Friday, May 08, 2009

Deletion of files on the NAC website

We are having more problems with our website. Now it seems that files I have posted to the site are being deleted. I have already discovered that our most important page “NAC Petition to the United Nations in Support of SCNT Signed by 24 Nobel Prize Winners” – from which the entire site has been derived - is missing. When I click on the “SCNT” icon I created for the site and my Facebook page, I get the standard error page, stating: “404 - Not Found. The page you are trying to access does not exist.” It was in fact an email we received yesterday from the US which brought the deletion to our attention.

Declan launched his petition to the United Nations from the street on 22 October 2007, calling for the establishment of a reasonable timetable for a UN declaration that would draw a distinction between reproductive cloning and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), sometimes referred to as “therapeutic cloning”, while specifically leaving it to UN member states to decide for themselves on SCNT within a regulation framework. To date, and despite that Declan’s personalised emails inviting scientists and academics to sign this petition were branded as spam by SpamCop on 6 March 2008 (see blog of 14 March “SpamCop reports Declan as a spammer”), the petition has been signed by 591 scientists and academics, who include recognised authorities from the world’s leading universities and research institutes, as well as 24 Nobel Laureates.

As I have stated in previous blogs, I believe there is a link between the SpamCop report and an email Declan received the day previous, on 5 March 2008, from the Home Office advising in response to several emails he addressed to Home Secretary Jacqueline Smith that no warrant to intercept his communications had been issued (see blog of 9 March “Home Office denies warrant to intercept communications”).