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I am writing to express my doubt as to the wisdom of having her as a witness in what is a very serious matter.
I am sure that, by now, you are aware that the common belief is that Amanda Todd was in some way tricked, coerced or extorted into producing child pornography, but you will also know that this is false.
According to the local RCMP in Coquitlam, the team knew that she was producing such material, and that her parents were fully aware of her activities. I provide this quote from an email sent by the RCMP in October 2011 to Amanda’s parents:
‘After our meeting with Norm yesterday we have been informed steps have been taken to keep Amanda off the Internet while in your homes. At this time Norm has stated that he has taken away Amanda’s internet access as well as her phone. We believe that the photo’s and video that have recently appeared is new material Amanda has posted of herself since last year.’
I have highlighted the implication that she was producing her own ‘new material’, e.g. photos and videos of a sexual nature.
The RCMP continued with a warning:
‘Constable Schadeck with our section will be continuing with this investigation. As my colleague and I said yesterday and last week, if Amanda does not stay off the internet and/or take steps to protect herself online there is only so much we as the police can do’.
You can contact Constable Andrea Schadeck via Coquitlam RCMP for further clarification.
There is also evidence – all of which can be supplied – that all of Amanda’s behaviour was not revealed by anyone else but her peers who found all the information online.
The proposed amendments to the law would not have helped Amanda at all. It is important to understand that the Amanda Todd story is extremely complex – the original September video being a fabrication, the ensuing allegations by Carol Todd being based on that fiction, and the tampering with evidence by the Fifth Estate producers making it even more difficult to unravel.
The recent flurry of activity concerning Aydin Coban in Holland is entirely without merit. I have researched all this meticulously, and I can tell you that there is no connection with Amanda Todd – it is all rumour and hearsay, started by one remark in the Dutch press.
However, back to the main point – is Carol Todd’s testimony valid? The answer is a resounding ‘No’. It takes a lot of time to understand what happened, and even more time to explain, but the story cannot be used to justify these new proposals. What should be looked at is the prosecution of providers of facilities such as BlogTV (renamed ‘YouNow’), the use of existing child protection laws, and the possible investigation of irresponsible parents. All of the dangers of online activity are already covered by pre-existing laws.
I have refrained from sending further evidence to support the claims in this email. I have already sent information to your clerk, Jean-Francois Page.
The government needs to investigate the Amanda Todd story and launch a full enquiry. I am still astonished that this has not been done.
Thank you for your time.