Tuesday, December 12, 2017

911 blocks on public access to our Church and State website since since 26 July 2016. One block since midnight today (as of 12 December at 8.36am)

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

From my earlier blog post's Update 12 December (8.21am):

"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 Declan has been dealing with Internet cuts to boot; 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 12/12/2017 RE: 172nd Internet cut since 26 May 2017). Perhaps it's the fact that last month Church and State topped more than 3 million hits over the past year."

12 December (8.36am): 911 blocks on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016.* See my blog post of 16 January, The blocks on public access to our Church and State website continue unabated (WITH UPDATE 12/12/2017 RE: 911th block since 26 July 2016). 109 blocks during the last two months that included 7 blocks on 19 October; 52 blocks last month; 25 blocks this month; 17 blocks last week; 4 blocks this week; 1 block since midnight today (as of 12 December at 8.36am).

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
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94. 903rd 7 December 2017, 5.03am
95. 904th 7 December 2017, 1.02pm
96. 905th 7 December 2017, 4.10pm
97. 906th 7 December 2017, 5.29pm
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102. 911th 12 December 2017, 4.31am

* An unprecedented escalation of 52 blocks in one week at the end of April 2017 that kicked off with our focus on the Danish Cartoon Crisis.

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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Sunday, December 10, 2017

The most significant attack we have ever encountered on our access to our own website? (WITH UPDATE 10/12/2017)



This evening we cannot access our Church and State website on four laptops in the strangest of ways (videoed above). We don't know whether all four laptops have been attacked or the site has been removed from the internet. The former is not inconceivable; see my blog post of 3 December, 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 (WITH UPDATE 8/12/2017). We don't know whether or not this is the most significant attack we have ever encountered on our access to our own website. I have written to a colleague in Washington, DC to enquire if he has access to the site. I have also asked our web host, SiteGround, if they know what has happened.

UPDATE 10 December (8.10pm): I have heard back from SiteGround. I had no idea they had changed my server's hostname. They write: "[W]e have changed the server hostname back to the correct one." They further add: "It appears that the multi php module for Apache was not enabled properly or actually, it was enable incorrectly and thus during the Apache rebuild the include for the said module disappeared. I have fixed re-added it and distilled Apache configuration file so the next time the rebuild passes the same include will not be removed." What a relief!

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27 October: 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)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty