Do American reporters hack citizens' communications?

The journalistic profession has taken a radical hit with revelations about News of the World reporters hacking phones of ordinary citizens, celebrities and politicians. But the question in my mind isn't so much do American reporters do the same thing. It's how could we find out if they were doing it? The initial whistleblower of the News of the World scandal was found dead on Monday - his death ruled "unexplained, but not suspicious." The Guardian: Hoare, who was in his mid-forties, first made his claims in a New York Times investigation into the phone-hacking allegations at the News of the World. He told the newspaper that not only did [Andy] Coulson know of the phone hacking, but that he actively encouraged his staff to intercept the phone calls of celebrities in the pursuit of exclusives. In a subsequent interview with the BBC he alleged that he was personally asked by his editor at the time, Coulson, to tap into phones. In an interview with the PM programme he said Coulson's...(Read Full Post)