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Fintan
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There will be a short delay before we resume
while Rebekah Brooks is being fitted with a
bullet-proof vest and protective headgear.
Laughing





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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I may treat this in a
classic tabloid fashion:
Wink


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You Greedy Git!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Here's a pie in your eye you old globalist fool!" Razz

Too bad this guy didn't have more for everybody, including Little Jimmy and that slap happy Old Ball and Chain! Wink

The reaction and treatment of the pie thrower by the London Copper appears on the surface, that the copper may think it was well deserved. He looks like he ask's the assailant if the cuffs are not too tight. They smile and he takes his picture. Classic Cinema Noir!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting info on Sean Hoare death on twitter....

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PaulLewis Paul Lewis
I've been at Sean Hoare's house. Police/ambulance there 11am-3pm. Then nothing. Story breaks. Forensics arrive 9pm.


Also suggesting Post Mortem results will be available shortly
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Murdoch Attacker blog:

http://anarchish.blogspot.com/

Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/JonMayBowles
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In related news...


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CPS in crisis as allegations of suppressed evidence wreck trials

Claims Crown's lawyers failed to disclose evidence in several cases, including the Mark Kennedy environmental activism affair

The Crown Prosecution Service faces a crisis following the abandonment of a series of trials after allegations of serious wrongdoing were made against its staff.

Senior officials at the CPS stand accused of repeatedly failing to meet their legal obligation to disclose crucial evidence and ensure fair trials.

Sir Christopher Rose, a former appeal court judge, has been appointed to lead an inquiry into claims the CPS suppressed evidence relating to the undercover police officer Mark Kennedy.

His inquiry will test whether prosecutors in the Kennedy case met the fundamental obligation of disclosure, to give lawyers for the accused any evidence that could assist their defence.

The Guardian can reveal that the same CPS lawyer in the east Midlands allegedly implicated in the Kennedy case has been accused of non-disclosure in two other trials.

The cases one concerning fraud, the other drugs were abandoned in recent months after prosecutors were alleged to have withheld evidence.

The development threatens to widen the controversy stemming from the Kennedy affair, which until now has focused on prosecutions of environmental campaigners.

On Tuesday, 20 activists convicted of planning to break into the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station will challenge the guilty verdicts at the court of appeal. If successful, their case will be considered a shocking miscarriage of justice.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jul/18/cps-mark-kennedy-trial?CMP=twt_gu


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The convictions of 20 protesters for trying to shut down the UK's second largest power station have been quashed by the Court of Appeal.

The ruling came after it was revealed the group had been infiltrated by undercover police officer Mark Kennedy.

They had been convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire.

The 20 had received either community orders or conditional discharges.

They were found guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court in December and the judge accepted they were "decent men and women" motivated by their concern for the environment.

A later trial involving six protesters collapsed in January.

It followed claims that former Metropolitan Police officer Pc Kennedy - who had been using the name Mark Stone in his covert work - had changed sides and offered to give evidence on their behalf.

He was said to have spent seven years working undercover in the green movement across Europe.

The case was heard by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, sitting with two other judges.

Lord Judge said the convictions were unsafe "because of significant non-disclosure" of material "which would have been supportive of the defence case".

The full judgement outlining details of the decision will be given on Wednesday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14203873
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




No Suicide Note In Sean Hoare Death
As Post-Mortem Proves Inconclusive


19 July 2011

A post-mortem examination on phone hacking whistleblower's
Sean Hoare body has failed to show a clear cause of death and
police have said no suicide note was found.


The Guardian's Paul Lewis says that Hertfordshire Police first
sent him the following by email about the post-mortem outcome:

There is no evidence of third party involvement and
the death is non suspicious. Further toxicology results
are now awaited and there is an on-going examination
of health problems identified at the post mortem....


The police have now clarified that the results of the
autopsy were "inconclusive", and detectives could not
categorically say "one way or another whether this was
suicide" until they received the results of the toxicology
tests, which could take weeks.



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Colleagues pay tribute after death of former News of the World
entertainment correspondent who spoke out on phone hacking


Ben Proctor, who worked with Hoare over many years and was most recently deputy editor of the People, recalled him fondly as "an old fashioned Fleet Street character".

"Typically with Sean he managed to became close to Liam Gallagher. Liam even helped Sean's fledgling freelance career when the News of the World cut him adrift, offering to assist him with background info on a book about Oasis," he said.

Proctor told the Guardian that Hoare was "imbued with an incredible earthy charm", as well as being a great reporter.

"Like a cross between Arthur Daley and Del Trotter, you could always rely on Sean to persuade people to part with the facts."

Hoare, said Proctor, was a journalist of traditional vintage: "An old fashioned Fleet Street character, always in the pub but always with a story."

Though the most of the tributes were warm, Proctor portrayed a man with some hard edges:

"When I first met him he offered to break my knee caps over some 'creative differences'. But another time, when word went round I had a problem, he was first to my home to lend support. I always loved him, everybody did."

Others who worked alongside Hoare recounted fond memories from when they were young and green.

They included the Guardian's columnist Marina Hyde, who worked as a secretary at the Sun, and wrote on Twitter: "Utterly tragic news about my friend Sean Hoare, the first journalist to speak to me when I started as a secretary ... He continued to be kind to me until the very end, and he was more special than I can possibly say."

Simon Ricketts, a Guardian journalist, recalled on Twitter that Hoare was "a lovely generous man" who took him under his wing as a work experience reporter on a local paper: "He handed me a story on a plate. I went out to investigate, got all my notes and got back to the office and started to write it."

"I finished and Sean had a look. He got my notebook, extracted the best quotes, the one's I'd left in the notebook. He tickled, edited and expanded my story.

"By the time he'd finished, it was 100 times better. It got put on the front page of the paper. Sean insisted that my name go on the story. When the paper came out, he walked over with a copy. He gave me it with a flourish. "Congratulations on your first-ever splash," he said."

Ricketts concludes, "I shall raise a glass or 12 tonight to him."

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Several news sources are playing up that Hoare was "recently dismissed for drug and alcohol problems." I'm looking forward to discovering the accuracy of that as well.

Btw, toxicology tests do not take 'weeks'. Authorities take weeks releasing the results, because after the do the test (immediately), they need a few weeks to figure out how to perception manage the results, in the event they prove someone's suspicions are well-founded.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been watching the BBC and Al Jabberer like a hawk since Hoare's demise.

Not even a mention.

But AJ is all over it now like a cheap suit.

Plus, he comes down on the side of Fox.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Amid the Murdoch scandal, there is the acrid smell of business as usual

21 July 2011



In Scoop, Evelyn Waugh’s brilliant satire on the press, there is the moment when Lord Copper, owner of the Daily Beast, meets his new special war correspondent, William Boot, in truth an authority on wild flowers and birdsong. A confused Boot is brought to his lordship’s presence by Mr. Salter, The Beast’s foreign editor.

“Is Mr. Boot all set for his trip?”

“Up to a point, Lord Copper.”

Copper briefed Boot as follows: “A few sharp victories, some conspicuous acts of personal bravery on the Patriot side and a colourful entry into the capital. That is The Beast policy for the war... We shall expect the first victory about the middle of July.”

Rupert Murdoch is a 21st century Lord Copper. The amusing gentility is missing; the absurdity of his power is the same. The Daily Beast wanted victories; it got them. The Sun wanted dead Argies; Gotcha! Of the bloodbath in Iraq, Murdoch said, “There is going to be collateral damage. And if you really want to be brutal about it, better we get it done now...”. The Times, the Sunday Times, Fox got it done.

Long before it was possible to hack phones, Murdoch was waging a war on journalism, truth, humanity, and succeeded because he knew how to exploit a system that welcomed his rapacious devotion to the “free market”. Murdoch may be more extreme in his methods, but he is no different in kind from many of those now lining up to condemn him who are his beneficiaries, mimics, collaborators, apologists.

As former prime minister Gordon Brown turns on his former master, accusing him of running a “criminal-media nexus”, watch the palpable discomfort in the new, cosy parliamentary-media consensus. “We must not be backward-looking,” said one Labour MP. Those parliamentarians caught last year with both hands in the Westminster till, who did nothing to stop the killing of hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq and stood and cheered the war criminal responsible, are now “united” behind the “calm” figure of opposition leader Ed Miliband. There is an acrid smell of business as usual.

Certainly, there is no “revolution”, as reported in the Guardian, which compared the “fall” of Murdoch with that of the tyrant Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania in 1989. The overexcitement is understandable; Nick Davies’ scoop is a great one. The truth is, Britain’s system of elite monopoly control of the media rests not on Murdoch’s News International alone, but on the Mail and the Guardian and the BBC, perhaps the most influential of all. All share a corporate monoculture that sets the agenda of the “news”, defines acceptable politics as maintaining the fiction of distinctive parties, normalises unpopular wars and guards the limits of “free speech”. This will only be strengthened by the allusion that a “bad apple” has been “rooted out”.

When the Financial Times complained last September that the BSkyB takeover would give Murdoch a media dominance in Britain, the media commentator, Roy Greenslade, came to his rescue. “Surely,” he wrote, “Britain’s leading business newspaper should be applauding an entrepreneur who has achieved so much from uncompromising beginnings?”. Murdoch’s political control was a myth spread by “naïve commentators”. Noting his own “idealism” about journalism, he made no mention of his history on the Sun and later as Robert Maxwell’s Daily Mirror editor responsible for the shameful smear that the miners’ leader Arthur Scargill was corrupt. (To his credit, he apologised in 2002). Greenslade is now a professor of journalism at City University, London. In his Guardian blog of 17 July, he caught the breeze and proposed that Murdoch explain “the climate you created”.

How many of the political and media chorus now calling for Murdoch’s head remained silent over the years as his papers repeatedly attacked the most vulnerable in society? Impoverished single mothers have been a favourite target of tax-avoiding News International. Who in the so-called media village demanded the sacking of Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie following his attacks on the dead and dying of the Hillsborough football stadium tragedy? This was an episode as debased as the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone, yet MacKenzie has been frequently feted on the BBC and in the liberal press as the “witty” tabloid genius who “understands the ordinary punter”. Such vicarious middle-class flirtation with Wapping-life is matched by admiration for the successful Murdoch “marketing model”.

In Andrew Neil’s 470-page book, Full Disclosure, the former editor of Murdoch’s Sunday Times devotes fewer than 30 words to the scurrilous and destructive smear campaign he and his Wapping colleagues waged against the broadcasters who made the 1988 Thames television current affairs programme, Death on the Rock. This landmark, fully vindicated investigation lifted a veil on the British secret state and revealed its ruthlessness under Margaret Thatcher, a Murdoch confidante. Thereafter, Thames Television was doomed. Yet, Andrew Neil has his own BBC programme and his views are sought after across the liberal media.

On 13 July, the Guardian editorialised about “the kowtowing of the political class to the Murdochs”. This is all too true. Kowtowing is an ancient ritual, often performed by those whose pacts with power are not immediately obvious but no less sulphuric. Tony Blair, soaked in the blood of an entire human society, was once regarded almost mystically at the liberal Guardian and Observer as the prime minister who, wrote Hugo Young, “wants to create a world none of us have known [where] the mind might range in search of a better Britain...”. He was in perfect harmony with the chorus over at Murdoch’s Wapping. “Mr. Blair,” said the Sun, “has vision, he has purpose and he speaks our language on morality and family life.” Plus ce change.

http://www.johnpilger.com/articles/amid-the-murdoch-scandal-there-is-the-acrid-smell-of-business-as-usual

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Phone hacking: Rebekah Brooks enjoys a chauffeur-driven ride to her new post


Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, has kept her chauffeur-driven car, depite her 'resignation' from the company.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/8705001/Phone-hacking-Rebekah-Brooks-enjoys-a-chauffeur-driven-ride-to-her-new-post.html
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