Thursday, September 21, 2017

The attack on Declan's relatively new £600 laptop is unrelenting. And we have already written off our brand new British Telecom TV set-top box as a waste of our time and money

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The tyranny of threatened powerful ideologies is exactly what you live to combat.

Donald A. Collins, President, International Services Assistance Fund, Washington DC

Re: Internet cuts since 26 May 2017

From my previous blog post's Update 20 September (1.12am):

"And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 20/9/2017 RE: 162nd Internet cut since 26 May 2017)."

20 September (1.07am): 162 internet cuts since 26 May 2017.* We had to suspend work on our Church and State website on 15 June after 4 internet cuts in one night. With an all-time record breaking 7 cuts in one day by 4pm on 29 August; 58 cuts last month; 13 cuts two weeks ago that included on 5 September our latest 1/2 hour removal from the internet plus the almost total shutdown of our BT TV service; no cuts since midnight today (as of 20 September at 1.07am).

1. 143rd 29 August 2017, 8.42am
2. 144th 29 August 2017, 9.54am
3. 145th 29 August 2017, 10.52am
4. 146th 29 August 2017, 11.38am
5. 147th 29 August 2017, 12.02pm
6. 148th 29 August 2017, 12.47pm
7. 149th 29 August 2017, 3.10pm
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10. 152nd 5 September 2017, 11.53am
11. 153rd 5 September 2017, 1.48pm
12. 154th 5 September 2017, 4.35pm
13. 155th 5 September 2017, 9.32pm (28 minutes+)
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19. 161st 8 September 2017, 6.35pm
20. 162nd 8 September 2017, 7.47pm

* 12 out of the first 18 internet cuts were within the first four days of a BT engineer's visit on 12 June. It is a matter of written record that this engineer "securely fitted a brand new master socket to another location on the same wall. He also carried out a comprehensive line test and could not find a problem with [our] line".

The War on Free Expression


Howard Bloom On Islam And The Mohammed Code


TO BE CONTINUED - We are still waiting for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to record my complaint about serious misconduct by HMRC staff involving criminal or near criminal behaviour; see my blog post of 14 September, Independent Police Complaints Commission confirm that they did not pass details of my complaint against HM Revenue and Customs to the HMRC's Professional Standards Department on 12 August 2017 (WITH UPDATE 19/9/2017). ...



These are the internet speeds we have been accustomed to:



So much too for our brand new British Telecom TV set-top box:




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. On 5 March 2014 the Guardian reported 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 these 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 as a consequence of the secrecy surrounding the tribunal and the perception that it is unfair, many would-be complainants spurn it.

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9 June: Ministry of Justice: Complaint to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice against the County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice (WITH UPDATE - Day 13 21/6/2017)

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Facebook's 23rd block against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015 (WITH UPDATE 20/9/2017)





Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) still have not recorded my complaint about serious misconduct by HMRC staff involving criminal or near criminal behaviour; see my previous blog post of 14 September, Independent Police Complaints Commission confirm that they did not pass details of my complaint against HM Revenue and Customs to the HMRC's Professional Standards Department on 12 August 2017 (WITH UPDATE 19/9/2017). I not only complained about HMRC Pay As You Earn and Self Assessment updating my address on 11 July without my permission (and the detrimental effect this may have on Declan and myself in terms of the possible suspension of our Housing Benefit), but also their subsequent closure of my Self Assessment account based upon fabricated hearsay evidence which no independent judiciary would accept. Now Facebook have for the sixth time stopped me from posting to groups without first passing through a time-consuming security check for every post I wish to make (called by Facebook a "block"). This records as Facebook's 23rd block against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015. My appeal reads:

For the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Facebook

19 September 2017

Dear Facebook,

I wish to appeal your decision this afternoon to stop me from posting to groups without first passing through a time-consuming security check for every post I wish to make (called by Facebook a "block"), and this for an undisclosed period of time and without any stated reason. Please see the screenshot attached. Before this block, I had hardly posted to groups at all today; and yesterday, as always, I only posted to groups that are specific to an article's subject and that I am well familiar with.

On 20 January 2017, I made a video of this security check; it can be viewed at http://tinypic.com/m/jq5c2p/1. In the video I am trying to post Prof. Paul Cliteur's New York Times article "Terror Has Already Led to Self-Restraint" to the closed group Sam Harris & The Future of Reason, of which I am a member. Prof. Cliteur is Professor of Jurisprudence, Leiden University, The Netherlands and is one of that country's leading public intellectuals. He is also one of our listed Authors.

Please note that I only ever post to relevant groups articles that I have already published on our Church and State website. Nonetheless, when it comes to posting to Facebook pages and/or groups, Facebook's block this afternoon records as the 23rd such block since 1 December 2015.

1st 1-4 December 2015 (4 days)
2nd 5-7 December 2015 (3 days)
3rd 6-9 January 2016 (4 days)
4th 12-15 January 2016 (4 days)
5th 20-22 January 2016 (3 days)
6th 13-16 February 2016 (4 days)
7th 23-26 March 2016 (4 days)
8th 20-23 May 2016 (4 days)
9th 25-30 May 2016 (6 days)
10th 1-3 July 2016 (3 days)
11th 7-8 September 2016 (2 days)
12th 21-22 September 2016 (3 days)
13th 27-28 September 2016 (2 days)
14th 29 September - 3 October 2016 (5 days)
15th 4-5 October 2016 (2 days)
16th 18-23 October 2016 (6 days)
17th 9-14 December 2016 (6 days)
18th 4-6 January 2017 (3 days)
19th 20-23 January 2017 (4 days)
20th 17 May 2017 (1 day)
21st 19 June 2017 (1 day)
22nd 19-21 August 2017 (3 days)

Facebook has responded to only three of my previous 22 appeals, citing "technical problems" in each instance. Don Collins, President of the Washington DC-based International Services Assistance Fund, writes: "Surely after multiple postings [Facebook] must know your content is neither lewd nor extreme."

Please note that we currently have an international list of 127 Honorary Associates, including two Nobel Prize winners. Since Facebook's 16th block last October, 97 distinguished academics and other intellectuals have given us permission to add their names to the list.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Lola Heavey
Webmaster
Network for Church Monitoring

"Let me recommend an important web site - churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out." - Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

2 October 2016: Complaint to Facebook Chairman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg on day 4 of Facebook's 14th block since 1 December 2015

Re: Facebook

Draft paragraph 42 of Declan's next updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

42. On 13 August 2011, then Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone wrote to Facebook on the Applicant's behalf, asking that they explain why the Applicant's wife had been barred. The bar was subsequently lifted; however, since 1 December 2015, Facebook have blocked the Applicant's wife from posting to a pages and/or groups on 23 separate occasions, and up to six days at a time (each of these blocks is well accounted for in the N4CM blog). On 22 December 2015, Labour's Lyn Brown, then Shadow Home Office Minister and now Shadow Home Secretary, made an enquiry on the Applicant's behalf to Facebook UK Managing Director Steve Hatch asking if he could offer an explanation as to the terms and conditions the Applicant's wife was alleged to have broken twice previously. To the best of the Applicant's knowledge, Mr Hatch did not respond to this letter. The Applicant's wife only ever posts to groups that are specific to an article's subject and that she is well familiar with, and she only ever posts articles that she has already published on the Church and State website. Facebook have responded to only three of the Applicant's wife's 23 appeals since 1 December 2015, citing "technical problems" in each instance.

1st 1-4 December 2015 (4 days)
2nd 5-7 December 2015 (3 days)
3rd 6-9 January 2016 (4 days)
4th 12-15 January 2016 (4 days)
5th 20-22 January 2016 (3 days)
6th 13-16 February 2016 (4 days)
7th 23-26 March 2016 (4 days)
8th 20-23 May 2016 (4 days)
9th 25-30 May 2016 (6 days)
10th 1-3 July 2016 (3 days)
11th 7-8 September 2016 (2 days)
12th 21-22 September 2016 (3 days)
13th 27-28 September 2016 (2 days)
14th 29 September - 3 October 2016 (5 days)
15th 4-5 October 2016 (2 days)
16th 18-23 October 2016 (6 days)
17th 9-14 December 2016 (6 days)
18th 4-6 January 2017 (3 days)
19th 20-23 January 2017 (4 days)
20th 17 May 2017 (1 day)
21st 19 June 2017 (1 day)
22nd 19-21 August 2017 (3 days)
23rd 19 September 2017 (ongoing)

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Facebook UK Managing Director Steve Hatch

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UPDATE 20 September (1.12am): When it comes to blocking me from posting Church and State articles directly to pages and/or groups, Facebook's 23rd block since 1 December 2015 has been confined without an explanation to 19 September (one day). There's no telling what's next from Facebook. This is my report to them on 5 September citing four other kinds of blocks since 5 April that includes the treating as spam individual book excerpts and/or articles (the unprecedented block against two articles on 5 September remains ongoing):

For the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Facebook

5 September 2017

Dear Facebook,

I posted the following reply to your messages in my Support Inbox (please find both messages attached):

Please note that these two links you are treating as spam are to articles on our Church and State website:

Contraception and the Catholic Church

Christian fundamentalists are driving our country into the Dark Ages

The second article above has been liked/shared by Facebook users over 70,000 times. Neither article is spam.

On 5 April I reported that the page listing all the groups I belong to was not working. With this rectified, I reported on 10 April that I couldn't schedule posts on my page. Then I reported on 12 April that my scheduled posts were not posting. On 6 June I reported that there was no fault with an excerpt from a book by Dr Pascal Bruckner, one of France's leading public intellectuals (a 16-day block). On 24 July I reported that there was no fault with an excerpt from a book by Prof Paul Cliteur, one of the Netherlands' leading public intellectuals (an 18-day block).

On 10 August, Facebook replied: "We reviewed your [Prof Cliteur] post again and found it does follow our Community Standards. The post is being restored to Facebook. Thanks for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience."

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Regards,
Lola Heavey
https://www.facebook.com/networkforchurchmonitoring/

UPDATE 20 September (continued): Despite our distinguished list of 127 Honorary Associates from around the world, the blocks on public access to our Church and State website also continue unabated. I have updated my blog post of 16 January with yesterday's 746th block on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016. The blog post also not only reveals a record-breaking 52 such blocks in one week at the end of April (an unprecedented escalation that kicked off with our focus on the Danish Cartoon Crisis; 101 blocks last month), but it reveals the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site which continues to this day. For example, as I point out in an earlier blog post about the almost certain loss of our employment contracts to the United States by Royal Mail (as opposed to the United States Postal Service), the second article below has 1/2 million Facebook likes/shares (not zero):



UPDATE 20 September (continued): And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 20/9/2017 RE: 162nd Internet cut since 26 May 2017).

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From My Picks:

9 June: Ministry of Justice: Complaint to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice against the County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice (WITH UPDATE - Day 13 21/6/2017)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty