Original Posts (from 2012) Relating to the Florida Charges on SPLC Site & Orlando Sentinel

Bill White Trial Florida

Trolling is Bad

I found the original post on the Southern Poverty Law Centre website where the page mentions  ‘the racist right’  (now believed to be solely the work of one individual it seems) trolling people. This relates back to ‘correspondence’ (if that is the appropriate term for it) sent around May 2012, and seems to have been under investigation by the FBI since June last year according to this.

From the looks of things the author (whomever it may be) is using the ‘royal we’ – and it is most likely just one person gone wild over the keyboard from the samples provided. No serious group or individual would ever act like that and it does have the look of  a ‘bad joke’ at first impression.

The problem here lies in the fact that the FBI took two things far too seriously: Firstly the American Front, who lacked the cranial capacity to be a danger to anyone except themselves, and secondly some weird person who then appeared from nowhere and sent ‘correspondence’ (and I use this term very loosely) to a whole pile of places and seems to have generated bizarre and random comments, which to be honest look more like trolling. Because they took the first batch of weird guys from the American Front seriously, they had to take the ‘correspondence’ from the second guy who appeared online seriously. So they FBI apparently thought it was a major incident of domestic terrorism caused by the American Front from the looks of things, before they decided it was only Bill White filling in holiday time from Mexico. Bad luck for Bill.

And there are more articles about this online in the media dating back to June 2012 – it seems there was quite a kerfuffle in the news, because this ‘correspondence’ (re:trolling) was believed to be connected to the terrorist activities of the American Front.

In other words: major bad luck for whoever did the trolling because it was taken far more seriously than it should have been due to the American Front connection, and also it appears to have been a massive waste of time for the FBI who thought it was a real incident/threat. Rather unfortunate on all fronts it appears. The moral of the story is: Trolling is bad.

Apparently the original ‘correspondence’ is  online at the Anti-Defamation League, Virtual Jerusalem: The Place Where Jews Click and a yahoo.com article, “American Front: Terrorism in the United States.” – as yet I haven’t discovered these yet.

The original article at the SPLC does not mention the ‘correspondence’ was sent by Bill nor that was suspected of being sent by him. In fact it looks as if they originally suspected someone connected to the American Front, not Bill White.

Here are the links to the original news articles in 2012 where Bill is not mentioned and this is thought to be the work of some group associated with the American Front:

Orlando Sentinel: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-06-08/news/os-american-front-death-threats-20120608_1_death-threats-american-front-domestic-terrorism-cases

SPLC: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2012/06/11/judge-investigators-in-american-front-case-receive-threats/