The Met – Upsetting The Apple Cart

8 02 2014

Metropolitan PoliceIn October 1999, John Stevens, then Deputy Commissioner of the  Metropolitan Police (MET), gave a high profile address at the 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Durban.  His speech was entitled ‘Integrity is not negotiable‘ (here). Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate: 10 To Watch From The Home Affairs Select Committee

16 10 2013

Home Affairs SelectThe Home Affairs Select Committee (“HASC”) is not giving up its pressure on SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency, now – like Dr Who – regenerated as the National Crime Agency (NCA).  HASC’s probing on ‘blue chip’ clients using rogue PIs (private investigators) is rigorous and determined. Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate: Blue Chips And The New SOCA Dossier – What The Media Missed

7 09 2013

Blaggers BBCYes, it is quite clear that getting information from SOCA is like pulling teeth. So many questions and loose ends. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know more about what offences are in dispute? Have SOCA really been liaising with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) or not? Who’s been sitting on what information, for how long, and why?  Wouldn’t some more clarity on Project Riverside (here) be informative? Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate: Met And Murdoch – Covert Deals And Registered Concerns

23 08 2013
murdoch-yardAt the Home Affairs Select Committee on 19 July 2011 the following question was asked of Sir Paul Stephenson, Commissioner of the Police for the Metropolis: – Read the rest of this entry »




Hackgate: Gloxinia And Flandria – Digging Over The Dirt

6 08 2013

08-SOCAchief1-PAMaybe someone at SOCA grabbed a gardening book. Police investigations are usually given approved names in sequence – sometimes themed, often alphabetical. In fact, each name is first and foremost a cost code. So when you see Operation Plymouth, Operation Two Bridges, for example – someone has delved into their Ordnance Survey Guide to Devon. Weeting, Elveden – East Anglia villages. Flandria, Gloxinia – botanical terms, alphabetically consecutive. ‘F’ and ‘G’ – simultaneously allocated. Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate: Witness Protection, Anyone?

17 07 2013

imagesThe Rogue Element of the Private Investigation Industry and Others Unlawfully Trading in Personal Data“.  The first version Serious Organised Crime Agency report (2008) was made public in July 2012. It said (p.5) there was evidence that private investigators were Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate: Mayor Boris And The Met Payoffs

8 07 2013

Sir Paul StephensonThere was an interesting short exchange at the Public Accounts Select Committee on 3rd July. The subject under discussion was ‘Confidentiality Clauses and Special Severance Payments’ – primarily NHS executives’ compromise agreements – a.k.a. unpopular large payoffs at public expense. Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate – Project Riverside and The SOCA Report

2 07 2013

What price privacy now?On 22 June 2013 the Independent published a genuine scoop – ‘The Other Hacking Scandal‘ (here).  Tom Harper obtained and reported on the full and unredacted version of the 2008 Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) report on ‘Project Riverside’. It collated and detailed five investigations uncovering serious illegalities by ‘rogue element’ private investigators. The Indy’s scoop triggered a chain reaction amongst some of Harper’s fellow journalists seeking to blame Leveson for keeping them in the dark. Read the rest of this entry »





The growth of the Brown Moses blog: a model for crowd-funded public interest journalism? – Judith Townend

14 06 2013

Brown MosesThe Brown Moses blog, a basic looking site run on Google’s Blogger service, is currently receiving around 140,000 page views a month, up from 40,000 views since the beginning of the year, for its coverage on Syria and the phone hacking scandal. Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate: All Rise – Mr Justice Saunders At Southwark

9 06 2013

Mr Justice SaundersWith the Mail speculating an alleged affair said to be political dynamite to No 10 and multiple News International appearances to answer charges at Southwark Crown Court, reporting (and non-reporting) of Hackgate was busy last week.  Defendants have understandably been the main focus of attention, whilst one person in the courtroom has largely escaped notice – the judge. The Honourable Mr. Justice Saunders, a.k.a. Sir John Henry Boulton Saunders, is handling pre-trial case management and may be the anticipated Hackgate replacement for newly-promoted Lord Justice Fulford. Read the rest of this entry »