(Yet another) cottonwool moment, bkgirl: does that mean murder squad think the met officers are being paid not to investigate crimes or even actively to hamper investigations? What is the source of their information?
To add to what Animula wrote about the Daniel Morgan case, Nick Davies had a comprehensive article on this a few days ago. The police knew in 2002 that the NOTW were trying to derail a murder investigation into one of their employees, Jonathan Rees, but did nothing as they wished to retain a strong relationship with News International.
"According to journalists and investigators who worked with him, Rees exploited his position as a freemason to make links with masonic police officers who illegally sold him information on targets chosen by the News of the World, the Sunday Mirror and the Daily Mirror. One close contact, Det Sgt Sid Fillery, left the Metropolitan police to become Reess business partner and added more officers to their network. Fillery was subsequently convicted of possession of indecent images of children."
Scary stuff, I don't think it means the entire freemason movement is dodgy though. I guess you can get corrupt people in any group. I hope though that this is investigated fully and taken to its proper conclusion since anything less will indeed bring down the reputation of the freemasons.
Thing is, it's easy for corruption to flourish in a secret society. Especially one that promotes doing favours for your 'brothers' and restricts entry to 'people like us' (i.e. who aren't going to challenge the way things are done).
(There's a quote somewhere, which I can't find right now, from a former Commissioner of the Met about how he tried to make sure there were fewer corrupt people on the inside of his force than the outside, but it was a close-run thing.)