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CYNTHIA McKINNEY (Hal Turner Lynching Request)

  1. 1. FROM: http://sfbayview.com/2009/lynching-of-cynthia-mckinney-urged-by-%E2%80%98journalist%E2%80%99-trained-and-paid-by-fbi/In accordance with Federal Laws provided For Educational and Information Purposes – i.e. of PUBLIC InterestLynching of Cynthia McKinney urged by ‘journalist’ trained and paidby FBIAugust 24, 2009Hal Turner called her ‘a violent, black, racist, bitch’ whose lynching would teach other Blacksthat ‘white people are tired of your bullshit, behave or die’by David SwansonVisiting the Bay Area on a five-day fundraising tour for the SF Bay View, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney joinsBay View publisher Willie Ratcliff at a gathering Friday, Aug. 21, at the Black Dot in West Oakland. Two days later, onAug. 23, she learned that a “journalist” who had called for her lynching in 2006 was working at the time for the FBI. – Photo:Kamau Amen-RaFormer Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney sent an email around on Sunday in which she wrote:“[I]t has just now come to my attention that a ‘journalist’ who suggested that I be lynched was actually being paidby our own government to say that. Now, when I reported it to the FBI, how in the world was I to know that hewas at that time on the FBI’s payroll?”“Hate blogger” Hal Turner’s lawyer said last week, and prosecutors agreed, that Turner was “trained by the FBI onhow to be deliberately provocative” and “worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an ‘agent provocateur’ and wastaught by the agency ‘what he could say that wouldn’t be crossing the line.’”Turner is being charged with making death threats against Connecticut legislators and Illinois judges and isapparently going to claim that his actions were legal because he did the same sort of thing when employed by theFBI. In an Associated Press story published Aug. 18, Katie Nelson writes:“Prosecutors have acknowledged that Turner was an informant who spied on radical right-wing organizations, butthe defense has said Turner was not working for the FBI when he allegedly made threats against Connecticutlegislators and wrote that three federal judges in Illinois deserved to die.
  2. 2. “‘But if you compare anything that he did say when he was operating, there was no difference. No differencewhatsoever,’ [his lawyer] said.”This story has also been written up by Wired and by The Southern Poverty Law Center, but without the McKinneyangle.McKinney wrote in her email: “Interesting that charges stem from his comments against Connecticut lawmakersand Illinois judges, but not from the threat made against me, a sitting Member of Congress at the time!” Andapparently the threat against McKinney was made when Turner admits to having been on the FBI payroll.John Judge, who worked for McKinney, writes of Turner:“This is the guy who announced a program topic suggesting that Cynthia McKinney be lynched on her way to thepolls to vote in 2006 and published her campaign office address on the website. He asked how she would lookswinging at the end of a rope and what message it would send to other ‘uppity’ Blacks. I called NJ HomelandSecurity and FBI at the time …. The FBI agent I spoke to said, ‘We know all about Mr. Turner.’ Looks like theydid.”[Associated Press caption:] “In this Nov. 19, 2005, file photo, radio talk show host Hal Turner speaks to the crowd during his‘Rally Against Violence’ in Kingston, N.Y. The New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threatsagainst lawmakers and judges had training from the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday,Aug. 18, 2009. – Photo: Keith Ferris, APWhile Turner’s website is down, another website [AssataShakur.org] has what it claims was posted on Turner’s:“LYNCHING CONGRESSWOMAN CYNTHIA MCKINNEY: SHOULD IT BE DONE BEFORE HER JULY 18PRIMARY ELECTION?“Tune-in to ‘The Hal Turner Show’ this Wednesday evening from 9:00-11:00 PM eastern US time as we talkabout this topic!“Cynthia McKinney is a violent, black, racist, bitch whose official re-election campaign web site calls whitepeople ‘crackers’. As such, on this Wednesday evening’s show I will ask the question ‘Given the prevalence ofblack crime in America, would it serve the public good to LYNCH Congresswoman McKinney within the nextfew weeks, while she’s on the campaign trail, so as to send an unmistakable message to other blacks: white peopleare tired of your bullshit, behave or die.”Now, I realize that this sounds like ordinary civil discourse in tea-partied America, and yet it’s fairly easy toimagine altering it in ways that would have “crossed the line.” For example, Turner might have targeted aRepublican, or a Democrat in good standing, or a white person. Surely that would have crossed some line.
  3. 3. This story first appeared Aug. 24 on Let’s Try Democracy: Writings by David Swanson.Cynthia McKinney’s Aug. 23 email about the Hal Turner/FBI call forher lynchingFollowing is the entire email sent by former Congresswoman and presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney andreceived by the SF Bay View on Aug. 23, 2009. She begins by referring to her current five-day fundraising tour forthe San Francisco Bay View, “Cynthia McKinney’s Gaza Solidarity Triumph Tour”:“Friends,“I am in the Bay Area and rocking with the San Francisco Bay View newspaper. But something quite insidious ishappening and I think you should know immediately how it involves my friends and me.“Hot on the heels of my learning that the Georgia Green Party might have been described by the U.S. Governmentas a ‘terrorist organization,’ it has just now come to my attention that a ‘journalist’ who suggested that I be lynchedwas actually being paid by our own government to say that. Now, when I reported it to the FBI, how in the worldwas I to know that he was at that time on the FBI’s payroll? Interesting that charges stem from his commentsagainst Connecticut lawmakers and Illinois judges, but not from the threat made against me, a sitting Member ofCongress at the time! I wonder why. To whom can I or any other innocent citizen turn when the government, itself,is the instigator?“John Judge, my Congressional staffer, is the one who reported the threat. Here is what John just wrote, along withthe article that reports that Turner was on the FBI payroll at the time the threat was made against me, according toTurner’s attorney. See the green highlights below:“John Judge wrote:‘This is the guy who announced a program topic suggesting that Cynthia McKinney be lynched on her way to thepolls to vote in 2006 and published her campaign office address on the website. He asked how she would lookswinging at the end of a rope and what message it would send to other “uppity” Blacks. I called NJ HomelandSecurity and FBI at the time since he related it as a death threat. The FBI agent I spoke to said, “We know all aboutMr. Turner.” Looks like they did. Now they say he was trained as an agent provocateur by the FBI to get others toparticipate in illegal acts. As Jim Garrison says in the movie “JFK” after interviewing Clay Shaw, “I think we gotone.” Here is an excerpt. – JJ”[From the Associated Press story reprinted in full below:] “Prosecutors have acknowledged that Turner was aninformant who spied on radical right-wing organizations, but the defense has said Turner was not working for theFBI when he allegedly made threats against Connecticut legislators and wrote that three federal judges in Illinoisdeserved to die.“’But if you compare anything that he did say when he was operating, there was no difference. No differencewhatsoever,’ Orozco said.”[From Wikipedia:] “Harold Charles ‘Hal’ Turner is an American white nationalist and white supremacist fromNorth Bergen, New Jersey. He was arrested in June 2009 over alleged threats to politicians, and is currently jailedwithout bail. Prior to Turner’s arrest his program, The Hal Turner Show, was a webcast from his home once aweek, and it depended on listener donations.“Turner promotes antisemitism (including the rounding up and killing of Jews), he opposes the existence of thestate of Israel and he denies the Holocaust.
  4. 4. “According to the Associated Press, Hal Turner has exposed through his attorney that he worked for the FBI from2002 to 2007 as an ‘agent provocateur’ and ‘his job was basically to publish information which would cause otherparties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest.’AP story: ‘Attorney: FBI trained NJ blogger to incite others’[Here is the Associated Press story referred to above, reprinted in its entirety with Cynthia McKinney’s greenhighlighting:]“by Katie Nelson“Hartford, Conn., Aug. 18, 2009, AP — A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly makingthreats against lawmakers and judges was trained by the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorneysaid Tuesday.“Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an ‘agent provocateur’ and was taught by the agency ‘whathe could say that wouldn’t be crossing the line,’ defense attorney Michael Orozco said.“’His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which wouldlead to their arrest,’ Orozco said.“Prosecutors have acknowledged that Turner was an informant who spied on radical right-wing organizations, butthe defense has said Turner was not working for the FBI when he allegedly made threats against Connecticutlegislators and wrote that three federal judges in Illinois deserved to die.“’But if you compare anything that he did say when he was operating, there was no difference. No differencewhatsoever,’ Orozco said.“Special Agent Ross Rice, a spokesman for the FBI in Chicago, said he would not comment on or even confirmTurner’s relationship with the FBI.“Orozco spoke to reporters after a court hearing in Hartford on Tuesday. Turner, 47, of North Bergen, N.J., did notappear, because he is in federal custody in Illinois. His arraignment on the Connecticut charges was rescheduled toOct. 19.“In June, Turner urged his readers to ‘take up arms’ against Connecticut lawmakers and suggested governmentofficials should ‘obey the Constitution or die,’ because he was angry over legislation — later withdrawn — thatwould have given lay members of Roman Catholic churches more control over their parish’s finances.“He wrote in Internet postings the same month that the Illinois federal appeals judges ‘deserve to be killed’because they issued a ruling that upheld ordinances in Chicago and suburban Oak Park banning handguns. Heincluded their photos and the room numbers of their chambers at the courthouse.“Orozco officially joined Turner’s defense team in the Connecticut case on Tuesday, with approval from SuperiorCourt Judge David Gold. Orozco said his Newark, N.J.-based firm has been representing Turner for the past fiveyears, including during his FBI informant years.“Turner’s Connecticut attorney, Matthew R. Potter, said it’s too early to tell which trial will move forward first.Orozco said he plans First Amendment defenses in both cases.“Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, said the office would not comment onOrozco’s statements.

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