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    Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 31 11/3/2002 by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com] copyright 2002 Alt.religion.scientology Week in
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      Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 31
      11/3/2002 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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      posted to the newsgroup. They include message IDs for the original
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      > Germany

      A Scientology press release on October 25th announced a German tax court
      ruling that two Scientology organizations will be granted tax exempt

      "The German Federal Tax Court in Cologne has ruled that two Church of
      Scientology corporations headquartered in Los Angeles are exempt from tax
      in Germany. T he court overturned the German federal tax office's May 1996
      denial of their exemption applications. The Court found in favor of
      Scientology Missions International and the International Hubbard
      Ecclesiastical League of Pastors, both of which had filed a 1996 lawsuit
      against the Bundesamt Fuer Finanzen (Federal Finance Office) in Cologne.

      "The Court held that SMI and IHELP are eligible for relief under the
      Treaty because in 1993 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service had recognized
      them as tax-exempt, religious and charitable organizations. The Court
      specifically ruled that, under the Treaty, it was inappropriate for the
      Federal Finance Office to ignore or seek to contradict the IRS exemption

      Agence France Press reported on November 1st that a German labor court has
      ruled against former Scientologists attempting to get back pay for their
      work on staff.

      "The Erfurt Federal Labor Court dismissed the claim of a former
      Scientology volunteer staff member for back pay. Because he had had other
      options with which to influence the destiny of the organization, a labor
      relationship did not exist, according to the decision that has just been
      released. The complainant had worked in Scientology from 1984 to 1997, and
      his career ranged from a simple street missionary to a department head of
      the organization. He earned the money he needed to live by augmenting his
      75-100 euro/month Scientology pay with a real job. After a difference of
      opinion with Scientology management in 1997, he left and demanded back pay
      and damages for a total of 335,000 Euros.

      "According to the court, the complainant could not be categorized as a
      regular employee. He did his work for free, besides which he had a voting
      right in the membership body and even influenced the destiny of the
      association by having a management position. While doing all this he
      pursued his own goals as a member of the organization. It did the
      complainant no good to say that he had been exploited. The court explained
      that it was not the court's job 'to solve all cases of real or imagined

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      > IAS

      "Cerridwen" reported events from the 18th annual event of the
      International Association of Scientologists.

      "The event was held last weekend in the Great Hall at Saint Hill, in the
      UK. The local orgs all had the IAS event this week and it was shown in a
      video format. The event started with a video showing an empty wooded
      area, and the IAS theme music playing. Nine guys dress like knights from
      King Arthur's Court all on horseback come riding through the wooded area.
      The lead knight is on a white horse and is carrying the IAS torch. The
      others are riding behind him 4 abreast and are carrying flags.

      "David Miscavige, as always, is the host and is first on stage. He tells
      us that this is a continuation of the mission briefing that was given to
      us at the last IAS event because The Wake Up Call was so very effective,
      and they are going to keep at it.

      "There is a Scientology actress, Erika Christensen, that played the
      drug-addicted daughter of the head of the DEA in a movie called Traffic.
      Erika was brought up in Scientology, and to study for her role as a drug
      addict she spent time at Narconon. She is obviously now an expert in that
      area and was invited to speak at some event in Washington DC. After the DC
      event she met with the Head of the DEA and he thought she was so great
      that he put her on his advisory board to advise him on handling the drug
      problem in this country.

      "DM announced that Bennetta Slaughter OT 8, former boss of Lisa McPherson
      is now the ED of Applied Scholastics International. Bennetta then
      recruited six OT 7's and they are now in St. Louis at the New ASI Int
      Headquarters at Spanish Lake. They are working on the renovations of their
      new world headquarters where teachers from all over the world will come
      and study LRH study tech. The US government provided an all expenses paid
      trip to Bennetta and her staff to go to Washington DC to meet with US
      Dept. of Education officials. The US Dept. of Education was so impressed
      with the LRH solutions to education that Bennetta was put on the Advisory
      Board for handling education in the US.

      "The next speaker was Heber Jentzsch. He spoke about the evil Psychs. And
      it appears that Psyches are no longer just evil Psychs. Nope, they are
      now PSYCH TERRORISTS! He reported on some Highest Ever stats such as
      highest ever psych hospitals closed and Highest Ever psychs sent to jail.
      There will be the new traveling CCHR Exhibit called 'PSYCHIATRY KILLS!'
      This new exhibit is a replica of the one at CCHR Int and per Heber it is
      quite effective in educating people about the psych terrorists.

      "Next up was Mike Rinder.
      He talked all about Human Rights and the new Office of Human Rights
      International that is being set up right now in Brussels They did a video
      walk through of what it was going to look like and how they would be
      spearheading Human Rights in Europe. Rinder also talked about the Human
      Rights marathon that goes on it Europe and how effective it is. He also
      said the US State Department released their reports a few weeks ago on
      Human Rights in each country and they took France and Germany to task for
      the way they treated Scientology. There is a new Scientology web site and
      one is supposed to be able to go there and download their new Human Rights

      "Next was ED Int, Guillome Lesevre. There are now 20,000 VM's. Now he
      can't be talking about the VM's that completed the entire VM course and
      are now listed on the VM web site, cause there is not anywhere near 20,000
      of them. The new campaign has purchased 6 big trucks that look like
      20-foot tractor-trailers. These 6 trunks, their staff and content comprise
      the new Volunteer Minister Cavalcade! The trucks go to major cities in
      Europe and they set up these 3 huge tents that comprise an area of 3000
      square feet. They cavalcade will be staffed with the local Volunteer
      Ministers who will give assists, seminars, tests and reg the public that
      enter them. The plan is that the visitor buys one of the VM booklets
      designed to handle a specific ruin and then gets instant hatted on how to
      use this piece of tech and then LEAVES A NEW VOLUNTEER MINISTER!"

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      > Narconon

      The Battle Creek Enquirer reported on October 30th on the progress of a
      new Narconon center in Michigan.

      "A drug rehabilitation center is nearing completion and should be ready
      for patients before the end of the year. More than $400,000 has been spent
      to to renovate the Narconon Stone Hawk Rehabilitation Center on St. Mary's
      Lake. Renovations should be completed in time to begin accepting patients
      in December and a grand opening tentatively is planned for June, said
      Wickstrom, whose husband, Per, is the center's president.

      "While making the lobby more aesthetically pleasing was clearly a labor of
      love for Wickstrom, many other projects simply were labor intensive. The
      building, which has been vacant for about three years, never was
      winterized and a number of pipes cracked when the water inside froze, Kate
      Wickstrom said. Work is progressing at a good clip despite the plumbing
      problems and has not been too difficult, said Rick Phelps, the
      construction foreman for the Stone Hawk renovations with Battle Creek's
      Ganka's Construction Co.

      "Nearly every inch of the 58,000-square-foot building is being renovated
      in one way or another, including the dorm areas for patients, the dining
      room, an activities room and the basement is being completely updated to
      house saunas and showers. The Stone Hawk center will follow a strict
      regiment of classes, proper eating habits and the use of saunas as laid
      out by author L. Ron Hubbard in his book 'Clear Body, Clear Mind.' It will
      be one of about a dozen Narconon centers in the United States.

      "Wickstrom plans to get involved in community groups focusing on drug
      abuse and prevention when the facility opens, she said. 'A whole lot is
      starting to happen out here,' Wickstrom said. 'I just want to see how we
      can work together. I mean, we're all in it for the same thing - to get
      people off drugs.'"

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      > Russia

      EuroCult Report reported on October 28th on the Scientology plan to send
      Volunteer Ministers to the site of the Moscow theater where militant
      Chechens had held hundreds of prisoners.

      "The day prior to the hostages' rescue, Scientologists went to the
      emergency relief center at the scene of the hostage-taking in Moscow, and
      made an attempt to blend in with relief efforts. To their credit, they did
      mention the word 'Dianetics' in their attempt to join the center. This and
      their eerie behavior alerted the personnel in charge, who were circumspect
      enough to make inquiries before the self-proclaimed do-gooders were
      accepted. As a result of the inquiries, they were found out to be
      Scientologists, and accommodations for them were refused."

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      > Vivien Lutz

      Bild magazine reported that former Scientologist Vivien Lutz has received
      a settlement with her parents for 35,000 Euros. Vivien was sent to
      Scientology's Sea Org in Saint Hill as a minor.

      "Vivien Krogmann Lutz, a 23 year old German girl, sued her parents for,
      amongst other things, sending her to Saint Hill and ruining her health.
      The parents, accompanied by Scientology lawyers, agreed to pay Vivien
      35,000 Euros. This decision to settle came after the judge ruled against
      Scientology requests for gag orders on both Vivien and Ursula Caberta,
      whom Vivien escaped to when finally fleeing her parents.

      "When Vivien was 13 years old, her parents delivered the girl in London,
      one of the European centers of Scientology sect, and drove back to
      Germany. 'I cried the first 14 days long only. Worst for me was that
      people spoke nearly everything in English. Like all the other children, I
      had to perform heavy manual labor.'

      "Medical appraisals certified lasting orthopedic damage to the young
      woman. 'If I had not implemented correctly work in the opinion of the
      Aufpasser, I was punished,' reports Vivien. 'I was separated from the
      other children, and had to eat remainders.' Vivien was not allowed to go
      to the school at Saint Hill. Instead the girl had to study the books of
      Scientology sect founder Ron Hubbard."

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