Prosecutors disagreed. “His views are known to his family members as well other professed racist organizers,” they wrote in a court filing before he was sentenced. They argued that the court had the “unique opportunity to send a message to other white supremacists who may be contemplating acting out on their intolerant, racist views.”
Describing Harpham’s history and characteristics as “vexing,” they said it was important for the public “to know that the Federal courts will not condone conduct like that of the Defendant,” especially in the Spokane area which “has in recent years been a hot bed for white supremacists.”
Miller said that entrapment, as he believes may have happened in the Harpham case, “dominates the minds” of the white power movement.
“Everybody’s terrified to even join anything of an activist nature, they all want to be net warriors, anonymous pussies who run their mouths on the Internet but wouldn’t say who they are, where they are, contact information or nothing,” Miller said. “They just sit and squat and type anonymously what they claim they believe. They wouldn’t even put their real name beside what they say they believe, even in cyberspace.”
So would Miller support Harpham’s actions?
“I certainly wouldn’t advocate it publicly. I wouldn’t even advocate that any other way, that’s a stupid thing to do, a Marin Luther King parade, what the hell good is that gonna do?” Miller said. “And that’s why it didn’t happen, he’s innocent. He’s not that stupid, he’s an intelligent man.”