The Cop-Media Connection
The Rupert Murdock media eavesdropping controversy in England illustrates the general risk of giving an organization broad access to information and spy technology… even if that organization is the saintly Big Government:
Scotland Yard’s assistant commissioner resigned Monday, a day after his boss also quit, and fresh investigations of possible police wrongdoing were launched in the phone hacking scandal that has spread from Rupert Murdoch’s media empire to the British prime minister’s office. …
The crisis has roiled the upper ranks of Britain’s police, with Monday’s resignation of Assistant Commissioner John Yates – Scotland Yard’s top anti-terrorist officer – following that on Sunday of police chief Paul Stephenson over their links to Neil Wallis, an arrested former executive from Murdoch’s shuttered News of the World tabloid whom police had employed as a media consultant.
It’s one thing if a private company offers a service that collects information. Misuse of that information could result in complete collapse of the business and its stocks. When government’s involved, a few folks lose their jobs, but for the most part, the bureaucracy keeps on rolling.