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
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Rod Keller)
Subject: A.r.s Week in Review - 7/9/95
Date: 9 Jul 1995 19:05:48 GMT
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Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review
Volume 0, Issue 12
by Rod Keller [email@example.com]
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review summarizes the most significant
postings from the Usenet group Alt.religion.scientology for the preceding
week for the benefit of those who can't follow the group as closely as
they'd like. Out of thousands of postings, I attempt to include news of
significant events, new affidavits, court rulings, new contributors,
whatever. I hope you find it useful. Like many readers of a.r.s, I have a
kill file. So please take into consideration that I may not have seen some
of the most significant postings.
The articles in A.r.s Week in Review are brief summaries of the articles.
Many include an excerpt, and all include message IDs for the articles I
cover. This may or may not be useful to you, depending on how long your
site stores articles in the newsgroup before expiring them.
** New archive sites **
A.r.s Week in Review is available free, by e-mail and is archived at:
(Jim - this didn't work today. Temporary problem?)
Also new: I'll be putting news articles about a.r.s first in this
publication from now on. Old affidavits, articles, etc. will appear after
the update on current events.
> Return of the Cancelpoodle
The Cancelpoodle, infamous for canceling articles to a.r.s for the cos,
returned this week, canceling several articles which Helena Kobrin has
declared not to contain material copyrighted by the church. The server
used to post the cancels was contacted, as described by the system
"Access to the NNTP server on the system ccvax.ucd.ie has been restricted
to authorised systems only. Allowable activities once connected to the
NNTP server have also been restricted. Hopefully this should eradicate the
cancellation postings in alt.religion.scientology.
University College Dublin Computing Services
Tel: +353 1 706 2456 Fax: +353 1 283 7077 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org"
And here is one of the cancels:
Subject: cmsg cancel <email@example.com>
Date: 2 Jul 1995 06:25:12 -0400
Control: cancel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Martin Poulter
Martin Poulter, maintainer of the U.K. cos critic's WWW page, has had his
account suspended due to threats from the church.
"The complaint is specifically about my posting copyrighted material to
alt.religion.scientology. I believe that what I was doing was within my
rights, but I will now have to stop doing so in order to protect my system
"I have told the university that I will do anything necessary to save them
from further harassment. This will include taking copyrighted material off
my Web page as well as toning down my posts to a.r.s. I have taken care in
my postings to make sure that Scientology do not have a leg to stand on
legally, but the University does not want any involvement in legal action
and I do not want to put the Web service at risk."
> Watchman Threatened
A letter from James Walker was posted this week, describing harassment
against Watchman, a cult awareness group.
"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 [Helena Kobrin]
that they claim rights to "damages, an injunction, and IMPOUNDING OF
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT USED in perpetrating the infringing acts.
"Craig Branch, Watchman's vice president, was also served a subpoena 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."
> Eugene Ingram Update
News on the inclusion of Eugene Ingram, PI for the church, and his listing
in the national criminal database, the NCIC.
"He assigned investigating the Gene Engram warrant to Keen Bard. Mr. Bard
reported back to him that the warrant was *never* in the NCIC, just in the
FCIC (Florida's local list).
"After due consideration of the charges (they are a 3rd class--the
lowest-- felony warrant) they decided they *should* list it in the NCIC.
This was done a week ago. The listing may be up by now, and will be up
before the end of the month."
> Helena Kobrin Threatens
Attorney for the cos, Helena Kobrin, sent email to Grady Ward this week
concerning his post of materials which Helena herself has verified are not
copyrighted by the cos.
"At the end of your posting you stated that I was a 'proven liar' because
I claimed the document containing that heading was a forgery.
"It should be apparent to you that if the document were not a forgery, we
would have taken action against you, including, at a minimum, notifying
you, and notifying Netcom, which would have canceled your account. It
should, therefore, also be apparent to you that this document is a
forgery, in light of the fact that no such actions were taken.
"Your posting of this document and representing it as a genuine
Scientology document by L. Ron Hubbard violates section 43(a) of the
federal Lanham Act. Any further attempt to represent the document as
authored by Mr. Hubbard or connected with the Church will be met with the
appropriate legal actions."
Clarification was found of what the Lanham Act entails.
"Any person who, on or in connection with any goods or services, or any
container for goods, uses in commerce any word, term, name, symbol, or
device, or any combination thereof, or any false designation of origin,
false or misleading description of fact, or false or misleading
representation of fact, which -
(A) is likely to cause confusion, or to
cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or
association of such person with another person, or as to the origin,
sponsorship, or approval of his or her goods, services, or commercial
activities by another person," [trimmed]
> Chris Miller Update
Chris Miller replied again this week to allegations that s/he lied in a
dead agent post to soc.women against Morrison & Foerster.
"I will repeat one more time. Everything that I have said on this
newsgroup is accurate and truthful. I have been attacked by hounds who
don't care about the truth and would take any truthful statement, if it
was altered from their own opinions, and twist and turn it until it was
"The posting on soc.women contained wholly accurate information except the
personal information on my was disguised to protect my identity."
> William S. Burroughs
Several excerpts were posted this week from William S. Burroughs. The
first from his book "Burroughs on Scientology". Some highlights:
"Mr. Hubbard's overtly fascist utterances (China is the real threat to
world peace, Scientology is protecting the home, the church, the family,
decent morals...positively no wife swapping. It's a dirty Communist
trick...national boundaries, the concepts of RIGHT and WRONG against evil
free thinking psychiatrist) can hardly recommend him to the militant
students. Certainly it is time for the Scientologists to come out in
plain English on one side or the other, if they expect the trust and
support of young people. Which side are you on Hubbard, which side are
And from an article in Rolling Stone, November 9, 1972.
"I remember someone named Polly Stathis who, with eight other high
criminals, showed the clearing course to a _psychiatrist_. RON put out a
Fair Game Order on them in The Auditor newspaper.
"No amnesty may ever cover them.
"Any Sea Org member contacting them is to run R-2-45.
"If they ever appear in any Org they are to be run on reverse processes.
(Reverse processes according to RON can drive someone insane.)
"They may be tricked, lied to, or destroyed.
"_They are fair game_.
"So when RON puts out an Enemy Order on someone, he is directing the
hatred of every Scientologist against that person. This may actually cause
damage. Will leave the reader to infer whether this magic is strong
enough to materialize anonymous letters to the police which recently
resulted in the seizure of 30,000 books of Mr. Girodias' Olympia Press
edition of a London warehouse, to write other letters cutting off Mr.
Girodias' phone supposedly at his request, and the disappearance of
manuscripts from burglarized premises. Others who have opposed or deserted
Scientology report similar incidents. It is time for Wogs to unite against
such tactics. The publication of this book is an important step in this
> Forbes Article
An article by famed Time magazine author Richard Behar from Forbes,
October 27, 1986 was posted anonymously this week. As always, some
"But the central fact is the money: hundreds of millions of dollars last
seen in the form of cold cash or highly negotiable securities. 'It's a
perfect story about greed and lust for power,' says William Franks, who
was driven out of the organization in 1981, when he was the church's
chairman of the board and its executive director international, the post
Hubbard officially relinquished 20 years ago. 'If you understand it on
that basis, and stay away from the 'religious' aspects, it makes perfect
"The good ship Apollo got filled with hundreds of the most thoroughly
programmed of Hubbard's signees. On board, life became very peculiar.
Frank Watson, a chiropractor then in his 50s, told Forbes he was thrown
overboard five times, sometimes blindfolded, for minor infractions. The
drop was 26 feet. One Tanja Burden testified she was required to serve at
the age of 13 (both parents were Scientologists) as Hubbard's personal
slave, helping him dress and preparing his toiletries. There are many more
> French Bombing
Details were posted from Agence Presse France concerning an alleged
bombing of a cos building in 1985. The target of the bombing appears to
have been the National Institute of Statistics.
Chris Miller wrote:
"YOU are misreading jerk. Read the AP wire and the Agence Presse France
wires which very specifically refer to the Black War letter received by
Agence Presse France claiming responsibility for the school bombing.
And the Agence Presse France article
"'Black War' a revendique l'attentat a l'explosif commis vendredi soir
contre un immeuble de l'INSEE a Malakoff (Hauts de Seine). 'Cette periode
pre electorale de sondage signifie viol des foules, mensonges et
manipulation de l'opinion. Imposons l'arret des sondages a des fins
politiques' C'est le septieme attentat de ce groupe apparu en decembre
"'Black War' claimed responsibility for the attack done Friday evening on
an office of the INSEE [National Institute of Statistics..] [address
> Letter from Ron
A letter written by L Ron Hubbard to his wife [which one?] in August 1938
was posted this week. I found the following passages interesting. The
first is amazing for a man who claimed auditing could cure most illnesses.
The second is interesting for the company he puts himself in.
"As for fingers, don't feel bad. Now about my operation....You may or may
not know, because I have never yelled much about it, that I have a finger
which is dead above the third joint and although it never had any real
medical attention for all the banana skinning of it, it got well and I got
used to it. And again I've got a chunk missing out of my shinbone and two
holes in my jaws and a broken foot which sometimes protests and a
once-wrenched shoulder which aches when it rains and a slight skull
indenture which goes aflame in air cooled because of the bare-nerves
around the edges. And then I've got another finger which, in the
marcarpal, is bent like a green twig and gives me chills when I think that
someday I may haul off and slug some mug and really ruin my hand. And then
I've got a mule-disrepaired kidney which isn't quite nailed down. Further
there seems to be something wrong with my lungs because they catch now and
then and hurt just like hell which is probably the result of rib fracture.
Further there's a broken knee cap which I never knew about and all I've
got to do is touch it against a table leg and I go white. Of course there
is also my right hip which still merrily snaps out of joint on
embarrassing occasions. But outside of an infected ear and occasional
sinus headaches and a once-smashed wrist I am in very decent shape.
However, if you can put up with a guy who has all those things, you ought
to be able to put up with one missing finger joint.
"Psychiatrists, reaching the high of a dusty desk, tell us that Alexander
and Jenghiz Khan and Napoleon were madmen. I know they were maligning some
very intelligent gentlemen. So anybody who dares say that maybe he's going
to cut things up considerably is immediately branded as a egomaniac or
something equally ridiculous so that little men can still save their hides
in the face of possible fury. It's one thing to go nutty and state, I'm
Napoleon, nobody dares touch me, and quite another to say, If I watch my
step and don't let anything stop me, I can make Napoleon look like a
punk.. That's the difference."
> Overheard on the Apollo
An affidavit was posted this week from the Paulette Cooper case. John
McClean described a conversation he overheard between LRH and Mary Sue
"On or about July 14 while standing on the quarter deck of the ship just
outside L. Ron Hubbard's dining lounge, I overheard a conversation between
L. Ron Hubbard and his wife Mary Sue.
"This conversation dealt with one Paulette Cooper, the authoress of an
anti-Scientology book, 'The Scandal of Scientology'. Mary Sue was telling
Ron of the fact that Paulette Cooper would be hit from all fronts with
lawsuits from Scientology. Mary Sue stated that she felt that Paulette
Cooper talked and wrote too much about Scientology. Mary Sue stated that
she would totally destroy her credibility and that no publisher would ever
touch her again, and resultantly, she would never get another book
published. It was also stated by her Scientology would sue, and keep suing
Paulette, until she broke."
And from the same case, an affidavit was posted from Robert Dardano.
"In February - March 1975, the B1 Bureau placed an agent named David Grace
with a cleaning company that was cleaning the law offices of Bingham,
Dana, and Gould. The purpose of placing Grace at the cleaning company was
to burglarize the offices of James McHugh, the attorney for the Boston
Globe. The G.O. wanted all of the files of McHugh in order to find any
damaging information that could be used against the Globe in law suits and
also to block publication of a forthcoming article about Scientology by a
Globe reporter named John Wood. The B-1 Bureau also believed that Paulette
Cooper may have corresponded with Wood and was seeking to obtain that