Jan 20, 2007

Racist Podcaster Hal Turner Claims to File Federal Suit in Internet War

Hal Turner Left: Turner's purported receipt for the court filing

(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.

Hal Turner 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.


Anonymous said...

Turner is a loudmouthed bigot, no doubt, but the hackers don't have the right to shut down his site.

Anonymous said...

We are not "hackers." We are Anonymous.

Anonymous is legion, Anonymous never forgives and Anonymous never forgets!

Anonymous said...

Go 'way, faggery daggery doo bloggers! Or we shall taunt you a second time!

Anonymous said...

There are a number of other inconsistencies in his purported lawsuit too. Many people are pointing to the peculiar language used in the document, using as it does such phrases as "self-anointed [sic] tyrants", "bandwidth rape", calling his show "a national treasure", and switching from "Plaintiff" to "me" and back again, sometimes within the same sentence. However, as you point out, it's a pro se case, so Hal would have written and submitted the document himself.

Where the oddities lie is in things like the case number, which does not match the standard format of those given on the district court's website (see http://www.njd.uscourts.gov/procedure.htm , "What is the significance of the number and letters in my case number?"; example given 3:00-cv-5 (GEB), compare with Hal's number 07-306 (PGS)). There's the scan of the stamped, filed docket cover on Hal's site, which is not the correct docket cover for the district court ( http://www.njd.uscourts.gov/forms/JS44.pdf ), and according to their website the stamped copy has to be returned via post (from http://www.njd.uscourts.gov/procedure.htm again: "If you want a file-stamped copy for your records, you must submit an additional copy and a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope."). Then there's the fact that it hasn't shown up on PACER, explained as a delay in filing the document electronically, which would be acceptable were it not for the case that the full document, again on Hal's site, is in PDF form (not scanned), complete with details like the docket number and judge name on the cover sheet. It all smells rather fishy, really.

microdot said...

Turner has made himself into a lightning rod. Too bad for him. These guys know nothing about Kung Fu, using your opponents bad energy againstt him.
In another hate radio lightning rod case, Today on the CNN program, Reliable Sources, there will be a debate between bloggers Mike Stark and
Dan Riehl with Howie Kurtz. The subject should be the controversy over San Fransisco Hate Radio Station KSFO and the ABC/Disney attempt to silence the blog Spockos Brain because he led a campaign to expose the rhetoric and confront the sponsors. This led to Fed Ex, Visa and Master card dropping their ads on the programming.
In the process, it has become a lightning rod issue with articles this week in the NY Times, Huffington Post to name a few major media souces...not to mention quite a few media pieces.
It should be on between 10 and 11 am, but I am quoting from the West Coast scheduling. This is an ongoiing saga.
Spocko is back on the internett with a new server who knows what the law is and respects his right to free speech, meanwhile the anchors of the programs have cast themselves as victimes of deranged left wing liberal thought and managed to smer everyone in the process. They refer to Media Matters as a terrorist web site...hmm so does Bill O'Rielly when they factually report any of the slime he tries to portray as the truth!
I hope Turner lies his way into an even deeper hole than he's dug for himself already!

Mark said...

Nothing is turning up on the internet legal sites yet, but I'm monitoring it.

Hooda Thunkit said...


In a word, yawn.


liberal_dem said...

Oh, excuse me: sorry, I didn't know this was a teenage chat room.


Mr. Schwartz said...

The suit has been filed but nothing is going to come out of it. Hal would lose too much credibility if this turns out to be a hoax... even though only the paranoid WN even give him any in the first place.

Hal is good at what he does for ripping off WN. He'll lie 4 times out of 5 but it's the 1 time that he tells the truth that WN cling to.

He just ripped them off again by stating he needed money for his lawyer, then turns out, he has none and files pro se.

The little midget is a character.

Anonymous said...

Loud mouth bigot not so you like being invaded my swarms of illegal aliens. I hate whats happening to America.Your brain must have absorbed to much estrogen ,they put it in everything we use to female you up!Be a man not a weak female or male a Man then you may have some balls.Also clean out your colon bet it junked up with dead matter and you cant think right use herbs to remedy this .