FBI Informant Who Blew the Cover on a Murderous Right-Wing Domestic Terror Group Speaks Out
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Peck, Miller’s spokesman, told Salon that at the time Miller had no knowledge of Fulton’s role with the FBI, which Fulton confirmed. But Peck also said that “The only time Fulton’s security team was asked by the campaign to work an event was the Anchorage town hall in October of 2010.” He also suggested there might have been something more nefarious afoot with Fulton’s involvement: “Although Joe has not adopted this theory, some have suggested that Fulton may have been used by the federal government to sabotage Joe Miller’s campaign.”
Amidst all of the political intrigue with Fulton and Miller, Schaeffer Cox was still formulating his plans. Leading up to a February, 2011 court date for a weapons misconduct charge, Cox had meetings with the “command staff” of his militia, including his second in command, Lonnie Vernon, in which they discussed plans for keeping Cox out of jail. According to the initial criminal complaint, the plan involved using “twice the force” against any attempts to arrest him. “If he was killed, two state targets would be killed. If his house was taken, two state target houses would be burned.”
That same month, Fulton organized a militia convention in Anchorage with the help of another militia leader. Cox sent his second-in-command, Lonnie Vernon, and another member of the Alaska Peacemaker Militia, Gerald Olson, to acquire the weapons they needed from Fulton. Unbeknownst to Cox, Vernon and Fulton, Olson was also a confidential informant for the FBI, which was later revealed in court filings by federal officials. Olson had been facing felony charges, and received a reduced sentence in exchange for his help in the case.
Fulton recounted one anecdote from the convention when he was hanging out and drinking beer with Vernon, Olson, and some other militia members at a hotel. At one point, a few members of the group started pulling out their guns and pointing them at one of the walls. It just so happened that on the other side of the wall, federal officials sat listening and watching a video feed of Fulton’s room. “All these drunk militia guys pulling out their guns and pointing them at the wall. And [the federal officials] were watching all this through the camera in my room, and I was like, ‘Oh shit,’” Fulton told Salon.
The next night, Olson and Vernon returned to Fulton’s hotel room to make the weapons deal. As an episode of “Cops” played in the background, Olson and Vernon requested explosives, grenades, machine guns, and silencers – though they later decided machine guns were too pricey. Fulton delivered the weapons to Fairbanks the next month, in March. That same day, federal officials arrested Cox, Vernon and several others, and charged them with plotting to kidnap and kill federal officials. Fulton and his family left Alaska a day later.
Over the course of the trial, Cox’s attorneys argued that Fulton had been the one advocating for the attack on federal officials, referring to the incident where he threatened Les Zerbe. In an affidavit filed by Cox in November, 2011, he claimed that Fulton “kept pushing and pushing the question ‘what my plan was’ and that his men were being mobilized to attack the government.” He added: “Fulton was extremely angry with me when I told him I had no plan to attack the government. Fulton said that he had spent a lot of money to get his men ready for the war in Fairbanks.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Skrocki told Salon that based on the fact that Cox et al. were convicted last June, it’s clear the jury “disregarded any allegations that the defense made against [Fulton].”