Tuesday, December 11, 2018

This week we are battling an almost total wipe out. Still nothing from the Mayor of London's St Mungo's Tenancy Sustainment Team (TST) despite Declan's second reminder under data protection law

This is a splendid posting which in its moderate and modest tone should encourage many others to join you!!
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-Don Collins, President of ISAF, an NGO dedicated to helping women

Our Church and State website has no less than 40 Nobel Prize winners on it; for details, see this blog's sidebar under "Church and State" (updated today).
Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms formulates what is the core of free speech. "Everyone has the right to freedom of expression." In an important interpretation of this article, the European Court of Human Rights in Handyside v. UK (1976) indicated that this "freedom of expression" should be construed as follows. It "is applicable not only to 'information' or 'ideas' that are favourably received, or regarded as inoffensive, or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population." Such are the demands of that pluralism, tolerance and broadmindedness without which there is no "democratic society" (see Cliteur, 2010).

What a week! Never before have we had two of our four laptops separately under attack throughout the day, as we have had since Facebook's block against our Church and State website last Saturday. According to my email tracker, not even my emails to Nobel laureates are getting through to them. (Not one of these emails will we allow to go astray, but it means that Declan will have to make more phone calls to the US and Australia just to get them seen.) And there's more besides. This is my update to last month's flagship Facebook post:

Removal of our flat door in 2012

UPDATE 11 December (4.32pm): "... We compare the on-off targeting of our laptops with the removal of our flat door in 2012; see my post of 27 November, The assault on my primary laptop runs into a record-breaking fourth week (WITH UPDATE - DAY 40 11/12/2018). And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on access to our Church and State website, the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site, and the now-current assault on two of our four laptops. Since 26 May 2017, I have been recording internet cuts to boot; see my post of 7 July, INTERNET CUTS: Are 45-minute Internet cuts to be the new norm? We pay British Telecom £850 per year for broadband (WITH UPDATE 11/12/2018: re 294th Internet cut since 26 May 2017). Perhaps of particular importance in all this is the fact that Church and State topped more than 3 million hits in 11 months from January to November 2017 (27 Facebook blocks ago), and despite the even then far from level playing field."

2 November: Fighting for survival in London: Facebook's concerted campaign against our Church and State website shows no signs of waning (WITH UPDATE 11/12/2018: re Block 52 DAY 4)

* Yesterday evening we were disconnected from the internet for the 294th time since 26 May 2017, and for the first time the TV players and apps we get with our second British Telecom YouView box were subsequently disabled through no bandwidth at all. Our TV, and our inability to view a various number of TV channels using our BT YouView box due to fluctuating bandwidths, has been and remains a constant reminder that non-stop internet cuts through our BT Hub can kick off at any time with cuts that can last for hours (the longest being 3 1/4 hours on 16 August).

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan


Subject Access Request - action required (Reminder 2)

Maya Kotecha
Information Security Coordinator
St Mungo’s

Address removed for email


4 December 2018

Dear Ms Kotecha,

Further to my previous reminder, St Mungo's has a legal requirement to respond to me within one calendar month, starting from the day after you received my request, so I should receive my data by Wednesday 19 December at the very latest.

Yours sincerely,

Declan Heavey

What are the time limits?

"If you exercise any of your rights under data protection law, the organisation you're dealing with must respond as quickly as possible. This must be no later than one calendar month, starting from the day after they receive the request."
- Information Commissioner's Office

16 November: St Mungo's: Declan reverts to data protection law in his dealings with the Mayor of London's St Mungo's TST for the accurate recording of his complaint of unfair treatment against Newham Council (WITH UPDATE - DAY 23 11/12/2018)




http://churchandstate.org.uk/honorary-associates/

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Facebook: The social network's 52nd block against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015, and with no explanation as usual (WITH UPDATE - DAY 4 11/12/2018)

"Father of the Internet" and Google Vice President Vint Cerf recently joined us as an honorary associate.
http://churchandstate.org.uk/honorary-associates/


Facebook does not have a political bias? The social network's blocks against our Church and State website have gone from 47 days in 2017 - when we topped 3 million hits in the first 11 months despite the blocks - to 179 days so far this year (the equivalent of 6 months). Last March they blocked me from posting Church and State articles in groups four times (for 29 out of 31 days), and all without explanation. This month they have already blocked me twice from doing the same (for a total of 13 days to 15 December), and both times without explanation. Tonight I received this notification of their 52nd block against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015:



These notifications without an explanation come out of the blue. Perhaps this month will be another wipeout month from Facebook, and without an explanation being given.
Facebook blocks 2018 (in days)

January 2018: 16 days
February 2018: 15 days
March 2018: 29 days
April 2018: 17 days
May 2018: No blocks in May
June 2018: 14 days
July 2018: 17 days
August 2018: 11 days
September 2018: 12 days
October 2018: 16 days
November 2018: 19 days
December 2018: 13 days (until 15 December)
Total: 179 days

2 November: Fighting for survival in London: Facebook's concerted campaign against our Church and State website shows no signs of waning (WITH UPDATE 8/12/2018: re Block 52 DAY 1). This link reveals that we have been, and remain, under attack on a number of fronts. For example, besides the now-current assault on two of our four laptops, the category pages on Church and State are under constant attack. As I point out in my earlier post about Royal Mail misdelivering our mail, the second article below has more than 1/2 million Facebook likes/shares (not zero):



This article topped more than 1/2 million Facebook likes/shares last month (tonight it stands at 558K and counting):


It's Time to Start Calling Evangelicals What They Are: The American Taliban

UPDATE 11 December (4.37pm): I appealed this latest block from Facebook on 8 December, and true to form, there has been no response from them. On another front, Declan still does not know where he stands with the Mayor of London's St Mungo's Tenancy Sustainment Team (TST); see my post of 16 November, St Mungo's: Declan reverts to data protection law in his dealings with the Mayor of London's St Mungo's TST for the accurate recording of his complaint of unfair treatment against Newham Council (WITH UPDATE - DAY 23 11/12/2018). Only three months ago, this Greater London Authority-commissioned charity took Declan to the brink of his second court action against them in two years; see my post of 28 August, St Mungo's: Discrimination; Declan's claim against the Mayor of London's service for the Central London County Court. Still no response from St Mungo's CEO Howard Sinclair to Declan's pre-action letter (WITH UPDATE 30/8/2018).

'Independent' court scrutinising public authorities and law enforcement agencies is located inside the Home Office in Westminster, London.

Re: Investigatory Powers Tribunal

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) dismissed Declan's complaint against the secret services on papers in less than three weeks, on 1 September 2011, stating that it was "obviously unsustainable". This is paragraph 11 of Declan's updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

11. The IPT was created in October 2000 by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and given the power to investigate any complaints against GCHQ, MI5 or MI6, as well as complaints about surveillance operations mounted by the police or any other public bodies. The Guardian reported on 5 March 2014 that the tribunal, which claims to be completely independent of the UK Government, is secretly operating from a base within the Home Office, by which it is funded. The newspaper found that the IPT had investigated about 1,500 complaints and upheld only 10, five of which concerned members of one family who had all lodged complaints about surveillance by their local council. No complaint against any of the intelligence agencies had ever been upheld. The discovery that the IPT is lodged within a Whitehall department fuelled criticisms of the tribunal that had been levelled by rights groups, lawyers and complainants. The IPT's critics complain that the secrecy is excessive and that its procedures are stacked so heavily in favour of the government and against complainants that it is fundamentally unfair. According to The Guardian, some senior lawyers have described the IPT as "Kafkaesque", while one eminent barrister has dismissed it as a "kangaroo court". The newspaper also reports that because of the secrecy surrounding the tribunal and the perception that it is unfair, many would-be complainants spurn it.

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8 May 2018: Threat to life: Updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Today we are cut off the internet for a half an hour