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From: email@example.com(STEVEN FISHMAN )
Subject: Fishman: Slashing Books in Public Libraries
Date: 25 Dec 1995 16:40:24 GMT
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X-NETCOM-Date: Mon Dec 25 8:40:24 AM PST 1995
>Larry Gainor (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
>: I seem to recall reading a post several months ago
>: that included a court transcript wherein a COS member
>: stated under oath that it was COS policy to steal or
>: mutilate public library books that were critical of
>: Can anyone refer me to a source/web page that might have
>: this transcript available.
Dear Larry and Arnie,
I used to do this once a month. False Data Stripping the Library was
part of my G.O. training; my level of confront was supposed to be
raised by it.
Armed with a single edge razor blades (at least they didn't want me to
cut myself on a double-edged one), I used to go to the Fort Lauderdale
Main Public Library on Sunrise Boulevard (before it was moved
downtown), and to the Miami Public Library and slash out any text from
any book which was anti-Scientology. I kept a manila folder with me,
and I used to look for the quietest booth and always sit with my back
against a window or a wall so I could see who was coming. Sometimes I
wouldn't find anything new and I would freak out because if I did not
come back with any articles, I would have a downstat and would have to
write it up, and Ethics would accuse me of wasting time or that I had
some evil purpose in withholding data, so once I went all the way to
Palm Beach to the public library (an hour and a half from Miami) and
found some stuff there. In those days not all libraries were
computerized and I had to search every encyclopedia, every book on
religion, every reference on mental health, etc. etc. etc. It was
The think behind it was that we were protecting the planet from the
writing of SPs and I was fighting the war in the field for LRH and I
felt powerfully insane about it.
The truth is, I was breaking the law (who ever gave that a thought),
slashing books just like the Nazis did in the 1930's.
Garry Scarff wrote about it too. But I did it. Month after month
I hope "writing up this real overt" helps a little.