'I am just so tired of this Semitism'
Nov. 1, 2002
Steven T. Dennis
Staff Writer

Laurie DeWitt/The Gazette

William A. White, 25, a candidate for the state House of Delegates in District 39, makes no bones about his belief that a nihilistic Jewish elite is behind many of the world's problems.

White goes after Jews, media in House campaign

William A. White, a candidate for state delegate in District 39, blames much of what's wrong with Montgomery County, Maryland, the United States and the world on a Jewish elite bent on nihilism that controls the government and the media.

"I am an anti-Semite," he told The Gazette. "I am just so tired of this Semitism."

On Tuesday, White will face incumbent Dels. Charles E. Barkley (D) and Joan F. Stern (D), both of Montgomery Village, and Democratic candidate and school board member Nancy J. King (D) of Montgomery Village. His Republican opponents are Robert Smith of Gaithersburg, Kyle Winkfield of Germantown and Bill Witham of North Potomac.

White, 25, of Gaithersburg is also a former anarchist and purveyor of anti-Jew materials and bomb-making instructions on his Web site.

Barkley told The Gazette that some voters may be misled by White's signs promising an independent voice. "I don't think they realize the hatred that he is preaching," Barkley said. "I don't think he represents the average citizen in Montgomery County."

A prolific e-mailer who edits the Internet news service Libertarian Socialist News, White directs most of his vitriol toward Jews. "They are the ones driving us towards war, they are the ones that are behind the problems in the economy," he said.

On the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, White wrote a memo blaming Israel and "traitors" in the United States for the attacks: "We have gotten what we deserve. The chickens have come home to roost." White said the "terrorists" were reacting to support for Israel and the "murder" of millions in Iraq.

Before 1999, White was an avowed anarchist and praised violence. In 1997, he served seven months in the Montgomery County Detention Center on weapons, assault and resisting arrest charges. White said he was abused by police and his skull was fractured during his arrest.

"When I was young, I was a bit of a hooligan," he said.

On April 20, 1999, he praised the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado in a statement for the Utopian Anarchist Party: "Today I salute two young men who had the courage to strike back against the system, even if their strike back was somewhat misguided. Before any UAP supporter commits suicide, I would commend to them the kind of glorious, vengeful death seen in Colorado today."

White told The Gazette that later that year, he rejected his nihilistic impulses, which he says came from growing up in a Semitic society, and began focusing on Jews. He also changed his Internet news service from the Anarchist News Service to Libertarian Socialist News.

White said his beliefs are now based on something called "Radical Traditionalism."

In the meantime, he has backed efforts by the Reform Party, the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party. He also supports the candidacy of Stephen Bassett, the independent congressional candidate who believes in a vast government and media conspiracy to cover up the presence of aliens about the planet. (White said he disagrees with Bassett on the alien issue, and Bassett said he disagrees with much of White's dogma, but the pair helped each other get on the ballot.)

White is unapologetic about his views or the content of his Web site. His readers "have the same access to defend themselves as the government does to attack them," he said. "I make sure people have access to information that the government wants to have banned."

As for the serial sniper, White, an ardent gun-rights activist, said, "He demonstrates how empty our society is."

Halfway through an interview with The Gazette, White brought up a common theme: ripping into the media. "You newspapers are the ones that are responsible for 9-11. ... You have murdered millions of people, you snide reporters. I say let's stop killing each other. You are supporting the murder of children."

As for Nazis, White told The Gazette, "They are good people and they just take some of their ideas a little too far." He added that he does not support killing people or genocide. "If you are somebody who thinks Adolf Hitler is great, then I think you are wacky because Adolf Hitler wasn't that great."

White also opposes the centralization of wealth, proposes eliminating corporations and advocates a local gold and silver currency standard to protect against the instability of Federal Reserve dollars.

White, a two-time loser in campaigns for school board, has raised $9,000 for his campaign, mostly from himself. He describes himself as a successful computer consultant. The Gazette could not verify his claim.

Community leaders, as well as his District 39 opponents, have denounced White.

"All you have to do is look at his Web page to see his conspiratorial mindset," said Ronald Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington. "This is a man who defends Libya, denounces his own country, supports America's enemies and is rabidly anti-Semitic. He is, frankly, nothing more than a member of the lunatic fringe. In a county like Montgomery County, which is proud of its diversity, he has no place."

"Montgomery County is not a community in which this type of bigotry is going to take root," said Rabbi Jack Luxemburg of Temple Beth Ami in North Potomac. "I thoroughly expect the community to repudiate him at the polls."

Stern said, "We are a strong enough country that we can tolerate differences of opinion. I disagree with his views. I think hate is a very bad thing to peddle. ... We need to respect other people's opinions and views, whether we agree with them or not."

King declined to comment on White's views, and the other candidates could not be reached before press time.