Monday, 22 January 2007

John the RIPA

by Charles Pooter

The Telegraph has revealed that Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates, who is leading the investigation into the cash for peerages crimes, authorised his officers to hack into Downing Street computers. A Westminster source thinks they may have obtained some significant evidence via this method. Oh the delicious irony if this is true! The police would not have been able to take this step (without a warrant from a Judge) if it wasn't for Labour's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), which was shat onto the statute books in 2000.

Blair will probably get off scot free in the end, but I'm really enjoying the twists and turns in this case.

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