Subject: Scientology Discredited III Date: 22 Nov 90 15:31:51 GMT Sender: daemon@ucbvax.BE

---
Master Index Current Directory Index Go to SkepticTank Go to Human Rights activist Keith Henson Go to Scientology cult

Skeptic Tank!

Path: ncsuvm!ncsuvx!mcnc!rutgers!tut.cis.ohio-state.edu!ucbvax!THETA-GO!XEMU-SP From: XEMU-SP@THETA-GO ("Xemu, Suppressive Person, Extraordinaire") Newsgroups: alt.atheism Subject: Scientology Discredited III Message-ID: <9011221539.AA00401@lilac.berkeley.edu> Date: 22 Nov 90 15:31:51 GMT Sender: daemon@ucbvax.BERKELEY.EDU Lines: 119 Hello Again, The Crimes of Scientology Those of you who read my first two postings will know about a few criminal actions by the Church of Scientology ranging from the simple breaking and entering which I personally was subjected to, to the death threats that a friend of mine received. In this posting I will discuss some of the more large scale crimes of which they have been suspected (and convicted). Operation Snow White In 1972, L.Ron Hubbard became concerned about the bad reputation which his creation, the Church of Scientology, had with organizations such as the IRS, the FBI, CIA, RCMP, Interpol, and so forth. So he devised what he called Operation Snow White to 'clean up' these organizations' records. The direct supervisor of this plan was Hubbard's wife, Mary Sue. The plan was to infiltrate as many of Scientology's enemies as possible and to launder their records regarding the church. By 1975, there were well placed agents in the IRS, the US Coast Guard, and the US Drug Enforcement Agency. It was their job to steal as many relavent government documents as possible. (Does this sound like high treason to you?) Gerald Wolfe (code name Silver) was one of these agents. He was placed as a clerk in the IRS in Washington where he managed to steal more than 30,000 pages of documents relating to the org and its founder. He later turned out to be a key witness. To help the org avoid legal problems with such activities, there were also agents placed in the US Attorney's office so that any they could be tipped off about any investigations going on and destroy the evidence. Tens of thousands of secret government documents were stolen and copied by Scientology agents in several burglaries at the Department of Justice in Washington. The Washington operation was headed by Michael Meisner. In 1977, however, Meisner was a fujative because of these crimes. He spent 6 months fleeing from the authorities before he tried to 'blow' (leave the org). He was placed under guard by the org, but managed to escape and went straight to the FBI. Two weeks later, the FBI conducted simultaneous raids on the orgs in Washington and Los Angeles, siezing 48,149 illegally obtained government documents. All of this information was made public at the ensuing trial. On August 15, 1978, nine Scientologists, including Mary Sue Hubbard, were indicted on 28 counts of conspiring to steal government documents, theft of government documents, burglarizing government offices, intercepting government communications, harbouring a fugitive, purjory, and obstruction of justice. In the end, they were convicted of only a small fraction of these charges primarily because the prosecution did not want to persue any charges for which there was not an enourmous amount of evidence (a real pity, in my opinion... but then I think that it was a pity that they allowed 9 scape goats to stand trial rather than the entire church), and all were sentenced to 1-5 year jail terms and large fines. L.Ron, being the gallant hero he was, disappeared and permitted his wife to take the rap. In Toronto, there is currently a trial taking place on a related raid conducted on the Toronto org by the O.P.P. and R.C.M.P. That case is under media blackout, so I can only tell you what I have gleaned from some witnesses and court observers whom I happen to know. The charges are very similar to those levelled against Mary Sue and her friends. There were additional charges concerning burglaries at the Clark Institute of Psychaitry in Toronto, but those have been dropped (unfortunately) because the prosecution was unable to establish a value on the documents stolen (if they were worth less than $200, then it was petty theft and the Attorney General's office didn't want to waste their time with misdemeaners). The other evidence is very damning, and there will be a conviction soon. For example, the raid apparantly came as a surprise to the org as when the police went in, they caught several people red-handed feeding classified government documents into shredding machines! This proves, and I stress that the case is not yet settled so this is purely my opinion, that there were several people in the org who knew about the documents, knew that they were illegally obtained, and deliberately attempted to obstruct justice by destroying them. Again, the Toronto case merely singled out a few scape goats rather than indicting the entire organization. Of course, the official Church's reaction to all of this criminal investigation is one of outrage. These people actually claim that they have been singled out for religious persecution! Operation PC Freak Out This little caper is more an example of the sort of vindictive persecution which Scientology can inflict when its evil nature is pointed out publicly. In 1971, Paulette Cooper wrote the book _The Scandal of Scientology_ which was a journalistic expose. As with every other book written about Scientology except those from within, it was very critical and alerted people to the dangers of this cult. Also as with other such books, the author and publishers were immediately the subject of a law suit from the Church. Scientology, apparantly knowing that the suit could not be won on the strength of any legitimate claims, merely sought to tie the matter up in court as long as possible hoping to break Ms. Cooper and her publisher. At the same time, however, the Church embarked on a campaign of harrassment against Ms. Cooper in an effort to discredit her. This project was called Operation PC Freak Out. She was robbed, letters were sent to her friends and neighbors claiming that she was a sexual deviant with terrible venereal diseases. She was even threatened at gun-point. They also framed her on charges of making bomb threats against the Church. It was very fortunate for her that internal memoes concerning this campaign were discovered during the raids mentioned above. Charges against her (for the bomb threat) were dropped and she successfully sued the Church for many millions of dollars. There are many such stories. James Randy in his book _Flim Flam_ reports on Operation Humanist Humiliation, an attempt to discredit CSICOP because of its long record of debunking claims of out of body experiences and other such paranormal reports. Those of you who have been following the discussion which preceeded my first posting will remember that Scientology counts on this sort of mumbo jumbo being believed. I have not been able to find out anything more recent than these stories because I don't have terribly recent documents, however, my own personal experiences with the org in Toronto (see my first posting for a brief account) have convinced me that absolutely nothing has changed. Kevin Dooley (NB. This is not my account; please do not send e-mail to this address) PS. I have recently discovered a more complete description of the TR's (training routines) which I discussed in my second posting. I will post an article on that if there is sufficient interest.

---

E-Mail Fredric L. Rice / The Skeptic Tank