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A.r.s Week in Review - 8/25/2002

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  • Rod Keller
    Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 21 8/25/2002 by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com] copyright 2002 Alt.religion.scientology Week in
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      Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 21
      8/25/2002 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.

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      > Clearwater

      The St. Petersburg Times reported on August 23rd that Scientology has made
      a donation to the Clearwater Fire Department.

      "A new ceremonial unit of the Clearwater Fire Department will now be fully
      uniformed, thanks to a $3,300 contribution from the Church of
      Scientology's Volunteer Ministers. City manager Bill Horne, who was asked
      by the fire chief to okay the donation presented to firefighters Thursday,
      said he thinks this is the first monetary donation Scientologists ever
      have made to the city.

      "Thursday morning, uniformed firefighters stood alongside Scientologists
      and accepted an oversized check. The fire department's special new unit,
      called an Honor Guard, was created in May following the Sept. 11 attacks
      and at the urging of firefighter Doug Swartz, a former Marine who
      coordinated an Honor Guard for the Pasco County Fire Department before
      becoming a Clearwater firefighter last year. Clearwater's Honor Guard will
      participate in parades and ceremonial functions such as color guard duties
      at sporting events and funerals for fallen firefighters.

      "To get the Honor Guard started, the fire department initially chipped in
      $6,000. Swartz figured that would be enough; he anticipated no more than
      five or six firefighters would volunteer for the special detail. Instead,
      11 firefighters joined. The department's money paid for dress hats, pants,
      shirts, shoes and ascots. But to be fully dressed out, the Honor Guard
      needed blue, double-breasted jackets with brass buttons.

      "The Church of Scientology's Volunteer Ministers, which sent more than 100
      members to ground zero to assist firefighters in their rescue and cleanup
      efforts, was eager to help, said Sarah Gorgone, the volunteer ministry
      coordinator for Tampa Bay. The Volunteer Ministers learned of the Honor
      Guard's need from the fire department's union president, John Lee. Gorgone
      said church staffer, Sophie Bartczak -- who has several times taken
      doughnuts and flowers to the fire station -- bumped into Lee on the street
      recently and Lee mentioned the Honor Guard needing some help.

      "Horne said the donation should not be viewed as a failure by the city to
      provide the department enough money. The Honor Guard is an auxiliary
      activity, he said, and no request was ever made to the city to further
      fund it."

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      > Germany

      Ddp-nrw reported on August 7th that Scientology front groups have been
      more active in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen.

      "Scientology continues to be active in Nordrhein-Westfalen, but operates
      mainly through front groups. After its internationally orchestrated
      negative publicity campaign against the Federal Republic of Germany in the
      1990s, the organization has had a change of strategy and is conducting its
      business from the sidelines, reported the cult commissioner of the
      Evangelical Church in Rheinland, Andrew Schaefer.

      "The organization had already been using a 'shunting system' in public to
      gain new members and become socially acceptable. He said that lately the
      organization has been boosting its sub-organization KVPM (the German
      equivalent of CCHR) as a self-help group in opposition to use of Ritalin.

      "The cult commissioner's impression is that these self-help groups are
      then used to further the real objectives of the Scientology organization.
      He said there are plenty of other sub-divisions of Scientology that do
      this sort of thing, like NARCONON and CRIMINON for alleged drug therapy
      and social re-integration programs. He said that there were several
      companies in the greater Cologne and Duesseldorf vicinities that used mild
      pressure on their employees to take Scientology courses. He said members
      of the Duesseldorf State Assembly regularly received mail from
      Scientology, and that there was a danger that the organization could gain
      influence over the long term."

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      > Lisa McPherson

      The estate of Lisa McPherson filed a final argument to oppose
      Scientology's request to dismiss the civil case over her death, or to
      remove Ken Dandar, attorney for the estate. Scientology claims that he has
      asked witnesses to lie in the case.

      "The Defendants' entire foundation for this proceeding was the direct
      examination of Robert S. Minton. Minton, weakly supported and sometimes
      contradicted by his mistress, Stacy Brooks, failed to carry the day for
      his handlers, the Church of Scientology. His motive for testifying falsely
      was solely his desire to meet the Scientology demands of making the Lisa
      McPherson case 'go away' before Scientology would consider 'disengagement'
      of its continuous 'noisy investigation' of Minton, his family, his
      friends, and his business associates. The 'noisy investigation' is part of
      the Church of Scientology's written policies on practicing extortion to
      force its enemies to 'sue for peace.'

      "Thus, Minton seeks personal benefit from his testimony. However, when
      questioned on the identical subject matter on cross-examination, Minton
      suddenly clammed up and began steadfastly invoking his Fifth Amendment
      privilege against self-incrimination in order to erect a wall of
      incontrovertibility around his testimony on direct, completely thwarting
      the purpose of cross-examination, robbing Plaintiff of the chance to
      impeach Minton's testimony on direct, and making a mockery of the
      adversarial process.

      "Since Minton pled the Fifth Amendment and has refused to identify the
      name of the financial institution originating the two UBS checks in
      question, all of his testimony must be stricken. Minton is Scientology's
      agent and witness and is in the position of a claimant, i.e., seeking
      affirmative relief for Scientology, by bringing his claim as agent for
      Scientology against Plaintiff's counsel alleging subornation of perjury.

      "The defendants have failed to meet their burden of proof to establish
      fraud on the court or any violation of the Rules Regulating the Florida
      Bar. The allegations against the Estate and its counsel are the result of
      extortion and pursuant to an illegal and unethical agreement between
      admitted perjurers, Robert Minton and Stacy Brooks, and the Church of
      Scientology. The evidence conclusively shows that the defendant church and
      its counsel have engaged in extortion to attempt to achieve its obvious
      purpose: dismissal of this case to save it from liability for monetary
      damages, bad publicity in the failure of its tech, and responsibility for
      the death of its member.

      "The evidence reveals that Samuel Rosen and Monique Yingling are directly
      involved in the extortion of Minton, and through Minton, the extortion of
      the Estate and its counsel. The notes of the first two meetings with
      confirmatory testimony by church counsel, Monique Yingling, establishes
      without reasonable doubt that Minton and Brooks were indeed threatened and
      made to falsely accuse Dell Liebreich and her counsel of engaging in
      criminal activity so that this case would 'go away.'

      "Minton and Brooks allege that they have decided to recant their perjury
      because they wanted to 'set the record straight' as demanded by
      Scientology, so that they can settle with Scientology. Yet, in all three
      sets of these meeting records of church counsel and Minton counsel, there
      is not one mention of setting the record straight. Minton and Brooks went
      to Yingling and Rinder of the church and had them help them with their
      second 'recantation affidavits.' Scientology hand delivered to them stacks
      of transcripts highlighted or otherwise marked that Scientology wanted
      Minton and Brooks to address in their recantations.

      "Scientology has the burden of proof. It is totally relying upon the
      credibility of two admitted perjurers, Minton and Brooks. No one else
      supports the lies told by these two witnesses. This court on numerous
      occasions has stated that the court will refer Minton and Brooks to the
      state attorney for prosecution. The defendants and their counsel are
      implicated in this fraud upon the court since it was Scientology who met
      in private with these witnesses, who asked that their counsel not attend."

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      > Joan Wood

      The St. Petersburg Times reported on August 23rd that Dr. Joan Wood has
      denied that Scientology influenced her decision to make herself
      unavailable for testimony as the former Medical Examiner of Pinellas and
      Pasco counties, in Florida.

      "She dodged subpoenas to testify in murder cases about autopsies. She
      didn't answer her phone or knocks on her front door. To this day, defense
      attorneys can't locate her. But on Thursday, Wood appeared for the second
      straight day at a conference of state medical examiners in Gainesville.
      The appearance comes even as she still insists to prosecutors she is
      unable to testify in a handful of ongoing cases because of health problems
      caused by 25 years of job stress. Wood, 58, plans to launch a pathology
      consulting business by the end of next month.

      "In her first interview since her departure, Wood discussed years of
      overwhelming job stress that still keeps her out of court. That included
      the stress of one of her last high-profile cases, her reversal on the
      cause of death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson, who died in 1995 after 17
      days in church custody. McPherson's death became a focus for critics of
      the church. Wood ruled McPherson died of complications from dehydration.
      But in 2000, she ruled the death accidental, and charges of abuse of a
      disabled adult and practicing medicine without a license were dropped.
      Wood said Thursday that her decision was based on facts, not pressure from

      "'Scientology didn't get to me,' she said flatly. 'I have some bad stress
      that I'm not yet able to cope with,' Wood said during a 40-minute
      interview. 'I have panic attacks whenever I go into a courtroom. It's
      something I can't face yet.' Wood blames her stress on all the violence,
      death and weighty decisionmaking of 25 years on the job.

      "In the Lisa McPherson case, the church 'hounded' her office during the
      criminal case with unending paperwork requests and subpoenas, she said.
      After the reversal, she felt the heat from the other side. Prosecutor Doug
      Crow warned Wood that he was releasing a report critical of her decision.
      Wood said she asked Crow if she and prosecutors could 'still be friends.'
      'He told me, 'I don't know if that's possible,'' Wood said. 'Their
      reaction shocked me.'"

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      > Drug Free Marshals

      The Miami Herald reported on August 18th that Scientology's Drug Free
      Marshals are sponsoring an art and essay contest.

      "The Drug-Free Marshals program, sponsored by the Church of Scientology
      and inspired by author L. Ron Hubbard, is holding an art and essay contest
      open to children 6 to 14. The contest runs through Oct. 1. The program
      encourages children to be drug-free and to assist friends and family to do
      the same through special projects including essay and art contests,
      cleanup campaigns and talks with law enforcement officials. The topic for
      the contest is 'How I Can Help Create A Drug-Free Community.'"

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      > In Memoriam

      The Los Angeles Times reported on August 20th that Scientologist Marie
      Nollenberger has passed away.

      "Marie Pauline Nollenberger, 95, died Aug. 16 in Glendale. She was born
      June 20, 1907, in Hoag Corner, N.Y. She was a Glendale resident for 79
      years. She was a crossing guard for the city of Glendale and was a member
      of several organizations including: Order of Eastern Star; Daughters of
      the Nile; White Shrine; Beausant; Amaranth; P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter
      Number KO; Oriental Shrine. She was the Matron Order of the Eastern Star
      in 1948 and the Worthy High Priestess of the White Shrine in 1990. She was
      also a member of the Church of Scientology in La Crescenta."

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      > OT Ambassadors

      International Scientology News reported the accomplishments of the OT
      Ambassadors program.

      "The six South African OT Ambassadors delivered 100 events and OT
      briefings, moving 35 pre-OTs onto their next step and helping to make 220
      Grade Chart Completions. The ten Australian OT Ambassadors moved 280
      Scientologists onto their next step and helped triple the number of OT s
      made in AOSH ANZO to 267 The seven Canadian OT Ambassadors moved four
      times as many Pre OT s onto their next step compared to the year before
      and helped Scientologists achieve 296 Grade Chart completions. The 20
      United Kingdom OT Ambassadors teamed up to double the number of Clears and
      Pre OT s onto their next step. And they increased the number of those
      started on Solo NOT s by seven times over the previous year.

      "The 88 European OT Ambassadors cover 13 nations. Outstanding are the 11
      Italian Ambassadors who held 128 events and briefing, doubling the number
      of Scientologists onto OT levels, in just three months. Overall, Italian
      Ambassadors moved 917 Scientologists onto their next step. Combined,
      European Ambassadors tripled the number of OT events delivered, moved 300
      Clears onto their next step and helped accomplish 1,042 Grade Chart

      "The 16 Mexican OT Ambassadors helped more that 1,000 people make progress
      on The Bridge, 3X'd the number of Clears moving onto the next step and
      9X'd the number of people onto OT levels.

      "In the Eastern United States, OT Ambassadors of New York truly answered
      the call. The donned the 'yellow shirts' and worked at Ground Zero. They
      distributed 70,000 copies of The Way to Happiness and delivered thousand
      of assists and Dianetics sessions. OT Ambassadors Karin Beatty and Sue
      Simon answered the call by joining staff at New York Org, promptly
      tripling the org's delivery. Overall, East US Ambassadors helped 1,000
      people onto their next step and increased the number of people onto OT
      levels by 500 percent.

      "The 230 Western United States OT Ambassadors gave over 655 events and
      briefings, helped 1,322 Clears and 1,145 OT s onto their next service and
      helped accomplish 7,142 Grade Chart completions."

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      > Philippines

      Philstar.com reported that Narconon is promoting the Narconon program in
      the Philippines.

      "International balladeer David Pomeranz will help the newly created
      Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in its campaign against illegal drugs.
      Pomeranz, a frequent visitor in Manila who planed in recently to promote
      his new album, is a key member of Narconon International, a non-profit,
      anti-drug corporation based in the United States and Australia.

      "PDEA chief Director Anselmo Avenido said Narconon, through its
      rehabilitation programs, is helping thousands of people of different races
      'regain their ability to think and achieve their goals in life without
      drugs.' Avenido said Narconon has been saving lives and educating youths
      on the hazards of drug abuse for over 30 years now.

      "Robert Anderson of Colorado, USA, and Churlya Wurfel of New South Wales,
      Australia, representatives of NARCONON International, visited the PDEA
      national office at Camp Crame in Quezon City recently. They pledged to
      give the PDEA 20 million copies of their book entitled 'The Way to
      Happiness' and a handout entitled '10 Things Your Friends May Not Know
      About Drugs' for distribution nationwide. Avenido said NARCONON selected
      the Philippines as one of its pilot areas in Asia for its latest concept
      on drug prevention education and rehabilitation. At present, the
      international anti-drug group is looking for a site where it could build
      their office and rehabilitation center."

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      > Anti-drug Festival

      The Scotsman reported on August 22nd that Scientology is sponsoring an
      anti-drug festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

      "The Say No to Drugs Festival has attracted high-profile sponsorship from
      the Church of Scientology which counts celebrities such as John Travolta
      and Lisa Marie Presley among its members. But the festival has been
      criticised by leading councillors and churches, who say scientologists are
      not the best people to be associated with the two-day event. Over the last
      50 years, Scientology has attracted almost continual controversy, being
      blamed for general harassment of the public as well as more specific
      upsets such as the breakdown of Tom Cruise's marriage to Nicole Kidman.

      "Jive and swing band The Jive Aces, who have toured Europe and the US
      promoting Scientology, have organised the anti-drugs event at the Ross
      Open Air Theatre in West Princes Street Gardens today and tomorrow. The
      group will be joined by top Hearts striker Marc de Vries and Hibs players
      Paul Fenwick and Alan Reid, and the former Scottish international hooker
      Frank Laidlaw.

      "Councillor Steve Cardownie, the city's culture and leisure leader, said
      people who attend the festival should be made aware of who is behind it.
      He said: 'I would have thought we at the council would frown on the Ross
      Theatre being used by the Church of Scientology. It is a legal
      organisation but people have to be aware of what they're attending. People
      may think they are attending an anti-drugs festival and then find they are
      approached by Scientologists. I've no evidence that will be the case but
      people should always be aware of who is sponsoring an event.'

      "Graeme Wilson, the Say No to Drugs campaign manager for the Church of
      Scientology, said there had been ample publicity of the organisation's
      involvement in the event and that the message of the festival was to be
      strictly anti-drugs. 'I can understand the concerns myself but the purpose
      of the event and of any material we give out is for drugs education. None
      of the information we will be giving out will have any message about

      "Nadia Munno, a member of The Jive Aces, said there would not be any
      representatives of the Church of Scientology at the event. She said: 'This
      is not going to be a religious event. It is an event that will give the
      message to the people of Scotland not to take drugs.' The festival in
      Edinburgh will be held between noon and 2pm on August 22 and 23."

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