- The world will always remember Bill Cooper as an egotistic
paranoia monger. Indeed, to many he was an arrogant, obnoxious, choleric,
self-aggrandizing, rude, vitriolic and vengeful person.
- Perhaps he was all of this and much more. But no matter
how negative his personality is described to be, we must admit the fact
that he did indeed make a tremendous impact among hundreds, if not, thousands
of his listeners, whether in front of his astounded lecture audiences or
through his "shocking" radio programs.
- I first met Bill back in 1989 in West L.A. when he was
just an unknown speaker and where he spoke for the first time at a gathering
called UFORUM. I was quite stunned then with his hypothesis on the Secret
Government. It really sounded so fresh at that time because unlike most
UFO speakers of that time he convincingly injected "UFOs" to
a "one-world government" right-wing flavored conspiracy theory.
I was so impacted by his hypothesis that I became a volunteer and helped
him organize his first successful major public appearance that same year,
which was held at Hollywood High School. That became the historic launching
pad for his national lecture circuit. And the rest is history.
- Later, in December of that year, I even attended the
controversial National MUFON Conference held in Las Vegas in which Bill
Cooper was perhaps the most controversial speaker aside from John Lear
and Bill Moore and others. The Bill Cooper of then was very much into
ufology, it seemed. Even in 1991 when Gary Schultz and I organized the
first Ultimate Seminar in Rachel, Nevada (25 miles north of Area 51),
we were surprised to see Bill Cooper as an attendee. I remember quite
well when we lead the people to the White Sides hill for a climb to see
the base, Bill Cooper could not make the climb due to his leg and he was
even cracking up jokes about it.
- In 1993 Bill Cooper, Eustace Mullins, Jordan Maxwell,
Vladmir Terziski, Dr. Robert Strecker, Anthony Hilder, a couple of other
conspiracy speakers and myself were all invited to speak at the First International
Conference on Global Deception to be held in the famous Wembley Arena in
London. Because of concerns for security due to the controversial nature
of the conference, the bulk of us decided not to travel to England.
Nevertheless, Bill Cooper had the guts to go and speak at the conference.
I admired him for that.
- By 1993 I had completely abandoned the so-called "extraterrestrial
hypothesis" of the origins of the so-called UFO phenomena and began
to promote the hypothesis that the entire UFO phenomena was a brilliantly
concocted, staged and manipulated man-made deception by elitists to bring
about certain agendas. I completely disassociated myself with "ufology".
I was quite surprised to learn that, later on, Bill Cooper also began
to depart from "ufology" and was also beginning to hypothesize
that the "UFOs" had nothing to do with "aliens" but
was a manipulation of the government to bring about fear to create a one-world
government. Cooper began to admit that he most likely had been shown
disinformation by the government while he was in the service. On this
point, I truly commended Cooper for his admission. Cooper began to state
that he was not a ufologist. It was Cooper who coined the term "ufoology"
and I also commended him for it. However, Cooper had a tendency to label
anyone that didn't agree with him as "agents of CIA", etc.
- After moving to Arizona, he shifted his focus to the
Patriot Movement (the militia movement), although in reality he was just
a one-man militia, simply promoting his view on the Constitutional Republic
through his radio programs to thousands of listeners.
- Besides his other numerous negative traits, Cooper had
an uncontrollable alcoholic problem. But despite his eccentric, obnoxious
personality, deep in his heart I believe that he wanted to be a good person.
Unfortunately he brought an end to his tumultuous life by his self-fulfilled
prophecy through his violent act. My heart goes out to Annie and the
children. But my heart goes out just as much to Deputy Marinez, at the
young age of 40, who was shot by Cooper and who is still in a critical
condition. Even if the Deputy should recover, he will most likely live
the rest of his life with brain damage and paralysis. I feel so sorry
for the Deputy's wife and his children. Cooper will have to answer to God
for his actions, no doubt.. May we all learn from this tragedy.
- Norio Hayakawa Civilian Intelligence Network http://www.hometown.aol.com/groom51s4