"He told me he is not going to submit to arrest by the feds," Jacobs said. "He said if they're going to murder him, they're going to have to do it in the house, that this is where he has drawn his line in the sand, and he's not going to retreat from it. I think he is expecting to be murdered by the FBI."
William Cooper was shot dead in his Arizona home, November 2001.

Militiaman William Cooper taking on authorities

By Jerry Kammer 
The Arizona Republic
July 3, 1998 

An eastern Arizona militiaman is vowing to defy an arrest warrant issued in Phoenix on Wednesday after he failed to appear in federal court on charges that he evaded income taxes and defrauded a bank. 

William Cooper, 54, a media-savvy foe of the federal government who claims to belong to the "Second Continental Army of the Republic," posted a defiant message in big red letters Thursday on his Internet site: 

"WARNING!! Any attempt by the federal government or anyone else to execute the unconstitutional and unlawful arrest warrants . . .  will be met with armed resistance." 

Federal authorities in Phoenix are responding with calculated calm to Cooper, who warned a 1994 convention in Mesa of a coming battle against one-world government. 

"Blood will be spilled in the streets of America -- it's inevitable,"  Cooper declared then, even as he stressed that he didn't endorse violence. He has broadcast the same message around the world in his daily short-wave radio program. He also publishes a newspaper [available from his homepage: http://www.williamcooper.com/index.html]. 

The U.S. attorney for Arizona, Jose de Jesus Rivera, said federal agents would move carefully to arrest Cooper, who faces a four-count indictment on charges that he failed to pay taxes from 1992 to 1994 and submitted false information to a bank to obtain a loan. 

"We are going to proceed with prudence and caution and handle the matter in due course," Rivera said, declining to comment further. 

Apache County Sheriff Art Lee said he has advised federal authorities to move cautiously against Cooper, who lives in a hilltop house in Eagar. 

After talking with Cooper, Lee said, he cautioned federal authorities that "it could deteriorate into an incident" if they moved in to arrest Cooper and his wife, Annie Mord-horst, who was indicted on the same charges. 

"I felt like he meant what he said when he told me he would defend his property with everything at his disposal," Lee said. 

The sheriff said Cooper owns weapons, but he did not know how many or what kind. 

Lee said Cooper moved to Eagar two or three years ago from St. Johns, where he had once spoken of opening a library where residents could research the U.S. Constitution. Militia members believe that the federal government has flagrantly usurped the  Constitution by asserting a range of powers, including the power to
tax. 

"He sent me a lot of literature when he lived in St. Johns," Lee said.  "It was the regular right-wing stuff -- militia-type literature on the black, unmarked helicopters and the takeover of the United States by United Nations forces." 

Asked whether Cooper had a broad following in the county, Lee said, "Not that I'm aware." 

One sympathizer is Glenn Jacobs, publisher of a small weekly newspaper, who said he spoke to Cooper early this week. 

"He told me he is not going to submit to arrest by the feds," Jacobs said. "He said if they're going to murder him, they're going to have to do it in the house, that this is where he has drawn his line in the sand, and he's not going to retreat from it. I think he is expecting to be murdered by the FBI." 

Lee disputed Cooper's Web site report that "several ranking local law-enforcement personnel" had informed the FBI that they would "absolutely not allow another Ruby Ridge or Waco to occur in Apache County, Arizona." 

Lee said, however, that both Cooper and Jacobs had spoken of Ruby Ridge and Waco, scenes of bloody confrontations that in the militia movement have become symbolic of federal government brutality and arbitrary power. 

In Phoenix, Thomas Nixon of the U.S. Marshal's Office said authorities intend to act cautiously as they enforce the arrest warrant "because no federal agency wants any copies of Ruby Ridge or Waco." 

But Nixon added, "Obviously, at some point, we'll effect the arrest." 

Nixon said a federal marshal last month was unable to serve a summons on Cooper. He said the marshal visited Cooper's home but was unable to establish that the man who met him there was Cooper. 

Reached by phone Thursday, Cooper refused to answer questions, responding to a reporter's inquiry with a stream of obscenities before hanging up. 

In his Web site, however, he calls summonses "unconstitutional" and "unlawful" because the federal government has no jurisdiction in Arizona "except over land that was ceded to the United States by  the State Legislature." 

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