Anderson Testifies in '2-4-1' Militia Trial About Researching Cops' Addresses for Cox (UPDATED)
Anderson said Cox asked him to get the address of the Office of Children’s Services employee because she was involved in a child custody case involving Cox’s son. After looking up possible addresses for her, Anderson said he drove to one of the addresses and took a picture of a license plate number he hoped to use to confirm the employee’s identity. He said Cox told him he wanted the address of the employee so he could talk to her, but also said he would put a bullet through her windshield if she hurt his family.
Anderson said he agreed, with some hesitation, to be part of a “security detail” for Cox when Cox had a meeting with the employee. Anderson said he drove to the meeting with an assault rifle and body armor in his vehicle and then sat outside in the vehicle.
In addition the computer database, Skrocki asked Anderson about a piece of notepad paper found at Anderson’s house with a crude drawing of the Federal Courthouse and names of Alaska State Troopers, two U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees and a TSA employee.
Anderson said he made made the notes in the spring of 2010, during a conversation with Cox about a federal “hit team” Cox said was trying to kill him.
Anderson said he suggested setting up a camera at the federal building to film the license plates of vehicles leaving the building and used the sketch to illustrate the idea.
Not all the testimony had to do with Cox. Investigators found a yellow “Rite in the Rain” notepad Anderson said he uses for survey work which had a page with the words “Federal Hit List,” followed by the name of a U.S. Marshal stationed in Anchorage.
Anderson said he wrote the message at a time when he was angry with the government and saw the name of the marshal in a news article. After writing the words he said he realized he never wanted “to become that hateful,” and did not do anything else with the notebook.
In early 2011, Anderson destroyed his electronic database of government employees after getting an unexpected request for it.
The request came from Gerald “JR” Olson, a member of Cox’s militia who Anderson had never met who was also happened to be a secret FBI informant who joined the militia to investigate Cox’s activities.
“It shocked me,” Anderson said on the witness stand Tuesday. “I didn’t know what was going on, and all of a sudden this guy called me up and asked for it.”
Anderson destroyed the database by first wiping the file and then physically smashing his hard drive with a hammer. He said he did it because he had not been in close contact with Cox much and did not know what Olson wanted to do with the database.
Anderson was arrested March 10, 2011, and charged along with Cox and three other co-defendants with conspiracy to commit murder.