A.r.s Week in Review - 12/30/2001
Week in Review Volume 6, Issue 36
by Rod Keller [rkeller@...]
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review summarizes the most significant
postings from the Usenet group Alt.religion.scientology for the preceding
week for the benefit of those who can't follow the group as closely as
they'd like. Out of thousands of postings, I attempt to include news of
significant events, new affidavits, court rulings, new contributors,
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> GeorgiaGeorgian news agency Iprinda reported on December 28th that the Orthodox
Church is warning the public not to become involved in Scientology.
"The office of the patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church issued a
statement today, warning the public not to fall under the influence of the
false doctrine of the totalitarian sect of Scientology. The sect, which
preaches ridding the individual of 'reactive mind' and understanding the
'power of personal cognition', has been operating in Georgia for the past
three years and poses danger to the spiritual and physical health of the
individual, the statement issued by the Georgian Patriarch's Office said."
> Protest SummaryKeith Henson reported a protest at Scientology's Toronto org on December
"Arel, Gregg, the Unknown picketer and I put in a short picket Sat
afternoon in spite of it being a bit nippy. As usual I was across the
"Gregg only had one of them even say a word to him. Arel had an
interesting conversation with a guy who claimed to be a son of the Rev.
Leslie Grove. He said the Rev had preached against Scientology. A woman
mentioned that she had a horror storks from former members to tell and
Arel suggested she put them on the net.
"The people who came by were highly supportive. I would estimate we gave
out 150-200 flyers, which is darn good for it being that cold. The org
called the cops again, but this time the cop who responded just drove by,
checked out the picket from the warmth of his car, waved and drove on."
> Mike RinderThe December, 2001 issue of Impact Magazine published a speech by Mike
Rinder, the director of the Office of Special Affairs, at the annual IAS
"Officials from the Moscow prosecutor's office called in so-called experts
from the Serbski Psychiatric Institute, notorious for its treatment of
dissidents during Soviet days. Finding nothing, they invented a claim that
our organizations were engaged in financial fraud, taking 'creative
accounting' to criminal extremes to create fake evidence. Then they issued
outrageous tax assessments and opened a criminal case against the Mission
"In March this year it all came to an end. The court declared the
activities of our mission religious and exempt from tax, found the
prosecutor guilty of extensive violations of criminal law, the governments
cases were dismissed and the prosecutor was ordered to pay all our costs.
"Within a few short years, lawyers, justice officials, city and regional
government personnel and every high level judge in the nation will truly
understand Scientology. Because last month, the first official course on
Scientology, using our books as the curriculum, became part of theology
studies in every university and all institutes of higher learning in
"In Geneva, The runners from seven nations arrived at the United Nations
Plaza on October 11. Local, national and international dignitaries joined
us in force. More that fifty United Nations organizations and members of
government delegations representing thirteen nations came, including the
United States, Canada, Denmark, and Switzerland. They all pledged their
commitment to the goals of the European Marathon for Human Rights and
signed our petition.
"CCHR has been touring thousands through the Death Exhibit, from doctors
and lawyers to legislators and authors. No matter their view when they
walk in, when they leave, they are at cause, armed with the truth and
ready to put and end to psych abuse.
"As we arm prosecutors with our evidence, they are having greater success
than ever putting these criminals where they really belong. The number of
psychs jailed this past year was 222, another highest ever. But not only
are we putting more psychs behind bars, we are eradicating their habitat.
In the past year alone, 489 facilities have closed their doors. That's
more than double last year and another highest ever."
> Reed SlatkinThe Los Angeles Times reported on December 22nd that an investor in the
Reed Slatkin Ponzi scheme has sued UnionBanCal and Slatkin's law firm,
claiming they concealed that the Scientology minister was running a
fraudulent investment club.
"UnionBanCal Corp. and a California law firm face a suit claiming they
conspired to conceal information from U.S. authorities investigating Reed
Slatkin, the bankrupt investment manager who is under criminal
investigation for alleged investment fraud.
"The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Los Angeles investor Harry Rockoff,
claims that the bank and Slatkin's attorneys at Bryan Cave 'conspired with
Slatkin to facilitate the (investment) scheme' and obstruct an
investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
"The suit, which seeks class-action status, said the bank aided Slatkin's
alleged Ponzi scheme by allowing him to commingle investor funds and
extending him credit."
> ASHOThe mailing list of the American Saint Hill Organization promoted the use
of E-meters in airport security.
"This is a win from one woman using the E-Meter at an Airport Security
Checkpoint. Upon arriving in the U.S. she had to clear it through customs
there. She was stopped by at least 6 policemen who were standing around
her. She was told that she could not go through and then they began asking
her questions regarding the E-Meter.
"She proceeded to calmly tell them what the meter was and how it worked
and then said, 'Here, I'll show you' and began to set up the meter and put
the first policeman on the cans. She did pinch tests on them and they saw
the reaction on the needle. Then she asked each one what they had the most
attention on and there was of course reactions on the meter. This blew
them away and from it they could see how the meter worked. The Chief of
Police in the airport came down and asked what was going on. After he
received his demonstration, he turned around to the Scientologist and said
that this instrument was something that they could definitely use at
"Ml, Peter McCuen"