nutzis are W E I R D : Hal Turner

Harold Charles Turner (born March 15, 1962) is a short-arsed (5’2″) white supremacist, street fighter, and former host of ‘The Hal Turner Show’. He is also a self-confessed FBI snitch (informant) and hero to Australian Lord Haw-Haw Carl D. Thompson, who broadcasts on behalf of the US-based ‘National Socialist Movement’. Carl was formerly the editor of (Pauline Hanson’s) ‘One Nation Party’ newspaper, and recent guests on Carl’s show have included Dr James Saleam of Australia First and two members of a local KKK franchise.

On June 24, 2009, Hal was arrested and charged with ‘violating a federal statute which makes it a crime to threaten to assault or injure a judge in retaliation for the performance of their official duties’. Hal has been denied bond (August 10), and is currently sitting in a jail in Chicago awaiting trial.

On the plus side, and not unrelated to his short stature, short fuse, limited intelligence, rank bigotry, delusions of grandeur and love of all things White, Hal is also the loser in a war against the internet, a war he initiated in December 2006 by publishing the phone numbers and addresses of some US teenagers who had pranked him.

The rest is history.

Commentary:

Blogger’s Case Could Test the Limits of Political Speech
Peter Slevin
Washington Post
August 16, 2009

The government versus Hal Turner
Editorial
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2009

See also : nutzis are W E I R D : Sheppard & Whittle Go to Jail (July 11, 2009) | nutzis are W E I R D : Kyle Chapman. The Mormon. (May 3, 2009) | nutzis are W E I R D : David Lane’s Ashes (February 13, 2009)

Bonus Hal! Bonus FBI!

Attorney: FBI trained NJ blogger to incite others
Katie Nelson
AP
August 18, 2009

HARTFORD, Conn. — A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges was trained by the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday.

Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an “agent provocateur” and was taught by the agency “what he could say that wouldn’t be crossing the line,” defense attorney Michael Orozco said.

“His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest,” Orozco said.

Prosecutors have acknowledged that Turner was an informant who spied on radical right-wing organizations, but the defense has said Turner was not working for the FBI when he allegedly made threats against Connecticut legislators and wrote that three federal judges in Illinois deserved to die.

“But if you compare anything that he did say when he was operating, there was no difference. No difference whatsoever,” Orozco said.

Special Agent Ross Rice, a spokesman for the FBI in Chicago, said he would not comment on or even confirm Turner’s relationship with the FBI.

Orozco spoke to reporters after a court hearing in Hartford on Tuesday. Turner, 47, of North Bergen, N.J., did not appear, because he is in federal custody in Illinois. His arraignment on the Connecticut charges was rescheduled to Oct. 19.

In June, Turner urged his readers to “take up arms” against Connecticut lawmakers and suggested government officials should “obey the Constitution or die,” because he was angry over legislation — later withdrawn — that would have given lay members of Roman Catholic churches more control over their parish’s finances.

He wrote in Internet postings the same month that the Illinois federal appeals judges “deserve to be killed” because they issued a ruling that upheld ordinances in Chicago and suburban Oak Park banning handguns. He included their photos and the room numbers of their chambers at the courthouse.

Orozco officially joined Turner’s defense team in the Connecticut case on Tuesday, with approval from Superior Court Judge David Gold. Orozco said his Newark, N.J.-based firm has been representing Turner for the past five years, including during his FBI informant years.

Turner’s Connecticut attorney, Matthew R. Potter, said it’s too early to tell which trial will move forward first. Orozco said he plans First Amendment defenses in both cases.

Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, said the office would not comment on Orozco’s statements.

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3 Responses to nutzis are W E I R D : Hal Turner

  1. weez says:

    Bad FBI, bad. Encouraging hate speech with noble intent is as bad as encouraging hate speech for nefarious intent. It’s still encouraging hate speech.

    With luck, with or without FBI goading, Hal will get a few years in a concrete box to think about the real-world ramifications of being an asshole.

  2. @ndy says:

    The exact nature of the r/ship b/w Hal and the FBI is unclear — presumably, it will become clearer as Hal’s trial proceeds. His lawyer is obviously emphasising Hal as Good Citizen. But the Bureau is certainly responsible for worse crimes. Either way, yeah: if anyone deserves a clip around the ears, it’s Shallow Hal.

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