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ICO Abuses

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, July 12, 2015 04:24:02

"On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 12:25 PM, Paul Trummel <> wrote:

Final Notice

Graham Smith, Deputy Information Commissioner
Information Commissioner's Office, UK.

As Christopher Graham, Information Officer considers himself above the law, his three deputies become responsible and will be served jointly and severally. They continue to use wilful blindness as a defence to criminal activity, now rampant in ICO, by withholding information and sabotaging legitimate requests for information. ICO has hacked web sites in an attempt to destroy or censor published information which construes as prior restraint. The investigation includes all open cases on ICO records that it has either ignored or processed disingenuously during the past three years. The three deputies (the deputized trio) have joint and several liability and will be accused of misconduct in public office in UK and web hacking in US.

"Censorship by hacking" ranks among Internet criminal functions defined as acts of terrorism. Alleged illegal Internet hacking by ICO established by intent, points to a cover-up of misconduct by ICO and MoJ (ironically a week before a general election) which forms a pattern or practice of contextomy. Documented blackmail and extortion by ICO and sabotage of a public inquiry by MoJ also forms part of the current criminal investigation.

The Journalist lodged preliminary information with the Deputy Chief Constable earlier this week (connected with other issues) which adjunctly addresses fraudulent filing of criminal complaints and the repeated harassment by police officers at the Journalist's flat based upon unsubstantiated Communications Act 2003, Chapter 21 charges. By that, ICO maliciously submitted false information to police officers in violation of the human rights of the elderly Journalist.

Cheshire Constabulary (Gareth Lawrence) acted upon those unfounded complaints and harassed the Journalist without providing evidence to him as a potential defendant. A defendant is entitled to receive disclosure of material necessary to enable legal advisors to assess prosecution and give informed advice. Documents obtained under DPA show that Lawrence has proceeded despite repeated requests to substantiate his claims of criminal activity as required by Criminal Procedure Rules 2010, Part 10.

Wilful blindness always results in disaster for its participants (especially when they are lawyers or police officers) as they will find out at an international level. The complaints span the past five years during which the Journalist has endured persistent harassment by frivolous and vexatious complaints from ICO staff members and police officers. Instead of doing the job that the law requires and for which the public pays them, they have sycophantically followed orders and committed crimes orchestrated by an allegedly psychopathic Information Commissioner. The deputy ICO commissioner trio will now have to account for their wilful blindness and assume responsibility for crimes committed by their "omnipotent" leader.

The damage to the web sites is estimated at £100,00.00. According to advanced technology investigators in US presently examining the systems damage with a view to filing complaints with FBI, the cost will increase incrementally following the results of forensic evaluation. Meanwhile, the publishing costs increase due to repairing and replacing data on the damaged web sites that now have content contextually altered to distort meaning by ICO and operating systems bastardized by the hacking.

The attached PDF contains a copy of the deleted content that resulted from the hacking which clearly points to ICO and forms stage one of the forensic investigation. However, considerably more damage was effected to the other three Contra Cabal sites which will probably take several months/years to repair. Those sites are four of the largest non-profit web sites on the Internet and the hacking has adversely affected all of them because they have a common server and linked databases.

ICO has ignored all warnings regarding previous interference with these sites and has disingenuously tried to use published material out-of-context to support "vexatious" claims against the Journalist when the correct procedure is to challenge any inaccuracy of content with the Editor to allow correction, if needed. Published material now forms part of vindictive attacks upon the Journalist the use of a non-binding "vexatious decision" now awaiting a court determination. FOIA/EIR/DPA request procedure and any contextomy (use out of context) by extracting content from published media to support legal argument under those Acts construes as a criminal prevarication.

The hacking took place within hours of publication if the following update to an article. That shows deliberate intent to silence (gag) the Journalist. This excerpt gives reason to the hacking because Alan M Dransfield, an investigative building engineer specializing in health and safety lightening and other risks in public buildings (particularly The House of Lords) has been constantly harassed by ICO in attempts to gag him for several years (See full text in appended PDF pages 29 through 40):

"In relation to the institutional status of the ICO, Leveson recommended that Government consider amending DPA to reconstitute it as an Information Commission led by a Board of Commissioners with suitably broad expertise. He concluded that a number of significant drawbacks exist in the single commissioner model which make organisation vulnerable to pressure with profile and reputation focused on an individual, Christopher S Graham.

Leveson stressed that the absence of an effective senior executive board exposes the office to an oligarchic style of leadership with insufficient internal checks and balances which results in incoherent management of priorities, business risks, resources and performance. That proved true in the recent lack of proportionality and uncontrolled behaviour of Graham in processing hundreds of FOIA/EIR/DPA vexatious decisions which gave cause for GIA/3037/2011 Dransfield v ICO and Devon County Council now awaiting appellate decision C3/2013/1855.

Proportionality, a general principle in law, covers several special (although related) concepts used as a criterion of fairness and justice in statutory interpretation processes. It especially
applies to constitutional law as a logical method intended to assist in discerning the correct balance between the restriction imposed by a corrective measure and the severity of the nature of the prohibited act. Within criminal law, it conveys the notion that the punishment of an offender should fit the crime. A crime has to not only be clearly defined but proven using statutes and valid legal precedents. That means not only arbitrarily quoting laws, but also arguing in each case how they specifically apply to each and every given circumstance."

The content of the PDF forms part of the allegations of misconduct in public office (an argument supported by precedents in UK and US). Destroying specifically designated published evidence, as can be seen in the PDF, also adds credibility to the claims of censorship and prior restraint. It shows that the damage was not caused vicariously by rogue hackers, instead, it shows deliberate criminal intent by ICO (in a consort with MoJ, HSE and HCA) to distort the continuum prior to a general election.

nota bene

T.Inspector 4190 Forshaw, Cheshire Police.
Please treat this information as a separate, second complaint in the string of outstanding complaints against police officers during the past five years. I will advise you of them separately. You can find other relevant web pages by clicking the links within the contents page in the attached PDF.

Paul Trummel (the Journalist)
Professor Emeritus, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

A Non-Profit Company Incorporated under the Laws of the State of North Carolina, USA.

Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:07:47 +0100
To: Graham Smith <>
From: Paul Trummel <>
Subject: Criminal Complaints by ICO - 880-37-58-smith-gf
Cc: Simon Entwisle <>, David F Smith <>

Final request for contact information.

If I do not receive these email addresses immediately, then I will bring personal charges against each of you, (Simon Entwisle, David Smith and Graham Smith) under Fraud Act 2006 for deliberately withholding information that you have a duty as a public sector official to provide. I will include all the instances of previous withholding (also lack of response to correspondence that caused me harm) and the malicious filing of false and misleading criminal complaints against me which caused repeated personal harassment against me by Cheshire police that you allegedly instigated.

See links below.

Paul Trummel, Profesaor Emeritus.

Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:44:39 +0100
To: Graham Smith <>
From: Paul Trummel <>
Subject: Criminal Complaints by ICO - 880-37-58

Email addresses required by return email for Beaton, Watmore, and Wood. Bounced.

Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:36:51 +0100
To: Ailsa Beaton <>, Andrew Hind <>, Ian Watmore <>, Nicola Wood <>
From: Paul Trummel <>
Subject: Fwd: Criminal Complaints by ICO - 880-37-58
Cc: Simon Entwisle <>, David F Smith <>, Graham Smith <>


Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:03:22 +0100
To: Graham Smith <>
From: Paul Trummel <>
Subject: Criminal Complaints by ICO - 880-37-58
Cc: Simon Entwisle <>, Andrew Hind <>, David F Smith <>

Graham Smith, Deputy Information Commissioner
Information Commissioners Office

I am now preparing chronologies to address the frivolous and vexatious criminal complaints that ICO has filed against me (which Cheshire Constabulary have confirmed in writing without particularity). I have been harassed by police officers entering my address four times late at night during the last year (without a warrant) after they intimidated other elderly residents to let them into the building and disclosed confidential information to them. The police claim serious criminal violations of DPA filed by the Information Commissioner as the reason for their outrageous behaviour.

I request that you send to me within 10 days copies of those complaints and all documents related to the accusations made against me citing, with particularity, how I have violated UK laws. ICO public sector officials have maintained anonymity on several of these issues (despite repeated requests for them to identify themselves); consequently, I am now attributing all the issues relating to ICO to you personally as the author and responsible party. This applies to all issues described on the web pages listed below (PDFs can be downloaded from those pages) and the eighteen requests that have been allegedly subjected to blackmail and extortion for almost two years.

This request is in my capacity as an international journalist under Practice Directions, Part 31, Disclosure and Inspection of Documents and other EU statutes in pari materia that address court pre-filing disclosure of documents. Please acknowledge receipt within 48 hours.

I have discussed these issues with a US attorney (brother to a State Governor) after spending 35 years handling FOIA in the US myself. His opinion of the UK Information Commissioner was that he is a "chucklehead". The experience that I and many others have had with Christopher Graham concurs with that definition. You now have an opportunity to mitigate the damage that he has caused which includes his conspiracy to defraud in a consort with What Do they Know which has prevented me from using that facility for almost two years.

If I do not receive a response which includes the requested documents (and responses to all previous correspondence on which you have practiced wilfull blindness) by the deadline Friday, 01 May 2015, then I will file criminal complaints for misconduct in public office against you personally and complaints with SRA against you for practicing as a solicitor without a certificate and using other solicitors (public officials) as unidentified proxies.

Prepublication Notice

Individuals featured in Contra Cabal receive prior notice in accordance with codes of ethics agreed among journalists. Several of those codes have international legal precedent. They provide an opportunity to mitigate damage and to refute statements that could negatively affect reputations or cause investigation or prosecution for alleged illegal acts.

Under the mitigation doctrine, the law places an obligation on journalists to take reasonable action to reduce the effect of breaches of law. Mitigation rules apply to damages or costs in an action for tort or for breach of contract. It does not matter if the issues classify as civil or criminal.

The notices give them an opportunity to challenge with substantiated evidence any charges affecting their ethical or moral character. For public accountability, the author encourages them to respond in open exchange before a deadline. Individuals mentioned incidentally receive a copy of the notice as a courtesy.

Journalists must report the truth no matter whom they offend and with disregard for the consequences of publication. Accurate reporting predicates a higher purpose and the common good.

The author does not solicit personal opinions and informs individuals that they should address only matters of fact. The notices declare personal or conflicting interests that relate to topics or to opinion especially when the content draws upon advocacy, experience, conclusion, or interpretation and advise of a responsibility to gather information and develop public awareness about wrongdoing and violation of codes of conduct.

Primarily, the articles expose malfeasance and misuse of public funds also abuse of elderly tenants by landlords, trust officials and law enforcement agencies. Named individuals neglected to adhere to their duty of care. Some maliciously damaged others and their reputations by libel, slander, assault, or other unlawful acts.

No person receives immunity from investigation. Anything published results from investigation, verification and validation which takes into account violations of law or breach of established rules and ethical practices.

Paul Trummel
Professor Emeritus, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

A Non-Profit Company Incorporated under the Laws of the State of North Carolina, USA.

UK equivalencies in graphic communication recognized by Boston University, Northeastern University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Fitchburg State College, San Jose State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and University of Washington with comparability twice certified by International Education Research Foundation (IERF), a credential evaluation service accredited by US Department of Education.

Fellow, International Society of Typographic Designers
Fellow, Institute of Paper Printing and Publishing
International Federation of Journalists, Brussels, International Press Card #GB 8953.
National Union of Journalists, London, Press Card #025057.
Society of Authors, London - #00039806.
Suez Canal Zone General Service Medal - 1950-1955."

(Alan Dransfield is a named party)

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