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.