Week in Review Volume 6, Issue 22
by Rod Keller [rkeller@...
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> World Trade Centers
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC this
week, Scientology has participated in services in memory of the victims.
Notice of a service in Pasadena was distributed to Scientologists by
"Dr. Yahia Abdul-Rahman has extended this invitation to Rev. Heber
Jentzsch and All Scientologists to attend the Southern California
Gathering of All Faith Communities. This is an All Faith Prayer Meeting
Thursday Evening at the Pasadena City Hall. Heber and 35 other religious
leaders from around the Southland will present an uplifting and unifying
evening of prayer and sanity and correct perspective to the events that
took place in New York and Washington, DC this week."
>From the Seattle Times on September 14th:
"Churches of Scientology: commemorative services for the public from 1 to
9 p.m. today at 601 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle; 1234 N.E. 145th St.,
Shoreline; and 15424 Bel-Red Road, Redmond. 206-284-0604."
>From Country.com on September 13th:
"An estimated 1,500 people came to Nashville's Centennial Park Wednesday
to mourn the terrorist attacks carried out against America the day before.
Instead of mingling, most of the people sat on the park lawn in clusters
throughout the observance. Some wore white ribbons on badges that read
'God Bless America.' Others carried small American flags. A handful of
young people circulated through the crowd and handed out invitations to
the Church of Scientology."
A number of emails distributed to Scientologists described efforts to
distribute The Way to Happiness by L. Ron Hubbard in New York, as well as
other responses to the crisis. In addition, Scientologists are attempting
to interfere with mental health professionals there to assist victims and
"From: Bill O'Meara
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
"The Way to Happiness was written specifically as a non-religious work so
that any group, public or private, could use its message of basic values
and lessons for life. We immediately need $500,000 to fund the printing
and distribution of 2 million books for Washington D.C. and New York. The
ongoing campaign is to print and distribute booklets to every household in
the U.S. There are 73 million households."
"From: Darlene K. Swanson
Tue, 11 Sep 2001
"This is what is needed: Encourage everyone to come to Flag for their next
service since this will help destimulate a very restimulated country and
bring in more theta. People who are willing to go to New York to give
assists and whatever else is needed. Donations are needed to cover air
fares, buses, T-shirts etc. Donations should be given to Bennetta
Slaughter. It would be a tax deductible donation to the Gung Ho Groups.
A blood drive is being set up for tomorrow morning either outside the FH
or in the Sandcastle area. Need donations of Way to Happiness booklets.
These can be dropped off at the FH.
"Per Pamela Lancaster Johnson, Field Control Sec, CC Int: There will be a
Candlelight Service tonight, Wednesday September 12th, at 10 PM in the
Franklin Gardens at CCInt." Dear Scientologists,
"Battle Plan: Go to your local Church of Scientology for briefings and
hatting. Volunteer to help put in order. Study the Scientology Handbook
booklet 'Solutions for a Dangerous Environment' page 10: Ways to Lessen
the Threat'. Be ready to run locationals and other assists on people you
meet who are upset. Get hatted TONIGHT at your local org or mission.
Report your wins with LRH tech. Email to Volunteer Ministers c/o Kathy
Evans at kagevans@...
"The CLO and New York Orgs are ok and are operating. New York Org is just
body routing people off the street and giving them assists or sending them
straight into group processing. Volunteer Ministers have been dispatched
to aid with blood drives and give assists in hospitals.
"Volunteer ministers are needed. When arriving at a hospital, VM's should
say who they are say they are there to give spiritual aid. This is needed
before the psychs get their ruddy hands on people. If you are in New York
and can take food and water to Manhattan you need to let the police or
guards know that you are delivering food and water for the Office for
Emergency Management. WISE is stepping up the Management Series and OEC
donation campaign to get the admin tech disseminated in the area. This
includes donations to libraries and government officials.
"Come to Flag: we have doubled the delivery at Flag since May. We are now
up to 25 OTs in one week. We have doubled the Well Done Auditing hours,
but this week we will have 3x'd this stat. We are up to 6,300 well done
auditing hours a week. It is the safest place to be. Now is the time to go
OT. In truth, the most valuable thing you can do is apply LRH tech to the
world around us and do your part in applying LRH ED 'BOOM POSTULATE.'"
"FROM: WISE International <info@...
11 Sep 2001
"I trust that you all know that getting LRH tech into society - RAPIDLY -
is the remedy to this third dynamic engram, and I wanted to ensure that
you are briefed about specific actions you can and should take. With
populations panicking or in shock at what occurred, we have the tech to
bring order and handle the situation. It is vital that you take on the
role of being a stabilizing influence in your area.
"If you are on service at your org, do and complete that service, and get
more. Increase the hours you are in the org. 2 million of The Way To
Happiness booklets are being printed in New York City for distribution
right there and in Washington, D.C. Contribute to making this happen.
Disseminate! You are an appointed FSM for your local org - help someone in
your area by caring enough about them to bring them into the org for
service. Deliver assists to those in need. Attend your upcoming Auditor's
Day event. They are happening as scheduled around the world. This is
Saturday, 15 September for LA and all WUS, EUS, Canada, UK, European,
African, and ANZO orgs, except: for Bulawayo, Harhare, Tokyo, Malmo,
Goteborg, Stockholm, Oslo, Brussels, Lisbon, Tel Aviv and Amsterdam and
all Mexico and LATAM org events, which will be held Saturday 22 September.
"Love, Don Drader
President WISE Int
"FROM: Karen Scott
Fri, 14 Sep 2001
"We have experienced considerable success making ourselves stable
terminals in the disaster zone giving assists and supplying food to the
police and fire fighters. We are 'the guys in the yellow shirts' and that
alone now gets us past the road blocks into southern Manhattan. With our
higher confront and work ethic we have established ourselves to such a
degree that we now have the Red Cross referring social workers and
psychologists to us at the org for training transport into the disaster
zone. We hat them on assists put a shirt on them and send them in.
"With Scientologists and non-Scientologists combined we have sent out
close to 150 Volunteer Ministers so far. At the highest peak so far we
have had close to 40 people working the zone at one time. What we are
aiming to handle is provide adequate support for these people. You will
hear the media running a line that 'We don't need any more volunteers.'
What they are neglecting is the old datum that behind any army are 5
people to every soldier acting as support staff to keep him fed and
supplied and in shape. This is where we come in and I can tell you now:
this area could absorb the efforts of a thousand Scientologists for weeks
"Additionally we are trying to move in and knock the psychs out of
counseling to the grieving families and that could take another 100 plus
people right now. Due to some brilliant maneuvering by some simply genius
Sea Org Members we tied up the majority of the psychs who were attempting
to get to families yesterday in Q&A, bullbait and wrangling. They have a
hard time completing cycles of action and are pretty easy to disperse. But
today they are out in full force and circling like vultures over these
people and all of our resources are tied up in the support efforts in the
disaster zone at present.
"No one can do anything for them or the rest but Scientologists. The other
religions here with their ministers have shown their true colors and are
working hand in hand with the psychs to give these people as much false
data and restimulation as they can. They HAVE NO TECH and they're not even
trying to hide it anymore. They've crossed over and abandoned anything
spiritual and to hell with them.
"The Red Cross has told us when we went to help at their shelters and
found no one there, 'the people say they are doing fine so we send them
back out'. That's because the Red Cross' confront is sooo low they can't
even see when people are suffering right in front of them. They are blind.
"Lt. Simon Hare
CO I HELP Canada (in NY)"
"I arrived today along with 16 other Volunteer Ministers to the 'base'
which is located at Stuyvesant High School, about 1/4 mile from the
disaster site. I initially spent my time just unpacking food and handing
out water. There was a very large barricade there manned by both Police
and Military and they absolutely refused to let us though. The SO member
in charge of the VM's 'snuck' about 5 of us in another way and on the way
we gave out cold drinks to tired rescue workers.
"We stayed in the pier area right near the site for awhile, helping to
unload TONS of supplies arriving by boat. We put out 3 cots and we started
body routing people in for nerve assists. I had the pleasure of giving a
nerve assist to a very nice but tired gentleman from the PA Search &
Rescue Team and then gave him a locational afterwards. He was very VGIs."
"I was very pleased to see the 'Mental health' section empty, and Kumi
Kimball's assist cot FULL -- every single time I had the opportunity to
venture away from my post for a break! It was a beautiful thing!"
"As part of a briefing given to a group going to ground zero this evening
(some folks from LA), we were informed not to give out any information
about what is going on down there via the Internet. This restriction was
communicated as being necessary in that the internet can be infiltrated,
and possibly this information could be gotten into the wrong hands,
altered, etc. However, I think that I can say with certainty that we are
TRULY one of only 4 groups allowed into ground zero. This is a known fact
and even the reporters are green with envy I assure you."
For a few hours Fox News ran the number for Scientology at the bottom of
the screen. From Stacy Brooks:
"Fox News is running an announcement at the bottom of their screen
directing people to call 1-800-FOR-TRUTH for national mental health
assistance. This is part of what is running on the screen: NYPD WARNS OF
CRUEL SCAMS: FAMILIES OF MISSING PERSONS URGED NOT TO GIVE SOCIAL SECURITY
NUMBERS TO PEOPLE POSING AS RESCUE WORKERS... PET RESCUE CALL ANIMAL CARE
& CONTROL: 888-567-8123... NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE:
"When you call that number the person answers: 'Dianetics Help Center, can
I help you?'"
>From Keith Henson:
"I called them. From back ground noise they have a bunch of operators
working. They are pushing Dianetics, but if you ask them, they will
mention Scientology. They are pushing teaching people how to do 'touch
assists,' and no doubt taking names for later regging. They are set up
next to the Red Cross at 227 W. 46th St., that is between 7th and 8th Ave.
The operator said they will be teaching starting on the hour between now
>From Dilbert Perkins:
"When I called 1-800-FOR-TRUTH the first time, they answered 'Dianetics
assistance center' but awhile later, they answered, '1-800-FOR-TRUTH.' I
said, 'I thought you were National Mental Health Assistance.' She
answered, 'We are, we are an organization comprised of the Citizen's
Coalition for Human Rights and the Church of Scientology to aid the people
of New York.'"
Fox News removed the phone number and offered this explanation in an
"It was a stupid screw up and it's gone. Thanks for your note.
L.A. Bureau Chief
Fox News Channel"
The St. Petersburg Times reported the appearance of the phone number in an
article on September 15th.
"Television viewers who turned to Fox News on Friday for coverage of the
terrorist attack also saw a message scrolling across the bottom of their
screens - National Mental Health Assistance: 800-FOR-TRUTH. Unknown to the
cable news channel, the phone number connects to a Church of Scientology
center in Los Angeles, where Scientologists were manning the phones.
"'It was entirely a good-faith attempt to help people,' said Ben Shaw, a
Clearwater Scientology official. Church spokesman Kurt Weiland in Los
Angeles said the phrase 'National Mental Health Assistance' must have come
from Fox. 'I can assure you it didn't come from us,' he said. Scientology
firmly opposes psychiatry, and church members campaign to eliminate
psychiatric practices in mental health.
"Fox News spokesman Robert Zimmerman said the station received an e-mail
about the hotline and aired the number without checking it. 'The bottom
line is we (messed) up,' Zimmerman said. 'Unfortunately, it didn't get
vetted. We apologize.' The hotline information ran for several hours -
once appearing below the image of President Bush and his wife, Laura, at
the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance in Washington. The news channel
yanked the information Friday after learning of the Scientology
connection, Zimmerman said.
"Michael Faenza, president and chief executive of the National Mental
Health Association, called the hotline number 'outrageous' and said
Scientology 'is the last organization' emotionally vulnerable people
should call. 'They just leave a wake of destruction in the realm of mental
health,' he said.
"The mental health association, based in Virginia, is the country's oldest
and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health
and mental illness. 'This is a very important and sensitive time,' Faenza
said. 'I'd urge the Church of Scientology to stay out of the mental health
side of what happens in the country now.'
"In some cases, callers were referred by the four Scientologists answering
the phones to agencies compiling information about missing people. In
other cases, callers were directed to agencies taking collections, Weiland
said. If people called crying and upset, he said, they were told they
could visit a Scientology center.
"When a reporter called, a volunteer said free copies of a booklet,
Solutions for a Dangerous Environment, were available to callers. The
booklet is a Scientology publication based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard,
although that was not mentioned in the phone call."
A Scientology press release on September 15th promoted the phone number
and the work of Scientologist in New York.
"Families of victims, those injured, even emotionally distraught rescue
workers can call 1-800-FOR-TRUTH (1-800-367-8788) to receive effective
trauma counseling after the recent tragedies. Those wishing to help
others can learn where to receive training in these counseling techniques
through the same phone number. Both counseling and the training in
counseling methods are delivered free by Volunteer Ministers of the
Churches of Scientology around the country. Callers will be directed to
their nearest resource.
"Scientology Volunteer Ministers were immediately on the front lines in
New York City and Washington DC after the tragedies. Hundreds are on site
and more are coming to New York from across the nation. 'By teaching
these techniques to hundreds of concerned citizens at ground zero in New
York and Washington DC, we effectively spread real relief to thousands,'
said Rev. Susan Taylor, president of the Founding Church of Scientology of
"The easily learned counseling procedures include the 'Touch Assist' which
restores a person's communication with injured parts of the body. Touch
Assists are used with first aid and proper medical care. The 'Locational
Assist' helps a disoriented, confused, or stunned person regain awareness
of other people and the environment. During emergencies, this helps a
person 're-focus' and start helping others."
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Scientologists working in the disaster
area in an article on September 15th.
"Within the secure zone five blocks from the ruins, Stuyvesant High School
has been turned into an impromptu command center swarming with FBI agents,
New York police officers, dog handlers, firefighters and doctors. Most of
the food service at the center is being handled by people wearing yellow
T-shirts that say 'Church of Scientology volunteer.'
"Stuyvesant's first floor has been transformed into a M.A.S.H.-like unit,
but without survivors to treat, the only busy areas are for medical
massage and psychiatric care. On Friday, a search dog named Shannon gets a
professional rubdown, eyes closed and legs in the air.
"Periodically, teary-eyed rescue workers seek out psychiatrists. But the
doctors also actively look for patients. One psychiatric nurse said he
searches for a certain look in people's eyes - a barely contained hysteria
- and gently suggests treatment. Some of the workers are simply exhausted,
others young and unprepared for the sight of human body parts, said the
nurse, a Vietnam veteran on the staff of Beth Israel Hospital in
Jeff Jacobsen reported that Scientology's beautification group, Citizens
for a Better Clearwater, has received a certificate from the city thanking
it for the work done on the alley behind Scientology's Coachman building.
"The certificate was presented at the City Commission meeting on September
"'Our criteria is to recognize outstanding examples of well-designed,
well-maintained properties that best promote Clearwater's Sparkling image.
The Gas Light Alley Park illustrates that effort,' said Brooks Hammac,
Beautification Committee Chair. 'It is our hope and aspiration that this
program will be an incentive to others to improve or maintain their
properties in a like manner. Working together we can make Clearwater a
better place for all of us to live, work and play.'
"Citizens for a Better Clearwater, working with various City departments,
transformed a dingy alleyway into an attractive 'pocket park' that
provides a pedestrian walkway from Park to Cleveland streets south of the
503 building. Personalized bricks were sold to help generate monies for
the improvements and created enthusiasm while fostering a community
> Tom Cruise
The National Enquirer reported on September 18th that Scientology
celebrity Tom Cruise is trying to introduce his new girlfriend, actress
Penelope Cruise, to Scientology.
"Penelope is a Buddhist - and Tom is a devout Scientologist. Cruise has
given his new girlfriend the grand tour of the Church of Scientology
Celebrity Centre in Hollywood - but Penelope has reservations about
Scientology. 'Tom has begun preaching the word of Scientology founder L.
Ron Hubbard to Penelope,' disclosed the insider. 'So far she's put Tom
off, but knows she's going to have to deal with it.'"
> Lisa McPherson
The judge in the Lisa McPherson civil case has found Bob Minton in
contempt of court for failing to appear for deposition, and has ordered
him to appear for sentencing.
"Mr. Minton was properly subpoenaed for a deposition on August 3, 2001,
and failed to appear. Mr. Minton filed a response to the motion for an
order to show cause, in which he stated that Scientology posted
information on the internet that purported to detail Mr. Minton's mental
health history and discussed private medical records of Mr. Minton's two
minor children. Mr. Minton also stated that Scientology leafleted his
minor children's neighborhood with accusations of his and his wife's
dishonest or criminal dealings in Nigeria. Mr. Minton stated that as a
result of the internet posting and the leafleting he consulted a
therapist, and the therapist advised him not to travel to Florida for the
"Mr. Minton's attorney presented an unsworn statement from a doctor at
Parkland Medical Center stating that Mr. Minton was admitted to Parkland
Medical Center for treatment of pneumonia on August 29, 2001 and would not
be able to attend to business matters for seven to fourteen days. At all
times material, Mr. Minton had the ability to attend the deposition, and
Mr. Minton's failure to attend the deposition was the result of choices
that Mr. Minton made. Mr. Minton is, therefore, in contempt of court.
"Robert S. Minion shall personally appear before the undersigned on the
4th of October, 2001 at 1:30 p.m.. for the imposition of sentence and the
entry of such other other orders as the court shall deem appropriate in
> Tom Padgett
An affidavit was filed in Tom Padgett's family court case by Rev. Robert
Pardon, Director of the New England Institute of Religion Research. Tom is
requesting some visitation or custody of his children, and is opposed by
his ex-wife, who is still a Scientologist.
"In my professional opinion any testimony given at this time by either
Padgett child would be highly unreliable. This is due to the long period
of time that neither child has had unfettered access to their father.
"What would be required for either one of the children to be viewed as a
competent witness is that they be allowed to have unfettered access to
their father for an extended period of time where normal communication can
be reestablished. That they meet with a neutral family counselor to help
them process the many intense emotions they have towards either/both
parents. That the minor child, Beau Padgett, be assigned a Guardian Ad
Litem to seek his best interests.
"Statements limiting what either parent can or can not talk about anything
with his or her child initiates such conversation is not in the best
interest of the child. This certainly true in the case of Julie Padgett
who is now emancipated. And, in my estimation, in the case of Beau Padgett
who is 16 years old, it is also true."
> Reed Slatkin
The Santa Barbara Mercury News published an article on Scientologist and
investment counselor Reed Slatkin on September 10th.
"His assets have been frozen, from valuable artwork and software company
stock down to a single share of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. And Reed Eliot
Slatkin, co-founder of EarthLink and a millionaire investment counselor,
sits holed up in his estate, under the icy glare of federal authorities.
"Investigators suspect Slatkin was running a huge international investment
fraud, bilking what now appears to be as many as 850 creditors out of
about $600 million. But Slatkin's troubles are also presenting a public
relations challenge to the Church of Scientology, a lightning rod for
controversy since it was founded in the 1950s. His longtime connections to
the church have some critics and investors wondering: Was the church a
beneficiary of Slatkin's? A victim? Or both?
"While there is no evidence that Slatkin took investors' money and gave it
directly to the church, some non-Scientologists are asking whether their
life savings went to Scientologists who did make money -- and ultimately
to the church itself. Church leadership has tried to distance itself,
insisting Slatkin wasn't the fervent Scientologist he claimed.
"'This really hasn't had an impact on the church,' said Scientology
spokesman Aron Mason. Alleging a church role here is 'like saying Michael
Milken was a Jew who used his relationship within his religious community
to develop a financial operation and people got hurt. But you can't hold
the church accountable for the actions of an individual member,' said
Mason. 'That's outrageous. I wish I knew where all that money went, but it
certainly did not go to the Church of Scientology.'
"Critics of the church, many of them former members who say they have been
pestered for years for questioning Scientology policies, see something
more sinister. Many of the church investors who entrusted their money to
Slatkin were high-profile people in their fields. The church must have
profited, critics say, if only from huge charitable contributions from
"'Slatkin has been a big donor to the church and so are a lot of the
people who invested with him,' said Arnaldo Lerma, a former Scientologist
and longtime critic outside Washington, D.C.
"If investigators can show the church somehow reaped rewards, Scientology
might have to give some of that money back. There is precedent: After an
Arizona businessman was indicted last year for defrauding investors in an
operation similar to, but smaller than, Slatkin's, authorities discovered
he had contributed $1.8 million to Scientology.
"'We found $50,000 a crack going to the church, $200,000 another time,'
said the court-appointed receiver in that case, Phoenix CPA Larry
Warfield. After a lawsuit, 'they've paid us back $1.3 million and have
promised to pay us back another $150,000 in 60 days. They've been very
"In the Slatkin case, if Scientology has to give money back, Lerma said
'that's money they won't have anymore to hire lawyers to sue us.'
"With Slatkin, some worry about an awkward religious divide between money
makers and losers. 'If Reed lost church members' money, that's
interesting,' said Patrick Siefe, a non-Scientologist and former Slatkin
associate who helped design his trading software. 'And if he didn't,
that's even more interesting.' Anti-tobacco litigator John Coale told the
Wall Street Journal that he and his wife, CNN legal commentator Greta Van
Susteren, made money from their investments with Slatkin.
"Bennetta Slaughter, a longtime church activist and donor, began
contacting investors after the case became public, saying she was
organizing creditors. If they would send her $250 each, she would hire
legal counsel. 'Bennetta called me out of the blue,' said one investor, a
Sante Fe art dealer. 'She didn't say she was with the church. But she was
very articulate and seemed to have a real command of the issues.'
"'Slaughter is the ultimate loyal volunteer and tireless worker in
Clearwater for Scientology,' said Kady O'Malley, a freelance journalist in
Ottawa who writes about the church. Slaughter's involvement suggests to
O'Malley that the church is trying 'to somehow control the agenda.'
Slaughter disputes any suggestion that she was doing this work for the
church. In a letter to the Mercury News, she said she was acting as a
"Regardless of how various proceedings are resolved, one thing is certain:
Slatkin will likely become an outcast from the church that had meant so
much in his life. 'These things are now before the courts and law
enforcement,' said Mason. 'But if he's done the things alleged, he'll be
excommunicated. You can't be involved in this sort of thing and remain a
The Washington Times reported on September 15th that Spanish prosecutors
want to dissolve Scientology in that country and imprison 13 members.
"Spanish prosecutors called yesterday for the dissolution of the Church of
Scientology and heavy prison sentences for 13 followers of the movement on
trial on charges ranging from illegal detention to tax fraud.
"A Madrid district court heard accusations that the Church of Scientology
as a sect was driven by the lure of money and an obsession with getting
rich, and the movement had psychologically damaged some of its followers.
The case started in 1988 when police raided a Madrid hotel where the
movement was holding a congress, arresting 37 members."
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on September 15th that Scientology's
Citizen's Commission on Human Rights announced plans to protest a mental
"A group with ties to the Church of Scientology plans today to picket a
local clinic that treats patients with attention deficit disorder. The
Citizen's Commission on Human Rights of Nevada plans a demonstration at
the A.D.D. Clinic on Renaissance Drive.
"The group opposes the clinic prescribing a drug called Adderall - a
controlled substance - to children suffering from the disorder.
"Dr. Corydon Clark said Adderall and other Food and Drug
Administration-approved stimulants are 'among the safest and most
effective medications in the entire history of medicine.'"