White Supremacist Leader Indicted on Federal Charges for Threats, Witness Intimidation
ROANOKE, Va. — A white supremacist leader has been indicted on federal changes for making threats to five individuals and attempting to intimidate witnesses in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit, the Justice Department announced Thursday. William White, the self-proclaimed commander of the neo-Nazi group the American National Socialist Workers Party, was 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.
The 31-year-old was also recently indicted in the Northern District of Illinois for soliciting the murder of a former federal juror.
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 Web sites, 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. If found guilty, White faces a maximum of 55 years in prison as well as a potential fine of up to $250,000 for each charge.
Internet Hate describes the rapidly expanding practice utilized by racists and extremists to place anti-Semitic, racist, and other hateful material on the World Wide Web. The growth of the Internet has enabled bigoted and sometimes violent messages to reach a much wider and broader audience than ever before. Consequently, these messages of hate have become widely accessible online - in homes, offices, schools, and libraries.
For years extremists have used printing of every kind -- books, pamphlets, posters, newspapers, magazines -- to get their message out. They have also tried to use modern inventions such as movies. radio, television, recorded audio and video tape and even telephone messages to spread their beliefs. So it is not surprising that they have decided to take their hate to the Internet. The Internet lets them reach millions with a click of a mouse.
Haters use the World Wide Web with its colorful web pages, sounds, and images to push propaganda attacking their enemies. Some of these pages suggest that violent action is needed. Old lies are reprinted and new ones are created. Neo-Nazi Skinheads try to sell the latest CDs filled with calls for "racial holy war."
It is fairly easy to create a simple Web page. Many bigots have. They often try to create the false impression that many people are involved in their activities. This frightens their targets and encourages supporters.
The number of racists and anti-Semites is small compared to the rest of the population; in addition, they are fairly spread out. Yet, on the Internet, they can find people who think like them, which strengthens their beliefs and makes them feel less isolate.
Because extremists on the Internet can hide their real identity behind screen names and addresses (like anyone else), they feel free to attack those they hate. They realize there is no way for anyone to know who they are.
This blog was created to shine a light on who these haters are, where they hang out on the web, and the methods they employ to try and intimidate their victims.