Thursday, October 29, 2009

Letter to The Queen

Not only do we continue to have our bandwidths “squeezed” almost to death in the public libraries that we frequent, whether we are on a library computer, my laptop or Declan's notebook (see previous blog “Internet access at the British Library”), but the IT centre in the Church of England's The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields remains out-of-bounds to Declan (see blog of 20 October “Declan barred from the IT centre at The (Church of England) Connection”). The Connection is open to homeless people, people in temporary accommodation and people at risk of becoming homeless. Having previously complained to the principal leader of the Church of England Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams and Chair of the Board of Directors of The Connection at St. Martin's Lady Diana Brittan, this morning Declan took his complaint of discrimination against The Connection at St. Martin's to The Queen; she is, after all, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

The Connection website explains that in its IT centre (“the Workspace”) users can get job search support like CV preparation, internet search, etc. The webpage states: “Since 1990, the Workspace team has provided employment training and education support for homeless people, people in temporary accommodation and people at risk of becoming homeless.” Well, I am puzzled! For more than 2 1/2 years (from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009) we slept rough on the streets of London, having been put there by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was actually due to do so (see “About us”). Moreover, for the last three months the DWP has given us an absolute nightmare (see, for example, blog of 7 October “After a huge run-around, the Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”).

To add coals to the fire, I guess, Google continues to post warning alerts throughout the NAC website (see blog of 23 October “Google reports the NAC website an ‘Attack Site’”). Every single file in the “Breaking news” folder has been targeted, including, among others, our “Authors”, “Reports”, “Papers” and “Books” pages. As I keep mentioning, .net magazine points out that “even the most secure system can be breached, but it’s how your host responds to an attack that is important”. Well, our hosting provider, SiteGround – rated the best web hosting company for 2008 and 2009 – has yet to contact NAC Honorary Associate Dr. James Fetzer, who funds the site and is in daily contact with us.

For the record, this is Declan's email this afternoon to Queen Elizabeth II:

Subject: The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

                                             BY EMAIL AND REGISTERED POST

Your Majesty,

My wife and I are in desperate straits because not only have we been denied benefits to which we are entitled, but I have been recently denied access to the IT centre at the Church of England's The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (“St. Martins”), which I had been using almost every day since the beginning of August to print copies of my and my wife’s CVs, requests for application forms and fight for the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance. As I have explained in letters to the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams and Chair of the Board of Directors of The Connection at St. Martin's Lady Diana Brittan, we suspect that our abuse at the hands of the authorities is not unrelated to a website we maintain which deals with controversial issues. Notice in particular:

* We have been living homeless for more than 2 ½ years
* We recently gained access to a roof over our heads
* We have been repeatedly denied benefits to which we are entitled
* We strongly suspect that this abuse is politically motivated

“[A]mong the many aspects of Christian ministry at St. Martin's there is a long tradition of caring for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness,” states Archbishop Williams's website. Nonetheless, my emails of complaint to the Chief Executive of The Connection at St. Martin's, Mr. Colin Glover, are routinely ignored and although I continue to gain admittance to The Connection at St. Martin's, the IT centre remains out-of-bounds to me.

My wife and I have documented the violations of our rights at many levels in her blog Network of those Abused by Church. What may make our situation of more than ordinary significance is that we believe our difficulties are motivated by the desire to suppress or otherwise undermine our exercise of freedom of speech by means of the website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. If you visit the site, you will see that we address many controversial issues, from the abuses inflicted by religious entities to 7/7, 9/11 and the war on terror.

The man who funds our website, Dr. James H. Fetzer, has suggested that the political ramifications of our abuse may be a significant consideration in assessing our situation. He has authorised us to mention his academic website at http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/ and has advised us that, in his belief, the treatment to which we are being subjected has to be political. “Why would the crown want to engage in such corrupt conduct?”, he has written. “Surely there must be at least one barrister in the whole of England with the integrity to oppose this abuse and stand for what is right and just!” He would be glad to discuss this in correspondence via jfetzer@d.umn.edu.

Under these conditions, we would be especially appreciative if you would enunciate your position regarding the use of discriminatory practices by The Connection at St. Martin’s. Do you condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by The Connection at St. Martin’s (for example, in denying me access to the IT centre in this instance)? If you do not condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by The Connection at St. Martin’s, please enunciate that you disapprove of the use of discriminatory practices by The Connection at St. Martin’s.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Declan Heavey

cc His Grace Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Board of Directors of The Connection at St. Martin's (by post)
Mr. Colin Glover, Chief Executive of The Connection at St. Martin's

Declan Heavey
Email: dheavey@gmail.com
Homepage: http://religionandmorality.net
Homepage: http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com/

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

Monday, October 26, 2009

Internet access at the British Library

There seems to be an agenda that I get no access to the internet, or that if I get access, the connection is so bad I can't get any work done. Only last week Declan had to write to the Home Secretary Alan Johnson things had gotten so bad in Tower Hamlet Council's Idea Store Whitechapel, where I have done most of my work since coming to London in November 2006 (see blog “Letter to the Home Secretary Alan Johnson”). Declan has had quite a few dealings with the Home Office. In fact, the original NAC website was suspended due to a Spamcop report that was drawn up the day after the Home Office denied that a warrant had been issued to intercept Declan’s communications (see blog of 14 March 2008 “SpamCop reports Declan as a spammer”).

Yesterday, a Sunday, it was free WiFi at the British Library and, quite simply, I experienced the worst internet connection that I have experienced anywhere since coming to England in 2003. Not even on the Himalayas would I expect a connection speed of 11.0 Mbps! I was there half the day but only got 40 minutes of work: the first twenty minutes and the last twenty minutes. I looked around to see if I was the only one experiencing internet access difficulties, and as usual that seemed to be the case. At least I came away with these two snags (the second is my record of the download of a file that should have taken a couple of seconds, but in fact took over 7 minutes to download):





It really doesn’t matter where I am: last Thursday I was in McDonald's with Declan’s notebook and after ten minutes of normal access I had to wait almost a minute to see the Google homepage; it's the same at our local library, Haringey Council’s Highgate Library – this morning I uploaded two new Breaking News items with a connection of 36.0 Mbps. Of course, as I mentioned in the previous blog, I could always ask our live-in landlady, Belinda McKenzie, if she would share her broadband with me in exchange for weekly payments (see an article in the New Statesman stating that her house “doubles as the hub of the British and Irish 9/11 Truth Campaign” here). But I am not a 100% sure it would work!

I should perhaps mention that the NAC website is still being reported by Google an “Attack Site” (see the previous blog “Google reports the NAC website an ‘Attack Site’”). Every single file in the “Breaking news” folder has now been targeted – that includes our “Authors”, “Reports”, “Papers” and “Books” pages, among others. As I mentioned in the previous blog, .net magazine points out that “even the most secure system can be breached, but it’s how your host responds to an attack that is important”. Well, I wonder how long it is going to take our hosting provider, SiteGround, rated the best web hosting company for 2007 and 2008, to contact NAC Honorary Associate Dr. James Fetzer, who funds the site and is in daily contact with us.

Anyway, below is Declan's email this afternoon to the Chief Executive of the British Library, Dame Lynne Brindley. The British Library is most certainly not the Idea Store Whitechapel. It is the national library of the United Kingdom and “one of the world's greatest research libraries,” according to their website. “It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection.” Next Declan will write to former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1997-2004), Sir Colin Lucas, Chairman of the Board of the British Library.

Subject: The British Library

Dear Dame Lynne,

My wife Lola and I are in desperate straits because, among other things, we are being repeatedly denied access to the internet at the British Library. We suspect that this is not unrelated to a website we maintain, which deals with controversial issues. Notice, in particular:

* We have been living homeless for more than 2 1/2 years
* We recently gained access to a roof over our heads
* We have been repeatedly denied benefits to which we are entitled
* We strongly suspect that this abuse is politically motivated

Lola and I have documented the violations of our rights at many levels in her blog, "Network of those Abused by Church Blog". What may make our situation of more than ordinary significance is that we believe our difficulties are motivated by the desire to suppress or otherwise undermine our exercise of freedom of speech by means of the website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. If you visit the site, you will see that we address many controversial issues, from the abuses inflicted by religious entities to 7/7, 9/11 and the war on terror.

The man who funds our website, Dr. James H. Fetzer, has suggested that the political ramifications of our abuse may be a significant consideration in assessing our situation. He has authorised us to mention his academic website at http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/ and has advised us that, in his belief, the treatment to which we are being subjected has to be political: "It appears to involve coordination by several layers of authorities," he has written. "Surely there must be at least one barrister in the whole of England with the integrity to oppose this abuse and stand for what is right and just!" He would be glad to discuss this in correspondence via jfetzer@d.umn.edu.

Under these conditions, we would be especially appreciative if you might be able to offer us your advice. We believe that the least indication of interest in our situation by you may be enough to provide us with at least free WiFi at the British Library. We are being denied our most basic rights and stand in serious need of counsel. Is there any chance you might be able to assist us in any way?

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

Email: dheavey@gmail.com
Homepage: http://religionandmorality.net
Homepage: http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com/

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

Friday, October 23, 2009

Google reports the NAC website an “Attack Site”

It seems that we need to have ten eyes: as I said in yesterday’s blog “Open Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowen Williams”, yesterday Declan had to write to the manager of our local jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus, to at least try and avoid adding to the growing list of stunning “clerical errors” on the part of the Department for Work and Pensions in respect to us – this is the same department that terminated our benefits in September 2006 and put us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was due to do so (see “About us”). Declan also failed to gain re-admittance to the IT centre at the homeless centre The Connection at St. Martin's, the Church of England's famous church in Trafalgar Square, so he lodged his complaint of discrimination with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Well, yesterday evening NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, who funds the NAC website – and by some sort of miracle found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”) – let us know that Google has reported the NAC website an “Attack Site”. As of last night, this warning notification appears on our “Breaking News” and “Authors” pages – a larger version of the graphic can be found here.



When you click “Why was this site blocked?”, Google says that they visited the site on the 21 October and “suspicious content was found” – a graphic of this page can be found here. I wonder if there is also suspicious content installed in Declan's Google Mail account at dheavey@gmail.com: Since Monday, accessing and sending emails is painfully slow and in fact one of the main reasons yesterday’s blog was uploaded in an internet cafe at almost 9.00pm was because sending the email and its attachment to the Archbishop of Canterbury took 45 minutes! (We live in the same house as our landlady Belinda McKenzie - see an article in the New Statesman stating that her house “doubles as the hub of the British and Irish 9/11 Truth Campaign” here – and I guess that I could ask her if she would share her broadband with me in exchange for weekly payments. But I am not a 100% sure it would work!)

The June issue of .net magazine carried an article titled “Is your hosting provider secure?”. It says that “even the most secure system can be breached, but it’s how your host responds to an attack that is important”. I found the article quite interesting. Our hosting provider SiteGround, based in New York, has been rated the best web hosting company for 2007 and 2008, and yet organised hacker attacks have been used to scramble or jam online content on the NAC website since late April (see blog of 9 May “SiteGround confirms our website has been hacked”).

The .net article also points out that PHP applications in particular are prone to exploitation and that consumers should ensure they keep their installed applications up to date; which is fine by me, except that I am not using PHP, I use plain html. In fact, it is the same website – just more developed – that was hosted free by Bravenet for almost three and a half years from October 2004 to March 2008, and without a hitch. Perhaps revealing is the fact that Bravenet suspended the original NAC website due to a Spamcop report that was drawn up the day after the Home Office denied that a warrant had been issued to intercept Declan’s communications (see blog of 14 March “SpamCop reports Declan as a spammer”).

Anyway, Dr. Fetzer is putting together a symposium in London “Was 9/11 an Inside Job?”. We are helping him to organise the event since we live in London; I am going to build a website for it around a brilliant slide show presentation he gave at the Conferencia Internacional por la Verdad y la Justicia del 11-S (“International Conference for 911 Truth and Justice”) in Buenos Aires on 11 September, and which is now published in NAC “Multimedia”. It is an understatement to say that Dr. Fetzer's presentation, exclusive to the NAC website, has already been very well received by some of the most notable scholars of the 9/11 events in the world.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Open Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowen Williams

As I explained in the previous blog “Declan barred from the IT centre at The (Church of England) Connection”, last Friday Declan was barred from the IT centre at the homeless centre The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (“St. Martin's”), which he had been using almost every day since the beginning of August to print copies of our CVs and requests for application forms and fight for the reinstatement of his joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance - the Church of England St. Martin-in-the-Fields is one of the most famous non-cathedral churches in London. Declan wrote to the CEO of the Connection on Saturday, but he hasn’t received a reply, nor readmittance. So this evening he lodged his complaint of discrimination with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. Next the Queen … she is, after all, the head of the Church of England!

This afternoon Declan also had to write to the manager of our local jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus, because this morning we were prevented from “signing on” and, understandably, I think, we are wary of yet another “clerical error” on the part of the Department for Work and Pensions - this is the department that terminated our benefits in September 2006 and put us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was due to do so (see “About us”). The “clerical errors” of late have been quite stunning (see, for example, Declan's letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the blog of 7 October “After a huge run-around, the Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”). Declan delivered a copy of the following by hand, and sent the hard copy by registered post:

Dear Ms. Mulligan,

I wish to confirm that this morning my wife and I were unable to “sign on” or attend the interviews that you had scheduled for us (for me at 9.00am and for my wife at 11.30am) because due to “unforeseen circumstances” the Highgate Jobcentre Plus Office was only open today for first-time claimants.

All other claimants were informed at the reception desk that they would not be required to sign their declarations today to receive their allowances for the period 9 October to 22 October and that anyone with an appointment for today would receive a letter in the post with their new appointment details.

With reference to the enclosed copy of my email this morning to Broadway Homelessness and Support (copied to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions), I respectfully request that you please post our new appointment details to my address; Broadway do not have my authority to be receiving letters in my name from your office. Our appointment details for today carries my address which is, and always has been, 83 Priory Gardens, London N6 5QU.

Yours sincerely,

Declan Heavey

cc The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive, Broadway Homelessness and Support

Perhaps now is not the best time to write to the Archbishop of Canterbury: the front-page of today’s Times carries the story that 400,000 Anglicans are going to join the Catholic church after Vatican official Cardinal William Levada announced on Tuesday plans to make it easier for disgruntled Anglicans to convert to Catholicism. The Anglican Communion has been strained by fights over its relations with other Christian denominations and the church's growing acceptance of gay and women clergy and same-sex marriage. According to the Wall Street Journal, the newly created set of canon laws, known as an “Apostolic Constitution”, represents a potentially serious threat to the already fragile world-wide communion of national Anglican churches, which has about 77 million members globally.


Britain's Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, left, from the Anglican church and Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols at a news conference in London on Tuesday.


Anyway, this is Declan's email of complaint to Dr. Williams (the letter to the CEO of the Connection to which Declan refers is published in the previous blog):

Subject: The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

                                             BY EMAIL AND REGISTERED POST

Your Grace,

My wife Lola and I are in desperate straits because not only have we been denied benefits to which we are entitled, but last week I was denied access to the IT centre at The (Church of England) Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (“St.Martin's”), which I had been using almost every day since the beginning of August to print copies of my and my wife’s CVs, requests for application forms and fight for the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA). We suspect that our abuse at the hands of the authorities is not unrelated to a website we maintain which deals with controversial issues. Notice in particular:

* We have been living homeless for more than 2 ½ years
* We recently gained access to a roof over our heads
* We have been repeatedly denied benefits to which we are entitled
* We strongly suspect that this abuse is politically motivated

I attach copy of my formal complaint of 17 October to the Chief Executive of the Connection at St. Martin's, Mr. Colin Glover (copied to the Justice of the Peace in the City of London, Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Connection at St. Martin's), to which I have not received a reply. According to archbishopofcanterbury.org/1781, “[A]mong the many aspects of Christian ministry at St. Martin's, there is a long tradition of caring for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.”

Lola and I have documented the violations of our rights at many levels in her blog Network of those Abused by Church. What may make our situation of more than ordinary significance is that we believe our difficulties are motivated by the desire to suppress or otherwise undermine our exercise of freedom of speech by means of the website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. If you visit the site, you will see that we address many controversial issues, from the abuses inflicted by religious entities to 7/7, 9/11 and the war on terror.

The man who funds our website, Dr. James H. Fetzer, has suggested that the political ramifications of our abuse may be a significant consideration in assessing our situation. He has authorised us to mention his academic website at http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/ and has advised us that, in his belief, the treatment to which we are being subjected has to be political. “Why would the crown want to engage in such corrupt conduct?”, he has written. “Surely there must be at least one barrister in the whole of England with the integrity to oppose this abuse and stand for what is right and just!” He would be glad to discuss this in correspondence via jfetzer@d.umn.edu.

Under these conditions, we would be especially appreciative if you would enunciate your position regarding the use of discriminatory practices by the Connection at St. Martin’s. Do you condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by the Connection at St. Martin’s (for example, in denying me access to their IT centre in this instance)? If you do not condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by the Connection at St. Martin’s, please enunciate that you disapprove of the use of discriminatory practices by the Connection at St. Martin’s.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Declan Heavey

Email: dheavey@gmail.com
Homepage: http://religionandmorality.net
Homepage: http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com/

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Connection at St. Martin's (by post)
Mr. Colin Glover, Chief Executive of the Connection at St. Martin's

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Declan barred from the IT centre at The (Church of England) Connection

Last Friday Declan was barred from accessing the IT centre at The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (“St.Martin's”), which he had been using almost every day since the beginning of August to print copies of our CVs and requests for application forms and fight for the reinstatement of his joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA). The Connection is a Church of England homeless centre situated at St. Martin-in-the-Fields – one of the most famous non-cathedral churches in London. According to Wikipedia, St. Martin-in-the-Fields is “famous for its work with homeless people through The Connection at St Martin's which shares with The Vicar's Relief Fund the money raised each year by the BBC Radio 4 Appeal's Christmas appeal”.



On 28 April 2008, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, spoke at a special Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the renewal of the church: in January 2006, work began on a £36 million renewal project; the Church of England got the money through public appeals and a grant of £15.35 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Anyway, you can read the Archbishop’s sermon on his website, but what interests us in particular is one of the notes which appears at the bottom of the sermon:

More specifically, among the many aspects of Christian ministry at St Martin's, there is a long tradition of caring for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness. This work continues with the Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields, formed in April 2003 from a merger between St Martin-in-the-Fields Social Care Unit (working with rough sleepers and other vulnerable homeless people) and the London Connection (which helped young homeless people).

Furthermore, the Connection website also explains that in its IT Centre (“the Workspace”) users can get job search support like CV preparation, internet search, etc. The webpage states: “Since 1990, the Workspace team has provided employment training and education support for homeless people, people in temporary accommodation and people at risk of becoming homeless.” Well, I am puzzled! For more than 2 1/2 years (from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009) we slept rough on the streets of London, having been put there by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was actually due to do so (see “About us”). Moreover, for the last three months the DWP has given us an absolute nightmare (see, for example, blog of 7 October “After a huge run-around, the Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”).

Declan was also getting lunch at the Connection – although it costs about £1.50, there is always a queue because many homeless people are receiving benefits (we only received notification of the reinstatement of Declan's joint claim JSA on Saturday). We were also puzzled when on 19 August the Providence Row charity denied us access to food by effectively barring us from entering their Dellow Day Centre in the morning (a coffee in the afternoon is fine!). Declan lodged a formal complaint of discrimination against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy with the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols (see here); having received nothing by way of reply, he took his complaint on 23 September to the Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz (see here); and finally he wrote to Pope Benedict XVI (see here). Shortly after Declan wrote to the pope, the papal nuncio replied (see here) ... to zero effect!

Perhaps also revealing is that Declan and I have been barred from the Methodist Church Whitechapel Day Mission. On 18 June 2007, the minister’s wife barred us due to concerns about our safety following an unprovoked assault on me in the canteen by another homeless woman (crime reference no. 4217341/07; see blog of 18 June 2007 “Assault and bar in the Whitechapel Mission”). Despite that the Whitechapel Mission’s website states that homeless people are not barred or excluded and that Declan wrote by registered post to the minister himself and to the then head of the Methodist Church of Great Britain, Rev. Graham Carter, we were never readmitted.

For the record, this is the email that Declan sent last Saturday to the CEO of The Connection Colin Glover (the letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to which Declan refers is published here):

Subject: The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Dear Mr. Glover,

I refer to the attached copy of my email of complaint of 15 October to your IT floor supervisor, Ms. Diana Cimpanu ("ComplaintCSTM(15.10.09)”), which I copied to you together with the attachment therein referred to, namely, my email letter of 7 October to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP regarding the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (see attachment “Cooper(7.10.09)”).

I wish to confirm that yesterday I was denied access to computers and photocopier in the Connection at St. Martin's by your IT manager Bill (surname withheld), which I had been using since the beginning of August to access my Google Mail account (that is, when possible to do so, see attachment “ComplaintCSTM(15.10.09)”), print CVs and requests for application forms, and photocopying documentation relating to the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance.

You will note that I am once again taking the time to copy the Chief Executive of Providence Row Jo Ansell into my current situation. As I mentioned in the aforementioned email of 15 October to Ms. Cimpanu, it was Ms. Ansell who, on 19 August, denied my wife and me access to food in the Dellow Day Centre run by the Sisters of Mercy in spite of our unstable circumstances (see attachment "Cooper(7.10.09)").

Perhaps you would be so kind as to forward this email and its attachments to the Justice of the Peace in the City of London Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Connection at St. Martin's. Ultimately, I will be lodging a formal complaint with the Archbishop of Canterbury His Grace Rowan Williams; by which time I expect to have an alternative contact address for Lady Justice Brittan.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely,
Declan Heavey

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Connection at St. Martin's
Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Ms. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station

And this is the email that Declan sent last Thursday to the Workspace supervisor, Diana Cimpanu:

Subject: The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Dear Ms. Cimpanu,

I refer to our conversations this morning and wish to reconfirm that between 11.15am and 12.00 noon I was unable to access my Google Mail account from the Connection at St. Martin's. I attach copy of my email letter of 7 October to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, to which I was unable to gain access.

I regret that I am unable to provide you with a list of the particular days and times I have experienced this anomaly at your day centre since the beginning of August. However, as I told you, this week it has been particularly bad and getting progressively worse; moreover, I have yet to hear another client of yours complain of any such difficulty. In future I will keep accurate and daily records of the time I spend on your computers and any difficulties I experience accessing the internet, for your future reference.

You will note that I am taking the time to copy the Chief Executive of Providence Row Jo Ansell into my current situation. As I have previously explained to you, it was Ms. Ansell who, on 19 August, denied my wife and me access to food in the Dellow Day Centre run by the Sisters of Mercy in spite of our unstable circumstances (see attachment "Cooper(7.10.09)"). I am also copying this email and attachment to, among others, the Justice of the Peace in the City of London Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Connection at St. Martin's c/o the Chief Executive of the Connection at St. Martin's Colin Glover at info@cstm.org.uk. (To compound our difficulties, we our in possession since 14 October of neither a tenancy agreement nor a rent book, despite our repeated requests from our live-in landlady for both items.)

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Connection at St. Martin's
Mr. Colin Glover, Chief Executive of the Connection at St Martin's
Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Ms. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Letter to the Home Secretary Alan Johnson

Last Friday, Declan had to write to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Councillor Lutfur Rahman, regarding Idea Store Whitechapel, the borough's flagship library, learning and information service (see previous blog “Letter to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Councillor Lutfur Rahman”). Since 29 September, I have been repeatedly denied access to the internet via my laptop; for example, in the blog of 6 October “Once again no access to the internet for me in Idea Store Whitechapel library via my laptop”, I publish a snag which shows that that day my access to their network was restricted to “Local only”. Well, last Friday my access was “Local and Internet”, as the snag I published that day clearly showed, and today it is back to “Local only”. On top of that, the speed the library is giving me today is 54.0 Mbps – I can’t even load my Facebook page! There is most definitely something strange going on. And, yes, I don't think any other laptop user has reported any such anomaly.



So Declan has written to the Home Secretary Alan Johnson, because none of the emails he has sent of late to the library’s manager Asab Ali has been acknowledged, or seems to have made the slightest bit of difference. Anyway, Declan has already had dealings with the Home Office. In fact, the original NAC website was suspended due to a Spamcop report that was drawn up the day after the Home Office denied that a warrant had been issued to intercept Declan’s communications (see blog of 14 March 2008 “SpamCop reports Declan as a spammer”). Next ... the Prime Minister!

For the record, this is Declan's email this evening to Johnson:

Subject: Interception of communications

Dear Home Secretary,

I am writing to you as the Secretary of State for the Home Office, whose personal approval is required for an interception of communications warrant in the interests of national security, preventing or detecting serious crime, or safeguarding the economic well-being of the United Kingdom.

I attach copy of my email of 9 October to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Councillor Lutfur Rahman, regarding Idea Store Whitechapel.

My wife Lola and I are in desperate straits because, among other things, we are being repeatedly denied access to the internet in Idea Store Whitechapel, the borough's flagship library, learning and information service. We suspect that this is not unrelated to a website we maintain, which deals with controversial issues. Notice, in particular:

* We have been living homeless for more than 2 1/2 years
* We recently gained access to a roof over our heads
* We have been repeatedly denied benefits to which we are entitled
* We strongly suspect that this abuse is politically motivated

Lola and I have documented the violations of our rights at many levels in her blog, "Network of those Abused by Church Blog". What may make our situation of more than ordinary significance is that we believe our difficulties are motivated by the desire to suppress or otherwise undermine our exercise of freedom of speech by means of the website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. If you visit the site, you will see that we address many controversial issues, from the abuses inflicted by religious entities to 7/7, 9/11 and the war on terror.

The man who funds our website, Dr. James H. Fetzer, has suggested that the political ramifications of our abuse may be a significant consideration in assessing our situation. He has authorised us to mention his academic website at http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/ and has advised us that, in his belief, the treatment to which we are being subjected has to be political: "It appears to involve coordination by several layers of authorities," he has written. "Surely there must be at least one barrister in the whole of England with the integrity to oppose this abuse and stand for what is right and just!" He would be glad to discuss this in correspondence via jfetzer@d.umn.edu.

Under these conditions, we would be especially appreciative if you might be able to offer us your advice. We believe that the least indication of interest in our situation by you may be enough to straighten this out forthwith. We are being denied our most basic rights and stand in serious need of counsel. Is there any chance you might be able to assist us in any way?

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

cc The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (by post)
Councillor Lutfur Rahman, Leader of Tower Hamlets Council
Ms. Heather Bonfield, Head of Cultural Affairs, Tower Hamlets Council
Mr. Asab Ali, Manager of Idea Store Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets Council

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Declan Heavey
Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

Friday, October 09, 2009

Letter to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Councillor Lutfur Rahman

On 11 September, Declan wrote to the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, in his capacity as Archbishop of the Diocese of Westminster, regarding his formal complaint of discrimination against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy (see blog of 11 September “Declan’s formal complaint against the Sisters of Mercy lodged with the Archbishop of Westminster”). Having received nothing by way of reply, he took his complaint on 23 September to the Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz (see blog “Open Letter to the Papal Nuncio in London”), and then on 2 October to Pope Benedict XVI (see blog “Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI”). Well, Declan has received a reply from the Papal Nuncio – the letter was dated 2 October but it only arrived yesterday – signed by the Archbishop himself. He says that Declan's dispute with the Sisters of Mercy “is not a matter in which I, as Apostolic Nuncio, have any right to intervene”. Oh, well.

In a nutshell, on 19 August the Providence Row charity run by the Sisters of Mercy denied us access to food by effectively barring us from entering their Dellow Day Centre in the morning (a coffee in the afternoon is fine!), notwithstanding all the difficulties we are experiencing trying to get the benefits we are entitled to - and this after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) put us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years (see, for example, blog of 21 October 2008 “European Court of Human Rights declares application inadmissible”). I have probably written more than a dozen blogs on the various ways the DWP keeps me on zero money since NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see, for example, the previous blog “More problems regarding the suspension of my benefits by the Department for Work and Pensions”).

This evening Declan wrote to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Councillor Lutfur Rahman, regarding Idea Store Whitechapel, the borough's flagship library, learning and information service. We frequently run into trouble in this library, especially with computer bookings and internet access; but since 29 September I have been repeatedly denied access to the internet via my laptop. In the blog dated 6 October “Once again no access to the internet for me in Idea Store Whitechapel library via my laptop”, I publish a snag which shows that that day my access to their network was restricted to “Local only”. Well, today it's “Local and Internet”, as this snag clearly shows:



For the record, this is Declan's email to Cllr. Rahman:

Subject: Idea Store Whitechapel

Dear Cllr. Rahman,

I refer further to the attached copy of my correspondence with the former Head of Idea Stores, Mr. Ian McNicol, to whom the former Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Cllr. Denise Jones, referred my original complaint of 21 January 2008 regarding repeated loss of computer bookings and internet access at Idea Store Whitechapel, the borough's flagship library, learning and information service.

I wish to draw to your attention that since 29 September my wife has been repeatedly denied access to the internet via her laptop at the Idea Store. For example, most recently, on 5 October, I had to once again write to the Manager, Mr. Asab Ali, copied to the Head of Cultural Affairs, Ms. Heather Bonfield:


Previous correspondence refers. I wish to confirm that all afternoon my wife has not had access to the internet via her laptop. Once again, her access to the Idea Store network was restricted to "Local only".


On 30 September, the IT technician told my wife that it was “mystery” as to why her access to the Idea Store network had been restricted to “Local only”. This afternoon her access has been "Local and Internet" and she has had no difficulties accessing the internet at the Idea Store via her laptop.

I reconfirm that since my complaint to Cllr. Jones, my wife and I not only have experienced repeated loss of computer bookings and internet access, but several other problems to boot. These are just a handful of examples of the many problems we have encountered:

1) 1 February 2008: the Principal Idea Store Manager, Mr. Sergio Dogliani, writes to me advising that the restriction by Idea Store Whitechapel of both my wife and I to a 3-hour maximum free computer use per day as from 29 January stands, despite that for several months previous we were given “additional time” subject to computer availability and in accordance with the Council's then and current “Idea Stores PC Usage Policy”;

2) 24 June 2008: at approximately 12.30pm, a member of staff threatens my wife with security if she does not give her computer up to another card holder whose name appears on the monitor, despite that a half an hour earlier a member of staff has confirmed in writing that my wife has the computer booked in her name from 11.30am to 2.30pm;

3) 3 August 2008: both of the computers my wife and I have booked the previous day contains a virus which spreads to the two USB drives we are using. This renders my wife's portable programs inoperable. It also corrupts some of my most valuable data, namely: a Word document containing a categorised list of over 150 British signatories of a petition of mine to the United Nations on therapeutic cloning, and a related database containing the names, email addresses and contact information for more than 3,000 scientists and academics from around the world;

4) 6 August 2008: at approximately 2.45pm, MIMEsweeper blocks access to my Gmail account due to “Porn Detected”. Following the restoration of my access to the account some 20 minutes later, the IT technician advises that this “may happen again for any length of time”.

5) 13 May 2009: at approximately 1.30pm, two security guards rudely, aggressively and in a bullish manner insist that my wife gives her computer up to another card holder whose name appears on the monitor, despite that she had the computer booked in her name from 1.15pm to 2.15pm.

I beg to point out that each of the above incidents were confirmed in my previous email to you of 13 May.

As I explained in my initial complaint to you of 4 August 2008 following (3) above, my petition to the United Nations on therapeutic cloning has been signed by recognised authorities from the world's leading universities and research institutes. The petition to date has been signed by 591 scientists and academics, including 24 Nobel Laureates.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

cc Ms. Heather Bonfield, Head of Cultural Affairs
Mr. Asab Ali, Manager, Idea Store Whitechapel

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Declan Heavey
Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

Thursday, October 08, 2009

More problems regarding the suspension of my benefits by the Department for Work and Pensions

As I said in the previous blog “After a huge run-around, the Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”, yesterday the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) denied me a £20 Crisis Loan which was to last me until next Tuesday – the DWP have suspended my benefits for months now because they lost my National Insurance Number (NINO).

Well, this morning we attended Highgate Jobcentre Plus to “sign on” (those unfortunate enough to be receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance must sign on, showing that for the previous two weeks they have been actively seeking employment), only to discover that I should have received my benefits last Tuesday, backdated to 17 July. It turns out that the Jobcentre never informed the relevant DWP office that I was reissued the NINO on 24 September!

I am owed almost three months in unpaid benefits but have gone hungry and cold for the last two weeks (I can’t even buy a cap in a charity shop) because of yet another “clerical error”. This, of course, is the same department which put us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was due to do so, so I can’t say that I am surprised. The “clerical errors”, though, never cease to amaze us. Just a few months before we were unceremoniously put to the street, we had our benefits suspended because the DWP lost our address! And I can prove it because Declan had to go to the High Court to get a court order.

As I mentioned in the blog of 6 October “Once again no access to the internet for me in Idea Store Whitechapel library via my laptop”, NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, who is funding the NAC website and found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal”), is putting together a symposium in London “Was 9/11 an Inside Job?”. I am helping by building a small website and this video, “War Made Easy”, looks promising for the “Resources” page (I still have to view it) – the film is narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn; to buy the DVD see the website here.



I have also found the clip below with former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, in which she talks about her efforts to question the official 9/11 story (part 2 here, 3 here, and 4 here). I hope to have Dr. Fetzer’s brilliant slide show presentation in Buenos Aires on 11 September online in a couple of days. We’re now talking about someone who will translate the presentation into German, so it is not inconceivable that over the next few weeks we could have it at the NAC website in English, Spanish (I’m Spanish!) and German, with perhaps French and Portuguese to soon follow.



This is Declan’s letter to the manager of Highgate Jobcentre Plus, Patrice Mulligan – in it he refers to a letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Yvette Cooper, which I publish in the previous blog:

Subject: Reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance

                                            BY HAND AND REGISTERED POST

Dear Ms. Mulligan,

This morning I telephoned Glasgow Benefit Centre to enquire as to why my wife has yet to receive either payment of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or proof of JSA by way of a recent letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) showing our current address.

I was informed that this was because Glasgow Benefit Centre has yet to be notified by the Highgate Jobcentre Plus Office that my wife was reissued a National Insurance Number (NINO) on 24 September. Had they been so notified, I understand that my wife would have received her JSA last Tuesday, 29 September, backdated to 17 July.

I hereby request that you please notify Glasgow Benefit Centre that my wife's NINO is -------------- so that my joint claim JSA can be processed.

For your reference I attach copy of my email yesterday to the Secretary for Work and Pensions, The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, on the repeated denial to my wife and me of benefits to which we are entitled.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey
NI no. --------------

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Ms. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

After a huge run-around, the Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan

As I said in last Wednesday’s blog “Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”, that day the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) denied me a £20 Crisis Loan because I didn’t have a National Insurance Number (NINO) – the DWP has suspended my part of Declan's joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance for months now because they lost … my NINO! This morning with my NINO to hand, I was told that because we still had a little less than £20 left from the £128.60 the DWP paid Declan last Tuesday, and which has to last us until next Tuesday, I wouldn’t be getting any crisis loan (we didn’t have “no money at all”). The DWP put us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years because Declan did not “sign on” TWO DAYS BEFORE he was due to do so, so even though Declan's joint claim JSA still has to be reinstated, I knew better than to labour the point.

Such an incredible run-around: We arrived at 9.00am at Broadway Homelessness and Support with my appointment with their Outreach Team for 9.00am in hand, but nobody opened the door to us; after waiting about for 45 minutes, we decided to take a trip to Broadway Head Office (another bus); and then when finally I was given a telephone (the phone call to Crisis Loans is free if one has access to a landline telephone), I was interviewed for almost 40 minutes to be told sorry, no.

Anyway, when we were sleeping rough in the street at Salters’ Hall (see blog of 5 June “Salters back in the spotlight” for two Google map photos of our sleeping pitch), Broadway told us that that there was no conspiracy against us (see blog of 29 May “Last night something surreal happened”). Whatever their opinion now, I suspect they don’t appreciate an email that Superintendent Lorraine Cussen of Snow Hill police station wrote to Declan on 13 July informing him that Broadway “may assist to resolve any outstanding issues which currently prevent you from taking up accommodation”. In her email, Cussen also said that Salters were acting “within their rights” to ask us to leave with “the assistance of the police” (see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”).

Of course, it was only by some sort of miracle that we came clean off the street: the very same day that Superintendent Cussen wrote to Declan, NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, found us a roof over our heads (see blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal”).

This is Declan’s latest to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Yvette Cooper:

Subject: Reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance

Dear Secretary of State,

I refer to previous correspondence, in particular my registered letters to you of 9 and 21 September. I attach copy of my complaint of 2 October that I lodged with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy for unlawful discrimination involving the Chief Executive of Providence Row, Ms. Jo Ansell (see attachment “Pope(2.10.09)”). The letter opens as follows:


My wife and I are in desperate straits because not only have we been denied benefits to which we are entitled under English Law, but we have also been denied access to food in the Dellow Day Centre here in London run by the Sisters of Mercy because, according to a Providence Row letter of 18 August, our “room/flat” is deemed by the charity “to be stable accommodation”.


With regard to the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - which originally ran from July 2005 until it was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not "sign on" two days before I was due to so on 29 September 2006 - I reconfirm that Broadway Homelessness and Support ("Broadway") gathered on 31 July 2009 more specific details from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about my benefits claim of 17 July 2009. I was informed by Broadway that although my part of the claim had been processed (and £101.05 for the period 17 July to 30 July subsequently paid on 11 August), my wife's part of the claim has been suspended from the outset of my claim for reinstatement because her National Insurance Number (NINO) has been "lost" from the Department's computer system, and consequently she needs to be reissued a NINO before her part of the claim can be processed. (On 18 June 2008, I was robbed in the canteen of the Dellow Centre of all my and my wife's money and documents, crime reference no. 4215697/08; I was informed at Bow Road police station on 24 June 2008 that the case had been struck out due to the police being unable to obtain any CCTV footage whatsoever from Providence Row (see attachment "Ansell(25.6.08)").)

In numerous emails to the Chief Executive of Broadway, Mr. Howard Sinclair, which I copied to you for information, I pointed out that I am also in receipt of a letter of 4 August from Haringey Council in respect of my claim for Housing Benefit, informing me that I must (a) tell them my wife's NINO and provide proof that it belongs to her by submitting a letter or form issued by the DWP, and (b) provide current proof of my wife's JSA by way of a recent letter from the DWP showing our current address. The Council advised in this letter that I had to provide them with both of these proofs over a month ago, on or before 4 September, or my claim for Housing Benefit may be suspended. We have subsequently received nothing in writing from Haringey Council to indicate that my claim for Housing Benefit remains open until the outcome of my joint claim JSA.

I can confirm that my wife was reissued the NINO by letter from the DWP dated 24 September (received 3 October) but has yet to receive either payment of JSA or proof of JSA by way of a recent letter from the DWP showing our current address. Moreover, I understand that the DWP continue to be of no assistance whatsoever to Broadway in providing the letter I am seeking that confirms that the payments of £128.60 I received on 18 August (for the period 31 July to 13 August) and 28 August (for the period 14 August to 27 August) are "hardship payments" for 2 persons - and not payments of my wife's JSA, which I only learnt from Broadway on 2 September is still suspended. I have repeatedly requested of Broadway that I be advised as to how long this letter will take to be processed and sent out. On 8 September, I received a reply from Mr. James Laurie for and on behalf of the charity, stating: "I will be in touch when I have heard back from the Jobcentre regarding the letter confirming hardship payments" (see attachment "Broadway(8.9.09)").

On 14 September, Broadway made enquiries of the DWP as to why my wife and I had received no benefit payment of any description from the DWP for the period 28 August to 10 September, but the DWP was unwilling to discuss my claim with them because they were not "sitting with the claimant" (see attachment "Broadway(14.9.09)"). I attended Broadway Head Office on 15 September to call the DWP to ask them where things stood with my claim. I was informed by the DWP that £128.60 in payment of my JSA (not a hardship payment for 2 persons) would be lodged to our account later that day. Accordingly, my wife, with Broadway’s assistance, applied for £20 crisis loans on 17, 23 and 30 September and again this morning. On 17 and 30 September and again this morning, she was denied. This morning she was told that she was being denied because we have just less than £20 between us to survive through to next Tuesday (not "no money at all"), the three previous crisis loans in her name of £70 for the period 3 August to 16 August, £20 for the period 18 August to 24 August, and £20 for the period 23 September to 29 September notwithstanding.

Our accumulated debt to the DWP in crisis loans since 20 July amounts to £250.

We now have a very serious set of circumstances that may result in us being forced to return to sleeping rough at Salters' Hall. To further exacerbate the situation, I continue to be denied access to food in the Dellow Centre, despite my repeated protestations to the Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, the Archbishop of Westminster His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols and the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy Sr. Coirle McCarthy about our unstable circumstances. The DWP terminated our benefits in September 2006 because I did not sign up early enough – even though both my wife and I were doing so in a timely fashion; and I exhausted the appeals process from the street, where my case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights in spite of the fact that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority (the DWP). That we are now dealing with a whole series of obvious "mistakes" (however deliberate), I cannot imagine what would motivate the authorities to repeatedly deny my wife and me benefits to which we are entitled.

You will note that I am taking the time to once again copy Superintendent Lorraine Cussen of Snow Hill Police Station into my current situation. As I mentioned in my registered letter to you of 9 September, it was Superintendent Cussen who, as the supervisory police officer who is overseeing Operation Poncho II within the City of London Police, suggested that I seek the assistance of Broadway (see attachment "Cussen(13.7.09)"). I am also copying this email and attachments to, among others, the former Law Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters’ Company c/o the Clerk to the Salters’ Company at clerk@salters.co.uk.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey
NI no. -------------------

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Mrs. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Once again no access to the internet for me in Idea Store Whitechapel library via my laptop

Yesterday in Tower Hamlets Council's Idea Store Whitechapel library – the borough’s flagship library, where I have been doing all my work since we were put to the street in November 2006 – my access to their network was once again restricted to “local only” and I had no access to the internet via my laptop. The first time this happened, only last Tuesday (see blog of 29 September “Idea Store Whitechapel library blocks my laptop from accessing the Internet”), the technician told me the next day that it was a “mystery” as to why I would be cut off from the internet in such a manner (see blog of 30 September “Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”). And just like the last time, I don't think any other laptop user reported any such anomaly.

Anyway, I reported the problem to a member of staff at 1.20pm and although I stayed in the library until 8.30pm, no-one asked me if the problem had been resolved, even though I had informed this particular member of staff that Declan would be writing to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Councillor Lutfur Rahman (see blog of 13 May “Letter to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council”). As it turned out, Declan wrote to the Manager, Asab Ali, and copied the email to the Council's Head of Cultural Affairs, Heather Bonfield, stating: “Previous correspondence refers. I wish to confirm that all afternoon my wife has not had access to the Internet via her laptop. Once again, her access to the Idea Store network was restricted to ‘local only’.”

We live in the same house as our landlady Belinda McKenzie (see an article in the New Statesman saying that her house “doubles as the hub of the British and Irish 9/11 Truth Campaign” here), and I guess that I could ask her if she would share her broadband with me in exchange for weekly payments. But I don’t think it would work. Firstly, I have absolutely zero money – the Department for Work and Pensions has suspended my benefits for months now (for the latest on this, see blog of 30 September “Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”). Secondly, I am concerned that my laptop may still experience difficulties!

NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, who is funding the NAC website and found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal”), is putting together a symposium in London “Was 9/11 an Inside Job?”. We are helping him to organise the event since we live in London; I am building a website for it based on a brilliant slide show presentation he gave in Buenos Aires on 11 September called “Primer Conferencia Internacional por la Verdad y Justicia”. His presentation has been described by one scholar, Dr. Kevin Barret, as “one of the best on 9/11”. I will in fact be presenting it in both English and Spanish (I am Spanish!) - perhaps before Christmas we will have it translated into other languages as well, Portuguese for example; all translators will be acknowledged by name and with a link to their work.

I was working on this slide yesterday when I discovered I had no internet (note that it says “local only” in the bottom right-hand corner; a larger image can be found here):



Dr. Fetzer also sent me the video below with bestselling author Webster Tarpley. Belinda gave me his book “9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA” which I am reading at the moment.


Webster Tarpley: The 9/11 Issue: Key to stopping World War III.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI

On 11 September, Declan wrote to the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, in his capacity as Archbishop of the Diocese of Westminster, regarding his formal complaint of discrimination against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy (see blog of 11 September “Declan’s formal complaint against the Sisters of Mercy lodged with the Archbishop of Westminster”). Having received nothing by way of reply from the Archbishop or the Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain, Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz (see blog of 23 September “Open Letter to the Papal Nuncio in London”), this evening he took his complaint to Pope Benedict XVI. The Open Letter is presented below.

In a nutshell, on 19 August the Providence Row charity denied us access to food by effectively barring us from entering their Dellow Day Centre in the morning (a coffee in the afternoon is fine!), notwithstanding all the difficulties we are experiencing trying to get the benefits we are entitled to - and this after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) unlawfully put us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years. I have probably written more than a dozen blogs just on the various ways the DWP keeps me on zero money (see, for example, the previous blog “Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”).

Perhaps revealing is that Declan and I were also barred from the Methodist Church Whitechapel Day Mission on 18 June 2007 by the minister’s wife due to concerns about our safety following an unprovoked assault on me in the canteen by another homeless woman (crime reference no. 4217341/07; see blog of 18 June 2007 “Assault and bar in the Whitechapel Mission”). Despite that the Whitechapel Mission’s website states that homeless people are not barred or excluded and that Declan wrote by registered post to the minister himself and to the then head of the Methodist Church of Great Britain, Rev. Graham Carter, we were never readmitted.

Today I uploaded my feature for the month of October. It is a recent exclusive interview that Voltaire Network had with ex-official videographer for the U.S. government, Kurt Sonnenfeld. Sonnenfeld was detailed to Ground Zero on 11 September 2001, where he spent one month filming 29 tapes: “What I saw at certain moments and in certain places ... is very disturbing!” He never handed them over to the authorities and has been persecuted ever since. Sonnenfeld and his family have been so harassed that Voltaire Network was even able to publish photographs proving the harassment and intimidation. It is an understatement to say that we are happy to give Sonnenfeld's work all the exposure we can.

Sonnenfeld and his family are frequently harassed, followed, and photographed, as shown in this photo.

Sonnenfeld and his family are frequently harassed, followed, and photographed, as shown in this photo. You can download the full ZIP archive of all photos here (674 megabytes). More: Complete WTC Photos - Video Slideshow.

This is Declan’s email letter to the pope, a signed cover letter will go by registered post:

Subject: My complaint against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy

                                             BY EMAIL AND REGISTERED POST

Your Holiness,

My wife and I are in desperate straits because not only have we been denied benefits to which we are entitled under English Law, but we have also been denied access to food in the Dellow Day Centre here in London run by the Sisters of Mercy because, according to a Providence Row letter of 18 August, our “room/flat” is deemed by the charity “to be stable accommodation”. As I have explained in emails to the Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, the Archbishop of Westminster His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols and the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy Sr. Coirle McCarthy, I wrote to the Chief Executive of Providence Row Jo Ansell on 24 August to once again request that the Providence Row charity acknowledge the following facts in respect of our unstable circumstances, having slept rough on the streets of London for more than 2 1/2 years from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009:


(a) We have a 3-month Shorthold Tenancy Agreement dated 14 July 2009 and no rent book;

(b) Our first week's rent was paid by Dr. James H. Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, because Haringey Council refused to pay rent prior to the first Monday after my claim for Housing Benefit was made;

(c) The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has effectively lost my wife's National Insurance Number (NINO) and Broadway Homelessness and Support have been waiting for a letter of invitation for the NINO reallocation appointment since 27 July;

(d) We have received a total of £230 in crisis loans from the DWP since 20 July 2009 while waiting for my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) of 17 July to be processed.


On 1 September 2009, I lodged a formal complaint of discrimination with Providence Row against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. I am in receipt of a letter of response of 9 September from Ms. Ansell stating that “the original decision will stand”. My claim for Housing Benefit has yet to be fully established and I am still waiting for my joint claim JSA to be processed because the DWP continues to deny my wife the NINO to which she is entitled. To further exacerbate the situation, we have been repeatedly denied crisis loans of late because the DWP does not have a NINO in my wife's name. (On 18 June 2008, I was robbed in the canteen of the Dellow Centre of all my and my wife's money and documents, crime reference no. 4215697/08; I was informed at Bow Road police station on 24 June 2008 that the case had been struck out due to the police being unable to obtain any CCTV footage whatsoever from Providence Row.)

My wife and I suspect our abuse at the hands of authorities is not unrelated to a website we maintain at religionandmorality.net, which deals with controversial issues, from the abuses inflicted by religious entities to 7/7, 9/11 and the war on terror. Dr. Fetzer, who funds the site, has suggested that the political ramifications of our abuse may be a significant consideration in assessing our situation. He has authorised us to mention his academic website at http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/ and has advised us that, in his belief, the treatment to which we are being subjected has to be political. "Why would the crown want to engage in such corrupt conduct?", he has written. "Surely there must be at least one barrister in the whole of England with the integrity to oppose this abuse and stand for what is right and just!" He would be glad to discuss this in correspondence via jfetzer@d.umn.edu.

Under these conditions, we would be especially appreciative if you would enunciate your position regarding the use of discriminatory practices by the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. Do you condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by the Sisters of Mercy (for example, in denying my wife and me food in this instance)? If you do not condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by the Sisters of Mercy, please enunciate that you disapprove of the use of discriminatory practices by the Sisters of Mercy.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Declan Heavey

cc His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Ms. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support