November 30, 2009
Not only did the FBI coach Hal Turner, it paid him to make racist and antisemitic remarks. “The Record of Bergen County reported Sunday that Hal Turner received thousands of dollars from the FBI to report on neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups and was sent undercover to Brazil,” reports the Associated Press.
Federal officials were concerned Turner and his white supremacist comrades would turn their FBI encouraged rhetoric into action. “Turner also claims the FBI coached him to make racist, anti-Semitic and other threatening statements on his radio show, but the newspaper also found many federal officials were concerned that his audience might follow up on his violence rhetoric.”
The FBI had little aversion in the past to supporting and encouraging racists, Ku Klux Klan, Nazis, and white supremacists. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, for instance, the FBI under COINTELPRO provided covert aid and assistance to the Klan and other groups (see Brian Glick, COINTELPRO Revisited: Spying & Disruption).
“Church Committee hearings and internal FBI documents revealed that more than one quarter of all active Klan members during the period were FBI agents or informants,” notes the authors of COINTELPRO: The Untold American Story. “However, Bureau intelligence ‘assets’ were neither neutral observers nor objective investigators, but active participants in beatings, bombings and murders that claimed the lives of some 50 civil rights activists by 1964.”
FBI operatives set “up dozens of Klaverns, sometimes being leaders and public spokespersons.” Gary Rowe, an FBI informant, was involved in the Klan killing of Viola Liuzzo, a civil rights worker.
Under the FBI’s “White Hate Groups” program, senior FBI management and a majority of agents in the field endorsed the Klan’s values, if not the vigilante character of their tactics.
In the 1960s, the Klan and racists were used by the FBI against Black, Chicano, and Native American “liberation” movements. In the present time, inheritors of the Klan are used against the patriot and constitutionalist movements.
“Turner’s FBI connections began in 2003 with the Newark-based Joint Terrorism Task Force and continued on and off until this year, according to the newspaper. He claims his postings and other inflammatory statements were part of an undercover operation to ferret out violent left-wing radicals,” reports the Associated Press.
In fact, “violent left-wing radicals” are few and far between and the targets are patriots. The DHS and MIAC reports characterize the members and leaders of the patriot and consitutionalist movements as terrorists.