(North Bergen, NJ) Neo-Nazi podcaster Hal Turner, who became the object of retribution by a loosely-confederated group of Internet hackers (they detest the term, but I lack a better noun) called the "Legion of Anonymous," claims to have filed a lawsuit in federal court against a number of Internet sites and up to one thousand "John Does." Among the named websites are 7chan.org, 4chan.org, ebaumsworld.com, nexisonline.com, and abjects.com.
The purported court filings - which the documents on Turner's site indicate are pro se - do not show up on PACER, the federal judiciary's centralized registration database, but cases sometimes lag for a few days before showing up in the system.
Turner, for those unfamiliar with his brand of virtual racism, uses his website and podcasts to advocate the murder of "savage negro beasts," immigrants, Jews, gays, congressmen, the President, and pretty much everyone else who does not fit his narrow definition of "human." His greatest claim to fame was calling for the murder of federal district judge Joan Lefkow. The FBI later interviewed him following the murders of Lefkow's mother and husband on February 28, 2005, but did not find reason to detain him further.
Prior to the so-called Chan Wars, Turner's most recent foray into notoriety (read: publicity stunt) was the advocacy of assassinating members of Congress, posting this threat on his website:
We may have to ASSASSINATE some of the people you elect on Nov. 7! This could be your LAST ELECTION CHANCE, to save this Republic... Sorry to have to be so blunt, but the country is in mortal danger from our present government and our liberty is already near dead because of this government. If you are too stupid to turn things around with your vote, there are people out here like me who are willing to turn things around with guns, force and violence. We hope our method does not become necessary.The cyber-drama began in mid-December when Turner published home telephone numbers of some minors who prank called his radio show earlier in the month. After the thick-headed Turner refused to remove this information, the offended pranksters went on the offensive, seeking the assistance of friends on sites such as 4chan.org, 7chan.org, and Digg.com.
Left: Hal Turner speaking at a 2006 National Socialist Movement function
In retaliation, members of "Anonymous" began a campaign of bandwidth vampirism (with at least one occasion of a DOS attack) against Turner's site, causing him to shut down the site many times over the last month. Turner, of course, is his own worst enemy, as he continues to egg on the hackers. He published a bloody photo of one of the "attackers" in December - claiming the hacker was the victim of a brutal beating by skinheads allied to him - but it turned out that Hal simply Googled "bloody head" and posted a heisted photo with the requisite PhotoShop additions.
The Legion of Anonymous members claim to be in the war for lulz (a rhetorical bastardization of LOLs). Instead of just ignoring Anonymous (thus depriving them of "lulz") Turner, continues to make the poor decisions in how he handles the /b/tards, and instead continues to provide them with hours of entertainment.
I see two scenarios at play here. Either Turner has doctored court papers in order to beg for donations from his listeners, or he has actually filed a pro se lawsuit that will be tossed from the courts in a New Jersey minute. I normally avoid linking directly to the websites of the racist right, but here is the purported Hal Turner lawsuit for your amusement.
Or lulz, depending on your preference.