Everyone remember all the shit we took for protesting him atKalamazoo.
Frankly, a good number of “white supremacist” events in this countryin the past five years have been organized, initiated, or led by theFBI, and I wonder sometimes how much of the movement is simply agovernment front.
Hate-monitoring group: Turner was FBI informant
By Paul BrooksTimes Herald-RecordJanuary 17, 2008Hal Turner stalked in front of Kingston High School with his neo-Nazisupporters in 2005, tossing white-power taunts at counter-demonstrators.
That was just part of his legacy. He railed against President Bushand Jews, too. He handed out the private addresses of New JerseySupreme Court justices.
But some government agencies are OK if you work for them — and Turnerapparently did.
He was an FBI informant, according to the Southern Poverty LawCenter, a group that monitors hate groups and extremists.
According to the center, hackers confronted Turner on his Web siteJan. 1 and told him they had broken into Turner’s computer server.
What they found were e-mails between Turner and an FBI agent who wasapparently Turner’s handler. The unidentified hackers posted a July 7e-mail to the agent. In it, Turner gave the agent a message fromsomeone threatening to kill Sen. Russ Feingold, Democrat ofWisconsin, the center said in a story on its Web site,www.splcenter.org.
“Once again,” Turner wrote to the agent, “my fierce rhetoric hasserved to flush out a possible crazy.”
When the e-mails hit a neo-Nazi Web site, Turner shut down his ownWeb site. “I hereby separate from the “pro-White” movement. I will nolonger involve myself in any aspect of it,” Turner said.
Yesterday, Turner said the only thing he can say about the FBIallegation is “no comment.” The FBI hasn’t commented, either.
The center’s Mark Potok didn’t object to the FBI’s use of informantsin general. “There is no question these are groups in many, manycases that really do need infiltrating, but … this goes way overthe line. It is like a game of Russian roulette and we are the bait.”
Kingston Mayor Jim Sottile was dumbfounded by the revelation ofTurner’s FBI informant status. “You can’t make this stuff up,” themayor said.
Maybe Turner was acting all the time, Sottile said. “But it wasn’t anact when he had this whole community in an uproar and cost us$80,000.”