WK ignited a crap storm yesterday when he tasked the hackivist group Anonymous with finding the identity of four male teens who allegedly assaulted Miss. Parsons. Anon now claims to have done just that. Furthermore, they have threatened to name names should it become apparent that the Nova Scotia authorities intend to do nothing further in what appears on the face of it to have been a case of gang-rape and subsequent cyber-bullying of the rape victim.
Some writers, like Chris Selley, have suggested that Kinsella and others are engaged in dangerous vigilantism. I don't think so.
One thing that seems to have been overlooked is that much of the bullying took place over Facebook and other on-line forums. Presumably Anon has IDed the four by digging through their on-line traces, and presumably, should they reveal their identities, they will do this on the basis of the material they have found, perhaps by re-publishing it. If so, they will merely be regurgitating public statements made by the four suspects. I see nothing wrong with that. I certainly don't see how it qualifies as vigilantism.
In fact, I think Selley and co. are ignoring the free speech angle in all of this. They are essentially telling Anonymous (or whoever might identity the four males, as apparently there is more that one group looking for them) to self-censor the results of their on-line investigative work. This is particularly hypocritical in Selley's case; he has always ready to go to the wall for the right to spew hate speech. He is now asking that folks who may be in a position to forward the cause of Justice to keep their mouths shut. That's hypocrisy of the worst sort.
PS. Dawg has a good post on this.