Let the probery begin:
The RCMP is investigating “serious threats” allegedly made against Public Safety Minister Vic Toews as opposition to a contentious Internet surveillance law grows.
In an open letter to his Manitoba constituents distributed over the weekend, Toews said the threats have been “referred to the police for investigation.”
The “personal attacks, criminal acts and threats of future criminal acts against me” won’t prevent him from carrying out his parliamentary duties, he wrote.
“Any further criminal activity or threats of criminal activity against me or my family will also be referred to the police,” Toews concluded.
Toews doesn’t specify exactly what he means by “criminal activity or theats”, and I’ve seen little evidence of anything that could be so described on the Toews twitterstreams, blogposts or videos, so I have to wonder if maybe this isn’t a case of being able to dish it out but not take it.
Certainly the past week hasn’t been one that Toews will look back on fondly, since he spent most of it watching with impotent rage as he was mocked and castigated with great gusto by a relentless online Insult Juggernaut. No doubt he’s painfully aware that a good deal of amusement continues to be had at his expense (and rightly so). But if there was anything even remotely “criminal” in the scornful laughter and hoots of derision being directed his way on the internets, I missed it.
From where I sit, the only thing that’s being criminally threatened is the privacy of Canadians — hey cops, how about we investigate that??
AND, also: For your further amusement, the best of the #tellviceverything tweets.
AND in related, or at least *oddly similar*, news: Hmmm.
(2nd Image via fhg in the comments)