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White Supremacist Turned FBI Snitch Turner Sentenced for E-Threats

By Robert Steinback on December 22, 2010 - 6:06 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

The sentence wasn’t as harsh as he feared, but neo-Nazi blogger and shock-jock radio host Hal Turner will spend 25 months in prison worrying about white racists he believes will be eager to snuff him for having been an FBI informant.

Turner, 48, whose vicious rhetoric was much admired among white supremacists until his FBI connections were revealed three years ago, was convicted Aug. 13 of using his blog to threaten three federal judges. U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter sentenced Turner to 33 months in prison Tuesday despite the defendant’s impassioned protestations of his innocence. Turner faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The eight months Turner has already spent in custody will count toward his sentence.

The FBI used Turner to gain information about white supremacists from 2003 through 2007, when the agency decided it was too difficult to manage his volatile rhetoric and ended the relationship. According to the northern New Jersey newspaper The Record, Turner sent an E-mail from prison days before he was sentenced, saying that he expected the “Max Sentence.”

“Frankly,” he wrote, “any sentence they give me other than probation is gonna be a Death Sentence.” He said members of Aryan Brotherhood and Aryan Nations, as well as neo-Nazis and skinheads would target him “because of the work I did against their interests. And if it isn’t one of those groups that kill me, it will be one of the Minority groups who get told I’m some evil racist whatever,” according to The Record.

Turner has maintained that the FBI had issued him a virtual carte blanche to broadcast the things he did – something the agency denies. He called the charges against him “a lie” and accused virtually every person and institution involved in his conviction of corruption and “treachery.” He said his trial could be remembered as “the first Bolshevik show trial” in the United States, according to The Record.

Turner built his reputation as perhaps the most scalding of ultra-right-wing racists in media after starting up his radio show nearly a decade ago. He ranted about such things as a “Portable Nigger Lyncher” machine and slimed those he hated as “savage Negro beasts,” “bull-dyke lesbians,” “faggots” and worse. Turner also relished issuing explicit calls for death for specific reviled targets, even setting up a website called www.killtheenemy.com. At one point, he boasted that he could inspire “a whole slew of potential Timothy McVeighs. I don’t make bombs,” he added, “I make bombers.”

In June 2006, Turner, outraged by a ruling of a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a ban on handguns in Chicago and Oak Park, Ill., wrote in his blog, “Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges must die. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty.” The next day, Turner updated the post to include the names, work addresses, phone numbers and photographs of the three judges, along with a map of their courthouse.

At trial, Turner argued that his rhetoric was merely political hyperbole of the sort that he claimed his FBI handlers had encouraged to entice potentially violent racists to respond to him and, in the process, identify themselves to the Bureau. In two earlier trials, in December 2009 and March 2010, jurors deadlocked, apparently confounded by testimony that left it unclear if Turner was acting at the behest of authorities and whether or how real his threats were.

  • Tolpuddle Martyr

    “How ya doin’ boys, fans of my book?”

    Famous last words!

  • Aron

    I hate to be a buzzkill here, but the guy’s name is ‘Blark Bart.’ Not that I agree with anything he’s saying, save for his disgust with anti-semitism.

    Cheers!

    Aron

  • charlotte

    Anyone that talks like this guy cannot have read any of the Bible. To go along with his sentence I think it appropriate that he be made to do Bible Study every day. I think he should be made to attend daily meetings of social engagement or rather have daily meetings with the rest of the problem adults like him. Let them explaine to each other WHY they have these thoughts and feelings toward the outside world.

  • Mitch Beales

    Black Bart may have joined the “pro-western” movement so that there will be more cowboy movies made where he can play the bad guy.:-)

  • LEx

    I dont wish harm on Hal turner in prison or anybody for that matter, he belongs behind bars because hes a danger to society but wishing that he will be raped is not something i can agree with.

    An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Mahatma Gandhi
    Wise words by a wise man to live by :)

  • Steven

    Hate speech is poisoning the web every day, the FBI and government are imprisoning and targeting the small fish like Hal Turner, but why ignore the big fish like websites and forums that spread hate every nanosecond around the globe? More incidents such as the Wikileaks fiasco, cyberbulling, etc. should be used as pretexts for shutting down hate speech on the internet permanently.

    I don’t include hate speech as free speech. I don’t think our founding fathers intended the First Amendment to be interpreted as a blanket protection of all speech. They intended the First Amendment to be a protection against government tyranny, this has nothing to do with inciting racial, religious, or gender hatred.

    George Washington said that, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” However, do we really have freedom of speech? If the FBI or CIA is willing to target and entrap political dissidents like the Freedom Road Socialist Organization or Judi Bari, then why even let people have freedom of speech? Hate speech poisons the minds of people every day. The Internet has been a boon for white supremacists such as the former Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke.

    I am in favor of a limited type of freedom of speech, where non-violent and non-hateful ideas are allowed to spread while any type of hate speech is illegal. Hate speech could be based on a new and expanded Civil Rights Act of 1964: Any slur or violent speech based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin is prohibited.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Black Bart??? Ughhhh!!!

  • Robert Carr

    Considering the circumstances, if I were in this fellow’s shoes, I might find safety among non-white inmates.

  • http://www.largegreenbird.blogspot.com Green Eagle

    “Those within the movement who constantly bash Jews are suspect.”

    Come on, Bart- bashing Jews has been a part of your “movement” as long as it has existed. Or would you like us to just forget that guy with the funny mustache?

    And by the way, you have a hell of a lot of nerve calling yourself BLACK Bart.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    I just can’t wait for you to explain what the “pro-Western” movement is, Bart.

  • TC

    Prison, even for his short sentence, is the best punishment for this coward. All the whining he did about his fear of prison retribution makes me feel all warm and happy inside this holiday season. He deserves much worse.

  • dsrobins

    Let’s just hope his fears do come true in prison. It’s what he deserves.

  • Blark Bart

    I wonder how many other snitches reside within the pro-Western movement.

    Those within the movement who constantly bash Jews are suspect. Their rhetoric is groundless, embarrassing and does nothing more than discredit the movement. It’s as if they are intentionally attempting to turn away rational Americans.

    A gov’t plot? In light of the Turner episode, it seems not only possible but probable.

  • http://www.trendsinhate.com Kevin

    Thankfully Hal Turner will remain behind bars for awhile. Prison is a good place for him; and, having one less hateful voice on the internet (at least until he is released from prison or changes his hateful ways) is a blessing for us all.