Sunday, October 22, 2017

Home Department: Complaint to the Home Secretary against the Independent Police Complaints Commission. My appeal against the HM Revenue and Customs investigation of serious misconduct is simply being ignored

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

From my earlier blog post's Update 28 September (11.16pm):

"And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 28/9/2017 RE: 163rd Internet cut since 26 May 2017)."

22 October (5.41pm): 820 blocks on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016.* See my blog post of 16 January, The blocks on public access to our Church and State website continue unabated (WITH UPDATE 22/10/2017 RE: 820th block since 26 July 2016). 74 blocks last month; 43 blocks this month; 13 blocks this week that includes 7 blocks on 19 October; 2 blocks so far today (as of 22 October at 5.41pm).

1. 810th 19 October 2017, 6.40am
2. 811th 19 October 2017, 12.14pm
3. 812th 19 October 2017, 2.03pm
4. 813th 19 October 2017, 5.13pm
5. 814th 19 October 2017, 7.18pm
6. 815th 19 October 2017, 8.22pm
7. 816th 19 October 2017, 10.54pm (7)
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10. 819th 22 October 2017, 2.20pm
11. 820th 22 October 2017, 3.59pm

* An unprecedented escalation of 52 blocks in one week at the end of April 2017 that kicked off with our focus on the Danish Cartoon Crisis.

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Not a matter of serious misconduct?

On 15 September 2017 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) forwarded to the Professional Standards Department of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) my complaint of serious misconduct against HMRC staff. By letter dated 21 September 2017, HMRC Internal Governance dismissed the complaint on the basis that further consideration was unnecessary.

On 12 August 2017 I not only complained to the IPCC about HMRC Pay As You Earn and Self Assessment (SA) updating my address on 11 July 2017 without my permission (and in the full knowledge of the potential detrimental effect of this on my living situation, given that my address has not changed since 17 May 2014), but I also complained about the then subsequent closure of my SA account based upon fabricated hearsay evidence which no independent judiciary would accept. See my blog post of 21 October, HM Revenue and Customs: Does the Independent Police Complaints Commission just ignore appeals and follow-up administrative complaints? (WITH UPDATE 21/10/2017).


[My complaint to Home Secretary Amber Rudd about the IPCC's handling of my appeal against the HMRC investigation of serious misconduct to be posted.]

We are well familiar with the IPCC. For example, Declan complained to the IPCC about the police investigation into the removal of our flat door in 2012. It was the IPCC's finding on that occasion that since our then landlady had subsequently signed an undertaking to the County Court promising not to harass us, there was no requirement for the Metropolitan Police Service to take further action.
Re: Removal of our flat door

Paragraph 23(ii) of Declan's updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

23(ii) On 21 August 2012, Ms McKenzie signed an undertaking to the County Court promising not to harass the Applicant and his wife following her builder's removal of the door to their flat (see Annex 9, p. 31). The Independent Police Complaints Commission later upheld the Applicant's appeal against the police investigation of the incident "on information only", stating that "no further action is required by the force in this instance".





From My Picks:

9 June: Ministry of Justice: Complaint to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice against the County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice (WITH UPDATE - Day 13 21/6/2017)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

HM Revenue and Customs: Does the Independent Police Complaints Commission just ignore appeals and follow-up administrative complaints? (WITH UPDATE 22/10/2017)

Re: Internet cuts since 26 May 2017

From my newer blog post's Update 28 September (11.16pm):

"And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 28/9/2017 RE: 163rd Internet cut since 26 May 2017)."

22 October (5.31pm): 166 internet cuts since 26 May 2017.* We had to suspend work on our Church and State website on 15 June after 4 internet cuts in one night. With an all-time record breaking 7 cuts in one day by 4pm on 29 August; 14 cuts last month that included on 5 September our latest 1/2 hour removal from the internet plus the almost total shutdown of our BT TV service; no cuts since 19 October (as of 22 October at 5.31pm).

1. 143rd 29 August 2017, 8.42am
2. 144th 29 August 2017, 9.54am
3. 145th 29 August 2017, 10.52am
4. 146th 29 August 2017, 11.38am
5. 147th 29 August 2017, 12.02pm
6. 148th 29 August 2017, 12.47pm
7. 149th 29 August 2017, 3.10pm
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10. 152nd 5 September 2017, 11.53am
11. 153rd 5 September 2017, 1.48pm
12. 154th 5 September 2017, 4.35pm
13. 155th 5 September 2017, 9.32pm (28 minutes+)
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24. 166th 19 October 2017, 11.02pm

* 12 out of the first 18 internet cuts were within the first four days of a BT engineer's visit on 12 June. It is a matter of written record that this engineer "securely fitted a brand new master socket to another location on the same wall. He also carried out a comprehensive line test and could not find a problem with [our] line".

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From the IPCC website: "If you are appealing against the investigation into your complaint, you will have received a letter from us acknowledging that we have received it and giving an indication of the likely time it will take for us to consider your appeal."

The police complaints system extends to a small number of organisations that are not police forces, including HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). On 11 October I made an administrative complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) about their handling of my appeal of 23 September against the investigation by HMRC into my complaint about serious misconduct by HMRC staff. I cited the quote above from the IPCC website and cc'd the complaint to IPCC Chair Dame Anne Owers, who has responsibility for ensuring the Commission meets its statutory responsibilities as a public body and is accountable to the Home Secretary. But I still have received no response whatsoever from the IPCC to either my appeal or my administrative complaint. Does the IPCC just ignore appeals and follow-up administrative complaints? My administrative complaint summarised my case against HMRC in the now likely event that I have to raise this question with the Home Secretary:

For the attention of Dame Anne Owers, Chairman, Independent Police Complaints Commission

Lesley Longstone
Chief Executive
Independent Police Complaints Commission

Address removed for email


11 October 2017

IPCC reference: 2017/091737
HMRC reference: CETO/16936/2017

Dear Ms Longstone,

On 23 September 2017 I appealed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) against the investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into my complaint dated 12 August 2017, which the IPCC forwarded to the Professional Standards Department of HMRC. Please find attached a snapshot of the online acknowledgement I received immediately following my submission of my completed IPCC appeal form dated 23 September 2017.

The IPCC website states: "If you are appealing against the investigation into your complaint, you will have received a letter from us acknowledging that we have received it and giving an indication of the likely time it will take for us to consider your appeal." I have evidently appealed to the IPCC against the investigation by HMRC into my complaint about serious misconduct by HMRC staff. However, I have yet to receive the IPCC's letter acknowledging that you have received my appeal and giving an indication of the likely time it will take for the IPCC to consider the matter.

Please also find attached the final decision letter from HMRC. You will note that HMRC Internal Governance have made the decision that "there is no criminal action by any HMRC officer or readily identifiable potential gross misconduct matter". On 12 August 2017 I not only complained to the IPCC about HMRC Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and Self Assessment updating my address on 11 July 2017 without my permission, but I also complained about the then subsequent closure of my Self Assessment account based upon fabricated hearsay evidence which no independent judiciary would accept. I disagree with the findings of HMRC's investigation because I feel that they haven't made the right decision based on all the evidence.

Firstly, I have taken issue with the updating of my address by HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment on 11 July 2017 without my permission. By email of 9 July 2017, I specifically informed HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment that my address had not changed and that such an update could result in the suspension of my husband's Housing Benefit. Nonetheless, HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment updated my address against my expressed wishes and with no regard for the detrimental effect this could have had on myself and my husband. By letter of 19 July 2017, Newham Council Benefits Service specifically informed my husband that the suspension of his Housing Benefit would be automatic should they receive notification of a change in my circumstance from either HMRC or the Department for Work and Pensions as a result of this update.

Secondly, I have taken issue with the then subsequent closure of my Self Assessment account by HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment based initially upon fabricated hearsay evidence. In a letter of 24 July 2017, HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment Customer Service Manager John Fitzpatrick wrote: "We previously asked you to complete Self Assessment tax returns because you told us that you would receive self-employed income. However, your 2015-16 return only included income of £2,967 from Network for Church Monitoring and as you had told us that this was PAYE income, we have closed your Self Assessment record." I have never told HMRC that I am self-employed, which I am not. I have also never told HMRC that my income as an employee of Network for Church Monitoring is PAYE income, which it is not (as untaxed earnings to date).

HMRC explain in their final decision letter that their update on 11 July 2017 "was to confirm your address as 71 Queens Road West, Plaistow, London E13 0PE, which we had previously noted in October 2014". I do not find this explanation in any way reassuring when it comes to ensuring that my address will only be updated again by HMRC in the event HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment receive written confirmation from me. Further, HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment have reopened my Self Assessment account and updated their records to show that I am not self-employed, but they have been unable to provide me with any written evidence to support Mr Fitzpatrick's assertions in his letter of 24 July 2017. In fact, no reference is made to this letter from Mr Fitzpatrick in the final decision letter from HMRC.

I am looking for the IPCC to uphold my complaint against HMRC as a serious misconduct matter taking into account: (1) the updating of my address on 11 July 2017 without my permission (notwithstanding the potential detrimental effect of this on myself and my husband), and (2) the then subsequent closure of my Self Assessment account based initially upon fabricated hearsay evidence which no independent judiciary would accept. Mr Fitzpatrick's letter of 24 July 2017 is enclosed with my completed appeal form, and is also attached to this email for your convenience.

Please would you provide me with the IPCC's letter acknowledging that you have received my appeal and giving an indication of the likely time it will take for the IPCC to consider this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Maria Heavey
Webmaster
Network for Church Monitoring

"Let me recommend an important web site - churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out." Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

UPDATE 22 October (5.36pm): Still nothing whatsoever from the IPCC despite my administrative complaint of 11 October above cc'd to IPCC Chair Dame Anne Owers. My complaint to Home Secretary Amber Rudd is ready to send. The final paragraph reads: "Please could you be of assistance in respect of IPCC's letter acknowledging that they have received my appeal and giving an indication of the likely time it will take for them to consider this matter. It is not inconceivable that my case against HMRC could see the inside of a courtroom in the New Year, particularly if I cannot secure my home address with them. HMRC are well aware that government departments share information relating to customer's personal details. Because of this, updates made by one department to a customer's address can flow to their records held by another department; not only that, but it can mean a quick suspension of Housing Benefit, which could run up hundreds in arrears in the space of a few weeks." The last time our Housing Benefit was suspended following an address update on the HMRC website, Declan was forced to take even quicker action with this High Court pre-action letter to the Chief Executive of Newham Council:

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From My Picks:

9 June: Ministry of Justice: Complaint to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice against the County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice (WITH UPDATE - Day 13 21/6/2017)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' - Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

Friday, October 13, 2017

SiteGround: We are told to remove a Creative Commons article or our Church and State website will be disabled (WITH DOUBLE UPDATE 16/10/2017)

Sounds like you are being fraudulently attacked.

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

Re: Internet cuts since 26 May 2017

From my earlier blog post's Update 28 September (11.16pm):

"And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 28/9/2017 RE: 163rd Internet cut since 26 May 2017)."

16 October (12.29pm): 165 internet cuts since 26 May 2017.* We had to suspend work on our Church and State website on 15 June after 4 internet cuts in one night. With an all-time record breaking 7 cuts in one day by 4pm on 29 August; 14 cuts last month that included on 5 September our latest 1/2 hour removal from the internet plus the almost total shutdown of our BT TV service; no cuts since 13 October (as of 16 October at 12.29pm).

1. 143rd 29 August 2017, 8.42am
2. 144th 29 August 2017, 9.54am
3. 145th 29 August 2017, 10.52am
4. 146th 29 August 2017, 11.38am
5. 147th 29 August 2017, 12.02pm
6. 148th 29 August 2017, 12.47pm
7. 149th 29 August 2017, 3.10pm
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10. 152nd 5 September 2017, 11.53am
11. 153rd 5 September 2017, 1.48pm
12. 154th 5 September 2017, 4.35pm
13. 155th 5 September 2017, 9.32pm (28 minutes+)
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23. 165th 13 October 2017, 8.50am

* 12 out of the first 18 internet cuts were within the first four days of a BT engineer's visit on 12 June. It is a matter of written record that this engineer "securely fitted a brand new master socket to another location on the same wall. He also carried out a comprehensive line test and could not find a problem with [our] line".

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Our web host is SiteGround, a company founded in 2004 and servicing more than 800,000 domains worldwide. SiteGround is paid $1,000 per year to host our Church and State website and manage the server. This evening Declan received an email from SiteGround's solicitors, the Wisconsin-based Amundsen Law Firm, stating that we had to remove an article (creative commons) from our site or the site would be disabled by SiteGround pending our legal challenge by counter notice. We were basically left with one of two choices: spend the next week on a counter notice to SiteGround or remove the article and spend the week researching Northern Europe for the most committed free speech advocates we can find. We immediately opted for the latter and Declan wrote to the head of Amundsen Law Firm, Jennifer Amundsen, as follows:

For the attention of Tenko Nikolov, Chief Executive, SiteGround

Jennifer Amundsen
Amundsen Law Firm

Address removed for email


13 October 2017

Dear Ms Amundsen,

Thank you for your email.

We have removed the Addicting Info article, to which you refer. Please see attachments 1-3 for details.

Please note that Addicting Info is a Creative Commons website: http://addictinginfo.com/creative-commons-license/.

Please would you acknowledge receipt of this email.

Yours sincerely,

Declan Heavey
Managing Director
Network for Church Monitoring

"Let me recommend an important web site - churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out." Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty







UPDATE 16 October (12.34pm): We still have absolutely no idea whether or not our Church and State website is coming down. SiteGround have only confirmed this afternoon that our website will not be deactivated pending further communication from the complainant; and this notwithstanding that Addicting Info is a Creative Commons website. When Declan couldn't get assurance last Friday from Amundsen Law Firm that our website will NOT be disabled, he emailed SiteGround CEO Tenko Nikolov as follows:

Tenko Nikolov
Chief Executive
SiteGround

Address removed for email


13 October 2017

Dear Mr Nikolov,

We have removed the Addicting Info article, as requested; and this notwithstanding that Addicting Info is a Creative Commons website.

Please would you confirm that our website will not now be disabled by SiteGround.

Yours sincerely,

Declan Heavey
Managing Director
Network for Church Monitoring

UPDATE 16 October (3.35pm): This afternoon Declan complained to SiteGround about further notices from the complainant. We have just heard back from them. This time they write: "Note that no further communication is required for this. This case is closed and your website will not be deactivated. No further actions are required on your end." This is bittersweet from SiteGround. We have lost an excellent article on our Church and State website which clearly had a creative commons licence applied. As can be seen above, it had also been shared/liked on Facebook 1,300 times. Our website is currently approaching three million hits this year; 70% are from Americans.


Re: Investigatory Powers Tribunal

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) dismissed Declan's complaint against the secret services on papers in less than three weeks, on 1 September 2011, stating that it was "obviously unsustainable". This is paragraph 11 of Declan's updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

11. The IPT was created in October 2000 by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and given the power to investigate any complaints against GCHQ, MI5 or MI6, as well as complaints about surveillance operations mounted by the police or any other public bodies. On 5 March 2014 the Guardian reported that the tribunal, which claims to be completely independent of the UK Government, is secretly operating from a base within the Home Office, by which it is funded. The newspaper found that the IPT had investigated about 1,500 complaints, and upheld only 10; five of these concerned members of one family who had all lodged complaints about surveillance by their local council. No complaint against any of the intelligence agencies had ever been upheld. The discovery that the IPT is lodged within a Whitehall department fuelled criticisms of the tribunal that had been levelled by rights groups, lawyers and complainants. The IPT's critics complain that the secrecy is excessive and that its procedures are stacked so heavily in favour of the government and against complainants that it is fundamentally unfair. According to the Guardian, some senior lawyers have described the IPT as "Kafkaesque", while one eminent barrister has dismissed it as "a kangaroo court". The newspaper also reports that as a consequence of the secrecy surrounding the tribunal and the perception that it is unfair, many would-be complainants spurn it.

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From My Picks:

9 June: Ministry of Justice: Complaint to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice against the County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice (WITH UPDATE - Day 13 21/6/2017)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Independent Police Complaints Commission: My complaint to IPCC Chair Dame Anne Owers about the handling of my appeal against the HM Revenue and Customs investigation of serious misconduct (WITH UPDATE 16/10/2017)

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

From my earlier blog post's Update 28 September (11.16pm):

"And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 28/9/2017 RE: 163rd Internet cut since 26 May 2017)."

16 October (10.41pm): 809 blocks on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016.* See my blog post of 16 January, The blocks on public access to our Church and State website continue unabated (WITH UPDATE 16/10/2017 RE: 809th block since 26 July 2016). 74 blocks last month that included 7 blocks on 16 September; 32 blocks this month; 21 blocks two weeks ago that included 6 blocks on 4 October; 8 blocks last week; 2 blocks so far today (as of 16 October at 10.41pm).

1. 736th 16 September 2017, 1.35am
2. 737th 16 September 2017, 6.01am
3. 738th 16 September 2017, 12.07pm
4. 739th 16 September 2017, 12.55pm
5. 740th 16 September 2017, 1.28pm
6. 741st 16 September 2017, 2.46pm
7. 742nd 16 September 2017, 9.34pm (7)
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48. 783rd 4 October 2017, 1.31am
49. 784th 4 October 2017, 8.01am
50. 785th 4 October 2017, 10.03am
51. 786th 4 October 2017, 12.08pm
52. 787th 4 October 2017, 6.41pm
53. 788th 4 October 2017, 8.35pm (6)
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73. 808th 16 October 2017, 7.10pm
74. 809th 16 October 2017, 9.33pm (2)

* An unprecedented escalation of 52 blocks in one week at the end of April 2017 that kicked off with our focus on the Danish Cartoon Crisis.

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From the IPCC website: "If you are appealing against the investigation into your complaint, you will have received a letter from us acknowledging that we have received it and giving an indication of the likely time it will take for us to consider your appeal."

The police complaints system extends to a small number of organisations that are not police forces, including HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Declan and I are currently waiting to hear from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) regarding my appeal of 23 September against the investigation by HMRC into my complaint about serious misconduct by HMRC staff. I have not only taken issue with HMRC Pay As You Earn and Self Assessment updating my address on 11 July without my permission (and the detrimental effect this could have had on us in terms of the possible suspension of our Housing Benefit), but also their subsequent closure of my Self Assessment account based upon fabricated hearsay evidence which no independent judiciary would accept. According to the IPCC website, quoted above, I should have heard back from the Commission by now. This evening I cc'd my complaint to IPCC Chair Dame Anne Owers, who has responsibility for ensuring the Commission meets its statutory responsibilities as a public body and is accountable to the Home Secretary. This email also summarises my appeal to the IPCC on 23 September in case I have to escalate the matter to the Home Office:

For the attention of Dame Anne Owers, Chairman, Independent Police Complaints Commission

Lesley Longstone
Chief Executive
Independent Police Complaints Commission

Address removed for email


11 October 2017

IPCC reference: 2017/091737
HMRC reference: CETO/16936/2017

Dear Ms Longstone,

On 23 September 2017 I appealed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) against the investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into my complaint dated 12 August 2017, which the IPCC forwarded to the Professional Standards Department of HMRC. Please find attached a snapshot of the online acknowledgement I received immediately following my submission of my completed IPCC appeal form dated 23 September 2017.

The IPCC website states: "If you are appealing against the investigation into your complaint, you will have received a letter from us acknowledging that we have received it and giving an indication of the likely time it will take for us to consider your appeal." I have evidently appealed to the IPCC against the investigation by HMRC into my complaint about serious misconduct by HMRC staff. However, I have yet to receive the IPCC's letter acknowledging that you have received my appeal and giving an indication of the likely time it will take for the IPCC to consider the matter.

Please also find attached the final decision letter from HMRC. You will note that HMRC Internal Governance have made the decision that "there is no criminal action by any HMRC officer or readily identifiable potential gross misconduct matter". On 12 August 2017 I not only complained to the IPCC about HMRC Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and Self Assessment updating my address on 11 July 2017 without my permission, but I also complained about the then subsequent closure of my Self Assessment account based upon fabricated hearsay evidence which no independent judiciary would accept. I disagree with the findings of HMRC's investigation because I feel that they haven't made the right decision based on all the evidence.

Firstly, I have taken issue with the updating of my address by HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment on 11 July 2017 without my permission. By email of 9 July 2017, I specifically informed HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment that my address had not changed and that such an update could result in the suspension of my husband's Housing Benefit. Nonetheless, HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment updated my address against my expressed wishes and with no regard for the detrimental effect this could have had on myself and my husband. By letter of 19 July 2017, Newham Council Benefits Service specifically informed my husband that the suspension of his Housing Benefit would be automatic should they receive notification of a change in my circumstance from either HMRC or the Department for Work and Pensions as a result of this update.

Secondly, I have taken issue with the then subsequent closure of my Self Assessment account by HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment based initially upon fabricated hearsay evidence. In a letter of 24 July 2017, HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment Customer Service Manager John Fitzpatrick wrote: "We previously asked you to complete Self Assessment tax returns because you told us that you would receive self-employed income. However, your 2015-16 return only included income of £2,967 from Network for Church Monitoring and as you had told us that this was PAYE income, we have closed your Self Assessment record." I have never told HMRC that I am self-employed, which I am not. I have also never told HMRC that my income as an employee of Network for Church Monitoring is PAYE income, which it is not (as untaxed earnings to date).

HMRC explain in their final decision letter that their update on 11 July 2017 "was to confirm your address as 71 Queens Road West, Plaistow, London E13 0PE, which we had previously noted in October 2014". I do not find this explanation in any way reassuring when it comes to ensuring that my address will only be updated again by HMRC in the event HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment receive written confirmation from me. Further, HMRC PAYE and Self Assessment have reopened my Self Assessment account and updated their records to show that I am not self-employed, but they have been unable to provide me with any written evidence to support Mr Fitzpatrick's assertions in his letter of 24 July 2017. In fact, no reference is made to this letter from Mr Fitzpatrick in the final decision letter from HMRC.

I am looking for the IPCC to uphold my complaint against HMRC as a serious misconduct matter taking into account: (1) the updating of my address on 11 July 2017 without my permission (notwithstanding the potential detrimental effect of this on myself and my husband), and (2) the then subsequent closure of my Self Assessment account based initially upon fabricated hearsay evidence which no independent judiciary would accept. Mr Fitzpatrick's letter of 24 July 2017 is enclosed with my completed appeal form, and is also attached to this email for your convenience.

Please would you provide me with the IPCC's letter acknowledging that you have received my appeal and giving an indication of the likely time it will take for the IPCC to consider this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Maria Heavey
Webmaster
Network for Church Monitoring

"Let me recommend an important web site - churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out." Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty



UPDATE 16 October (10.46pm): No letter from the IPCC despite my complaint above on 11 October. It's not inconceivable that our case against HMRC will see the inside of a courtroom in the New Year, particularly if we cannot secure our home address with them. HMRC are well aware that government departments share information relating to customer's personal details. Because of this, updates made by one department to a customer's address can flow to their records held by another department; not only that, but it can mean a quick suspension of Housing Benefit, which could run up hundreds in arrears in the space of a few weeks. The last time our Housing Benefit was suspended following an address update on the HMRC website, Declan was forced to take even quicker action with this High Court pre-action letter to the Chief Executive of Newham Council:

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We are well familiar with the IPCC. For example, Declan complained to the IPCC about the police investigation into the removal of our flat door in 2012. It was the IPCC's finding on that occasion that since our then landlady had subsequently signed an undertaking to the County Court promising not to harass us, there was no requirement for the Metropolitan Police Service to take further action.
Re: Removal of our flat door

Paragraph 23(ii) of Declan's updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

23(ii) On 21 August 2012, Ms McKenzie signed an undertaking to the County Court promising not to harass the Applicant and his wife following her builder's removal of the door to their flat (see Annex 9, p. 31). The Independent Police Complaints Commission later upheld the Applicant's appeal against the police investigation of the incident "on information only", stating that "no further action is required by the force in this instance".





From My Picks:

9 June: Ministry of Justice: Complaint to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice against the County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice (WITH UPDATE - Day 13 21/6/2017)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Declan finally gets back our connection speed on his relatively new £600 laptop. But for how long? (WITH UPDATE 12/10/2017)

spectacular article

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

Re: Internet cuts since 26 May 2017

From my earlier blog post's Update 28 September (11.16pm):

"And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 28/9/2017 RE: 163rd Internet cut since 26 May 2017)."

12 October (10.31am): 164 internet cuts since 26 May 2017.* We had to suspend work on our Church and State website on 15 June after 4 internet cuts in one night. With an all-time record breaking 7 cuts in one day by 4pm on 29 August; 14 cuts last month that included on 5 September our latest 1/2 hour removal from the internet plus the almost total shutdown of our BT TV service; 1 cut this week; no cuts since midnight today (as of 12 October at 10.31am).

1. 143rd 29 August 2017, 8.42am
2. 144th 29 August 2017, 9.54am
3. 145th 29 August 2017, 10.52am
4. 146th 29 August 2017, 11.38am
5. 147th 29 August 2017, 12.02pm
6. 148th 29 August 2017, 12.47pm
7. 149th 29 August 2017, 3.10pm
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10. 152nd 5 September 2017, 11.53am
11. 153rd 5 September 2017, 1.48pm
12. 154th 5 September 2017, 4.35pm
13. 155th 5 September 2017, 9.32pm (28 minutes+)
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22. 164th 9 October 2017, 11.12pm

* 12 out of the first 18 internet cuts were within the first four days of a BT engineer's visit on 12 June. It is a matter of written record that this engineer "securely fitted a brand new master socket to another location on the same wall. He also carried out a comprehensive line test and could not find a problem with [our] line".

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The Importance of Hugging

I have just published a sensational piece from the absolutely brilliant Howard Bloom on our Church and State website. (Howard mentions the piece in another superb article on Islamic censorship: "Muslim activists disliked the fact that the piece, 'The Importance of Hugging,' mentioned that it is taboo in many Muslim societies for a husband and a wife to hold hands, much less kiss, in public. The article cited scientific studies and research from an Arab sociologist indicating that this lack of physical affection may be one reason Islamic societies have a tendency to produce violence. The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee took exception to the very notion that Islamic violence exists, and picketed Omni’s offices for four days and nights.") Our brand new British Telecom TV set-top box still has no signal quality or signal strength - despite our perfectly functioning aerial and TV - but more importantly tonight Declan has finally got back our connection speed on his relatively new £600 laptop; see my previous blog post of 21 September: The attack on Declan's relatively new £600 laptop is unrelenting. And we have already written off our brand new British Telecom TV set-top box as a waste of our time and money (WITH UPDATE 27/9/2017). These are Declan's internet speeds tonight (up from a download speed 0Mbps and upload speed 0Mbps three week ago):



Too bad the same cannot be said tonight of our brand new BT TV set-top box:



UPDATE 12 October (10.36am): Declan's laptop is still holding up. But we are now waiting to hear from the Independent Police Complaints Commission concerning my appeal last month against the investigation by HM Revenue and Customs into my complaint about serious misconduct by HMRC staff; see my newer blog post yesterday, Independent Police Complaints Commission: My complaint to IPCC Chair Dame Anne Owers about the handling of my appeal against the HM Revenue and Customs investigation of serious misconduct (WITH UPDATE - DAY 1 12/10/2017). As explained in that blog post's update, it's not inconceivable that our case against HMRC will see the inside of a courtroom in the New Year.


Re: Investigatory Powers Tribunal

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) dismissed Declan's complaint against the secret services on papers in less than three weeks, on 1 September 2011, stating that it was "obviously unsustainable". This is paragraph 11 of Declan's updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

11. The IPT was created in October 2000 by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and given the power to investigate any complaints against GCHQ, MI5 or MI6, as well as complaints about surveillance operations mounted by the police or any other public bodies. On 5 March 2014 the Guardian reported that the tribunal, which claims to be completely independent of the UK Government, is secretly operating from a base within the Home Office, by which it is funded. The newspaper found that the IPT had investigated about 1,500 complaints, and upheld only 10; five of these concerned members of one family who had all lodged complaints about surveillance by their local council. No complaint against any of the intelligence agencies had ever been upheld. The discovery that the IPT is lodged within a Whitehall department fuelled criticisms of the tribunal that had been levelled by rights groups, lawyers and complainants. The IPT's critics complain that the secrecy is excessive and that its procedures are stacked so heavily in favour of the government and against complainants that it is fundamentally unfair. According to the Guardian, some senior lawyers have described the IPT as "Kafkaesque", while one eminent barrister has dismissed it as "a kangaroo court". The newspaper also reports that as a consequence of the secrecy surrounding the tribunal and the perception that it is unfair, many would-be complainants spurn it.

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From My Picks:

9 June: Ministry of Justice: Complaint to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice against the County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice (WITH UPDATE - Day 13 21/6/2017)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The attack on Declan's relatively new £600 laptop is unrelenting. And we have already written off our brand new British Telecom TV set-top box as a waste of our time and money (WITH UPDATE 27/9/2017)

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

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

Re: Internet cuts since 26 May 2017

From my previous blog post's Update 27 September (8.18am):

"And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 27/9/2017 RE: 162nd Internet cut since 26 May 2017)."

27 September (8.31am): 162 internet cuts since 26 May 2017.* We had to suspend work on our Church and State website on 15 June after 4 internet cuts in one night. With an all-time record breaking 7 cuts in one day by 4pm on 29 August; 58 cuts last month; 13 cuts 3 weeks ago that included on 5 September our latest 1/2 hour removal from the internet plus the almost total shutdown of our BT TV service; no cuts since midnight today (as of 27 September at 8.31am).

1. 143rd 29 August 2017, 8.42am
2. 144th 29 August 2017, 9.54am
3. 145th 29 August 2017, 10.52am
4. 146th 29 August 2017, 11.38am
5. 147th 29 August 2017, 12.02pm
6. 148th 29 August 2017, 12.47pm
7. 149th 29 August 2017, 3.10pm
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10. 152nd 5 September 2017, 11.53am
11. 153rd 5 September 2017, 1.48pm
12. 154th 5 September 2017, 4.35pm
13. 155th 5 September 2017, 9.32pm (28 minutes+)
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19. 161st 8 September 2017, 6.35pm
20. 162nd 8 September 2017, 7.47pm

* 12 out of the first 18 internet cuts were within the first four days of a BT engineer's visit on 12 June. It is a matter of written record that this engineer "securely fitted a brand new master socket to another location on the same wall. He also carried out a comprehensive line test and could not find a problem with [our] line".

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Howard Bloom On Islam And The Mohammed Code

I have just published an interview with the absolutely brilliant Howard Bloom on our Church and State website. Only this morning I updated my blog post of 10 September, Declan's £600 laptop is rendered entirely useless. Less than 48 hours ago, we had to write off our new British Telecom TV set-top box (WITH UPDATE 21/9/2017). On 10 September Declan's £600 laptop (eight months old) had a download speed 0Mbps and upload speed 0Mbps. This is what he has been getting tonight on the same computer:



These are the internet speeds we are accustomed to getting across four laptops (currently reduced to three):



British Telecom is one of the world's leading communications services companies. We have a perfectly functioning aerial and TV; nonetheless, it only took 24 hours for our brand new BT TV set-top box to go the way of the old one - with no signal quality or signal strength. We've already written it off as a waste of our time and money.



UPDATE 27 September (8.36am): No great change to the internet speed on Declan's relatively new £600 laptop, which still serves as his back-up computer. Our BT TV set-top box has no signal quality or signal strength, to boot.


Re: Investigatory Powers Tribunal

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) dismissed Declan's complaint against the secret services on papers in less than three weeks, on 1 September 2011, stating that it was "obviously unsustainable". This is paragraph 11 of Declan's updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

11. The IPT was created in October 2000 by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and given the power to investigate any complaints against GCHQ, MI5 or MI6, as well as complaints about surveillance operations mounted by the police or any other public bodies. On 5 March 2014 the Guardian reported that the tribunal, which claims to be completely independent of the UK Government, is secretly operating from a base within the Home Office, by which it is funded. The newspaper found that the IPT had investigated about 1,500 complaints, and upheld only 10; five of these concerned members of one family who had all lodged complaints about surveillance by their local council. No complaint against any of the intelligence agencies had ever been upheld. The discovery that the IPT is lodged within a Whitehall department fuelled criticisms of the tribunal that had been levelled by rights groups, lawyers and complainants. The IPT's critics complain that the secrecy is excessive and that its procedures are stacked so heavily in favour of the government and against complainants that it is fundamentally unfair. According to the Guardian, some senior lawyers have described the IPT as "Kafkaesque", while one eminent barrister has dismissed it as "a kangaroo court". The newspaper also reports that as a consequence of the secrecy surrounding the tribunal and the perception that it is unfair, many would-be complainants spurn it.

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From My Picks:

9 June: Ministry of Justice: Complaint to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice against the County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice (WITH UPDATE - Day 13 21/6/2017)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Facebook's 23rd block against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015 (WITH UPDATE 28/9/2017)





Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) still have not recorded my complaint about serious misconduct by HMRC staff involving criminal or near criminal behaviour; see my previous blog post of 14 September, Independent Police Complaints Commission confirm that they did not pass details of my complaint against HM Revenue and Customs to the HMRC's Professional Standards Department on 12 August 2017 (WITH UPDATE 19/9/2017). I not only complained about HMRC Pay As You Earn and Self Assessment updating my address on 11 July without my permission (and the detrimental effect this may have on Declan and myself in terms of the possible suspension of our Housing Benefit), but also their subsequent closure of my Self Assessment account based upon fabricated hearsay evidence which no independent judiciary would accept. Now Facebook have for the sixth time stopped me from posting to groups without first passing through a time-consuming security check for every post I wish to make (called by Facebook a "block"). This records as Facebook's 23rd block against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015. My appeal reads:

For the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Facebook

19 September 2017

Dear Facebook,

I wish to appeal your decision this afternoon to stop me from posting to groups without first passing through a time-consuming security check for every post I wish to make (called by Facebook a "block"), and this for an undisclosed period of time and without any stated reason. Please see the screenshot attached. Before this block, I had hardly posted to groups at all today; and yesterday, as always, I only posted to groups that are specific to an article's subject and that I am well familiar with.

On 20 January 2017, I made a video of this security check; it can be viewed at http://tinypic.com/m/jq5c2p/1. In the video I am trying to post Prof. Paul Cliteur's New York Times article "Terror Has Already Led to Self-Restraint" to the closed group Sam Harris & The Future of Reason, of which I am a member. Prof. Cliteur is Professor of Jurisprudence, Leiden University, The Netherlands and is one of that country's leading public intellectuals. He is also one of our listed Authors.

Please note that I only ever post to relevant groups articles that I have already published on our Church and State website. Nonetheless, when it comes to posting to Facebook pages and/or groups, Facebook's block this afternoon records as the 23rd such block since 1 December 2015.

1st 1-4 December 2015 (4 days)
2nd 5-7 December 2015 (3 days)
3rd 6-9 January 2016 (4 days)
4th 12-15 January 2016 (4 days)
5th 20-22 January 2016 (3 days)
6th 13-16 February 2016 (4 days)
7th 23-26 March 2016 (4 days)
8th 20-23 May 2016 (4 days)
9th 25-30 May 2016 (6 days)
10th 1-3 July 2016 (3 days)
11th 7-8 September 2016 (2 days)
12th 21-22 September 2016 (3 days)
13th 27-28 September 2016 (2 days)
14th 29 September - 3 October 2016 (5 days)
15th 4-5 October 2016 (2 days)
16th 18-23 October 2016 (6 days)
17th 9-14 December 2016 (6 days)
18th 4-6 January 2017 (3 days)
19th 20-23 January 2017 (4 days)
20th 17 May 2017 (1 day)
21st 19 June 2017 (1 day)
22nd 19-21 August 2017 (3 days)

Facebook has responded to only three of my previous 22 appeals, citing "technical problems" in each instance. Don Collins, President of the Washington DC-based International Services Assistance Fund, writes: "Surely after multiple postings [Facebook] must know your content is neither lewd nor extreme."

Please note that we currently have an international list of 127 Honorary Associates, including two Nobel Prize winners. Since Facebook's 16th block last October, 97 distinguished academics and other intellectuals have given us permission to add their names to the list.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Lola Heavey
Webmaster
Network for Church Monitoring

"Let me recommend an important web site - churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out." - Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

2 October 2016: Complaint to Facebook Chairman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg on day 4 of Facebook's 14th block since 1 December 2015

Re: Facebook

Draft paragraph 42 of Declan's next updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

42. On 13 August 2011, then Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone wrote to Facebook on the Applicant's behalf, asking that they explain why the Applicant's wife had been barred. The bar was subsequently lifted; however, since 1 December 2015, Facebook have blocked the Applicant's wife from posting to a pages and/or groups on 23 separate occasions, and up to six days at a time (each of these blocks is well accounted for in the N4CM blog). On 22 December 2015, Labour's Lyn Brown, then Shadow Home Office Minister and now Shadow Home Secretary, made an enquiry on the Applicant's behalf to Facebook UK Managing Director Steve Hatch asking if he could offer an explanation as to the terms and conditions the Applicant's wife was alleged to have broken twice previously. To the best of the Applicant's knowledge, Mr Hatch did not respond to this letter. The Applicant's wife only ever posts to groups that are specific to an article's subject and that she is well familiar with, and she only ever posts articles that she has already published on the Church and State website. Facebook have responded to only three of the Applicant's wife's 23 appeals since 1 December 2015, citing "technical problems" in each instance.

1st 1-4 December 2015 (4 days)
2nd 5-7 December 2015 (3 days)
3rd 6-9 January 2016 (4 days)
4th 12-15 January 2016 (4 days)
5th 20-22 January 2016 (3 days)
6th 13-16 February 2016 (4 days)
7th 23-26 March 2016 (4 days)
8th 20-23 May 2016 (4 days)
9th 25-30 May 2016 (6 days)
10th 1-3 July 2016 (3 days)
11th 7-8 September 2016 (2 days)
12th 21-22 September 2016 (3 days)
13th 27-28 September 2016 (2 days)
14th 29 September - 3 October 2016 (5 days)
15th 4-5 October 2016 (2 days)
16th 18-23 October 2016 (6 days)
17th 9-14 December 2016 (6 days)
18th 4-6 January 2017 (3 days)
19th 20-23 January 2017 (4 days)
20th 17 May 2017 (1 day)
21st 19 June 2017 (1 day)
22nd 19-21 August 2017 (3 days)
23rd 19 September 2017 (ongoing)

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Facebook UK Managing Director Steve Hatch

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UPDATE 28 September (11.16pm): When it comes to blocking me from posting Church and State articles directly to pages and/or groups, Facebook's 23rd block since 1 December 2015 was confined without an explanation to 19 September (one day). There's no telling what's next from Facebook. This is my report to them on 5 September citing four other kinds of blocks since 5 April that includes the treating as spam individual book excerpts and/or articles (the block against two articles on 5 September stands as an unprecedented 24-day block to date):

For the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Facebook

5 September 2017

Dear Facebook,

I posted the following reply to your messages in my Support Inbox (please find both messages attached):

Please note that these two links you are treating as spam are to articles on our Church and State website:

Contraception and the Catholic Church

Christian fundamentalists are driving our country into the Dark Ages

The second article above has been liked/shared by Facebook users over 70,000 times. Neither article is spam.

On 5 April I reported that the page listing all the groups I belong to was not working. With this rectified, I reported on 10 April that I couldn't schedule posts on my page. Then I reported on 12 April that my scheduled posts were not posting. On 6 June I reported that there was no fault with an excerpt from a book by Dr Pascal Bruckner, one of France's leading public intellectuals (a 16-day block). On 24 July I reported that there was no fault with an excerpt from a book by Prof Paul Cliteur, one of the Netherlands' leading public intellectuals (an 18-day block).

On 10 August, Facebook replied: "We reviewed your [Prof Cliteur] post again and found it does follow our Community Standards. The post is being restored to Facebook. Thanks for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience."

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Regards,
Lola Heavey
https://www.facebook.com/networkforchurchmonitoring/

UPDATE 28 September (cont.): Despite our distinguished list of 127 Honorary Associates from around the world, the blocks on public access to our Church and State website also continue unabated. I have updated my blog post of 16 January with tonight's 772nd block on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016. The blog post also not only reveals a record-breaking 52 such blocks in one week at the end of April (an unprecedented escalation that kicked off with our focus on the Danish Cartoon Crisis; 101 blocks last month), but it reveals the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site which continues to this day. For example, as I point out in an earlier blog post about the almost certain loss of our employment contracts to the United States by Royal Mail (as opposed to the United States Postal Service), the second article below has 1/2 million Facebook likes/shares (not zero):



UPDATE 28 September (cont.): And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 28/9/2017 RE: 163rd Internet cut since 26 May 2017).

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From My Picks:

9 June: Ministry of Justice: Complaint to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice against the County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice (WITH UPDATE - Day 13 21/6/2017)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Independent Police Complaints Commission confirm that they did not pass details of my complaint against HM Revenue and Customs to the HMRC's Professional Standards Department on 12 August 2017 (WITH UPDATE 20/9/2017)

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

From my newer blog post's Update 20 September (12.35am):

"And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 20/9/2017 RE: 162nd Internet cut since 26 May 2017)."

20 September (12.57am): 746 blocks on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016.* See my blog post of 16 January, The blocks on public access to our Church and State website continue unabated (WITH UPDATE 20/9/2017 RE: 746th block since 26 July 2016). 101 blocks last month that included 8 blocks on 15 August; 43 blocks this month; 15 blocks last week that included 7 blocks on 16 September; 4 blocks this week; no blocks since midnight today (as of 20 September at 12.57am).

1. 651st 15 August 2017, 12.03am
2. 652nd 15 August 2017, 1.56am
3. 653rd 15 August 2017, 3.39am
4. 654th 15 August 2017, 5.34am
5. 655th 15 August 2017, 10.51am
6. 656th 15 August 2017, 3.11pm
7. 657th 15 August 2017, 4.34pm
8. 658th 15 August 2017, 6.45pm (8)
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86. 736th 16 September 2017, 1.35am
87. 737th 16 September 2017, 6.01am
88. 738th 16 September 2017, 12.07pm
89. 739th 16 September 2017, 12.55pm
90. 740th 16 September 2017, 1.28pm
91. 741st 16 September 2017, 2.46pm
92. 742nd 16 September 2017, 9.34pm (7)
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95. 745th 19 September 2017, 1.04am
96. 746th 19 September 2017, 4.07am

* An unprecedented escalation of 52 blocks in one week at the end of April 2017 that kicked off with our focus on the Danish Cartoon Crisis.

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This afternoon the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) provided Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) with their latest deadline - the third to date in a series that started last month - to record my complaint against HMRC for serious misconduct by HMRC staff involving criminal or near criminal behaviour. On 12 August I not only complained to the IPCC about HMRC Pay As You Earn and Self Assessment updating my address on 11 July without my permission (and the detrimental effect this may have on Declan and myself in terms of the possible suspension of our Housing Benefit), but also their subsequent closure of my Self Assessment account based upon fabricated hearsay evidence which no independent judiciary would accept; see my blog post of 26 August, Is this letter from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs so outrageous that it has now put this entire N4CM blog at risk? (WITH DOUBLE UPDATE 30/8/2017). From our point of view, HMRC's first 15-working day deadline commenced when the IPCC acknowledged my complaint on 12 August, stating that it had been sent to HMRC (even though it had not). I sent my completed IPCC complaint form to HMRC's Professional Standards Department (PSD) on 24 August. So HMRC's second deadline is due to expire by close of business today, except that the IPCC has this afternoon extended it further by requesting my consent to pass the matter to the PSD! This is my unacknowledged complaint last month to IPCC CEO Lesley Longstone about the then alleged non-referral of my complaint against HMRC by the IPCC on 12 August:

For the attention of Lesley Longstone, Chief Executive, Independent Police Complaints Commission

Internal Investigations Unit
Independent Police Complaints Commission

Address removed for email


30 August 2017

Tax reference: [number removed]

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please find attached the word version of my completed Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) complaint form dated 12 August 2017.

The IPCC acknowledged my complaint on 12 August 2017, stating that it had been sent to the appropriate authority I selected in the online complaint form (namely, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) for HMRC Internal Governance and Civil Investigations to consider.

Please find attached a snapshot of the IPCC's online acknowledgement.

On 23 August 2017, HMRC Internal Governance and Civil Investigations told me that they never received my IPCC complaint form. Please could you tell me the reason why.

On 24 August 2017, I sent the word version of my completed IPCC complaint form to HMRC Internal Governance and Civil Investigations (at referrals.ig@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk). HMRC Ministerial Correspondence Team have acknowledged receipt of my correspondence.

Please would you acknowledge receipt of this email by reply.

Yours faithfully,

Maria Dolores Heavey
NINO: [number removed]



We are well familiar with the IPCC. For example, Declan complained to the IPCC about the police investigation into the removal of our flat door in 2012. It was the IPCC's finding on that occasion that since our then landlady had subsequently signed an undertaking to the County Court promising not to harass us, there was no requirement for the Metropolitan Police Service to take further action.
Re: Removal of our flat door

Paragraph 23(ii) of Declan's updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

23(ii) On 21 August 2012, Ms McKenzie signed an undertaking to the County Court promising not to harass the Applicant and his wife following her builder's removal of the door to their flat (see Annex 9, p. 31). The Independent Police Complaints Commission later upheld the Applicant's appeal against the police investigation of the incident "on information only", stating that "no further action is required by the force in this instance".



UPDATE 20 September (1.02am): Nothing from the HMRC's Professional Standards Department before or since the expiry of the above-mentioned second deadline on 14 September. It's not inconceivable that our case against HMRC will see the inside of a courtroom in the New Year. We received this email from the IPCC on 15 September (for some strange reason the terms "HMRC" and "police force" are used interchangeably; in fact, Declan was subsequently told by the advisor, it is staff in the HMRC's Professional Standards Department who must now record my complaint or explain why they refuse to do so):

Your ref: 2017/091737

Dear Mrs Heavey

We acknowledge receipt of your consent, which you provided over the telephone on 14 September 2017.

The IPCC are completely independent of the police service and are responsible for making sure that the police complaints system in England and Wales works effectively and fairly. However, each police force is responsible for considering complaints made against that force and recording your complaint.

Our role at this stage is to forward your complaint to the relevant police force. If you are not happy with the police’s decision on recording your complaint, you have the right to appeal to us.

I have passed the matter to the Professional Standards Department (PSD) of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for them to consider and the police will be contacting you soon.

If you have not heard from the relevant police force within 15 working days you may wish to contact them directly.

HM Revenue & Customs
PO Box 64353
London
EC3P 3AW

If you have any further information you wish to pass on, please forward it directly to the PSD at the above address.

Yours sincerely
Jessica North
Customer Contact Advisor
Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)



From My Picks:

9 June: Ministry of Justice: Complaint to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice against the County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice (WITH UPDATE - Day 13 21/6/2017)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Declan's £600 laptop is rendered entirely useless. Less than 48 hours ago, we had to write off our new British Telecom TV set-top box (WITH UPDATE 21/9/2017)

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

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

Re: Internet cuts since 26 May 2017

From my newer blog post's Update 20 September (12.35am):

"And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 20/9/2017 RE: 162nd Internet cut since 26 May 2017)."

21 September (8.33am): 162 internet cuts since 26 May 2017.* We had to suspend work on our Church and State website on 15 June after 4 internet cuts in one night. With an all-time record breaking 7 cuts in one day by 4pm on 29 August; 58 cuts last month; 13 cuts two weeks ago that included on 5 September our latest 1/2 hour removal from the internet plus the almost total shutdown of our BT TV service; no cuts since midnight today (as of 21 September at 8.33am).

1. 143rd 29 August 2017, 8.42am
2. 144th 29 August 2017, 9.54am
3. 145th 29 August 2017, 10.52am
4. 146th 29 August 2017, 11.38am
5. 147th 29 August 2017, 12.02pm
6. 148th 29 August 2017, 12.47pm
7. 149th 29 August 2017, 3.10pm
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10. 152nd 5 September 2017, 11.53am
11. 153rd 5 September 2017, 1.48pm
12. 154th 5 September 2017, 4.35pm
13. 155th 5 September 2017, 9.32pm (28 minutes+)
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19. 161st 8 September 2017, 6.35pm
20. 162nd 8 September 2017, 7.47pm

* 12 out of the first 18 internet cuts were within the first four days of a BT engineer's visit on 12 June. It is a matter of written record that this engineer "securely fitted a brand new master socket to another location on the same wall. He also carried out a comprehensive line test and could not find a problem with [our] line".

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'Independent' court scrutinising public authorities and law enforcement agencies is located inside the Home Office in Westminster, London.

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) still have not recorded my complaint about serious misconduct by HMRC staff involving criminal or near criminal behaviour; see my blog post of 26 August, Is this letter from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs so outrageous that it has now put this entire N4CM blog at risk? (WITH DOUBLE UPDATE 30/8/2017). I not only complained about HMRC Pay As You Earn and Self Assessment updating my address on 11 July without my permission (and the detrimental effect this may have on Declan and myself in terms of the possible suspension of our Housing Benefit), but also their subsequent closure of my Self Assessment account based upon fabricated hearsay evidence which no independent judiciary would accept. Less than 48 hours ago, we wrote off a brand new British Telecom TV set-top box that we received by courier three days ago on Thursday evening; see my previous blog post of 5 September, British Telecom: Tonight Declan complains to BT about our latest 1/2 hour removal from the internet plus the almost total shutdown of our BT TV service (WITH UPDATE 8/9/2017). Now since last night Declan's £600 laptop (eight months old) has been rendered entirely useless. Our other three laptops have been and are working fine with the usual good internet speed for which we pay BT £65.53 per month. But this is the wipe-out internet speed Declan has been getting on his primary laptop since last night:



My laptop (four years old) has a good internet speed:



We usually have an internet speed of about 70Mbps. This is a screenshot from last June:



What's next? Declan's laptop has merely gone the way of our brand new BT TV set-top box since the day before yesterday:



UPDATE 21 September (8.38am): Declan's relatively new £600 laptop's internet speed fluctuates around download speed 9Mbps and upload speed 0Mbps; it currently serves as his back-up computer. Our BT TV set-top box has no signal quality or signal strength. And nothing from HM Revenue and Customs before or since the expiry of their second deadline on 14 September; see my blog post of 14 September, Independent Police Complaints Commission confirm that they did not pass details of my complaint against HM Revenue and Customs to the HMRC's Professional Standards Department on 12 August 2017 (WITH UPDATE 20/9/2017). It's not inconceivable that our case against HMRC will see the inside of a courtroom in the New Year.


Re: Investigatory Powers Tribunal

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) dismissed Declan's complaint against the secret services on papers in less than three weeks, on 1 September 2011, stating that it was "obviously unsustainable". This is paragraph 11 of Declan's updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

11. The IPT was created in October 2000 by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and given the power to investigate any complaints against GCHQ, MI5 or MI6, as well as complaints about surveillance operations mounted by the police or any other public bodies. On 5 March 2014 the Guardian reported that the tribunal, which claims to be completely independent of the UK Government, is secretly operating from a base within the Home Office, by which it is funded. The newspaper found that the IPT had investigated about 1,500 complaints, and upheld only 10; five of these concerned members of one family who had all lodged complaints about surveillance by their local council. No complaint against any of the intelligence agencies had ever been upheld. The discovery that the IPT is lodged within a Whitehall department fuelled criticisms of the tribunal that had been levelled by rights groups, lawyers and complainants. The IPT's critics complain that the secrecy is excessive and that its procedures are stacked so heavily in favour of the government and against complainants that it is fundamentally unfair. According to the Guardian, some senior lawyers have described the IPT as "Kafkaesque", while one eminent barrister has dismissed it as "a kangaroo court". The newspaper also reports that as a consequence of the secrecy surrounding the tribunal and the perception that it is unfair, many would-be complainants spurn it.

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From My Picks:

9 June: Ministry of Justice: Complaint to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice against the County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice (WITH UPDATE - Day 13 21/6/2017)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

British Telecom: Tonight Declan complains to BT about our latest 1/2 hour removal from the internet plus the almost total shutdown of our BT TV service (WITH UPDATE 8/9/2017)

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

From my earlier blog post's Update 6 September (11.15am):

"And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 6/9/2017 RE: 155th Internet cut since 26 May 2017)."

8 September (5.42pm): 724 blocks on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016.* See my blog post of 16 January, The blocks on public access to our Church and State website continue unabated (WITH UPDATE 8/9/2017 RE: 724th block since 26 July 2016). 101 blocks last month that included 8 blocks on 15 August; 21 blocks this month; 18 blocks this week that includes 6 blocks on 3 September; 1 block so far today (as of 8 September at 5.42pm).

1. 651st 15 August 2017, 12.03am
2. 652nd 15 August 2017, 1.56am
3. 653rd 15 August 2017, 3.39am
4. 654th 15 August 2017, 5.34am
5. 655th 15 August 2017, 10.51am
6. 656th 15 August 2017, 3.11pm
7. 657th 15 August 2017, 4.34pm
8. 658th 15 August 2017, 6.45pm (8)
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61. 711th 3 September 2017, 3.56am
62. 712th 3 September 2017, 5.47am
63. 713th 3 September 2017, 7.23am
64. 714th 3 September 2017, 5.34pm
65. 715th 3 September 2017, 9.05pm
66. 716th 3 September 2017, 10.20pm (6)
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74. 724th 8 September 2017, 4.07pm

* An unprecedented escalation of 52 blocks in one week at the end of April 2017 that kicked off with our focus on the Danish Cartoon Crisis.

The War on Free Expression



British Telecom is one of the world's leading communications services companies. We pay BT £65.53 per month (£786.36 per year) for BT Infinity 2 fibre optic broadband. Nonetheless, tonight Declan has had to telephone BT Technical Helpdesk to complain about our latest 1/2 hour removal from the internet, plus the almost total shutdown of our BT TV service. Our internet connection was coincidentally restored within seconds of the call without the Helpdesk even having had a chance to do anything about it. As for their TV service, the Helpdesk didn't even try to fix our BT TV YouView box because our TV and aerial are working fine. Instead, they placed an order for a new TV set-top box. Declan copied British Telecom Chairman Sir Michael Rake into this complaint last June to BT's Executive Level Complaints (Consumer) about their account of what happened during an engineer's visit to replace a badly fitted BT master socket that was otherwise working fine:

For the attention of Sir Michael Rake, Chairman, British Telecom

Shirley Mackie
Executive Level Complaints (Consumer)
British Telecom

Address removed for email


16 June 2017

Dear Ms Mackie,

This evening I spoke with an advisor in the Ombudsman Services: Communications. I have been told that I must request a second deadlock letter before writing to them because your deadlock letter below has instigated a new complaint.

I refer to your comment in which you state as follows: "An engineer attended on 7 June, but was unable to complete the necessary work. The engineer explained he was unable to repair the current master socket and offered to provide a new, securely fitted master socket on the same wall as the existing socket. But you advised you did not want this."

I do not accept your version of what happened during the engineer's visit on 7 June (hereinafter referred to as the "Complaint"). Firstly, your account is at variance with the attached ACR recording from my smartphone that informs you that the engineer only stated before leaving my home that the work needed to be carried out by my landlord Family Mosaic, not BT. I previously provided your colleague Miranda Bracey with this recording on 7 June.

Secondly, your account is at variance with the attached engineer note from 7 June, which states as follows: "This is a Fibre customer and will need a Fibre trained engineer to be allocated." Thirdly, as you have conceded below, it was a third engineer who visited my home on 12 June and securely fitted a brand new master socket to another location on the same wall. He also carried out a comprehensive line test and could not find a problem with my line.

I therefore hereby request a second deadlock letter that provides me with BT's full and final position on my Complaint and refers me to the ombudsman service.

Yours sincerely,

Declan Heavey



Declan received this initial response on behalf of Sir Michael Rake:

16 June 2017

Hello Mr Heavey,

Thank you for your email to Sir Michael.

I'm really sorry that you've had to come back to us regarding this matter.

I will ask our team to look at the deadlock for you and contact you no later than Tuesday.

Best wishes

Tracy

Tracy Reid
Executive Level Complaints (Consumer)

18 June: BT Executive Level Complaints (Consumer): Request for 2nd Deadlock Letter for the Telecommunications Ombudsman (WITH UPDATE 19/6/2017)

UPDATE 8 September (5.47pm): Unbelievable! We received our new BT YouView box yesterday evening, but in less than 24 hours we are back to where we were this time yesterday with no signal quality or signal strength. Last night we were getting signal quality 94% and signal strength 100% and good picture. We have already written off this new TV set-top box as a waste of our time and money.



Last night at 8.35pm:



This afternoon at 3.24pm:






From My Picks:

9 June: Ministry of Justice: Complaint to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice against the County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice (WITH UPDATE - Day 13 21/6/2017)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty