Tuesday, January 16, 2018

1,000 blocks on public access to our Church and State website since 26/7/2016. Four blocks so far today (as of 16 January at 10.39pm); the fourth block of the day occurred after Facebook's 29th block against the site since 1/12/2015

Re: Blocks on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016

From my Facebook post's Update 16 January (9.21pm):

"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. Since 26 May 2017, we have been recording Internet cuts to boot; see my blog post of 21 June 2017, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 16/1/2018 RE: 176th Internet cut since 26 May 2017). Perhaps of some importance is the fact that last November Church and State topped more than 3 million hits over the previous eleven months."

16 January (10.39pm): 1,000 blocks on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016 (89 blocks 2016; 871 blocks 2017; 40 blocks 2018). See my blog post of 16 January 2017, The blocks on public access to our Church and State website continue unabated (WITH UPDATE 16/1/2018 RE: 1,000th block since 26 July 2016). 183 blocks during the last three months of 2017 that included 7 blocks on 19 October; 74 blocks last month; 17 blocks last week that included 5 blocks on 9 January; 4 blocks so far today.

1. 810th 19 October 2017, 6.40am
2. 811th 19 October 2017, 12.14pm
3. 812th 19 October 2017, 2.03pm
4. 813th 19 October 2017, 5.13pm
5. 814th 19 October 2017, 7.18pm
6. 815th 19 October 2017, 8.22pm
7. 816th 19 October 2017, 10.54pm (7)
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176. 985th 9 January 2018, 12.16am
177. 986th 9 January 2018, 1.35am
178. 987th 9 January 2018, 4.57pm
179. 988th 9 January 2018, 6.16pm
180. 989th 9 January 2018, 9.44pm (5)
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188. 997th 16 January 2018, 6.05am
189. 998th 16 January 2018, 11.49am
190. 999th 16 January 2018, 4.44pm
191. 1,000th 16 January 2018, 8.56pm (4)*

October 2017: 57 blocks
November 2017: 52 blocks
December 2017: 74 blocks
January 2018: 40 blocks

* This 4th block of the day occurred after Facebook's 29th block against Church and State since 1 December 2015, tonight; see my updated blog post of 7 December 2017, Fighting for survival in London: Facebook's 26th block against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015. Last month Church and State topped more than 3 million hits over the past year (WITH UPDATE - Block 29 16/1/2018). The most recent Facebook blocks (all without any stated reason):

1. 24th 28 October - 8 November 2017 (12 days)
2. 25th 23-30 November 2017 (8 days)
3. 26th 7-8 December 2017 (2 days)
4. 27th 10-17 December 2017 (8 days)
5. 28th 28 December 2017 - 4 January 2018 (8 days)
6. 29th 16 January - 23 January 2018 (8 days)

October 2017: 4 days
November 2017: 16 days
December 2017: 14 days
January 2018: 12 days

The War on Free Expression


'Independent' court scrutinising public authorities and law enforcement agencies is located inside the Home Office in Westminster, London.

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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27 October 2017: Home Department: Complaint to the Home Secretary against the Independent Police Complaints Commission. My appeal against the HM Revenue and Customs investigation of serious misconduct is simply being ignored (WITH UPDATE 28/10/2017)

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