Wednesday, March 31, 2010

We lose the internet at our flat ... again!

For two weeks now we have been experiencing disconnections from the internet at our flat and since 2.00pm this afternoon, just after NAC Honorary Associate Dr. James Fetzer started up a conversation with me on Skype, we have had no access at all!



The latest wave of difficulties with internet access at the flat began on 17 March (see blog of 17 March “We have lost the internet at our flat”). As I mentioned back then, our live-in landlady Belinda McKenzie – 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 – has no difficulties with either of her two private access points but it appears that the router for the access point “Guest”, which is situated in the room below us, has a bad wire connecting to it!

Dr. Fetzer – who was put in contact with Belinda on 13 July last after he made some emergency phone calls to Ireland and England to get us off the street (see blog of 12 July 2009 “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”) – spoke to Belinda twice on the telephone this afternoon. Published in the blog of 17 March, this is Dr. Fetzer's email to Belinda:

Belinda,

Since it appears to be a bad wire that is causing the internet connection problems, could you contact your server and ask them to replace the connection? My guess is it should be done at no charge, but, if not, Declan and Lola have offered to help to defray the expense. I would hope that it not come to that, since they have so little money. But perhaps I could help out. This is a tiny problem with considerable effects in needlessly disrupting our communication.

Many thanks!

Cheers!

Jim

Belinda replied: “I will certainly look into it and deal with it, the problem seems to be in the house so should be easy to fix”.

As things stand, we're considering going back once again to public libraries - this blog is being uploaded in our local internet café! First thing tomorrow morning we are prepared to head straight for the British Library, and if our internet connection is “squeezed”, as it usually is in public libraries in such circumstances (whether we are on my laptop, Declan’s notebook or library computers), I'll be blogging them from an internet café (see blog of 26 October “Internet access at the British Library”).

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Declan forced to look for a lawyer to represent us

For many months now Declan has been looking for a solicitor or counsel to represent us against the skulduggery of our local jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus (see blog of 26 March “Declan's formal complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus – Stage 2”). Things have gotten so bad with this jobcentre that Declan is now taking this task full on. He might as well because nothing he is sending on his petition to the UN on therapeutic cloning is getting through. In fact, if NAC Honorary Associate Dr. James Fetzer didn’t email on the petition yesterday, we wouldn’t have got two signatures last night (see previous blog “Dr. Jim Fetzer takes over Declan's petition to the UN”).

The Royal Courts of Justice


This is the letter Declan is hand-delivering this afternoon to counsel in one of the Inns of Court, The Inner Temple (across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice):

30 March 2010

Lawyer
Civil Liberties Specialist
London, UK

To whom it may concern:

Declan Heavey and his wife, Lola, are in difficult 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 of the last 3
* They have only rather recently gained access to a roof over their heads
* They are being directed to apply for specific “training courses” 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

On 18 June 2008, the Heaveys were robbed of all their money and documents, including academic qualifications and references, in the Dellow Day Centre of the Providence Row charity run by the R.C. Sisters of Mercy (crime reference no. 4215697/08). The police investigation into the robbery was closed because the Providence Row charity refused to provide the investigating officers with CCTV coverage of the robbery or corroborate the identity of the two thieves. In my opinion, this was outrageous conduct by nuns who grossly violated their rights by withholding crucial evidence.

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 makes their situation of more than ordinary significance is that we believe their difficulties appear to be motivated by the desire to suppress or otherwise undermine their exercise of freedom of speech by means of the website they maintain at religionandmorality.net. If you visit the site, you will see that they address many controversial issues, from the abuses inflicted by religious entities to 7/7, 9/11 and the “war on terror”.

They and I are currently in the process of organizing a symposium on “Debunking the ‘War on Terror’” that will feature, as speakers, Elias Davidsson from GER, Kevin Barrett and myself 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 the difficulties they are encountering 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 encouraged them in this search in the belief that there must be at least one lawyer 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 the statute of limitations has run out on the theft of their money, documents and references or the withholding of evidence by the nuns, (b) whether Highgate Jobcentre Plus are acting lawfully by directing the Heaveys to apply for specific “training courses” on threat of termination, and (c) what can be done to prevent recurrence of this form of unfair treatment by the Department for Work and Pensions.

We believe that a serious indication of interest in their case by a lawyer may well be enough to straighten this out forthwith. They are being denied basic rights and stand in urgent need of counsel. Is there any chance that you may be able to assist them in any way? I would be glad to discuss all of this either via email using jfetzer@d.umn.edu or even by phone at my home in Madison, WI, (608) 835-2707, if that would be preferable.

With great 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

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dr. Jim Fetzer takes over Declan's petition to the UN

Declan’s petition to the UN on Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (Therapeutic Cloning) has been taking such a hammering that NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer has offered to send emails himself, from his University of Minnesota email account. Declan has been sending literally hundreds of targeted and personalised emails to scientists and academics and yet he hardly ever receives a failed delivery or an autoreply, and only when he does do we get one or two signatories, usually within a few emails either side of one or the other – a letter he sent to Home Secretary Alan Johnson on 14 March on the possible interception of electronic communications seems only to have exacerbated the situation (see the letter in the blog of 14 March “The manipulation of email”).

For example, from almost 400 emails into Europe this week, Declan received only one failed delivery and one signatory within a few emails of it, from Spain (see blog of 23 March “Declan's UN petition: Nothing gets through to France”)!

The petition calls for the establishment of a reasonable timetable for a UN declaration that would draw a distinction between reproductive cloning and SCNT, while specifically leaving it to UN member states to decide for themselves on SCNT within a regulation framework. Despite all the difficulties, it has gathered more than 600 signatories, including recognised authorities from the world’s leading universities and research institutes, as well as 24 Nobel laureates. Through Dr. Fetzer’s contacts, we have also received translations of the email of invitation to sign into French, German and Spanish.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Declan's formal complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus – Stage 2

It is not just Declan's petition to the UN that is taking a hammering (see previous blog “Declan's UN petition: Nothing gets through to France”). On 13 March, Declan lodged a formal complaint against our local jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus (of the Department for Work and Pensions), for threatening him with the termination of our benefits if he did not agree to a “training course” of the Jobcentre's choosing, basically putting us back to the street. Well, this morning he received a reply from Jobcentre Manager Patrice Mulligan, stating in sum (the letter is archived here):

Thank you for your letter of 13th March 2010 to Highgate Jobcentre Plus. As your complaint has been received by London Regional office your concerns will be fully investigated by them and you will receive a full reply from them in due course.

Taking none of it, Declan lodged his complaint this afternoon with Jobcentre Plus District Manger Isobel Morton at Stage 2 (District Manager) of the Department's complaints procedure. And he has no intention of resting his case there. In two weeks, it is Stage 3 (Chief Executive), then Independent Case Examiner followed by Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. This is his email this afternoon to Jobcentre Plus Chief Executive Darra Singh, copied to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Yvette Cooper:

Subject: My Formal Complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus - Stage 2

Dear Mr Singh

I am writing to you as the Jobcentre Plus Chief Executive. Provided below is a transcript of my registered letter of today's date to District Manager Isobel Morton at Stage 2 (District Manager) of my formal complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus. You will note that Highgate Jobcentre Plus does not refute that it refused and continues to refuse to refer me to a "Start Your Own Business" Course. Please also see the related attachments.

Kindly be advised that should this matter not be settled within the next ten working days, I will be asking for a Stage 3 (Chief Executive) review of the part of my complaint that relates to Mr Freddy Brooks of Highgate Jobcentre Plus, who threatened me on 11 March with the termination of my benefits if I do not undertake a "training course" of the choosing of the Jobcentre.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

83 Priory Gardens
London
N6 5QU

http://religionandmorality.net
http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com
http://www.gopetition.com/online/14861.html

Dear Ms Isobel Morton

My Formal Complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus – Stage 2

I am writing to you as the Jobcentre Plus District Manager for my location. Please find enclosed a copy of the response I have received to the attached copy of my formal complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus at Stage 1 (Manager) of the Department's complaints procedure. Kindly note that Highgate Jobcentre Plus does not refute that it refused and continues to refuse to refer me to a "Start Your Own Business" Course. Accordingly, as my complaint has not been settled at Stage 1, I hereby respectfully request a Stage 2 (District Manager) review of the part of my complaint that relates to Mr Freddy Brooks of Highgate Jobcentre Plus, who threatened me on 11 March with the termination of my benefits if I did not undertake a "training course" of the choosing of the Jobcentre.

My wife suspects, as I believe, that our ongoing abuse at the hands of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is almost certainly related to the Network of those Abused by Church (NAC) website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. I would be delighted to have a "Start Your Own Business" Course, which would enable me to turn NAC into a registered company limited by guarantee, but Highgate Jobcentre Plus won't allow me to do that. I beg to point out that NAC is a world network organisation for exposing the public to the scientific perspective on public policy issues. It has a distinguished list of agreed Trustees pending the registration of the (social) enterprise as a limited company as well as a distinguished and growing list of Honorary Associates, which includes two Nobel Prize winners. Among other activities, NAC has been running a petition to the United Nations on Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (Therapeutic Cloning). Since October 2007, this petition has gathered more than 600 signatures. The petition's backers include recognised authorities from the world's leading universities and research institutes, as well as 24 Nobel Prize winners.

I can confirm that I am currently looking for a solicitor or counsel to represent me pro bono, who might be able to tell whether Highgate Jobcentre Plus has been acting lawfully (a) by directing me to apply for specific jobs on threat of termination, (b) by insisting on my taking a "training course" of the choosing of the Jobcentre, and (c) what can be done to prevent recurrence of this form of unfair treatment. Notice, in particular:

• My joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (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 were forced to live 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, where 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 (the DWP).

• My joint claim JSA was not even 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’s computer system.

Kindly note that this complaint relates to Mr Brooks threatening me on 11 March with the termination of my benefits if I do not undertake a training course of the choosing of Highgate Jobcentre Plus. I understand that I can have Jobcentre Plus Chief Executive Darra Singh review this part of my complaint at Stage 3 (Chief Executive) if I am not happy with the reply or not that I have received to this letter within 10 working days.

Yours sincerely

Declan Heavey

cc The Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (at ministers@dwp.gsi.gov.uk)
Mr Darra Singh, Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus (at darra.singh@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Declan's UN petition: Nothing gets through to France

As I said in the blog of 14 March “The manipulation of email”, Declan has received a French translation of the email he has been sending to scientists and academics on his petition to the United Nations, which calls for the establishment of a reasonable timetable for a UN declaration that would draw a distinction between reproductive cloning and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), sometimes referred to as “therapeutic cloning”, while specifically leaving it to UN member states to decide for themselves on SCNT within a regulation framework. A couple of days ago, he also received translations into Spanish and German.

So far this petition has over 600 signatures, including 24 Nobel laureates. Nonetheless, Declan is having an absolute nightmare trying to reactivate it. Not even a letter to Home Secretary Alan Johnson on the possible interception of electronic communications has cut any ice (see the letter in “The manipulation of email”). In fact, since Declan wrote to the Home Office, things have gotten a lot worse. Yesterday, he sent almost 200 emails in Spanish – each was targeted and personalised. He got one failed delivery and one signatory that came from an email that was sent within minutes of him receiving the email that was returned to him. Today he has sent almost 200 emails into France in French – again, each one targeted and personalised. He has not had one autoreply or signature, nothing.

The petition has taken a battering, to such an extent that Declan is preparing to go back to the street tomorrow to look for a solicitor or counsel to represent him pro bono, who might be able to tell (a) whether the statute of limitations has run out on the theft of our money, documents and references or the withholding of evidence by the RC Sisters of Mercy (see blog of 7 February “Sisters of Mercy withhold evidence from the police”), (b) whether our local jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus (of the Department for Work and Pensions), is acting lawfully by directing us to apply for specific jobs on threat of the termination of our benefits (see blog of 14 January “2nd letter to the manager of Highgate Jobcentre”), (c) whether Highgate Jobcentre Plus is acting lawfully by insisting on us taking “training courses” of the choosing of the Jobcentre (see blog of 11 March “Complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus”), and (d) what prompt action can be taken to stop the unfair treatment we are getting from Department for Work and Pensions and prevent a recurrence.

For the record, this is Declan's letter on Friday to Jobcentre Plus District Manager Isobel Morton regarding his formal complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus at stage 1 of the Department’s complaints procedure (the thread referred to in this email is archived here, and the attachment here):

Subject: My Formal Complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus - Stage 1

Dear Ms Isobel Morton

I am writing to you as the Jobcentre Plus District Manager for where I live. Provided below is the thread of my correspondence with Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Yvette Cooper with respect to stage 1 of my formal complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus, in which I have established that the Jobcentre has refused, and continues to refuse, to refer me to a "Start Your Own Business" Course. Please also see related attachment.

Kindly be advised that should this matter not settle within the next five working days, I will be asking you to look again under Stage 2 of the Department's complaints procedure at the part of my complaint that relates to Mr Freddy Brooks of Highgate Jobcentre Plus threatening me on 11 March 2010 with the termination of my benefits if I do not undertake a "training course" of the choosing of the Jobcentre.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

83 Priory Gardens
London
N6 5QU

http://religionandmorality.net
http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com
http://www.gopetition.com/online/14861.html

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

We have lost the internet at our flat

All day today we have been getting disconnected from the internet at our flat. Eventually I had to go downstairs to ask our live-in landlady Belinda McKenzie if she was having problems with either of her two private access points - 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. Her connection is working fine, it turns out, but it appears that the router for the access point “Guest”, which is situated in the room below us, has a bad wire connecting to it!

NAC Honorary Associate Dr Jim Fetzer – who was put in contact with Belinda on 13 July last after he made some emergency phone calls to Ireland and England to get us off the street (see blog of 12 July 2009 “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”) – has sent Belinda an email which we are hoping is going to get Declan's petition to the UN back up and running despite all the problems he is having trying to reactivate it (see previous blog “The manipulation of email”).

As things stand, we're back once again to public libraries - this blog is being uploaded in our local internet café! First thing tomorrow morning I'm heading straight for the British Library, and if my internet connection is “squeezed”, as it usually is in public libraries, I'll be blogging them again from an internet café (see blog of 26 October “Internet access at the British Library”).

This is Dr. Fetzer's email to Belinda:

Belinda,

Since it appears to be a bad wire that is causing the internet connection problems, could you contact your server and ask them to replace the connection? My guess is it should be done at no charge, but, if not, Declan and Lola have offered to help to defray the expense. I would hope that it not come to that, since they have so little money. But perhaps I could help out. This is a tiny problem with considerable effects in needlessly disrupting our communication.

Many thanks!

Cheers!

Jim

It just so happens that Declan is also encountering major difficulties with our local jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus (see blog of 11 March “Complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus”). A “chronology” on its way on that one! No rest for the wicked!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The manipulation of email

Declan has re-activated his petition to the United Nations calling for the establishment of a reasonable timetable for a UN declaration that would draw a distinction between reproductive cloning and Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (Therapeutic Cloning), while specifically leaving it to UN member states to decide for themselves on SCNT within a regulation framework.

On Friday, we received a French translation of the email of invitation he has been sending to scientists and academics around the world, and we are currently awaiting translations of the email into Spanish, German and Swedish. The petition should be a smashing success, since it has already been signed by 24 Nobel Laureates, except that the vast majority of Declan’s personalised emails are not arriving to their Inbox (see blog of 9 March “Declan's petition to the UN sabotaged ... again!”)

Yesterday the manipulation of email went to even newer heights: an email that NAC Honorary Associate Dr Jim Fetzer sent us twice didn’t arrive at all and in fact we had to wait until our live-in landlady Belinda McKenzie replied to the thread to see it almost two hours later – 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. Actually, it was Dr. Fetzer who was put in contact with Belinda on 13 July last after he made some emergency phone calls to Ireland and England to get us off the street (see blog of 12 July 2009 “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”).



This is the email that Declan sent to Home Secretary Alan Johnson this morning (at public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk):

Subject: Possible Interception of Electronic Communications

Dear Home Secretary

I believe that the pattern of my e-mail problems means that I am being intercepted.

Since 22 October 2007, I have been emailing scientists and academics around the world to invite them to sign my petition to the United Nations, "Consideration at the United Nations of a Declaration on Human Cloning for Therapeutic Reasons". So far the petition has gathered 612 signatures. The petition's backers include recognised authorities from the world’s leading universities and research institutes, as well as 24 Nobel Prize winners.

My wife and I have documented past violations of our rights at many levels in her blog, "Network of those Abused by Church Blog". In a recent blog, “Declan's petition to the UN sabotaged ... again!”, she writes: “In fact, when I accumulate some figures from the past four weeks, we have had five signatures from the 2,553 personalised emails sent”, which suggests that a new level of violations may be taking place by manipulating our email.

The following is an excerpt from a chat my wife had last night via Skype with Dr James Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth:


[13/03/2010 20:13:50] Declan Heavey: I have received your email to [...] but not the one to Belinda.
[13/03/2010 20:15:04] Declan Heavey: OK. So we have to wait until Monday or Tuesday.
[13/03/2010 20:16:17] James H. Fetzer: OK. I will continue to resend it every now and then to build up a record of manipulation of email. I wanted to send that one as a test case of one that came through with no problems at the same time this one was being held back. It will make for a great blog!
[13/03/2010 20:17:30] Declan Heavey: Yes, they are not going to win, because you can send me a Safari "Save as" of the whole thread including how many times you sent the email.
[13/03/2010 20:18:10] Declan Heavey: What a brilliant title for a blog, "The manipulation of email".
[13/03/2010 20:19:17] Declan Heavey: Declan says he will go back to the Home Secretary on the issue of a warrant with such a blog.


Please kindly advise if you have given your personal approval for an interception of communications warrant. It is my understanding that applications to use these powers must be made on grounds of preventing or detecting serious crime, protecting national security or to safeguard the economic well-being of the United Kingdom.

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

83 Priory Gardens
London
N6 5QU

http://religionandmorality.net
http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com
http://www.gopetition.com/online/14861.html

And this is the offending email (see previous blog “Haringey Counsel refuses our landlady her rent increase”):

Belinda,

Declan has shared his latest email to you regarding the Haringey Council's decision against increasing Declan and Lola's rent. I have felt so indebted to you for your unselfish support, not just for them but also for others who have sought refuge from political assaults because of their views, especially about 9/11, that I very much hope this can be successfully managed in a way which you and they find mutually agreeable. I was glad to hear that you are still able to enjoy the company of friends and associates by having social events at your home, such as the one of last evening. You deserve to relax and share pleasurable occasions with your colleagues, too.

With my very best wishes,

Cheers!

Jim

This is the email that Declan sent to Belinda yesterday morning that began the thread:

Subject: Your rent increase on 14 April

Dear Belinda,

With regard to your rent increase on 14 April from £500 to £600 pcm, I think Lola did a good job exposing in her blog Haringey Council's refusal yesterday to pay you the £600 until the anniversary date is reached on 24 July.

Please find attached copy of a letter (pages 1 and 2) dated 26 February from the Department for Work and Pensions notifying me that from 16 April I will be receiving £15 less in Jobseeker's Allowance every two weeks until such time as I have paid back the £250 in crisis loans we received from the Social Fund from 20 July to 29 September last year.

First thing Monday morning I will acquire from Haringey Council the application form I need to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP). I will then return to the Council's Customer Centre in Wood Green first thing on Tuesday morning and acquire for you a stamped receipt for my formal application for same.

Is there anything else you would like me to do on this before 14 April? And what if I am refused a DHP, which is, after all, "discretionary"?

Best regards,
Declan

Belinda has replied that if Declan can get her rent increase by another route all well and good, otherwise she will wait for Haringey Council to cough up the full amount in July, which is definitely a relief for us.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Haringey Counsel refuses our landlady her rent increase

After more than 2 1/2 years on the street, from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009, it looks like we may very well be heading back to sleeping rough at Salters’ Hall (see blog of 12 July 2009 “Police threaten us with physical force at the place we sleep, Salters”).

Yesterday, our local jobcentre threatened Declan with the termination of our benefits if he does not agree to a “training course” of their choosing (see previous blog “Complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus”, which carries Declan’s letter of complaint yesterday to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions). This afternoon, Declan received an email from Haringey Counsel refusing our live-in landlady, Belinda McKenzie, the £100 (pcm) rent increase she requested almost two months ago to the day – 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. Actually, it was NAC Honorary Associate Dr. James Fetzer, who was put in contact with Belinda on 13 July last (see blog of 26 July 2009 “We are interviewed on The Real Deal by Jim Fetzer”).

It turns out that Haringey Counsel won’t pay Belinda her £100 rent increase on 14 April because they don’t review rates until the anniversary date is reached, which in our case is on 24 July. Declan may, however, qualify for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP). DHP’s can be awarded to those claimants whose Housing Benefit does not meet their actual rent. Well, given that it took the Council two months to reply to Declan's letter regarding Belinda's request for a rent increase, that he actually had to file a complaint before they responded, and that there's only two weeks left to get things sorted on the DHP front, it is an understatement to say that we won’t be holding our breath on that one!



Suffice it is to say that everything with regard to our benefits and housing is once again well and truly up in the air.

This after the Department for Work and Pensions put us to the street in November 2006 because Declan did not “sign on” for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) two days before he was actually due to do so. His case was subsequently thrown out 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 letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the previous blog). In fact, the reinstatement of Declan's joint claim JSA, as distinct from Housing Benefit which is administered by local councils, was further delayed another three months after we came off the street because my National Insurance number was “lost” from the Department’s computer system, as Declan points out to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in his letter to her yesterday.

I am hoping the next time we are back sleeping rough at Salters’ Hall the application of “reasonable force” will not include me getting tasered!

Nottingham police use excessive force on a man, he had his legs kicked from under him and was tasered three times, handcuffed then punched three times in the face by one officer.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus

This morning Declan and I were once again formally interviewed at our local jobecentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus, about the jobs we are applying for, and our benefits were almost terminated! “Freddy”, the interviewer, threatened Declan with the termination of our benefits if he refused to do a training course of the Jobcentre’s choosing – I (and no doubt just about everybody in the jobcentre) could actually hear him trying to bully Declan into submission.

Freddy’s mood didn’t change one bit when it was my turn: my CV was rubbish and he was particularly upset that I was declaring under “References” that we were robbed of all our money and documents, including academic qualifications and references, in the Dellow Day Centre of the Providence Row charity run by the RC Sisters of Mercy (see blog of 7 February “Sisters of Mercy withhold evidence from the police”). He was so worked up, in fact, that when he finally allowed me to “sign on” – after more than an hour of taking issue with just about everything – he refused to sign off on my jobseeking for the past two weeks.



Anyway, this is Declan's letter of complaint to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Yvette Cooper (he will be putting the contents of this letter through the Department's formal complaints procedure, stages 1 (Manager), 2 (District Manager) and 3 (Jobcentre Plus Chief Executive); then it's Independent Case Examiner followed by Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman; somewhere after stage 3, he will be asking, pursuant to section 9(6) of the Jobseeker's Act 1995, that an employment officer refer his "jobseeker's agreement" to an adjudication officer for him to determine whether he satisfies the conditions mentioned in sections 1(2)(a) and 1(2)(c) of this Act):

Dear Secretary of State

Complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus

Further to my previous registered letter of complaint to you of 19 December 2009, I wish to further complain that this morning Personal Adviser Freddy Brooks of Highgate Jobcentre Plus threatened me with the termination of my joint claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) if I did not undertake a "training course" of the choosing of the Jobcentre.

My wife suspects, as I believe, that our ongoing abuse at the hands of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is almost certainly related to the Network of those Abused by Church (NAC) website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. I would be delighted to have a "Start Your Own Business" Course, which would enable me to turn NAC into a registered company limited by guarantee, but Highgate Jobcentre Plus won't allow me to do that. I beg to point out that NAC is a world network organisation for exposing the public to the scientific perspective on public policy issues. It has a distinguished list of agreed Trustees pending the registration of the enterprise as a limited company as well as a distinguished and growing list of Honorary Associates, which includes two Nobel Prize winners.

I can confirm that I am currently looking for a solicitor or counsel to represent me pro bono, who might be able to tell whether Highgate Jobcentre Plus has been acting lawfully (a) by directing me to apply for specific jobs on threat of termination, (b) by insisting on my taking a "training course" of the choosing of the Jobcentre, and (c) what can be done to prevent recurrence of this form of unfair treatment. 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 were forced to live 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, where 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 (the DWP).

• My joint claim JSA was not even 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’s computer system.

My formal complaint to Highgate Jobcentre Plus Manager Patrice Mulligan at Stage 1 (Manager) of the Department's complaints procedure will relate to Mr Brooks of Highgate Jobcentre Plus, who threatened me this morning with the termination of my benefits if I do not undertake a training course of the choosing of Highgate Jobcentre Plus. I understand that I can have District Manager Isobel Morton review this part of my complaint at Stage 2 (District Manager) if I am not happy with the reply or not that I have received from Ms Mulligan within 10 working days.

Yours sincerely

Declan Heavey

cc Mr Darra Singh, Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus (at darra.singh@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Declan's petition to the UN sabotaged ... again!

Last Thursday, Declan re-activated his petition to the United Nations calling for the establishment of a reasonable timetable for a UN declaration that would draw a distinction between reproductive cloning and Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (Therapeutic Cloning), while specifically leaving it to UN member states to decide for themselves on SCNT within a regulation framework. So far the petition has been signed by 24 Nobel Laureates and a roster of distinguished signatories (see letter below), but we are back dealing with an extraordinary number of Declan’s emails being dumped into spam boxes (see, for example, blog of 26 November 2008 “Therapeutic cloning offers hope of treatment for Parkinson’s”, wherein I state: “In fact, when I accumulate some figures from the past four weeks, we have had five signatures from the 2,553 personalised emails sent”).

Declan has already sent over 500 personalised emails to scientists and researchers but, as the table below shows, very few are being delivered to Inbox. Today it is much worse: not only a total absence of failed deliveries, autoreplies and signatures from 50 emails sent, but (and this is a first) Declan didn’t receive one single email of any description since midnight last night until he stopped emailing on the petition at 2.00pm; in fact, the first email we received today was one we requested via Skype from NAC Honorary Associate Dr. James Fetzer, which took almost 5 five minutes to get to us.



We are wondering if Declan will be writing back to the Home Secretary some day soon – a warrant from the Home Secretary is required to intercept communications (see blog of 9 March 2008 “Home Office denies warrant to intercept communications”). Mind you, 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 NAC blog of 14 March 2008 “SpamCop reports Declan as a spammer”).

Declan launched this petition from the street on 22 October 2007: the Department for Work and Pensions put us to the street in November 2006 and kept us there until Dr. Fetzer by some sort of miracle found us a roof over our heads on 13 July last (see “About us”). Before we came off the street, and despite the excessive spamming of Declan’s personalised emails, the petition had been signed by 591 scientists and academics, who include recognised authorities from the world’s leading universities and research institutes, as well as 24 Nobel Laureates. So far we have 602 signatories. This is the email that Declan has been personalising today to scientists and researchers in targeted research centres and institutes in the UK and US (it’s now 7.00pm, and still not one single failed delivery, autoreply or signature):


Subject: Petition to the UN on Therapeutic Cloning

Dear Dr. [Personalised],

Greetings! It is a great pleasure for me to write to invite you to become a new signatory of my petition to the United Nations, "Consideration at the United Nations of a Declaration on Human Cloning for Therapeutic Reasons". I would be delighted if you accept my invitation.

So far the petition has gathered 602 signatures. The petition's backers include recognised authorities from the world’s leading universities and research institutes, as well as the following Nobel Prize winners:

Sidney Altman, Chemistry, 1989
Kenneth J. Arrow, Economics, 1972
Paul Berg, Chemistry, 1980
Sir Sydney Brenner, Physiology or Medicine, 2002
Elias J. Corey, Chemistry, 1990
John B. Fenn, Chemistry, 2002
Edmond H. Fischer, Physiology or Medicine, 1992
Jerome Friedman, Physics, 1990
Ivar Giaever, Physics, 1973
Walter Gilbert, Chemistry, 1980
Sir Clive Granger, Economics, 2003
Paul Greengard, Physiology or Medicine, 2000
Sir Tim Hunt, Physiology or Medicine, 2001
Sir Aaron Klug, Chemistry, 1982
Edwin Krebs, Physiology or Medicine, 1992
Jean-Marie Lehn, Chemistry, 1987
Rudolph A. Marcus, Chemistry, 1992
Ferid Murad, Physiology or Medicine, 1998
Marshall Nirenberg, Physiology or Medicine, 1968
Sir Paul Nurse, Physiology or Medicine, 2001
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Physiology or Medicine, 1995
Douglas D. Osheroff, Physics, 1996
Sir John Walker, Chemistry, 1997
Eric Wieschaus, Physiology or Medicine, 1995

Other distinguished signatories include:

Etienne E. Baulieu, University of Paris-Sud 11, France
Jean-Paul Behr, University of Strasbourg, France
Sir John Bell, University of Oxford, UK
Colin Blakemore, University of Oxford, UK
Sir Walter Bodmer, University of Oxford, UK
Sir Christopher Booth, University College London, UK
Arthur Caplan, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Manuel Castells, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Jean-Pierre Changeux, Collège de France, France
Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Andrew French, Stemagen Corporation, USA
Fred H. Gage, Salk Institute, USA
Sir Richard Gardner, University of Oxford, UK
Sir John Gurdon, University of Cambridge, UK
Sir John Harris, University of Manchester, UK
Konrad Hochedlinger, Harvard University, USA
Rudolf Jaenisch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Hans Keirstead, University of California, Irvine, USA
John A. Kessler, Northwestern University, USA
Sir David King, University of Oxford, UK
Lawrence M. Krauss, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Sir Peter Lachmann, University of Cambridge, UK
Robert Lanza, Advanced Cell Technology, USA
Sir Andrew McMichael, University of Oxford, UK
Stephen Minger, King's College London, UK
Stephen Pinker, Harvard University, USA
Benjamin Reubinoff, Hadassah University, Israel
Hans Schöler, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Kai Simons, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Evan Synder, Burham Institute for Medical Research, USA
Lorenz Studer, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, USA
Sir Richard Sykes, Imperial College London, UK
Baron Marc Van Montagu, Ghent University, Belgium
Craig Venter, J. Craig Venter Institute, USA
Umberto Veronesi, European Institute of Oncology, Italy
Irving Weissman, Stanford University, USA
Sir Ian Wilmut, University of Edinburgh, UK
Lord Robert Winston, Imperial College London, UK
Huanming Yang, Beijing Genomics Institute, China

The United Nations Declaration on Human Cloning, adopted in 2005, makes no distinction between reproductive cloning and Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (Therapeutic Cloning), and its wording can be interpreted as a UN call for a total ban on all forms of cloning, as noted by, among others, the United Kingdom, China, Spain, India, Japan and South Africa.

The petition calls for the establishment of a reasonable timetable for a UN declaration that would draw a distinction between reproductive cloning and SCNT, while specifically leaving it to UN member states to decide for themselves on SCNT within a regulation framework.

My wife and I maintain a website at religionandmorality.net. We would consider it an honour if you would be so kind as to accept this invitation.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Best wishes,

Declan Heavey

83 Priory Gardens
London
N6 5QU

http://religionandmorality.net
http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com
http://www.gopetition [currently not open to the general public]