Anonymous: Vic Toews Targeted Again In Operation VicTory After Liberal Staffer Behind Vikileaks' Ouster (VIDEO)
Anonymous has released a new video threatening retaliation against Vic Toews after the ouster of the Liberal staffer behind the Vikileaks Twitter account.
As part of Anonymous' ongoing OperationVicTory, the group released a video titled "Vic Toews vs. Twitter II - The Internet Strikes Back" Thursday night in which a computer-generated female voice, backed by dramatic music, threatens to release new information about the Public Safety Minister. The video denounces plans to bring former Liberal staffer Adam Carroll before a Commons committee to question him about his role in the Vikileaks affair.
"Fellow Canadians, our own government is attempting to intimidate its citizens from not engaging in legal forms of protest by using their power to have them forced from their jobs and called before parliamentary committees."
Anonymous also attacks the Liberal party for allegedly forcing Carroll to resign. "The Liberal party has either fired or forced out the individual behind the Vikileaks account, despite the fact that they committed no crime, in a shameful act of political cowardice."
It urges Canadians to use all possible non-violent means to strike back at those who "seek to intimidate us into silence," citing the successful campaign against the Tories online surveillance Bill C-30, which led the to the legislation being sent to committee early where it will likely be revised.
Interim Liberal Leader Rob Rae admitted last week that Liberal staffer Adam Carroll was behind the Vikileaks Twitter account, which released private information regarding Toews' divorce. Rae said he had accepted Carroll's resignation and apologized to Toews.
Toews accepted the apology, but then took to Twitter to question Liberal MP Justin Trudeau about whether he was somehow involved with Vikileaks. Carroll will likely face questions about Trudeau when he appears before the Commons committee.
Anonymous has been waging an ongoing campaign against Toews and the Tory online surveillance bill. If Thursday's video is any indication, it seems unlikely the attacks will stop any time soon.
Twitter Reacts To Vikileaks Resignation And Tory Online Surveillance Bill
UPDATE: On Monday Feb. 27, Liberal leader acknowledged that a Liberal staffer was behind the Vikileaks30 Twitter account that released information about Vic Toews' divorce. That person has been fired and Rae has apologized to the House Of Commons. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews faced an online backlash due to his championing of Bill C-30, the lawful access bill. Two hashtags, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23donttoewsmebro -rt" target="_hplink">#donttoewsmebro</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23TellVicEverything" target="_hplink">#tellviceverything</a> became the vocal points of internet humour and commentary. Photo: CP
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What's In Online-Snooping Bill
Like similar legislation introduced in the past by both Conservative and Liberal governments, the new bill includes provisions that would: <em>With files from CBC</em> (Shutterstock)
Warantless Online Info
Require telecommunications and internet providers to give subscriber data to police, national security agencies and the Competition Bureau without a warrant, including names, phone numbers and IP addresses. (CP)
Back Door Access
Force internet providers and other makers of technology to provide a "back door" to make communications accessible to police. (Getty)
Location, Location, Location
Allow police to get warrants to obtain information transmitted over the internet and data related to its transmission, including locations of individuals and transactions. (Alamy)
Allow courts to compel other parties to preserve electronic evidence. (Alamy)
New Bill Is Different
However, unlike the most recent previous version of the bill, the new legislation: (Alamy)
Requires telecommunications providers to disclose, without a warrant, just six types of identifiers from subscriber data instead of 11. (Alamy)
Provides for an internal audit of warrantless requests that will go to a government minister and oversight review body. Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews is pictured. (CP)
Review After 5 Years
Includes a provision for a review after five years. (Alamy)
More Time To Implement
Allows telecommunications service providers to take 18 months instead of 12 months to buy equipment that would allow police to intercept communications. (Alamy)
Changes the definition of hate propaganda to include communication targeting sex, age and gender. (Alamy)