Atos, The Oppressors of Free Speech

While nobody can deny that there’s a place in any civilised society for legislation to counter libel & hate speech it is a mark of a failing society when that same legislation is used to oppress and silence the expression of serious concerns and abuse, especially when the concerns being expressed are about wholesale institutionalised abuse being carried against some of the most vulnerable in our society by a company with a £500 million contract from our government, a contract I hasten to add that the UK government is not even monitoring the compliance of despite this being a contractual obligation*1 with it being quite clear that Atos is going down this path in an attempt to avoid the same fate as it’s US sister company Unum Provident who ended up being described as running disability denial factories and dragged through the US courts for fraud, fined $35 million and ordered to reinvestigate 300,000 other refused claims; something the company has still failed to complete 7 years later, (as of 2011), whose methods and practices Atos quite clearly follows*2 with it being groups that started out as small online communities that were responsible for Unum’s eventual downfall in the US where many of it’s subsidiary companies were also banned from carrying out business in at least 13 states until 2008.

Let’s look at what Atos have done so far this year alone to stifle the truth……

In May of this year the webmaster of the website AfterAtos.Org, a website that acted as a portal to an online survey of peoples experiences at the hands of Atos received a cease & desist letter from Atos’s grandly titled UK General Counsel threatening them with legal action over comments on the website such as Atos Kills, (a statement not only made widely on the internet but painted on walls close to Atos’s headquarters and offices), Atos Healthscare, (again a statement found all over the internet), and “Please help After Atos keep a record of the abuses being carried out against the sick and disabled by Atos, with all these being comments in the eyes of tens of thousands of people in the UK that bear a more than passing resemblance to the reality of the situation with there being at least 10 deaths over the past few years where at least some culpability for could be laid at Atos’s feet*3  The webmaster of AfteAtos.Org was quite happy to take the matter to court and give Atos their very own version of the McLibel Trial*4 but then had to remove the comments from the web site after his hosting company was similarly approached and threatened to terminate his hosting account which would have meant him loosing other sites hosted on his server, some of them other peoples sites.

With a precedent set that the route to go down was not threatening individuals but website hosting companies who were not going to risk the financial cost of a major legal battle with a company who’s wealth can be counted in the billions for the pittance they received in hosting fees in early August the same Atos UK General Counsel wrote a similar letter to the hosting company of the website Atos Register of Shame, a website that exposed the Atos “Health Care Professionals” who were finding seriously ill and disabled people fit for work despite them clearly not being, a complaint that resulted in that website being pulled by it’s hosts. *5

The latest round of Atossers corporate bullying in an attempt to silence their critics arose this week when Atos yet again issued legal threats against the hosting company of 2 online forums, DWPExamination and Carer Watch*6, with both of these forums being pulled down by their hosting companies leaving many people who used these forums for invaluable support and advice stricken and upset. (The Black Triangle Campaign has since given online sanctuary to DWPExamination’s forum by hosting it on our safe Icelandic server that is thankfully beyond the legal reach of Atos – http://dwpexaminations.blacktrianglecampaign.org/index.php and has offered to do the same for Carer Watch Forum).

The above attempts to silence what are expressions of clearly legitimate concerns and comments does beg the question of what country and time do we live in with it being more reminiscent of  Nazi Germany in the 30’s or Stalinist Russia.

It would be interesting to hear what you the readers feel about this and your comments are invited below.

*1  https://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2011/05/29/disability-denial-factories-working-uk/

*2  https://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2011/08/20/bbc-10pm-news-6th-november-2007-transcript-news-article-unum/

*3  https://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2011/08/10/paul-reekie-david-cameron/

*4  https://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2011/06/01/watch-full-mclibel-film/

*5  http://issuu.com/atosvictims/docs/legal_letter_from_atos?mode=a_p

*6  http://forum.myfreeforum.org/about20650.html

Comments
  • Dean James August 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Good work. Please keep it up! 😀

  • Mike Von Doom August 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Yeah. Keep sticking it to the b******s! People need to be shown who the real scum are.

  • Hazel August 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Well said! Too sad, sad, sad…

  • Calum August 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Good grief.

    Well done Black Triangle. Top job.

  • Work Programme Network August 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Solidarity!

    A4e took down Watching A4e, and also tried to take down our website on numerous occasions. It seems all these large companies like to threat hosting companies.

    I can’t say I am surprised as Atos actions are killing people – they must silence the bad publicity… and DWP is paying them £££ allowing them to do so.

  • niky November 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    is the free speech for the disabled down , not been able to get on it for 2 days now , dont no who else to contact ,with any info

  • jay March 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    With Atos, the DWP and the Con-Dem government, the UK is far from a civilised society. Any abuse of the most vulnerable people would not be tolerated in a civilised society.

    Atos would do well to remember the money they are paid is taken from the pockets of the citizens of this country.
    Any company getting rich at the trough of privatised services should be forced to be transparent in all it’s dealings but this is sadly not the case.
    They accepted the blood money and now their business brand is toxic not just in the UK but throughout the world because of their activities in denying the sick and disabled the small amount of money they require to live a life with some kind of dignity.

    I well remember the WCA I was forced to go through and the tribunal appeal, it was nothing more than an interrogation in all but name. What crime did I or any of the others in the same situation commit. None we were just ill.

    The activities of the rich are very rarely scrutinised, offshore accounts, tax evasion is a far more serious problem as is corruption in government. The amount of MP’s in Parliament with ties to private healthcare companies is quite staggering.

    I am ill and I will not be a cash cow for private health companies to make money from.

    Well done to Black Triangle, DPAC, Boycott Workfare and all other organisations opposing these corporate money sucking fascists with their pseudo fake psychology and denial of pain.

  • Sam Spruce (@samspruce) March 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I have twice had companies attack my hosts with claims of lawsuits if they don’t remove ‘my’ content. It is clearly wrong and abusive. If it were proven that my content were illegal then it may be procedurally correct to demand the hosting company remove the content. But otherwise it is simply asserting I am acting illegally with no recourse to law. It is so blatantly wrong it beggars belief that they get away with it except until you realise they are all in it together. It seems to me this is no longer about a reliable legal system but rather a war on information.

  • Stepping Razor March 2, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Give Thanks !!

    Are Atos going to take down Google Images of Atos Kills !! Comments of national papers about the Atos rogue state. OH Portal, OH Assist, OH Atos, OH Copywrite. OH DEAR So many OH website all run by Atos. So the fact of the above breaks freedom of speech. So Atos French IT Solutions run the UK. It is only facts. Slander of the disabled people is a fact. Atos it is not slander when it comes too Atos Kills selling weapon solutions to the USA & Russia, who cares, more deaths more weapon solutions for Atos to sell. The problem is Atos get so emotional & I thought emotional blackmail was their business. Since no one can afford to sue Atos, Atos can do what they want. You see where I`m heading in a uk rogue state run from a French IT Solutions Scandal. So the uk has sold it`s soul to France. Let`s rape the uk for profit. Meltdown !! Atos don`t care ££££ the uk know they are blackmailed by OH Portal Atos`s base for setting up multi website with different names so they can get people to work for them. As long as it`s not Atos the workers go. Fooled you ha ha same mistake. Freedom Of Speech Goes Something Like That.

    SR

    • Stepping Razor March 2, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      That falls under copywrite Laws by the way !!

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