Who is Milton William Cooper?
**In the last several years, few have stirred the field of UFOlogy like Milton William Cooper. Cooper, born May 6, 1943 is a balding 47 year old man, who has enthralled thousands with lurid tales of dangerous UFOs and secret government treaties allowing the alien menace to abduct and experiment on unwilling human victims in exchange for advanced alien technology. Raining threats and pronouncements over the UFO field like a continuously firing shotgun, Cooper has recently leveled charges of government spookery against almost every UFOlogist in the field, and in many cases claimed to have seen the names on a list back in 1972 and 1973 while purportedly serving in Naval Intelligence in CINCPACFLT.
Leveling charges at former friends and associates, Cooper has charged various UFOlogists with illegal acts, moral turpitude and charges of UFOlogists purveying disinformation that permeate the field. Cooper, now with an agent to book speaking engagements at any and every UFO event possible, is very fond of stating "don't take my word for it, go out and check the information yourself". UFO Magazine has, and the following is the result of our investigation.
Who is M. Wm. "Bill" Cooper, and where did he come from? Cooper's first public appearance resulted when he uploaded a text on Paranet, the international computer data service. The file alleges a fantastic sighting of a UFO while Cooper was a crewmember of the USS TIRU, a United States Naval Submarine, in 1966. According to Cooper, the sighting took place while he was on duty as the port lookout. Claiming that the sub's skipper immediately classified the incident, Cooper reported that when the submarine reached port, the witnesses were debriefed by Naval Security. During this time frame, John O. Lear, son of William "Bill" Lear of Lear Jet fame, had also been undergoing Paranet scrutiny as a result of the release of his hypothesis concerning an alien threat. Lear's document had been released in December of 1987, and had created quite an uproar in its own right. Lear alleged that the United States Government had entered into a relationship with possible ET intelligence and in exchange for super technology, gave carte blanche to the ETs to conduct experiments and abductions on unsuspecting human beings. Lear claimed that in addition, the ETs, with our governments knowledge, were mutilating domestic animals such as cattle and sheep, and in some cases even humans were the victims. Because much of Lears information was a hypothesis, and little checkable information was forthcoming, many of the Paranet members were asking very hard questions, and then in a number of instances, attacked Lears creditability. Cooper allied himself with Lear when he again visited the Paranet system with the claim that he had just been terminated from his $75,000.00 a year job as the Executive Director of a School.
In October of 1988, Cooper contacted this writer via Paranet with the request of a favor. Telling me at that time that "this is dangerous if anyone finds out", he asked me to accept the electronic transfer of a file into my computer, to be sent to Stanton Friedman with the information of who wanted Friedman to see it. The document included information about MAJI, MJ-12, THE BLUE TEAM, GRUDGE, and according to Cooper various other alleged secret government projects dealing with the alien presence. Agreeing to send the information to Friedman, (I never heard anymore about this until later when Cooper was barred from Paranet because of claims of feeding false and fraudulent information) I basically forgot about this information until Cooper released additional files claiming that this was the final release. There were several "final" releases, for example in one Cooper claimed "MJ-12 is the name of the secret control group... The JASON SOCIETY to sift through all the facts, evidence, technology, lies and deception..." and in another that "MJ-12 CANNOT BE USED AS A NAME FOR THE CONTROL GROUP AS IT WOULD CAUSE CONFUSION IN MEANING, i.e. IS IT REFERRING TO MJ-12 THE PERSON OR MJ-12 THE GROUP..." By this time I was becoming confused with the various "final releases". In another release Cooper claimed that "Project Luna" was an alien base on the far side of the Moon and it was observed by various Astronauts, but then one more "final release" he stated that it was the code name for an underground base in Nevada near Dulce, New Mexico.
In the later releases are a number of names that were never mentioned in earlier releases. Names such as JOSHUA, and O.H. KRLL, or KRLLL, or CRLL, CRLLL, or even KRILL. This proves to be very important as the later investigation will show, when it comes to answering whether these claims will bear up under serious scrutiny. Cooper later claimed that the reason the documents were "different" was that he wanted to throw the government off his trail until someone would verify that what he said was the truth, and that "it does not matter who is wrong or right and who is wrong or if a project name is in the wrong place. ... we must all band together and expose it now."
As time progressed Cooper severed all ties with other researchers in the UFO field. Once a very close confident of John Lear, Cooper has turned on Lear and has accused Lear of being an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency. In months past, Cooper was a star guest on the "Billy Goodman Happening" broadcast from KVEG in Las Vegas. Another alleged former government employee, physicist Robert "Bob" Lazar, appeared on the Goodman radio show, and Cooper was lavish in his praise of Lazars willingness to come forward to expose the cosmic secret. Now, Lazar like Lear is suffering Coopers allegations of being an intelligence disinformation purveyor.
Cooper now is operating an electronic bulletin board service, the CITIZEN'S AGENCY For JOINT INTELLIGENCE (CAJI). In the last two electronic newsletters, Cooper has leveled charges against numerous people in the UFO community. When anyone challenges him, Cooper will once more blast the questioners as "agents of the secret government." In the previous edition of his newsletter, Cooper charged that Bob Lazar, the "self claimed physicist who worked on saucers, was arrested today for participation in one of Las Vegas' prostitution rings. He was also accused of running a drug lab which manufactures methamphetamine." Additional charges included naming Lear and Lazar as being a member of a "ring" of government agents that "include the greats of UFOlogy". Cooper named Bruce Maccabee, Lear, Lazar, William Moore, Jaime Shandera, Stanton Friedman, and other unnamed at that time. Cooper left the impression with that document that the others would include whom ever questioned his sources, information or allegations. Cooper also claimed that Stacey Borland, who led a Las Vegas Contactee Group was murdered after she sponsored a talk with Budd Hopkins, and also received a document from a man who reportedly worked at "DREAMLAND". Also claimed in the Cooper CAJI newsletter was that John Grace, a still active duty Air Force NCO took over the contactee group, and when the investigation was started, the list of the contactee group and the sign in sheet from Hopkins talk was missing. Serious allegations if true, so UFO immediately contacted George Knapp of KLAS TV in Las Vegas. Hopkins was in Las Vegas weeks after Borland and her brother were found dead. Borland's boyfriend was the initial suspect, but was cleared quickly by the Las Vegas Police. The search then centered on a 24 year old suspect, William Mitchell Smith, also known as William "Bo" Stevens. No UFO involvement at all was discovered by police. According to George Knapp in a now public letter to Michael Corbin, director of Paranet "Bill Cooper wouldn't know the truth if it bit him on the ass.... a secret organization is highly unlikely. Moore (Bill) and Lear can't stand each other. Moore and Friedman have tried to contact Lazar thru me on several occasions...." Then Knapp relayed "Some of the individuals have provided me with proof of Cooper's dishonesty, proof that will be made public in the near future". Knapp was true to his word. In part 5 of the KLAS second UFO special just recently run by Knapp's TV station, Knapp pointed out one such occurrence where serious questions about Coopers information were raised. According to Cooper, in his purported viewing of a top secret government document in 1972-1973- he viewed information about O.H. Krill, which according to Cooper stood for "Original Hostage Krill".
The problem with Cooper's claim, however, comes from the two people involved in the O.H. Krill document. The origin of the controversial document has been known for some time in the UFO field. Conceived by UFO researcher John Grace, who heads the Nevada Aerial Research organization and uses the pseudonym "Val Valerian," the title was chosen as an inside joke, according to both Lear and Grace. While being interviewed by UFO Magazine, Lear stated that he heard Cooper tell a television interviewer that he (Cooper) had seen the O.H. Krill document back in the early 70's. Lear turned "beet red," he said, and motioned for Cooper to speak to him privately. Lear told Cooper, "Bill, O.H. Krill is a joke! John Grace and I used "KRILL" from Bob Emenegger's special "UFOs: It Has Begun", because of a women who allegedly channeled an entity named CRYLLL. Grace just pulled the O. H. out of thin air!" According to Lear, Cooper flatly disagreed, saying, "No, I saw it in 1972." Lear said, "I dropped it then. I could see that there was no talking to him. I then began to wonder just how much of Bill Cooper was real."
Lear was then asked about Cooper's allegation in the most recent edition of CAJI, that Bob Lazar was "arrested for prostitution" and is now facing narcotic's violations. Lear stated, "It's all fabrication and fantasy." Knapp said "There is no truth to the allegation that Lazar has been arrested. Lazar admitted on TV that he set up software for a bordello that was subsequently closed by police, but as of this point, no charges have been filed at all."
With respect to the charge of drug manufacture, Cooper stated that he received the information from John Lear, and he also named two additional UFO buffs, a Cory Testa and Geoff Graff. Testa was shocked at the allegation that Lear told him Lazar was facing drug violations. Testa stated, "I still believe that he (Lazar) is real and John Lear never said anything like that." Testa later called back and stated "I just called Bill Cooper and he denied that he said that I said anything to him about Lazar." The paragraph was read to him four times and he responded sadly, "You know, I am just a guy who is really interested in UFOs, and I never wanted to get involved in anything like this. Why would Bill say I said something like that?" Testa then stated that Cooper claimed to him that Lear was the famous Condor from William Moores aviary. Testa then stated that "everyone I was associated with, Cooper claimed that they were a government agent."
William "Bill" Moore was called to get his reaction to the stated claims that John Lear was the shadowy agent "Condor", and he responded with "I usually do not comment on someone that I consider to be mentally ill, but it is not true that Lear is Condor".
Moore was then advised that in the CAJI newsletter Cooper made the claim that the tape of Condor was placed in voice analysis, and that he had unscrambled it, proving that Lear was Condor. Moore laughed and stated "There is nothing to undo, nothing to unscramble. Jaime and I masked Condors voice through a vocoder. The vocoder is a device that the sound source is run through a mike, then to a sound source sending it to a voice envelope to a vocoder. Nothing of the human qualities are left to unscramble."
When Moore was asked about the additional claims of his being identified as a government operative he stated "It is absolutely false. You know, I am getting tired of all these accusations, Cooper is always wrapping himself up in the flag and constitution, what ever happened to the basic right of being innocent until proven guilty? You know, I have never spoken to Cooper or had as much as a single correspondence with him." Moore stated then that he had been given a copy of the CAJI newsletter, had just read it, and was amazed at the contents. I then mentioned to him that in the newsletter, Cooper had stated that he had seen Moores name, along with Stanton Friedman, John Lear and Bruce Maccabee on a list of agents to be recruited in 1972. He also claimed that Bob Swan, a service friend was also informed of this back in 1972. When Swan was questioned by Linda Howe and Tony Pelham among others about what he remembered, Swan stated for the record that really the only thing he remembered was something to do with UFOs. Since I was aware that Moore did not really come into the UFO scene with any great splash until The Roswell Incident, I asked him what he was doing in 1972 that would have brought him to the governments attention. He responded that in 1972 he was teaching at the Herman Community Schools, Independent District 264, in Herman, Mn. Moore taught there from the Fall of 1969 until the Spring of 1979. Along with the teaching, Moore was active in the teachers union, #32 Local. It would appear he would be very unlikely for a government recruitment to the intelligence services then.
Cooper stated in the CAJI newsletter that "No one likes to be a fool but most UFOlogists are exactly that. I keep saying to DO RESEARCH, TO INVESTIGATE, but no one does it. They just sit around and CALL EACH OTHER NAMES." When I, representing UFO Magazine attempted to call Cooper to verify his claims, I ended up leaving a message on his computer service. I had not spoken to Cooper for close to a year and had no way to get his home phone number. Cooper read the message and called about an hour later. Answering the telephone Cooper stated "What the hell do you want!?" I then attempted to explain that I was doing a story for UFO Magazine and wanted to verify his claims. Cooper stated "What are you writing for your ****en trashzine?" I then said that I had received a copy of the CAJI newsletter and he replied "I would be very careful if I was you, that newsletter is copyrighted."
Cooper then stated "I don't trust you or anyone you are associated with." The only reference I was able to get concerned the allegation that Bob Lazar ran a speed lab. "John Lear told me that out of his own mouth... I got the information from a man named Cory and Geoff who are good friends of John Lear." Just at that time the phone rang with the call waiting feature, and Cooper refused to hold till I could find out who called. He hung up and refused to speak any further. This seemed out of character for a person that felt that their information was legitimate.
I next spoke to Bob Lazar. Lazar was burned out at the UFO field by this time, and it really doesn't take much to understand why. I asked Lazar if he had been arrested and charged with any crimes, and as of this date, no charges have been filed. The involvement with prostitution came as a result of Lazar selling a computer to the alleged bordello, and writing a software program for cash received. When asked about a drug lab, Lazar explained his research lab and various scientific equipment that he has there. "The "speed" might be explained by my work with hi-tech jet cars" he stated. "Cooper is an intelligent man, and the two times I've seen him, well I hate to call someone a psychopath but he really acts crazy. He seems to believe a lot of what he says to the point he will fight about them and get violent." "You mean", I countered, that he will get physically violent?" "Yes, on the only two occasions I have seen him, and there was usually liquor involved, not beer or anything, but liquor, he will get violent. I walked in on something with my sister-in-law, ... after a brief time talking to Cooper, he got up screaming and throwing stuff around, he was a lunatic." Another charge leveled by Cooper alleged that Lear, once in the company of Cooper and several others, claimed Lear called Lazar up to send a hooker over to Lears home. Lazar stated that "that's absurd, and why its absurd is my involvement with the bordello was in January of 1990. It mainly involved some electronic work and setting up software. When I saw Cooper was long before that, and in either case I would not be the guy anyone called. I had no connections to get anyone. I deny his whole allegation.
"Everyone seems to have a Bill Cooper story, and mine is a paper I wrote in Los Alamos concerning Project Excalibur. I wrote that in 1988, I had a witness there while I typed that word for word. I printed that out, Lear was hot on the trail looking for connections, and that filled everything, he essentially had all the information that was to be had. John then gave a copy to Bill Cooper and I heard Cooper reading that verbatim, word for word at the MUFON convention. He claimed to have seen it in the mid-70s. I then heard him on Billy Goodman show. I called him, he recognized the voice. He said he knew who I was. I then asked him, Bill that Excalibur missile thing, did you get that at John Lears or did you read that in the 70's. I gave him an out if he had forgotten. He said no, "I read that word for word in 1973". I said okay and thanks. That was my first confirmation that this guy was a complete liar. I had just typed that in 1988. The witness that saw me type this was Gene Huff."
By: Don Ecker
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