Thursday, June 04, 2009

Speaking of speaking that incites violence

We see that there is apparently a line that can be crossed in the United States:
Internet Radio Host Hal Turner Faces Connecticut Charges

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.

Mr. Turner is, if you recall, the man who threatened to send an unmanned drone carrying explosives to attack the crowds at President Obama's inauguration, saying that a mass murder of those attending the festivities "would be a public service." "I won’t say what may happen Tuesday but I will say this," Turner wrote on his blog. "After Tuesday, the name Hal Turner may live in infamy. Let it be known that I saw what was necessary and decided to do what had to be done. I make no apology to those affected or their families."

He's been doing this for years to judges, political figures, racial and religious minorities. In all honesty, he really is just a yapping, hateful, attention-seeking voice on the radio. And while there is no shortage of these people, maybe now we can think about the damage that is caused.

Update: Turner's latest threats against the federal judiciary (specifically Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Easterbrook and Judges Posner and Bauer) can be viewed here (definitely NSFW in most places).

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