To my regular readers, firstly let me apologise for the lack of posting. It has been an interesting but very frustrating few weeks for me.
It would seem that someone / organisation(s) has had a great deal of interest in the contents of my computer systems. I have been fighting a running battle with these people as they have tried to break into my network, compromise my firewalls, add hidden files to my machines, open their own ports and run FTP sessions.
Its a pointless exercise, as I do not keep anything of a sensitive nature on my internet facing machines, and the mail server contains nothing, as you already know, because it is emptied every 60 seconds by a second mail server.
The last time I received such a sustained attack of this nature was in 1991/92. In the months immediately before and after 9/11, I had been providing project management consultancy to a firm in Bournemouth, which was running a feasibility study on a secure portal project to the Saudi Royal Family. This required regular visits to the Saudi Embassy in London for technical meetings, not only with diplomatic staff but also on occasion with the Saudi Ambassador Prince Turki (who was removed from his position as head of Saudi Intelligence after 9/11), and as part of the work to win the contract beyond feasibility I also entertained Saudi diplomats at my home in London.
This reasonably drew the attention of our ‘Security Services’, However what was unreasonable, and being newly infected with New Labour & Fabian thinking and the American imported version of paranoia, they decided that rather than ask either me or the company what our involvement with the Saudi’s was about, they would simply take any information they could get their hands on. This included sustained hacking attempts on the computer network at my home and at the Bournemouth company, and finally breaking into my flat in London to get access to the computer that their hacking had failed to compromise.
Then as now network and computer logs provide a wealth of information about who, when and how.
Perhaps it is because this blog doesn’t really care about who is embarrassed when corruption is exposed, posts about the undemocratic EU, articles about Common Purpose, perhaps it is self preservation at work as the Andrew Withers case has highlighted, perhaps it is that I have started using PGP to stop the nosey, intrusive nature of every man and his dog with a government pension, the extensive coverage I gave on twitter of the Arab revolutions or perhaps it is that I have started to publicise @VColumn, a total unknown for the buggers in Whitehall.
Whatever the reasons, I learned from the mistakes of 10 years ago, so there is nothing here to see. Keep looking folks if you must, but no matter how institutionalised your paranoia is now, you will never find what isn’t there in the first place. What you will see however is that I will not be silenced, I will not be intimidated, I will continue to fight the traitors in our midst and I will keep writing to expose and throw light in all your dark corners.
As Ghandi famously once said:
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
You will not break mine.
Let the events currently going on in Egypt sober our civil servants thoughts, as the Egyptian people again take to the streets, this time to dismantle the State Security apparatus that has ruled their lives for so many years, and to make public and publish the many files they had. Even now the vested interests are at work protecting the SS.
Unfortunately in this country our Freedom of Information laws do not extend to our Security Services, so I may never know which watch list they placed me on after the Saudi project, or whether I am still on it, nor its implications, although some of those I already know. Perhaps someone with a conscience will write to me.
Like all Security Services in authoritarian States, they lose sight of what they are there for. They are there to protect the Country and its citizens, not the State, unfortunately after so much Fabian and Common Purpose infiltration and training, for the British SS it may be too late to save them.