"To be passionate and full of zeal is good, but I was foolish and full of pride. In my foolish pride, I got on my soapbox to wag my finger at the government for every little thing they did wrong. I taunted them until they had enough and manufactured a case against me. While the criminal charges that were brought by man are lies, the spiritual charges brought before God are true".
"It was stupid of me to think the root problem of our national and individual moral decay could be fixed if the government obeyed the Constitution. And it was double-stupid for me to think that I, through my own efforts, could make a difference".
Cox's denial of the criminal charges leaves open the possibility that he will appeal; he took the first step towards an appeal on July 9th when he fired his defense attorney, Nelson Traverso, for what is termed "ineffective assistance of counsel". Richard Neff, a member of University Baptist Church in Fairbanks where Cox's father is the pastor, is collecting letters from Cox's friends asking the judge for leniency. Those who want to write letters of support to Schaeffer Cox, Coleman Barney, and Lonnie Vernon can find instructions and the mailing addresses in this post.
Cox does admit his youthful impetuosity. But had the FBI possessed a genuine interest in keeping the peace instead of making a high-profile criminal case, it would have never gone to court. The FBI could have chosen to send in the two informants for the purposes of turning down the heat and dissuading the three militiamen from committing actionable offenses. Instead, the informants they sent in poured gasoline on the fire and induced them to commit more criminal acts. In his own testimony, Gerald Olsen admitted his FBI handler had to jerk his leash more than once. And it came out in other testimony that William Fulton repeatedly bullied, browbeat, and intimidated the militia members into upping the ante. The FBI has a track record of engaging in this type of brinksmanship, and it's blown up spectacularly in their faces in the past (Waco and WTC 1993).
There's something unethical about a police agency which seeks to induce additional criminal behavior merely to make a stronger case.
Public Reaction: The cultural difference between Fairbanks and Anchorage are markedly reflected in the comments. While there's some sympathy for Cox expressed in the News-Miner, there's virtually no sympathy in the Daily News. Fairbanks residents have a reputation for showing more respect for the Constitution and traditional American values than Anchorage residents. Fairbanks residents have been less contaminated by multiculturalism and globalism than Anchorage residents.
On the other hand, one FBI agent recently performed a useful function in Fairbanks. On July 28th, Special Agent Rick Sutherland Jr. ended up apprehending and detaining Shawn C. Buck for stealing another person's wallet. Buck was armed with an eight-inch hunting knife, and also had a pellet gun, two other knives, and a pair of handcuffs in his vehicle. Sutherland turned Buck over to Fairbanks Police. So the FBI still has some good guys aboard.