* Scientology "church" at war with the world
Fredric L. Rice
The Skeptic Tank 1:102/890.0
As most of you probably know, the "Church" of Scientology has
been attacking Bulletin Board Systems and Internet users around
the world trying to stiffle critics of their church. Though
this isn't at all new, what _is_ new is the _number_ of attacks
against critics in the past four months, the _type_ of facts
critics are now presenting to the world, and the specifics of
the _methodology_ the church has adopted of late to curb critics
around the world from speaking out.
The intimidation factor includes the vandalizing of people's cars
(such as the Twenty / Twenty television crew's cars in their
parking lot due to an exposure they televised) to the cutting of
people's car's break lines to photographing critics, knocking
on people's doors, and demanding to know "Who do you work for?!"
(They're told that critics all work for some mysterious cabal of
psychologists, strange as it may sound.) Their operatives'
criminal histories also extend to evading arrest and avoiding
process servers. David Miscavige, for instance, is wanted for
impersonating an officer in the state of Florida and a reward is
being offered for any process server who can locate him to serve
him with a subponea (contact me for information on the reward.)
For the past five years or so I've been accumulating all the
information on the Scientology church I could find, deleting all
of the church's secret "scriptures" from the huge mass of court
documents, court affidavits, newspaper reports, television and
radio interview transcripts, and FBI reports of the past criminal
activities of the church's operatives. The list of files grows
daily and I have made an effort to delete anything which isn't
Though the church has focused their attacks upon BBSs like mine
for decades, their focus has been changed to the Internet and
major magazine and newspaper publications like Time and The
Washington Post which have been sued simply because the facts
offered are embarrassing to the church. It is felt by the church
that knowledge of their "religion," their "scriptures," and
criminal activities of the past and present will and have
adversely impacted upon their revenues by alerting potential
"wogs" from signing-up for their very expensive courses or from
taking their "free personality test" which results in all
applicants who pass a "wallet biopsy" from being discovered to be
infested with invisible "thetans," the cure of which demands
hundreds of thousands of dollars to get and thus end up "clear."
Thetans are the fragmented remains of beings which lived some 74
trillion years ago (to hell with cosmology and science, yes) who
were once citizens of the Galactic Empire until Xenu shipped them
all off to Earth, chained them to a volcano (which is why there's
a volcano on the book "Dianetics") which Xenu then blew to pieces
with hydrogen bombs. The fragmented thetans attach themselves to
humans these days and contribute to the negative "reactive mind"
where only L. Ron Hubbard's "technology" can reach and "cure."
If this sounds like a LSD-induced fantasy, that's because it is.
Hubbard was a heavy drug user who eventually committed suicide as
his paranoia and hallucinations intruded into his wakeful life.
He claims to have created the United States Air Force and to have
personally sunk two Japaneese submarines off the coast of Oregon.
It was found that he lied; it was, it seems, further drug-induced
hallucinations which eventually he considered real.
"Scriptures" which contain this information (and a lot of other
like-minded nonsense such as talking to plants and animals and
controlling people's mind using "tone" -- it gets even more silly
when Hubbard talks about spaceships that look like 747s) have
been introduced into court documents as evidence in litigation
launched by ex-scientologists. Since this information is public,
it's been available on Internet for years. Due to the attacks on
Internet Users and even their Service Providers, however, this
information is available from hundreds of web pages all over the
world, prompting the huge increase in criminal activities of the
church which then results in even more Internet web pages being
created and old ones being updated. (Such as a forged bomb
threat by an as-yet-unknown Scientologist leveled at a vocal,
sometimes rabid (and quite entertaining!) critic in
alt.religion.scientology who called himself "henry." That cost
henry his job, and Internet access and will doubtless drive him
to sue the church for their criminal actions against him.)
The church is trying to sue anyone who makes such court documents
available, claiming that their "scriptures" are copywritten and
not public (which is the only reason why I don't keep them.) The
fact that anyone can go down to a court house and photocopy the
documents for a fee of one dollar a page hasn't escaped the
church. They have members stand in front of court buildings
before they open and check-out the documents, sitting with them
all day so no one else can read them or have them copied. (Most
religions don't act like this, you know. They usually want to
reach as many people as they can with their scriptures. Not the
Church of Scientology, though. In fact, this is an abuse of the
legal system that needs to be addressed with time limits or
perhaps with a lottery if more than one person desires the court
documents at a time.)
Even though nearly every court case against critics finds in
favor of the defendant and the church ends up paying huge amounts
in monetary settlements, (some of which are over 2 million
dollars) the church appears to learn nothing from their activites
and, it is suggested by organized cult watchers, eventually the
heads of the church will be "excommunicated" for mishandleing
critics to the point where all revenues cease. (The church calls
excommunicating their leaders "SUPPRESSIVE PERSON DECLARE AND
EXPULSION.") Until then, however, the church continues to attack
individuals around cyberspace as well as within the media simply
for offering the world Scientology's own words in full context.
If you're interested in all the ugly details, a list of the files
I've accumulated, examined, and retained so far may be
FileRequested using the magic file name of COS from my system.
In addition, my system has been archiving _all_ issues of the
Computer Underground Digest and the following issues contain
articles on the cult's attacks on people's freedom of speech. As
the church continues to attack Internet and people's freedom of
speech, no doubt the number of CuDs which cover the story will
CUD706.TXT EFF Open Letter to Church of Scientology
CUD714.TXT The Finnish police have gotten a search&seizure
warrant on my home and the anon.penet.fi server
CUD721.TXT Religious Technology vs. Netcom-on-Line, Judge
Ronald Whyte presiding -- 2/21/95 hearing at
Federal Court in San Jose (10:00-11:00)
CUD725.TXT Background on Church of Scientology and the Net
CUD740.TXT Church of Scientology and the Nets Church of
Scientology v. the Net (background)
CUD753.TXT The Church of Scientology is vigorously litigating
to force a bulletin-board operator to entirely
prohibit all access to a COS critic
CUD768.TXT The Church of Scientology. Perhaps modeling their
behavior on that of America Online, the keepers of
the flame of L. Ron Hubbard have forged
cancellations of Internet messages they don't
like, tried to remove an entire Usenet discussion
group devoted to critical examination of
Scientology, threatened operators of anonymous
remailing services in order to discourage
anonymous criticism of Scientology, instigated a
raid on an anonymous remailing service in Finland,
and sought to intimidate Scientology critic Dennis
Elrlich, his Internet access provider, and Netcom
by suing them on extremely dubious grounds of
CUD769.TXT WASHINGTON POST SUED FOR VIOLATING SCIENTOLOGY
CUD770.TXT Church of Scientology Sues Washington Post
CUD776.TXT Report on the September 15, 1995 hearing in the
case of RTC v. Lerma; US District Court for the
Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, VA
CUD778.TXT Church of Scientology: Sit Back & Watch the Show:
Reports of CoS' setbacks in its case against Lerma
are swiftly making the rounds on the Net.
At the risk of sounding overly melodramatic...
The loss of freedom of expression and speech affects all of us in
cyberspace, whether we're totally uninterested in the criminal
actions of Scientologists or not. I can't imagine how a church
or business can think that adopting nearly fascist tactics to try
to curb a huge number of citizen's rights to free speech is in
any way ethically or morally acceptable. Certainly the courts
have overwhelmingly found that it's _not_ Constitutionally
The debate isn't about copywrites, anti-religious hate mongering,
or even about the criminal activities of the church. It's about
MONEY and the bilking of the ignorant, the gullible, and the
superstitious. It's about the squelching of individual freedoms
and Constitutional rights to speak out against tyranny and fraud.
It's about opening one's mouth and denouncing pseudo-science and
mind control. If you read a Scientologist trying to claim
otherwise, let me leave you with an extract from one of their own
training courses. Their mendacity is _learned_.
This is an _extract_ from a "TR" -- a "Training Routine"
which is a course that the Church of Scientology offers to
those who are willing to pay the huge costs. It teaches
how to lie successfully.
Title: INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST TRAINING ROUTINE - TR L
Purpose: To train the student to give a false statement
with good TR-1. To train the student to outflow
false data effectively.
Position: Same as TR-1.
Commands: Part 1 "Tell me a lie". Command given by
coach. Part 2 interview type 2 WC by coach.
Training Stress: In Part 1 coach gives command, student
originates a falsehood. Coach flunks for out TR
1 or TR 0. In Part 2 coach asks questions of
the student on his background or a subject.
Student gives untrue data of a plausible sort
that the student backs up with further
explanatory data upon the coach asking further
questions. The coach flunks for out TR 0 and TR
1, and for student fumbling on question answers.
The student should be coached on a gradient until
he/she can lie facilely.
The rest of the training has been deleted so that no possibility
of copywrite violation is possible under the provisions of "fair
use." It goes on to provide an example of a student lying to a
"coach" with the coach acting in a confrontational and aggressive
manor. The student is required to appear truthful and not be
caught in a contradiction.
You can bet that any Scientologist you're likely to see on the
television or quoted in a newspaper has been through the course
and passed. They wouldn't let him or her speak otherwise.
I encourage everyone to download the files from my system before
there's a knock on my door and they try to shut me up like all
the others. I also sggest that some of the WEB sites be reviewed
for photographs of operatives -- some of whom are running from
the law and might show up in your area.
-=- For WEB pages covering the issues -=-
Ron Newman: http://www.cybercom.net/~rnewman/
David Dennis: http://www.amazing.com/scientology/
Jim Lippard: http://www.primenet.com/~lippard/pis.html
Skeptic Magazine: http://www.skeptic.com/03.3.jl-jj-
Bob "Sloth" Bingham: http://www.sky.net/~sloth/sci/sci_index.html
Tilman Hausherr: http://www.snafu.de/~tilman/
Dave Touretzky: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Fishman/
Daniel Tobias: http://www.webcom.com/~dtobias/sosueme.html
Jessie Blalock: http://www.clark.net/pub/jcblal/jcbcos.html
Jerod Pore: http://www.well.com/user/jerod23/clam.html
Martin L Poulter: http://mail.bris.ac.uk/~plmlp
Jonas Flygare: http://www.algonet.se/~flax/scientology.html
Scott Goehring: http://copper.ucs.indiana.edu/~sgoehrin/
Teodor Vaananen http://www.algonet.se/~teodor/cult/welcome.
Steve A: http://www.demon.co.uk/castle/scientology.
Felipe (XS4ALL) http://www.xs4all.nl/~felipe/cos/
Cornelius Krasel: http://wpxx02.toxi.uni-wuerzburg.de/~krasel/
David C. Smith: http://starbase.neosoft.com/~dcs/scieno1.
Brett Achorn: http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~achorn/cos/cos.
Mark Allen: http://pubweb.acns.nwu.edu/~mallen/scam.html
Steve Marinick: http://www.primenet.com/~stevem/scieno_java.
Taneli Huuskonen: http://www.helsinki.fi/~huuskone/ot-levels.
Bruce Scott: http://www.ipp-garching.mpg.de/~bds/COS/COS.
Samuel Kaplin: http://www.skypoint.com/members/skaplin
Maureen Garde: http://superlink.net/user/mgarde/opinions.
Don Lindsay: http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~lindsay/
50 Gt. Conspiracies: http://www.webcom.com/~conspire/
-=- BOOKS -=-
1. Cooper, Paulette--The Scandal Of Scientology
2. Wakefield, Margery--The Road to Xenu
[Steve A] http://www.demon.co.uk/castle/xenu.html
-=- F.A.C.T. Net -=-
New home: http://www.lightlink.com/factnet1/
FACTNET kit: http://www.prysm.com/~cuthulu/
(courtesy of cuthulu)
FACTNET kit: http://www.xs4all.nl/~fonss
(courtesy of fonss)
FACTNET kit: http://www.cistron.nl/~newkid
(courtesy of newkid)
-=- LERMA CASE -=-
Faegre & Benson: http://www.faegre.com
-=- PRO-SCIENTOLOGY -=-
Leisa Goodman: http://www.theta.com/goodman
Brian W: ftp://FTP.PCNET.COM/users/brianw
R E Brooks: http://www.crl.com:80/~rebrooks/
-=- FISHMAN AFFIDAVIT --
There are over 50 sites for the Fishman affidavit because it
contains the court documents which has the church's "scriptures."
Two sites for the affidavit are: