Alaska Dispatch reports that there are two confidential FBI informants involved in the case. The first informant is a convicted felon facing new fraud charges who agreed to cooperate with the FBI in hopes of getting the charges reduced. That informant was an insider, promoted in February to the command staff of the Alaska Peacekeepers Militia headed by Cox. The credibility of this informant will undoubtedly be questioned closely during the upcoming trials, not only because the informant is trading testimony for leniency, but also because informants have a tendency to promote questionable or illegal activity as a provocation. Look for this informant to be portrayed as an agent provocateur during the trial.
The second informant is a person with no criminal record but is said to be someone who the defendants approached to buy grenades, silencers and other weapons because he was thought to be in a position to produce possible weaponry. Some have speculated that the weapons supplier might be William Fulton, former owner of the Drop Zone military surplus store on Spenard Road in Anchorage. He abruptly signed over his store to an employee, signed over his homes to attorney Wayne Anthony Ross (without compensation), and disappeared a few days after the Fairbanks arrests. It has not been revealed whether or not Fulton may be connected to the case, or why he might have vanished. When recently asked about whether or not Fulton may have gone into witness protection, FBI spokesman Eric Gonzales cryptically remarked, "If he were (there), we wouldn't be allowed to comment on that".
I interpret Gonzales' answer as a "Yes". If the answer was "No", Gonzalez would have immediately denied it. In addition, why else would William Fulton suddenly sign over his business and homes to third parties without overt compensation and drop out of sight, considering that Fulton faced no charges? Alaska Dispatch also notes that both informants were compensated for their assistance and will continue to be paid. Is it possible that the FBI compensated Fulton by promising to pay him the FULL MARKET VALUE for his business and his homes as an additional inducement to go to ground?
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner discusses the involvement of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in the case. They disclose that Mark Pitcavage, the ADL's director of investigative research, has been monitoring Cox since he emerged as the face of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia. Cox caught the ADL’s attention because of his status as both an outspoken militia leader and member of the sovereign citizen movement. But Pitcavage said that the arrests of Cox and his cohorts caught him by surprise. Pitcavage also disputes the Alaska Peacemakers Militia's claim of 3,500 members, suggesting that it likely came from totaling names from various mailing lists, rather than counting actual militia members. The ADL has a reputation for being left-of-center on social issue, but hard right on Israel. They tend to maximize the Jewish Holocaust and minimize genocide against other peoples, particularly the Armenians, in an effort to better defend Israel's existence.
As for the SPLC, while it hadn’t been paying specific attention to Cox, it had placed the Alaska Peacemakers Militia on its watch-list of patriot groups, according to Mark Potok, the director of the so-called SPLC Intelligence Report. According to Potok, The SPLC defines a patriot group as one “that sees the federal government as its primary enemy and typically believes the government is in a plot to impose martial law, throw those who resist into concentration camps, and ultimately force the United States into a kind of socialist one-world-government or New World Order”. The SPLC's Heidi Beirich published a piece about the arrest on Hatewatch back on March 11th.
But on March 22nd, the SPLC also launched a subtle smear attack against Congressman Don Young, attempting to link him to Schaeffer Cox. They noted that in April 2009, Congressman Young signed a “Letter of Declaration” being circulated by the Second Amendment Task Force/Alaska Peacemakers Militia, which called upon sovereign Americans to alter or abolish any government that tries to further tax, restrict or register firearms or prevents individuals from exercising their God-given right to self-defense [that] precedes all human legislation. A video of the signing is in circulation. Of course, the SPLC doesn't admit that "altering" a government can be accomplished simply through the peaceful and normal process of electing different people. Apparently they also think Congressman Young should have foreseen how Schaeffer Cox would evolve.
At least the SPLC had the integrity to include a response from Congressman Young. Young’s press secretary, Meredith Kenny, confirmed that the YouTube video was taken at an Open Carry Day in Fairbanks in 2009, but stated “The Congressman has absolutely no affiliation with Mr. Cox...Congressman Young attended solely as a staunch defender of the Second Amendment. The letter the Congressman signed expresses the view that we should elect those who will defend the Constitution, and in turn the Second Amendment, as written, or vote them out of power.”
Because the SPLC has a notorious left-wing bias, as further evidenced by the list of hard-left websites on their blogroll, news of their involvement in the case has been greeted with skepticism in the comments section of the News-Miner. A couple of typical remarks:
FMay wrote on Sunday, Mar 27 at 07:51 AM:
The ADL sold it's soul long ago. Its operatives are busy setting up straw men while Jewish babies are murdered in their beds. The Southern Poverty Law center is a fund-raising dynamo. As Muslims continue to slaughter unarmed innocents, the SPLC stays quiet. I guess both groups are too busy watching trailer courts to be bothered by jihadists.
rkeefe57 wrote on Sunday, Mar 27 at 06:28 AM:
"But it had placed the Alaska Peacemakers Militia on its watch-list of patriot groups, according to Mark Potok, the director of the SPLC Intelligence Report."
Is the the same Mark Potok whose Intelligence Report announced last month that there are no "hate groups" in Alaska or Hawaii?
The same Mark Potok who claims that the largest single "hate group" in America today is the "Black Separatist" movement, which he claims outnumbers the KKK, neo-Nazis and skinheads respectively?
The most ironic (read: “hypocritical”) thing about the Southern Poverty Law Center is that NOT ONE of its top ten, highest paid executives is a minority.
In fact, according to the SPLC’s hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. Martin Luther King’s home church, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of power in its entire 40 year history.