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News :: Media
Radio repub advocates force to rescue Schiavo and death to interference
26 Mar 2005
Modified: 11:53:20 AM
On Friday, Mar-25-05 at 01:51 PM, "Rose Siding" initiated a thread at Democratic Underground - - concerning one HAL TURNER, a right wing radio personality from New Jersey.
Turner's website - - contained this little ditty: "I advocate the use of force to rescue Terri Schiavo from being starved to death. I further advocate the killing of anyone who interferes with such rescue. -- Hal Turner"

Turner is a one time Hudson County GOP chair - well as a former congressional candidate -

During the course of the day, additional posts to Turner's website got uglier. Under a photo of Pinellas arresting two children used by their parents to enter the hospice, Turner captioned "These guys deserve to have the shit kicked out of them, and that Hospice ought to be blown up by a truck bomb."

At 2:26PM, a DU'er posted a copy of an email sent to the FBI Tampa office:
"To whom this may concern,
The actions of Hal Turner were just brought to my attention and I felt you shoud read for yourselves what this public figure is advocating in the Terri Schiavo matter which includes violence and killing human beings they deem to be interfering with the rescue of Ms. Schiavo. In view of what happened in Chicago to a federal judge(Lefkow) I am concerned that Mr. Hal Turner is advocating violence to the point of killing people. Please review this."

Around 6PM, the same DU'er called the Pinellas police and spoke with a supervisor. "The supervisor I spoke with pulled the web site up as we spoke on the phone. I just hope the Pinellas Police are following up with this. He is being careful with his wording. Making the threat without being as direct. Wonder if he got a call?" By this time the Turner website had been updated with "They deserve to be shot in the head and killed!" and "I'm keeping all these cop photos in case I decide to do something to them later on."

About this same time, another DU'er notified the New Jersey State police via email, the national FBI by their website's "tip" area, and the FBI's Boston office by phone. When new website posts were made about 10PM, the same DU'er again called Boston FBI and was forwarded to Tampa FBI. The Tampa agent said "we are aware of Mr. Turner and are taking the necessary precautions."

The additional 10PM information was in three parts:
1. " WHY AREN'T THESE COPS BEING SHOT DEAD AS SHOULD BE DONE? 10 Year Old Boy Arrested After Attempting To Bring A Glass of Water to Terri Schiavo! These cops are enabling the death of a competely innocent, totally helpless woman, Terri Schiavo, who is being systematically starved to death. They deserve to be shot in the head and killed! I'm keeping all these cop photos in case I decide to do something to them later on." (accomanied by a photo of cops arresting the girl), &


3. "Web Site Updates Temporarily offline. I am traveling to do something important."

Turner also removed his home address, apparently an effort to throw the cops and feds off his trail.

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Re: Radio repub advocates force to rescue Schiavo and death to interference
21 Apr 2005
For all your ranting and raving, nothing happened to me. No visits from any law enforcement. No arrest. Nothing.

I am laughing at you! I said what I said and absolutely NOTHING happened to me over it. Gotta love freedom of speech!