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LIONEL PODCAST: The Dangers Of Euphemistic Hacking

What Murdoch’s stormtrooper thugs did knows no immediate parallel here in our great country. To call it by the quaint euphemism hacking demeans the severity of the violation and misrepresents the level of its perfidy. Hacking is like no other theft. Prototypical theft involves and assumes a property issue. Hacking for purposes of this discussion involves the breaking and entering and trespassorial accessing of one’s data — phone numbers, emails, love notes, private pictures, email. Nothing is “stolen” per se in most hacking save for the case of identity theft. In the case of Milly Dowler, the 13 year-old UK murder victim whose voice mail messages were deleted by Murdoch’s goons, what was stolen were he parent’s hopes and prayers that Milly might still be alive.

As is usually the case, politicians run to name yet another law after a victim, usually a child. If I may, I’d like to propose an eponymous law: Charlie’s Law in memory of that great American patriot, Staff Sergeant Charley Hacker. (N.B. The discrepancy in the spellings. Do not mistake that for editorial errata.)

LIONEL PODCAST: The Poop On Rupe And What Murdoch’s Waterloo Means To Us

This is the end, (not so) beautiful friend.
This is the end, my only friend, the end.  — That Morrison Guy

PM David Cameron’s office announced that the government will support a motion calling on Murdoch and his News Corp. to withdraw the $12B bid for BSkyB. Gulp! Cameron’s 180 means Murdoch, who once held unimaginable influence in British politics no matter which party or who was in charge, now finds all three major political parties treating him like the proverbial purple-headed syphilitic leper stepchild. (Tasty, huh?) Rupe’s even been “asked” to appear before lawmakers sometime next week to answer questions about the conduct of News International, Murdoch’s UK company. Cue the Dragnet theme.

But as I explain herein, what doomed the man who once sported Tang-colored hair was what his News of the World did to the family of Milly Dowler, the 13 year-old British girl who in 2002 was abducted as she walked home from school and eventually murdered. Rupe’s NotW goons hacked into her mobile phone voicemail box and deleted messages to make room for more, thus giving her frantic parents the false hope that maybe Milly was still alive and checking her messages. That doomed Murdoch’s crew.This story has no American analog. This isn’t about the government spying; it’s about greedy corporate media slimebags using the cops to spy on citizens.

And it’s only begun. Stay tuned.