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Posted on 07/17/2011 6:10:02 AM PDT by Cardhu
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I love her crazy red hair.
She’s definitely not guilty in my book.
“...in the US legal.”
No it is not.
Among other laws there is the “Electronic Communications Privacy Act” which forbids intercepting cell phone calls. That law even made it illegal to sell radios (scanners) that could receive a specific band of frequencies, which were the cell phone frequencies used at the time the law was passed.
The Hacking Police? Is that like the Mattress Police?
She wasn’t doing anything more than the USA’s NSA agents using the Patriot Act to spy on the Regime’s political opponents?
Why doesn’t Holder investigate them?
Her major crime is that she is a red head.
Definitely NOT GUILTY!
And what regime would that be?
Yes, but do you think the NSA gives a shite? LOL.
They have been eaves dropping on private citizen comms ever since Obama was inaugurated.
If they are, they’ve completely twisted what the Patriot Act even is. The Patriot Act is used to monitor the satellite transmissions for INTERNATIONAL calls between domestic cell phones and suspected terrorists abroad. Using the Patriot Act to monitor domestic cell phone calls is like using RICO statutes to prosecute jaywalkers and drunk drivers.
Of course not. I have no doubt that NSA and CIA et.al. have always done whatever they want regardless of law and regardless of who is president.
Who is going to stop them or even know?
>> Did you know you cant hack a phone? tell me how?
Probably voicemail and/or texting archives.
But you are 100% correct. Who cares!! The big story should be that governments are conspiring to take down a major news outlet, but MSNBC would just tell you that “they deserve it”. I got an email from MoveOn.org Friday with one of their juvenile petitions DEMANDING that Congress investigate News Corp for “crimes” in the US.
If it results in the breakup of his media empire and more decentralization of the world’s press, then that would be a good thing, IMHO. It should bother people that a good percentage of the world press is centralized under one person.
Here is a redhead for you -
I’m curious - so, reporters actually hacked into telephone communication, sort of like a wire tap - with the permission of those in charge? I’m just wondering how they thought that they would get away with such a thing - for long. It just seems so stupid and criminal to me - a newspaper and one owned by Murdock! YIKES!
I’d say, even Obama is not that stupid. Of course, I don’t know for sure.
well done, thanks!
I am sure that Anderson Cooper will showcase this 'saga' in between his pumping of the arab spring and homosexual agenda.
However, I am not interested really, and it appears to me that the most interested are leftists foaming at the mouth hoping they can take down the message by attacking the owner and employees of the messenger. You can leave me out of the 'us' category.
Now there are two reasons why News Corporation and News International were so keen to protect Rebekah Brooks.
First is that there is probably no one involved in the business, whose surname isn't Murdoch, who is as close to Rupert Murdoch, News Corp's chairman, as is Rebekah Brooks.
When they are together, he displays a conspicuous affection for her. "Some would say he is almost as close to Rebekah as he is to his children" said one of their colleagues.
And then there is a second reason why her arrest will be a blow both to Rupert Murdoch and to his son, James Murdoch, her immediate boss as head of News Corp's European operations.
Ignorance does not protect
Her ignorance of what happened at the News of the World reinforced their claims that they too had no knowledge of the alleged scale of abuses by the Sunday tabloid, which was closed down only a week ago.
The importance of today's events is that her claimed ignorance did not prevent her being arrested.
The other point about her arrest is that it is something of a shock to the political establishment, since she was on unusually good and friendly terms with three successive prime ministers, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and the current tenant of 10 Downing Street, David Cameron.
If, as seems likely, her arrest prevents her from giving public evidence on Tuesday to MPs on the culture, media and sport Commons committee, her many friends in high places may be slightly relieved.
In the current climate of criticism of News International, there will be quite a few powerful people who would be pleased if the brightest possible media light isn't shone on their close and personal relationship with Mrs Brooks.
“On both sides of the Atlantic the radical leftist media is really pushing this story to try and ruin Fox News and the more conservative press in London.”
People need to understand that there is massive revulsion from the UK public at what it turns out these guys have been up to over the last few years. Yep, some lefty outfits are using this opportunity to stick the knife in - however
*every* moral person, regardless of their personal politics, should surely be horrified at the thought of a dead girl’s voicemail messages being read AND DELETED, giving her parents hope that she’s still alive, or the families of dead soldiers being targeted, or the victims of the UK’s 7/7 bombings being targeted... the list goes on and on.
Anyone that criticised the tabloids were targeted by journalists and PIs, including normal members of the public, the police and politicians. Bear in mind also that the Sun, who apparently were so strongly supportive of a “paedo tracking” law being created in the UK (similar to the one in the US, Megan’s Law IIRC?), have also in the past ran salivating features on 15 year old girls being lined up to show their chests on Page 3 when they finally hit age 16.
If that’s the message then I rather think that the messenger SHOULD be taken down!
It’s only now that the British public have finally found something that they can all agree is absolutely indefensible (not that some talking heads aren’t trying) that our fawning moronic government have suddenly found enough dutch courage to bite the hand that feeds - they know full well that there’s no hiding from this come election time, and about time too. Murdoch has been king-maker for far too long in the UK, and it’s high time that our politicians do what’s right for the country
instead of Murdoch’s business empire.
*What is this and why is it a big deal? *
Wade deeper into a murky world.
Why should you care ??!!!!
Well, huuuuh, errrr,....free speech,2012,Fox news,Obama...?
Come back on earth ,please !
Hope that Murdochs have heavy munitions and will unload soon on the libtard thugs on both side of the Atlantic
Oh my god, the Briddish are the Briddish are coming....’creeping British influence’.
As far the US is concerned, do you realise how stupid that sounds?.
And hopefully you have read the other posters who have explained to you who Brooks is and what she and her cohorts have done. And why it might have an influence in the US.
“They are really bad people who should be punished” ?
Oh well, so you already know the end of the story? The inquiry and the trial are over and BBC , CNN....already told the sentence ? Allright....Scarrying
No, we don’t know the end of the story - I personally doubt that much will change, but here’s hoping.
End of the day, hacking a dead girl’s phone is just plan *wrong*, never mind illegal. Deleting voicemail messages left by frantic friends and family is just plain *wrong*. Hacking the phones of families that recently lost relatives in the UK 7/7 bombings is just plain *wrong*. This isn’t a left / right issue, it’s a simple question of what’s right and what’s very very much wrong.
How would you feel if it does turn out that these guys hacked the phones of 9/11 victims? Could anyone seriously defend that kind of behaviour?
BTW - what does ‘scarrying’ mean?
And what about BBC’s lies, tricks and treacheries ?
BBC is openly spreading is venom since years and decades...
There are crimes and crimes ! All the crimes must be judged but only crimes and their real authors.
Liberals are used to popular “justice” with no trial.
I’m so glad that the right could provide this little tempest in a teapot in order to get a REAL scandal, “fast and furious”, off the lamestream media’s unwanted, “dragged to” news cycle.
“And what about BBCs lies, tricks and treacheries?”
What about them? Start a thead to discuss that topic if you want, otherwise I’m more than happy to include the BBC within the scope of this thread if you have information indicating that they actively tampered with the voicemails of a dead teenager?
“There are crimes and crimes ! All the crimes must be judged but only crimes and their real authors.
Liberals are used to popular justice with no trial.”
What? What? What? 3 non-sequiturs in a row - well done!
I repeat - this is not a political left / right point. This is a moral right / wrong point.
“Scarrying”, i meant frightening(i am french)
It’s frightening to see people making the sentence before the trial,and following like herds OF CATTLE the advices and judgements of some big MSM with an obvious lack of independance of thinking....
I say that this story is emphasized or fueled and extended on both part of the Atlantic and that there are elections soon in 2012...
What happens in UK and more in USA is concerning Europe...
What is happening in the arab world with Obama’s benediction is hiting and will touch France badly...
What are you talking about, sentencing before the trial? Paul McMullen ADMITTED (seeing as we’re using caps to make a point) that he both hacked into Milly Dowler’s phone and deleted voicemail messages, and that he’d done the same many, many times at the behest of his masters.
If you want to call the vast majority of the UK public ‘CATTLE’ for being absolutely horrified at what has been going on, then a/ more fool you as you have absolutely no idea of the mood here right now and b/ we don’t need to exchange views any further.
In fact, if my disapproving of an amoral scumbag hacking into a dead girl’s phone makes me CATTLE then all I can say is: mooooooo.
Sorry keep your fake “moral”.
You obviously don’t know what the world “moral” mean .
It implies truth and justice. Does this sound familiar for you ?
Fake moral + political tricks this is typically liberal.
Speaking endlessly of freedom and democracy but doing the contrary...Sane people know that deeds are way better than words.
The BBC should be investigated for fake journalism, political and intellectual bias,....It is not another topic
London Met Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson,, has resigned claiming that he had no knowledge of his police being bribed (corrupted by journalists).
“Oh well, so you already know the end of the story?”
Not at all. But are there people who have done bad things? yup. Do we know who they all are and what & how many bad things they’ve done to whom? Nope
I am frankly staggered by the scale of the fall-out so far. Sounds like there could have been hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of err extra-curricular payments made to the police by News International over the years. Personal favourite was the Green Book (?), containing the contact details of senior members of the Royal Family.
What boggles my mind personally is that if it had been a Muslim behind all this then we’d have had MI5 / MI6 etc. swinging straight into action - yet because it’s journalists working for NI that’s apparently not a problem?!?
Like an average liberal with an average little cheap “moral” you are used to speak for the “majority”.
You have the arrogance to speak for “the majority” assuming, consciously or confusely,that the majority is always right(in art,science,philosophy,religion...).
Speak in your name for your little person please.
I maintain that there is no justice without trial searching truth. You feign to ignore that there are several persons who are accused in that affair and not only Mc Mullen who also need a trial.
Quick popular “justice” made by politicians and MSM...?
You seem to be ready for tyrany
The FBI is already investigating NewsCorp over this, and Dick(less) Durban was calling for a Congressional investigation of Fox as well. That's why we should care.
The NOTW has hacked the phones of a child murder victim, the phones of dead British soldiers and their families, the victims and families of a terrorist atrocity.
It impeded the investigation of the murder of a child for journalistic gain. It went so far as to tamper with evidence, which not only made the parents lives (already in turmoil), but could have meant that the killer was never caught or if caught walked free. What the NOTW did in that case (Milly Dowler) is beyond comprehension.
That is not a liberal-conservative issue.
That is just a issue that should horrify anyone with a soul.
Stop talking sense, scotsman - instead, my bovine brother, join me in saying simply ‘moo’ in response to our (faux-) french colleague’s amusing attempts to trollishly provoke.
Brooks has been under arrest for hours now, and the head of the Met has just resigned. Unbelievable. And our Prime Minister is very bravely taking full control of the situation... by staying in South Africa.
“It impeded the investigation of the murder of a child for journalistic gain. It went so far as to tamper with evidence, which not only made the parents lives (already in turmoil), but could have meant that the killer was never caught or if caught walked free. What the NOTW did in that case (Milly Dowler) is beyond comprehension.”
That pretty much sums it up, and it is disgusting thats so many conservatives in America will defend phone hacking and the obstruction of a murder investigation.
“The FBI is already investigating NewsCorp over this, and Dick(less) Durban was calling for a Congressional investigation of Fox as well. That’s why we should care.”
Actually, it was Peter King (R) NY who first called for the FBI to investigate allegations that News Corp. staff hacked voice mails of 9/11 victims.
We will se where that investigation leads and if such hacking took place, those involved need to be send to prison.
This is ALSO a liberal-conservative issue, like it or not.
Only reprehensible facts must be judged for what they are.
Hacking is shamefully a very common wide spread practice. In that case it’s a particular odious kind of hacking which is in accusation
I support Fox News and Murdoch. All the Brit newspapers do this hacking stuff
None of this is to excuse the behaviour of the hackers at the NoW and their enablers. But its an open secret that phone hacking is rife among British tabloids, and the Guardian and BBC axis have chosen to play down this fact in their single-minded pursuit of Murdoch and the NoW. Those other tabloids have been happy to play along, although with at least one and perhaps more public inquires on the way, they may yet regret helping to open this particular can of worms.
Few will mourn the passing of the NoW beyond its loyal band of sleaze-addicted readers. But at the same time, the manner in which a left-wing newspaper has been able to collude with the state-funded broadcaster to lead an attack an organization whose power and political alignment they resented should be deeply troubling.
No way !
I don’t think anyone who calls himself conservative defends what you say.
But,on the contrary, some people,here and there,are steadily confusing(deliberatly or not?) different domains of behaviour haking,obstruction to investigation in a murder case,and freedom of information,of speech and thought...
I think that some people are deliberatly keeping up the confusion.
Last but not least i think that BBC, CNN,....should be sued for fake journalism and deliberate and repeated disinformation, personnal smear attacks on individuals for political goals(remember for instance S.Palin...)and also conflict of interests...
It should have been done many years ago
True. We need to get to the bottom of the truth.
Looks like Weird Al Yankovic in drag.
I thought all the scandal sheets, not just Murdoch’s, used the same cell phone tactics.
All true, but all those ACTUALLY INVOLVED were arrested and/or fired years ago.
I've been following this closely on BBC for the last couple of weeks
What we are seeing now is a witch hunt against a conservative media outlet by leftist media in league with leftist government in England and soon in the USA, a witch hunt that is resulting in thousands of INNOCENT people losing their jobs, and now the leftists are going the extra mile and arresting people that have already been deemed not to be responsible by investigators.
Expect to see the marxists at the US DOJ go after Fox News next.
Rebekah Brooks has told News International staff that it is ‘inconceivable’ she knew about phone hacking in the Milly Dowler case. 7/5/11
When I wrote to you last week updating you on a number of business issues I did not anticipate having to do so again so soon.
However, I wanted to address the company as a matter of urgency in light of the new claims against the News of the World.
We were all appalled and shocked when we heard about these allegations yesterday.
I have to tell you that I am sickened that these events are alleged to have happened.
Not just because I was editor of the News of the World at the time, but if the accusations are true, the devastating effect on Milly Dowler’s family is unforgivable.
Our first priority must be to establish the full facts behind these claims. I have written to Mr and Mrs Dowler this morning to assure them News International will vigorously pursue the truth and that they will be the first to be informed of the outcome of our investigation.
Our lawyers have also written to their solicitor Mark Lewis to ask him to show us any of the evidence he has so we can swiftly take the appropriate action.
At the moment we only know what we have read.
Since 2006, when the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) seized the documentation from the private investigator Glen [sic] Mulcaire, News International has had no visibility on the evidence available.
The process of discovery is complicated. The MPS first present relevant documents to potential victims. We only see the evidence much later during the legal process.
This morning, in our regular Operation Weeting meeting, we have offered the MPS our full co-operation to establish the veracity of these fresh allegations.
I have also written to the chief constable of Surrey police. Although their nine year investigation is now complete, I want to offer our co-operation should they intend to discuss this matter with us.
I am determined that News International does everything it can to co-operate fully and pro-actively with the MPS, as we have been doing for some time, to verify the facts so we can respond in a robust and proper way.
It is almost too horrific to believe that a professional journalist or even a freelance inquiry agent working on behalf of a member of the News of the World staff could behave in this way.
If the allegations are proved to be true then I can promise the strongest possible action will be taken as this company will not tolerate such disgraceful behaviour.
I hope that you all realise it is inconceivable that I knew or worse, sanctioned these appalling allegations.
I am proud of the many successful newspaper campaigns at the Sun and the News of the World under my editorship.
In particular, the 10-year fight for Sarah’s Law is especially personal to me.
The battle for better protection of children from paedophiles and better rights for the families and the victims of these crimes defined my editorships.
Although these difficult times will continue for many months ahead, I want you to know that News International will pursue the facts with vigour and integrity.
I am aware of the speculation about my position. Therefore it is important you all know that as chief executive, I am determined to lead the company to ensure we do the right thing and resolve these serious issues.
We will face up to the mistakes and wrongdoing of the past and we will do our utmost to see that justice is done and those culpable will be punished.
In January 2003, Andy Coulson took over as editor of the News of the World following the move of editor Rebekah Brooks (then Rebekah Wade) to sister paper The Sun. Brooks had been News of the World editor since May 2000, during which time allegations would later surface that the tabloid accessed the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. Later in 2003 Brooks and Coulson appeared before a parliamentary committee, where Brooks admitted to paying police for information.
In August 2006, Clive Goodman, royal editor at the News of the World, and his associates Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator, and Davy Craig, editor of the Weekly News, were arrested over allegations of phone hacking made by the British Royal Family in 2005. Goodman and Mulcaire were subsequently charged; they pleaded guilty and were imprisoned on 26 January 2007 for four and six months, respectively. The paper’s editor Andy Coulson resigned while insisting that he had no knowledge of any illegal activities. In March of that year, a senior aide to Rupert Murdoch told a parliamentary committee that a “rigorous internal investigation” found no evidence of widespread hacking at the News of the World; two months later the Press Complaints Commission exonerated the paper in a report on phone hacking.
In 2009 and 2010, further revelations emerged regarding the extent of the phone hacking and the number of News of the World employees who may have been aware of the practices. By March 2010, the paper had spent over £2 million settling court cases with victims of phone hacking. In July 2009, The Guardian made a series of allegations of wider phone hacking activities at the News of the World newspaper, that were aimed at other individuals, including television presenter Chris Tarrant.
This led to several prominent figures who were covertly snooped upon bringing legal action against the News of the World’s owner and Mulcaire. Amongst those who began legal action were Tarrant, football agent Sky Andrew, actors Sienna Miller and Steve Coogan, and sports presenter Andy Gray