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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 05:41 AM
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Dinh's Ties to Murdoch Under Fire as Board's Point Man on Hacking Scandal
Source: Bloomberg

News Corp. (NWS)s independent directors, obligated to assess Rupert Murdoch and other top executives handling of the companys phone-hacking scandal, are relying for guidance on Viet Dinh, a board member with personal ties to the Murdoch family.

Dinh, 43, is point man between the independent board members and a panel that New York-based News Corp. created to cooperate with authorities probing phone hacking by the defunct News of the World tabloid and to evaluate company standards.

A Washington attorney and Georgetown University Law Center professor, Dinh has been a friend of Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdochs oldest son Lachlan since 2003 and is godfather to Lachlans second child. In 1992, a decade before they met, News Corp. (NWSA)s South China Morning Post helped Dinh free his sister from a Hong Kong refugee camp.

Usually its required that an investigation like this is undertaken by a committee of independent directors, said Jay Lorsch, a Harvard Business School professor who has served on the boards of four publicly traded companies. Its very hard to be objective if youre involved in any way -- financially or emotionally -- with the family of the chief executive you are supposed to be supervising.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-06/dinh-s-ties-to...



Dinh was the chief architect of the USA PATRIOT Act.
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Downwinder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 06:19 AM
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1. Interesting article. Especially when considering the flap
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 08:55 AM
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4. 10 year-old Viet Dinh and family picked strawberries in Oregon in 1978.
First, thanks for adding this story to the mix, Downwinder:


U.S. berry farms fined for hiring 6-year-olds as workers

AP
August 5, 2011


A child-labor investigation in June discovered nine underage workers at farms in the Washington towns of Woodland and Ridgefield. Investigators found several violations of labour law, including failing to maintain proof-of-age records and pay minimum wage among others.

The farmers were Marty Peterson from Columbia Fruit in Woodland; George Hoffman of George Hoffman Farms and Lee Nguyen of Berry Good Farms of Ridgefield.

.....

A farmworker advocate said child labour is a recurring problem in farms in southwest Washington. Many underpay their workers, leading families to bring their children to help harvest.

We pay attention to kids and talk to them, said Andrea Schmitt, an attorney for Columbia Legal Services who makes frequent trips to farms to inform workers of minimum wage law during harvest season. We very often know a child has been working when that childs hands are stained with berry juice.

.....




Now, to Viet Dinh.



After narrowly escaping from Vietnam on a small fishing boat in 1978, the 10-year-old Dinh, along with his mother and five siblings, went to work at 4 a.m. seven days a week to pick strawberries in Oregon fields.

Their collective earnings were shipped to Vietnam to help his 24-year-old sister and his father who was living incognito in political exile escape the Viet Congs communist regime. For his father, the escape would take five years and 25 separate attempts. For his sister, it took even longer. With the help of NBC News and Rupert Murdochs South China Morning Post, she was released from a Hong Kong detention camp in 1993.

When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, Oregons strawberry fields were destroyed by the ashes. Undaunted, the family packed up and moved to Fullerton, Calif., where the entire brood worked in a sewing shop from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

..... Link




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Viet Dinh has been called a "political pit bull" and "a foot soldier" for Attorney General John Ashcroft. But the 36-year-old author of the Patriot Act prefers to be called an "attendant of freedom." ---February 24, 2004



And today, Viet Dinh, author of the despised USAPatriot Act, sits on Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp Board of Directors, offering his expertise in the "inquiry" into his boss's phone hacking scandal.




Just. Lovely.



For infinite reasons, Lady Justice, we need you now.





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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 08:16 AM
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2. Viet Dinh, author of Patriot Act... How very USEFUL for Murdoch to hack into phones, computers....
Viet Dinh, author of Patriot Act on News Corp Board of Directors., July 20, 2011




This Bloomberg piece today is the first I've seen of any mainstream reporting about Dinh's toxic influence on this unfolding criminality.

Director in News Corp. Probe Tied to Murdoch


By Ronald Grover and Tom Schoenberg
August 6, 2011


News Corp. (NWS)s independent directors, obligated to assess Rupert Murdoch and other top executives handling of the companys phone-hacking scandal, are relying for guidance on Viet Dinh, a board member with personal ties to the Murdoch family.

Dinh, 43, is point man between the independent board members and a panel that New York-based News Corp. created to cooperate with authorities probing phone hacking by the defunct News of the World tabloid and to evaluate company standards.

A Washington attorney and Georgetown University Law Center professor, Dinh has been a friend of Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdochs oldest son Lachlan since 2003 and is godfather to Lachlans second child. In 1992, a decade before they met, News Corp. (NWSA)s South China Morning Post helped Dinh free his sister from a Hong Kong refugee camp.

Usually its required that an investigation like this is undertaken by a committee of independent directors, said Jay Lorsch, a Harvard Business School professor who has served on the boards of four publicly traded companies. Its very hard to be objective if youre involved in any way -- financially or emotionally -- with the family of the chief executive you are supposed to be supervising.

.....




I hope there is an ARMY of federal investigators on Murdoch's case.


Let the investigations roll.





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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 08:16 AM
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3. Any "Investigation" in the US will be a watered down farce anyway.
The FOX in the hen house syndrome!(pun intended)
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