Wednesday, November 22, 2017

For the second time in two months Declan's relatively new £600 laptop is rendered entirely useless. And we have written off a brand new British Telecom TV set-top box as a waste of our time and money (WITH UPDATE 3/12/2017)

Re: Internet cuts since 26 May 2017

From my newer blog post's Update 3 December (2.16pm):

"And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 3/12/2017 RE: 172nd Internet cut since 26 May 2017)."

3 December (2.06pm): 172 internet cuts since 26 May 2017.* We had to suspend work on our Church and State website on 15 June after 4 internet cuts in one night. With an all-time record breaking 7 cuts in one day by 4pm on 29 August; 14 cuts in September that included on 5 September our latest 1/2 hour removal from the internet plus the almost total shutdown of our BT TV service; no cuts since 22 November (as of 3 December at 2.06pm).

1. 143rd 29 August 2017, 8.42am
2. 144th 29 August 2017, 9.54am
3. 145th 29 August 2017, 10.52am
4. 146th 29 August 2017, 11.38am
5. 147th 29 August 2017, 12.02pm
6. 148th 29 August 2017, 12.47pm
7. 149th 29 August 2017, 3.10pm
10. 152nd 5 September 2017, 11.53am
11. 153rd 5 September 2017, 1.48pm
12. 154th 5 September 2017, 4.35pm
13. 155th 5 September 2017, 9.32pm (28 minutes+)
29. 171st 22 November 2017, 6.31pm
30. 172nd 22 November 2017, 8.32pm

* 12 out of the first 18 internet cuts were within the first four days of a BT engineer's visit on 12 June. It is a matter of written record that this engineer "securely fitted a brand new master socket to another location on the same wall. He also carried out a comprehensive line test and could not find a problem with [our] line".

The War on Free Expression

On 28 September I asked how long the connection speed on Declan's primary laptop would last; see my blog post of 28 September, Declan finally gets back our connection speed on his relatively new £600 laptop. But for how long? (WITH UPDATE 12/10/2017). The answer: a little over two months. This morning the £600 laptop has been rendered entirely useless for the second time since it was purchased 10 months ago. Our other three laptops have been and are working fine with the usual good connection speed for which we pay British Telecom (BT) £65 per month. But these are the almost total wipeout internet speeds Declan has been getting on his primary laptop this morning:

These are the internet speeds we are accustomed to getting across four laptops (currently reduced to three):

BT is one of the world's leading communications services companies. They have already established that we have a perfectly functioning TV and aerial. Nonetheless, it only took 24 hours last September for our brand new BT TV set-top box to go the way of the old one with no signal quality or strength; see my blog post of 5 September, British Telecom: Tonight Declan complains to BT about our latest 1/2 hour removal from the internet plus the almost total shutdown of our BT TV service (WITH UPDATE 8/9/2017). We have written off this latest BT offering rather than waste more time and money on our BT Infinity 2 service, for which we already pay them handsomely.

UPDATE 3 December (2.36pm): Yesterday morning Declan's relatively new £600 laptop is back with a download speed 75Mbps and upload speed 18.9Mbps - for the first time since 22 November; see my newer blog post this morning, As an assault on individual privacy, we compare the on-off targeting of Declan's relatively new £600 laptop with the removal of our flat door in 2012. Two weeks ago I was also blocked by Facebook from joining and posting to groups for the second time in two weeks; see my newer blog post of 23 November, Fighting for survival in London: Facebook's 25th block against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015 (WITH UPDATE 3/12/2017).

Re: Investigatory Powers Tribunal

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) dismissed Declan's complaint against the secret services on papers in less than three weeks, on 1 September 2011, stating that it was "obviously unsustainable". This is paragraph 11 of Declan's updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

11. The IPT was created in October 2000 by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and given the power to investigate any complaints against GCHQ, MI5 or MI6, as well as complaints about surveillance operations mounted by the police or any other public bodies. On 5 March 2014 the Guardian reported that the tribunal, which claims to be completely independent of the UK Government, is secretly operating from a base within the Home Office, by which it is funded. The newspaper found that the IPT had investigated about 1,500 complaints, and upheld only 10; five of these concerned members of one family who had all lodged complaints about surveillance by their local council. No complaint against any of the intelligence agencies had ever been upheld. The discovery that the IPT is lodged within a Whitehall department fuelled criticisms of the tribunal that had been levelled by rights groups, lawyers and complainants. The IPT's critics complain that the secrecy is excessive and that its procedures are stacked so heavily in favour of the government and against complainants that it is fundamentally unfair. According to the Guardian, some senior lawyers have described the IPT as "Kafkaesque", while one eminent barrister has dismissed it as "a kangaroo court". The newspaper also reports that as a consequence of the secrecy surrounding the tribunal and the perception that it is unfair, many would-be complainants spurn it.

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