Pretexting, in the case of the HP, means when private detectives gathered people's personal information and then lied, pretending to be them to get access to their phone records. Isn't that called fraud? Misrepresentation? Is there a new crime on the books here in California called "pretexting?"
Maybe I'll ask Bill Lockyer, attorney general of the state, who's looking in to criminal charges against the ineffective HP super-secret spy team.
Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute hates the word pretexting and asks journalists to stop repeating it.