Article 60109 of alt.religion.scientology: Subject: Gee, I feel honored Date: Thu, 27 Apr
Article 60109 of alt.religion.scientology:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gary Reibert)
Subject: Gee, I feel honored
Organization: Dayton Microcomputer Association; Dayton OH
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 1995 04:52:09 GMT
Well, it's happened.
Most likely it will be 'defended' as the actions of "an over-zealous"
member of the Co$. But however it's characterized, I've been paid
On 17 April as I was running errands, I noticed a vehicle that 'just
happened' to be behind me a lot. While I concentrated on determining
if I was paranoid (after all, late-model light blue Chevrolets are a
common site here in a GM town) or should be concerned, I missed a turn.
Knowing the area well (I grew up around here) I knew I could cut through
a church parking lot to get where I should have been.
So I turned into the lot and went around the corner. And damned if the
Chevy didn't just follow!
Well the gate at the other side was closed, so I drove past the blue
Chevy to the entrance of the lot. The Chevy parked. I went around the
corner into the lot I _should_ have goe into initially.
I took care of the errand (delivering refreshments for the local community
council meeting, if anyone really wants to know) and started to leave. The
driver of the Chevy sat up, started his car and started to follow, using
the old 'complete view of subject by parallel route' tail.
I lost him on purpose. 16 years of law enforcement experience and 24 years
of reading mystery/espionage books do pay off.
Next, on Friday, 23 April, at 1749 hours I received a telephone call from
a male identifying himself as a representative of a company doing a local
survey. It was, he said, about trying to locate veterans. When I attempted
to politely decline to participate, the caller became abusive, telling me
that '...not participating is not an option."
I hung up on him.
Between then (Friday) and today, I contacted (in this order):
1. The Dayton Better Business Bureau
2. All of the telemarketing and marketing
survey companied listed in the Dayton
NONE of them had any information concerning the company.
I then contacted the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, division of
corporate affairs. They advised that there _is_ such a company
(name withheld just in case it's real and _does_ do legitimate work)
incorporated in Mansfield, Ohio. BUT I can find no information (address,
phone number, etc.) on the company (and I checked with friends in the
Mansfield law enforcement community). And the statutory agent (i.e. he
who filed the paperwork for the incorporation on behalf of the corporation)
has no phone number. Or office at the address listed in the state's
Then yesterday, as I came home from the library, I found the local power
utility had a crew searching my back yard for a damaged gas line
shut off valve cover. Someone had called in a service report and given
MY address and phone number as having hit the gas valve with a mower.
(And yes, I made certain the men worked for the utility company. I've
also been in touch with the head of their security department which is
now running its own investigation.)
Now, as a former law enforcement type, I realize that every group has its
bad appples. (One of the saddest times of my life was having to assist
in the investigation and arrest of a police officer I'd known since my
teens.) But it just seems _too_ convenient that these things are
happening to me now, since I publicly made 2 (count 'em!) posts
critical of the Co$ and entered into email discussions with two of the
'pro Co$' members of a.r.s. (They know who they are.) I really _would_
like to considerthese events aret of a local loocannon lurker who supports
Especially since (I thought) I was on somewhat neutral terms with one
of the Co$ correspondants and have followed the wishes of the other to
sever direct communication (I "...don't want to have rational
communication." because I asked too many rational questions?).
I have informed the local authorities of the coincidences (and the
license plate of the Chevy!). I've spoken with as many people as I can
think of that of who may be called and advised them that they may get calls
asking questions about me and advised how I would like those questions
answered. I have spoken with the local neighborhood watch people. They're
watching. I've put passwords on all my utilities accounts and made
arrangements for flags to be put on all my financial records.
Damned shame I have to go through all this just to be able to speak my
All flames gratefully accepted: I learn new words this way!
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