Saturday, December 19, 2009

Letter to the manager of Highgate Jobcentre

This morning Declan wrote to the manager of Highgate Jobcentre regarding our sixth interview in six weeks at the jobcentre – we were notified on 5 November that Declan and I had been selected to be interviewed on six consecutive Thursdays about the jobs we are applying for. Every week there has been something. Three weeks ago, the jobcentre insisted that Declan apply for two jobs that they selected for him, neither of which he would have entertained the thought of applying for (see blog of 2 December “NAC website is back”). The week before last, the interviewer wanted to know the names of the employers we were going to contact the following week (see previous blog “We are cut off from the internet”), and on Thursday Declan discovered that a history was being created against his name on job applications he has never made!

Fortunately Declan retains a record of all the jobs he and I have applied for since NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”). Dr. Fetzer has been funding the NAC website since 4 February (see, for example, blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal by Jim Fetzer”).

This is Declan's registered letter to the Manager of Highgate Jobcentre, Patrice Mulligan, under the Data Protection Act 1998, a copy of which he also sent by registered post to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Yvette Cooper:

                                                         BY REGISTERED POST

Dear Mrs. Mulligan,

Data Protection Act 1998, Subject Access Request

I hereby make a Subject Access Request under the Data Protection Act 1998 for a copy of my history section in your Labour Market System (LMS) that lists ten job applications that Highgate Jobcentre Plus has registered against my name.

On 17 December, I discovered during my advisory interview with Najmin (“not obliged to provide surname”) that two phone calls I made to prospective employers the week previous had been registered by her as job applications against my name in your LMS, and my three job applications for the same period omitted, my protestations notwithstanding. According to Najmin, the record details could not be rectified, amended or completed.

When I requested a copy of the ten job applications that Highgate Jobcentre Plus has registered against my name to date, a floor manager was called. I was told that I would have to direct my request to the manager in writing.

In reference to my history section in your LMS, I can confirm that during my advisory interview on 26 November one of your personal advisers told me to apply for two jobs she handpicked for me. I am currently looking for a solicitor who might be able to tell (a) whether your office is acting lawfully by directing me to apply for specific jobs on threat of termination, and (b) what can be done to prevent recurrence of this form of unfair treatment.

I also confirm from a perusal of the job applications registered against my name that your records in respect of this subject access request go back to the reinstatement on 17 July 2009 of my part of my joint claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). Notice, in particular:

* My joint claim JSA was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not “sign on” two days before I was due to do so on 29 September 2006.

* My wife and I have been sleeping rough on the streets of London for more than 2 1/2 years, from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009.

* I exhausted the appeals process from the street: my case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights in spite of the fact that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority.

* My joint claim JSA was not fully reinstated until 9 October 2009 – almost three months after we gained access to a roof over our heads – because my wife’s National Insurance number was "lost" from the Department of Work and Pension's database.

Yours sincerely,
Declan Heavey

cc The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (by registered post)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

We are cut off from the internet

In the previous blog “Problems with internet access”, I reported that on Sunday I couldn’t connect with either my laptop or Declan’s notebook to the access point which our live-in landlady Belinda McKenzie gave me back in July to access her broadband network – see an article in the New Statesman stating that Belinda’s house “doubles as the hub of the British and Irish 9/11 Truth Campaign” here.

It turns out that Belinda's two other access points (McKenzie-1 and moj) are working fine, and Belinda concurs that only forces from outside the house could have disconnected ours (Guest). Moreover, our bandwidths continue to be squeezed almost to death in public libraries, whether we are on a library computer, my laptop or Declan's notebook (see, for example, blog of 26 October “Internet access at the British Library”). It seems little consolation that only two weeks ago Google finally removed the “Attack Site” warnings that on 13 November they posted on every single page of the NAC website (see blog of 2 December “NAC website is back”).

On Thursday we have our sixth interview in six weeks at our local Highgate Jobcentre Plus – the jobcentre notified us on 5 November that Declan and I had been selected to be interviewed on six consecutive Thursdays about the jobs we are applying for. Every week it is something. Two weeks ago, the jobcentre actually insisted that Declan apply for two jobs that they selected for him, neither of which he would have entertained the thought of applying for (see blog of 2 December “NAC website is back”). Last week the interviewer wanted to know the names of the employers we were going to contact the following week! This request is quite amazing because it defies the logic of the jobcentre's policy that “each time you attend, we will talk with you about what you have been doing to find work” (emphasis added).



We have some history with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), of which this jobcentre is a part: We came to England in 2003 and for two years attempted to get NAC up and running; we went on benefits in July 2005; the DWP terminated Declan's joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance on 27 September 2006 because he did not “sign on” two days before he was due to do so on 29 September. Declan exhausted the appeals process from the street, having been denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority (the DWP). His case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights (see blog of 21 October 2008 “European Court of Human Rights declares application inadmissible”).

Goodness knows what this Thursday will throw up! Perhaps the forces that have cut us off from the internet are connected to those forces that put us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years (from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009)!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Problems with internet access

In the previous blog, “NAC website is back”, I reported that Google finally removed the “Attack Site” warnings that on 13 November they posted on every single page of the NAC website – two days after NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer paid our web host SiteGround $150 to clean up any malicious code, as well as to give maximum (“99.99%”) protection to the site; Dr. Fetzer funds the NAC website and found us by some sort of miracle a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”).

Well, today we can't access the internet from our flat with either my laptop or Declan's notebook! Last July, our kind live-in landlady Belinda McKenzie - see an article in the New Statesman stating that her house “doubles as the hub of the British and Irish 9/11 Truth Campaign” here – provided me with the details I needed to access her broadband network through an access point called “Guest”. However, we were no sooner interviewed by Dr. Fetzer on his radio show The Real Deal than we lost the connection for over three months. Then, as I explained in the blog of 11 November “Letter from The Queen”, internet access was restored out of the blue.





Now it seems it's back to public libraries, where we have previously had our bandwidths squeezed almost to death, whether we were on a library computer, my laptop or Declan's notebook (see, for example, blog of 26 October “Internet access at the British Library”).

I actually wanted to ask Belinda if her other two access points (McKenzie-1 and moj) are working fine but she has had visitors all day. Tomorrow we have to pay the rent so I will perhaps get the chance to ask her then. Hopefully it is just a technical anomaly! Anyway, Declan is going to be very busy all week: he is continuing to call into solicitors' offices with his letter of introduction from Dr. Fetzer regarding the Department for Work and Pensions (the letter is published in the previous blog), as well as visiting mosques to help Dr. Fetzer recruit a third speaker and an appropriate venue for an international conference on “Debunking the 'War on Terror'”.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

NAC website is back

As I said in the previous blog "NAC website is still blocked", our local jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus, notified us on 5 November that Declan and I had been selected to be interviewed on six consecutive Thursdays about the jobs we are applying for – Highgate Jobcentre Plus is part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Since then, we have had eyes at the back of our heads because this is the same department that put us to the street in November 2006, and kept us there until NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer by some sort of miracle found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”), more than 2 1/2 years later.

I also explain in that blog that our benefits were terminated in November 2006 because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was in fact due to do so (Declan exhausted the appeals process from the street; see blog of 21 October 2008 “European Court of Human Rights declares application inadmissible”); that a few months prior to being unceremoniously put to the street, we had our benefits suspended because the DWP lost our address (it took the High Court order published in the previous blog to sort that one out); and when we came off the street, it took three months to reinstate our benefits because the DWP lost my National Insurance number off their database (see Declan's letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the blog of 7 October “After a huge run-around, the Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”)!

At the end of Declan's one-hour long interview last Thursday, he was told by the interviewer to apply for two jobs she hand-picked for him. Neither job would Declan have entertained the thought of applying for, but he was told to apply for them both nonetheless. The interviewer then tore up both job descriptions, refused to sign off on the jobs Declan did apply for the previous week (another first), and then, to add insult to injury, I guess, proceeded to butcher his “sign on” card rather than provide him with the standard printout of his appointment for tomorrow.



Declan was so taken aback by the rough treatment (it would be a understatement to say the interviewer was both bullish and rude throughout the interview) that since last Thursday he has been calling into solicitors' offices with this letter of introduction from Dr. Fetzer:

Solicitor
Benefits Specialist
London, UK

To whom it may concern:

Declan Heavey and his wife, Lola, are in desperate straits because they have encountered enormous obstacles in obtaining benefits to which they are lawfully—and, in my judgment, morally—entitled. They suspect, as I believe, that their ongoing abuse at the hands of the authorities (which is continuing to this very day) is almost certainly related to a website that they maintain and I fund, which deals with controversial issues. Notice, in particular:

* They have been living homeless for more than 2 1/2 years
* They have only rather recently gained access to a roof over their heads
* They are being directed to apply for specific positions on threat of termination
* The suspension or termination of benefits would return them to the streets
* They—and I—strongly suspect their ongoing abuse is politically motivated

Declan and Lola have documented the violations of their rights at many levels in her blog, "Network of those Abused by Church Blog". They are looking for someone who might represent them pro bono because of the importance of this case. What may make their situation of more than ordinary significance is that we believe their difficulties are motivated by the desire to suppress or otherwise undermine their exercise of freedom of speech by means of the website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. If you visit the site, you will see that we address many controversial issues, from the abuses inflicted by religious entities to 7/7, 9/11 and the “war on terror”.

The political ramifications of all this may be crucial. We are currently in the process of organizing a symposium on “Debunking the ‘War on Terror’” that would feature, as speakers, Elias Davidsson from GER, me from the US, and a prominent Muslim speaker from the UK. We are going to accent the abuse of human rights, where I have now interviewed Yvonne Ridley about her experiences, which is archived at http://tinyurl.com/yaxu4ql. It would not surprise me in the least if their current difficulties are intended—at least in part—to subvert our current efforts.

In my opinion, treatment to which they are being subjected appears to involve coordination by several layers of authorities to deny them benefits to which they are entitled. It bothers me tremendously that the Crown should be engaged—directly or indirectly—in such corrupt conduct. I have suggested to them that surely there must be at least one solicitor in the whole of England who will oppose this abuse and stand for what is right and just.

We would be especially appreciative if you might be able to tell (a) whether they are acting lawfully by directing the Heaveys to apply for specific jobs on threat of termination and (b) what can be done to prevent recurrence of this form of unfair treatment. We believe that indications of interest in their case by a solicitor or someone with legal standing may be enough to straighten this out forthwith. They are being denied basic rights and stand in urgent need of counsel. Is there any chance you might be able to assist them in any way? I would be glad to discuss all of this either via email at jfetzer@d.umn.edu or even by phone, if that would be preferable.

With appreciation,

James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.

McKnight Professor Emeritus,
University of Minnesota Duluth
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/
Founder, Scholars for 9/11 Truth
Scholars Site: http://911scholars.org
Home phone: -------------
Cell phone: -------------

Google has finally removed the “Attack Site” warnings that on 13 November they put on every single page of the NAC website – two days after Dr. Fetzer paid our web host SiteGround $150 to clean up any malicious code, as well as to give maximum (“99.99%”) protection to the site. On 28 November, the site was finally cleared of these warnings, but only after Dr. Fetzer once again emailed Google earlier in the day with the following (see graphic here):

What is going on here? We notified you that SiteGround had given us a clean bill of health, which cost us $150. Yesterday, religionandmorality.net was cleared of these baseless warning signs. Today, we find them at "Join", "Authors", "Donate", and "Breaking News". This is quite ridiculous. How often do we have to go through this? We would appreciate having an explanation. It appears to us that Google is abusing its position for political purposes.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NAC website is still blocked

As I said in the previous blog “NAC website has been blocked”, on 11 November NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, who funds the NAC website – and by some sort of miracle found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”) – paid our web host SiteGround $150 to clean up the damage to the NAC website, as well as to give maximum (“99.99%”) protection to the site. Then two days later we discovered that Google had reported the entire website an “attack site” despite that Google Webmaster Tools for religionandmorality.net stated: “Status of the latest badware review for this site: A review for this site has finished. The site was found clean. The badware warnings from web search are being removed.” Well, NAC is still blocked! (An account of the three distinct occasions when NAC has been removed from the internet, including this one, is documented for posterity in “About us”.)





Prison Planet.com reported on 9 August that “Increasingly, Google and its properties — the vastly popular video site YouTube and equally popular Blogger — are tools for shutting down opposition to the government ... Google has worked closely with the governments of the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Japan, and most notoriously China to censor content on its websites.” Prison Planet reported that Google shut down the blog of former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds as she was about to provide, in her own words, “deposition on Foreign US government illegal operations in the United States!” I think the tactic backfired: Edmonds now has a new great blog at http://www.boilingfrogspost.com, which is being endorsed by James Bamford, one of the US’s leading writers on intelligence and national security issues.

The harassment of NAC by using warning notices to discourage visitors and give NAC a bad name by deceit and deception is not the only difficulty we are experiencing: our local jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus, notified us on 5 November that Declan and I have been selected to be interviewed on six consecutive Thursdays about the jobs we are applying for – Highgate Jobcentre Plus is part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). We have some history with the DWP: We came to England in 2003 and for two years attempted to get NAC up and running; we went on benefits in July 2005; the DWP terminated Declan's joint claim for Jobseker's Allownce (JSA) on 27 September 2006 because he did not “sign on” two days before he was due to do so on 29 September. Declan exhausted the appeals process from the street: his case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights in spite of the fact that we were denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority (see blog of 21 October 2008 “European Court of Human Rights declares application inadmissible”).

Last Thursday, we had interviews at different times and I was told to attend the interview tomorrow with Declan at 10.15am; that is, until I asked for the usual confirmation in writing. Having waited 45 minutes for my appointment in writing, I was then told that we couldn't be interviewed together and that the earliest appointment time for me would be in the afternoon. So for the next four weeks we will be particularly vigilant for the “clerical error” because if for whatever reason I am not interviewed on each of the remaining four Thursdays, I may very well be told that it will not be possible for me to “sign on” (which I must do every second Thursday) and therefore my benefits will be suspended.

Some of the clerical errors we have been subjected to by the DWP have been quite stunning. When we came off the street in July, my benefits were suspended for three months from the outset of Declan's joint claim JSA of 17 July because the DWP lost my National Insurance number from their database (see Declan's letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the blog of 7 October “After a huge run-around, the Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”)! Just a few months prior to being unceremoniously put to the street, we had our benefits suspended because the DWP lost our address (see graphic here)! On that occasion it actually took a High Court order from the Honourable Mr. Justice Keith on 11 April 2006 to sort things out (see graphic here):

If it is accepted that the claimant’s job-seeker’s allowance was wrongly suspended, the defendant would be well advised to cause it to be reinstated immediately and to pay the accumulated arrears to the claimant.

Two days later, as Declan updated the then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions John Hutton (see graphic here), the claim was reinstated and we were paid accumulated arrears of £528.90 on 20 April 2006 for the period 4 March to 14 April 2006!

Friday, November 13, 2009

NAC website has been blocked

As I said in Wednesday's blog “Letter from The Queen”, NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, who funds the NAC website – and by some sort of miracle found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”) – paid our web host SiteGround $150 to clean up the damage to the NAC website, as well as to give maximum (“99.99%”) protection to the site. SiteGround, voted the best web hosting company for 2008 and 2009, informed Dr. Fetzer on 8 May that the site had been hacked (see blog “SiteGround confirms our website has been hacked”), but took no further action. Well, as I have mentioned in many blogs, the June issue of .net magazine points out that “even the most secure system can be breached, but it’s how your host responds to an attack that is important”.

Declan and I were furious Dr. Fetzer had to pay so much money to SiteGround on Wednesday, but not half as furious as we were this morning when we learnt that yesterday, Thursday, Google reported the entire website an “attack site”. For the first time, “Reported Attack Site!” appears on the homepage (see here for a larger graphic) – before today, this warning appeared on, among others, our “Breaking News”, “Authors”, and “Reports” pages (see here for graphic dated 27 October).



Assuming the already discouraged visitor clicks “Why was this site blocked”, Google advises that they last visited the site yesterday and “Malicious software includes 73 exploit(s), 8 scripting exploit(s), 1 trojan(s)” (see here for graphic). On the 27 October it was only “27 exploit(s)”. Moreover, today's Google Webmaster Tools for religionandmorality.net: “Status of the latest badware review for this site: A review for this site has finished. The site was found clean. The badware warnings from web search are being removed.”

As Dr. Fetzer observed today, it now appears to be the case that, in addition to the harassment of NAC by using warning notices to discourage visitors, there is an attempt here to give NAC a bad name by deceit and deception. Something is very wrong here, which involves the abuse of Google for political purposes - a development that should be a source of concern, not just to followers of NAC, but to everyone who believes in the free and open use of the internet in the pursuit of truth and justice. The situation is truly alarming.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Letter from The Queen

Yesterday Declan received a letter from The Queen, as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, regarding his complaint of discrimination against the The Connection at the famous St. Martin's Church in Trafalgar Square (see blog of 29 October “Letter to The Queen”) – Declan was barred on 16 October from the IT workspace, which he had been using almost every day since the beginning of August to print copies of our CVs and requests for application forms and fight for the reinstatement of his joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance. (The Connection is the premier centre in London for homeless people, people in temporary accommodation and those like us, at risk of becoming homeless; Declan still gains admittance to the centre, most recently this lunch time!)

Unfortunately, Declan’s registered letter to Pope Benedict XVI regarding his complaint of discrimination against the Sisters of Mercy (see blog of 2 November “Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI”) didn’t fair as well: it came back to him last Thursday via Belfast as an item that had been refused; although the letter had been resealed in its envelope and the envelope stamped front and back with the Vatican crest. In a nutshell, on 19 August the Sisters of Mercy denied us access to food by effectively barring us from entering their Dellow Day Centre in the morning (a coffee in the afternoon is still fine!), notwithstanding that Declan's benefits claim had yet to be processed – and this after the Department for Work and Pensions put us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years (see “About us”).

As I have been stating in many blogs now, for the last few weeks our bandwidths have been squeezed almost to death in public libraries, whether we are on a library computer, my laptop or Declan's notebook (see, for example, blog of 26 October “Internet access at the British Library”). Well, for almost a week internet access in our flat is back! NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, who funds the NAC website, by some sort of miracle found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”). Our live-in landlady Belinda McKenzie - see an article in the New Statesman stating that her house “doubles as the hub of the British and Irish 9/11 Truth Campaign” here – had given me the details to access her broadband network through an access point called “Guest”; however, we were no sooner interviewed by Dr. Fetzer on his radio show (see blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal by Jim Fetzer”) than we lost the connection.

When Declan informed Belinda a few days ago that we had “Guest” back, she said she wasn't aware … so now we are all puzzled!

Below is the text of the letter Declan received from The Queen. But first I am putting on record two snags that establish an account called “Guest” and associated internet connection.





This is the letter from The Queen dated 6 November:

Dear Mr. Heavey,

The Queen has asked me to thank you for your letter of 29th October regarding access to IT facilities at The Connection, St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

Her Majesty has noted the content of your letter, but I should explain that The Queen, as Supreme Governor, would not intervene in the day-to-day running of the Church of England. I am therefore directed to forward your letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury so that he may be aware of your approach to Her Majesty.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Sonia Bonici
Senior Correspondence Officer

Just now Dr. Fetzer has notified us that he has paid our web host SiteGround - voted the best web hosting company for 2008 and 2009 - $150 to clean up the damage to the NAC website (see previous blog). A lot more about this in my next blog. Both Declan and I are furious Dr. Fetzer has had to pay this money on top of the dealings he has already had with SiteGround on our behalf (see, for example, blog of 9 May “SiteGround confirms our website has been hacked”). Let us hope that this will resolve the harassment of NAC using warning notices to discourage visitors.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

No internet access at Highgate Library

The “squeezing” of our bandwidths almost to death in public libraries has gone on for more than two weeks now (see blog of 26 October “Internet access at the British Library”), but this morning at our local library, Haringey Council’s Highgate Library, it was taken to the ultimate - no access at all! Two people were already on the internet at their laptops, but when I tried to use the free WiFi service I was prevented from doing so - the log in page wouldn’t even appear (see here for a bigger version of the graphic below). Fifteen minutes later, a member of staff told me to take the matter up with the company that provides the Haringey Council libraries with WiFi! So I went home and returned in the driving rain with Declan’s notebook ... only to experience exactly the same thing!



Declan has written to Home Secretary Alan Johnson things had gotten so bad in Tower Hamlet Council's Idea Store Whitechapel library, where I have done most of my work since coming to London in November 2006 (see blog of 13 October “Letter to the Home Secretary Alan Johnson”). Declan has had quite a few dealings with the Home Office. In fact, the original NAC website was suspended due to a Spamcop report that was drawn up the day after the Home Office denied that a warrant had been issued to intercept his communications (see blog of 14 March 2008 “SpamCop reports Declan as a spammer”).

I should perhaps mention that the IT workspace in the Church of England's The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields also remains out-of-bounds to Declan (see blog of 20 October “Declan barred from the IT workspace at The (Church of England) Connection”), and despite his numerous emails of complaint to the chief executive, all of which have been routinely ignored. The Connection is open to homeless people, people in temporary accommodation and people like us, those at risk of becoming homeless (see “About us”). Declan lodged his complaint of discrimination against The Connection with the Chair of the Board of Directors of The Connection Lady Diana Brittan, principal leader of the Church of England Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, and finally the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, The Queen (see previous blog “Letter to The Queen”).

What’s next? Well, I am not short of imagination ... maybe problems with our website? Oh, I forgot: Google continues to post warning alerts throughout the site (see blog of 23 October “Google reports the NAC website an ‘Attack Site’”). Every single file in the “Breaking news” folder remains targeted, including, among others, our “Authors”, “Reports”, “Papers” and “Books” pages. As I keep mentioning, .net magazine points out that “even the most secure system can be breached, but it’s how your host responds to an attack that is important”. Well, our hosting provider, SiteGround – rated the best web hosting company for 2008 and 2009 – has yet to contact NAC Honorary Associate Dr. James Fetzer, who funds the site and is in daily contact with us.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Letter to The Queen

Not only do we continue to have our bandwidths “squeezed” almost to death in the public libraries that we frequent, whether we are on a library computer, my laptop or Declan's notebook (see previous blog “Internet access at the British Library”), but the IT centre in the Church of England's The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields remains out-of-bounds to Declan (see blog of 20 October “Declan barred from the IT centre at The (Church of England) Connection”). The Connection is open to homeless people, people in temporary accommodation and people at risk of becoming homeless. Having previously complained to the principal leader of the Church of England Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams and Chair of the Board of Directors of The Connection at St. Martin's Lady Diana Brittan, this morning Declan took his complaint of discrimination against The Connection at St. Martin's to The Queen; she is, after all, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

The Connection website explains that in its IT centre (“the Workspace”) users can get job search support like CV preparation, internet search, etc. The webpage states: “Since 1990, the Workspace team has provided employment training and education support for homeless people, people in temporary accommodation and people at risk of becoming homeless.” Well, I am puzzled! For more than 2 1/2 years (from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009) we slept rough on the streets of London, having been put there by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was actually due to do so (see “About us”). Moreover, for the last three months the DWP has given us an absolute nightmare (see, for example, blog of 7 October “After a huge run-around, the Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”).

To add coals to the fire, I guess, Google continues to post warning alerts throughout the NAC website (see blog of 23 October “Google reports the NAC website an ‘Attack Site’”). Every single file in the “Breaking news” folder has been targeted, including, among others, our “Authors”, “Reports”, “Papers” and “Books” pages. As I keep mentioning, .net magazine points out that “even the most secure system can be breached, but it’s how your host responds to an attack that is important”. Well, our hosting provider, SiteGround – rated the best web hosting company for 2008 and 2009 – has yet to contact NAC Honorary Associate Dr. James Fetzer, who funds the site and is in daily contact with us.

For the record, this is Declan's email this afternoon to Queen Elizabeth II:

Subject: The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

                                             BY EMAIL AND REGISTERED POST

Your Majesty,

My wife and I are in desperate straits because not only have we been denied benefits to which we are entitled, but I have been recently denied access to the IT centre at the Church of England's The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (“St. Martins”), which I had been using almost every day since the beginning of August to print copies of my and my wife’s CVs, requests for application forms and fight for the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance. As I have explained in letters to the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams and Chair of the Board of Directors of The Connection at St. Martin's Lady Diana Brittan, we suspect that our abuse at the hands of the authorities is not unrelated to a website we maintain which deals with controversial issues. Notice in particular:

* We have been living homeless for more than 2 ½ years
* We recently gained access to a roof over our heads
* We have been repeatedly denied benefits to which we are entitled
* We strongly suspect that this abuse is politically motivated

“[A]mong the many aspects of Christian ministry at St. Martin's there is a long tradition of caring for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness,” states Archbishop Williams's website. Nonetheless, my emails of complaint to the Chief Executive of The Connection at St. Martin's, Mr. Colin Glover, are routinely ignored and although I continue to gain admittance to The Connection at St. Martin's, the IT centre remains out-of-bounds to me.

My wife and I have documented the violations of our rights at many levels in her blog Network of those Abused by Church. What may make our situation of more than ordinary significance is that we believe our difficulties are motivated by the desire to suppress or otherwise undermine our exercise of freedom of speech by means of the website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. If you visit the site, you will see that we address many controversial issues, from the abuses inflicted by religious entities to 7/7, 9/11 and the war on terror.

The man who funds our website, Dr. James H. Fetzer, has suggested that the political ramifications of our abuse may be a significant consideration in assessing our situation. He has authorised us to mention his academic website at http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/ and has advised us that, in his belief, the treatment to which we are being subjected has to be political. “Why would the crown want to engage in such corrupt conduct?”, he has written. “Surely there must be at least one barrister in the whole of England with the integrity to oppose this abuse and stand for what is right and just!” He would be glad to discuss this in correspondence via jfetzer@d.umn.edu.

Under these conditions, we would be especially appreciative if you would enunciate your position regarding the use of discriminatory practices by The Connection at St. Martin’s. Do you condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by The Connection at St. Martin’s (for example, in denying me access to the IT centre in this instance)? If you do not condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by The Connection at St. Martin’s, please enunciate that you disapprove of the use of discriminatory practices by The Connection at St. Martin’s.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Declan Heavey

cc His Grace Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Board of Directors of The Connection at St. Martin's (by post)
Mr. Colin Glover, Chief Executive of The Connection at St. Martin's

Declan Heavey
Email: dheavey@gmail.com
Homepage: http://religionandmorality.net
Homepage: http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com/

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

Monday, October 26, 2009

Internet access at the British Library

There seems to be an agenda that I get no access to the internet, or that if I get access, the connection is so bad I can't get any work done. Only last week Declan had to write to the Home Secretary Alan Johnson things had gotten so bad in Tower Hamlet Council's Idea Store Whitechapel, where I have done most of my work since coming to London in November 2006 (see blog “Letter to the Home Secretary Alan Johnson”). Declan has had quite a few dealings with the Home Office. In fact, the original NAC website was suspended due to a Spamcop report that was drawn up the day after the Home Office denied that a warrant had been issued to intercept Declan’s communications (see blog of 14 March 2008 “SpamCop reports Declan as a spammer”).

Yesterday, a Sunday, it was free WiFi at the British Library and, quite simply, I experienced the worst internet connection that I have experienced anywhere since coming to England in 2003. Not even on the Himalayas would I expect a connection speed of 11.0 Mbps! I was there half the day but only got 40 minutes of work: the first twenty minutes and the last twenty minutes. I looked around to see if I was the only one experiencing internet access difficulties, and as usual that seemed to be the case. At least I came away with these two snags (the second is my record of the download of a file that should have taken a couple of seconds, but in fact took over 7 minutes to download):





It really doesn’t matter where I am: last Thursday I was in McDonald's with Declan’s notebook and after ten minutes of normal access I had to wait almost a minute to see the Google homepage; it's the same at our local library, Haringey Council’s Highgate Library – this morning I uploaded two new Breaking News items with a connection of 36.0 Mbps. Of course, as I mentioned in the previous blog, I could always ask our live-in landlady, Belinda McKenzie, if she would share her broadband with me in exchange for weekly payments (see an article in the New Statesman stating that her house “doubles as the hub of the British and Irish 9/11 Truth Campaign” here). But I am not a 100% sure it would work!

I should perhaps mention that the NAC website is still being reported by Google an “Attack Site” (see the previous blog “Google reports the NAC website an ‘Attack Site’”). Every single file in the “Breaking news” folder has now been targeted – that includes our “Authors”, “Reports”, “Papers” and “Books” pages, among others. As I mentioned in the previous blog, .net magazine points out that “even the most secure system can be breached, but it’s how your host responds to an attack that is important”. Well, I wonder how long it is going to take our hosting provider, SiteGround, rated the best web hosting company for 2007 and 2008, to contact NAC Honorary Associate Dr. James Fetzer, who funds the site and is in daily contact with us.

Anyway, below is Declan's email this afternoon to the Chief Executive of the British Library, Dame Lynne Brindley. The British Library is most certainly not the Idea Store Whitechapel. It is the national library of the United Kingdom and “one of the world's greatest research libraries,” according to their website. “It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection.” Next Declan will write to former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1997-2004), Sir Colin Lucas, Chairman of the Board of the British Library.

Subject: The British Library

Dear Dame Lynne,

My wife Lola and I are in desperate straits because, among other things, we are being repeatedly denied access to the internet at the British Library. We suspect that this is not unrelated to a website we maintain, which deals with controversial issues. Notice, in particular:

* We have been living homeless for more than 2 1/2 years
* We recently gained access to a roof over our heads
* We have been repeatedly denied benefits to which we are entitled
* We strongly suspect that this abuse is politically motivated

Lola and I have documented the violations of our rights at many levels in her blog, "Network of those Abused by Church Blog". What may make our situation of more than ordinary significance is that we believe our difficulties are motivated by the desire to suppress or otherwise undermine our exercise of freedom of speech by means of the website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. If you visit the site, you will see that we address many controversial issues, from the abuses inflicted by religious entities to 7/7, 9/11 and the war on terror.

The man who funds our website, Dr. James H. Fetzer, has suggested that the political ramifications of our abuse may be a significant consideration in assessing our situation. He has authorised us to mention his academic website at http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/ and has advised us that, in his belief, the treatment to which we are being subjected has to be political: "It appears to involve coordination by several layers of authorities," he has written. "Surely there must be at least one barrister in the whole of England with the integrity to oppose this abuse and stand for what is right and just!" He would be glad to discuss this in correspondence via jfetzer@d.umn.edu.

Under these conditions, we would be especially appreciative if you might be able to offer us your advice. We believe that the least indication of interest in our situation by you may be enough to provide us with at least free WiFi at the British Library. We are being denied our most basic rights and stand in serious need of counsel. Is there any chance you might be able to assist us in any way?

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

Email: dheavey@gmail.com
Homepage: http://religionandmorality.net
Homepage: http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com/

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

Friday, October 23, 2009

Google reports the NAC website an “Attack Site”

It seems that we need to have ten eyes: as I said in yesterday’s blog “Open Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowen Williams”, yesterday Declan had to write to the manager of our local jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus, to at least try and avoid adding to the growing list of stunning “clerical errors” on the part of the Department for Work and Pensions in respect to us – this is the same department that terminated our benefits in September 2006 and put us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was due to do so (see “About us”). Declan also failed to gain re-admittance to the IT centre at the homeless centre The Connection at St. Martin's, the Church of England's famous church in Trafalgar Square, so he lodged his complaint of discrimination with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Well, yesterday evening NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, who funds the NAC website – and by some sort of miracle found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 12 July “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”) – let us know that Google has reported the NAC website an “Attack Site”. As of last night, this warning notification appears on our “Breaking News” and “Authors” pages – a larger version of the graphic can be found here.



When you click “Why was this site blocked?”, Google says that they visited the site on the 21 October and “suspicious content was found” – a graphic of this page can be found here. I wonder if there is also suspicious content installed in Declan's Google Mail account at dheavey@gmail.com: Since Monday, accessing and sending emails is painfully slow and in fact one of the main reasons yesterday’s blog was uploaded in an internet cafe at almost 9.00pm was because sending the email and its attachment to the Archbishop of Canterbury took 45 minutes! (We live in the same house as our landlady Belinda McKenzie - see an article in the New Statesman stating that her house “doubles as the hub of the British and Irish 9/11 Truth Campaign” here – and I guess that I could ask her if she would share her broadband with me in exchange for weekly payments. But I am not a 100% sure it would work!)

The June issue of .net magazine carried an article titled “Is your hosting provider secure?”. It says that “even the most secure system can be breached, but it’s how your host responds to an attack that is important”. I found the article quite interesting. Our hosting provider SiteGround, based in New York, has been rated the best web hosting company for 2007 and 2008, and yet organised hacker attacks have been used to scramble or jam online content on the NAC website since late April (see blog of 9 May “SiteGround confirms our website has been hacked”).

The .net article also points out that PHP applications in particular are prone to exploitation and that consumers should ensure they keep their installed applications up to date; which is fine by me, except that I am not using PHP, I use plain html. In fact, it is the same website – just more developed – that was hosted free by Bravenet for almost three and a half years from October 2004 to March 2008, and without a hitch. Perhaps revealing is the fact that Bravenet suspended the original NAC website due to a Spamcop report that was drawn up the day after the Home Office denied that a warrant had been issued to intercept Declan’s communications (see blog of 14 March “SpamCop reports Declan as a spammer”).

Anyway, Dr. Fetzer is putting together a symposium in London “Was 9/11 an Inside Job?”. We are helping him to organise the event since we live in London; I am going to build a website for it around a brilliant slide show presentation he gave at the Conferencia Internacional por la Verdad y la Justicia del 11-S (“International Conference for 911 Truth and Justice”) in Buenos Aires on 11 September, and which is now published in NAC “Multimedia”. It is an understatement to say that Dr. Fetzer's presentation, exclusive to the NAC website, has already been very well received by some of the most notable scholars of the 9/11 events in the world.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Open Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowen Williams

As I explained in the previous blog “Declan barred from the IT centre at The (Church of England) Connection”, last Friday Declan was barred from the IT centre at the homeless centre The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (“St. Martin's”), which he had been using almost every day since the beginning of August to print copies of our CVs and requests for application forms and fight for the reinstatement of his joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance - the Church of England St. Martin-in-the-Fields is one of the most famous non-cathedral churches in London. Declan wrote to the CEO of the Connection on Saturday, but he hasn’t received a reply, nor readmittance. So this evening he lodged his complaint of discrimination with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. Next the Queen … she is, after all, the head of the Church of England!

This afternoon Declan also had to write to the manager of our local jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus, because this morning we were prevented from “signing on” and, understandably, I think, we are wary of yet another “clerical error” on the part of the Department for Work and Pensions - this is the department that terminated our benefits in September 2006 and put us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was due to do so (see “About us”). The “clerical errors” of late have been quite stunning (see, for example, Declan's letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the blog of 7 October “After a huge run-around, the Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”). Declan delivered a copy of the following by hand, and sent the hard copy by registered post:

Dear Ms. Mulligan,

I wish to confirm that this morning my wife and I were unable to “sign on” or attend the interviews that you had scheduled for us (for me at 9.00am and for my wife at 11.30am) because due to “unforeseen circumstances” the Highgate Jobcentre Plus Office was only open today for first-time claimants.

All other claimants were informed at the reception desk that they would not be required to sign their declarations today to receive their allowances for the period 9 October to 22 October and that anyone with an appointment for today would receive a letter in the post with their new appointment details.

With reference to the enclosed copy of my email this morning to Broadway Homelessness and Support (copied to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions), I respectfully request that you please post our new appointment details to my address; Broadway do not have my authority to be receiving letters in my name from your office. Our appointment details for today carries my address which is, and always has been, 83 Priory Gardens, London N6 5QU.

Yours sincerely,

Declan Heavey

cc The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive, Broadway Homelessness and Support

Perhaps now is not the best time to write to the Archbishop of Canterbury: the front-page of today’s Times carries the story that 400,000 Anglicans are going to join the Catholic church after Vatican official Cardinal William Levada announced on Tuesday plans to make it easier for disgruntled Anglicans to convert to Catholicism. The Anglican Communion has been strained by fights over its relations with other Christian denominations and the church's growing acceptance of gay and women clergy and same-sex marriage. According to the Wall Street Journal, the newly created set of canon laws, known as an “Apostolic Constitution”, represents a potentially serious threat to the already fragile world-wide communion of national Anglican churches, which has about 77 million members globally.


Britain's Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, left, from the Anglican church and Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols at a news conference in London on Tuesday.


Anyway, this is Declan's email of complaint to Dr. Williams (the letter to the CEO of the Connection to which Declan refers is published in the previous blog):

Subject: The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

                                             BY EMAIL AND REGISTERED POST

Your Grace,

My wife Lola and I are in desperate straits because not only have we been denied benefits to which we are entitled, but last week I was denied access to the IT centre at The (Church of England) Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (“St.Martin's”), which I had been using almost every day since the beginning of August to print copies of my and my wife’s CVs, requests for application forms and fight for the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA). We suspect that our abuse at the hands of the authorities is not unrelated to a website we maintain which deals with controversial issues. Notice in particular:

* We have been living homeless for more than 2 ½ years
* We recently gained access to a roof over our heads
* We have been repeatedly denied benefits to which we are entitled
* We strongly suspect that this abuse is politically motivated

I attach copy of my formal complaint of 17 October to the Chief Executive of the Connection at St. Martin's, Mr. Colin Glover (copied to the Justice of the Peace in the City of London, Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Connection at St. Martin's), to which I have not received a reply. According to archbishopofcanterbury.org/1781, “[A]mong the many aspects of Christian ministry at St. Martin's, there is a long tradition of caring for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.”

Lola and I have documented the violations of our rights at many levels in her blog Network of those Abused by Church. What may make our situation of more than ordinary significance is that we believe our difficulties are motivated by the desire to suppress or otherwise undermine our exercise of freedom of speech by means of the website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. If you visit the site, you will see that we address many controversial issues, from the abuses inflicted by religious entities to 7/7, 9/11 and the war on terror.

The man who funds our website, Dr. James H. Fetzer, has suggested that the political ramifications of our abuse may be a significant consideration in assessing our situation. He has authorised us to mention his academic website at http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/ and has advised us that, in his belief, the treatment to which we are being subjected has to be political. “Why would the crown want to engage in such corrupt conduct?”, he has written. “Surely there must be at least one barrister in the whole of England with the integrity to oppose this abuse and stand for what is right and just!” He would be glad to discuss this in correspondence via jfetzer@d.umn.edu.

Under these conditions, we would be especially appreciative if you would enunciate your position regarding the use of discriminatory practices by the Connection at St. Martin’s. Do you condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by the Connection at St. Martin’s (for example, in denying me access to their IT centre in this instance)? If you do not condone and approve of the use of discriminatory practices by the Connection at St. Martin’s, please enunciate that you disapprove of the use of discriminatory practices by the Connection at St. Martin’s.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Declan Heavey

Email: dheavey@gmail.com
Homepage: http://religionandmorality.net
Homepage: http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com/

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Connection at St. Martin's (by post)
Mr. Colin Glover, Chief Executive of the Connection at St. Martin's

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Declan barred from the IT centre at The (Church of England) Connection

Last Friday Declan was barred from accessing the IT centre at The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (“St.Martin's”), which he had been using almost every day since the beginning of August to print copies of our CVs and requests for application forms and fight for the reinstatement of his joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA). The Connection is a Church of England homeless centre situated at St. Martin-in-the-Fields – one of the most famous non-cathedral churches in London. According to Wikipedia, St. Martin-in-the-Fields is “famous for its work with homeless people through The Connection at St Martin's which shares with The Vicar's Relief Fund the money raised each year by the BBC Radio 4 Appeal's Christmas appeal”.



On 28 April 2008, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, spoke at a special Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the renewal of the church: in January 2006, work began on a £36 million renewal project; the Church of England got the money through public appeals and a grant of £15.35 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Anyway, you can read the Archbishop’s sermon on his website, but what interests us in particular is one of the notes which appears at the bottom of the sermon:

More specifically, among the many aspects of Christian ministry at St Martin's, there is a long tradition of caring for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness. This work continues with the Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields, formed in April 2003 from a merger between St Martin-in-the-Fields Social Care Unit (working with rough sleepers and other vulnerable homeless people) and the London Connection (which helped young homeless people).

Furthermore, the Connection website also explains that in its IT Centre (“the Workspace”) users can get job search support like CV preparation, internet search, etc. The webpage states: “Since 1990, the Workspace team has provided employment training and education support for homeless people, people in temporary accommodation and people at risk of becoming homeless.” Well, I am puzzled! For more than 2 1/2 years (from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009) we slept rough on the streets of London, having been put there by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was actually due to do so (see “About us”). Moreover, for the last three months the DWP has given us an absolute nightmare (see, for example, blog of 7 October “After a huge run-around, the Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”).

Declan was also getting lunch at the Connection – although it costs about £1.50, there is always a queue because many homeless people are receiving benefits (we only received notification of the reinstatement of Declan's joint claim JSA on Saturday). We were also puzzled when on 19 August the Providence Row charity denied us access to food by effectively barring us from entering their Dellow Day Centre in the morning (a coffee in the afternoon is fine!). Declan lodged a formal complaint of discrimination against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy with the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols (see here); having received nothing by way of reply, he took his complaint on 23 September to the Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz (see here); and finally he wrote to Pope Benedict XVI (see here). Shortly after Declan wrote to the pope, the papal nuncio replied (see here) ... to zero effect!

Perhaps also revealing is that Declan and I have been barred from the Methodist Church Whitechapel Day Mission. On 18 June 2007, the minister’s wife barred us due to concerns about our safety following an unprovoked assault on me in the canteen by another homeless woman (crime reference no. 4217341/07; see blog of 18 June 2007 “Assault and bar in the Whitechapel Mission”). Despite that the Whitechapel Mission’s website states that homeless people are not barred or excluded and that Declan wrote by registered post to the minister himself and to the then head of the Methodist Church of Great Britain, Rev. Graham Carter, we were never readmitted.

For the record, this is the email that Declan sent last Saturday to the CEO of The Connection Colin Glover (the letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to which Declan refers is published here):

Subject: The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Dear Mr. Glover,

I refer to the attached copy of my email of complaint of 15 October to your IT floor supervisor, Ms. Diana Cimpanu ("ComplaintCSTM(15.10.09)”), which I copied to you together with the attachment therein referred to, namely, my email letter of 7 October to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP regarding the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (see attachment “Cooper(7.10.09)”).

I wish to confirm that yesterday I was denied access to computers and photocopier in the Connection at St. Martin's by your IT manager Bill (surname withheld), which I had been using since the beginning of August to access my Google Mail account (that is, when possible to do so, see attachment “ComplaintCSTM(15.10.09)”), print CVs and requests for application forms, and photocopying documentation relating to the reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance.

You will note that I am once again taking the time to copy the Chief Executive of Providence Row Jo Ansell into my current situation. As I mentioned in the aforementioned email of 15 October to Ms. Cimpanu, it was Ms. Ansell who, on 19 August, denied my wife and me access to food in the Dellow Day Centre run by the Sisters of Mercy in spite of our unstable circumstances (see attachment "Cooper(7.10.09)").

Perhaps you would be so kind as to forward this email and its attachments to the Justice of the Peace in the City of London Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Connection at St. Martin's. Ultimately, I will be lodging a formal complaint with the Archbishop of Canterbury His Grace Rowan Williams; by which time I expect to have an alternative contact address for Lady Justice Brittan.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely,
Declan Heavey

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Connection at St. Martin's
Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Ms. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station

And this is the email that Declan sent last Thursday to the Workspace supervisor, Diana Cimpanu:

Subject: The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Dear Ms. Cimpanu,

I refer to our conversations this morning and wish to reconfirm that between 11.15am and 12.00 noon I was unable to access my Google Mail account from the Connection at St. Martin's. I attach copy of my email letter of 7 October to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, to which I was unable to gain access.

I regret that I am unable to provide you with a list of the particular days and times I have experienced this anomaly at your day centre since the beginning of August. However, as I told you, this week it has been particularly bad and getting progressively worse; moreover, I have yet to hear another client of yours complain of any such difficulty. In future I will keep accurate and daily records of the time I spend on your computers and any difficulties I experience accessing the internet, for your future reference.

You will note that I am taking the time to copy the Chief Executive of Providence Row Jo Ansell into my current situation. As I have previously explained to you, it was Ms. Ansell who, on 19 August, denied my wife and me access to food in the Dellow Day Centre run by the Sisters of Mercy in spite of our unstable circumstances (see attachment "Cooper(7.10.09)"). I am also copying this email and attachment to, among others, the Justice of the Peace in the City of London Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Connection at St. Martin's c/o the Chief Executive of the Connection at St. Martin's Colin Glover at info@cstm.org.uk. (To compound our difficulties, we our in possession since 14 October of neither a tenancy agreement nor a rent book, despite our repeated requests from our live-in landlady for both items.)

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc Lady Diana Brittan, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Connection at St. Martin's
Mr. Colin Glover, Chief Executive of the Connection at St Martin's
Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Ms. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Letter to the Home Secretary Alan Johnson

Last Friday, Declan had to write to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Councillor Lutfur Rahman, regarding Idea Store Whitechapel, the borough's flagship library, learning and information service (see previous blog “Letter to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Councillor Lutfur Rahman”). Since 29 September, I have been repeatedly denied access to the internet via my laptop; for example, in the blog of 6 October “Once again no access to the internet for me in Idea Store Whitechapel library via my laptop”, I publish a snag which shows that that day my access to their network was restricted to “Local only”. Well, last Friday my access was “Local and Internet”, as the snag I published that day clearly showed, and today it is back to “Local only”. On top of that, the speed the library is giving me today is 54.0 Mbps – I can’t even load my Facebook page! There is most definitely something strange going on. And, yes, I don't think any other laptop user has reported any such anomaly.



So Declan has written to the Home Secretary Alan Johnson, because none of the emails he has sent of late to the library’s manager Asab Ali has been acknowledged, or seems to have made the slightest bit of difference. Anyway, Declan has already had dealings with the Home Office. In fact, the original NAC website was suspended due to a Spamcop report that was drawn up the day after the Home Office denied that a warrant had been issued to intercept Declan’s communications (see blog of 14 March 2008 “SpamCop reports Declan as a spammer”). Next ... the Prime Minister!

For the record, this is Declan's email this evening to Johnson:

Subject: Interception of communications

Dear Home Secretary,

I am writing to you as the Secretary of State for the Home Office, whose personal approval is required for an interception of communications warrant in the interests of national security, preventing or detecting serious crime, or safeguarding the economic well-being of the United Kingdom.

I attach copy of my email of 9 October to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Councillor Lutfur Rahman, regarding Idea Store Whitechapel.

My wife Lola and I are in desperate straits because, among other things, we are being repeatedly denied access to the internet in Idea Store Whitechapel, the borough's flagship library, learning and information service. We suspect that this is not unrelated to a website we maintain, which deals with controversial issues. Notice, in particular:

* We have been living homeless for more than 2 1/2 years
* We recently gained access to a roof over our heads
* We have been repeatedly denied benefits to which we are entitled
* We strongly suspect that this abuse is politically motivated

Lola and I have documented the violations of our rights at many levels in her blog, "Network of those Abused by Church Blog". What may make our situation of more than ordinary significance is that we believe our difficulties are motivated by the desire to suppress or otherwise undermine our exercise of freedom of speech by means of the website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. If you visit the site, you will see that we address many controversial issues, from the abuses inflicted by religious entities to 7/7, 9/11 and the war on terror.

The man who funds our website, Dr. James H. Fetzer, has suggested that the political ramifications of our abuse may be a significant consideration in assessing our situation. He has authorised us to mention his academic website at http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/ and has advised us that, in his belief, the treatment to which we are being subjected has to be political: "It appears to involve coordination by several layers of authorities," he has written. "Surely there must be at least one barrister in the whole of England with the integrity to oppose this abuse and stand for what is right and just!" He would be glad to discuss this in correspondence via jfetzer@d.umn.edu.

Under these conditions, we would be especially appreciative if you might be able to offer us your advice. We believe that the least indication of interest in our situation by you may be enough to straighten this out forthwith. We are being denied our most basic rights and stand in serious need of counsel. Is there any chance you might be able to assist us in any way?

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

cc The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (by post)
Councillor Lutfur Rahman, Leader of Tower Hamlets Council
Ms. Heather Bonfield, Head of Cultural Affairs, Tower Hamlets Council
Mr. Asab Ali, Manager of Idea Store Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets Council

--------------------

Declan Heavey
Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

Friday, October 09, 2009

Letter to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Councillor Lutfur Rahman

On 11 September, Declan wrote to the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, in his capacity as Archbishop of the Diocese of Westminster, regarding his formal complaint of discrimination against the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy (see blog of 11 September “Declan’s formal complaint against the Sisters of Mercy lodged with the Archbishop of Westminster”). Having received nothing by way of reply, he took his complaint on 23 September to the Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz (see blog “Open Letter to the Papal Nuncio in London”), and then on 2 October to Pope Benedict XVI (see blog “Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI”). Well, Declan has received a reply from the Papal Nuncio – the letter was dated 2 October but it only arrived yesterday – signed by the Archbishop himself. He says that Declan's dispute with the Sisters of Mercy “is not a matter in which I, as Apostolic Nuncio, have any right to intervene”. Oh, well.

In a nutshell, on 19 August the Providence Row charity run by the Sisters of Mercy denied us access to food by effectively barring us from entering their Dellow Day Centre in the morning (a coffee in the afternoon is fine!), notwithstanding all the difficulties we are experiencing trying to get the benefits we are entitled to - and this after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) put us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years (see, for example, blog of 21 October 2008 “European Court of Human Rights declares application inadmissible”). I have probably written more than a dozen blogs on the various ways the DWP keeps me on zero money since NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see, for example, the previous blog “More problems regarding the suspension of my benefits by the Department for Work and Pensions”).

This evening Declan wrote to the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Councillor Lutfur Rahman, regarding Idea Store Whitechapel, the borough's flagship library, learning and information service. We frequently run into trouble in this library, especially with computer bookings and internet access; but since 29 September I have been repeatedly denied access to the internet via my laptop. In the blog dated 6 October “Once again no access to the internet for me in Idea Store Whitechapel library via my laptop”, I publish a snag which shows that that day my access to their network was restricted to “Local only”. Well, today it's “Local and Internet”, as this snag clearly shows:



For the record, this is Declan's email to Cllr. Rahman:

Subject: Idea Store Whitechapel

Dear Cllr. Rahman,

I refer further to the attached copy of my correspondence with the former Head of Idea Stores, Mr. Ian McNicol, to whom the former Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Cllr. Denise Jones, referred my original complaint of 21 January 2008 regarding repeated loss of computer bookings and internet access at Idea Store Whitechapel, the borough's flagship library, learning and information service.

I wish to draw to your attention that since 29 September my wife has been repeatedly denied access to the internet via her laptop at the Idea Store. For example, most recently, on 5 October, I had to once again write to the Manager, Mr. Asab Ali, copied to the Head of Cultural Affairs, Ms. Heather Bonfield:


Previous correspondence refers. I wish to confirm that all afternoon my wife has not had access to the internet via her laptop. Once again, her access to the Idea Store network was restricted to "Local only".


On 30 September, the IT technician told my wife that it was “mystery” as to why her access to the Idea Store network had been restricted to “Local only”. This afternoon her access has been "Local and Internet" and she has had no difficulties accessing the internet at the Idea Store via her laptop.

I reconfirm that since my complaint to Cllr. Jones, my wife and I not only have experienced repeated loss of computer bookings and internet access, but several other problems to boot. These are just a handful of examples of the many problems we have encountered:

1) 1 February 2008: the Principal Idea Store Manager, Mr. Sergio Dogliani, writes to me advising that the restriction by Idea Store Whitechapel of both my wife and I to a 3-hour maximum free computer use per day as from 29 January stands, despite that for several months previous we were given “additional time” subject to computer availability and in accordance with the Council's then and current “Idea Stores PC Usage Policy”;

2) 24 June 2008: at approximately 12.30pm, a member of staff threatens my wife with security if she does not give her computer up to another card holder whose name appears on the monitor, despite that a half an hour earlier a member of staff has confirmed in writing that my wife has the computer booked in her name from 11.30am to 2.30pm;

3) 3 August 2008: both of the computers my wife and I have booked the previous day contains a virus which spreads to the two USB drives we are using. This renders my wife's portable programs inoperable. It also corrupts some of my most valuable data, namely: a Word document containing a categorised list of over 150 British signatories of a petition of mine to the United Nations on therapeutic cloning, and a related database containing the names, email addresses and contact information for more than 3,000 scientists and academics from around the world;

4) 6 August 2008: at approximately 2.45pm, MIMEsweeper blocks access to my Gmail account due to “Porn Detected”. Following the restoration of my access to the account some 20 minutes later, the IT technician advises that this “may happen again for any length of time”.

5) 13 May 2009: at approximately 1.30pm, two security guards rudely, aggressively and in a bullish manner insist that my wife gives her computer up to another card holder whose name appears on the monitor, despite that she had the computer booked in her name from 1.15pm to 2.15pm.

I beg to point out that each of the above incidents were confirmed in my previous email to you of 13 May.

As I explained in my initial complaint to you of 4 August 2008 following (3) above, my petition to the United Nations on therapeutic cloning has been signed by recognised authorities from the world's leading universities and research institutes. The petition to date has been signed by 591 scientists and academics, including 24 Nobel Laureates.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

cc Ms. Heather Bonfield, Head of Cultural Affairs
Mr. Asab Ali, Manager, Idea Store Whitechapel

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Declan Heavey
Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

Thursday, October 08, 2009

More problems regarding the suspension of my benefits by the Department for Work and Pensions

As I said in the previous blog “After a huge run-around, the Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”, yesterday the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) denied me a £20 Crisis Loan which was to last me until next Tuesday – the DWP have suspended my benefits for months now because they lost my National Insurance Number (NINO).

Well, this morning we attended Highgate Jobcentre Plus to “sign on” (those unfortunate enough to be receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance must sign on, showing that for the previous two weeks they have been actively seeking employment), only to discover that I should have received my benefits last Tuesday, backdated to 17 July. It turns out that the Jobcentre never informed the relevant DWP office that I was reissued the NINO on 24 September!

I am owed almost three months in unpaid benefits but have gone hungry and cold for the last two weeks (I can’t even buy a cap in a charity shop) because of yet another “clerical error”. This, of course, is the same department which put us to the street for more than 2 1/2 years because Declan did not “sign on” two days before he was due to do so, so I can’t say that I am surprised. The “clerical errors”, though, never cease to amaze us. Just a few months before we were unceremoniously put to the street, we had our benefits suspended because the DWP lost our address! And I can prove it because Declan had to go to the High Court to get a court order.

As I mentioned in the blog of 6 October “Once again no access to the internet for me in Idea Store Whitechapel library via my laptop”, NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, who is funding the NAC website and found us a roof over our heads on 13 July (see blog of 26 July “We are interviewed on The Real Deal”), is putting together a symposium in London “Was 9/11 an Inside Job?”. I am helping by building a small website and this video, “War Made Easy”, looks promising for the “Resources” page (I still have to view it) – the film is narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn; to buy the DVD see the website here.



I have also found the clip below with former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, in which she talks about her efforts to question the official 9/11 story (part 2 here, 3 here, and 4 here). I hope to have Dr. Fetzer’s brilliant slide show presentation in Buenos Aires on 11 September online in a couple of days. We’re now talking about someone who will translate the presentation into German, so it is not inconceivable that over the next few weeks we could have it at the NAC website in English, Spanish (I’m Spanish!) and German, with perhaps French and Portuguese to soon follow.



This is Declan’s letter to the manager of Highgate Jobcentre Plus, Patrice Mulligan – in it he refers to a letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Yvette Cooper, which I publish in the previous blog:

Subject: Reinstatement of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance

                                            BY HAND AND REGISTERED POST

Dear Ms. Mulligan,

This morning I telephoned Glasgow Benefit Centre to enquire as to why my wife has yet to receive either payment of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or proof of JSA by way of a recent letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) showing our current address.

I was informed that this was because Glasgow Benefit Centre has yet to be notified by the Highgate Jobcentre Plus Office that my wife was reissued a National Insurance Number (NINO) on 24 September. Had they been so notified, I understand that my wife would have received her JSA last Tuesday, 29 September, backdated to 17 July.

I hereby request that you please notify Glasgow Benefit Centre that my wife's NINO is -------------- so that my joint claim JSA can be processed.

For your reference I attach copy of my email yesterday to the Secretary for Work and Pensions, The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, on the repeated denial to my wife and me of benefits to which we are entitled.

Please would you acknowledge receipt.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey
NI no. --------------

Email: dheavey@gmail.com

Home address:
83 Priory Gardens
London N6 5QU

cc The Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Master of the Salters' Company
His Excellency Most Rev. Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain
His Grace Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Sr. Coirle McCarthy, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy
His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Patron of Providence Row
Alderman Sir Michael Oliver, Vice President of Providence Row
Mr. Simon Bartley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Row
Ms. Jo Ansell, Chief Executive of Providence Row
Mr. Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support
Superintendent Lorraine Cussen, Snow Hill Police Station