Sunday, December 29, 2013

Political Imprisonme​nt in the UK: I expect to be arrested early in the New Year

Declan and I have been staying at one of Crisis at Christmas residential centres since 23 December, but it closes at 9am tomorrow morning. I am fully aware that in the next few days the City of London Police are going to arrest me for failing to move out of the Barbican for want of anywhere else to sleep (see previous blog of 21 December, Salters fences us out of our sleeping pitch). After a night in a police cell, I could conceivably be brought before a judge the next morning to face a jail sentence on cooked-up charges, so this last week has been quite a break for me. Perhaps not quite so much for Declan, who has been stalked every day by a handful of homeless that have been targeting him for months. We don't even know what three of these characters are doing in this residential centre because they are no more rough sleepers than the scores of first-rate volunteers who have made this Christmas both safe and memorable for us both. Particularly memorable for Declan, on Thursday he was served his dinner by Jimmy Summerville of Bronski Beat and the Communards. Perhaps it's the intensity of our situation, but thanks to these volunteers from all over the country we have had a most enjoyable Christmas and are fully recharged for the most dangerous power play we have ever had to face down.

I am concerned about being physically attacked on Tuesday night under the cover of the New Year celebrations, so we will do another two or three nights in King's Cross train station before taking our lives in our hands in the Barbican. As I explained before Christmas, I will never sleep at a street level again; it is traumatising just to think about it (see blog of 4 December, Salters tell us they will fence us out in two weeks). Few people really know of the power of State, which uses Law as extension of its authority and can make sure competent people are rendered homeless, and then have them arrested and imprisoned for the simple crime of running a website critical of the wealthiest organisation the world has ever seen: the Roman Catholic Church. Once you are rendered unemployable, it can conveniently see to it that your benefits are suspended. It is little wonder there is so little going on. Declan shed some light on all this in his recent complaint to the United Nations (paragraphs 42-48 outline why the Vatican and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church should be monitored):

And yet we consider ourselves lucky. As Declan reveals in his complaint to the UN, 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 (para. 24). MI5 whistleblower David Shayler also lived with human rights activist 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. In March 2013, 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.

No matter how tough prison is made for either one or both us, we have what it takes to survive and tell the tale. Not only do we have our Church and State website, but our bilingual Church and State Press is now up and running and our first e-book is due out any day now, with the hard copy being readied in the United States for print on demand. It is actually a brilliant first book by Don Collins, who is Co-Chair of the Board of Advisers of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Don has been the principal contributor to our site for over a year now, and has most generously pledged all the proceeds from the sale of his book to us. One way or another, I intend keeping this blog going while Don's book "From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013" is doing the rounds. Perhaps Declan will have to do the writing!