Shawna Forde's New Passion: The Minutemen
Forde gained the support of Jim Gilchrist, head of the Minuteman Project, who called her "a stoic struggler who has chosen to put country, community, and a yearning for a civilized society ahead of avarice and self-glorifying ego." Forde increasingly spent her time patrolling the border in Arizona, eventually starting her own border patrol group, Minuteman American Defense (MAD). Shawna started a website for the group, and kept a running blog on the site called "Shawna's Corner" in which she wrote about her new calling with no shortage of braggadocio:
According to her family, Forde's take-charge attitude led to unconventional plans to fund the group, schemes that veered from zealotry into illegality. In a July 2009 interview, Merrill Metzger told Seattle Weekly reporter Rick Anderson that that "She sat here on my couch and told me she planned to start an underground militia... She said she would rob Mexican drug dealers, steal their money and their drugs. She talked about a store near her in Arizona that kept 40 grand under the counter to cash illegals' checks, and she was going to rob that."