FBI Informant Who Blew the Cover on a Murderous Right-Wing Domestic Terror Group Speaks Out
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Fast forward to August 2010, when the FBI asked Fulton about Cox. As Fulton described it, when it opened, DropZone Security almost instantly became a stomping ground for skinheads and militia groups who assumed he was sympathetic to their causes. The FBI “figured out we knew or had relationships with pretty much everybody they knew or were interested in from a right-wing domestic terrorism point of view,” including Cox.
Fulton told officials that he and his employees were planning a trip to Fairbanks for a sale to raise funds for the Interior Conservative Coalition, a group founded by Cox, and the FBI asked Fulton to meet with him. “None of us thought that this was that big of a deal at that point,” Fulton said, so much so that he also brought his family with him on the trip.
When he arrived, Fulton said, Cox was on edge and frenzied, saying things like, “I’m underground, I’m wearing body armor. I’ve got a bulletproof vest, I’m laying low,” apparently convinced that the state wanted to take away his son, and was going to send law enforcement officials to do it. Cox talked of how if anyone tried it, “We have warrants to arrest these judges and these police officers,” and “they wanted DropZone to execute the warrants for them.” According to Fulton, Cox said: “We’re going to put them on trial after you guys bring them to us. We’re going to either find them or hang them,” and “We have a plan, we’re going to after go to the houses of local cops and burn the houses down with the cops and their families inside.”
The next day, Fulton attended a meeting of “Interior Alaska Conservative Coalition members, commanders of multiple militias, the general right-wing wacko population.” As Fulton put it, “nobody really liked Cox, he was kind of a douche. But there’s a lot of anti-government sentiment up there, and nobody had a problem with using Cox as a catalyst.” The rest of the militia members were under the impression that Cox was farther along in planning some kind of action, and in the meeting, Fulton began pressing Cox for more details. Fulton started yelling: “I’ve got people on the way, we’ve spent money, you told me to bring my people up, we could be arrested for even having this meeting.” Les Zerbe, a cohort of Cox, accused Fulton of trying to split up the militia, and Fulton asked if he was questioning his integrity. “Yes,” Zerbe said. “If you ever do that again, I’ll slit your fucking throat,” Fulton replied.
By that time, August 2010, Fulton had become well-integrated in the state’s political right. He was even active in the political campaign of Eddie Burke, a right-wing radio host who made an ill-fated run for lieutenant governor. This again put Fulton in the path of Joe Miller, this time in Anchorage the night of the 2010 Republican senatorial primary, when Miller, a Tea Party favorite, beat incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “Joe approaches me and goes, ‘Do you have some body armor and a team here, because I have some people here who want to kill me,’” Fulton recounted. “As he’s finding out that he won the Republican nomination, I was fitting him for body armor in the bathroom of the Egan Center.”
Joe Miller acknowledged the claim in a blog post: “What Fulton leaves out is that he followed Miller around at convention central, warning him of threats against him and insisted that Miller put on Fulton’s personal vest.”
In the fall, Fulton found himself again crossing paths with Miller, and under media scrutiny, after he agreed to work security for a Miller town hall event at an Anchorage middle school. At the event, Fulton handcuffed and detained Alaska Dispatch journalist Tony Hopfinger as he tried to question and video Miller. When it was revealed, in the course of news reporting on the incident, that Fulton was a frequent poster on a Google Forum for the Alaska Citizens Militia, he was pulled into the media spotlight. The posts, he explains, were part of an effort to drum up business and establish his credibility in the militia world, but the attention ”was probably the darkest time for me personally.”