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Old 02-19-12, 04:14 PM   #1
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RCMP investigating threats to Vic Toews from Anonymous hacker group
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In a letter distributed to his Manitoba constituents this weekend, Toews says he has been the target of numerous threats since the firestorm over Bill C-30, the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act erupted this week.
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OTTAWA - The RCMP is investigating "serious threats" against Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and his family, as popular blowback to the government's Internet surveillance bill continues to escalate.

Toews' spokesman Mike Patton said that the RCMP has been asked to investigate the threats. He described the threats as "serious."

"Threatening communications have been directed at the minister," he said. "These incidents have been reported to the proper authorities."

In a letter distributed to his Manitoba constituents this weekend, Toews says he has been the target of numerous threats since the firestorm over Bill C-30, the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act erupted this week.

The bill would give police much broader powers to snoop on the online communications of Canadians. It has been met with fierce opposition from Internet privacy and civil rights groups, who say the bill would build a state surveillance system into Canada's Internet.

In his letter, Toews said he has already been attacked.

"These attacks, which have included criminal acts and threats of criminal acts against me and my family, have been referred to the police for investigation," Toews wrote.

Toews angered many observers when he said opponents of Bill C-30 were friends of child pornographers. Opposition to the bill became the most Tweeted about subject in Canada Thursday, and among some of the top trending subjects around the world.

While some Twitter users suggested the public "Tweet him to death," the social media response to Bill C-30 has been mostly peaceful, and does not include direct threats of violent action toward Toews or his family.

The hacker group Anonymous, however, has posted a video to YouTube in which threats are levelled against Toews. The video talks about an "Operation White North," which appears to be the name for Anonymous' campaign against Bill C-30.

"All this legislation does is give your corrupted government more power to control its citizens," the video says through a robotic voice. "Anonymous will not stand for this."

"We demand that you scrap the bill in its entirety and step down as safety minister," the video says. "We know all about you, Minister Toews."

"We told you to expect us," it continues. "We are legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget, we are here."
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Old 02-19-12, 06:00 PM   #2
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the governments are beyond desperate now to have complete control over the internet. They have control over everything but the internet so they must fill that gap immediately.
Well, they can all go * themselves!
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Old 02-19-12, 11:24 PM   #3
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Is Toews really surprised by the public outrage about this? I mean it is wrong to threaten someone but surely he knew that the public would not like this..
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