Our earlier story about how Florida armed militia leaders are setting up shop in Bocas del Toro is leading to new revelations.
If you recall, Z7 Tactical is a company founded and managed by one Amelia Foxwell, who is also a card carrying member of the Florida Charter Oaks Militia. Z7 offers Bocas expats "home protection courses". Sounds innocent enough, you think. So did we, initially. But let's find out what these people think "home protection" should look like.
On the Facebook group "Bocas Crime Talk", a couple of weeks ago one Jim Schmidt posted the following message:
Daniel David - Our house on Solarte was robbed on Tuesday while we were teaching at our school. Among the many items stolen were 2 silver Macbook Pro laptops, which have great personal value to us. We believe we know who committed the robbery, but I've heard the way to retrieve stolen electronics is to put the word out that I'd like to buy the items back. Does anyone have a clearer plan of action that has worked in the past? Or perhaps someone who has a lot of Bocas connections? Feel free to message me privately, and thank you for your help.
Sucks to have stuff stolen. Especially if it's expensive Macbook laptops. Buying back such goods is indeed often the fastest and cheapest way to undo the harm. There are also systems to secure laptops against theft.
However, the partner of Amelia Foxwell, one Darren K. Wilburn, has very peculiar ideas about how home security should be enforced. Replying to Schmidt's message, Wilburn responded:
Based on your suspicion, brutally beat the parties until they confess or give up who did it. Negotiation and diplomacy are futile paths of weakness. Peace is only achieved in the face of superior violence.
In other words: Torture them. Needless to say that this is highly illegal in Panama and would probably quickly land you in police custody, and rightfully so.
But apart from legal considerations; who do these people think they are? You must be pretty full of yourself, in a sickening way, to think that you can just descend on Bocas bringing your gun toting militia hired gun mentality with you and start torturing the locals over a stolen laptop. Where does this Wilburn guy think he is, in Pakistan? What's next, a Z7 black site for enhanced interrogation of petty crime suspects?
Wilburn is a leader of the Florida Charter Oaks Militia as well, and owns or owned a company called "Novus Investigations" (their website is defunct). We hope for his sake that Bocas residents who are offended by his torture promotion won't act upon his theory that "peace is only achieved in the face of superior violence".
His girl weighed in on the thread as well:
Sure, here is a plan. Tell them you will pay them and tell them to meet us to get their money.
So, dear expat readers, you now have a choice: You can take shooting lessons from an arms trafficker in Volcan, or take torture classes from wacko militia types in Bocas!