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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!howland.reston.ans.net!ix.netcom.com!netcom.com!modemac Tue Jul 18 10:03:45 1995 Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Path: news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!howland.reston.ans.net!ix.netcom.com!netcom.com!modemac From: modemac@netcom.com (Modemac) Subject: Document #4 Message-ID: Organization: NETCOM On-line Communication Services (408 261-4700 guest) X-Newsreader: TIN [version 1.2 PL1] Date: Mon, 17 Jul 1995 19:19:04 GMT Lines: 192 Sender: modemac@netcom2.netcom.com ------------------------------------------------------------------- F.A.C.T.Net, Inc. (Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network, Incorporated) a non-profit computer bulletin board and electronic library 601 16th St. #C-217 Golden, Colorado 80401 USA BBS 303 530-1942 FAX 303 530-2950 Office 303 473-0111 This document is part of an electronic lending library and preservational electronic archive. F.A.C.T.Net does not sell documents, it only lends them according to the terms of your library cardholder agreement with F.A.C.T.Net, Inc. ===================================================================== DECLARATION OF STEVEN FISHMAN I, Steven Fishman, declare as follows: 1. I have personal knowledge of the facts stated herein, unless stated on information and belief, and if called upon to testify to these facts I could and would competently do so. 2. I am a Defendant in the case of Church of Scientology v. Steven Fishman and Uwe W. Geertz, United States District Court, Central District of California, Case Number 91-6426- HLH(Tx). I am currently serving a five year sentence for mail fraud and I am on Parole under the supervision of the United States Probation Office, Southern District of Florida. 3. I am readily familiar with the practices of the Church of Scientology International regarding their taking of depositions, and of discovery. My deposition was taken by Timothy Bowles and James L. Jackson on March 24-26, 1993. Further, my psychologist, Uwe W. Geertz, provided the Church of Scientology with discovery including tape recordings of my psychological sessions with Dr. Geertz, who is my co-Defendant in the above-captioned case. 4. Subsequent to obtaining copies of these tape recorded sessions, I was visited and phoned by various agents of the Office of Special Affairs of the Church of Scientology International without their permission or consent. These tape reeordings included copies of hypnosis sessions performed by Dr. Geertz. These OSA Agents, including Brad Van Dyck and Virginia Smedberg Redmon, used these taped sessions to induce hypnosis in an attempt to manipulate me and to influence the outcome of the civil case in their favor. They attempted to secure my unwilling participation to sign a confessional and a request for an amnesty, both of which would have been perjurious and prejudicial to my case. 5. It is standard and typical procedure for the Office of Special Affairs of the Church of Scientology to use information garnered from depositions and other forms of discovery to intimidate, harass, and occasionally to cause physical and emotional harm to their perceived enemies and to the families, psychologists, psychiatrists and attorneys of their perceived enemies, under the doctrine of Fair Game. 6. When I was attached to the Guardian's Office and later to the Office of Special Affairs, part of my hat or job assignments were to flood enemies of the Church with junk mail in an operation known as Bingoing. This involved sending a group of staff members to the public library, in order to raid the periodicals section and pick out technical journals and magazines, circling numbers on the business reply cards wildly and randomly, and filling in the name and address of the perceived enemy, so that he or she would be flooded with junk mail. Many such requests originated from information secured during discovery including depositions conducted in legal cases where litigation and disputes were ongoing between the Church and its enemies. I was oftentimes asked to phone the perceived enemies or "SPs" (Suppressive Persons) in the middle of the night, and either make a specific telephonic threat or simply hang up, at the direction of the Ethics Officer of the Org or the Director of Special Affairs (OSA liaison). Prior to my arrest in 1988, I had been put on a detail known as Ringbacks, where I was instructed (by my Ethics Officer Frank Thompson) to dial a series of five hundred or more beeper numbers in succession from one dialing prefix, and then leave the telephone number of our enemy so that he or she would be flooded with unwanted telephone calls by parties who genuinely believed that someone had phoned them on their beeper. Such harassment was typical of what the Church of Scientology International does with names and addresses obtained through legal discovery. 7. Furthermore, active staff members, including family members if any, were required by the Director of Special Affairs to write up Knowledge Reports concerning intimate details of the personal life of the Suppressive Person to be used in discovery and in the taking of depositions. Once further information was secured, whenever possible, the Director of Special kffairs, following the Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letters referring to Black PR would amass a file of damaging information on the Suppressive Person or enemy of the Church in order to further sue, attack, or whenever possible, to ruin him utterly. The Church of Scientology would encourage Scientologists to disconnect from former members who fell out of favor with the Church, and it is not uncommon for discovery to be used to alienate family members from one another and to split them up. In September of 1984, I was ordered to get a divorce, and I was actively assisted by Yvonne Shirley "Bonny" Mott, the Authorization and Verification Unit Officer of the Commodore's Messenger Organization, to bring the divorce to its End Phenomenon or conclusion, as part of her "stat" or statistic, in order to increase and encourage my production of my own "stats", which were criminal activities involving the filing of fraudulent class action lawsuits, for which I was eventually arrested and convicted. 8. It is my viewpoint that all depositions involving the Church of Scientology should be videotaped, or be taken before a Special Master as ordered by the Court, in order to prevent abuses of discovery. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Florida that the above is true and correct to the best of my recollection and understanding. Executed August 4, 1993 at Sunrise, Florida. 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