Britain’s Metropolitan Police have acknowledged that they failed to properly investigate and warn the victims of News Corp. phone hacking when it was originally discovered in 2006. Gross incompetence or a cover up? I report, you decide.
In a BBC report with the mild title, Phone hacking: Met police failed to warn victims, comes some astonishing comments from two of the victims.
(Ex-Deputy PM Lord Prescott) said he was told several times by police that “there was nothing there,” and eventually it was revealed there were 44 instances of hacking of his phone.
(Labour MP Chris Bryant) said it was “still a complete mystery to me why the police failed properly to investigate the News of the World in 2006, why they failed to examine the material they had garnered from (News of the World investigator) Mr Mulcaire, why they continued to tell parliament that they had contacted all the victims when they hadn’t, why they refused to show me the material that related to me and why they refused to reopen the investigation even when there was clear evidence that the original investigation had only scratched the surface of the criminality at News International.”
Those are excellent questions that deserve to be answered. It’s bad enough for a media conglomerate to be hacking into people’s phones. But it’s downright horrifying to think that any police department would receive evidence of such wrongdoing and then look the other way.
I sold alodda papers with those illegal actions. I say The People Won!
It really is- when you read stories about people like the House of Borgia or Al Capone, that’s always the part that horrifies the reader the most. Just knowing that they owned the law so completely, there was no scenario where anyone won but the person causing all the problem.
I get the feeling that the Murdochs will be a chapter in that book before much longer.