Monday, August 24, 2009

FBI paid Hal Turner to urge Cynthia McKinney's murder

This is how the FBI is spending the taxpayers' money?

Right-wing radio host Hal Turner - who is now being charged with death threats against lawmakers and judges - once delivered a racist rant that urged the lynching of former congresswoman and 2008 presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney. Evidently, Turner was paid by the FBI to encourage McKinney's murder.

McKinney issued a statement yesterday saying that "it has just now come to my attention that a 'journalist' who suggested that I be lynched was actually being paid by our own government to say that. Now, when I reported it to the FBI, how in the world was I to know that he was at that time on the FBI's payroll?"

Indeed, Turner's "defense" for the death threats against others is that the threats were legal because he made similar threats while being paid by the FBI. Turner's lawyer says Turner was "trained by the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative."

Turner was apparently an FBI informant to help catch other dangerous right-wingers. But if that's the case, that means FBI officials think being an effective informant means encouraging violence against everyone else. This makes you wonder what FBI officials' real goal was.

This from the agency that spent millions keeping secret files on John Denver.


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