Milton William Cooper (May 6, 1943 – November 6, 2001) was an American writer, shortwave broadcaster, conspiracy theorist, and political activist.
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The son of a U.S. Air Force officer, Cooper grew up in a family which moved around the world living on Air Force bases where his dad was stationed. He had twin siblings, Ronnie and Connie, who were two years younger than he. William Cooper was briefly active in the Masonic-affiliated youth organization DeMolay International. He graduated in 1961 from Yamato High School in Japan and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force that same year. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1965. Later that year he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he rose to the rank of petty officer. He served in Vietnam first on board a tanker, then following training at the Naval Security and Intelligence School for Internal Security Specialists, as a patrol boat captain. Cooper claimed that for the remainder of his Navy career he worked on and off for Naval Security and Intelligence.
 Behold a Pale HorseCooper's earliest notoriety developed among UFO enthusiasts, as he promoted UFO and Paranormal Research and documents he had seen while serving in Naval Intelligence. Cooper became a popular speaker on the UFO lecture circuit, and expanded his account into the 1991 book Behold a Pale Horse. The book details much of his research into government corruption, secret societies, conspiracies, and the UFO phenomenon. The title is from the Bible, Revelation 6:8: "And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him...." Cooper later acknowledged that his UFO beliefs had been misguided, stating, "For many years I sincerely believed that an extraterrestrial threat existed and that it was the most important driving force behind world events. I was wrong and for that I most deeply and humbly apologize"
 Radio host, author, and political activistIn addition to his book, Cooper was also the host of his own worldwide shortwave radio show, Hour of the Time, as well as a political activist known for his court battles with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) despite strong efforts to dissuade him from pursuing his case. He also operated a dial-up bulletin board system (BBS) known as The Citizens Agency for Joint Intelligence (CAJI).
He and Wayne Bentson co-researched the related CAJI News Service brief titled BATF/IRS—Criminal Fraud, a history of alleged crimes committed by the Internal Revenue Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Department of the Treasury. In an article published in Veritas magazine (issue #6, September 1995), Cooper asserted that the IRS is actually the same organization as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. 
He had also produced several documentaries covering subjects such as the John F. Kennedy assassination and government "black projects."
Cooper's detractors labeled him a conspiracy theorist because of his publications, a charge Cooper did not deny, arguing this:
Investigation of the alleged Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has disclosed a broad, premeditated conspiracy to defraud the Citizens of the United States of America. Examination of the United States Code, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Statutes at Large, Congressional Record, the Federal Register, and Internal Revenue manuals too numerous to list, reveals a crime of such magnitude that words cannot adequately describe the betrayal of the American people. What we uncovered has clearly been designed to circumvent the limitations of the Constitution for the United States of America and to implement the Communist Manifesto within the 50 States. Marx and Engels claimed that, in the effort to create a classless society, a "graduated income tax" could be used as a weapon to destroy the middle class. [ . . . ] Through the clever use of language, the government promotes the fraud.
William Cooper founded Harvest Trust, the CAJI News Service, Veritas newspaper, the Intelligence Service, and Harvest Publications. Under his leadership Harvest Trust ventured into publishing. The first book under the Harvest Trust imprint was Oklahoma City: Day One (ISBN 0-9653307-1-0), by Michele Marie Moore about the Oklahoma City bombing. In 1998, Veritas and Harvest Publications were sold to Hallmark Creative Corporation along with the copyright and all rights to all written material produced or ever to be produced by William Cooper including Behold A Pale Horse and Oklahoma City: Day One. Hallmark Creative Corporation has contracted to ensure this material is always available to the public.
An advocate of free radio, Cooper operated the unlicensed Independence Foundation Trust at 101.1 FM in Eagar, Arizona. He boasted of having helped more than 700 low-power FM affiliate stations get equipped and on the air.
 Later lifeCooper was best known for being the first to provide evidence of explosives being found inside the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, including the type of explosive used. 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.
In June 1998, Cooper was charged with three counts of tax evasion under Internal Revenue Code section 7201 and with bank fraud for allegedly giving false information on a loan application. A warrant was issued for his arrest on July 1, 1998 after he failed to appear in federal court . Claiming to belong to the "Second Continental Army of the Republic," he posted a message in big red letters 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."
The U.S. attorney for Arizona, Jose de Jesus Rivera said, federal agents would move carefully to arrest Cooper, who faced an indictment on charges that he failed to pay taxes from 1992 to 1994. In Phoenix, Thomas Nixon of the U.S. Marshal's Office said authorities intended to act cautiously as they enforced 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."
On his Web site, however, Cooper called 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." In the 1990s Cooper's interest moved from UFOs to covert government programs and the militia movement. In June 2001 he warned publicly about an important terrorist attack on United States of America that would be blamed on Osama Bin Laden.
 DeathBy 1998 Cooper was living in Arizona. Still wanted on the charges of tax evasion, Cooper was the subject of an arrest warrant for "aggravated assault with a deadly weapon" against a local doctor shortly before his death. On his website, Cooper wrote that any attempt to execute unlawful arrest warrants "will be met with armed resistance." In July and September 2001, Cooper was accused of brandishing a handgun to threaten passersby near his home in Eagar, Arizona. Just before midnight on November 6, 2001, officers of the Apache County Sheriff's office converged on Cooper's homestead to arrest him on a warrant arising from the threat complaint.
On November 6, 2001 at 11:40 P.M., Apache County Sheriff's deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant at Cooper's residence. Cooper was considered armed and dangerous. During the execution of this warrant, Cooper shot and struck a sheriff's deputy and was fatally shot by deputies. According to police accounts, members of the Apache County Sheriff's Office deployed several deputies in the area adjacent to Cooper's home in an attempt to draw him from his residence to serve an arrest warrant. After leaving his residence in his vehicle, Cooper confronted plainclothes deputies a short distance away. As Cooper drove back to his residence, sheriff's deputies attempted to stop him using a fully marked patrol vehicle to block the roadway. When the deputies identified themselves, Cooper refused to stop or comply with orders from deputies, then fled back toward his house, drew a handgun, and began shooting. The Sheriff Report claims "After refusing once again to comply with the deputies orders, Cooper exited his vehicle and began running toward the house, firing shots with a handgun toward the deputies", but nowhere in the report did it mention that Cooper only had one leg. One deputy, Robert Martinez, was shot in the head and was hospitalized in critical condition. Another deputy returned fire, killing Cooper.
Following the shooting, the scene was secured by officers from the Eagar police department and Apache county sheriff's deputies. The Arizona department of public safety's special investigations unit is conducting an investigation into the shooting. DPS special operations were called to the scene to clear the residence of any potential hazards that may exist.
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"The only obstacle to the New World Order coming together at this point is the right of the American People to keep and bear arms" William Cooper lecture 'Behold a pale horse'
"Listen to everyone, read everything; believe absolutely nothing unless you can prove it in your own right!"
"What happens when you broadcast the truth is you piss everyone off!"
"No one becomes popular by telling people the truth. History records what happened to the true prophets of the past. However, some have listened to their warnings and were not caught off-guard. Others have put their heads in the sand and refused to listen. They have died."
"There has been a plan in effect since at least 1917 to create, an artificial Extraterrestrial threat to the planet Earth, so as to bring about a one-world, Luciferian Totalitarian socialist government. This Extraterrestrial propaganda has been promoted through movies, through books, in the newspapers; so as to create the idea in the public mind that this phenomena related to Extraterrestrials is real and that the threat is real."
"We always know, we always know, which is the right way to go, and which is the wrong way to go. Sometimes, the wrong way is easier to go, or more satisfying, and so we choose that way instead of the right one and we justify it with complicated wordplay and such; but we are only kidding ourselves."
 VideographyMilton William Cooper also produced videos, including:
Behold A Pale Horse, Cooper Lecture of Febr. 23, 1991, 4h:39m:56s, http://youtube.com/watch?v=yUbFwqglIaA
CNN Interview With William Cooper (early 1990s, ca. 120 min.)
Cooper in California – The Porterville Presentation (1997, 2-Day-Seminar on 6 DVDs, ca. 12 Hrs.)
Dimensions in Parapsychology (59 min.)
Kennedy - The Sacrificed King (ca. 80 min.)
William Cooper – Lansing Michigan (ca. 60 min.)
Luxor – The Source of Light (other title Luxor – Mystery School Symbology Exposed, 1994, ca. 33 min.)
Project Redlight I
Project Redlight II
The Secret Government. Origin, Identity & Purpose of the Real MJ-12 (1989, ca. 120 min.)
The Branch Davidian's Last Will and Testament (ca. 120 min.)
UFOs - The Secret Government
His life and work are the subject of the 2005 documentary film, The Hour of Our Time, The Legacy of William Cooper by Jim Jankiewicz (86 min.).
 Audio recordingsMystery Babylon complete list of episodes:
HOTT Episode # Original Airdate Show Title
29 February 11, 1993 The Dawn of Man
30 February 12, 1993 Mystery Babylon #1 - The Sun of God
31 February 15, 1993 Mystery Babylon #2 - Egyptian Majick
32 February 16, 1993 Mystery Babylon #3 - Isis and Osiris, part I
33 February 17, 1993 Mystery Babylon #4 - Isis and Osiris, part II
34 February 18, 1993 Mystery Babylon #5 - The NWO and Freemasonry
35 February 19, 1993 Mystery Babylon #6 - Maitreya
36 February 22, 1993 Mystery Babylon #7 - Ecumenism
38 February 24, 1993 Mystery Babylon #8 - Initiation
39 February 25, 1993 Mystery Babylon #9 - Gnosticism
41 March 1, 1993 Mystery Babylon #10 - The Assassins
42 March 2, 1993 Mystery Babylon #11 - The Templars and the Assassins
43 March 3, 1993 Mystery Babylon #12 - The End of the Templars
46 March 8, 1993 Mystery Babylon #13 - Skull and Bones
47 March 9, 1993 Mystery Babylon #14 - The Roshaniya
48 March 10, 1993 Mystery Babylon #15 - Quotes by Freemasons
62 March 30, 1993 Mystery Babylon #16 - Sun Worship
63 March 31, 1993 Mystery Babylon #17 - Bibliography
92 May 11, 1993 Mystery Babylon #19 - 68th Convocation of the Rose Cross Order
93 May 12, 1993 Mystery Babylon #18 - Lucifer Worship
95 May 14, 1993 Mystery Babylon #20 - William Morgan* Interview, part I
96 May 17, 1993 Mystery Babylon #21 - William Morgan Interview, part II
97 May 18, 1993 Mystery Babylon #22 - William Morgan Interview, part III
119 June 17, 1993 Mystery Babylon #23 - Jordan Maxwell interview
128 June 30, 1993 Mystery Babylon #24 - America's Assignment With Destiny, part I
129 July 1, 1993 Mystery Babylon #25 - America's Assignment With Destiny, part II
151 August 2, 1993 Mystery Babylon #26 - America's Assignment With Destiny, part III
162 August 17, 1993 Mystery Babylon #27 - In The Coils of The Coming Conflict
163 August 18, 1993 Mystery Babylon #28 - Lucifer 2000
203 October 13, 1993 Mystery Babylon #29 - The Godmakers and Bo Gritz
206 October 22, 1993 Mystery Babylon #30 - United Nations Meditation Room
240 December 3, 1993 Mystery Babylon #31 - Rerun 123 (5-5-2000 Ice The Ultimate Disaster)
261A January 3, 1994 Mystery Babylon #32 - Aid & Abet Newsletter
267A January 11, 1994 Mystery Babylon #33 - Luxor, The Source of Light – VIDEO**
267B January 11, 1994 Mystery Babylon #33 - Open Phones
268A January 12, 1994 Mystery Babylon #34 - Secret Societies & Vatican II
287A February 8, 1994 Mystery Babylon #35 - From Christianity to Babylon
296A February 22, 1994 Mystery Babylon #36 - Rose Cross College #1
296B February 22, 1994 Mystery Babylon #37 - Rose Cross College #2
298A February 24, 1994 Mystery Babylon #38 - Rose Cross College #3
300 February 28, 1994 Mystery Babylon #39 - Occult History of the Third Reich (The Enigma of the Swastika)
301 March 1, 1994 Mystery Babylon #40 - Occult History of the Third Reich (The SS - Blood and Soil)
302 March 2, 1994 Mystery Babylon #41 - Occult History of the Third Reich (Himmler the Mystic)
[Unknown] April 11, 1996 Jessica Dubroff
959 September 20, 1996 Darkness***
[Unknown] December 31, 1999 The Alex Jones Deception
[Unknown] January 1, 2000 The Alex Jones Deception
2425 April 18, 2001 Lexington
2495 June 11, 2001 Timothy McVeigh Executed
2515 June 28, 2001 "Bill predicts 9/11 attack"
2615–2623 September 11, 2001 Hours 1-9 of World Trade Center attack coverage
2624 September 12, 2001 "How Cold Americans are after 9-11"
2625 September 13, 2001 "Sheeple now showing feelings over 9-11"
2632 September 18, 2001 Bush and Bin Laden
2642 September 26, 2001 Alex Jones - Liar!
2652 October 8, 2001 FREEDOMS IN DANGER [sic]
2678 October 31, 2001 Mystery of Fulcanelli
2679 November 1, 2001 Secret Societies and the Alchemical Meme
[Unknown] November 6, 2001 Last broadcast, primarily dealing with Vietnam