For the Privacy Commission to conclude that there is “no evidence” of using Mr. Hechme’s connection is absurd IF one is interested in the testimony given at the CHRT last year. During the March 25, 2008 hearing, Dean Steacy admitted to being logged on to the “Jadewarr” account at the same time that Hechme’s IP address showed up on Stormfront’s logs. And not only that, but he indirectly refers to the Bell representative’s testimony about Hechme’s account to help him place the date and time when he logged in to Stormfront discussion board! (And we even have hard evidence from another case that indeed Steacy had logged in on December 8, 2006. See also Part A, Section 3C-5B of The Blogosphere Cross Examination.)Looks like the Privacy commission simply doesn't want to disrupt the CHRC agents from doing their "noble" job of "fighting hate". So what if the person whose internet connection has been used may end up getting reprimanded by the ISP for violating the acceptable use policy? So what if by using someone else's connection, the HRC agents expose an innocent person to possible retaliation from the discussion forum owners (that may suspect the provocation) as well as from all sorts of "anti-hate" activists which may take the provocative message for real? So what if the owner of the unprotected network may eventually become a target of a "human rights" complaint for a message he's never written - unless the agent who posted the message admits his authorship? The most important is that we fight "hate speech" and enforce tolerance, isn't it?
Ladies and gentlemen, watch your wireless networks. Make sure nobody can connect without a password or a WEP key. And if you're not sure - contact your ISP.