Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be
considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The
Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes
the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the
questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to
those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95
From news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!news.onramp.net!dal53.onramp.net!user Mon Jul 10 17:00:09 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Changiana Saar)
Subject: $cientology Doing It Again! -Watchman Fellowship
Date: 6 Jul 1995 16:19:20 GMT
Organization: United Rulers of Mankind, Local 112
X-Newsreader: Value-Added NewsWatcher 2.0b24.0+
I spoke with Craig Branch today - he of Watchman Fellowship - to ask his
permission to post the following. He said I could, so I bring you the
latest in Scientology's barage of barratry (sp? I sure am!). This comes
from a mailer that was sent out to subscribers of the Watchman Fellowship,
and I have snipped out the parts of the mailer that didn't have anything
to do with Scientology.
We have once again been confronted by attorneys representing Scientology.
They are alleging we have in our files and have been revealing certain of
their "trade secrets," and are violating US copyright laws. In a June 13
letter, we were notified by one of Scientology's lawyers [Changii's note:
It was Helena Kobrin] that they claim rights to "damages, an injunction,
and IMPOUNDING OF MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT USED [underlined in the
original] in perpetrating the infringing acts."
Recently, Scientologists used similar claims to raid the home of one of
their most vocal critics, Dennis Erlich. Armed with a federal court
order, Scientologists entered Erlich's home scoured through files and
computer data (including personal correspondence). They allegedly
confiscated over 360 computer disks of information and erased crucial data
from his personal computer. (I have enclosed a copy of a Los Angeles Times
article so you can read the whole story.) [Changii's note: I'm leaving the
article out here] Now it seems Scientologists want to try a similar
tactic on Watchman.
Craig Branch, Watchman's vice president, was also served a subpena two
weeks ago when he exited a plane in Chicago. Apparently, Scientologists
already have gained access to some of our private information. They seem
to know our itinerary even down to what flights we are taking and the
content of private telephone conversations.
With the prayers and financial assistance of our friends and supporters,
we were able to defend ourselves from two previous attempts at lawsuits
from Scientologists. Once again I ask for your intercession on our
- James K. Walker
I think it is time for some of the tired old questions again:
1) How did the Co$ know Craig Branch's itinerary? (Hi, Gene!)
2) Are the $cientologists illegally taping Watchman's phones? (Hi, Gene!)
3) How in Hawaii can Watchman be in violation of a trade secret agreement
that they could in NO WAY be signatories to?
"I am afraid their [Scientology's] claim of teaching 1.5 million
children in South Africa to read is just another fabrication."
- Johan Klopper, Second Secretary, South African Embassy.
Clamspores! Exploding Barnacles! Piltdown Man Engrams!
"Regardless if someone is present or not, if that person has
a vested interest in lying, he or she will lie"