Internet Talk Host Arrested In NJ
June 4, 2009 at 9:23 AM (PT)
Internet radio host HAL TURNER -- accused of inciting Catholics to "take up arms" and singling out two CONNECTICUT lawmakers and a state ethics official on a website -- was taken into custody in NEW JERSEY late WEDNESDAY after state Capitol police in CONNECTICUT obtained a warrant for his arrest. THE HARTFORD COURANT writes, "TURNER, who has been identified as a white supremacist and anti-Semite by several anti-racism groups, hosts an Internet radio program with an associated blog. On TUESDAY, the blog included a post that promised to release the home addresses of state Rep. MICHAEL LAWLOR, state Sen. ANDREW MCDONALD and THOMAS JONES of the State Ethics Office.
"Mr. Turner's comments are above and beyond the threshold of free speech," Capitol Police Chief MICHAEL J. FALLON said in an e-mail announcing the warrant. "He is inciting others through his website to commit acts of violence and has created fear and alarm. He should be held accountable for his conduct."
"The remarks on the blog were a reaction to the recent controversy over a bill that would have changed the way the Roman Catholic Church is governed, taking power away from church officials and turning it over to lay members. It was pulled in mid-MARCH following an outcry from Catholics across the state and questions about its constitutionality."
One part of the post read, "If any state attorney, police department or court thinks they're going to get uppity with us about this; I suspect we have enough bullets to put them down, too."
TURNER also allegedly said the following: "Physician LEROY CARHART of OMAHA, NE wants to continue providing third-term abortions after the brazen slaying of his friend and colleague GEORGE TILLER ... Gee, this is becoming a 'target-rich environment!' ... I suspect someone has a bullet for this guy too. I guess we'll just have to wait and see."