Monday, January 14, 2013

FBI Informant Who Took Down Right-Wing Alaska Militia Claims Palin Was Already in Line for VP Slot in March, 2008

Last week, William Fulton, the FBI informant whose testimony in the Schaeffer Cox conspiracy to murder trial was a key to the latter's conviction, came out of his silence.  Since March 15th, 2011, Fulton has been protected by the Federal government, and had disappeared from his Spenard Avenue military surplus and equipment store, the Drop Zone, the day before:
Five days after members of an Interior Alaska militia group were arrested in connection with plots to kill Alaska State Troopers, judges and others, Anchorage businessman William Fulton -- a man once identified as the "supply sergeant" for the Alaska Citizens Militia -- went missing. He has not been seen since. 
Fulton was the owner of Drop Zone, a military surplus store on Spenard Road. He gained some notoriety during the 2010 U.S. Senate race when, acting as security for failed candidate Joe Miller, he handcuffed and detained Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger at a public meeting. 
On March 15, a Drop Zone employee arrived at work to find Anchorage attorney Wayne Anthony Ross waiting for him in the parking lot. Ross had documents, signed by Fulton, handing over the shop with all its debts and assets to the employee.
Fulton resurfaced to testify in Cox's Anchorage trial, then disappeared again until Schaeffer Cox's and some of his co-conspirators' sentencing last week.  Now Fulton has been interviewed by news outlets, beginning with Salon and  Huffington Post, on January 11th.

In the HuffPo interview, Fulton revealed that 2010 Alaska U.S. Senate GOP nominee Joe Miller began wearing a bulletproof vest after the nomination.  Fulton was in charge of candidate Miller's security during many of the Tea Party- and Koch Brothers-backed candidate's public appearances throughout the late summer and fall of 2010:
Alaska Tea Party favorite Joe Miller wore a bulletproof vest the night he beat Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to become the Republican Party's 2010 Senate nominee, his former private security guard told The Huffington Post. 
"As we're finding out that he's winning, I'm in the bathroom putting a bulletproof vest on the guy," William Fulton said in one of several interviews this week. Describing Miller as "paranoid," Fulton said the underdog conservative was afraid he'd be targeted at election headquarters in Anchorage on that August night. "It was fucking ridiculous."
Monday morning, the Palin-centric (still!!!) Alaska blog, The Immoral Minority featured an extended interview between Jesse Griffin, the blog's owner, and Fulton. Griffin ran a teaser on the interview late last week, promising that on Monday he would run the Fulton interview, and that readers would then have a chance to ask Bill questions.  Griffin, as recently as this weekend, commenting on the ongoing power struggle within Alaska's GOP, between the realists and the Teas Party Jihadists, noted:
I am reasonably certain that Russ Millette is only a puppet, and that his strings are being pulled by Joe Miller, and more than likely, Sarah Palin
No WONDER the Alaska GOP is trying so hard to keep their hands off of the Republican money!
Not very people believe Palin has much of a hand in GOP struggles anymore.  From my perch in Wasilla, I find the idea of Palin continuing to have a significant following absurd.  But Griffin's followers view Palin as some sort of a Zombie force with talons creeping into every nook and cranny of Alaska politics.

Griffin's interview with Fulton is interesting, though.  The questions Gryph's cult followers ask vary between quite good and inane and bizarre. Griffin wrote, at the bottom of the interview:
Now as I mentioned before Bill will answer some of YOUR questions next. 
What we have worked out is that you can submit them in the comment section, he will choose the ones he feels he can answer, and then I will type them out in a later post, either tomorrow or the next day depending on time constraints. 
Please remember that there are still certain questions that Bill will not be able, or willing, to answer.
An occurrence that keeps on coming up is a meeting that was held in the Captain Cook Hotel, on the morning of March 14, 2008, at the Alaska State GOP Convention.

Interestingly, that's the same morning I met Schaeffer Cox.

Here's Fulton's rendition of aspects of that in Monday's interview with Griffin (emphasis added):
Q: Well that's an understatement, however could you please elaborate on why this meeting, which was ostensibly about forcing Randy Reuderich out of the Alaska GOP Chairman's seat and taking over, suddenly changed direction? 
Fulton: Well yes the original intent was to shitcan Reuderich and replace him with somebody else. But then they decided not to do that it so that it wouldn't distract from the last minute decision to run Sean Parnell against Don Young.  
Q: What changed? 
Fulton: I'm not entirely sure, but it had something to do with the fact that Sarah Palin was going to be tapped as the VP candidate. 
Q: Really? This was happening in March of 2008, according to Palin, AND the McCain campaign, they did not choose her until the very last minute, late in August of 2008, which is why they did not have time to vet her carefully. 
Fulton: Bullshit. Frank Bailey and Joe Miller discussed the nomination as if it was a done deal, and claimed that she was already being vetted. 
Q: In March of 2008? 
Fulton: Yes, in March of 2008.
So Fulton is at odds with a lot of narratives, including that of the book and movie, Game Change.

Before it became public knowledge that William Fulton had been working undercover to bring down Schaeffer Cox and his colleagues, the former was best known for his arrest and handcuffing of Alaska Dispatch reporter and chief editor, Tony Hopfinger, at a Joe Miller rally in Anchorage, on October 17th, 2010.  Fulton's act was more instrumental in the write-in victory of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, in a strange three-way race, than any other single event.  Miller's reaction to the Hopfinger incident struck some as paranoid (emphasis added):
Q: And on that note how do you think Joe Miller feels now knowing that you were working with the FBI while you were also working on his security detail? 
Fulton: I KNOW how he feels. He has been writing about it on his blog. He thinks I was a plant that was dedicated to sabotaging his campaign from within.  
Q: Were you? 
Fulton: No. I just did what Miller hired me to do. He also has complained that my version of fitting him for body armor in the bathroom due to his paranoia is an exaggeration and that I had "followed him around the convention center warning him of threats."  
Q: And did you? 
Fulton: Hell no! Nobody needed to help Joe Miller feel paranoid.
After the 2010 election Alaska political activist and muckraker Ray Metcalfe and I bought the handcuffs Fulton had used on Hopfinger:
Craig says "Fulton has now told the Huffington Post that he thought putting the cuffs on Tony Hopfinger, the co-owner and editor of Dispatch, while working for Miller, a conservative Republican, appeared a great idea. Fulton said it bolstered his image with the militias." 
When Ray Metcalfe and I bought the same handcuffs Bill had used to cuff Tony at Begich Middle School, Bill told us "If I had it to do all over again, I'd do it all over again." 
He sold them to us a bit below cost for new ones, but they were used - S&W Model M-100. Charged us $40.00. 
We later gave them to Tony as a gift. 
You can see an image of them here.

(photo I made of the handcuffs, before giving them to Tony)

 Fulton reiterated what he told Ray and me in 2010 in today's interview with Griffin:
I still feel that the bust was legitimate, and my people and I had done the same thing at various events and concerts all over town. However because of who Joe Miller was, and the way the media was portraying him, the arrest served as the perfect catalyst to give the media permission to define him as somebody who would hire jack booted thugs to rough up reporters who tried to question him.  
In fact I performed my duties to the best of my abilities, and would do so again in similar circumstances.
Schaeffer Cox is now on his way to a 25-year stint in a Federal Penitentiary.  Bill Fulton says he wants to keep on working for the government:
I am looking to teach a law enforcement course dealing with extremists and infiltrating their ranks. I am also planning to write a book about my experiences in Alaska, and with the militia up there.
As for Joe Miller, whose star shone so brightly, if briefly, in the Alaska political firmament, here's from a statement that came out at his web site shortly after the Fulton interviews began to be published last week:
I have no idea what makes people like Bill Fulton and Schaeffer Cox tick. But I do know this: Joe Miller has an extreme love for this country and its people and will continue to fight selflessly to restore Liberty. 
Too many have become weary in their efforts against increasing regulations and decreasing rights. William Wilberforce did not give up after all his years of failure in Parliament and because of it slavery was abolished in England. 
Joe Miller and I believe in a limited government that stays out of the way of its citizens freedoms. I hope you will join the cause of Liberty and support the people who champion her cause.
Hang in there, Joe.  You're extremely fun to watch.
Joe Miller and close friend berating me at the 2010 Alaska State Fair


Anonymous said...

Spenard is a Road, not an Avenue....

Anonymous said...

One must read this while listening to Pink floyd-shine on you crazy diamond, hey Tut got me started on the pink floyd it's not that i don't like classical. I bet Joe is proud this was covered by Jesse. AKjah.

Anonymous said...

in regards to the palin vp thing.. I dont think game change the book was wrong, yet I see a way that Fulton is also correct.

we know (from the Joe McGinniss book) that Palin met with McCain at the Govenors conference.. He was wanting Lieberman but was looking at and talking to others.

Now Palin, in her belief that God would provide and that she was destined and "mantled" for the job, ran with it, told her buddies, etc...

Meanwhile back at the ranch , the Lieberman nomination blew up,Hilary didnt win the Dems(so wow! suddenly a woman on ticket might be agreat idea!) the other truly vetted candiates (ie Tim Pawlenty) werent considered a game changer by Schmidt and Salter so they scrapped it all and "found" Palin...

The fact is, if she TRULY had been McCains choice all along she would have been vetted properly, and they wouldnt have been scrambling to answer the most basic questions about her. So I think what really happened is that Palins faith in her "the fix is in with God" met up with McCains campaigns desperation and hubris and things kind of fell into place..

Anonymous said...

If you despise your old pal Jesse so much, then why do you poach his work ?

That's just rude.

Philip Munger said...

"why do you poach his work ?"

--- I don't. All of the material from IM is cited as being from that source. Have you ever criticized Griffin for quoting the work of others? If not, you are being hypocritical. And rude.

Anonymous said...

Channeling PeeWee Herman now?

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind, regarding timeline, that "Game Change" is an overdramatization and superficial at best. Those kinds of advisors aren't THE party or the major string pullers, on the left OR right.

There is a TON the public and a certain number of layers of politico staff that has no clue what goes on and who's has actual power. This is NOT just seen in ONE party. The right is the only one that gets the negative attention in the media because the media is 97% leftwing tripe that covers democrats' asses. THAT has been proven time and time again.

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that the above commenter has provided the necessary confirmation and basis to conclude that the comment itself was arrived at from a wholly fictitious, yet not improbably, an incognizant unimaginative unreality.

Anonymous said...

Phil, if you're going to provide pictures and assert to attach labels such as 'close friend', perhaps you could apply some of that 'journalistic training' you claim to have acquired and identify who it is you're presuming to attach such labels to?

Philip Munger said...

anon @ 8:48 pm:


I'm a teacher and composer and blogger, not a journalist. I was also trained as a lot of other things I no longer do, like volunteer fire chief.

Are you asserting the person I labelled "close friend" of Miller was not?

Anonymous said...

I think an important thing people overlook is that Palin proved just how irrational, nasty, and biased people can be. Look at all the lies told about her, all the propaganda desperately trying to alter minds by referring to things that have no bearing on politics. I will never understand the segment of Alaska consisting of people who make it their jobs to stalk, distort info, and concoct lies about a famous person. If you were to really think about that, it's quite sad.

People don't realize that, if you really look at Sarah, she's MOST happiest just being Sarah, mother, and hanging out with her family. She'll always be a hockey mom having fun in the stands. That is genuine. Over the last year, that observation has been cemented in my mind. I know it must have seemed a little weird to Alaskans to have a Governor whose kids were always visiting her office and how she chose family events over Government many times. I don't doubt her willingness to help for the greater good. I've witnessed her acts of charity, acts she doesn't publicize. I've witnessed her helping friends and volunteering. She's definitely independent, who doesn't trusted the establishment. And if Obama's any indication, she's smart not to. I have to give her that.She may have been liberal as a Governor, but in terms of national governance, she knows that one entity cannot control 50 states. We have a messed up political system, one our "first black President" isn't helping by any stretch and one that won't change unless the left and far right stop and think about THEIR actions.

On topic: Things do not happen out of thin air. Game Change read like bunk and hugely exaggerated rhetoric referencing staffers who were saving their asses. THAT is DC and politics and always has been.

The movie is pure hollywood, entertainment for the left.

Anonymous said...


Removing comments because they demonstrate your inadequacies doesn't remove the inadequacy.

Philip Munger said...

"Removing comments because they demonstrate your inadequacies doesn't remove the inadequacy."

--- I have removed no comments from this article.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I see. Then you obviously got someone else to do so for you so you could claim not to have done so yourself.

What a hack.

Philip Munger said...

"Oh, I see. Then you obviously got someone else to do so for you so you could claim not to have done so yourself.

"What a hack."

--- I haven't removed any comments from this post, nor has anyone else, unless he or she removed their own comment or comments.

Anonymous said...

You simply have no credibility in this regard.

Removing comments has happened too many times in the past, and as has become expected, it still continues, despite your continuing 'claims' not to have done so.

When one sees comments posted and comes back the next day to see them gone, that shows that they are being removed.

To infer one may have removed their own comments is laughable as a feeble attempt to detract or distract from the issue at hand.

When comments undeniably expose your hackery they are removed.

Such diversions and obfuscation don't give you cover for not addressing the comments, it only confirms the hackery.

Philip Munger said...

anon @ 5:51 pm:

You might consider getting professional help.

I have removed no comments from this post. I am the only administrator of Progressive Alaska. If any of your comments to this post appeared and then did not, it had nothing to do with me.

At any post at PA, I remove very few comments that are not spam. I have a reputation for keeping more hostile comments about me up here than do other Alaska blogs. The last comment I removed that was hostile toward me was probably back in 2011 or 2010. It was patently untrue and hostile.

I've been way too busy with work this week to do any posting since Tuesday, but every time I have enough time to check the blog, here you are again with another erroneous claim.

Anonymous said...

Like I said, you have no credibility...