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: 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 »





The Daily Mail and weasel words – Brian Cathcart

4 08 2013

Daily_Mail_clock,_closeupThe Daily Mail, in a rage about solicitors allegedly employing rogue private investigators, has denounced a ‘wall of silence‘ among big law firms while at the same time accusing them of using ‘nothing but weasel words’. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: another smear exposed – Brian Cathcart and Evan Harris

30 07 2013

SOCA-ReportWhen newspapers complain about ‘the other hacking scandal’ that is supposedly being neglected by the police, they frequently accuse Lord Justice Leveson of turning a blind eye to the evidence, or even of ‘suppressing’ it. Read the rest of this entry »