Despicable Acts Of Anonymity
April 1st, 2012 - R. Rados
Spreading ideas or opinions anonymously is one thing, but slandering a person's character, making a person's personal affairs public, or anonymously misdirecting voters in a deliberate and calculated act of fraud are another.
The veil of anonymity has protected those who have attempted to destroy the lives of others on several occassions. Adam Carroll, the Liberal responsible for Vikileaks, is just one example of a righteous crusader with no spine. Through the comfort of anonymity, Carroll was able to publish the divorce files of Vic Toews on Twitter without the fear of repurcussion or criticism. What he did was not at all illegal, but his fear of being outed or made public was evident when he tweeted, "I'm not in Ottawa". It was an obvious attempt to misdirect those who had caught on to him through his own faults, one of which included clicking on a link that was sent to him by The Ottawa Citizen.
Carroll was trying to make a point using irony, and some Canadians seem to have actually condoned his behaviour according to Poletical's most recent non-scientific survey. His motives for remaining anonymous were quite obvious. He didn't want to lose his job, face backlash, or face the man whose divorce he was trying to make public through his own version of rogue justice. Now, the brave Mr. Carroll is always too ill to face a committee in the House Of Commons. How convenient.
Carroll isn't the only spineless fellow with a persistent need to shake things up from behind the security of a false name.
A mysterious criminal by the name of Pierre Poutine has captivated the interest of many Canadians in recent weeks. If you haven't heard about the Robocall Scandal yet, you must really not pay any attention to what happens outside of the Jersey Shore universe.
The media in Canada has been guilty of failing to inform Canadians about the true nature of robocalls and how they are a legitimate part of election campaigns. The so-called Robocall Scandal seems confined to Ontario so far, but the Canadian media would have us believe that it's a massive, nationwide conspiracy. Yes, robocall complaints have been received from several constituencies, however, most of these robocalls were likely typical and legal, if they actually happened at all. The majority of complaints have come from Liberal MPs and Liberal voters. The real evil robocalls that aimed to misdirect voters happened in Guelph. There's no evidence to suggest that it's more wide-spread than that...unless you pay attention to the CBC.
The CBC recently conducted its own "investigation" in which it interviewed several Canadians who claim to have received calls from Conservatives asking for their support. Apparently, the ones who said they would not support the Conservative candidates in their region later received a call that gave them incorrect information regarding their polling stations. Of course, the CBC failed to substantiate any of these claims with anything other than heresay. This recent act of journalism on part of the CBC really seems to be testing the gullibility of Canadians.
Any rational person would question the accuracy and legitimacy of such an investigation that singles out anti-Conservatives for interviews and then uses their answers as evidence. If any media organization chose to single out anti-Liberal voters for interviews about possible wrongdoing on part of the Liberal Party, the "experts" would not hesitate to discredit the entire endeavor upon first hearing about it.
Stephen Harper has become such a polarizing prime minister that his opponents have become almost fanatical in their attempts to smear and undermine him. The very same thing happened during the controversy over nullified gay marriages. Anti-Conservatives were quick to prematurely jump on the bandwagon of hate and accuse the Tories of homophobia, when in fact the loophole was a result of amateur Liberal lawmaking that was brought to light during a divorce case. The potentially nullified gay marriages had little to do with Conservatives (aside from the Justice Department doing its job), but yet blogs and articles like this popped up everywhere. Surprisingly, the people who wrote many of these articles still haven't deleted them, despite how misleading and erroneous they are. To read more about the overzealous hatred that bubbled and oozed out of Canada's left wing during that controversy, read The Star.
As the Pierre Poutine scandal unfolds, we are seeing a similar form of zeal and hatred leading many Canadians to jump to premature conclusions about possible corruption on part of the Conservatives. Before Elections Canada even began its investigation, the blogosphere and internet media was abuzz with talk of a giant Conservative conspiracy to destroy democracy and to get themselves elected. The idea that "nobody voted for Harper" still permeates like the stench of a dead carcass amongst most lefties. And now it all makes sense! The Conservatives only won because they defrauded Canadians.
Whoever Pierre Poutine is, we can conclude that he's a typical, spineless weasel. He might be a lone fanatical Conservative supporter, or a Liberal supporter trying to frame the Tories (if you like goofy conspiracy theories). Poutine's need for anonymity far exceeds Adam Carroll's need to be anonymous. Whoever Pierre Poutine is, he has broken the law. When he's caught, jail time will likely be on the table. We won't know until the RCMP and Elections Canada conclude their investigation.
There's no point in speculating about the identity of Mr. Poutine because his IP address has now garnered the scrutiny of the RCMP and Elections Canada. In fact, it has been reported that Pierre Poutine has already come forward, but the public won't know his true identity until the investigation ends.
Damn those pesky IP addresses. There really is no true anonymity on the internet. If you want to commit deplorable acts, you should be prepared to face the music.