Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Threat to life: Updated complaint to the United Nations

In paragraph 34 of the complaint below to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Declan explains that we are living in well-founded fear of the police. Since 14 April, when the West London Churches Homeless Concern closed its rolling winter night shelter programme, we have been back sleeping rough, first in the Barbican (see blog of 1 May, "Declan's formal complaint to the City of London Police PSD after I was threatened with an arrest on the trumped-up charge of assaulting a police officer"), and now in night buses save a couple of hours at Heathrow Airport for the last few nights. Paragraphs 31-32 deal with the Single Homeless Project's offer of a flat for us, first tabled on 21 January, that still comes across as pie in the sky to me. And this despite that Declan was diagnosed last month with a chronic asthma condition that can be life threatening; not to mention that he has had a claim, albeit dismissed, in the High Court for judicial review against Commissioner of Police for the City of London Adrian Leppard and Home Secretary Theresa May following the refusal of the former to ask the homeless charity Broadway to help us with our welfare or accommodation (paragraph 29-30). Paragraphs 46-52 outline why the Vatican and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church should be monitored.

Declan has been using a reliever inhaler for his asthma several times a day and particularly during the night for over a week now, which is concerning us both. I took this photo of him fast asleep in a bus last Sunday at around 6am:

On 14 March 2013 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 states in paragraph 8 of the complaint above, 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 indeed 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.