Bill Cooper was driven off a cliff by U.S. agents after releasing his first lot of info, he lost his leg in this accident and was threatened countless times. I'd be carrying a shotgun too!!
Thats why I said 'don't listen to the critics' because very few people know Coopers real story as few bother to research it before repeating the official story of his death.
Although I'd like to believe that I'm past the point of caring, I do hope this doesn't paint me in dayglo nutball bright orange. Mr. Cooper's story is instructive to me in several points, a few of which I'll mention:
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.
If they're out to get you, don't go out.
No good deed shall go unpunished.
Weapons are ineffective against government agencies who have the authority to kill you first, make up stories later.
Being smart does not make you wise.
I took Cooper's advice, (still do), listen to everyone, read everything, believe nothing until you do your own research. His "Mystery Babylon" series still stands as truly great radio, although the show itself was sometimes lackluster, it was always raw and real. (I listened on shortwave for years, including the evening his suicide-by-cop was announced) I didn't just scan his website, I fully explored with him, read his stuff, the opposing views, figured out where he was right on and where full of crap. I live a few hours from his former broadcast location and he and I had mutual friends, and so I am well aware of the man's weaknesses, his tough guy bantering, hollering almost, but miles above the likes of Alex Jones. Why? Because Cooper was the real thing, like him or not. Not the type of person I'd schmooze with unless the S had really hit the fan, because his finger was definitely on the shitstorm trigger. The types of LE who he pissed off and shot at don't even understand what the hell he was trying to alert their asses to. So yeah, not too smart. But I assure you, having not just casually checked it out myself (personal knowledge not necessarily appropriate to this venue), this guy was an agitated, but heartful, and dare I say honorable man.
Having said this, I still stand by my postulate that arms connected to unstable hands are never good. Maybe one of the lessons here is don't know so much that it sends you over the edge, at least if you've got family and stuff.