"In brightest day, in darkest night, no evil shall escape my sight, for I am the Shadow Wolf."
--Shadow Wolf motto
The Sonoran Desert of south-western Arizona is an inhospitable place -- and home to one of the largest Indian reservation in the United States. The Tohono O'Odham rez is a Connecticut-sized chunk of desert abso-bloody-lutely chock-full of things that sting, bite, claw and poison the unwary -- and that's just the plants.
It's also a major entry point for illegal aliens and drug smugglers.
The Tohono O'Odham who live here have maintained -- as a matter of survival -- one of man's oldest skills. They are superlative trackers.
Somebody in U.S. Customs Service during the 1970's did his karma a whole lot of good and formed a Customs unit of native Americans for the purposes of tracking people -- drug smugglers, mostly -- through the desert.
Boy, howdy, was that a good idea. Mostly Tohono, although some other tribes are represented,the unit -- calling themselves the Shadow Wolves -- took off like rockets, gaining international respect for their skills.
The Department of State has used the Shadow Wolves to train border guards in other countries -- Uzbekistan and Tajikstan most recently -- as part of an International Mutual Aid program.
Now, however, the Shadow Wolves get to take a shot at the brass ring.
They're going to Afghanistan.
You know -- know -- that some of those boys are going to be looking for bin Laden. If he's still in that area, life just got a hell of a lot more interesting for him and his entourage.