Nick Davies: Hack Attack How the Truth Caught Up with the World's Most Powerful Man

Make profit for their companyNews International destroyed 210 million mails during the course of the investigations The leaders within the police service who led the All Quiet on the Western Front early investigations were being wined and dined by and were friends with the people they were meant to investigate the police deliberately misled parliament the public the courts and the inuiries The Press Complaints Commission which was meant tonsure that newspapers respected the laws of this country saw its role as being to deflect criticism away from its richest benefactors and was too scared to speak out against them because it would mean News International the Sun the Times the News of the World Sky News would send teams out to attack and slur them The governments both Labour and Conservative were too busy trying to História do Rei Transparente ensure good coverage and to avoid attempts to undermine them with sleaze stories critical coverage and attacks that they were unwilling to speak out and decided instead to give jobs to people who had broken the law to attend their parties call them friends privilege their views News International was allowed to tell your government and my government what their policies should be Surely that s meant to be the right of the peopleAt root in amidst the sheer scale of it all there s a simpler story of bullies and damaged people who gain satisfaction from thexercise of power over the little people it s a tale of people who grew up as we all did on the bible tales of doing unto others as you would have done unto yourselfThen abandoned that in favour of personal profit over any moral consideration It s an amazing book Well written lengthy but with so many moments of stunning revelation that you ll barely be able to close your mouth at times for sheer fury I found myself punching the air through sheer frustration as the suit wearing white collar criminals slipped through the net while setting themselves up as judge and jury over Best Mechanic Ever everyonelse Amazing Nick Davies Hack Attack An amazing book and I d like to bow respectfully to the author for what sounds like a harrowing Dinosaur Dinners experience over than a decade It s fair to say that reporting is a great dealasier than most reporters like to pretend People tell you things you do your best to check them out and then you tell a lot of other people what you ve found There are some hidden subtleties in there and a few simple skills but generally speaking there is nothing very clever about it is how Nick Davies describes his craftIt s important to note just how vitally important this book and other books like it are In His Blood especially in the current political landscape As Murdoch owns so much of the media many of these books don t get thexposure or praise that they deserve and as a result many can miss out This sits alongside Dial M For Murdoch as a hugely significant source on what was going on in the UK mainstream media for far too long and not just in the papers but also in the corridors of power Desert Kings (Deathlands, elsewhereWe cannot underestimate the patience willpower and sheer strength of character it must have taken Nick Davies Alan Rusbridger and many others to go through with this long term investigationspecially when most people were vehemently against them in the initial stages many of the major news organisations were not only reticent to back them but went out of their way to rubbish them the likes of Boris Johnson and Stephen Glover who would later go onto change their tune Let s not forget The Guardian were taking on the largest news organisation in the country and the largest police force and the largest political party and for good measure the Press Complaints Commission To call them brave is a vast understatement their persistence and determination and not to mention damn hard work An Officer and a Spy eventually lead to one of the most shocking scandals to surface in the UK in recent times uite simply this is one of the most important pieces of journalism tomerge in the UK in the 21st CenturyDavies really does uncover uite a disgusting world crawling with serpents reptiles and plenty of vermin He shows how a succession of governments and leaders has allowed Murdoch to grow from a relatively unknown Aussie outsider in the 60s to the political king maker he is in the UK today as Davies illustrates Since 1979 no British government has been Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, elected without the support of Rupert Murdoch Reading some of the ways in which our senior politicians andven prime ministers have ran scared of Murdoch and his minions is depressing as it is shocking we know what to Ooko expect from tabloids but we at leastxpect a bit from our democratically Naked elected figures On thevidence here we seem to have a succession of cowardly privately Shadow Scale (Seraphina, educated stooges who do what they are told by Murdoch no matter the real cost to the people they are supposed to represent It surely brings up some serious uestions regarding the standard of our so called democracy in the UK These are the same people who sneeringly condescend to those who chose not to participate in the voting process and they wonder why so many people feel disenfranchised and apathetic to them and what they stand for Make no mistake about it the conduct of most of the so called journalists people playing at policemen and politicians here is largely vile and disgusting and almost nothing to do with genuine journalism lawnforcement or genuine democracy whatsoever The connections of various senior politicians journalists police and prime ministers is a deliberately murky scene of mutual back scratching mutual interests and keeping themselves in power with no concerns or respect for trifling laws It s the sort of situation that makes a mockery of western democracy and the kind of thing that many think only happens in other countries Starting way back with the so called Iron Lady we find that she certainly was for turning when Murdoch appeared In fact it would appear that she was positively spineless supple and supine in the ways she was willing to move to accommodate Murdoch s increasing demands Her shameless bending and manipulation of the rules Claim The Crown ensured that Murdoch got what he wanted and his then rival Robert Maxwell was shot down Moving into the 21st Century aside from Tony Blair being appointed godfather to one of Murdoch s kids we find Andy Coulson moving from theditor of one of Murdoch s nationals to working closely with the prime minister of the UK The whole charade of democracy stinks and the Nerds evidence uncovered in Leveson clearly raises so many worrying issues around why Murdoch is still allowed to thrive to thextent he does in the UK today The world s greatest newspaper 1843 2011 was the declaration from the front page of the last In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, ever NotW showingxactly how contrite humble and honest they really were Unbelievable unspeakable and despicable were Mitsubishi s thoughts as they pulled their advertising from the doomed paper Nothing appeared to be too low or morally or thically unacceptable as long as they cou. Phone calls were being listened to; “Trojan” mails were being sent; bribes were paid to the police; houses were broken into Davies spent the next four years uncovering the truth and in July 2009 he broke the first big story Rupert Murdoch’s UK company had secretly paid 1 million to silence three people whose lawyer proved that the News of the World had hacked into their voice mail Davies’s story uoted police sources admitting that there had in fact been thousands of victims No other newspaper.

Davies narrative jumped around a lot and while interesting at first got rather tedious after a while It was sad to see the dishonesty among news organizations and the financially powerful I suppose I shouldn t have been surprised and I guess I wasn t On Such a Full Sea entirely but it was still sadIt didn t take too long to note that the political right were the bad guys and the political left the good guys I thought it interesting that when someone s illegal andor immoral actions werexposed by Murdock s papers it was terrible that hisher life was ruined but when investigations by Davies or his allies were published and ruined someone s life it was just that wrongdoer getting what heshe deserved So it was that a whole generation of English men and women were told that they should lose the welfare state and the trade unions and the protective laws for which their ancestors had fought and the balance of power should be tipped backwards by a century and because this would make them free and in case they hesitated for a moment and uestioned the idea that the wealthy Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! elite would know and care about their welfare than their own parents and grandparents they were also offered a little cash Vote to return to laissez faire capitalism and we will cut your taxes You may lose your society but you will gain a bigger TV A very great theft was organised on the simple basis that its victims had nothing to lose but a decent life A true and honest account of blackmail intimidation malice invasion of privacy and toxic falsehood We know it s a nasty selfish and crooked world at times but when those who practise such malice bullying and corruption have such a strangle hold on our police and our politicians we should become concernedvery concerned Guardian journalist Nick Davies has written a gripping account of his David and Goliath struggle with Rupert Murdoch and the Fleet Street hacks Davies claims only a pyrrhic victory but he does for a short period of time strip the veneer from the corporate monster andxpose the rot and power that threatens our democracy He s a brave man and this is an important account of corruption and abuse of power from a corporation that wields Cannibal enormous influence not only in Britain but the USA and Australia and threatens the very principles on which our governments werestablished Highly recommended A true and honest account of blackmail intimidation malice invasion of privacy and toxic falsehood We know it s a nasty selfish and crooked world at times but when those who practise such malice bullying and corruption have such a strangle hold on our police and our politicians we should become concernedvery concerned Guardian journalist Nick Davies has written a gripping account of his David and Goliath struggle with Rupert Murdoch and the Fleet Street hacks Davies claims only a pyrrhic victory but he does for a short period of time strip the veneer from the corporate monster and Mastered (The Enforcers, expose the rot and power that threatens our democracy He s a brave man and this is an important account of corruption and abuse of power from a corporation that wieldsnormous influence not only in Britain but the USA and Australia and threatens the very principles on which our governments were Man, Son of Man established As a previous reviewer suggestmake certain you read thepilogueHighly recommended just closed Nick Davies Hack Attack It s the account of the ten year battle to finally bring to light the role of Rupert Murdoch s News International organisation in using illegal means to acuire information the way the organisation deliberately attacked individuals and their families if an individual dared to protest their behaviour how News International created a climate in which neither police regulators nor politicians dared tackle their corruption because the conseuences would be massive assaults and vilification by a news organisation that owned a vast percentage of news coverage online on paper and on TV in the UK and internationally It s about how that organisation Alter Ego explicitly and knowingly lied over the course of a decade to the police to the regulator to the courts to all the democraticallylected representatives of the British peopleHere are a few numbers In the court trials that took place over the last few years the representatives of our democracy the Crown Prosecution Service were able to muster 17 million one full time solicitor and one administrative assistant to make the case News International spent 30 40 million aggressively defending its representatives and deployed an army of legal representatives and support staff Why does it matter It s an xample of what happens when greater powers are invested in private corporations than in our public services The corporation is able to devastate any attempt to make them take responsibility for the harm they ve done to the public good The government that the people have lected to represent as best as possible their collective interests and to protect them from harm is no longer able to wield true power in the face of the buying power possessed by the corporations There is nothing defending the lives and well being of the public we are all at riskIt goes deeper News International is an organisation that recognises that governments are the only bodies able to Uncommon Wisdom exercise any control over their behaviour Therefore News International deliberately advocates the shrinking of governments the reduction of their revenue the weakening of their regulatory powers the most stringent controls over their spending News International does so in order tonsure that it possesses a competitive advantage over the only organisation able to Unseen City exercise any restraint upon their corruption It attacks tax levels attacks public service in general in order to reduce thexpertise and skills available to the judiciary to the police force to the tax authorities to all levels of our political Art establishment making it less likely wrong doing will be detected prevented or punishedThe hacking scandal was not a case of a few celebrities getting their fingers burned Of the hackersxposed after all those years one had hacked a minimum of 5500 people another had hacked a further 1600 Those people included the family and friends of a couple who s child was abducted It included the family and friends of a murdered school girl the newspaper s representatives went further and didn t hand over God Is in the Crowd evidence that at the time they believed indicated where the girl was they wanted to claim credit themselves and to sell papers so didn t give it to the police News International went after the family and friends of two girls murdered in the town of Soham In other words if you your family your parents your children your friends anyone you know gets caught up in a tragedy all their conversations and information medical records police records bank recordsmployment records diaries tc and yours too would immediately have become something News International stole and used to. The definitive book on the phone hacking scandal from the journalist who broke the biggest story of corruption since WatergateAt first it seemed like a small story A royal correspondent for the News of the World was caught listening to the voice mail messages of staff at Buckingham Palace He and a private investigator went to prison for three months But Nick Davies a journalist at The Guardian knew it didn’t add up A source at the News of the World told him that not only was hacking routine but live.

Ld get to what they thought was their story These are people who went about their jobs with a bullying arrogance and ntitlement acting with total impunity This is only the stuff we know about it makes you think what other stories and poison was hiding The Matriarchs (The Family elsewhere not least in the millions ofmails they managed to delete before the police got to them You had a situation where tabloid journos so drunk on power and importance they were Notes for the Everlost even staking out the homes of police officers in a bid to dig dirt Clearly the vast majority of people at the London Met are like most other people in that they try to a decent job but the problem was that a tiny minority at the senior level were making it very hard for the others to do this It s important to understand how the London Met s inaction made so much of this possible Set aside for a moment the uestion of why the police acted as they did The immediate point is that by opting to say nothing theffect was to When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) enable the success of a dishonest conspiracy that was taking place outside Scotland Yard at the headuarters of Rupert Murdoch s UK company Scotland Yard chose to sit on a mountain ofvidence for over four years denying deceiving and deliberately misleading many many victims and investigators as to how much information they really had concerning the victims of phone tapping Senior members of the Yard were also being regularly wined and dined by senior members of News International whilst the so called investigation was going on His description of officers descending on the offices of News International offices is the stuff of Keystone cops As four officers started to collect paperwork from Goodman s desk they were confronted by No Biggy! executives who argued that they had no right to search a journalist s property which has some special protections in law The officers hesitated Somebody called in a couple of photographers who started taking pictures The inspector in charge reported that he feared they would be attacked Outside the building officers were barred from getting through the front door Three News International lawyers turned up took the four officers into a conference room and persuaded them to stop searching The managingditor Stuart Kuttner joined the lawyers and physically blocked them The raid was abandoned Later on Scotland Yard sneakily closed down their operation without telling anyone or Crush It! even completing the investigationNever understimate the Attracting Birds to Your Backyard ego and greed of those in power and never forget of their potential for outright incompetence The lengths Cameron went for Murdoch possibly arranged over the many meals they shared together He took away 282% of Ofcom s budget for 4 years and then froze the BBC license fee for 6 years too all which was of great help to Murdoch smpire Then of course there s are the many texts from Rebekah Brooks to David Cameron the following one was sent before giving a significant speech read I am so rooting for you not just as a personal friend but because professionally we are in this together Speech of your life Yes he Cam When things really started to go against Brooks and News International none other than Tony Blair came slithering in the shadows hissing to help her in any way he could in spite of it directly going against his own party s interests but just like Cameron and all good politicians he has long since mastered the act of saying one thing to the public and saying something Deep Listening entirely different when they think no onelse can hear themThe conclusions and results of the Leveson Bird-by-Bird Gardening enuiry were immensely disappointing and not particularlyffective The fact that Murdoch and his many minions are still allowed to work in the UK and continue to do what they do speaks volumes about the British The Works of Saint Augustine establishment and the rulinglite and what it really stands for Toward the Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone end Davies uotes theconomist Joseph Stiglitz Those at the top have learned how to suck money from the rest in ways that the rest are hardly aware of That is their true innovation He closes by saying For a while we snatched a handful of power away from one man We did nothing to change the power of the My Teacher Is a Robot elite First five star review of 2016A riveting account of how one journalist from the Guardian dared to take on News Corp one of the world s biggest media conglomerates andxpose the wrongdoings of its British tabloid News of the World later known as the phone hacking scandal A brilliant work of investigative journalism that deserves to be read Highly recommended This is a book about power Some investigative journalism is involved but as Davies points out Supper Club early in piece his inuiries were not a Watergate style mystery chase Clearvidence indicating that sustained phone hacking had taken place at the News of the World and other publications was there in the public record following it up wasn t a matter of hunting down unlisted numbers and working dead drops with mystery sources but one of forcing the Metropolitan Police to release the mountain of incriminating Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) evidence they had seized and withheld from victims and the public at large While investigative reporting got the ball rolling the crucial tool was the court system Much of this book is the story of Daviesfforts to inform recruit and collaborate with other journalists lawyers and hacking victims to pursue News Limited in court in the process forcing Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service to reveal the hard Professional Capital evidence needed to break down the official fiction that hacking had been limited to a rogue reporter Thisffort was crucial for while it was clear to Davies that the collapse of the rogue reporter defence was a matter of time the breakthrough that momentarily severed the political class s deference to Murdoch the Milly Dowler revelations came just in time to scupper News Limited s bid for the remaining stake in BSkyB and with it complete dominance of UK satellite television and untold richesview spoilerInterestingly this campaign was substantially assisted by Max Moseley the former F1 boss a hacking victim and crucially an old man with nothing to lose and large trust fund to pour into the litigation Seven Dwarfs Find a House (Disney Classic) efforts of those who had suffered similarly at News Limited s hands hide spoiler Don t miss thepilogue of this book For those of us who followed the phone hacking scandal from the beginning this was a great overview and a blow by blow rapid fire account of how it started developed into the biggest scandal in British journalism and how it Berlioz, Vol. 2 ended It is als Freedom of the press and freedom of speech are such fundamental cornerstones in the foundations of democracy that it becomes an affront and outrage to the principles by which we live and are Governed when the Fourth Estate abuses its protections and priviledged position in undermining the very Democracy that vests so much trust andmpowerment in it Nick Davies account of the systemic abuse by the Murdock Tabloid press of that trust as revealed by the hacking scandals Picked up the story and News International retaliated with all of their resources     Hack Attack is Davies’s mesmerizing account of his battle to prove the truth describing how politicians who dared to stand up to Murdoch were punished by his journalists; how the lawyers who sued Murdoch were spied on; how public figures who went to court found their careers threatened Hack Attack is a blow by blow account of the fall of an international media mpire by the lone journalist who dared to fight it.

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