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    Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 7 4/14/2002 by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com] copyright 2002 Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review
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      Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 7
      4/14/2002 by Rod Keller [rkeller@...]
      copyright 2002

      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,
      whatever. I hope you find it useful. Like many readers of a.r.s, I have a
      kill file. So please take into consideration that I may not have seen some
      of the most significant postings.

      The articles in A.r.s Week in Review are brief summaries of articles
      posted to the newsgroup. They include message IDs for the original
      articles, and many have a URL to get more information. You may be able to
      find the original article, depending on how long your site stores articles
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      > Andrea Yates

      The Houston Chronicle reported on April 11th that Scientology's CCHR
      branch is helping the family of Andrea Yates, who is accused of drowning
      her five children, with a complaint against her psychiatrist.

      "The complaint alleges Dr. Mohammed Saeed, former medical director at
      Devereux Texas Treatment Network in League City, did not properly manage
      her medication and released her from the hospital when she was dangerously

      "'We feel that Dr. Saeed's actions of excessive, harmful treatment, and
      his lack of action to warn about the endangerment of the children, made
      him negligent in his duty to protect the children,' states the complaint
      signed by Yates' brothers, Brian and Andrew Kennedy, and her mother, Jutta
      Karin Kennedy.

      "The Austin chapter of the international Citizens Commission on Human
      Rights, a mental health watchdog group established in 1969 by the Church
      of Scientology, helped the family develop the complaint. Jerry Boswell,
      president of the Austin chapter, said the complaint does not ask
      specifically that criminal charges be filed, but its goal is to see Saeed
      charged with criminal negligence.

      "Yates confessed to drowning all her children in the bathtub and was
      convicted last month of capital murder in the deaths of three of them and
      sentenced to life in prison. Saeed treated her during two
      hospitalizations at Devereux last year and saw her twice in his office
      after her second discharge May 14.

      "The commission's review of Yates' medical records showed that upon her
      second admittance to Devereux on May 4, Saeed increased her dose of the
      antidepressant Effexor from 200 to 450 milligrams per day. According to
      the commission's consultants, that was well above the standard therapeutic
      dose of 37.5 milligrams per day, Boswell said.

      "But Houston psychiatrist Lucy Puryear, who specializes in women's
      psychiatric problems related to giving birth and who testified at Yates'
      trial, disagreed, noting she occasionally prescribes up to 300 milligrams
      per day. 'As a physician, you're allowed to use your clinical judgment
      and increase dosages as long as you monitor for side effects and adverse
      effects,' Puryear said."

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      > Clearwater

      Letters to the editor of the St. Petersburg Times on April 9th and 14th
      addressed the connection between a development plan for downtown
      Clearwater, Florida and the domination of Scientology in that area.

      "Letter writer Earl M. Hoaglin is badly misinformed on every issue he
      discusses. Mr. Hoaglin seems to think approval of the project would have
      somehow diminished Scientology influence in downtown. If so, why were so
      many Scientologists attending the referendum meetings and speaking
      vigorously in favor of the project? Mr. Hoaglin clearly does not know that
      the city attorney acknowledged at a City Commission meeting that the city
      would have little or no influence over who the developers chose to
      sublease or transfer the lease of property to.

      "Still sulking because 72 percent of the voters disagreed with their
      grandiose plans for the bluff and bayfront, they seem to be taking
      satisfaction in the fact that successive concerts and now the building of
      the bridge have contributed to the deterioration of our bayfront park,
      which the people of Clearwater have voted, time and again, to preserve. -
      Anne McKay Garris, Clearwater"

      "Mrs. Garris must have received a different edition of the Times than I
      because she arrives at the conclusion that 'Mr. Hoaglin seems to think
      approval of the project would have somehow diminished Scientology
      influence in downtown.' How she or anyone infers this from that letter
      writer's text I do not know. Mr. Hoaglin wrote, 'Due to the
      accomplishments of the Save the Bayfront group, the only thing to do is
      change the name of downtown Clearwater to L. Ron Hubbard City.'

      "My understanding of Mr. Hoaglin's text is that due to the fear tactics of
      Save the Bayfront, there is no catalyst project happening today to bring
      droves of residents and tourists to downtown Clearwater. Therefore, we
      continue to see what Mr. Hoaglin calls 'Ron Hubbard City,' a downtown with
      the most visible street activity being performed by residents in the
      uniforms of Scientology.

      "Mrs. Garris suggests that the referendum on the downtown redevelopment
      plan was a Scientologist takeover plot for downtown Clearwater. She
      states that 'they' were 'attending the referendum meetings' and spoke
      'vigorously in favor' of the plan. Many other residents did the same and
      as property and business owners, those Scientologists she refers to saw
      the many positives that the others saw.

      "I do believe that Scientologists welcomed the redevelopment plan because
      they have accumulated a number of properties downtown and it is in their
      best interest financially for redevelopment to happen. Their best dollar
      value for their properties will be the day when that group's members are a
      minority downtown due to a large number of tourists and residents who will
      be entertaining and living in downtown Clearwater as well in a varied but
      amalgamated and vibrant downtown. - Ric Ortega, Belleair"

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      > Heber Jentzsch

      The Associated Press reported on April 11th that Heber Jentzsch, the
      president of the Church of Scientology International, has been acquitted
      of conspiracy and fraud charges.

      "A Spanish court on Thursday acquitted the American leader of the Church
      of Scientology of conspiracy and other charges, ending a case that dated
      back to 1988. In December the Madrid Provincial Court had acquitted 15
      members and employees of the Spanish branch of Scientology who had been
      charged along with church leader Rev. Heber Jentzsch. When Jentzsch did
      not appear for trial as it began in February, the court decided to try him

      "The court said in December there was no evidence to support prosecutors'
      allegations that drug rehabilitation and other programs sponsored by the
      Church of Scientology in Spain amounted to illicit gatherings aimed at
      activities such as bilking people of money. In 1988 Jentzsch was arrested
      when he arrived in Madrid for a Scientology conference. He was held for 4
      months before being released, but indicted in 1994."

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      > Help Wanted

      A help wanted advertisement posted on April 8th suggests that Scientology
      is looking for public relations help to work on Internet issues.

      "Los Angeles-based PR agency seeking journalist/writer to work exclusively
      on the account of a not-for-profit, somewhat controversial not-for-profit
      association. The client is a spiritual growth/personal development-type
      movement. The opposition is made of disgruntled members/apostates and is
      very active on hate sites on the internet.

      "Responsibilities include monitoring the activities of defamatory,
      internet-based, hate-group type opposition; implementing internet and
      media-based strategies to expose opposition's hateful activities."

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      > Kirstie Alley

      Star magazine reported in its April 16th issue that Scientology celebrity
      Kirstie Alley will not make an appearance on the TV show Frasier because
      of the connection to psychiatry.

      "Grammer wanted her to guest-star on Frasier. Alley apparently doesn't
      believe in psychiatry. And even if Grammer only plays a shrink on
      television, she still wants nothing to do with Frasier. All other Cheers
      cast members made, or are about to make, appearances on NBC's Frasier.

      "'Kirstie told Kelsey that she couldn't accept his invitation because her
      church, Scientology, believes it can solve all psychological problems and
      they look at psychiatry and psychology as competition,' a set insider
      said. 'She thinks her presence would show that she's giving her stamp of
      approval to something her church frowns upon. Kelsey just wanted Kirstie
      to join a few friends for a laugh. This had nothing to do with religion
      and everything to do with TV ratings.'"

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      > Freewinds

      Freewinds magazine announced a schedule for a tour of Scientology orgs by
      the staff of the Freewinds cruise ship.

      "See our video. Meet our staff. Hear the wins from New OT VIIIs and other
      Ship service completions.

      "16 March - Stockholm
      12 March - Phoenix, Twin Cities
      30 March - Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Saint Hill UK
      6 April - Salt Lake City, London
      13 April - Denver, Kansas City, Paris
      20 April - Boston
      27 April - Dallas, Hamburg
      4 May - Austria, Quebec
      11 May - Houston, Ottawa, Karlshue
      18 May - Halifax, Nice
      25 May - Sacramento, Torino, Frankfurt
      1 June - Montreal, Stuttgart
      8 June - Portland, New York, Dusseldorf
      15 June - New Jersey, Munich
      21 June - Vancouver, Washington DC, Zurich"

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      > Xenu.net

      Newsbytes reported on April 12th that Google has begun filing complaints
      from Scientology for alleged copyright violations on a website dedicated
      to documenting the chilling effects of the Digital Millennium Copyright

      "Cindy Cohn, the Legal Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
      (EFF) and one of the developers of Chillingeffects.org, applauded Google's
      decision to make the letters available. 'If Google is going to do us the
      service of providing the cease and desist letters they receive, it's just
      going to make the Web site stronger,' Cohn said.

      "Google has also posted a page on its own Web site detailing its
      obligations and policies under the DMCA. 'It is our policy to respond to
      notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other
      applicable intellectual property laws, which may include removing or
      disabling access to material claimed to be the subject of infringing
      activity,' the site says. In addition to providing instructions on how to
      notify Google of possible infringements, the page includes guidance for
      Web site operators seeking to fight infringement claims by filing

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