Wednesday, June 24, 2009

FBI Arrests Blogger For Alleged Death Threats

The FBI arrested blogger Hal Turner, known to be a white supremacist, on charges that he called for the killing of three federal judges in Chicago. Earlier this month, Turner was arrested on charges of calling for violence against three Connecticut state officials. Chicago Breaking News (CBN) reports that U.S. Attorney's office alleges that blogger Hal Turner publicly called for the killing of three federal appeals court judges who serve on the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago. The U.S. Attorney's office says that Turner's web site included photos of the judges and addresses for them, with statements such as: "Let me be the first to say this plainly; These judges deserve to be killed." Although the federal charges against Turner were brought in Chicago, he will appear in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J. on Thursday, June 25.

In a separate but related case, the Jersey Journal reported on June 11 that Turner turned himself into Connecticut State Capitol Police "on charges of inciting injury against three officials in that state, according to Connecticut officials." In this case, the Jersey Journal story said, "The charge stems from posts Turner put on his blog regarding two elected officials and a state employee in Connecticut who took the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport to task for failing to register as a lobbyist before staging a large protest against a bill aimed at changing how Catholic parishes incorporate."

In short, Mr. Turner seems to be a seriously disturbed mental case. Turner is invoking the First Amendment as a defense for his words, but he's apparently to stupid to understand that open calls for violence against someone is not protected speech. Perhaps he thinks it's legal to yell "fire!" in a crowded theater, too. Nutjob Hal Turner has much in common, sadly, with millions of whack jobs who habitually post violent comments to posts on blogs and other web sites. For an example, see "Chicago Dunes Story Evokes Threat of Violence." And by the way, before you liberals start cackling about this "right-wing whacko," consider something. Sure, he's a right-wing lunatic, on the far, outer galaxy of the Right, but I agree that he is vile. I don't like racists of any color. But ask yourself, Liberals, how many times you or your liberal friends openly wished for violent acts against Republicans? George W. Bush, for example. Can you honestly say that you've never heard a liberal say that they'd love to put a bullet in Bush's head if they had the chance? I've heard it many, many times. The scariest part: They were "mainstream" liberals, not far-out lunatics. RELATED: Blogger Turner Charged With Threatening Federal Judges - Hartford Courant - June 24 Blogger arrested for threatening three federal judges - National Law Journal - June 24 Internet radio host Hal Turner arrested - Kansas City Star - ‎June 4‎ Dear Hal Turner, I Just Turned Your Emails Over to the Police - Daily Kos - ‎June 4 Internet Crime Complaint Center ("IC3") Leave a Comment... See Our Online Store Chicago News Bench RSS Feed We're on Twitter...