I know a lot of my fellow members know who Bill Cooper was and have watched his lectures and are familiar with his work but for our new members I
would like to make a general overview of this true patriot.
From wikipedia: wikipedia link
The son of a U.S. Air Force officer, Bill graduated in 1961 from Yamato High School in Japan, and enlisted in the U.S. Air force. He was honorably
discharged in 1965, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December of that year. He served in Vietnam, rising to the rank of petty officer. Cooper was
awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with combat V and the Navy Achievement Medal with combat V. He was honorably discharged in 1975.
Cooper was also a radio host, author and political activist known for his best-selling underground book titled Behold A Pale Horse with the worldwide
shortwave radio show Hour of the Time. Cooper was also known for his court battle with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the recorded attempts to
dissuade him from pursuing his case. He and Wayne Bentson co-researched the related CAJI News Service brief titled BATF/IRS --
Criminal Fraud where he did a history of crimes committed by the Internal Revenue Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the
Department of the Treasury. The article was first published in Veritas magazine, issue #6, from September 1995. In the article, he asserts that the
IRS is actually the same organization as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Shortly after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Rush Limbaugh read a White House memo on the air during his broadcast which named
William Cooper, ". . . the most dangerous radio host in America". Mr. Cooper considered President Bill Clinton's pronouncement the greatest
compliment that he had ever received.
Cooper was charged with various crimes, including tax evasion from 1992 to 1994, and bank fraud for giving false information on a loan application. He
was never convicted of any of these charges.
In the 1990s Cooper's interest moved from UFOs, to covert government programs, and finally to the militia movement.
By 1998 Cooper was living in Arizona. There was a warrant for his arrest due to claims by a local doctor that Cooper made threatening actions when the
doctor was loitering near Cooper's home. Cooper said he would meet with armed resistance any attempt to execute what he saw as "unlawful warrants."
Later a warrant was issued for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, following a dispute with a local man who was stalking Cooper. According to
Commander X, in March 1999 Cooper sent his family out of the United States for their security. He lived and worked alone with his two dogs, one
rooster, and one chicken until his death in 2001. In July and September 2001, Cooper was accused of using a handgun to threaten a loiterer near his
home in Eagar, Arizona.
On November 5, 2001, officers of the Apache County Sheriff's Office decided to serve Cooper a warrant based on the above-mentioned charges. For
reasons not explained,the Sheriff's Office sent deputies to Cooper's home at approximately 11:00PM, and instead of knocking on his
door and announcing themselves, the deputies attempted to lure Cooper from his house by posing as citizens playing loud music on or near his property.
Cooper, who was an above the knee amputee, went down to investigate the scene in his truck. It is disputed whether the deputies identified themselves
or tried to serve an arrest warrant at that time. Nevertheless, Cooper announced he was returning to his house to contact the Eager Police Department,
either to verify the warrant or to contact the local authorities in order to report what he may have still believed was a real disturbance. Before he
could do so however, the sheriff's deputies tried to apprehend him, at which point shooting began. Although it is unclear who began firing, there are
some who question the uncertain circumstances.
[edit on 5-5-2009 by iamjesusphish]