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I think it’s safe to say Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear is not a fan of Mitt the Twit.

London, and the British in general, did not take too kindly to Mitt’s swipes at the UK’s preparedness for the Olympics, culminating in this:

London Mayor Boris Johnson slapped back in very public fashion during a massive pre-Games rally. “There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know if London is ready,” he cried, prompting the 60,000-person crowd to jeer the candidate’s name. “Are we ready?”

Star sprinter Carl Lewis, who won 10 Olympic medals in his career for the U.S., appraised Mitt Romney’s Mittens Romneyshambles' performance thusly: “I swear, sometimes I think some Americans shouldn’t leave the country. Are you kidding me, stay home if you don’t know what to say.”


Indeed. I bet Mitt wishes he could cancel his visit. Retroactively, of course.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Jeremy Clarkson Top Gear Mitt Romney Olympics politics scumbag Mitt Mittens Romneyshambles UK London facepalm seriously republican retroactively GOP Election 2012

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Labour Party M.P. Tom Watson questions James Murdoch today before the House of Commons

You’re familiar with the word ‘mafia’?
Yes, Mister Watson.
Have you ever heard the term ‘omerta,’ the mafia term they use for the code of silence?
I’m not an aficionado of such things.
Could News International be described as a group of people who are bound together by secrecy who together pursue their group’s business objectives with no regard for the law, using intimidation, corruption and general criminality?
I frankly think that’s offensive….
Mr. Murdoch, you must be the first mafia boss in history who didn’t know he was running a criminal enterprise.

Filed under mafia James Murdoch Tom Watson Politics Crime Phone hacking hacking UK News Corp News International Burn

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Citizens of Britain, We are Anonymous.

The riots that we have witnessed over the last week, whilst violent and misguided, are a product of decades of neglect inflicted on your country by various governments. We do not condone mindless thuggery, but that does not stop us from seeing the reality behind it.

Your politicians and the media do their best to avoid seeing that reality. They would rather manipulate public anger in order to cloud judgment and create division. They will use these riots as an excuse to withdraw civic freedoms, increase draconian police powers, and discourage legitimate protest. By placing their emphasis on mindless criminality, your politicians mask the extent to which a significant section of society is stuck in an impoverished way of life with little hope for the future.

Anonymous senses your displeasure and witnesses the iron fist of the state being used more and more often to put down dissent before it begins. We note also the ever increasing tide of propaganda issued to justify these repressive acts. The law is no longer the protector of the citizens but the protector of a wealthy few from the many, who have very little. Justice has become yet another commodity that only the wealthy can afford.

We sympathise with the anger that seethes under the facade of your country’s diplomatic image. It is time to take a stand and realise that solutions will not be found in today’s corrupt political landscape. You should seize this opportunity to rally for freedom. Anonymous stands with you in this struggle and will fight alongside you in the battle for permanent change. Let your enemies stand forewarned.

Saturday October 15th 2011 will be your opportunity for rebellion. We call on Britain to unite and organise peacefully. Unions, anti-cuts groups, community organisations, students, activists, citizens: you know your political system is not fit for purpose. Rally your supporters and stand together in holding mass protests in your major cities. Together you can send a powerful message to your government: you are the people of Britain and your voice WILL be heard.

Yours sincerely,

Operation Britain

We are Anonymous.

We are Legion.

We do not forgive.

We do not forget.

Expect us.

(Source: basedinternet)

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News of the World axed by News International: Sunday edition of Murdoch's tabloid to be last

News International announced on Thursday that it is closing the News of the World after this Sunday’s edition, with no end in sight to the political and commercial fallout from the phone-hacking scandal after 72 hours of mounting crisis.

Sunday’s edition of the paper will be the last, News International chairman James Murdoch told News of the World staff on Thursday afternoon. Murdoch told employees at the 167-year-old title: "The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed to when it came to itself".

Murdoch said in a statement: “Wrongdoers turned a good newsroom bad and this was not fully understood or adequately pursued.” Murdoch also conceded the company had "made statements to parliament without being in full possession of the facts. This was wrong".

He said “the News of the World and News International wrongly maintained that these issues were confined to one reporter” and that the company had passed information to the police which would demonstrate this. “Those who acted wrongly will have to face the consequences,” he said.

Murdoch also said in his statement to staff that he had authorised out-of-court payments to victims of hacking: “I now know that I did not have a complete picture when I did so.” He added: “That was wrong and is a matter of serious regret.”

It is the first national newspaper to close since Rupert Murdoch shut News International mid-market tabloid Today in 1995.

I bolded a few statements for this reason: Could you imagine any Murdoch saying this about Fox News? News of the World was a tabloid, so I imagine must be easier to say… However, this is a victory for those who still value some shred of integrity in journalism. This tabloid helped to build Murdoch’s empire, particularly in the US. Glad to see it go.

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Missing Milly Dowler's voicemail was hacked by News of the World

The News of the World illegally targeted the missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler and her family in March 2002, interfering with police inquiries into her disappearance, an investigation by the Guardian has established.

Scotland Yard is investigating the episode, which is likely to put new pressure on the then editor of the paper, Rebekah Brooks, now Rupert Murdoch’s chief executive in the UK; and the then deputy editor, Andy Coulson, who resigned in January as the prime minister’s media adviser…

Milly Dowler disappeared at the age of 13 on her way home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, on 21 March 2002.

Detectives from Scotland Yard’s new inquiry into the phone hacking, Operation Weeting, are believed to have found evidence of the targeting of the Dowlers in a collection of 11,000 pages of notes kept by Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator jailed for phone hacking on behalf of the News of the World.

In the last four weeks the Met officers have approached Surrey police and taken formal statements from some of those involved in the original inquiry, who were concerned about how News of the World journalists intercepted – and deleted – the voicemail messages of Milly Dowler.

The messages were deleted by journalists in the first few days after Milly’s disappearance in order to free up space for more messages. As a result friends and relatives of Milly concluded wrongly that she might still be alive. Police feared evidence may have been destroyed…

The News of the World’s parent company News International, part of Murdoch’s media empire, said: “We have been co-operating fully with Operation Weeting since our voluntary disclosure in January restarted the investigation into illegal voicemail interception. This particular case is clearly a development of great concern and we will be conducting our own inquiry as a result. We will obviously co-operate fully with any police request on this should we be asked.”

Is there a low to which Rupert Murdoch and professional cronies will not sink? I’m curious.

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UK immigration officer fired for putting wife on ‘no-fly’ list

According to the Home Office, the department in charge of internal security in the UK, an immigration officer decided to get rid of his wife by placing her on a “no-fly” list.

The Daily Mirror reported that the officer’s wife traveled to Pakistan to visit relatives, but when she arrived at the airport to come home to Britain, she was told she could not board the plane and officials would not reveal why.

The woman ended up stranded in Pakistan for three years as a result, the Daily Mail reported. “She obviously thought her husband, being an immigration officer, would be able to find out what was going on,” a source inside the immigration office told the Mirror. “Little did she know it was him who had put her on the list. By all accounts he then had the time of his life.”

What’s more, Home Office officials didn’t discover the fraudulent listing until the immigration agent, whom the British government didn’t name, was put up for promotion and a review of his work uncovered his wife’s name on a no-fly list.

Now that is serious abuse of authority. What an asshat, and further, isn’t a divorce cheaper in the long run?

Filed under UK no-fly terrorism not a terrorist immigration abuse of authority