All previous posts on this case can be viewed HERE in inverse chronological order. A VNN Forum thread can be found HERE, and a new Stormfront thread HERE.
Judge Hibbler said he was upholding a previous decision by a Federal judge in Roanoke, Virginia to "ensure the safety of the community". White has been charged with one count of solicitation in the case of Mark P. Hoffman, the Jewish foreman of the jury that in April 2004 convicted former Creator leader Matthew Hale of East Peoria of soliciting an undercover FBI informant to murder U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow. White posted personal information about Hoffman on the Internet that the Feds are interpreting as being threatening to Hoffman.
However, the Feds are also concerned about other Internet postings by White, and there's also been rumors that White may have hidden evidence during the FBI investigation. If the latter is true, this would meet the definition of obstruction of justice, but the evidence may not be firm enough for the Feds to formally charge him with it. A simple charge of solicitation alone would not seem to be sufficient to deny Bill White bail.
And indeed, much of the hearing centered on other White's other Internet postings. These postings included phrases like "kill, kill, kill," and the possibility that he might go on a "murderous rampage." Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Ferrara also told Hibbler of an article that was posted on White's blog that included a photograph of Obama, a swastika, and concluded with the words, "He should not be allowed to take office by any means necessary." Ferrara then added, "He's asking others and encouraging others to act in a violent manner," explaining that in another posting, White asked people to go to Canada to kill an attorney in which he'd been having an online feud.
But White's attorney, Nishay Sanan, dismissed White's online postings as nothing more than "a means of venting political frustrations" and that he was never threatening anyone or asking anyone to do others harm. The one witness during the hearing was a forensic psychiatrist, who testified that he did not believe White posed a danger to himself, his family or the community. Dr. James Corcoran opined that White's postings were just a way for him to vent frustration, according to Dr. James Corcoran. Dr. Corcoran also stated that although an evaluation of White found no signs of major mental illness, he does have a personality disorder.
Of the charges against White, Sanan said that White did not make any threat, veiled or explicit on his posting under the heading, "The Juror Who Convicted Matt Hale." Instead, he just posted the foreman's personal information. "There's no information of intent to hurt Juror A and persuade others to harm Juror A," he said. Not only that, he said, but it is significant that none of those who read White's blog ever planned to or tried to hurt the juror.
Sanan promised to appeal the judge's decision. Ferrara declined to comment after the hearing. A trial date was set for March 3rd. White continues to be held in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Corrections Center.
White has pleaded not guilty to the charge of solicitation, and is determined to fight the case. His wife, Megan, has started a website in which she's soliciting funds from the public to help the White family, since their properties, tied up in bankruptcy proceedings, apparently cannot be liquidated at this time in order to provide funds. Even the Overthrow domain name is up for sale:
Analysis: If Bill White had been allowed to make bail today, there would be at least a 50-50 chance for the ANSWP's survival. At least he would probably stop the sale of the Overthrow domain, and could keep the organization alive, if dormant.
However, Bill White's role in the ANSWP was so dominant that when he was taken out of circulation, there weren't many others who could step up to the plate and effectively take over. The other two ANSWP leaders who were most active were Illinois State Leader Phil Anderson and Kentucky State Leader Michael Burks. The loss of one of those two might be the coup de grace.
And sure enough, Michael Burks announced his resignation from the ANSWP and from the white power movement. Posting on a brand new blog entitled WhitePowerFrauds, Burks published a detailed statement explaining his motivation and providing an assessment of what went wrong with both the ANSWP and Bill White.
Burks emphasizes that he is merely resigning from the movement and DOES NOT INTEND TO CHANGE SIDES and become an anti-racist turncoat like Tom Martinez, Floyd Cochran, Joe Bednarsky, and Johnny Lee Clary. It appears two factors triggered his decision; first, disgust with what he perceives as general whiggery, thuggery, and avariciousness within the WN community, and second, he met a classy White lady of South African origin who made it clear that the price of her affection was his departure from the movement.
Michael Burks' assessments of both the ANSWP and Bill White are plausible and cogent enough that I will reproduce them here. Here's what he wrote about Bill White:
As for Bill White, I can say this - He will not be set free. And after being questioned by the FBI, I can see why. Bill White did break the law and I regret now that I stood behind him after his arrest. I believe in free speech and don’t believe that Bill should be held for juror tampering. With that said, he did break other laws. He stated on live radio that people should kill Richard Warman. He didn’t say he hoped he died or that he wished the man died, Bill clearly said to “kill him” and gave out his address. Bill also told the news in Tampa that he wished a crazy would kill Leonard Pitts and the people in the Newsroom. Bill also asked me to hide evidence during one of his many investigations – also illegal and yes, the FBI knows all about it. No, I didn’t snitch on Bill White. The FBI had the call taped.
Bill White also lied and truly didn’t care about anyone with the ANSWP. Once he was in jail I stood behind his wife. I wrote people and emailed people asking people to donate funds to her. She was nice and only called when she and Bill wanted me to testify in his behalf. Since that time she has not called to inform me of any updates. Instead she has only told things to Chris Drake and Jarl, leaving the rest of the ANSWP clueless. Bill also went behind my back and wanted to cut a deal by selling his membership list to Eric Gliebe (how ever you spell his name) and have the ANSWP join forces with the National Alliance. Being a Regional Leader, I was supposed to have a say in this matter. Instead, Bill planned this with other ANSWP people behind my back. And that is okay by me. I just want Megan, Bill’s wife, to know that I have no plans to testify in his behalf.
His analysis of Bill White's legal future unfortunately appears plausible. White's inability to obtain bail today is a strong indication that the Feds desire to bury him, and they simply haven't played all their cards publicly. Burks gives us a hint as to what other cards the Feds might have. As for the National Alliance bit, that's the first I've heard of it, and I can't envision Erich Gliebe having the imagination and flair to even consider such a merger. Gliebe is a competent caretaker, but imagination and innovation are simply not part of his makeup.
But what's also important here is that Burks acknowledges that Bill White is still worthy of support, because the Feds are using him as a test bed, just like they did with Chester Doles and Shaun Walker, to find out how much oppression they can get away with. If they can put Bill White down, it will make it easier for them to put any of us down.
And here's what Burks wrote about the ANSWP:
American National Socialist Workers Party – At first we did great activism. The last few months I realize we only went after people that made Bill White mad. We no longer did political activism. All our time was spent on people Bill hated. Bill would appoint people like me to leadership roles and never listen to my advice. I told him for months to kick Justin Boyer out. Boyer, who spells like a retarded child, was a disgrace for anyone calling themselves a man. Instead, Bill allowed Boyer to make a complete mockery out of us. I find it funny now that Boyer testified against Bill. I also told Bill to kick Tim Bland out. Bill ripped me for this and took Bland’s side. A few months ago Bland was arrested for selling pot (we have the police record). Of course I was right and Bill was wrong. Bill also ran off my good friend, Mike Garrett by calling him mentally ill and making him looks bad on our yahoo group.
This dovetails almost perfectly with my own perspective. The problem, as I saw it more remotely, is that Bill White would go off on tangents against movement figures with whom he disagreed. Twice he allied with Hal Turner, and twice that alliance crashed and burned. Then there was the inexplicable targeting of Ron Paul, which may have forced Paul to transform himself from non-racist to anti-racist, resulting in an ill-advised MLK Day Money Bomb which caused his Presidential campaign to fizzle. Then after a highly-successful Hitler Birthday Dinner in Chicago, the ANSWP went into an eclipse once again. White's desire to confront and remove misfits from the movement was commendable, but sometimes he went too far. And as we are now finding out, it hindered the organization's mission.
Perhaps the ANSWP can survive the incarceration of its commander and the resignation of one of the two top state leaders, but it will take a miracle.