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FBI Opens News Corp. Hacking Probe (Regime opens direct attack on 1st Amendment)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 14, 2011 | Devlin Barrett

Posted on 07/14/2011 1:29:58 PM PDT by abb

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened a probe into whether employees of News Corp. might have hacked or attempted to hack into the private calls and phone records of Sept. 11 victims and their families, according to people familiar with the matter.

The investigation was opened Thursday morning, following a request a day earlier by Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.) who heads the House Homeland Security Committee and whose Long Island district was home to many victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The investigation will try to determine whether employees of News Corp. illegally accessed the private calls, voice-mail messages, or call records of 9/11 victims or their families, these people say. It will also look into whether any News Corp. employees bribed or sought to bribe police officials to gain access to such records.

A scandal over phone hacking in the U.K. by News of the World, a publication recently closed by News Corp., has roiled the media empire and prompted a series of legal inquiries.

News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch will go before UK's Parliament to answer questions on the News of the World hacking scandal. News Corp. is the parent company of The Wall Street Journal.

The Daily Mail in the U.K. reported earlier this week that News of the World reporters tried to hack the voice-mails of dead 9/11 victims, citing an unidentified former New York policeman who said he was offered money by News of the World reporters who said they would pay him to retrieve private phone calls. The unidentified former officer says he declined the offer.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: firstamendment; fnc; fox; foxnews; hitjob; murdoch; newscorp; regime; soros
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Whatever it takes, however they can, the regime and the State-Run Media WILL TRY to silence critics.
1 posted on 07/14/2011 1:30:01 PM PDT by abb
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To: abb

This smells of the same pre-election bomb throwing that libs are known for ( Meg Whitmans maid, McCains affair, Palins ethics charges, etc ). It’s their M.O. for shutting up opposition, why should we be surprised?


2 posted on 07/14/2011 1:35:53 PM PDT by marstegreg
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To: abb

I don’t see how investigating invasions of privacy by hacking phones is an attack on the First Amendment.


3 posted on 07/14/2011 1:36:30 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: abb

WOW! I knew this would happen some day. Anythign to get rid of FOX news.


4 posted on 07/14/2011 1:37:45 PM PDT by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: abb
Am I the only one thinking Beck's recent departure could be a case of divine intervention?
5 posted on 07/14/2011 1:38:34 PM PDT by Errant
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To: abb

Anything to distract from that pesky fast and furious thing.


6 posted on 07/14/2011 1:39:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: abb

Anything to keep Fast & Furious off the front page.


7 posted on 07/14/2011 1:40:19 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: DannyTN

If it was at all likely there was any truth to it. Murdoch (who also owns Fox IIRC) should know better.


8 posted on 07/14/2011 1:40:58 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Errant

Beck has been amazingly accurate in his predictions. Of course he felt pretty restricted by FOX news.


9 posted on 07/14/2011 1:41:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

Dang, you beat me to the draw.


10 posted on 07/14/2011 1:42:48 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: abb

Funny, this is an ‘07 story (with people already in jail) that the Marxist Guardian gave new life to, probably on instructions from Soros.


11 posted on 07/14/2011 1:43:00 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: abb
Whatever it takes, however they can, the regime and the State-Run Media WILL TRY to silence critics.

From the excerpt...

The investigation was opened Thursday morning, following a request a day earlier by Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.) who heads the House Homeland Security Committee and whose Long Island district was home to many victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

12 posted on 07/14/2011 1:43:55 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: DannyTN

It appears that somebody DID hack phones, at least in Britain. And those people worked for a News Corp publication. And such an activity is a crime and is liable for prosecution.

Trying to dump all this personally into the lap of Rupert Murdoch is where it gets nakedly political.


13 posted on 07/14/2011 1:44:11 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DannyTN
I don’t see how investigating invasions of privacy by hacking phones is an attack on the First Amendment.

My thoughts exactly. I have no idea why so many people on FR worship Fox News. If Rupert Murdoch's people were hacking 9/11 victims' families and heads of state then Rupert Murdoch's people need to go to prison for a long time. Who cares if it's Fox news or CNN, it's a massive invasion of privacy and has nothing to do with free speech.
14 posted on 07/14/2011 1:45:05 PM PDT by brent13a (You're a Great American! NO you're a Great American! NO NO NO YOU'RE a Great American! Nooo.....WTF?)
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To: vpintheak

House member King(R-NY) is no friend of the Dems or the Obama administration.


15 posted on 07/14/2011 1:46:10 PM PDT by mighty atlas
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To: brent13a

ditto


16 posted on 07/14/2011 1:46:31 PM PDT by Charlespg
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To: abb

Fairness doctrine !!!


17 posted on 07/14/2011 1:47:02 PM PDT by sbMKE
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To: Errant

Oooooo. I hadn’t thought about that.


18 posted on 07/14/2011 1:47:32 PM PDT by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: DannyTN

“I don’t see how investigating invasions of privacy by hacking phones is an attack on the First Amendment.”

Apparently, there are those here who believe that the First Amendment permits reporters to break into your home, your email, your voice mail and your medical records.

As I recall, some jerk is sitting in prison for hacking Sarah Palin’s email account, but now people wish to condone the hacking of 9/12 Victim’s voice mails.


19 posted on 07/14/2011 1:48:40 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Quit buying the spin. Murdoch had nothing to do with it. His son runs TNOTW and I’m sure even he knew nothing about this. You don’t think the family knows the long knives have been out for the Murdoch empire for years?


20 posted on 07/14/2011 1:49:10 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: cripplecreek

I’m thinking FOX would have restricted Beck even more after this if Beck was still with them?


21 posted on 07/14/2011 1:51:21 PM PDT by Errant
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To: DannyTN
I don’t see how investigating invasions of privacy by hacking phones is an attack on the First Amendment.

Then why didn't we see an FBI investigation of the NY Times when it disclosed information gotten by illicit means?

22 posted on 07/14/2011 1:51:21 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

I thought freedom of the press was an unimpeachable right in America. Remember when the SLIMES of New York published Iraq war details? No liberal outburst then.....or when the Washington comPost published the name of a CIA operative? Liberals used that to attack a conservative, but NEVER condemned the paper. How about CNN’s Tailhook lies? Regrettable, but CNN still was revered.

No sirree Bob, news organizations are SACRED.


23 posted on 07/14/2011 1:52:06 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Deb

Sorry if I wasn’t clear... I’m skeptical even about the British part of the story. What in heck would Murdoch & Co. DO with the intercepts if they got them? Publishing them would of course land them in dutch (Murdoch is not THAT stupid), and they are useful for darn little else if anything.


24 posted on 07/14/2011 1:53:27 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: abb

Soros/Media Matters HIT JOB!


25 posted on 07/14/2011 1:54:24 PM PDT by Samurai_Jack (ride out and confront the evil!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

will they investigate other MSM reporters for the same thing?

how many others like cnn, msnbc, cbs, nyt, wpo, yahoo, google, were doing the exact same thing?


26 posted on 07/14/2011 1:55:12 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: trumandogz
...but now people wish to condone the hacking of 9/12 Victim’s voice mails.

You have proof of this, or are you merely parroting what some left-wing rag in England alleges?

27 posted on 07/14/2011 1:55:57 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: brent13a
Oh, please....all the Brit tabs do stuff like this and this is a story from '07, with people already in jail.

It was Piers Morgan, when he was running the Mirror, who authorized the use of fake pictures showing British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners. There is no one who thought he didn't know they were fake.

Murdoch bought the New of the World (and the London Times), he didn't create it.

28 posted on 07/14/2011 1:56:05 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: abb

Failure to investigate the first crime, does not make investigating the second crime wrong.


29 posted on 07/14/2011 1:56:10 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Exactly. Sorry if I misread.


30 posted on 07/14/2011 1:57:39 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

“I thought freedom of the press was an unimpeachable right in America.”

Do you believe the press has the right to break into your home, place cameras in your bedroom?

Do you believe that guy had the First Amendment Right to hack into Sarah Palin’s email?


31 posted on 07/14/2011 1:58:31 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: DannyTN
Failure to investigate the first crime, does not make investigating the second crime wrong.

But it does prove political motivation for the second prosecution, doesn't it? Which is what this is all about.

32 posted on 07/14/2011 1:58:54 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Yes they will try....

But if they do it , you are done !

This is an act of war,”cultural” war i mean, and the answer must be proportionate at least.

Hope that Murdock will fight back and that the Tea Party,Republicans,Conservatives,independents,libertarians and all the free and sane people will stand up ...


33 posted on 07/14/2011 2:00:56 PM PDT by Ulysse
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To: Deb

The claims of so called “hacking” aren’t quite honest. Last night I was watching parliament argue over it in great britain. What a couple of tabloid reporters did was try one of a couple 4 digit voicemail access codes that are commonly factory installed on cell phones. Apparently the victims never set up their own access codes. I also got the impression that its pretty common behavior among journalists in Britain.

As far as the rumors of the same in the USA, I’ve got lots of rumors of wrongdoing that the FBI is welcome to investigate if they wish.


34 posted on 07/14/2011 2:01:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: abb

They shut down a major newspaper over the hacking of a murder victim’s voicemail.

And I will stand with Perter King in that there should be an investigation to determine if accounts in the US were hacked.


35 posted on 07/14/2011 2:02:58 PM PDT by trumandogz
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And I will stand with Perter King in that there should be an investigation to determine if accounts in the US were hacked.

And stand alongside the Regime, too.

36 posted on 07/14/2011 2:06:52 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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But it does prove political motivation for the second prosecution, doesn't it? Which is what this is all about.

Cry me a river. If conservatives need Fox to survive, they're even more screwed than they know.

37 posted on 07/14/2011 2:12:54 PM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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"But it does prove political motivation for the second prosecution, doesn't it? Which is what this is all about. "

No it doesn't, it might prove political favoritism for overlooking the first offense. You need a lot more cases of non-prosecution of phone hacking to be able to claim this is selective prosecution.

Two wrongs don't make a right.

38 posted on 07/14/2011 2:13:01 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: cripplecreek

That’s interesting. I suspected “hacking” would turn out to be just another example of “lazy language” by the scribbling class.


39 posted on 07/14/2011 2:13:23 PM PDT by Oratam
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They shut down a major newspaper

I'd heard about NOTW -- didn't know there was a "major newspaper" involved too! ;-)

40 posted on 07/14/2011 2:14:57 PM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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Cry me a river. If conservatives need Fox to survive, they're even more screwed than they know.

When they come after FRee Republic and Jim Rob over some imaginary crime, I want you to email me and say the same thing.

That is if emails still are allowed.

41 posted on 07/14/2011 2:17:44 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: cripplecreek
You can bet there is no US connection. Its just a way for the Democrats to smear Murdoch and try to take him down.

The News of the World is such a toilet of a paper, I was really shocked when he bought it, but then it was the most profitable paper in the UK and he is a businessman. I'm glad its gone. I wish the same would happen to The Guardian.

Does anyone care that Soros just gave a few million to NPR to hire new "journalists"? Guess not.

42 posted on 07/14/2011 2:17:44 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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“You have proof of this?”

No, but unlike you, I do not believe that there needs to be absolute proof that a person committed a crime before there is an investigation.


43 posted on 07/14/2011 2:24:04 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: abb

I don’t see much conservatism at FR either.


44 posted on 07/14/2011 2:27:52 PM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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No, but unlike you, I do not believe that there needs to be absolute proof that a person committed a crime before there is an investigation.

Or said another way, "It's the seriousness of the charge, not the nature of the evidence."

45 posted on 07/14/2011 2:29:10 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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Investigate and if no one committed a crime, no one goes to prison. If someone committed a crime, they will go to prison.


46 posted on 07/14/2011 2:33:33 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: All

http://townhall.com/columnists/emmetttyrrell/2011/07/14/the_kultursmog_against_murdoch/page/full/

Emmett Tyrrell
The Kultursmog Against Murdoch

Anyone encouraging the government of the United States to investigate a news organization without proper cause is an enemy of freedom. And the harassment of Rupert Murdoch is being executed by enemies of free speech.


47 posted on 07/14/2011 2:34:25 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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Whatever it takes, however they can, the regime and the State-Run Media WILL TRY to silence critics.

It's not the state-run-media, it's THE STATE.

Napoleon: "Three hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonettes."

48 posted on 07/14/2011 2:35:32 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: DannyTN

I have no trouble with the FBI investigating criminal activity.

I DO have trouble with Jay Rockefeller leading a lynch mob.


49 posted on 07/14/2011 2:38:07 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: trumandogz
Investigate and if no one committed a crime, no one goes to prison. If someone committed a crime, they will go to prison.

Your sanguine comfort that the Regime's People's Police will conduct an impartial investigation is not shared by me.

50 posted on 07/14/2011 2:38:40 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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