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!EU.net!news.eunet.fi!anon.penet.fi Wed Jul 19 09:28:59 1995
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Culex)
Organization: Anonymous forwarding service
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 1995 04:16:09 UTC
Subject: The Big Story
Xref: news.interserv.net alt.religion.scientology:75913 misc.legal:61906 uk.misc:51007
In article <email@example.com>
firstname.lastname@example.org "Huw Morris" writes:
> < much cut >
> in an office, she saw a document referring to the harrassment of Atack. She
> slipped it into her bag in order to readit in private. What she didn't know
> was that she had been filmed doing this. The clams called the police and the
> reporter was escorted off the premises. They also attempted (and failed)
> to have her charged with theft.
> It seems to me that she was the victim of a set up. In order to see whether
> she was a journalist, they left her alone with a juicy document to see
> whether she took the bait. Why else would they have been filming her there?
Of course she was set up; in my previous follow-up posting to which you
made a similar response, I hadn't suggested she wasn't! However, she was
set up incompetently, for anyone with any knowledge of the Theft Act would
have known that they would have needed to prove that she intended to retain
It's a similar situation to a store "detective" who thinks he sees someone
pick up something and slip it away into a bag; if he makes the arrest in the
store, the suspect can claim that they were merely carrying the goods in that
bag until they found a convenient till at which to pay for them. That's why
store "detectives" always effect the arrest outside the store.
Of course, the Sea Org aren't "detectives".
They're merely defectives.
I have no doubt whatever that Alison Braund was wholly innocent of the
theft charges the $cientologists made; their subsequent private prosecution
alleging fraud was, I'd imagine, partly made in line with their
determination to persecute all those whom they dislike, and partly to
cover themselves against a claim for wrongful arrest and/or malicious
prosecution. I expect the CPS will take over that case, only to let the
matter drop by offering no evidence in court - if it hasn't already been
dropped or abandoned.
> And even if they were filming, it seems odd for someone to have been
> monitoring the camera.
That's perhaps not so unusual if at least one of the hidden cameras was
in the ladies' lavatory...
> It finished with the tragic case of a Scientologist who got into such
> debt that he comitted suicide. The mother clearly blamed the Church
> for his death.
Which is only natural, especially considering the stuff and nonsense
in his suicide note to his mother. I wonder what his family did with
all the $cientology junk he left behind...
It's occurred to me that the E-Meter is supposed to measure "mental mass",
yet as thoughts have no physical mass, such is plainly impossible. Such a
false and fraudulent claim would appear to contravene the UK law, chiefly
the Trade Descriptions Act and the German law - the junk was bought in
Germany - is probably even stricter, for the Germans tend to implement EC
directives more readily than does the British government.
> Overall, a good programme. It didn't pull any punches, and if things seemed
> a little rushed, that was because they tried to fit a great deal of material
> into only 30 minutes. Another BIG WIN!!
I look forward to Roger Cook (a somewhat pugnacious and most persistent
TV reporter) doing the follow-up report; can you imagine how it would
turn out? Can you imagine the Org trying to "handle" Roger Cook?
Cook is to start work on his next series in September, with screenings
in October and November. Perhaps someone should suggest that he takes a
look at the clam cult?
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