I had been waiting for a mainstream media story to corroborate this report, and now I've got one. On October 18th, 2008, the Roanoke Times has reported that Bill White, who is the Commander of the American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP) and the editor of the Overthrow website, was arrested by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 17th. The arrest was actually first disclosed to the public on October 17th by Hal Turner, but it's my policy to wait for mainstream media corroboration before discussing issues raised by certain sources.
White is being held without bond in the Roanoke City Jail, according to Lt. Mark Sweentenberg of the Roanoke Sheriff's Office. When asked what White is charged with, jail officials referred questions to federal authorities. "That's all we know, that he's a federal inmate," Sweetenberg said.
The Feds have now spoken up. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Bondurant states that White is being charged with obstruction of justice. Bondurant said the charge involves the "threatened use of force" against the foreman of a Chicago jury in the case of Matthew Hale, who was convicted in 2004 of soliciting the murder of a U.S. District Court judge. Bill White identified the juror as Mark P. Hoffman, a gay Jewish anti-racist activist who lives in Chicago, and published his home address on his website. Click HERE to watch an interesting YouTube video showing Hal Turner, Floyd Cochran, and a former Chicago police detective discussing the case on Geraldo Rivera's program. But White said he made no threats against the juror. And his statement is true; although the Overthrow blog is offline, the cache of the site, which is still available, clearly shows that no threats were posted.
According to another blogger, "History Mike" Brooks, Bill White may actually be charged with a violation of 18 U.S.C 1503. The Chicago Tribune is now reporting that the Feds plan to try White in Chicago, where the original Matt Hale trial took place. One advantage for the Feds in trying the case in Chicago - they can stack the jury with blacks, and most people know that Chicago blacks tend to be militant, uppity blacks.
The arrest culminates a week of increasing Federal harassment of Bill White, which began last Saturday (October 11th) when FBI agents burst into the Patterson Avenue building that houses the computer equipment White uses to maintain the Overthrow website and other ANSWP-affiliated websites. They seized the computer and other related equipment. A complete list of the items seized can be viewed HERE. According to the search warrant, authorities were looking for computer files and other records "that may contain all evidence of the crime of threatening Hale Juror A."
Later in the week, Bill White posted a message via Harold Covington's blog claiming that "five carloads of FBI agents" were following him. While the number may have been exaggerated, there's no doubt that White was being followed. Finally, on October 17th, the FBI delivered the coup de grace.
However, there may have been one more issue triggering the decision to arrest Bill White. On the cover of the newest issue of his National Socialist magazine is a picture of Barack Obama through the crosshairs of a rifle scope, with the caption "Kill This Nigger?". While I have not seen the article, the question mark at the end implies that White was neither advocating the assassination of Barack Obama nor urging anyone else to cap him, but was simply speculating in a provocative sense about the possibility of Obama getting capped. However, Barack Obama actually appeared in the city of Roanoke on October 17th, so the arrest of White may also have been at the behest of the Secret Service, although Obama appeared in Roanoke five hours before White was arrested.
Surprisingly, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) agreed on its website that White did not directly propose violence against the juror. But Mark Potok, the gay Jew who serves as director of the SPLC's Intelligence Project, said that while White has often come close to the line between free speech and criminal activity, he may have finally crossed it by posting personal information about a juror. Potok states that Federal authorities are particularly sensitive about protecting jurors in cases such as Hale's.
But Bill White has vigorous and credible defenders as well. In a post on the Vanguard News Network Forum, Frazier Glenn Miller, who once headed up the largest white nationalist organization in the U.S., the White Patriot Party, came to bat for White, and was swinging for the fences:
So much for Bill White being a federal agent. I never thought for a minute he was. Why ?? Mainly because 3 years ago when I first started conversing with him on the net, Alex [Linder] stated to me, via email, that while White has flaws, he was a genuine WN. And Alex should know. He worked closely and personally with BW for years.
And to those yellow paranoids opposed to White because his words might sic the JOG on us, I say "you make me want to puke".
Being that Miller himself was a boots-on-the-ground street activist, this is a tribute to another person who is also a street activist. Although Bill White is renowned for his Internet activism, he has engaged in considerable street activism under his own name, thus attracting maximum potential exposure.
With White now in jail, the next step will be an arraignment before a magistrate judge, which could happen as early as Sunday afternoon. Discussion and additional information can be expected on the following websites:
- Vanguard News Network Forum
- Stormfront (website shutdown HERE, arrest HERE)
- ANSWP Kentucky: This is a semi-official ANSWP website operated by Kentucky State Leader Michael Burks, who has been providing some sporadic updates on this case.
Whatever one might think of Bill White, the actions against him during the week just concluded are symptomatic of the growing abuse of Federal power. The Shaun Walker Trio were similarly victimized in Salt Lake City. And it's not just limited to white activists; Alaska U.S. Senator Ted Stevens is currently in the midst of a Soviet-style show trial based upon trumped-up charges fueled by a star informer, former VECO CEO Bill Allen (unlike the Shaun Walker Trio, Ted Stevens took the stand in his own defense and shredded the prosecution's case). Unless we set aside petty rivalries and start showing solidarity in these cases, victimization will continue and intensify.