Well, that was fast! Florida armed militia leaders Darren K. Wilburn and his partner Amelia Foxwell are preparing to leave Bocas del Toro (and Panama) Monday or Tuesday, less than two weeks after we first published about their militia training activities and calls for torturing petty crime suspects here on these hallowed pages.
Things moved fast after our articles attracted a record number of readers. Soon, we heard that the authorities were looking for more information about Wilburn, Foxwell, and their company Z7. On the web, the duo was offering "home defense trainings" and courses in how to handle firearms. They claimed to be working with the local police as well.
At the same time, we discovered that Wilburn was telling victims of petty crime to catch whomever they suspected and "brutally beat the parties until they confess".
Then trouble started appearing on the horizon, and Wilburn wrote on his Facebook wall how he was unjustly "labeled in two countries as a 'possible' danger or threat."
In our newsroom, messages from our Bocas spies were received about how officer Quiel of the Policia Nacional wanted a word with Mr. Wilburn. Wilburn, writing on the Facebook "Bocas Crime Talk" group, claims that he "offered Sgt. Quiel the opportunity to meet at his commander's office".
Well, that's not how that works in Panama. You don't offer; they order.
Amelia Foxwell, meanwhile, was complaining on yet another Facebook group that, "the police finally want to talk with us about the crime when we are about to leave for 3 months and can't help".
But that's probably not what the police had in mind, because Wilburn relates a bit later how he was, in his own words:
".... escorted to the station and interrogated for over an hour (along with my child and her mother). Oh, did I mention they brought 6 men with AK 47s?"
He must have felt so at home! Yet, does that treatment sound to you like the police wanting to discuss with him how to reduce crime? No, we don't think so either. Sounds more like he has been read the riot act.
Another note from Wilburn on his Facebook wall:
"Bocas del Toro, the honeymoon is over. You are a treacherous and deceitful lover. I would have done anything in my power or abilities to help you."
Did Bocas leave him? Nope. They're leaving Bocas. Even those two gun punks must finally have understood that militia knuckleheads aren't really welcome in Panama.
That was further evidenced over the weekend when Hora Cero published a story by FRENADESO in which they launched the rather outlandish theory that these militia types were providing paramilitary training for the CIA in Bocas, and that it was somehow all related to a convicted CIA kidnapper who was on some mysterious private security business in Panama before being sent back to the safety of the US instead of to Italy, which had asked for his extradition. We doubt very much, however, that the CIA would send its people to Bocas to be trained by a couple of crazy wannabees. They're not that stupid.
So, the gun toting militia leaders are selling their belongings and moving back North, where they belong. Supposedly they will be back in Panama, but we don't really believe that. Writes a docile Amelia Foxwell on Facebook:
"Um, yea so public disclaimer: we will never under any circumstance be offering any kind of training here because it is not necessary"
She doesn't believe in a comeback either, and we hear echos of the riot act again in that statement... So you see, dear reader, these wacko militia thugs, they may talk tough about guns and training and beating people up and how they are all warriors and shit, but at the end of the day all you get is endless pathetic whining about how others don't like them and "label" them, and then they'll just leave the country like a couple of poodles, tails between legs, without having accomplished anything worth mentioning. Losers.