Neo-Nazi Hal Turner: FBI Turned me Into Violent Hate-Monger

November 30, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Hal Turner, a long-time purveyor of racist hate, neo-Nazi blogger and Internet radio host, is about to go on trial for threatening to murder three Chicago area federal appeals judges. And Turner’s defense strategy is taking an interesting turn. The vile white supremacist is claiming that he was paid and encouraged by the FBI to engage in over-the-top hate speech. And that he was unfairly arrested for going too far.

To date, FBI documents have shown that Turner acted as a low-level informant off and on from 2003 to 2008, when his undercover role was uncovered by hackers. But an investigative piece published in NorthJersey.com on Sunday, shows that the FBI at times, considered Turner an “irreplaceable,” if not an erratic and hard to control source. Turner claims that he began acting as a FBI informant, as early as 2002. Regardless, that doesn’t explain Turner’s activities as a racist hate-monger in the 1990s. Turner’s defense of “the FBI made me do it” doesn’t hold water.

The piece posted on NorthJersey.com is “based on government documents, e-mails, court records and almost 20 hours of jailhouse interviews with Turner, which shows that federal authorities made frequent use of Turner in its battle against domestic terrorism.”

According to the piece:

“Turner received thousands of dollars from the FBI to report on such groups as the Aryan Nations and the white supremacist National Alliance, and even a member of the Blue Eyed Devils skinhead punk band. Later, he was sent undercover to Brazil where he reported a plot to send non-military supplies to anti-American Iraqi resistance fighters.”

Turner was given the FBI code name, “Valhalla.” And FBI emails from the Newark-based Joint Terrorism Task Force, show that the agency valued Turner’s intelligence, while at the same time showed increasing concern over his use of violent rhetoric.

Special Agent Stephen Haug wrote in an email: “[Turner’s] value outweighs the discomfort associated with source’s rhetoric. Source’s unique access provides important intelligence which, if lost, would be irreplaceable.”

A FBI memo notes the success of Turner’s undercover activity: “[Turner] has proven highly reliable and is in a unique position to provide vital information on multiple subversive domestic organizations,” elaborating that he identified over 100 possible extremists and prevented “over 10 acts of violence.”

Turner and his lawyer Michael Orozco, plan to demand that the case against Turner be thrown out, because the government engaged in “outrageous conduct” by encouraging Turner’s racist rhetoric, then arresting him for going too far. “I was not some street snitch,” Turner whined to NorthJersey reporters during a jail house interview. “I was a deep undercover intelligence operative.”

But how does Turner explain his racist activities in the 1990s, when he worked as the Northern New Jersey coordinator for Pat Buchanan’s 1992 presidential campaign. Buchanan, with his “anti-immigrant ideologies, anti-Semitic views and frequent racist statements, found the perfect campaign coordinator in Turner.” And let’s not forget Turner’s past association with the race-baiting Sean Hannity, when he hosted a right-wing talk radio show with New York City’s WABC.

Turner’s racism and neo-Nazi philosophies began long before his role, as an informant for the FBI.

Turner’s trial for making threats against three judges begins this week. Orozco plans to subpoena New Jersey Governor-elect Chris Christie. He will question Christie to determine if Christie advised the FBI about Turner while he worked, as an U.S. Attorney in Newark.

Turner also faces earlier charges for threats made against two Hartford CT officials.

See NorthJersey.com for more.


Comments

3 Responses to “Neo-Nazi Hal Turner: FBI Turned me Into Violent Hate-Monger”

  1. Rebuttal on November 30th, 2009 3:17 pm

    However, Turner claims that he has NEVER had such views. The Bergen-Record quoted, “As for hanging out with Skinheads, Turner said, ‘That’s not me. It never has been.'”

  2. Maxwells on December 2nd, 2009 12:46 pm

    “Buchanan, with his “anti-immigrant ideologies, anti-Semitic views and frequent racist statements”

    This is the real News story here, I’ve never heard of this before, Buchanan’s “anti-Semitic views” and “racist statements”?

  3. john king on December 17th, 2009 2:17 am

    I think da chattah box needs to quit using childish playground language to describe people with who it has ideological differences. You took a good story and made a caricature out of it with your childish language. European-Americans have every right to survive just as other racial groups. You probably call blacks working for black rights, justice, etc “civil rights workers” yet when I do the same for my people you call me a white supremacist. There’s only one kind of supremacism in this world, jewish supremacism, from Palestine where Palestinians are being genocided to here in America where AIPAC runs that brothel called the US Congress. If you don’t agree with me, please provide factual answers. I expect more from you than my 5 year old son.

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