1983 to 1984 and also served on the CNP’s board of Governors (no pagination). As was the case with the JBS, the CNP was presented to the American public as an alternative to the CFR. ABC’s Marc J. Ambinder has even characterized it as “the conservative version of the Council on Foreign Relation” (no pagination). However, the CNP first Governing Board had three CFR members sitting on it: George F. Gilder, Dr. Edward Teller, and Guy Vander Jagt (Aho, no pagination). Later members of the CNP who were also CFR members included J. Peter Grace and Arnaud De Borchgrave (no pagination).
The CNP has engaged in a social engineering campaign within the Evangelical establishment by indoctrinating Christians into Dominionism. Chris Hedges provides a fairly accurate description of Dominionism:
What the disparate sects of this movement, known as Dominionism, share is an obsession with political power. A decades-long refusal to engage in politics at all following the Scopes trial has been replaced by a call for Christian “dominion” over the nation and, eventually, over the earth itself. Dominionists preach that Jesus has called them to build the kingdom of God in the here and now, whereas previously it was thought we would have to wait for it. America becomes, in this militant biblicism, an agent of God, and all political and intellectual opponents of America’s Christian leaders are viewed, quite simply, as agents of Satan. (No pagination)
Dominionism is the latest in a series of sociopolitical Utopian doctrines mandating the immanentization of the Eschaton. Re-conceptualizing objects of faith as objects of immanent experience, Dominionism inverts Ephesians 6:12. Flesh and blood becomes the enemy. Spiritual warfare becomes preemptive warfare. Ultimately, the Kingdom of God is established through a political coup. Jesus is either unwilling to or incapable of returning until such a coup is achieved. Such thinking is really nothing new. The secular Gnostics of communism and fascism also envisioned an Eschaton within the ontological plane of the physical universe. In their crusades to realize their eschatological visions, communists and fascists murdered countless numbers of people. The new Dominionist variety of Gnostic political activism promises equal volumes of bloodshed.
It seems that the elites behind the CNP are conducting a similar social engineering project within the immigration reform movement. The immigration reform movement has been radicalized with racist propaganda provided by an extensive network of organizations controlled by the racist and radical environmentalist John Tanton (“The Puppeteer,” no pagination). The power behind Tanton seems to be CNP financier Richard Mellon Scaife. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Tanton’s most important funding source for the last two decades may well have been the Scaife family, heirs to the Mellon Bank fortune. Richard Mellon Scaife, a reclusive figure, has been instrumental in establishing right-wing organizations like the Heritage Foundation and supporting causes like the “Arkansas Project,” an effort to dig up dirt on President Clinton.
Scaife family foundations, including those controlled by Scaife’s sister, Cordelia May Scaife, provided some $1.4 million to FAIR from 1986-2000. (No pagination)
John Tanton even has his claws in the Presidential candidate that is supported by the Minutemen: Tom Tancredo. Tancredo’s campaign treasurer is Kenneth McAlpin (Sprengelmeyer, no pagination). McAlpin was a deputy director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform and is the executive directive of ProEnglish (no pagination). Both of these organizations are part of Tanton’s network (“John Tanton’s Network,” no pagination). Some might try to dismiss these examples of racism, citing the fact that CNP participant and African-American Alan Keyes has officially endorsed the MCDC. However, Keyes has a few racist skeletons himself. Keyes worked with fellow CNP participant Jack Abramoff’s International Freedom Foundation, which was “a Washington-based organization in part clandestinely funded by the South African military to prop up overseas support for apartheid” (Ballenger, no pagination).
When Michael Corbin and these writers first broke this story on the nationally syndicated radio program A Closer Look back in October of 2005, the reception we received was less than hospitable. We were viciously attacked by people who elected to abandon conspiracy fact in favor of nativist conspiracy fantasies that fingered Mexican immigrants, Jews, or even the Vatican as the enemy. Even NewsWithViews commentator Frosty Woolridge, a man who quotes literature from Tanton’s FAIR as if it were the Gospel, warned Michael in an e-mail about “disparaging the movement.” Amid all the angry protests, we still had the sense that we would be revisiting this topic again. Unfortunately, we were right, as is painfully evidenced by the current implosion of the Minutemen organization.
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- Clark, Jonathan. “Dissenting officials kicked out of Minutemen Civil Defense Corps.” Sierra Vista Herald 23 May 2007
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About the Authors
Phillip D. Collins acted as the editor for The Hidden Face of Terrorism and co-authored the book The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship with his brother Paul Collins. Both books are available at www.amazon.com. Phillip has also written articles for News With Views, Conspiracy Archive, and the Vexilla Regis Journal.
In 1999, Phillip earned an Associate degree of Arts and Science from Clark State Community College. In 2006, he earned a bachelor’s degree with majors in communication studies and liberal studies along with a minor in philosophy from Wright State University.
Phillip worked as a staff writer for a weekly news publication, the Vandalia Drummer, between late 2007 and 2011. During his tenure with the paper, he earned several accolades.
In 2011, he was inducted into the Media Honor Roll by the Ohio School Board Association for his extensive coverage of the Vandalia-Butler School District. That very same year, the Ohio Newspaper Association bestowed an Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Award upon Phillip for Best Photo. In addition, the City of Vandalia officially proclaimed that November 7, 2011 would be known as “Phillip Collins Day.” This honor was bestowed upon Phillip for his tireless coverage of the City and community.
Shortly after bringing his journalism career to a close, Phillip received another Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Award in the category of In-depth Reporting. This award was given to Phillip for his investigative work over the death of U.S. Marine Maria Lauterbach and the resultant Department of Defense reforms concerning sexual assault and rape. The case drew national attention and received TV coverage by major media organs.
Phillip currently works for the Wyoming Department of Corrections, where he earned the distinction of Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2013. Phillip still works as a freelance journalist and is currently collaborating with his brother on a follow-up to The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship.
Paul David Collins is the author of The Hidden Face of Terrorism and the co-author of The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship. In 1999, he earned his Associate of Arts and Science degree from Clark State Community College. In 2006, he received his bachelor’s degree with a major in Liberal Studies and a minor in Political Science from Wright State University. He worked as a professional journalist for roughly four years.
From 2008 to 2012, Paul covered local news for several Times Community News publications, including the Enon Messenger, the New Carlisle Sun, the Tipp City Herald, the Kettering/Oakwood Times, the Beavercreek News Current, the Vandalia Drummer, the Springboro Sun, the Englewood Independent, the Fairborn Daily Herald, and the Xenia Daily Gazette.
Paul also wrote for other local papers, including the Enon Eagle, the New Carlisle News, and the Lusk Herald. In addition to his work in the realm of mainstream, Paul has published several articles concerning the topics of deep politics and elite deviancy. Those articles have appeared in Terry Melanson’s online Conspiracy Archive, Paranoia magazine, Vexilla Regis Journal, and Nexus magazine. He currently works as a correctional officer with the Wyoming Department of Corrections.