Anyone who has been following the story of FreeDominion's possibly (and now I think almost certainly, but read on) defamatory accusations against Richard Warman already knows that:
1) Warman is accused of making quite vilely racist comments on Freedomsite, a website devoted to all things Neo-Nazi, in order to "entrap" the real Neo-Nazis using the site into making similar remarks.
2) The grounds for this assertion are that, in November of 2003, Warman created a username ("Lucy") on Freedomsite from the IP Address 126.96.36.199, which turns out to be an IP for one or more Rogers' computers.
In fact, Warman has admitted to doing this.
3) However, previous to this (on Sept. 5th, 2003), another Freedomsite username (90sAREover) was created from the same IP address, and used to post the racist remarks in question (re Senator Anne Cools).
Warman denies creating this username and posting these remarks.
Now, others have pointed out how iffy it is at the best of times to connect an IP address to a particular computer, especially if, as Rogers's does, the ISP in question uses DHCP . But one thing I don't think anyone has pointed out (unless it was in a comment on Dawg's Blog that I can't relocate): if you google the IP in question you find it being employed by a number of different people on a number of different occasions, and some of these occasions are dated. In particular, the following remarks from 188.8.131.52 appear on Sept. 8th 2003 (between the creation of the 90sAREover username and the Lucy username) on the RPMfactor forum, a racing forum:
NEW SEALED 55 Gallon Drum of PRO FUELS MARK 2September 8 2003 at 12:37 AM GP from IP address 184.108.40.206
110 octane drum of race gas need to get rid of in Toronto. THis stuff needs a home not opened. Changing classes and race gas isnt needed. Sealed drum new in June this year. Blow out price
So unless Warman disguised himself as a racing enthusiast named "GP" in order to sell black market petroleum over the Net, I think we can safely assume that the IP address in question belonged to someone other than Warman between the creation of 90sAREover and the creation of Lucy. There is absolutely no reason to assume that it was his on September 5th when 90sAREover was created.
Quod Est Demonstratum, and Midget, you and your friends are so fucked.
As a side note, you might argue that: well, just get hold of Rogers' IP logs and we will all know for certain. Except that M. Geist has noted in a private e-mail that he doesn't believe there are legal requirements for an ISP keeping their IP logs for any given length of time. If this is the case, I don't think you're going to find any records from 2003.
h/t once again to buckets. I guess we are passed the point where I need to buy you a drink, and to the point where I need to pay your mortgage for a month or two.
Also h/t to Intellectual Pariah who outlined the same discovery last night in the comments of Dawg's Blog.