Boris Johnson accused of covering up another Murdoch meeting
London mayor met James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks during the phone-hacking scandal but left it off the hospitality register
Boris Johnson had a third meeting with the Murdochs that was not declared on City Hall’s hospitality register, leading to accusations that he attempted to conceal his close relationship with the media baron. The meetings came to light after a Freedom of Information request on the hospitality register by the left-leaning political website www.politicalscrapbook.net
Lisa O’Carroll | The Guardian | 21 June 2012
The Increasingly Absurd Conceit That [US] Drone Strikes Are Secret
Late Wednesday, the Obama Administration denied a Freedom of Information Act request demanding information about its targeted killing program. Among the public, there is broad support for the notion that the president and CIA should be able to act in secret while waging the War on Terrorism. For that reason, the White House hasn’t gotten much grief for its denial. What needs to be more widely understood are the several issues that this particular denial raises. Even if you think the president should enjoy broad latitude to act in secret on matters of national security, there are good reasons to find his actions in this case objectionable and pernicious.
The Atlatnic | 22nd June 2012
The gas firm, the [Northern Irish] minister and the £250m decision
A STORMONT minister has contacted the independent regulator who sets gas prices about a sensitive £250 million decision – despite initially refusing to get involved – after being lobbied to do so by one of Northern Ireland’s largest companies.
Documents released to the News Letter under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster wrote to the regulator who sets gas prices in March after being contacted numerous times by senior figures at Phoenix Natural Gas.
Sam McBride | Newsletter | 22nd June 2012