So here in the UK it's a *bad* thing (and rightly so) for newspapers to hack people's phones for juicy shit to help sell their papers, but it's a *good* thing (and not rightly so) for the government to hack anybody's phones because they feel like it. One rule for the powerful and fuck everybody else.
I would love to hear about the UK government hacking US telecoms - wouldn't that be classed as an act of war by the US? How's that special relationship working out now, eh? (Special as in "bend over, I'm coming in dry, bitch!") If it becomes legal for one country, it becomes "legal" for all countries and bollocks to any government that complains about the free-for-all that ensues.