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FBI Informant’s Retrial for Neo-Nazi Threats Opens Today

By Sonia Scherr on March 1, 2010 - 11:05 am, Posted in Extremist Crime

Jury selection and opening statements are scheduled to begin today in the second federal trial of hate blogger and former FBI informant Hal Turner.

Turner’s first trial ended in a mistrial on Dec. 7, with jurors leaning 9-3 in favor of acquittal. He is charged with threatening to assault and murder three federal judges in Chicago. Turner stated in blog entries that they “deserve to be killed” and posted their exact work locations.

Meanwhile, documents filed in federal court last month provide more details about Turner’s past role as a paid FBI informant. His traveling companion during his FBI-financed trip to Brazil was longtime National Alliance member Tripp Henderson of New Jersey, who in a posting to a National Alliance E-group once urged lone wolves to start a race war by shooting undocumented immigrants. On Jan. 31, 2005, Turner and Henderson left for the 10-day excursion to Sao Paulo to woo potential supporters willing to donate between $500,000 and $1 million to the National Alliance. Turner was then able to provide information to the FBI on 12 white supremacists from multiple countries, according to the documents. During the six-week period following the trip, Turner — whose FBI code name was “Valhalla” — received a $3,000 advance payment, in addition to $2,000 he’d already been paid during that fiscal year.

Turner’s intelligence also led to the conviction of James Mazzone (also known as James McManus), who was sentenced to 10 years in state prison for narcotics sales, according to the documents. Mazzone, an Aryan Nations leader, was listed on the group’s website as the New Jersey contact for the neo-Nazi organization.

Turner’s history as an FBI informant figured prominently in his first trial, with the defense arguing that the FBI had not prosecuted Turner when he made similar statements against public officials while an informant. (The FBI severed its relationship with Turner in August 2007, nearly two years before he published the comments for which he was charged.) As it did during the first trial, the government asked that Turner’s defense not be allowed to refer to his work as an FBI informant, calling it “an irrelevant sideshow designed to distract and confuse the jury.” U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter, who also presided over Turner’s first trial, denied the request on Feb. 19, along with the defense’s motion to bar testimony from the alleged targets of Turner’s threats: Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer. Prosecutors opted not to put the judges on the stand during Turner’s first trial, but plan to do so this time. In interviews with the FBI filed in court, all three judges said they regarded Turner’s blog posts as threats, but did not change their routines or seek additional personal security because of them.

The government is expected to begin making its case tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, which was also the location of Turner’s first trial. The three judges will be the government’s first witnesses, according to court documents.

  • Dave

    Conspiracy theories are a direct result of outlandish ” official” explainations that are so rediculous, that individuals attempt to come up with realistic explainations, for the same incident. When these theories become more plausable than the “official” lie, you have a valid “conspiracy theory”.

    In the case of Turnner, it ceartainy appears the FBI, was seeking to manufacture a few “terrorists”. It is not the first time.

  • Robert

    If someone come out with different opinion, it’s his own right to say it and doesn’t mean he’s criminal. Now it’s hard to believe what is true when real and fake information are spread so easily with many tools.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    People like conspiracy theories because they simplify the world and allow them to act superior to all the supposed “sheep” out there. The funny thing is, that any time a mainstream media story seems to support their claims- suddenly they jump on it as truth. When they contradict or fail to support their claims- it’s bogus.

    It is clear that people like Alex Jones make a good living off people’s ignorance and gullibility. The fact that he is alive totally shatters his theory. Why is it that the global conspiracy can overthrow governments and eliminate presidents and leaders, yet not shut up some moron on internet radio blabbing about it?

  • Mike Magruder

    I’m a tad puzzled. Since covert is so intense about symbols etc why is it that the captain of the Lusitania was named Turner? What about “projection”? I think this term means something like trading places or reversal.

  • Dave

    As understand this, Hal Turner, was paid by the FBI…. for what…. manufacture “terrorists”, report people who don’t agree with “official cock & bull stories”???? Just what was Hal Turner being paid to do?

  • Andre

    Rlo, I am no sheep for one. I belong to no organization or group. I follow no one.

    I am just an independent person who investigates the facts. I suggest you do the same.

    And there you go calling people nutjobs. Thats just being dismissive. Thats the easiest way to dismiss someone is to call them nuts or crazy.

    Educate yourself about the facts and than you can make an informed comment.

  • Dave

    If you ain’t got no terrorists, you just create a few. It is “good for business”.

  • rlo

    Wow, this one brought all the nutjobs out of the woodwork!

    Did you guys ever stop to think that maybe these so-called “independent news sites” might have as big, or even bigger, hidden agenda than the mainstream sites you love to hate?

    You’re also sheep, you’re just following a different shepard.

  • reclusive

    A snitch is a snitch and there’s only one penalty that cures’em!

  • Dave

    Hmmm…. is the issue threatening someones life or Turners political views. Free speach seem to be rapidly disappearing. I think Turner “couched” his words suffiently to not constitute a threat, but rather an opinion. If such “public servants” as the Judges feel threatened, maybe they should get a real job. Lets face it, only no talent lawyers chose to go into public office.

    Turner is a rat, who deserves no sympathy, but poses no threat.

  • Andre

    This website is just another tool for the New World Order to brainwash people into believing that anyone who questions anything, is a terrorist.

    People need to wake up! We are being controlled by a handful of Global Elite Bankers whose soul purpose is to destroy all sovereign nations, including the United States in favor of a One World Tyrannical Government. Just follow the money trail. Search history. See for yourself.

    Fact is the IRS is not a government agency, much like the Federal Reserve. Its’ an independent agency installed by the elite to control people by means of taxes, furthering the deliberate theft our God given liberties.

    Investigate the facts…. Don’t believe the state controlled media of Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, etc… All these so called news outlets are controlled and regulated by the same owners. It’s ALL propaganda designed to enslave the masses and cause even more strife and division with their false “left” vs. “right” parydime.

    If you want real news, go to independent news outlets who are not edited and filtered by corporations.

    Wake UP! The New World Order’s plan to create a One World Government System is fast approaching. Don’t take my word for it, do your own independent research today!

    Search on Youtube. Type in ENDGAME: Blueprint For Global Enslavement. 9/11: Press For Truth, Loose Change, The Obama Deception, FEMA Camps, Fall of the Republic: Presidency of Barack Obama., Monopoly Men, AMERICA: From Freedom to Fascism.

    Also go to or Get educated.

    There are literally 1,000’s of fact filled documentaries that were made to inform and wake people up to the NWO.

    Everything you need to know is Online. That is why the Elite are trying to regulate and control the Internet, because “They” know that this is the only real source for citizens to get facts about their agenda.

    Think I’m crazy? Well thats easy to say. ” Oh this guy is Nuts” I’m not going to listen to this guy!

    Well, that’s the easy way out… Just excuse what I say and dismiss it as “conspiracy”.

    Well, its NOT Conspiracy, It’s FACTS.

    I used to be in the dark too and denied, denied, denied until I started to investigate everything myself and I woke up to the madness in this world.

  • WMDKitty

    I’m sorry, is this POS seriously claiming he was an FBI informant? Has the FBI confirmed this? (Not that I care if he was or not, mind.)

    Either way, he was clearly inciting violence, which is a crime — GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY!

  • Tyrone Mixon

    Forget Hal “pay pal” Turner. I would just like to ask this question.

    Why is it that these right wingers talk some much hate and disbelief in the government, until the gov comes out with stats that make their point of Blacks comment more crimes than Hitler? It seems to me you throw out all the gov reports. But I guess even a broken clock is right sometimes.