FBI Probes Anti-Jena 6 Web Page

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The FBI is reviewing a white supremacist Web site that purports to list the addresses of five of the six black teenagers accused of beating a white student in Jena and “essentially called for their lynching,” an agency spokeswoman said Saturday.

Sheila Thorne, an agent in the FBI’s New Orleans office, said authorities were reviewing whether the site breaks any federal laws. She said the FBI had “gathered intelligence on the matter,” but declined to further explain how the agency got involved.

CNN first reported Friday about the Web site, which features a swastika, frequent use of racial slurs, a mailing address in Roanoke, Va., and phone numbers purportedly for some of the teens’ families “in case anyone wants to deliver justice.” That page is dated Thursday.

The Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement Saturday that some of the families have received “almost around the clock calls of threats and harassment,” and called on Gov. Kathleen Blanco to intervene.

A Blanco spokeswoman said the governor had asked law enforcement – primarily state police – to investigate.

“These people need more than an investigation. They need protection,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson  said. He said his organization would be in touch with President Bush ‘s nominee for attorney general, Michael Mukasey.

“This is a test for the disposition of the Department of Justice to serve as an intervenor and a deterrent” to hate crimes and discrimination, Jackson said. He said federal marshals should protect the families.

Carolas Purvis, whose number was among three listed on the Web site, said she did not feel in danger. Purvis is the aunt of Bryant Purvis, who has yet to be arraigned. She said she has received a number of calls, some from people who say nothing, others to let her know that her number had been put on the site. One, Friday night, used the N-word to her young son, she said.

A dispatcher for the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Department said no one in the office Saturday could say whether any threats had been reported.

Of the two other numbers listed as “active” on the Web site, one was not answered Saturday; the other yielded a constant busy signal.

On Thursday, thousands of demonstrators marched in a civil rights demonstration in support of the so-called Jena 6. The six black teens were arrested after a December attack on a white student – the culmination of fights between blacks and whites.

Of the six teens arrested, five initially were charged with attempted second-degree murder; charges for four have been reduced as they were arraigned. Charges against the sixth teen, booked as a juvenile, are sealed.

Mychal Bell is the only one to have been tried so far. A state appeals court recently threw out his conviction for aggravated second-degree battery, saying he couldn’t be tried as an adult. He remained in jail pending an appeal.

William A. “Bill” White, listed as the Web site’s editor and commander of the American National Socialist Workers Party, did not immediately answer an e-mail to his address. Calls to one of the two William Whites listed in Roanoke were not answered; the other said he was not involved with the site.

Blanco said Saturday that harassing families involved in the case “cannot and will not be tolerated.”

“Public attacks on private citizens done out of ignorance and hatred is appalling, and anyone who stoops to such unspeakable persecution will be investigated and subject to the full penalty of law,” she said in a statement.

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  1. TESS M FORD

    Hello, I am a white American born in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, but I was raised in Lafitte, Louisiana and currently live in Marrero, Louisiana. I for one am sick and tired of all the racial remarks, actions and attitudes. Sometimes it goes both ways, some African American people treat white people like we owe them something because of our Ancestors having slaves. In this day and age, I a truly sorry for what ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS had to indure back in the times of Slavery. That I find was a horrible thing to do to any human being regardless of their color, race or creed.

    I am also VERY WELL AWARE, that there are still many, many whites that not necessarily think African Americans should be slaves, but they definately think the African Americans are well below white people. “I CERTAINLY DO NOT FEEL THAT WAY, MY PARENTS BOTH WHITE, RAISED THEIR 5 CHILDREN NOT TO EVER BE PREDJUDICE.” I have many African American friends as well as white friends. THE COLOR OF ONES SKIN DOES NOT DEFINE THAT PERSON. EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO BE UNITED IN TODAYS WORLD. YES, THERE ARE A LOT OF AFRICAN AMERICAN PEOPLE IN JAIL, COMMITING CRIMES, MURDERS, DEALING DRUGS, BUT THERE ARE ALSO A HELL OF A LOT OF WHITE PEOPLE DOING ALL THE SAME THINGS. WE ALSO HAVE HISPANICS AND ASIAN DOING ALL THE SAME THINGS AS THE AFRICAN AMERICANS.

    I PERSONALLY FEEL THAT NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT COLOR YOU ARE IF YOU BREAK THE LAW, YOU SHOULD BE PUNISHED IN A MANOR TO FIT THE CRIME. IN THE CASE OF THE JENA 6, I CAN ASSURE YOU, IF I WERE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN BORN WOMAN, I MOST CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE BEEN HIGHLY OFFENDED BY THE NOOSES HANGING IN THE TREE. I AM NOT SO SURE ABOUT LOUISIANA, BUT EVERYONE IN THE SOUTH KNOWS HOW WHITE AMERICANS DID ABUSE AND HANG TO DEATH MANY AFRICAN AMERICANS IN MISSISSIPPI. I AM NOT SAYING IT IS OK FOR 6 PEOPLE TO GANG UP ON ONE AND BEAT THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF THAT ONE PERSON. THAT WAS WRONG, BUT SO WAS WHAT THE WHITE KIDS DID. AND THEREFORE, I FEEL THEY SHOULD ALL BE PUNISHED THE SAME WAY!!!!!!

    IT IS HIGH TIME PEOPLE START DEMANDING FAIR TREATMENT NO MATER WHAT RACE, COLOR, CREED OR RELIGION YOU ARE. BECAUSE THERE ARE NO PERFECT PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD AND YOU HAVE CRIMINALS IN EVERY RACE, AND THERE TRULY IS NO REASON TO TREAT ONE RACE HARSHER THAN ANOTHER.

    I HOPE THAT MANY PEOPLE GET TO READ MY ENTRY BECAUSE I TRULY FEEL THIS WAY, AND AS I SAID IN MY FIRST PARAGRAPH I AM ACTUALLY SICK AND TIRED OF THE RACIAL COMMENTS, ACTIONS, AND EVEN GESTURES.

    I SAY THAT WE SHOULD ALL BAND TOGETHER TO STOP THIS SILLY NEW BREED OF RACIST PEOPLE. TRULY THEY MUST BE IGNORANT AND SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE THEY ARE NO BETTER THAN THE TERRORISTS THAT WANT ALL AMERICANS TO DIE BECAUSE WE ARE CONSIDERED EVIL BY THEM. IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT IF WE DO NOT CONVERT TO ISLAMIC RELIGION THAT THEY WILL SEE US DEAD.

    MAY GOD BLESS ALL RACIST PEOPLE AND REACH DOWN AND TOUCH THEIR HEARTS AND SHOW THEM THAT ON THE INSIDE WE ARE ALL ALIKE, WE ALL BLEED RED, AND EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US PUTS OUR PANTS ON ONE LEG AT A TIME. NO ONE ON THIS EARTH IS PERFECT OR EVER WILL BE UNLESS GOD REBIRTH’S THEM AND MAKES THEM PERFECT. WE CAN STRIVE FOR PERFECTION ALL WE WANT, BUT WE ALL SIN ON A DAILY BASIS. MAYBE IF MORE PEOPLE PUT GOD FIRST IN THEIR LIVES, THINGS COULD EASILY CHANGE.

    MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE WHO READS THIS.

    LOVE THY NEIGHBOR REGARDLESS OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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