Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Property Warrant: Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Human rights activist Belinda McKenzie speaking at the UK Rally Against Child Abuse, 4 June 2011, Trafalgar Square

Our live-in landlady is human rights activist Belinda McKenzie. On 27 July, Belinda had her builder force entry to our flat through a locked door and make off with the door and Declan’s house keys (which were in the door) as Declan was making an emergency 999 call to the police that must have lasted 10 minutes or more. Who continues vandalising a property in the middle of a 999 call? I blogged stunning photos of the entire incident as we were waiting for a senior police officer to arrive on the scene (see here). This is Declan’s letter this morning to the Prime Minister enquiring if a warrant has been obtained for this property, which the Home Office will neither confirm nor deny:

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Click here to view letter before claim for Judicial Review addressed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission referred to in the letter above

Belinda is not your usual 60+ landlady. I cannot list all the causes she is involved in, there are so many. She is active in groups dealing with issues as far-ranging as abuse in the church, anti-war activism and lay legal advocacy, and has been involved with the Iranian community for more than 20 years; she is even described as a "noted philanthropist". As Declan points out in his letter to the Prime Minister above, MI5 whistleblower David Shayler lived for a couple of years in one of the rooms below us until 2007. It is indeed unfortunate that Shayler then declared that he was the Messiah, became a squatter, and was subsequently ridiculed in the press for changing his name to Delores Kane.

The Esquire article below is mentioned in a Guardian article dated 27 March 2012. It is an eye-opener, highlighting the monitoring and surveillance that Shayler had to live with back in 2000, and the contradictory briefings and slanders that were coming out of the British establishment and the media. The author, Dr Eamonn O'Neill, now a lecturer in journalism at Strathclyde University, also intelligently tries to address the motivations of a whistleblower.

BBC PANORAMA: The David Shayler Affair (August 1998)

According to BBC Panorama, Shayler "caused the biggest crisis of official secrecy since the spy catcher affair". In 2002, he was jailed for seven weeks for breaking the Official Secrets Act.