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Scotland Yard Chief Quits, Ex-Editor Arrested in Hacking Case

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Posted on Jul 17, 2011
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Chief Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson is the latest casualty in the unfolding phone hacking scandal.

Sir Paul Stephenson, head of London’s Metropolitan Police Service—commonly known as Scotland Yard—resigned Sunday just hours after police arrested former editor Rebekah Brooks in the Murdoch hacking scandal. Evidence that police officers colluded with Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid executives to suppress evidence of telephone hacking has been mounting over the past week.

Many of those who are demanding full disclosure in this case are not cheering about the Brooks arrest. Some members of the British Parliament and others have observed that the detainment may prevent the newly resigned Murdoch editor from having to answer to the House of Commons.

Even if Brooks is forced to face MPs later this week, she may enjoy a less than hostile reception. It was disclosed Sunday that John Wittingdale, the parliamentarian charged with leading the inquiry against Brooks and the Murdoch family, has connections with members of the Murdoch empire. —ARK

The New York Times:

The commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police Services, Sir Paul Stephenson, resigned his post on Sunday just hours after his officers arrested Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of Rupert Murdoch’s media operations in Britain, as damage from a phone-hacking scandal moved to the highest levels of British public life.

In a news conference, Sir Paul said his position was “in danger of being eclipsed by the ongoing debate by senior officers and the media. And this can never be right,” according to a report by The Guardian.

The Metropolitan Police, commonly referred to as Scotland Yard, has come under harsh scrutiny in recent days, accused in the press and by British politicians of currying too close a relationship with tabloid executives.

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By SoTexGuy, July 18, 2011 at 6:05 am Link to this comment

In any atmosphere of lawlessness and self-interest greedy criminals will thrive.  The situation in the British government and Police testifies to that. The evidence of it goes way beyond this current debacle. We here enjoy the same atmosphere in the US of A. And have our own cast of scum and scoundrels braying about truth and responsibility and making hay while conditions permit.

Murdoch may now fit the publics’ perception as central fiend and crook but he’s hardly the root cause of anything. He’s a symptom of the system of corruption and underhanded double-dealing we have set up.

Adios.

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By Frosty46, July 18, 2011 at 2:09 am Link to this comment

My, my the news keeps getting more and more honest-just
imagine how hard it would have been for Dubya to have lied us
all into the mass murder of millions without the help of Rupert
Murdoch!

Proud of your service to the war now vets?

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By Frosty46, July 18, 2011 at 2:09 am Link to this comment

My, my the news keeps getting more and more honest-just
imagine how hard it would have been for Dubya to have lied us
all into the mass murder of millions without the help of Rupert
Murdoch!

Proud of your service to the war now vets?

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By SteveL, July 17, 2011 at 9:03 pm Link to this comment

OUCH!

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By Frosty46, July 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment

What a fine web we weave——————-is there anyone within
either the US or British governance who is on on Murdoch’s list
of bribe takers?

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By christian96, July 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

Rebekah Brooks looks like she should be in a Harry
Potter movie.  Some agent better snatch her up.

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