Think Twice Before You Rat
A word to the wise, people: if ever you are tempted to become an FBI informant, don't believe a damned word your handler says when he promises to protect you. As soon as you become an embarrassment, the Bureau will wash their hands of you and throw you under the bus in a heartbeat. Ask Hal Turner.
Friday the 13th was indeed unlucky for Hal. On August 13th, 2010, after just two hours deliberations, a federal jury of four men and eight women ended a four-day trial by convicting Turner on a single count of "threatening to assault or murder" judges. Judge Donald Walter ordered Turner held without bail as a danger to the community; (he might somehow get to a microphone); a sentencing date has not been set. Two previous trials on December 7th, 2009 and on March 10th, 2010 ended in mistrials. (Note Turner's former employers went after him three times.)
The prosecution called both Turner's handlers, Sergeant Leonard Nerbetski of the New Jersey State Police and FBI Special Agent Steven Haug, and both calmly sat there on the witness stand and swore away the life of the man they had once pretended friendship with and promised to protect from any legal repercussions for the weird internet behavior that he was engaging in at the behest of the FBI.
Police in general and federal law enforcement agents in particular are sociopaths and pathological liars. They are incapable by their very nature of playing straight with anyone. Never, ever trust these people. They have no sense of honor, no sense of decency or fair play, and no compunction about using other human beings and then throwing them away when their usefulness ends. To a federal agent. it's all about him or her, the bust, their career, their self-aggrandizement. You are nothing but a stepping stone to his or her objective, and when they are through with you they will toss you aside like an empty beer can.
Ask Hal Turner. Looks like he's going to get ten long years to regret the day he ever trusted an FBI agent.