Monday, August 01, 2011


News of OUR world: why is it important?

BC Mary remembers another "premier" and another member of the police force (on our side of the ocean) who went silent, as soon as the BC Legislature was raided. It's a rare gift of enlightenment, to be shown exactly how these terms are arranged ...

Keith: "When Murdoch-Gate Met Climate-Gate"

By Keith Olbermann
Countdown - July 20, 2011

The Murdoch Phone-Hacking Scandal may have just metastasized. The so-called "Climate-Gate" controversy -- in which e-mails about global warming were stolen from researchers at Britain's University of East Anglia in November, 2009 -- now turns out to bear the stamp of Neil Wallis, one of the key figures in Murdoch's hacking of the phones, voicemails, and other electronic communications of thousands of people.

Wallis is unique in this scandal. He had been the Executive Editor of Murdoch's News Of The World when hacking was at its peak. Yet in 2009 he wound up being hired by the police as a public relations consultant while the police investigated the hacking scandal. And he wound up spying for Murdoch's people on what Scotland Yard was investigating.

Wallis was, as the New York Times put it, "reporting back to News International while he was working for the police on the hacking case."

Moreover, while Wallis was keeping Murdoch's organization apprised of what and whom the police were investigating, the police were trying to convince other news organizations not to cover the story -- a suppression of evidence that benefited both the police and Rupert Murdoch. As the British newspaper The Guardian reported last Friday: "Scotland Yard's most senior officers tried to convince the Guardian during two private meetings that its coverage of phone hacking was exaggerated and incorrect without revealing they had hired Neil Wallis…"

It was neither exaggerated nor incorrect. Last Thursday, Neil Wallis was arrested. Last night, it was revealed that while acting as a double-agent for Scotland Yard and Murdoch, Wallis was also consulting Conservative Party Leader David Cameron during the 2010 election that saw Cameron rise to become the nation's Prime Minister.

Today, bobbing up to the surface through this vast ocean of ethical filth, comes Neil Wallis's role… in "Climate-Gate."

On November 20th, 2009, somebody broke into a computer server at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, and stole thousands of emails and computer files. The documents were leaked to Climate Change Deniers, and although exhaustive analysis later proved that the emails merely revealed scientists' anxiety that Climate Data and Research were being properly handled and studied, the Deniers have treated those emails as if they were a kind of Holy Grail of fraud. They claim the emails not only disproved all of climate change, but also that they proved that scientists had doctored data in order to exaggerate the urgency of an international conference on climate change coming up the next month in Copenhagen in Denmark.

As the corporations and lobbyists who sought to feed the myth that there is no man-made climate change disseminated, exploited and deliberately misinterpreted the stolen e-mails -- and used Fox News and other Murdoch enterprises as their principle venues -- the victims, the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, decided they'd better hire a public relations pro to help them fight back. They hired… Neil Wallis.

The Murdoch editor who had supervised electronic hacking at "The News Of The World," but then went to work for Scotland Yard, but then spied on the Scotland Yard hacking investigation for Murdoch's men, but then tried to suppress media coverage of the Scotland Yard hacking investigation, now found himself in exactly the same kind of candy store over climate change denial. And he was the chief kid!  [My emphasis. - BC Mary.]

As it was phrased in a gushing review last year in "Music Week Magazine" of Neil Wallis and his PR firm "Outside Organization": "Wallis led on the University of East Anglia's 'Climategate' job, when Outside was drafted in to help the university's Climatic Research Unit defend itself against charges of scientific misconduct."

Climate change scientists and outside experts agree that, with Neil Wallis at the helm, the Climatic Research Unit couldn't have done a worse job defending itself. The myth that its emails "disprove" Global Warming persists today.

In the Murdoch Hacking Scandal, Wallis has already been shown to have been undermining the efforts of the people for whom he'd been hired to work -- the police. In the Murdoch Hacking Scandal, Wallis has already been shown to have been feeding information from the investigators, to those being investigated. In the Murdoch Hacking Scandal, Wallis has already been shown to have been working for Rupert Murdoch, long after he claimed he wasn't working for Rupert Murdoch. And in the Murdoch Hacking Scandal, Wallis was an executive editor in charge of having people illegally hack phones, voicemails, and other electronic communications, and then publicizing the data and details that the hacking had produced.

And yet it was to him that climate scientists turned… to defend themselves against hackers.

What, if anything, Neil Wallis had to do with the original hacking of the climate emails at the University of East Anglia, is still speculative… just as whether or not he was a double-agent for Murdoch in this hacking case, just as he had been a double-agent for Murdoch during Scotland Yard's hacking investigation. But it may not be speculative for long. There is the news from The Financial Times: a possible FBI / DOJ investigation of a Murdoch subsidiary hacking the computers of a business rival. And earlier today, PC World Magazine reported that while we've all been working with a number of 3,870 hacking victims in the Murdoch Scandal, data released by Britain's Home Affairs Committee suggests the number may actually be as high as 12,800.

Only 170 of the victims have yet been notified. If any of the others among the "Hacked Twelve Thousand" turn out to be scientists at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, Rupert Murdoch may be in a lot bigger trouble than he is, even tonight.

He may be the man ultimately responsible for the illegal and inaccurate attempt to dismiss climate change as a scientific fraud.

Source, click:  HERE

BC Mary comment: Shouldn't the media itself be held accountable for the harm resulting from falsified news reports?

Well, I' d certainly say those 12,000 scientists could file a stack of devastating civil suits against this Wallis fellow.

Now, as to our own does make you want to sniff around the edges of the Fraser Institute, doesn't it? And the manifold agitprop of the Oil Sands lobby group and other Alberta-spawned p.r. machines (and the university departments they found, fund and otherwise influence.....ditto with Memorial University of Newfoundland and the associated Marine Institute.....)

Exactly how much public money has been poured into advancing the cause of a LIE?
With the web getting so tangled, Skookum 1a--just wondering which LIE you're referring to?
Mary, i wish to express my thanks to you for staying with this story, the ruppee scandal, as it gets ever more strange and serious.

Now I'm afraid it's about to get even more difficult to keep wits and stay sane.
Chinese Sneakers,

Thanks. I'm glad you said that.

The thing is, we've always known that corruption is everywhere, not just confined to what happened to BC Rail here in B.C.

It's everywhere ...

and the explosive issues around Rupert Murdoch's massive holdings are, in my view, the people's first opportunity to seize the whole topic.

Seize it, look at it, and keep asking the necessary questions.

In my view, the media is our last hope. Not the complacent, corrupt media -- but newsmen who understand that people need the facts, if we're to preserve and protect the planet ...

and things aren't going too well in that department, lately.

Anybody remember that old movie, "Soylent Green"? (It's a book, too). It's a futuristic attempt to show how our world could end ... and how governments will operate secretly (in the case of S.G.) to feed us by ... well, I think you better see the movie.

But what I was thinking of, in particular, was the young Charlton Heston playing the newsman as hero when he unlocks the secret of Soylent Green, and his desperate, dying words were TELL THE PEOPLE ...

I think the Rupert Murdoch story provides us with that information. It provides us with opportunities to push -- and keep pushing -- for honest, improved media.

Thank you for understanding why I would like to pull back the curtains so we can see right into the massive media world which Rupert Murdoch seems to have corrupted massively.

Must be true, that other old saying:

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely!
As long as the rewards for lying, cheating and stealing outweigh the negative consequences, our polticians and journalists will continue to do us harm.

Most of us were lucky enough to have parents and peers to dissuade aberrant behaviours, but apparently certain politicians, journalists and businessMEN were not as lucky to have the kind of parents and friends that we had.
Yes, and again ...Why was there such a push and apparent strong support from high government leadership in Canada to bring "Fox North"( is this not part of the Rupert Murdock empire?; or much of the same ilk!)to Canada? Was this decision meant to compete with our public broadcaster; the CBC which "high government leadership" would like to dismantle? Rory Whats-His-Name who worked for the PM's office was soon encouraged to step out of the "conservative critic" role on Power and Politics( TV discussion program CBC) when among other discrepancies in his comments,it was discovered his high profile role to establish Fox North in Canada-Quebec.
Tightly controlled government and tightly controlled right wing,nasty, nothing news stories...THIS IS NOT MY CANADA.

I imagine that the hot water PM Mr. Cameron is experiencing in Gr. Britain is something the powers that be here in the Great White North might learn something about( Great White North; soon to be know as The Great Green North...more suitable,no doubt, for digging for minerals and drilling oil wells,perhaps???)
Yes, CLIMATE CHANGE will bring us lots of hot water. SO WHO WANTS TO LIVE IN THIS KIND OF CLIMATE?
Harper himself debunked, the devastation of the tar sands, on climate change. I'll bet Harper was happier than hell, when Murdoch gate, met climate gate.

Is that not one of Campbell's duties, as High Commissioner to England? To promote the tar sands oil?

We would then have, dirty oil tankers from China, the U.S. and England, coming into the Port of Kitimat. Harper is trying to peddle, the dirty oil to every country he is able.

The Brits had demonstrated at the office of the High Commissioner, against the tar sands oil some time back.

I was astonished when I learned, England puts their M.P's, who are corrupt and thieve money, in prison. There are two of them serving time.

Canada's corrupt politicians, are rewarded for lying, thieving and cheating to win.

Campbell thieved a railroad and our rivers, and sold them. Forced the HST, onto the BC citizens. The trial for Campbell's corrupt sale of the BCR, was corrupt and a total farce.

The Harper government treats Canadians like dirt, and the BC Liberal government treat the citizens, worse than dirt.

I was amazed, that the governments of England, are not permitted to lie and deceive their people. Their media, is not muzzled, nor bought off.

What really makes me fume. Our corrupt and evil politicians in this country, get away with their evil treachery.

Harper won't even allow scientists to publish their results. Their results have to go through Harper's henchmen. The scientists papers, are severely edited. Are we sure, Harper doesn't belong in prison with Campbell?

By England's standards. Harper, Campbell, Hansen, Christy, Falcon, most of the BC Liberals, all belong in prison.

We can throw in Christy's brother Bruce, and, most of the Canadian media, for good measure.

Harper is disgusting. The crap that goes on in this country, is with his blessings.
I hope that this Rupert Murdock thing is the WEDGE to open the rest of all corruption!
What and who are behind the "convenient collapse of the World Wide Economies?"
All the dirt bags of OUR planet, but WE are 6.8 billion strong!
@Down the Rabbit Hole:

Go back to Wonderland. If you're not able to see what the lie in question is (global warming deniers), then you're one of the purveyors of that same lie....and here, as your username indicates, a bottomless pit of inanity to get drawn into as is your purpose; or else you can't understand basic context. Say hi to Alice, and the Mad Hatter for us....

It's common knowledge the Tories and their membership are organizing - even directly fundraising for, openly - a campaign of counter-propaganda and inundating news and opinion with their own version of things. Including that lie we're talking about, and including going after people who criticize them. Either by methods of uselessness like blog-trolls (or blog rabbits, perhaps...troglodytes in either case) or by personal attack/challenge etc. We've seen it all before; it's so recognizable there remains that question of exactly how human the autoblogging programs might sound; asking contrary questions isolated on certain words in a given user's profile isn't all that hard; especially when you also have access (as no doubt they do, either gratis or paid for) to Facebook's personal profile on you (which isn't just your personal information but also your correspondence, photos, the whole shebang; your person has become marketable private property in its self-recorded digital form...scary huh?

Of course, Down the Rabbit Hole doesn't understand what the lie in discussion is, so with comprehension skills like that I doubt they caught anything of what I just said; I suppose it's not really a question of whether types like that are robot or human or even the March Hare. They're following a script, and paid or volunteer or automated, they're doing as their told.

Throw meaningless shit into dangerous discussions and at critical commentators to take up their energy and confuse the equations evolving.

The equation at this point yields "the Tories lie about EVERYTHING". We've all been eyewitnesses to this re the BC Liberals this last ten years, it's all too familiar to us whether in the media or blogspace. Empire of Lies, my working title for a work on the recent history of Canada and what it's become, and what it's turning into....
Bravo Skookum!!

I feel the same way. However, I could have never found your words, to express myself.

Thanks to you too Mary.

I have no idea, how you bloggers find your information. I'm only grateful that you do.
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