Neo-Nazi Bill White Charged with Obstruction

This time, he finally went too far.

At least that's what federal officials concluded when they charged neo-Nazi leader Bill White, the threat-spewing former anarchist from Roanoke, Va., with obstructing justice on Oct. 24. As first reported on the Intelligence Report's blog in mid-September, the leader of the American National Socialist Workers Party had posted the name, address and phone numbers of a "Gay, Jewish, anti-racist" juror who helped convict another neo-Nazi leader, Matt Hale, of soliciting the murder of a federal judge.

The Roanoke Times reported that Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Bondurant said White had "threatened use of force" against the foreman of the Chicago jury that convicted Hale, leader of the World Church of the Creator, in 2004. (Hale is now serving a 40-year prison term.) White was arrested and jailed in Roanoke, and was expected to be tried in Chicago, officials said.

A week earlier, FBI agents had raided a Roanoke apartment and seized computer equipment that supports White's website, where his comments about the juror were originally posted. In that posting, White did not directly propose violence against the Chicago juror, although he did give the man's home address. But he said the man "played a leading role in inciting both the conviction and the harsh sentence that followed." White went on to describe the conviction as wrongful and said Hale received a "criminally long sentence."

Bill White has a long and infamous history of posting racist threats and in-your-face suggestions of criminal violence on his site. In September 2007, he issued a call to "Lynch the Jena 6," a reference to black teenagers in Jena, La. He has posted the home addresses and phone numbers of numerous enemies, including black syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts and Southern Poverty Law Center CEO Richard Cohen. He has written of attempting to visit the Montgomery, Ala., home of Intelligence Report Editor Mark Potok in a "car full of guns." The very same week that he posted information about the Chicago juror, White also posted a proposed cover for his National Socialist magazine. The cover featured a photo of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama with his head in a rifle's crosshairs and the headline, "Kill This Nigger?"