PI News Flash: Cyberwar and the Emergence of the Borderless Predator

Show Synopsis: In this the second in a series of interviews I will be doing regarding the Serial Suicide Killer William Melchert-Dinkel, I will be talking with the MP who was instrumental in both the introduction and passing of Bill M-388 which would close an apparent legal loop hole and make it very difficult for Internet Predators to get away with murder.

MP Harold Albrecht

“The basis for the assimilation or perhaps reconciliation of virtual and physical realities in terms of law enforcement starts with the basic premise of criminal law, which as Susan Brenner who is the NCR Distinguished Professor of Law and Technology at the School of Law stated in a May 6th, 2009 article, is about “preventing the infliction of harm.”

Brenner went on to say that “we should not simply assume criminal conduct vectored through cyberspace represents an entirely new phenomenon, i.e. cybercrime,” as it may represent “nothing more than the perpetrators’ using cyberspace to engage in conduct that has long been outlawed.”

The above is the excerpt from Chapter 8 of my latest book titled “Tasers, Abortion and Parenting: Behind The Curtain of Policing America” which will be released in September 2010.

It reflects a sentiment that is shared by today’s guest, Harold Albrecht, who is the Member of Parliament for Kitchener – Conestoga and Deputy Government Whip whose unyielding determination and commitment led to the passing of Bill M-388 which “urges action against those who counsel or assist in suicides, specifically targeting those suicides that are promoted through the internet.”

Click Here for M-388 Media Kit

Having confessed to encouraging dozens of people to commit suicide over the Internet, William Melchert-Dinkel is now facing trial in Rice County, Minnesota for two deaths in which he played an integral part.  One is the suicide of Nadia Kajouji, an 18 year old university student from Ottawa, Canada and the other a 32 year old man (Mark Drybrough) from Coventry in the UK.

But being charged is a long way from being convicted.

As it turns out, some legal experts (including Melchert-Dinkel’s lawyer Terry Watkins) have suggested that freedom of speech issues could play a role in the case and ultimately lead to the accused being acquitted on all charges.

In an effort to bridge this disconnect MP Albrecht will discuss the passing of the M-388 Bill and how it can be used to bridge the apparent chasm between the real and virtual worlds.

Remember to use the following link to access both the Live and On-Demand broadcast “Cyberwar and the Emergence of the Borderless Predator” on Tuesday, August 31st at 10:30 AM EST.

Remembering Nadia:

One of Melchert-Dinkel’s victims was 18 year old Nadia Kajouji whose body washed up near the edge of the Rideau River behind St. Paul’s University more than 40 days after she was reported missing.

While the legal system debates the merits of bringing Melchert-Dinkel, who himself has two daughters, to trial based on the purported violation of his right to free speech, I think it is important to remember that a young life, although troubled, was snuffed out far too soon.

As criminal profiler Pat Brown – who is my guest this upcoming Wednesday evening would say, sometimes we pay far too much attention to these cowards who perpetrate such horrible crimes, and in the process overlook quite unintentionally the victims and their families.

To this end I would like to share the following video tribute with you, that appears to have been created by a member of Nadia’s family . . . perhaps her father, as the account under which it appears is mkajouji.  As you view the video, I would like to encourage you, at least  temporarily, to forget about the individual who did this and instead reflect on a life that was shortly lived and sadly lost.

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