Thursday, September 28, 2006

March of the Private Investigators

The impending House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing promises to have some potential fireworks, or a parade of witnesses taking the Fifth Amendment, with the issuance of subpoenas the day before the hearing to five private investigators who purportedly did the "pretexting" on behalf of Hewlett-Packard.  According to an AP story (here), the five PIs are: Bryan Wagner, Charles Kelly (CAS Agency), Cassandra Selvage (Eye in the Sky Investigations), Darren Brost, and Valerie Preston (InSearchOf Inc.).  I doubt any of them will remind us of Jim Rockford, but they do have a couple of catchy agency names.  Wagner is reported to have said he destroyed his home computer with a hammer after the news about H-P's investigation hit, so I suspect that's at least one witness likely to assert the privilege against self-incrimination in the face of a possible obstruction of justice investigation.  The hearing starts at 10:00 a.m., and now includes a second day when the Subcommittee will hear from telecom companies about their efforts to combat pretexting. Let the games begin. (ph)

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