Apparently following the Bush administration's lead on ignoring the law, common sense, and basic ethics in search of leaked information, HP's "pre-texting" scandal continues to widen as more facts come to light (see NYT article here). It now appears that not only did HP search personal phone records of its own board members, but that it also allegedly illegally obtained phone records of up to 9 journalists who write about HP - maybe if that doesn't work, they should try "rendition" as their next option now that the CIA prisons have officially been revealed.
It's simply outrageous, even if HP will maintain that they didn't condone or approve of the actual illegal investigative tactic - it's simply hard to believe that HP/Dunn didn't specifically order the investigation into the journalists themselves, which is the really outrageous part of this entire disaster. The only rational thing to do is for Chairperson Dunn to resign since it was clear that she was the driving force behind this aggressive stance. There was a time when HP stood for ethical conduct, both externally and internally - it's time to return to that standard.