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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rupert Murdoch is a recipient of the Order of Australia, established by Letters patent of Elizabeth II:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Australia

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The Order was established on 14 February 1975 by Letters patent of Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, and countersigned by the then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. The original Order had only three grades: Companion (AC), Officer (AO) and Member (AM).


Also interesting is that the Queen Mother and Rupert Murdoch share the same biographer, William Shawcross:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shawcross

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He has also written a number of books, including biographies of Rupert Murdoch and the Shah of Iran. His official biography of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was released in the UK on 17 September 2009 and in the United States on 20 October 2009.

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Shawcross' daughter Eleanor is connected (see below) with George Osborne, who has been described as a leading supporter of Murdoch's News International.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The John Adamn st Gang (aka Committee of 300) most certainly do need to be exposed for what they are - criminals.


Agreed.


Thanks Andrew. It is rare indeed that anyone so much as breathes the name of the John Adam St Gang.

I do suspect Schillings may have put a super-injunction in place to silence exposure of this network.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tonight's show - discussions in the first hour too on the developing phone hacking tsunami

The suspicious death of News of the World reporter Sean Hoare who is a key witness against David Cameron's former press secretary Andy Coulson and other suspicious deaths discussed by Westcountry doctor David Halpin. Guardian journalist who originally researched the phone hacking story Nick Davies talks about Rupert Murdoch and his newspaper staff as a Power Elite with the ability to commit crime with impunity. Former Labour and Respect MP George Galloway on Murdoch's fall from grace. Interview about the state of Britain today with Parliament Square peace campaigner Brian Haw who died last month.

http://bcfm.org.uk/2011/07/22/17/friday-drivetime-28/7124

http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/53277

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Justice Department Prepares Subpoenas in News Corp. Inquiry

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903461104576460393481721 896.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsTop

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The U.S. Justice Department is preparing subpoenas as part of preliminary investigations into News Corp. relating to alleged foreign bribery and alleged hacking of voicemail of Sept. 11 victims, according to a government official.

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MP calls for police to investigate Murdoch son over crucial email
www.thisislondon.co.uk http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23972388-investigate-ja mes-murdoch-over-smoking-gun-email-urges-mp.do
James Murdoch faces the possibility of being investigated by police over the evidence he gave to Parliament. It also emerged the judge leading the hacking inquiry is linked to News Corp chief's son-in-law...

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The judge in charge of the phone hacking inquiry, Lord Brian Leveson, went to two parties in the last year at the home of Matthew Freud, a "public relations" executive married to Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth. Matthew Freud's great-grandfather is Sigmund Freud, uncle to the 'father' of propaganda, Edward Bernays. Coincidence?


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Oddly enough, Matthew Freud's ex-wife married Princess Diana's brother, Charles Spencer. Matthew Freud got together with Elisabeth Murdoch when she was dumping her ex-husband--son of a Ghananian political detainee.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FBI prepares subpoenas in News Corp probe
Published: 22 July, 2011, 18:46 - Edited: 23 July, 2011, 02:09
A week after the FBI announced that they would be probing News Corp on alleged voicemail hacks of 9/11 victims, today the Justice Department is readying subpoenas as they continue an investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s disintegrating media empire.
The Wall Street Journal, a paper managed by Murdoch’s corporation, was the first to break the story today.
http://rt.com/usa/news/fbi-corp-murdochs-week/

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

but what can be done?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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but what can be done?



Get the Law and not the so-called law (money ponzi scheme) in the courts and let people know that judges all have a vested interest in that Ponzi scheme and not Justice and honesty. That they keep judging in their own cause and don't allow evidence that they shouldn’t judge; it should be the Jury that decides that. Even when challenging their oath they judge in their own cause and have a vested interest in doing so.

Which proves that they are acting unlawfully and the public need to know about this and see that the Law is adhered to. It also proves who are the biggest Criminals responsible for all the weightier crimes. All this could be done in court, so there needs to be a public out cry for Justice, truth, honesty and integrity. The Law of cause should be about Justice, honesty etc; otherwise there will be more anarchy (thier so-called laws are anarchy for us and money/power etc; to the few that benefit in that Ponzi scheme) and bloodshed.


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Don’t get caught up in "case law" (so-called)

Every case should be judged as an individual case, this "case law"is what many (freeman movement types get caught up in)

Mistakes in judgment are repeatedly compounded,
mutated so that the System inherently becomes more unjust over time.
Every case adds to millions of man-made fraudulent laws that are already
overflowing law libraries, which creates job-security for all the
so-called legal-experts, and all the self-made experts, adding to the
confusion between right and wrong.

With millions and millions of cases on the books, that no-one could
possibly read, understand in ten life-times much less one.

The same with Acts of Parliament, that has to have Royal Accent (shows who’s causing all the problems “The Crown” /committee of 300 etc, etc.)

A Bill MUST have Royal Assent before it can become an Act of Parliament (law).

http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/laws/passage-bill/lords/lrds-royal- assent/
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Is the media trying to hide a bigger story - not just voice mail hacking but mobile phone tapping? (The latter being quite definitely illegal while hacking still has the CPS in technical quandaries)

See Police Detctive in the Sarah Payne case, Martyn Underhill, interview towards the bottom of the page here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14346083

He clearly says "tapped phone" about a dozen times yet there is no reference to phone tapping anywhere and very difficult to find using google.

Perhaps Big Brother doesn't want you to know they can listen in on your mobile calls?

Yet we know it can be easily done using a "cloned" mobile phone (NotW gave Sarah a mobile phone as a "present"). See

http://www.phone-spy.co.uk/

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We offer a variety of professional products to suit all needs of our customers. Phone-Spy is a well established company, as we have been selling software since May 2005, and we continuously update our products, while also keeping older software for compatibility reasons.


http://www.howtomobile.com/cell-phone-lessons/eavesdrop-on-cell-phones  /

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Eavesdrop On Cell Phones

Is it really possible to eavesdrop on cell phones? It’s not as simple as the old days when you could pick up the phone downstairs and listen to her sister talking to her boyfriend upstairs, but it is possible to eavesdrop on cell phones. In order to do this, you will probably have to find a good set of cell phones cloning instructions.

Since most service providers have stuff in place that makes it much harder to eavesdrop on a phone conversation, you will have to actually trick the company into thinking that your phone is the other person’s phone. This means that you have to make an exact copy of their handset - and then you will be able to listen in.

Even if you’re able to make a clone to eavesdrop on cell phones you will have to look at the legal issues in your country. I don’t know if it’s legal in the United States but I highly doubt it. It definitely isn’t worth it if you’re going to end up in federal prison for it.

Don’t let your curiosity get the best of you. Might want to consider talking to your kids instead of doing something that could get you into trouble.

Other pages: cell phones cloning instructions,


And, of course, we all know about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squidgygate - oh look! Sun Reporters...
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The Media Standards Trust is another supporter, with Sovereign Strategy, of the Hacked Off campaign, paying for the campaign's website.


Sovereign Strategy state on their own website that they are located at 60 Trafalgar Square, home territory of the John Adam St Gang (Committee of 300).

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Seamus Milne with the bigger picture on Phone Hacking


Murdoch: This scandal has exposed the scale of elite corruption

Cameron wants to bury the collusion uncovered in the hacking revelations but it's part of a growing crisis of official Britain

Seumas Milne - guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 20 July 2011 22.00 BST

The Tory operation to bury the phone-hacking scandal in spin and official inquiries is now in full flow. On his way back from Africa, David Cameron declared it was essential to get the whole business into perspective, echoing Rupert Murdoch's insistence that his competitors had got up "this hysteria". Today, the prime minister chided Ed Miliband for "chasing conspiracy theories" and claimed it was really Gordon Brown who had been in the pocket of the global media billionaire.

Meanwhile, News International pundits and others with their own reasons to stem the flood of revelations have been loudly insisting that the political clout of Murdoch's corporate colossus has been exaggerated. The hyper-regulated BBC is the real media monopoly, they say, and in any case the current fixation with phone hacking has meant no one is discussing bankers' bonuses and the threat of another financial meltdown. This is a "frenzy that has grown out of control", the Daily Mail complained.

But the real frenzy isn't the exposure of the scandal – it's the scale of corruption, collusion and cover-up between News International, politicians and police that the scandal has revealed. As the cast of hacking victims, blaggers and blackmailers has lengthened, and the details of the incestuous payments and job-swapping between News International, government and Scotland Yard become more complex, it's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture that is now emerging.

If it were not for the uncovering of this cesspit, the Cameron government would be preparing to nod through the outright takeover of BSkyB by News International, taking its dominance of Britain's media and political world into Silvio Berlusconi territory. But what has been exposed now goes well beyond the hacking of murder victims and dead soldiers' families – or even the media itself. The scandal has lifted the lid on how power is really exercised in 21st-century Britain – in which the unreformed City and its bankers play a central part.

Murdoch's overweening political influence has long been recognised, from well before Tony Blair flew to Australia in 1995 to pay public homage at his corporate court. What has been less well understood is how close-up and personal the pressure exerted by his organisation has been throughout public life. The fear that those who crossed him would be given the full tabloid treatment over their personal misdemeanours, real or imagined, has proved to be a powerful Mafia-like racket.

It was the warning that News International would target their personal lives that cowed members of the Commons culture and media committee over pressing their investigation into phone hacking too vigorously before the last election. Barely a fortnight ago, Ed Miliband was warned that Murdoch's papers would "make it personal" after he broke with the political-class omerta towards the company. The same vow of silence meant that when Rebekah Brooks told MPs in 2003 her organisation had "paid the police for information", the bribery admission sank like a stone.

The Sopranos style is deeply embedded in the Murdoch dynasty. When the New Labour culture secretary Tessa Jowell broke up with her husband in 2006 as he faced Berlusconi-linked corruption charges (he was later cleared), Brooks took her out, letting her cry on her shoulder – just as News International was hacking into the couple's phone. Jowell has now called in her lawyers, but that didn't stop her attending Elisabeth Murdoch's lavish Chipping Norton party earlier this month, along with David Miliband and other Blairite luminaries. The family demands respect – even from those it has punished.

Of course, the British press has a long history of megalomaniacal, reactionary and criminal proprietors. Some, such as Conrad Black, ended up in prison – or, in the case of Robert Maxwell, would have done if he hadn't died. Others, such as the migrant-and-Muslim-baiting pornographer Richard Desmond, merely emphasise how narrow and dysfunctional media ownership is in Britain.

But Murdoch is a case apart, not only because of his commanding position in both print and satellite TV, but because of the crucial part he played in cementing Margaret Thatcher's political power and then shaping a whole era of New Labour/Tory neoliberal consensus that delivered enfeebled unions, privatisation and the Iraq war. His role in breaking the print unions at Wapping in the 1980s by sacking 5,000 mostly low-paid workers is still hailed in parts of the media as a brave blow for quality journalism.

It was nothing of the kind. The golden age of new titles never materialised, and it's certainly no coincidence that journalists were prevailed upon to resort to systematic illegality in a company that has refused to recognise independent trade unions ever since. Over those years, News International has used its grip on the political class to rewrite media regulation in its own image. As we now know, it has also suborned politicians and the police and operated as a freelance security service – not to expose the abuse of power, but to carry it out.

These revelations should ram home the reality that Britain has become a far more corrupt country than many realise. Much of that has been driven by the privatisation-fuelled revolving door culture that gives former ministers and civil servants plum jobs in the companies they were previously regulating.

But the scandal has also created a powerful opportunity to weaken the unaccountable corporate power that has dominated the British press and create the space for a freer, more diverse media. The Labour leader has naturally been attacked by News International journalists for his call to break up the Murdoch empire and limit media concentration as though he were unaware of the decline of print and the rise of the web. In fact, that shift makes public action more urgent and necessary – and if the Liberal Democrats recognise their own interests, even politically possible.

But several of these opportunities have come and gone. First the official deception of the Iraq war, then the collapse of a deregulated banking system, then the exposure of systematic sleaze in parliament revealed a growing crisis in the way the country is run. Now that crisis has been shown to have spread to the media and police. Official Britain isn't working. Sooner or later, pressure for change will become unstoppable.

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http://www.ukcolumn.org/blogs/media-standards-trust-common-purpose-and -phone-hacking

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/8656563/How-Labou rs-favourite-lobbyist-is-pushing-hacking-campaign.html

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Following the tremendous On The Edge TV show 21 July 2011 where we exposed the Media Standards Trust, Common Purpose and David Cameron's scam appointment of Sir David Bell and Shami Chakrabati as 'independent' experts to look into phone hacking, the Daily Telegraph has also finally woken up.

In the Sunday Telegraph 24 July 2011 reporter Gilligan starts to unravel the truth behind the Common Purpose backed Media Standards Trust by exposing their links to Sovereign Strategy "Labour's favourite lobbyist." Gilligan should be praised for his exposure of Sovereign, Alan Donnelly the former Labour Leader in the European Parliament and current Chairman of David Miliband's constituency Labour party. Alan Donnelly is also linked to Lord 'Mandy' Mandelson.

The second part of Gilligan's article focuses on Sir David Bell and the hypocrisy of his appointment to investigate the wider press and media. The reason.............Bell is Chairman of Common Purpose Trustees - the same organisation that has broken data protection laws and invaded the privacy of those members of the public who are asking questions regarding Common Purpose funding. In a black list Common Purpose has unlawfully collected and retained personal names, addresses and phone numbers. Bell is also head man of the Media Standards Trust which is whipping up the phone hacking scandal via its "Hacked Off" campaign


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The Sunday Telegraph has established that "Hacked Off," a high-profile campaign against press invasions of privacy, is partly funded and staffed by Sovereign Strategy, a controversial company described by the Guardian newspaper as "Labour's favourite lobbyist."

Hacked Off's best-known supporter is the actor Hugh Grant, who has repeatedly appeared on television as the face of its campaign.

An employee of Sovereign Strategy, Horatio Mortimer, described on its website as its "strategic consultant," has been seconded to work for Hacked Off.

Sovereign Strategy is also paying some of Hacked Off's administrative, accommodation and travel costs.

Sovereign Strategy is owned by Alan Donnelly, the former Labour leader in the European Parliament and current chairman of David Miliband's constituency Labour party.


Mr Donnelly, who is openly gay, lives with Peter Power,(Of 7/7 fame?) an ex-spokesman for and close associate of the former Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson.

Sovereign Strategy has been repeatedly investigated by the press, including The Times and The Sunday Times, owned by News International.

In February last year Sovereign Strategy was accused by The Times of involvement in a "cash-for-access" operation to serving Labour ministers.

The North East Economic Forum, run by Sovereign Strategy, organised a networking event with three ministers on the margins of a regional Cabinet meeting. Businessmen were charged £5,000 to attend.

In 2006, The Sunday Times revealed that Sovereign Strategy, which represents major nuclear industry clients, paid £2,000 to help refurbish Mr Miliband's constituency office shortly before he became the minister responsible for the nuclear industry.

Sovereign Strategy has also received highly critical coverage for paying tens of thousands of pounds to serving MPs and peers, defying a ban on the practice by the lobbying trade body, the Association of Professional Political Consultants.

It employed at least three ex-ministers, the former environment secretary Jack Cunningham, the former health secretary Alan Milburn and the former defence minister Lewis Moonie, while they were backbench MPs or peers.

Lord Cunningham, then a board member of Sovereign Strategy, helped arrange meetings with his former Labour ministerial colleagues on behalf of the lobbyist's clients.

Sovereign Strategy says it stopped paying parliamentarians in 2007.

Two years later, The Sunday Times reported that Lord Moonie had offered to help with amending laws for £30,000, saying "the thing about the Lords is there's virtually nothing they can do" about breaches of the rules.

The peer was caught by a sting involving subterfuge, one of the practices the Hacked Off campaign has questioned. The paper said its use of undercover reporters was in the public interest.

The Lords privileges committee said there was "insufficient evidence to establish to the standards of proof we have adopted" that Lord Moonie had broken its code of conduct but ordered the peer to apologise to the House for his "wholly inappropriate attitude to the rules."

Mr Donnelly's business partner and chief executive of Sovereign Strategy, Iain Malcolm, is Labour leader of South Tyneside council, where the press exposed his involvement in a local scandal known as "Airportgate."

In the affair, described by the Tyneside MP and former Labour chief whip Nick Brown as "indefensible" and "one of the great contemporary scandals," Newcastle airport, jointly owned by South Tyneside and six other North East councils, was refinanced in a controversial £377 million deal with Sir Fred Goodwin's Royal Bank of Scotland, incurring huge potential liabilities to council taxpayers.

The airport's two executive directors were paid a percentage of the loan as a personal bonus – pocketing a total of £8.5 million between them.

The deal was approved by Mr Malcolm, as a member of the airport's five-strong remuneration committee, ignoring warnings from a senior colleague that the deal was "very difficult to justify" and might not achieve "best value" for the taxpayer.

As revealed by The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Malcolm then spent at least £75,000 of council taxpayers' money on taking the social networking site Twitter to court in California, accusing one of his own councillors of being the source of the "Airportgate" story and the author of anonymous tweets and blogs attacking him.

Mr Malcolm obtained a subpoena, described by media lawyers as "inappropriate" and "worrying," requiring Twitter to hand over its account details.

Sovereign Strategy was and remains a major donor to the Labour Party, giving it at least £160,000 over the last nine years. Mr Donnelly has personally given a further £41,000.

Mr Donnelly is also closely linked to Max Mosley, who successfully sued the News of the World for breach of privacy after it revealed that he had indulged in sado-mascochistic orgies with prostitutes.

Mr Donnelly is chief steward of Formula One and Sovereign Strategy is based at the same Trafalgar Square address as Mr Mosley's charitable arm, the FIA Foundation.

The FIA Foundation's director general, David Ward, was chief policy adviser to the former Labour leader, John Smith.

Mr Mosley, who has financed civil actions taken by alleged victims of phone-hacking against the News of the World, has been a client of Sovereign Strategy.

Hacked Off makes no mention of Sovereign Strategy on the "funding" section of its own website, but one of its leaders, Brian Cathcart, a journalism professor at Kingston University, confirmed Mr Mortimer's role and Sovereign's help with administrative, hotel and taxi expenses.

Separately, The Sunday Telegraph has also learned that one of the key members of Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into privacy and the press is chairman of a charity which was itself censured for multiple breaches of privacy laws.

Sir David Bell is one of a six-strong panel appointed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to assist Lord Leveson in his work.

However Sir David chairs a charity, Common Purpose, which was reprimanded by the Information Commissioner in 2009 for six probable breaches of the Data Protection Act.

Common Purpose is an organisation for training "future leaders" in government and the community. It has been accused by some anti-EU campaigners of being a political front to promote pro-Brussels values, which it denies.

Common Purpose fell foul of data protection laws after trying to block these campaigners from investigating its finances.

The organisation compiled a "blacklist" of individuals who had made Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requests about it to councils and other public bodies.

It is heavily funded by such bodies. In some cases Common Purpose the names were released to Common Purpose unlawfully through informal approaches to its contacts at councils.

It then circulated the "blacklist," including the names, private home and email addresses and telephone numbers of the people concerned, to its other public sector clients, telling them that the individuals were "vexatious" people causing it "harassment and disruption" whose requests should be ignored.

The circulation of such private details is also illegal under the Data Protection Act. The act says that personal data must not be shared with third parties without the person's consent.

In 2009 the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, upheld six complaints against Common Purpose over the practice.

In decision notices seen by The Sunday Telegraph, the Commissioner stated that it was "unlikely" that Common Purpose's behaviour had complied with the Data Protection Act.

The Commissioner's office said it had "advised [Common Purpose] to take steps to comply with the law in future." Common Purpose had to take "remedial action" in five of the cases.

Sir David was appointed to the Leveson inquiry because of his role as chairman and co-founder of the Media Standards Trust, which campaigns for for "transparency and accountability in news" and against "all forms of illegal intrusion by the press."

The Media Standards Trust is another supporter, with Sovereign Strategy, of the Hacked Off campaign, paying for the campaign's website.

There are close links between the Media Standards Trust and Common Purpose. The trust's deputy chairman and other co-founder, Julia Middleton, is chief executive of Common Purpose.

The two organisations shared offices until recently. Chris Bryant, the Labour MP who has led the parliamentary campaign on the phone-hacking issue, is a former manager at Common Purpose.

One of those who complained to the Information Commissioner, Michael White, from Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, said: "My private address was in their blacklist and I was described as a vexatious and harassing individual. I felt sick to think that Common Purpose had passed this around half the public authorities in the country.

"They got this data from their contacts in councils. The hypocrisy is stunning. These people quite rightly condemn invasions of privacy by the press while invading people's privacy themselves. They demand transparency for other people and fight it for themselves."

Ms Middleton said last night: "As an organisation we made a genuine mistake in this instance. We did so following what we believed to be sound advice from the Information Commissioner's Office, but it was in a very rapidly changing legal context. We have since changed our practices accordingly."

A Common Purpose spokeswoman said the charity no longer held the offending list and no further action had been taken against it.

And in previously unreported remarks, Lord Leveson has repeatedly criticised the media.

Last November, giving the Roscoe Lecture, he said: "My 40 year experience [in the law]… means that I know not to believe the headlines in the press consistently suggesting that judges sentence too leniently or that the guilty 'get away with it."

As chairman of the Sentencing Council, he complained: "A consultation on the draft assault [sentencing] guideline started last week, accompanied by the usual flurry of media reporting.

"From the headlines, you might think that different documents were being discussed."

Last May he attacked the influence of "media anecdote" in the debate on sentencing and said: "Addressing media coverage is one of the areas the [Sentencing] Council will be seeking to tackle."

Martin Moore, a spokesman for the Hacked Off campaign, said: "We met with Lord Cunningham and others including Alan Donnelly who said they could help us however we liked.

"The extent of their help was minimal and had no bearing on the substantive stuff."

Sovereign Strategy declined to comment.
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Chief cronie crook 'Lord Justice' Brian Leveson
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/miliband-mulls-mps-demands- to-remove-hackinginquiry-judge-2319555.html
What 'community' is he a part of?
Has someone brough a private prosecution against him yet?


Ed Miliband is considering demands by MPs for the judge in charge of the phone-hacking inquiry to be removed from his post after reports that he had socialised with members of Rupert Murdoch's family.
Sources close to the Labour leader said he shared the concerns raised over the impartiality of Lord Justice Leveson after it emerged that the judge attended two parties at the London home of Elisabeth Murdoch, the News Corporation chairman's daughter who is regarded as the heir to the business, and her husband, Matthew Freud.
David Cameron knew about the parties before appointing Lord Leveson to chair the inquiry into the scandal, Downing Street admitted.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/miliband-mulls-mps-demands- to-remove-hackinginquiry-judge-2319555.html

Lord Justice Leveson played down fears of a conflict of interest after it emerged he had social connections to the Murdoch family, which runs News International.
He said it was ‘inevitable’ that there would be some contact between the inquiry panel and the organisations that would be under investigation.
But he added: ‘Had I the slightest doubt about my own position, I would not have accepted the appointment and I also make it clear that I am satisfied that what the panellists have said creates no conflict of interest for them or for me.’
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Sir Brian Henry Leveson QC, born 22 June 1949 in Liverpool, styled The Rt Hon. Lord Justice Leveson

'panel of six people who will work with the judge on the inquiry'

Sir David Bell, former chairman of the Financial Times
Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty
Lord Currie, former Ofcom director
Elinor Goodman, former political editor of Channel 4 News
George Jones, former political editor of the Daily Telegraph
Sir Paul Scott-Lee QPM, former Chief Constable of West Midlands Police

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Today he reports that he is "reliably informed" that Rebekah Brooks, who resigned as chief executive of News International on 15 July, is still being paid by the company.
He quotes an informant as saying: "My understanding is that Rupert has told her to travel the world on him for a year and then he will find a job for her when the scandal has died down."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2011/aug/06/rebekahwade-new sinternational

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Brother of Clerkenwell axe murder victim fears he was newspaper target
by Tom Marshall - Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The brother of axe murder victim Daniel Morgan believes his family could have been targeted by journalists from the News of the World (NOTW).
Alastair Morgan, of Gee Street, Finsbury, says recent revelations that the paper spied on Det Ch Insp David Cook in 2002, when he was leading the investigation into the unsolved killing, are eerily familiar.
http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/brother_of_clerkenwell_axe_murd er_victim_fears_he_was_newspaper_target_1_982884

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David Cameron hired Andy Coulson despite knowing that as editor he employed Jonathan Rees, who paid police for stories



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A man cleared of murder can be named as a private investigator with links to corrupt police officers who earned £150,000 a year from the News of the World for supplying illegally obtained information on people in the public eye.

Jonathan Rees was acquitted of the murder of his former business partner, Daniel Morgan, who was found in a south London car park in 1987 with an axe in the back of his head. The case collapsed after 18 months of legal argument, during which it has been impossible for media to write about Rees's Fleet Street connections.

The ending of the trial means it is now possible for the first time to tell how Rees went to prison in December 2000 after a period of earning six-figure sums from the News of the World.

Rees, who had worked for the paper for seven years, was jailed for planting cocaine on a woman in order to discredit her during divorce proceedings. After his release from prison Rees, who had been bugged for six months by Scotland Yard because of his links with corrupt police officers, was rehired by the News of the World, which was being edited by Andy Coulson.

The revelations call into question David Cameron's judgment in choosing Coulson as director of communications at 10 Downing Street in May 2010. Both he and the deputy prime minister had been warned in March 2010 about Coulson's responsibility for rehiring Rees after his prison sentence.


So Andy Hayman, the former officer in charge of the Yard investigation, now writing a column for News International - further evidence of Police in bed with Ruppert Muddoch? (Now there's an image!) Rolling Eyes

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Andy Coulson vetted by investigator linked to News International
Man who cleared the former editor for Downing Street was once paid by Murdoch
James Hanning, Jane Merrick and Matthew Bell - Independent - Sunday, 7 August 2011
Andy Coulson was cleared for work at No 10 Downing Street last year after an investigator who had also done work for News International (NI) carried out his vetting, the IoS can reveal.
Mr Coulson, David Cameron's media chief, who resigned in January as the phone-hacking scandal developed, was scrutinised by an experienced investigator with strong links to both the Security Services and to the newspaper group that owned the News of the World, which Mr Coulson had previously edited.
The revelation is certain to renew controversy about Mr Cameron's 2007 decision to appoint Mr Coulson months after the former journalist's resignation as editor of the paper when two men were sent to prison for phone hacking.
The vetting process, which took place around the time of last year's election, gave Mr Coulson the green light to work alongside the Prime Minister in Downing Street and to see certain secret documents.
Last week, a former tabloid journalist and author, Wensley Clarkson, alleged on Newsnight that the investigator in question – who is known to Mr Clarkson – "would have used phone-hacking in the past" as one of his investigative tools. Now the IoS has learnt, independently of Mr Clarkson, that the person had done work for NI, a conflict of interest of which the PM is aware and knowledge of which is likely to cause embarrassment in Downing Street.
Last night, a No 10 spokesman said he had spoken to "several top security people" and issued a categorical denial that the work had been "farmed out" to a private investigator, but left open the possibility that someone working for the Security Services had done work for News International.
"It is pretty ironic, given what has happened recently," said Mr Clarkson last night. "For one thing, it calls into question the efficiency of the vetting procedure and, for another, it makes you wonder why the Security Services are not doing this stuff themselves from their own resources. But they're not likely to admit it, are they? I know the way the vetting world works. They just never admit things like this. I'm not in the least surprised to hear that Coulson would be vetted by a private individual, but I suspect most people assume the Security Services do their own donkey work, although they, like everyone else, are suffering from the current splurge of cuts."
Questions have been raised as to why Mr Coulson was not submitted for "Developed Vetting", the highest form of clearance, as soon as he started working in Downing Street. There was speculation this was the result of royal or Civil Service pressure, or that something might be unearthed that would prevent him being awarded clearance. Downing Street has said that his resignation from the News of the World (NOTW) had no bearing on any decision about his vetting status.
It was reported last week that senior officials working with Andy Coulson believed he did have the highest security clearance, raising questions over whether he was inadvertently granted access to the most sensitive information.
Mr Coulson underwent a total of three vetting procedures during his time working for David Cameron, yet it seems none uncovered serious concerns about the extent of phone hacking during his time as editor of NOTW (2003-07). At the time of his initial appointment in July 2007 to work with Mr Cameron in opposition, Mr Coulson was given a low form of clearance, which was reportedly handled by a branch of Control Risks, a private security company with good connections to the Conservative Party. Downing Street has declined to confirm that the company carried out the search, as does the company, now known as Sterling Infosystems. But a security expert last night questioned the wisdom of Mr Coulson being employed, even in opposition, if that was the case – on the basis of the sort of search that this firm carries out.
Ambrose Carey, 49, who owns and runs an investigations company Alaco, said: "Control Risks Screening was the company you would call if you wanted a standard background check. There is nothing wrong with it, but it is absolutely entry level. It's what multinational companies do as a matter of routine on everyone from the receptionist upwards. They are good and respected, but the kind of investigation they do is the most basic. They'll check degrees and qualifications, essentially just box-ticking stuff.
"I would be amazed if that was the only check the Tories did on someone of Andy Coulson's seniority. A thorough 'due diligence' would require bespoke investigation – canvassing as many people from the man's past to get as full a picture as possible. Background screening typically costs a few hundred pounds. But a full 'due diligence' report would typically cost a few thousand."
The final stage, unusually for someone of Mr Coulson's closeness to the Prime Minister, did not begin until six months after the election. The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell, has said that it was felt that Mr Coulson's security clearance level should be upgraded following a counterterrorism incident at East Midlands airport last October.
Sir Gus has warned about the danger of misunderstanding "the purpose of security vetting, which is about access to information not suitability for a job". In Mr Coulson's case, the Developed Vetting (DV) process, which Sir Gus said can take up to six months, was cut short by the media chief's resignation in January. The Security Services are in charge of DV, which is regarded with extreme seriousness. Having DV clearance would have enabled Mr Coulson to be shown the most secret of government documents.
Downing Street has said the ongoing vetting process had nothing to do with Mr Coulson's eventual resignation, and Mr Coulson denies having known that unlawful phone hacking was going on during his editorship of NOTW.
It was reported yesterday that Mr Coulson's predecessor as editor of the News of the World, Rebekah Brooks, who resigned as chief executive of News International last month, was still on the payroll, having been told by Rupert Murdoch to go travelling for a year until the phone-hacking scandal dies down. A News International spokesman said last night: "We decline to comment on the financial arrangements of any individual."
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James Murdoch expected to provide evidence he did not mislead MPs
Former News of the World editor and lawyer claim that statement to select committee on phone hacking was 'mistaken'
Lisa O'Carroll - guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 10 August 2011 17.28 BST
James Murdoch is expected to explain within the next 24 hours why he did not mislead a parliamentary select committee investigating phone hacking at the News of the World.
He has until Thursday to reply to a list of detailed questions asked by the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, following allegations by the former editor and former head of legal affairs of the now defunct News International tabloid that one of his statements was "mistaken".
The former News of the World editor, Colin Myler, and the paper's ex lawyer, Tom Crone, who alleged that Murdoch had misled the committee, will also be sending letters to MPs ahead of tomorrow's deadline for supplementary evidence.
The three letters, along with a fourth letter from the former overall head of legal affairs at News International, Jon Chapman, are expected to reopen the scandal over just who knew how widespread phone hacking was at the News of the World. "These letters are going to be dynamite," said one source with knowledge of proceedings.
The committee considers them so important that they are returning from their holidays to have a private meeting to discuss the new evidence on Tuesday.
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Phone hacking: News of the World reporter's letter reveals cover-up

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/aug/16/phone-hacking-now-reporter -letter
Disgraced royal correspondent Clive Goodman's letter says phone hacking was 'widely discussed' at NoW meetings
In the letter, which was written four years ago but published only on Tuesday, Goodman claims that phone hacking was "widely discussed" at editorial meetings at the paper until Coulson himself banned further references to it; that Coulson offered to let him keep his job if he agreed not to implicate the paper in hacking when he came to court; and that his own hacking was carried out with "the full knowledge and support" of other senior journalists, whom he named.

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Coulson for the Pokey
by craig on Aug 16th
http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2011/08/coulson-for-the-pokey/
If our criminal justice system works at all, then the slimey Andy Coulson will soon be behind bars for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. The Guardian has just published a whole raft of evidence released by the select committee, of which this is not the only bit which seems to have Coulson – the “editor” in question – absolutely bang to rights.
Of course, while the justice system can work 24 hours on convicting people who nicked some maltesers, Scotland Yard have still proved completely incapable of identifying any of the policemen who took Murdoch’s bungs, or in locking up Coulson and the other News International executives who are guilty as sin.
Given this letter from Goodman making plain that Coulson instigated a cover-up of the extent of culpability within N.I., it seems that Cameron must resign for having brought a definite criminal into the heart of 10 Downing Street, despite numerous warnings. Cameron is compromised by this beyond repair.

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This Leveson enquiry looks like a public extension of those garden party business chats With Matthew Freud at Elizabeth Murdoch's gaff.

Rupert, James Murdoch to Testify Under Oath About Phone Hacking
By Lucas Shaw at TheWrap - Reuters - Tue Aug 30, 2011
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/30/idUS346385048820110830
Shortly after James Murdoch and his father Rupert testified before Parliament in July, two former News Corp. employees accused James, the head of the company's European and Asian operations, of misleading the MPs.
Whether or not Murdoch lied, deceit will not be an option the second time around. As part of Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into the phone hacking scandal and the practices of the media at large, both Murdochs will testify before him -- in court, under oath and on live television, the Telegraph reported.
This is one of the inquiries UK prime minister David Cameron announced in response to the ever-deepening scandal, one that has sullied his name and that of many in his administration because their connections to the Murdochs and others employees of the media conglomerate. The intention of the inquiry is for Lord Justice Leveson to uncover new truths about the "practice and pressure of investigative journalism," the utility of press regulation and the role of a free press in society.
The Murdochs are set to testify in October, though Leveson has said the full inquiry will take at least a year. The details in the Telegraph suggest the appearance of News Corp.'s chairman and CEO and his son will resemble a trial despite it not actually being one.
Relevant parties will present evidence, witnesses will be called and the whole occasion will be public given Leveson's hope that it be televised.
Likely joining the Murdochs in testifying is a parade of now-familiar faces -- former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, and maybe even Cameron, Coulson's former boss.
Scrutiny of Cameron has intensified in the past couple weeks because of reports that Coulson, who worked as his director of communications before resigning in January, was still on the News Corp. payroll while working for the government.
As News Corp.'s central figure prepares to answer questions from an external investigation, his own internal investigation has widened in scope, Reuters reported.
News International, the British publishing arm that oversaw the now-closed News of the World, has begun investigating reporting practices at all of its newspapers. The main focus of the inquiry is any evidence that NI employees violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a U.S. law that bans payments from a company to foreign public officials.
The Department of Justice has been investigating any potential violations of the FCPA by News Corp., as well as a report that the phones of 9/11 victims were hacked.

Related Articles: James Murdoch 'Mistaken' in Testimony, Say Former NOTW Editor and Lawyer
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/21/idUS196938277420110721
.....In his testimony, Murdoch denied knowledge of an e-mail between a News of the World reporter and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire containing transcripts of hacked messages between Taylor and Jo Armstrong, a legal advisor for the PFA.......
.....In a statement posted on the Guardian, Colin Myler, the editor of the World before it was shuttered, and Tom Crone, former News International legal manager, claim that they did inform Murdoch of the e-mail.....

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Phone hacking: victims' lawyers were targeted
Investigators made dossiers on private lives for News International
By James Cusick and Cahal Milmo - Independent - Saturday, 3 September 2011
Private detectives made dossiers on lawyers Charlotte Harris, Mark Lewis and Mark Thomson, who were leading claims against News International over phone hacking
News International sanctioned the use of private detectives as recently as six months ago to conduct surveillance and compile dossiers on the private lives of three lawyers who are leading damages claims against the News of the World for illegal phone hacking.
One of the lawyers, Mark Lewis, whose clients include the family of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, told The Independent that the use of private detectives against him "crossed a new line" and threatened his ability to do his job. The reports gathered on the lawyers include claims about their personal lives, political beliefs and health......
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Tony Blair is godfather to Rupert Murdoch's daughter and attended ...
www.dailymail.co.uk/.../Tony-Blair-godfather-Rupert-Murdochs-daughter- ...1 day ago – The ceremony, hosted by Queen Rania of Jordan, took place at the spot where Jesus is said to have been baptised.


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From 1999...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/revealed-how-to-hack-into-a-mobile-p hone-1108500.html

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HERE IS some important advice for people having illicit affairs or negotiating lucrative new jobs. Don't leave any messages on a mobile phone. And make sure no one leaves you any.

In an astonishing breach of security BT Cellnet has handed out, over the telephone, a confidential pin number allowing the recipient to listen in to the confidential messages of any of the five million customers on their network.

The Independent on Sunday has that pin number and yesterday was able to hack into the message systems of 15 people. Their permission was obtained in advance.


And another news story from today's Independent...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/prostitute-at-centre-of-osb orne-story-gives-interview-2352738.html
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The phone-hacking scandal is set to be reignited this week when Natalie Rowe, a former prostitute, is interviewed on Australian television. Ms Rowe, who came to prominence in October 2005 when a picture of her at a dinner table with George Osborne was published on the front of two red-top Sunday newspapers, has been told by police that she was targeted by Glenn Mulcaire, later convicted for phone hacking while being paid by News International, owner of the News of the World. Mr Osborne has received the same notification. [In the picture]... on the table in front of the pair is a roll of paper and a line of white powder, which Ms Rowe has claimed is cocaine. Mr Osborne vigorously denied that he had taken drugs with Ms Rowe, who had a child by a friend of Mr Osborne from his days at Oxford. There has been speculation as to why Mr Osborne later recommended the News of the World's editor, Andy Coulson, to be David Cameron's media chief, despite his apparently unfortunate experience at Mr Coulson's hands....


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Meanwhile, a further apparent discrepancy has emerged in evidence given by News International employees to the culture, media and sport select committee last week about payments made to the former royal reporter Clive Goodman, convicted for phone hacking in 2007. In September 2009, Rebekah Brooks told the committee that there had been a single payment of £153,000 consisting of a year's salary, compensation and legal costs, paid in November 2007.

However, in April of this year, James Murdoch identified another payment of £90,000, paid earlier in 2007. Curiously, Daniel Cloke, who was a former human resources director at News International and gave evidence to the committee last week, admitted that he wasn't even aware of the earlier payment to Goodman in April 2007, which he says was authorised by Les Hinton, News International's former executive chairman.


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And this was some of her claims (I won't re-quote here - it's too extreme for me):

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2008/10/27/dominatrix-claims- george-osborne-watched-as-friends-humiliated-and-abused-her-115875-208 43467/
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Operation Wheating?

WHAT?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/sep/17/phone-hacking-metropolitan -police-statement
Phone hacking: Metropolitan police statement

The Metropolitan police press release revealing it is seeking a court order under the Official Secrets Act to force the Guardian to divulge confidential sources on phone-hacking investigations



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Metropolitan police service statement:


"The MPS has applied for a production order against the Guardian and one of its reporters in order to seek evidence of offences connected to potential breaches relating to Misconduct in Public Office and the Official Secrets Act.


"The application is about the MPS seeking to identify evidence of potential offences resulting from unauthorised leaking of information.


"Operation Weeting is one of the MPS's most high profile and sensitive investigations so of course we should take concerns of leaks seriously to ensure that public interest is protected by ensuring there is no further potential compromise. The production order is sought in that context.
"The MPS can't respond to the significant public and political concern regarding leaks from the police to any part of the media if we aren't more robust in our investigations and make all attempts to obtain best evidence of the leaks.
"We pay tribute to the Guardian's unwavering determination to expose the hacking scandal and their challenge around the initial police response. We also recognise the important public interest of whistle blowing and investigative reporting, however neither is apparent in this case. This is an investigation into the alleged gratuitous release of information that is not in the public interest.
"The MPS does not seek to use legislation to undermine Article 10 of anyone's human rights and is not seeking to prevent whistle blowing or investigative journalism that is in the public interest, including the Guardian's involvement in the exposure of phone hacking."

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An article from 2000

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2000/jun/12/pressandpublishing.mondaym ediasection

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Has Fleet Street been over-run by the intelligence agencies? David Leigh unravels the hidden network of spooks at the heart of the British press.

British journalists - and British journals - are being manipulated by the secret intelligence agencies, and I think we ought to try and put a stop to it.
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Phone hacking: 'nearly 30 NI staff named in Glenn Mulcaire notes'
Leveson inquiry hears details of investigator's work for News of the World, and suggestion he may have worked for Daily Mirror
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/nov/14/phone-hacking-ni-staff-gle nn-mulcaire
James Robinson and Josh Halliday - guardian.co.uk, Monday 14 November 2011 14.11 GMT
The names of 28 News International employees appear in notebooks belonging to Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who worked for the News of the World, the Leveson inquiry into press standards heard on its first day at London's high court.
Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry also heard that Mulcaire wrote the words "Daily Mirror" in his notepad, which suggests he may have carried out work for the paper.
Robert Jay QC, counsel for the inquiry, told the high court that "at least 27 other News International employees" are named in Mulcaire's paperwork, as well as former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman, who was jailed for phone hacking along with the private investigator in January 2007.
Jay also told the inquiry, which began formal hearings at the high court on Monday: "The inquiry is beginning to receive evidence to indicate that phone hacking was not limited to that organisation [News International]."
He said the number of News International names and the scale of the activity indicated there was a culture of phone hacking at the company. "Either management knew what was going on at the time and therefore, at the very least, condoned this illegal activity," he said, or there was "a failure of supervision and oversight".
Mulcaire received a total of 2,266 requests from News International journalists, Jay said, 2,142 of which were made by four unnamed reporters. The most prolific of them made 1,453 of those requests.
A total of 690 audio tapes were also recovered from Mulcaire's office, Jay revealed, and there was a record of 586 recordings of voicemail messages intended for 64 individuals. The evidence was seized by Metropolitan police officers during a raid in 2006.
Mulcaire's 11,000 pages of notes mentioned 5,795 names, he confirmed, who could be potential phone-hacking victims.
Jay also said the inquiry had seen documents that suggest Mulcaire was hacking into phone messages ago as early as May 2001.
It had been thought until today that the earliest phone hacking by Mulcaire occurred in 2002. The new date is potentially significant because it falls before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
It has been alleged that News International instructed private investigators in the US to target relatives of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, although no proof has so far emerged that this took place.
The Sun is also named in Mulcaire's notes, Jay said. Jude Law had cited the Sun along with its former sister paper the News of the World in his civil case against News International, although the case against the Sun is unlikely to be heard until the end of next year.
Several public figures are believed to be preparing civil cases against the Daily Mirror, but none have so far come to court.
The paper's publisher, Trinity Mirror, continues to insist that its journalists operate within the law and follow the Press Complaints Commission's code of conduct.
A Trinity Mirror spokesman said the company has "no knowledge of ever using Glenn Mulcaire".
Trinity Mirror insiders added that they did not know the identity of any Daily Mirror journalist named in the Mulcaire notes, or whether they still worked for the company. It is understood that Trinity Mirror is writing to the inquiry to find out more.
Jay said the Mulcaire notes showed a "thriving cottage industry" and the "scale of activity gives rise to the powerful inference that it must have occupied Mulcaire full time".
Outlining the vast remit of the inquiry, Jay described a "root and branch" investigation of the press that would not be cowed by the powerful range of institutions in the media.
He said the inquiry would consider granting "protected measures" to whistleblowers who were afraid of criticising their employer or speaking truthfully about press ethics.
The inquiry will not be limited to phone hacking, Jay said, adding that Leveson was keen to learn about all "unlawful and unethical" newsgathering methods, including subterfuge and blagging.
The former News of the World undercover reporter, Mazher Mahmood, has submitted written evidence and will give oral evidence to the inquiry at a later date, Jay said.
Opening the hearing, Leveson said he had "absolutely no wish" to stifle freedom of speech and expression, and that the inquiry would monitor media coverage to see if it appears that anyone who speaks out is being "targeted adversely".
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Police arresting a key witness against the police - the corruption never stops

Police target former officer who exposed the dirty tricks of the press
Police seize disks in raid on home of key Leveson witness
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-target-former-office r-who-exposed-the-dirty-tricks-of-the-press-6264591.html
Saturday 19 November 2011 - Independent
Police raided the home of a retired Special Branch detective who acted as a whistleblower on the failure of authorities to investigate media dirty tricks, just days before he is to give evidence as a witness to Lord Leveson's inquiry.
Alec Owens, formerly of Merseyside Police, was the lead investigator for the Information Commissioner's "Operation Motorman" inquiry, which uncovered the vast scale on which the media used private detectives to obtain private information, including criminal records and vehicle registrations.
But he is a critic of the ICO's decision not to interview any of the hundreds of journalists named in the 17,000 transactions listed in files seized from Hampshire private detective Steve Whittamore in 2003. No journalist was charged in Operation Motorman.
Mr Owens contacted Lord Justice Leveson about his concerns over the way the matter was handled and is due to give evidence in person to the public inquiry on media standards on 30 November. Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner at the time of Operation Motorman, will appear before the inquiry the next day.
At 7.25am yesterday, two police officers from Wilmslow, Cheshire, armed with with a search warrant, knocked on Mr Owens' door. They demanded documents and electronic files and asked him to come to a police station to be questioned under caution.
Cheshire Police said it had acted "following information received". A spokeswoman added: "The warrant relates to an investigation into allegations concerning breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998."
Mr Owens agreed to hand over his copy of the Operation Motorman computer file but declined to provide the statement he has prepared for Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry. He was asked to attend an interview on Monday and bring the statement with him.
Mr Owens, who has notified Lord Justice Leveson's office of the development, said he believed the raid was connected to his inquiry evidence. "They have come on a fishing expedition to find out what I'm going to say," he said. "But I have told them that statement is for Lord Leveson's eyes only at this stage."
He has already provided a statement and a copy of the Motorman disk to Strathclyde Police, which is investigating media dirty tricks in Scotland. "This is vindictiveness," he said of yesterday's raid. "They want to know what hard evidence I have got and what I am going to say to the Leveson Inquiry." Mr Owens maintains that there are errors that need to be corrected in official reports on Operation Motorman.
In September, The Independent revealed that the Operation Motorman files included previously unpublished details of how tabloid newspapers used private detectives to target figures such as the Duchess of Cambridge and Chelsea Clinton when they were students.
Investigators were also used to target the private information of families of murder victims such as Sarah Payne and Holly Wells.


Phone-hacking inquiry deals with gremlins in the system
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/nov/14/phone-hacking-inquiry-sket ch
Lord Leveson was shaken by courtroom's Trojan Horse invasion – but worse was to come from Mulcaire's notebooks
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/nov/14/phone-hacking-inquiry-sket ch
Had hackers hijacked the hacking inquiry? It certainly helped shake the post-lunch torpor of court 73 of the royal courts of justice when David Sherborne QC leapt from his seat, more startled gazelle than lawyer, and announced his computer was being hacked into, there and then, right under the nose of Lord Justice Leveson.

Gesturing at his computer in alarm, Sherborne – representing those who believe themselves to have been victims of media intrusion – announced the machine was flashing warnings at him. "It says, in very large red lettering – rather similar to the News of the World get-up – 'Threat detected', 'file name', then 'threat name Trojan Horse' – which refers to a computer virus."

Previously a rock of imperturbability, Leveson admitted being shaken.

"I'm not often thrown, " he said, wonderingly. "But Mr Sherborne has managed to do that for the first time in this inquiry." Regaining his famed gravitas, he added: "And, I hope, for the last."

Having dropped his bombshell, Sherborne sat down, glaring at his computer. Had he been alone, he gave the distinct impression he would have kicked it.

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Hugh Grant upstages Sally Dowler
Clear attempt to steer this enquiry towards protecting press scrutiny of celebrities and the rich and powerful.
Sally Dowler's story is nowhere now as Hugh Grant's testimony has been so threatrical.
Also Grant is steering this enquiry away from the Murdochs.

Ordinary people are to be protected from the press where as rich & powerful & celebs, the Max Moselys of this world, are fair game for scrutiny. That fact almost entirely lost today.

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