Atos Origin, the
murdering bastards IT company responsible for carrying out the notorious Work Capability Assessment have taken their harassment of the sick and disabled a step further by issuing legal threats to a website which was critical of them.
Afteratos.com is a website set up two months ago by a lone disabled woman (who wishes to remain anonymous and goes by the name of Aunty Admin). It’s purpose was to document and survey reports of those on sickness or disability benefits who have been subjected to Atos ‘ computer based medical assessments.
Thousands of people have been stripped of benefits having failed the Atos test, with 40% (and up to 70% with representation) having benefits restored after appeal. Tragically some people have committed suicide after learning of Atos Origin’s decision, whilst the stress of the testing procedure has also been blamed for at least one death according to a national newspaper.
This hasn’t stopped Atos from threatening afteratos with libel action, amongst other things over their use of the phrase Atos Kills, and Atos Healthscare. They also objected to the image below, which has appeared on countless websites (and no doubt now countless more), as a breach of their copyright.
Despite the aforementioned newspaper article, and the cartoon at the top of the page which first appeared in The Guardian, Atos Origin have decided to try and bully the disabled people and groups who have had the courage to stand up to them. The full letter threatening legal action can be read at (pdf): http://afteratos.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Cease-and-Desist-Letter.pdf
Whilst afteratos.com have made some concessions, they have warned that any further attempt to silence them will be vigourously defended in court.
Atos Origin have been the target of protests around the UK by disabled people, benefit claimants and supporters. Activists have vowed to continue the fight until these distressing and shameful attacks on claimants are brought to an end.