This story has been gathering momentum like a big dirty snowball
tumbling down a steep hillside in Britain called: Corruption.
A few days ago Murdoch closed his News of the World newspaper
in an effort to prevent that snowball from inflicting more damage.
The snowball rolled right over the NotW --and carried on regardless.
Prime Minister, David Cameron was quick to distance himself from
Murdoch last week, but he had personally hired the NotW editor
at the center of the scandal as his own press spin doctor.
Former PM, Tony Blair last week also leaped up to say he was always
warning against the power of Murdoch's press --but it turned out that
not only was he as servile to Murdoch as all other PM's since Thatcher
but he had tried to make an MP back off who was trying to unmask
the scale of that very corruption Blair now scorns.
Then today it emerged that the NotW had paid royal police for the
personal cellphone numbers of royal family members. And it also
emerged that the paper had hacked former PM, Gordon Brown:
Good God, News Corp. hacked the prime minister.
We've now stepped beyond Watergate.http://bit.ly/pY3jUg
via @Jeff Jarvis
Last night Murdoch flew into London and made a very deliberate street
appearance at the side of his favorite journalistic hack -- Rebekah Brooks,
whose fingerprints he is attempting to wipe from the hacking scandal:
Rupert Murdoch with Rebekah Brooks yesterday (Photo: EPA)
That was an ill-advised move.
It made it look like Murdoch is endorsing the perpetrators.
And not the first or last bad move either:
Con Coughlin, Telegraph executive foreign editor, writes that News
International is committing commercial suicide by undermining the police:
I know things must be tense over at News International, but it seems the
company’s management have taken leave of their senses.
As if they’re not in enough trouble already, it seems certain executives
are actively seeking to undermine the police’s anti-corruption
investigation by continuing to brief their favourite media lackeys –
notably the BBC’s Robert Peston – on their [own] latest discoveries....
Clearly the people currently running NI have forgotten the first law
of Fleet Street: when in a hole, stop digging.
Nobody is going to come up smelling of roses out of this.
The police have taken corrupt bribes for personal information.
The politicians have courted Murdoch and used him for PR.
The gutter press have been little better than thugs.
Costly civil lawsuits and criminal cases with jail terms
will strike Murdoch's empire and upper management tier.
Politicians and police will be running for cover. Too late.
Scotland Yard has discovered references to both Brown and his wife, Sarah, in paperwork seized from Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who specialised in phone hacking for the News of the World;
• Abbey National bank found evidence suggesting that a "blagger" acting for the Sunday Times on six occasions posed as Brown and gained details from his account;
• London lawyers, Allen & Overy, were tricked into handing over details from his file by a conman working for the Sunday Times;
• Details from his infant son's medical records were obtained by the Sun, who published a story about the child's serious illness.
Brown joins a long list of Labour politicians who are known to have been targeted by private investigators working for News International, including the former prime minister Tony Blair and his media adviser Alastair Campbell, the former deputy prime minister John Prescott and his political adviser Joan Hammell, Peter Mandelson as trade secretary, Jack Straw and David Blunkett as home secretaries, Tessa Jowell as media secretary and her special adviser Bill Bush, and Chris Bryant as minister for Europe.
The sheer scale of the data assault on Brown is unusual, with evidence of attempts to obtain his legal, financial, tax, medical and police records as well as to listen to his voicemail. All of these incidents are linked to media organisations. In many cases, there is evidence of a link to News International.
The story of how ex-News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks
demanded "Harry Potter correspondent" Charles Begley to dress up
as the boy wizard - hours after the 9/11 attacks - has gone viral in
the wake of the phone hacking scandal.
I'm really glad this old story about Murdoch's slimy
henchwoman Rebekah Brooks is going viral on the net.
It's a notoriety on a global scale which she
truly deserves. Now the whole world will get
to see that she is a total f**king c**t:
CB: Well, to be frank, Greg, as far as my future at News International
is concerned, I haven't toed the line for the editor's pet project.
I didn't prance around while the World Trade Centre was being bombed,
for her personal amusement. I can't just stroll in.
GM: Why not? Charles, that is what we do - we go out and destroy other people's lives.
Tues, Sept 11, three hours after the collapse of the Twin Towers:
Begley is told to turn up at tomorrow's news conference,
dressed as Harry Potter.
Wed, Sept 12: Still feeling stunned, he phones his newsdesk editor Neville Thurlbeck for confirmation.
CB: Hi, Neville. I just wanted to check, given the enormity of events in America - will the editor still need me dressed up as Harry Potter for conference?
NT: Well, she knew exactly what was going on yesterday afternoon and she still wanted you to dress up then. I think you should just assume she wants you to do it now.
Wed, Sept 26: (Begley did not turn up to conference on Sept 12 and, shortly afterwards, was signed off with stress by his doctor.) He speaks to Stuart Kuttner on the phone.
SK: We heard you weren't well. What's the problem?
CB: I've been diagnosed with stress.
SK: That bit I do know. Now, tell me about it, and we'll see what, if anything, we can do.
CB: There were a couple of events which brought things to a head. A few hours after the attack on the World Trade Centre, I was asked by Rebekah to dress up as Harry Potter. She wanted me to dress up and go to her office in the middle of the newsroom.
SK: Which date was that?
CB: That was on Tuesday, September 11. It was the afternoon, less than three hours after [the attacks]. I went into her office and Andy [Coulson, the deputy editor] was on the sofa and Rebekah was on the phone. Andy asked me where was my Harry Potter suit and I made some excuse, saying: it's not here, it's in the photo studio. [Actually], it was in the office, but it was hardly appropriate for a journalist to be prancing about as Harry Potter. Andy told me I should always have my Harry Potter gear around, in case of a Harry Potter emergency, and told me that the morning after, I was to dress up for conference as Harry Potter. So, at that time, [when] we were working on the assumption that up to 50,000 people had been killed, I was required to parade myself around morning conference, dressed as Harry Potter.
SK: I see.
CB: What person with any journalistic integrity can be humiliated like that, or told to perform like that?
SK: How did you deal with that?
CB: I was pretty dumbstruck, to be honest. I just said, "Right, okay", and left the office. The following morning, I called Neville before leaving home and asked him, given what had happened, did Rebekah still need me to dress up as Harry Potter?
SK: Right, well, I'm sorry that you're under the weather. I'm concerned about you.
CB: I've spoken to my doctor. I do value my job. I've worked hard to get my job. I just don't think I can cope with it at the minute.
SK: All right, I've listened to what you've said: a) you have been very straightforward in this call, and b) well, you appear to be very stressed. You had better take it easy and we'll talk again very soon.
The Murdoch's and Rebekah Brooks have cooked up a
desperate strategy to throw a relatively junior-level
player Andy Coulson to the wolves.
And the police are none too pleased:
News of the World scandal:
'deliberate campaign' to undermine inquiry, say police
Scotland Yard has launched an attack on those it accuses of undermining
the police investigation into alleged illegal payments to police by
deliberately leaking information about the inquiry.....
The information is said to have been found in emails which were handed
to the police last month. The emails are said to link Andy Couslon, the
former editor of the News of the World, to payments totalling upwards
of £100,000 to police officers.
It was revealed that the emails were discovered by News International in
2007 but not passed to the Metropolitan Police until four years later.
News International sources said that it was only when Rebekah Brooks
and James Murdoch became aware of the emails that they were passed
The statement, issued this afternoon by Scotland Yard, said:
“It is our belief that information that has appeared in the media today
is part of a deliberate campaign to undermine the investigation into the
alleged payments by corrupt journalists to corrupt police officers and
divert attention from elsewhere.
“At various meetings over the last few weeks information was shared
with us by News International and their legal representatives and it was
agreed by all parties that this information would be kept confidential so
that we could pursue various lines of inquiry, identify those responsible
without alerting them and secure best evidence.
“However we are extremely concerned and disappointed that the
continuous release of selected information - that is only known by
a small number of people - could have a significant impact on the
What has come out so far is serious enough, but
the prospects for Murdoch's key executives just
got rather bleak as this latest news reveals that
Five Top Cops Investigating Phone Hacking
Had Their Own Personal Phones Tapped!!
Sir Ian Blair, Assistant Commissioner Yates and Former Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman
A report has just gone up on the New York Times website claiming that
five senior police officers may have had their phones targeted by Glenn
Mulcaire. Citing sources close to the police investigation, the paper alleges
that former Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair, former Assistant
Commissioner Andy Hayman and serving Assistant Commissioner John
Yates may all have been hacked. Two other unnamed officers are also
alleged to have been hacked.
In summary, the police were investigating the News of the World for
alleged phone hacking. So the NotW then hacked the personal phones
of the senior officers to see if they could find any dirt which might give
them leverage to derail the police investigation.
That is conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
And it seems the pressure on these top cops worked. The hacking
investigation was limited and one of the senior cops resigned and
went to work as a columnist for..... The News of the World!!
This is getting very serious for all concerned:
British Tabloid Targeted Investigators’ Phone Data
By DON VAN NATTA Jr. and RAVI SOMAIYA - Published: July 11, 2011
LONDON — Shortly after Scotland Yard began its initial criminal inquiry of
phone hacking by The News of the World in 2006, five senior police
investigators discovered that their own mobile phone messages had been
targeted by the tabloid and had most likely been listened to.
The disclosure, based on interviews with former and current officials
knowledgeable about the investigation, raises the question of whether
senior criminal investigators had concerns that if they aggressively
investigated The News of the World, they would be punished with splashy
stories about their secrets, some of which were tabloid-ready.
As it turned out, several damaging allegations about two of the senior
officers’ private lives were later revealed by other news outlets —
charges that one had padded his expense reports and was involved in
extramarital affairs and that the other used frequent flier miles accrued
on the job for personal vacations.
The lead police investigator on the phone-hacking case, Andy Hayman,
resigned from the Metropolitan Police in December 2007 after questions
were raised in the news media about business expenses he had filed and
the nature of his relationship with a woman who worked for the
Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Mark Lewis, a lawyer who represents a number of high-profile hacking
victims, said in an interview that he believed that Mr. Hayman was
unwilling to investigate phone-hacking because he feared that the
newspaper would reveal his relationship with a woman who worked at
the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
“He feared that if News International had become displeased with the
investigation, there would be very serious consequences for him,” Mr.
After leaving the police in December 2007, Mr. Hayman was hired by
News International as a columnist for The Times of London. He has
written nearly 100 columns for the newspaper, including one in 2009
that defended the original phone-hacking inquiry, saying that only top
detectives had been assigned to it and that the inquiry had left “no
It's not the only conspiracy to pervert the course
of justice which involves the New of the World.
In another case, two murder suspects got the News Of The World
to spy on the policeman who was investigating them for murder!!
Gory details are here:
News of the World surveillance of detective:
what Rebekah Brooks knew
Brooks summoned to meeting with Scotland Yard to be told
her journalists had spied on behalf of murder suspects
Nick Davies - guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 6 July 2011 19.47 BST
As editor of the News of the World Rebekah Brooks was confronted with
evidence that her paper's resources had been used on behalf of two
murder suspects to spy on the senior detective who was investigating
their alleged crime.
Brooks was summoned to a meeting at Scotland Yard where she was told
that one of her most senior journalists, Alex Marunchak, had apparently
agreed to use photographers and vans leased to the paper to run
surveillance on behalf of Jonathan Rees and Sid Fillery, two private
investigators who were suspected of murdering another investigator,
Daniel Morgan, when the latter was a partner of Rees's in the firm
Southern Investigations. The Yard saw this as a possible attempt to
pervert the course of justice.
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Methinks perhaps the power elite is now having issues keeping all their spinning plates in the air. This "global domination" thing is a bit trickier to pull off than expected, once some of the middle men realize the hand that feeds is also biting them. _________________ "No matter what happens, ever... there's ALWAYS at least one reason. And the top reason is ALWAYS money."
Testifying before a UK house of commons committe today one of three
senior police officers declared that the force was too busy with defending
against Al-Qaeda in 2006 to investigate phone hacking.
The Al-Qaida angle is worth examining - now that they have raised it.
One officer, Mr John Yates is currently head of Scotland Yard’s counter
terrorism branch. Another of the officers questioned is Peter Clarke, the
former head of the Metropolitan Police Counter-terrorism Command.
From what we know of the reality of the "terrorism" threat, we can
assume that senior officers holding these posts are likley to be very
friendly to the agenda of the "powers that be." The sort of policemen
that the NWO can depend on.
No wonder they weren't interested in investigating Murdoch.
John Yates testimony was that of a worried man:
"You just don't sound like the dogged
determined sleuth that we would expect.."
By comparison the testimony offered by former
Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman resembled
that of a none too-believable used car salesman:
13.32 You made a judgement to accept hospitality from people you were investigating, the committee says to Hayman. "Yes. Not having dinner [with NI chiefs] would have been more suspicious than having it", says Hayman. The committee laughs. "We're astonished at how you're answering these questions", says Vaz, when Hayman asks why they're laughing.
13.30 "Don't beat me up for being upfront and honest", complains Hayman, as the committee questions him about his aspirations to be a journalist.
13.27 "More Clouseau than Columbo", sneers Vaz at Hayman as Hayman admits to having dinners with people who were investigated. Hayman says he "has no idea" if he was hacked, despite being on the list of victims.
13.25 He is asked about his contract with News International, and says he will only discuss it in a "private conversation" - Laura Kuenssberg notes paper reports this morning that it has been terminated already. "Any hint that I am in the back pocket [of NI] is unfounded. I refute that", says Hayman.
Never loose sight of this key fact: Because suspected hacking of the
phones of the UK royal family was the initial focus of investigation, the
whole hacking issue fell under the ambit of Britain's Top Terror Cops.
National security, don'cha know. And they never let it out of their grasp.
One officer, Mr John Yates is currently head of Scotland Yard’s counter
terrorism branch. Another of the officers is Peter Clarke, the former
head of the Metropolitan Police Counter-terrorism Command.
My analysis is that the royal family angle was deliberately seeded to
place the whole scandal in the safe hands of these elite terrorism cops.
Terrorism hysteria has been relentlessly hyped by the Murdoch media
and this was to the benefit of Murdoch, the cops and the NWO.
Birds of a feather.
Read between the lines. It's all below in my edited audio extracts 14 min.
taken from the testimony of Peter Clarke, Met Counter-Terrorism head -
and Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman -who now works for Murdoch:
This little clip of a puppet Rupert Murdoch, having an editorial with his vulturous editors, is almost as fresh today as it was twenty-five years ago, when it first aired on the satirical sketch show Spitting Image.
Is it a surprise that twenty-five years ago Murdoch was seen as a ghastly, untrustworthy, muck-raking shit?
How could anyone have forgotten?
The fact that so many did, and the fact that Murdoch became so very, very powerful over those twenty-five years, fully underlines the extent to the unhealthy and undemocratic relationship maintained by past governments with the media tycoon.
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