Saturday, June 22, 2013

Illegal accommodation blockade: Declan writes again to the Home Secretary

This photo was taken at 9.45pm, the time we usually arrive at our sleeping pitch on a derelict highwalk at the back of Salters Hall. It is the first time we have found the lights on upon arrival and it is further confirmation that Salters have been told they can no longer remain impartial as we try to break an illegal accommodation blockade (see previous blog, Salters become more menacing where we sleep at night).

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A few minutes after I took this photo, I went to McDonald's in Moorgate to upload it but I should have remembered we are under surveillance and my laptop is being monitored. I gave up after fifteen minutes:
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This is Declan's email today to Home Secretary Theresa May under the subject title of "City of London Police: Maintenance of an illegal accommodation blockade":
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In this clip, Foreign Secretary William Hague makes out that if you have nothing to hide, you don't have to be afraid of the secret services spying on you. I have a more realistic sound bite: If you have nothing to hide, you still have plenty of reasons to be concerned about the secret services spying on you.

On 14 March we were evicted from our previous flat because according to our then live-in landlady's ex-husband, Dr Nigel McKenzie, a consultant psychiatrist in Highgate Mental Health Centre, our flat was needed for somebody with a mental illness. As Declan mentions in his email to May above, MI5 whistleblower David Shayler also lived with Belinda McKenzie in the same house for a couple of years until 2007. It is unfortunate 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. A New Statesman article dated 11 September 2006 featuring Shayler and Belinda gives no indication that Shayler believed he was the Messiah at that time; whilst a Daily Mail interview with Shayler explicitly shows he believed himself to be Jesus by June 2007.

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, is a lecturer in journalism at Strathclyde University.

*On 2 May 2013, Issuu removed this pdf from my Issuu account following a copyright complaint by Hearst Communications. I had uploaded the article to my Issuu account in December 2012. A couple of months ago, when last I checked, the article had been viewed more than 15,000 times. It can be viewed here.

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.