Friday, December 12, 2008
ANSWP Commander Bill White Indicted By Federal Grand Jury In Roanoke, Virginia For Making Threats And Intimidating Witnesses
The proverbial shit has hit the fan for American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP) Bill White. White has now been charged with five counts of communicating threats in interstate commerce, one count of communicating an extortionate threat in interstate commerce and one count of witness intimidation. This is in addition to his indictment in the Northern District of Illinois for soliciting the murder of a former federal juror, previously documented HERE.
Numerous media stories include CNN, the Fox News Channel, the Washington Times, USA Today, the Roanoke Times, the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot, the Miami Herald, the Toronto Globe & Mail, the National Post (Canada), WSLS Channel 10 Roanoke (with non-embeddable video), WDBJ Channel 7 Roanoke (with embeddable video), and WHSV Channel 3 Harrisonburg, VA. None of these sources replicate one another; all offer different perspectives.
Department of Justice press release HERE.
Click HERE to view the Roanoke indictment in PDF format.
The new indictment alleges that, from late 2006 through mid 2008, White "terrorized" individuals with whom he disagreed on either racial or personal issues. He is accused of making late-night telephone calls to the victims' homes, writing victims threatening e-mails and posting victims' contact and personal information on neo-Nazi websites, sometimes accompanied by language advocating their murder. He also allegedly sent letters to the homes of individuals involved in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit which included racial epithets and threatened consequences for their participation in the suit.
At a Roanoke press conference held on December 11th, Acting U.S. Attorney Julia Dudley discussed the new indictment. "William A. White's views and opinions of the world have been much publicized and well documented over the years," said Dudley. "However, this case is not about William A. White's views or his opinions about the world, or his right to exercise freedom of speech. This case is about William A. White making late-night phone calls and sending threats in e-mails to college professors, bank employees, lawyers, mayors, newspaper reporters and their families. ... This case is about innocent people being threatened, intimidated and extorted by a man that in most cases, they don't know and have never met."
The new charges stem from the following incidents in which White is accused of threatening, via e-mails, phone calls and online postings:
-- a Citibank employee during a dispute about a business account. Prosecutors say White threatened to make public the employee's personal information and mentioned the murder of a federal judge's family, saying "Lord knows that drawing too much publicity and making people upset" led to the murders. White also faces an extortion charge linked to the dispute.
-- nationally syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts.
-- a professor at the University of Maryland. The professor apparently taught a seminar that White found offensive.
-- a Canadian lawyer (Richard Warman) involved in an effort to close a Canada-based Internet website that White administered.
-- the mayor of a New Jersey town who was involved in a racial dispute in that town.
-- White also is accused of trying to influence witness testimony by sending letters to black tenants who were involved in a discrimination case against their landlord in Virginia Beach.
The two Canadian media sources reveal the involvement of Canadian anti-racist gadfly Richard Warman and Canadian Jewish Congress boss Bernie Farber. Both gave secret testimony to the Roanoke grand jury back in September, telling the grand jury that White and other U.S.-based white supremacists routinely threaten Canadians such as themselves, and Canadian agencies who challenge hate speech. Farber has documented Mr. White's postings for years – including one targeting a Canadian Supreme Court Justice, Madam Justice Rosalie Abella, who is Jewish – but said he didn't know about the U.S. criminal investigation until he was asked to testify this summer. He happily obliged and made the trip to Roanoke.
The charges of communicating threats in interstate commerce each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The charge of communicating an extortion threat in interstate commmerce carries a maximum 20-year sentence. The witness intimidation charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. Each charge also carries a possible fine of up to $250,000.
The case was investigated by Special Agent David Church of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in conjunction with Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Bondurant from the U.S. Attorney's Office, and Special Legal Counsel Barry Kowalski and Special Litigation Counsel Paige Fitzgerald from the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Reaction from within the white nationalist community is documented on the Vanguard News Network Forum, HERE and HERE, and on Stormfront.
It appears that the assessment offered by former ANSWP Kentucky State Leader Michael Burks was right on target. He believes Bill White will not be set free, and he presciently mentioned Richard Warman, whose name had not come up in the Illinois indictment. Sounds like Burks knew a hell of a lot more about White's situation and legal vulnerability than any of us realized.
It should be obvious to any of us that the Feds are trying to bury Bill White just like they did with Matthew Hale.