Wednesday, February 21, 2018

1,046 blocks on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016. One block so far today (as at 9.36am) on DAY 23 of Facebook's block against an op-ed on Church and State by a member of several governing boards and advisory groups in America

Our Church and State website has no less than 40 Nobel Prize winners on it; for details, see this blog's sidebar under "Network for Church Monitoring" (updated today).

31 January: Last night Facebook spams a new op-ed on Church and State by Don Collins, a member of several governing boards and advisory groups in America, stating that it does not conform to their Community Standards (WITH UPDATE - DAY 23 21/2/2018)

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

From my Facebook post's Update 21 February (9.21am):

"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 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 21/2/2018 RE: 180th Internet cut since 26 May 2017). Perhaps of particular importance in all this is the fact that last November Church and State topped more than 3 million hits over the previous eleven months and despite a far from level playing field."

21 February (9.36am): 1,046 blocks on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016 (89 blocks 2016; 871 blocks 2017; 86 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 21/2/2018 RE: 1,046th block since 26 July 2016). 183 blocks in the last three months of 2017 that included 7 blocks on 19 October; 55 blocks last month; 17 blocks in the 2nd week of January that included 5 blocks on 9 January; 31 blocks this month; 17 blocks last week; 5 blocks this week; 1 block 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)
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)
217. 1,026th 12 February 2018, 9.35am
218. 1,027th 12 February 2018, 9.21pm*
219. 1,028th 12 February 2018, 10.50pm (3)
237. 1,046th 21 February 2018, 1.01am

November 2017: 52 blocks
December 2017: 74 blocks
January 2018: 55 blocks
February 2018: 31 blocks

* This 1,027th block occurred after Facebook's 31st block against Church and State since 1 December 2015; see my 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 21/2/2018 RE: Block 31). The following are the most recent of these blocks (all without explanation save the 30th block that stated everything I posted to groups from Church and State "looks like spam"):

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 16-23 January 2018 (8 days)
7. 30th 28 January-4 February 2018 (8 days) ("spam")
8. 31st 12-19 February 2018 (8 days)

November 2017: 16 days
December 2017: 14 days
January 2018: 16 days
February 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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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Declan has an awful encounter in a bank branch he seldom uses

For the attention of Ross McEwan, Chief Executive, Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest

Mohammed Degia
Branch Manager
NatWest Stratford Branch Broadway

Address removed for email

15 February 2018

Dear Mr Degia,

Thank you for agreeing to see me tomorrow to rectify [name withheld]'s 20 minutes work on my standing orders.

I am relieved that despite the handful of paper [name withheld] generated (and handed to you), he did not get to retain one piece of paper with my signature on it.

I remain upset with [name withheld]'s combative, condescending and seemingly deliberately rude behaviour. As I told you, I had to ask him to stop calling me MATE! Not once in 20 minutes did he address me by my name, nor did he seem to accept responsibility for any of the errors he made.

I was shocked to learn from your computer that he finished by also trying to get me to sign for the wrong final payment date on my standing orders. I have to hand standing order mandates that he issued with the correct final payment date on them.

I trust this will all be sorted tomorrow.

Yours sincerely,

Declan Heavey
Managing Director
Network for Church Monitoring