Undercover With Colorado’s 3UP Border Militia

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Mother Jones Senior Editor Shane Bauer went undercover on a mission with a heavily armed militia including members of Colorado's 3UP, the Three Percent United Patriots. This is their camp in Arizona.

The number of armed militias in the United States spiked after the election of the first black president in 2008. These heavily armed civilians are loosely linked by a disdain for the federal government.

Mother Jones Senior Editor Shane Bauer wanted to learn more about the country's paramilitary movement. So he went undercover to the US-Mexico border where he met quite a few Coloradans. Their militia? The Three Percent United Patriots.

Bauer spoke to CPR's Ryan Warner.