Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Michael Anderson's Testimony During Day Six Of Schaeffer Cox Militia Trial Portrays Informant William Fulton As A Provocateur Pushing For Illegal Activity

Although I am providing brief daily synopses of the Schaeffer Cox Militia Trial on the dedicated static page, the testimony given by Michael Anderson on May 15th, 2012 deserves special attention. Not only is Anderson one of the men initially arrested with the others, but Anderson, who was testifying for the government in exchange for immunity from future prosecution, revealed that the second snitch, William Fulton, was more than just a snitch. Fulton was also a provocateur who tried to bully the group into committing illegal activities.

Neither the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner nor Alaska Dispatch mentioned the testimony about Fulton. This information came from a comment by someone identified as Reader appended to the Dispatch story. Reader was in the courtroom observing the proceedings; here's the pertinent part of Reader's comment:

Of a "plan" the Far North Tactical incident involving Bill Fulton was referenced. Michael shared with the court an incident where a crowd had gathered at Far North Tactical. Bill Fulton, an arms dealer from Anchorage, working unbeknownest to Cox and his associates as an undercover government informant, was present. After the events for the gathering (I don't remember the purpose of the event), Bill Fulton told those in the crowd that Cox was going to share a plan he and Bill had been discussing. Michael related that Bill kept asking Schaeffer for a plan. "What's the plan? Come on, tell em the plan." When Cox said there was no plan, Michael related that Bill confronted Les Zerby, a member of the militia command staff, with a knife and began shouting profanities at Les, with a knife to him saying, "What?! NO plan?!" I don't remember the rest, but Michael became quite animated as he related Bill's reaction to Schaef including the profanities in his testimony. Michael described Bill as a drunkard and when asked by the prosecution if he ever encountered Fulton again, he said, "No, thank God."

In cross examination, Nelson Traverso, Cox's attorney, asked Michael if he ever felt pressure to testify for the Grand Jury against Cox. This met with several objections by the prosecution. Finally Traverso was permitted to ask Anderson how he felt in regards to a Grand Jury hearing against Cox/Barney. He said, "I felt pressured." Traverso asked, "Why?" Anderson replied, "I felt like they wanted me to say something incriminating against Cox."

As his testimony wrapped up, it was determined there was no list, there had been no "plan" and that those in the "database" consisted of about 5 state troopers, 5 local police officers, and a couple of OCS officers. None of the names collected, other than the one previously mentioned belonged to Federal employees, and Michael testified that none of it was for violent purposes.

In case Alaska Dispatch gets cold feet and flushes the comment down the memory hole, I've published a screenshot of it at the end of this post. But it sure explains why the prosecution did not put Fulton on its witness list, although they said they'd make him available if the defense wanted to call him. The defense would be stupid not to call him and expose his perfidy before the entire world.

Note that William Fulton was a voluntary informant; he committed no crime to be pressured into becoming a snitch. But this block of testimony, if corroborated, shows that without the two informants, Fulton and Gerald Olsen, there'd be no case, no arrests, and no trial. It was Fulton ,and perhaps Olsen, who kept upping the ante and prodding for further action. These are the type of scum the Department of Justice crawls into bed with in order to make cases.

There's no way a sane jury could possible convict the defendants on conspiracy charges now.


  1. Here is a detailed account of Anderson's testimony as reported by The Mudflats Political Blogger.

  2. Thanks for the input, but a Google search on my browser indicates Google says Mudflats "May be compromised". I think Google's malware alert may be running amok. I'll invoke NoScript before viewing Mudflats.