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Underreported: The Prosecution of a Right Wing Radio Host Turned FBI Informant

Thursday, December 03, 2009

For years Hal Turner hosted a right-wing internet radio show from northern New Jersey that catered to white supremacists and neo-Nazis. For most of that time Turner also received thousands of dollars from the FBI for acting as an informant who spied on the same groups he was broadcasting to. Now he’s on trial in Brooklyn for posting death threats against three federal appeals court judges on his blog. On today’s second Underreported, we’ll speak with Mike Kelly, a columnist for The Record of northern New Jersey, who is covering the trial and wrote an exposè on Turner’s story last Sunday. You can read it here.

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Comments [3]

Tigersfan from Brooklyn

One wonders if this radio station was liscenced by the FCC? I don't think free speach arguments apply in this case since the broadcast spectrum is public property and those who make use of it for private profit have a responsibility to the public to operate in their interest. Broadcasting white supremist rhetoric would hardly qualify.

Dec. 03 2009 01:33 PM
Studebaker Hawke

Cool to see the Master Race acting true to form: brutal and clueless, full of rhetoric about brotherhood and Volk and ever-ready to sell each other out, usually out of some petty bickering or sheer hatred of competition.

(Note: I am speaking just of those who style themselves members of the Master Race, not of all the individuals they claim for it...because I'm not a dumb geek.)

Dec. 03 2009 12:46 PM
Gene from Long Island

I disapprove what Turner says but, like Voltaire, will defend his right to say it. The First Amendment should be interpreted in light of pre-American Revolution protest. In November 1765, the "Sons of Liberty" in protesting the Stamp Act sent a similar letter to the Lieutenant Governor of New York. Dawson, The Sons of Liberty in New York, May 5, 1859 at 90-91 (on google books).

Dec. 03 2009 11:09 AM

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