Saturday, June 24, 2017

EDF Energy: Complaint to the CEO of EDF Energy about electricity smart meter readings (WITH UPDATE 26/6/2017)

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

From my earlier blog post's Update 26 June (8.37am):

"I have updated my blog post of 16 January with this morning's 517th block on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016. The blog post also not only reveals a record-breaking 52 such blocks in one week at the end of April (an unprecedented escalation that kicked off with our focus on Denmark's cartoon crisis; 94 blocks last month), but it reveals the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site which continues to this day."

An unprecedented ten blocks in one day on 7 May with our publication of Atheist Ireland republishes 25 blasphemous quotes in solidarity with Stephen Fry. 11 blocks last week; no blocks yesterday; one block since midnight today (as of 26 June at 8.37am).

The War on Free Expression

This morning we were cut off from the Internet again. See my previous blog post, Internet cuts: We feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 24/6/2017 RE: 21st Internet cut since 26 May 2017). This is the email addressed to EDF Energy CEO Vincent de Rivaz that Declan was about to send at the time:

For the attention of Vincent de Rivaz, Chief Executive, EDF Energy

Executive Level Complaints (Consumer)
EDF Energy

Address removed for email


24 June 2017

Dear Executive Level Complaints,

Yesterday I dealt with Customer Services for EDF.

I was told that there was a difficulty putting through a bill based on my latest meter reading. I was promised a call back, which I did not receive. I note that your record of my smart meter readings stopped on 19 June (please see attachment).

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Declan Heavey
Managing Director
Network for Church Monitoring

"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

31 October 2016: Phew! It turns out that we don't owe EDF Energy an extra £700 on our electricity bill this month, after all

UPDATE 26 June (2.32pm): I have updated my previous blog post with yesterday's 26th internet cut since 26 May 2017; the fourth internet cut of the day. The response from EDF's Executive Liaison Team this morning assures Declan that the appropriate actions have been taken to put things right. An accurate bill will be produced overnight and visible on our MyAccount service within 48 hours. Our MyAccount service should also update with our meter reading history within the next five days. Should Declan wish to refer to his complaint in future, his complaint reference number is 282884655.

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20 February: The Central London County Court: District Judge Avent dismisses Declan's claim against the Greater London Authority-commissioned St Mungo's that alleged the falsification and fabrication of data against us (WITH UPDATE 16/3/2017)

'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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Internet cuts: We feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 26/6/2017 RE: 26th Internet cut since 26 May 2017)

The tyranny of threatened powerful ideologies is exactly what you live to combat.

Donald A. Collins, President, International Services Assistance Fund, Washington DC

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

From my previous blog post's Update 26 June (8.37am):

"I have updated my blog post of 16 January with this morning's 517th block on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016. The blog post also not only reveals a record-breaking 52 such blocks in one week at the end of April (an unprecedented escalation that kicked off with our focus on Denmark's cartoon crisis; 94 blocks last month), but it reveals the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site which continues to this day."

An unprecedented ten blocks in one day on 7 May with our publication of Atheist Ireland republishes 25 blasphemous quotes in solidarity with Stephen Fry. 11 blocks last week; no blocks yesterday; one block since midnight today (as of 26 June at 8.37am).

The War on Free Expression


UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)

Presented below is this morning's 20th recorded internet cut since 26 May. Our concern since the second internet cut on 27 May has been whether we will have the internet to increase our connections across northern Europe, particularly in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands (see our distinguished list of 121 Honorary Associates from around the world, including two Nobel Prize winners). British Telecom is one of the world's leading communications services companies. We pay BT £65.53 per month (£786.36 per year) for BT Infinity fibre optic broadband. It is noteworthy that the internet cuts we had been experiencing increased dramatically after a BT engineer attended on 12 June; and this despite the fact that he not only provided us with a brand new phone socket but that he also could not find a problem with our line. On 16 June we had a record-equalling four internet cuts in one night. The night before that, we had to suspend work on our Church and State website after exactly the same treatment. After this morning's internet cut, we feel we are in a race against time to stay online. So I am double-focused on Denmark.

Denmark Ditches Blasphemy Laws

INTERNET CUTS

1st 26 May 2017, 1.39pm
2nd 27 May 2017, 12.32pm
3rd 3 June 2017, 8.45pm
4th 4 June 2017, 11.49am
5th 4 June 2017, 1.32pm
6th 9 June 2017, 10.50pm
7th 13 June 2017, 9.48am
8th 13 June 2017, 12.48pm
9th 15 June 2017, 6.50am
10th 15 June 2017, 8.01pm
11th 15 June 2017, 9.48pm
12th 15 June 2017, 10.18pm
13th 15 June 2017, 11.02pm
14th 16 June 2017, 12.22am
15th 16 June 2017, 7.22pm
16th 16 June 2017, 8.02pm
17th 16 June 2017, 10.49pm
18th 16 June 2017, 11.32pm

19th 20 June 2017, 11.31pm
20th 21 June 2017, 1.00am

In bold: 12 out of 18 internet cuts within the first four days of the BT engineer's visit on 12 June.

UPDATES

21st 24 June 2017, 10.01am
22nd 24 June 2017, 5.33pm
23rd 25 June 2017, 12.01pm
24th 25 June 2017, 2.11pm
25th 25 June 2017, 3.31pm
26th 25 June 2017, 5.53pm


Four internet cuts yesterday; no cuts so far today (as of 26 June at 8.22am).

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Re: Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)

Paragraph 12 of Declan's updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

12. It is important to underscore that the discriminatory surveillance suffered by the Applicant and his wife is not an isolated event. Rather, it is emblematic of a larger pattern of surveillance by law enforcement officials in the UK that has been well-documented by international and domestic human rights bodies. For example, GCHQ's Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) specialises in the "4 D's": deny, disrupt, degrade, deceive. It has been branded by the press as the spy agency's "deception unit". Though its existence was secret until 2014, JTRIG has developed a distinctive profile in the public understanding, after documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the unit had engaged in "dirty tricks" like deploying sexual "honey traps" designed to discredit targets, launching denial-of-service attacks to shut down Internet chat rooms, pushing veiled propaganda onto social networks and generally warping discourse online. Previous reporting on GCHQ established its focus on what it regards as political radicalism. Beyond JTRIG's targeting of Anonymous, other parts of GCHQ targeted political activists and groups deemed to be "radical", even monitoring human rights NGOs. The President of the London-based Privacy International, Simon Davies, asks: "If spying on human rights NGOs isn't off limits for GCHQ, then what is?"

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From a fascinating excerpt from Glenn Greenwald's book "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State":

All of the evidence highlights the implicit bargain that is offered to citizens: pose no challenge and you have nothing to worry about. Mind your own business, and support or at least tolerate what we do, and you'll be fine. Put differently, you must refrain from provoking the authority that wields surveillance powers if you wish to be deemed free of wrongdoing.

'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

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20 February: The Central London County Court: District Judge Avent dismisses Declan's claim against the Greater London Authority-commissioned St Mungo's that alleged the falsification and fabrication of data against us (WITH UPDATE 16/3/2017)

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