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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-12 01:08 PM
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UN-Holy S**T! Author of Patriot Act on Murdoch's "News Corps Board"....from SEAFAN!
:banghead: (When I Googled it looks like these same folks are still on the BOD of News Corp and Investigating Murdoch?)

seafan's Journal Wed Jul-20-11 12:59 PM

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Viet Dinh, author of Patriot Act on News Corp Board of Directors.

Let's look at who is on the News Corp Board of Directors.

Viet Dinh, chief architect of the USA Patriot Act; assistant to Michael Chertoff


Viet Dinh is thriving after high-profile Bush administration stint, October 12, 2009


With the help of NBC News and Rupert Murdochs South China Morning Post, (Dinh's sister) was released from a Hong Kong detention camp in 1993.


After his clerkships, Dinh worked with future Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as associate special counsel to the Senate committee investigating President Bill Clintons Whitewater dealings. From there, just three years out of law school, he went to Georgetown, where he was teaching corporate and constitutional law when another president decided he wanted the tireless Dinh on his side.

In May 2001, Bush appointed Dinh to be an assistant attorney general the highest government position a Vietnamese-American had held up to that point and tasked him with overseeing the Justice Departments Office of Legal Policy.

After 19 Muslim extremists hijacked four American commercial flights and altered the course of U.S. history, Dinh worked behind the scenes as the chief architect of the Patriot Act and a bevy of other laws and policies that have drawn either fire or applause, depending on ones position on the political spectrum.


Yes, the Patriot Act.

'The Patriot Act Is Your Friend', February 24, 2004

There are more interesting names on the list of News Corp board members:

In particular is Joel Klein.

Joel Klein joined News Corporation in January this year as executive vice president in the office of the chairman and chief executive of the company's new education unit Photo: GETTY


As New York City education chancellor for nine years, the 64-year-old proved combative in his dealings with principals and teachers as he ripped up curriculums and criticised schools.


As the person parachuted in by Murdoch to ensure that News Internationals reputation is maintained worldwide the trained lawyer possible faces his biggest challenge to date.

Yesterday, Murdoch said he had appointed Mr Klein to "provide important oversight and guidance" as his company "fully cooperate with the police in all investigations" into the phone hacking scandal.

He joined News Corporation in January this year as executive vice president in the office of the chairman and chief executive of the companys new education unit.
He is a senior adviser to Murdoch .... Klein was once rumoured to be one of Barack Obamas choices for Secretary of Education.

Natalie Bancroft:

She is a member of the Bancroft family, which controlled the Dow Jones media empire for decades.<1>..... She was appointed to the board of News Corporation at the age of 27, following News Corporation's acquisition of Dow Jones.<1><2><3><4><5><6> She lives in New York, New York.<1>

Jos Mara Aznar, former President of Spain and one of George W. Bush's BFFs in the runup to the Iraq invasion

Here's the full list of News Corp Board members.

* Rupert Murdoch
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
News Corporation

* Jos Mara Aznar
Former President of Spain
FAES - Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis

* Natalie Bancroft
News Corporation

* Peter Barnes
Ansell Limited

* Chase Carey
Deputy Chairman
President and Chief Operating Officer
News Corporation

* Kenneth E. Cowley
R.M. Williams Holdings Pty. Limited

* David F. DeVoe
Chief Financial Officer
News Corporation

* Viet Dinh
Professor of Law
Georgetown University

* Rod Eddington
Non-Executive Chairman for
Australia and New Zealand
J.P. Morgan

* Joel Klein
Executive Vice President
CEO, Education Division
News Corporation

* Andrew S.B. Knight
J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited

* James Murdoch
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
News Corporation

Chairman and CEO, International
News Corporation

* Lachlan Murdoch
Executive Chairman
Illyria Pty Ltd

* Thomas J. Perkins
Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers

* Arthur M. Siskind
Senior Advisor to the Chairman
News Corporation

* John L. Thornton
Professor and Director of Global Leadership
Tsinghua University of Beijing

* Stanley S. Shuman (Director Emeritus)
Managing Director
Allen & Company LLC

Dissolving this board along with the entire structure of News Corp would go a long way in restoring the idea of governments' function to serve the people instead of the ruthless and powerful.

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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-12 01:29 PM
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1. And this......"Rupert Murdoch's Fox Broadcast Licenses Targeted By U.S. Ethics Group "
Edited on Thu May-03-12 01:37 PM by KoKo


Rupert Murdoch's Fox Broadcast Licenses Targeted By U.S. Ethics Group
2012-05-01 19:46:02 (2 days ago)
Posted By: Intellpuke

A Washington-based ethics watchdog is calling on federal regulators to revoke News Corporation's 27 Fox broadcast licenses in the wake of the highly critical report on phone hacking from the U.K. parliament.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) has written to the chairman of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), Julius Genachowski, calling on the regulator to pull the plug on Rupert Murdoch's lucrative television licenses on grounds of character.

The letter argues that the final report of the U.K. House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which concluded that Murdoch was not fit to run a major international company, had implications for the U.S. regulators that they now have to act upon.

Melanie Sloan, Crew's director, said that the Murdochs had clearly failed the character test that is embedded within U.S. media law as it is within British. "If they are not passing the character standard under British law, it seems to me that they are not going to meet the character standard in America."

In their report, the British parliamentarians found Rupert Murdoch was "not a fit person" to exercise stewardship of a major international company. The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee also concluded that James Murdoch showed "willful ignorance" of the extent of phone hacking during 2009 and 2010.

The FCC has so far shown an unwillingness to be drawn into the billowing phone hacking scandal concerning the News of the World and other News Corporation outlets in the U.K. Last July, Genachowski indicated that he did not expect his agency to get involved in the probe.

But Crew insisted that as more information emerges about the failure of News Corp. to deal with its hacking crisis, federal authorities would eventually be forced to act. The watchdog has also written to the U.S. Senate and House committees on Commerce calling for congressional hearings into whether the Murdochs were fit to hold the Fox TV licenses. A similar request from Crew last year went unanswered.

Any suggestion that there was scrutiny of News Corp's TV licenses would cause havoc within the company because its profits are closely tied to television in the U.S. However, the firm's shareholders appear to be relaxed in that regard, as News Corp's shares rose slightly after news broke of the scathing U.K. committee report.

Analysts have long discounted the U.K. newspaper business as a distraction and too tiny to affect the bottom line. One speculated that investors were betting the report was likely to lead to News Corp focusing on its larger, more profitable U.S. assets.


Some shareholders are intensifying their calls for a shake-up at the top of News Corp. on the back of the British parliamentary report. Change to Win, an advisory group that works with pension funds with over $200bn in assets, called for Murdoch to resign. Senior policy analyst Michael Pryce-Jones said News Corp.'s board should meet to form a succession plan immediately. "This is a company in crisis," he said.

Pryce-Jones said that when he first saw the headlines about the report he had assumed they were talking about James Murdoch. "This is far worse than I had expected," he said. "The focus is now on Rupert."

He added: "In any other company James would have have been sacked in July and we'd be preparing for succession. Murdoch clearly cannot stay on a CEO and chairman of this company."

Pryce-Jones said he blamed News Corp.'s independent directors for much of what had gone wrong. The directors include top U.S. lawyer Viet Dinh, chief architect of the USA Patriot Act, Joel Klein, the former chancellor of the New York City department of education and Rod Eddington, former chief executive of British Airways. "They have said that they are going to act, but they have done nothing. They need a Plan B. Plan A was apparently to ignore this and hope it would go away," he said.
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-12 10:58 PM
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7. Rec'd
And I'll take Dr. Helen Caldicort anyday as an Aussie who spends time here as opposed to the POS Murdoch.

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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-12 01:39 PM
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2. John Yoo and Viet Dinh...On DU-2 Front Page...Same Day....
How creepy is this that these two are back in the news... :shrug:

Like Cheney....they just keep on giving....
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-12 02:46 PM
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3. Remember when most Democrats voted against the Act? Then repealed it?
Me neither.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-12 08:26 PM
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4. Good Point...How they Switched the Vote....Sad remembering it.
I did think the House under Pelosi did try..(even though she took "Impeachment" off the table) there were still enough Dems fearful of their seats or principled...that there WAS PUSH BACK.

Now...mostly faded. What can one do with the Crazy Clown Car Repugs, anyway? The House would have to have INCREDIBLY SAVVY/CONNIVING/PSY OPS Members.

We Dems just don't go for candidates who are THAT CRAZY...with those PERVERSE SKILLS in that COMBINATION.

So...we have to still hope that the the "GOOD" will the end...over all of them...
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-12 08:34 PM
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5. Just ask the most ardent Obama supporters they'll tell you either
1. He couldn't because he didn't have the super-sized, super-duper majority he needed to get it done
2. He's secretly waiting until he gets re-elected and then it will happen.
(The 2nd one sounds like the same delusional ranting we hear from the NRA about Obama's secret plan to take take away everyone's guns in his 2nd term)
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-12 08:57 PM
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6. Yes...I know.. the "Most Ardent"...they just can't hear...but we
have to hear the excuses. Then parse them try to be fair. Weighing one against the other. It doesn't matter, though, does it? :shrug:
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-05-12 04:54 PM
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8. Kick....and for Seafan...who had the scoop way back...but with some new stuff
here ...since then..

Where IS "Seafan?"

I was glad to find her/his post in archives...but, has she/he forsaken us for our "Sister Site?"

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