A.r.s Week in Review - 2/6/2000
Week in Review Volume 4, Issue 43
by Rod Keller [rkeller@...]
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> Lisa McPherson TrustMark Bunker, filmmaker for the Lisa McPherson Trust, was attacked this
week by a worker at the home of German Scientologist Gottfried Helnwein.
"This morning Mark Bunker went with German film maker Peter Reichelt and
Hans Michael Kassel, director of documentary film for the German TV
station ARD, to Gottfried Helnwein's house on Palm Bluffs Road, about a
mile and a half north of 33 N. Ft. Harrison. Gottfried is a Scientology
artist in Germany who has apparently been denying he is a Scientologist,
and Peter and Hans Michael were here gathering documentary footage to
prove he is an active Scientologist.
"As Mark was videotaping, a man ran out of Gottfried's house and assaulted
Mark with a hammer. He hit Mark's camera twice but luckily did not hurt
Mark, although Mark was extremely frightened and shaken when this man ran
at him and struck him with a dangerous weapon. The man then went back into
the front door of Gottfried's house, and soon after that two police
officers arrived. Mark spoke to Officer Kelly, and told him that a man had
just assaulted him with a hammer and asked the officer if he wanted to see
it on videotape. He asked Mark if he had informed the man that he was
audiotaping him. Then Officer Kelly told Mark that he was going to arrest
him for audiotaping the hammer-wielding man without his knowledge!
"[W]ithin a few minutes Sergeant John Zegzdryn arrived on the scene.
Officer Kelly conferred with Sergeant Zedzdryn and then beckoned for Mark,
Peter and Hans Michael to go across the street to talk to him. He told
them that he could arrest them right then and there and that they better
not go anywhere near the particular property again or he would arrest
them. He then had the groundskeeper officially notify them that they were
trespassing and that they were not wanted there. Then Officer Kelly
released them and told them they were free to go. This was apparently all
that was going to be done until Mark protested that nothing had been done
about the man who had assaulted him with the hammer.
Then Sergeant Zegzdryn approached Mark to see if he wanted to file a
complaint about the man with the hammer. Mark said absolutely yes, he
wanted the man arrested. But the police officers then told us that they
were not going to arrest the man, that they were going to refer the matter
to the state attorney's office. The man who assaulted Mark with the
hammer is named Richard Bernard."
From Tampa Bay television Fox 13 news.
"Some out-of town journalists got more than they bargained for yesterday.
A person who was working with the crew was attacked by a man wielding a
"RICHARD BERNARD: What if I smash that [BLEEP] for you? I'll smash it!
You'd better go, I called the cops.
"It happened yesterday in a normally quiet Clearwater neighborhood. Two
German film makers and one local cameraman said they were working on an
investigative story on Gottfried Helnwein, an Austrian artist now
reportedly living in the Bay area.
"PETER REICHELT: He left Germany two years ago without saying where and,
um, for the last month we looked for him and found him finally here, and
wanted to ask him about his, um, relation to the top management of
"Mark Bunker works for a local Scientology watchdog group.
"RICHARD BERNARD: I'm on the public property, too. You wanna start some
[BLEEP] with me? [shoves the camera]
"MARK BUNKER: This was the first time that I'd met these film makers. They
were in town to shoot this. They stopped by to say hello. They asked me to
come along as back-up and I said, 'I'd be happy to.'
"Clearwater police say the man involved in the altercation is Richard
Bernard, and that he happened to be working at the house as an
electrician. Clearwater police have now forwarded this case to the state
From Peter Reichelt:
"The Reporters Hans Michael Kassel and Peter Reichelt and their American
cameraman Mark Bunker were attacked on the street by a man who suddenly,
with a hammer in one hand and a knife-like implement in the other hand.
Mark Bunker tried to evade the blows, but nevertheless was hit with the
hammer several times. The chief of Scientology's secret service, Michael
Rinder, who arrived at Clearwater shortly after the attack, expressed his
regret about the attack in an interview with Mark Douglas on the US TV
station NBC channel 8 this afternoon. He denied that the hammer wielder
Bernard is a member of the Scientology organisation. According to the NBC
reporter, Rinder conducted a lengthy talk with Helnwein in his house about
this incident. Rinder also denied that Helnwein was a member of the
Scientology management, but confirmed explicitly that Gottfried Helnwein
was a long standing active member of the Scientology organisation and was
currently staying in Clearwater for 'religious activities'.
From Mittelbayrische Zeitung on February 4th:
"[C]amera man Mark Bunker was hit twice during the incident and his camera
was damaged. He himself was said to be unharmed. The report team was
researching the Scientology background of the artist before the next
Helnwein proceeding at the Frankfurt Superior State Court. The renowned
painter had been described as a Scientologist by two associations critical
of Scientology in 1994. In response Helnwein sued for a cease-and-desist
order, but was overturned in the second set of hearings before Frankfurt
Superior State Court. At the end of 1998, the Federal Constitutional Court
repealed that judgment and referred the matter back to Frankfurt. That was
supposed to have been tried anew on February 17."
Bob Minton posted a list of Scientology course taken by the attacker,
"L-11 Rundown Expansion (Source 59 : 22). Student Hat (Source 64
: 22). Scientology Drug Rundown (Source 80 : 24). Route to
Infinity (Freewinds, 1 : 24). Prosperity Rundown (Source 80 :
24). L-12 Rundown (Source 59 : 22). Hubbard Solo Audit (Source 80
Fox 13 News aired a story on the Lisa McPherson trust this week, and the
lined loading zone established by Clearwater officials.
"Waterson Avenue in downtown Clearwater, a narrow roadway buses travel to
deliver hundreds of Scientologists to a cafeteria. A couple of weeks ago,
a pair of strange stripes slithered across Waterson and both its
sidewalks, much to the chagrin of some people.
"BOB MINTON: 'We're not here for a short term, we're here for a long term
"That's Bob Minton, the man with the money to buy this building with plans
to turn it into an anti-Scientology headquarters--big plans. Keeping the
peace between Minton's group and the church is a headache cops saw coming
weeks ago. The lines in the street are part of the solution, a way to keep
some space between protesters and parishioners on their way to dinner. I
wanted to know, 'What about the rest of us? Do we all have to toe this
"POLICE OFFICER: 'We don't think, go down there and find out from the
office--it's all confusing to me, too.'
"Four patrolmen and a sergeant refused to answer that simple question,
preferring headquarters handle the matter. Sergeant Wayne Shelor assures
us nobody will be arrested for just crossing the line.
"WAYNE SHELOR: Well, you'd have to--the circumstances would dictate what
happens, but you may be going from crossing a line to obstruction of
justice and that's a whole different animal.
"The church blames Minton for this restriction, its spokesman saying there
were no such points of daily confrontation before his arrival. Minton's
folks claim they just want to express their opinions freely. But for now,
nobody gets to do anything inside these lines except go to dinner."
The St. Petersburg Times published a story on the Trust on February 6th.
"Bob Minton's resonant voice sounds friendly, but the Scientologists don't
return his greeting. Pumping a picket sign, Minton walks along narrow
Waterson Avenue, a downtown side street where uniformed staffers from the
Church of Scientology arrive by the hundreds for evening meals at two
church dining halls. 'It's safe to look; it's safe to talk,' Minton
shouts. 'When you have problems with Scientology, call us at 467-9335!
Remember, that number could save your life! 467-9335. 'Have a great dinner
tonight!' Minton also tells them: 'Hit your knives and forks on the table
and demand reforms now!'
"He urges the unthinkable: Oust David Miscavige, Scientology's worldwide
leader. He spies a Scientology security guard across the street: 'I hope
one day we can be friends with each other!' The guard is all business,
reporting Minton's movements via cellular phone. Another Scientologist is
just a few feet away videotaping Minton.
"In a move that has pierced Scientology's comfort zone, Minton bought a
building 30 feet from the church's stately property at 500 Cleveland St.,
the former Bank of Clearwater Building. His in-your-face strategy comes
across as extraordinarily bold to locals who have come to know Scientology
as a church that does not turn the other cheek. To them, it is a bit like
whacking a bee hive then waiting around to be swarmed.
"But the added spectacle of Minton vs. the Scientologists couldn't come at
a worse time for city officials who are courting out-of-town developers
and dreaming of a new downtown waterfront, just two blocks west of
Watterson. 'We're going to have to deal with the consequences of all
this,' laments City Manager Mike Roberto. 'It is not a situation that
brings a lot of value or assets to the community.'
"'They're here to create a conflict,' complains Marty Rathbun, a top
Scientology official who is based in Los Angeles but lately is tied up in
Clearwater. He says the church is trying to ignore Minton, but adds: 'I
worry about this guy because he's deranged.' No Scientologist is
interested in his message, Rathbun says. 'Clearly, we're trying to elicit
responses from church members,' Minton says. 'Yes, we're pushing buttons.
And the buttons we're pushing are ones the management of Scientology is
very uncomfortable seeing pushed.'
"In late January, Roberto, the city manager, paid a visit to Watterson
Avenue, a one-way northbound street. His solution: change its direction to
southbound so Scientology staffers could step from church buses and
disappear behind the dining hall doors without seeing Minton A city worker
was on a ladder with a wrench in hand, preparing to reverse the one-way
sign, said Paul Bratsos, manager of Jimmy Hall's Steak House, which has an
entrance off Watterson. When Roberto walked over to ask Bratsos if the
change was okay with him, Bratsos said it would inconvenience longtime
customers who drop off their parties at the door. At that point, Bratsos
said, church officials who accompanied Roberto offered to pay for a
carport for Jimmy Hall's. City officials offered to fashion a special
parking zone on public property for restaurant customers, and even put
several parking meters out of commission. When Bratsos declined, Roberto
called off the impromptu street change. Bratsos was struck by the
apparent ease with which the change was nearly accomplished. 'I wouldn't
have had the power to get that done,' he says.
"The new headquarters has five phone lines, a suite of offices with a
conference room, equipment for editing videotapes, five computers to
maintain Internet contact, two paper shredders and living quarters on the
second floor. Just a short stroll down Watterson Avenue, Rathbun, the
church official, is reviewing videotapes like a football coach on Monday
morning. His jaw is clenched. He wears a look of frustration and disgust
as he plays video taken by church security. One Minton follower, Grady
Ward, is seen standing immediately outside the dining room door, saying,
'No matter what they tell you, we don't bite.' Another, Patricia Greenway,
yells across Watterson Avenue: 'Free telephone calls home!' Former
Scientologist Jesse Prince, referring to Lisa McPherson's mysterious
death, calls one church security guard a murderer.
"Minton and his staff say they have been welcomed by residents and
business people who have offered to help The night of Jan. 20, city
commissioners listened stoically as Minton showed up at City Hall to
publicly accuse Roberto and his staff of being 'too cozy' with the church,
which has battled controversy since coming to Clearwater in 1975. He
called it a 'dangerous coalition,' alleging City Hall had asked local
landlords not to rent office space to the trust. Snubbed by leasing
agents, Minton bought his new building at 33 N Fort Harrison Ave. on Jan.
5 for $325,000 from local accountant Scott Brauer. When church officials
tried to intercede with a $600,000 counteroffer, Brauer turned them down,
saying he would honor his handshake deal with Minton. Brauer also took a
call that night from Roberto, which he took as a subtle, if tardy, attempt
to stop the sale. Roberto defends his call, saying he simply asked about
the sale 'because I realized we were going to have to deal with the
> GermanyGottfried Helnwein has decided to drop further court actions against
statements made in the media that he is a Scientologist. From a press
"On appeal by the accused, the judgment of the first specification was
confirmed by Frankfurt Superior State Court, but the other three
specifications were overturned and withdrawn. To Mr. Helnwein's
Constitutional grievance which he filed against this de cision, the first
Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court, with a decision on 10 Nov
1998, case number: 1 8 VR 1531/98, overturned the decision of the
Frankfurt Superior State Court based on transgression of basic rights and
referred it back for a new hearing.
"Since Mr. Helnwein has not lived in Germany since the end of 1997 and
lives with his family and works alternately between Ireland, New York and
Italy, the nearly 6 year old proceeding has since lost meaning and purpose
for him. He is now dedicating himself exclusively to his artistic work and
is preparing several international museum exhibits which require his
entire concentration and work ability."
Trierischer Volksfreund reported on January 31st that a meeting of
Christian Democrat students conducted a discussion with Scientologists and
the sect commissioner.
"The Ring of Christian Democrat Students (RCDS) invited Barbara Lieser,
presiding President of Scientology Church Frankfurt and Hans Neusius, sect
commissioner of the Trier diocese to the podium of the Catholic Academy
for a verbal duel. Energetic and with noticeable desire for a verbal
frontal attack, Neusius put the professionalism of the Hubbard adherents
in question at his latest meeting. Hardly had the moderator, Juergen von
Wnuk-Lipinski, opened the discussion than Neusius charged in full speed
ahead: 'Scientology is not a church nor a religion,' stated the
"'For me, Scientology is a religion like many others,' Barbara Lieser did
not match the excitement of her opponent. Her defensive, charming and
stylish appearance did not generally seem to fit entirely in with the
known scenario of the Hubbard community. 'The goal of our endeavors is
the complete utilization of the spiritual potential of each individual,'
the woman from Frankfurt summarized her philosophy.
"The meeting was part of a three-day symposium of the RCDS, the Konrad
Adenauer Foundation and the Department of New Media under the direction of
Katharina Zey-Wortmann at the Catholic Academy on the theme of basic
values, for which more than 40 students from across the Republic traveled
to the Mosel."
Freie Presse reported on February 1st that Zwickau's Chief Mayor has been
supporting a Scientologist's construction plans.
"Chief Mayor Rainer Eichhorn (CDU) and the embittered debate over
Scientology - Zwickau's leading man has fallen under heavy pressure now
that it has been revealed that he has been following the controversial
construction projects by Scientology member Kurt Fliegerbauer with
approval. The construction tycoon has renovated about 250 buildings so
"Eichhorn publicly lied. He stated in writing January 7 in a press
conference this year that there could be no discussion about a 'municipal
tailwind' for operations by Fliegerbauer or his company. Yet it was no
other than he himself who had courted the Scientologist, chummed up to
him, and provided him with the necessary 'tailwind.' That is now evident
from a previously unknown, confidential letter from the Chief Mayor to the
construction businessman. 'What I am able and would like to communicate to
you is that the city of Zwickau has good reason to be thankful for the
commercial involvement of your Osterstein Castle Management, Inc.,'
Eichhorn wrote on November 17, 1997 to Fliegerbauer.
"When the Chief Mayor wrote the letter in November 1997, Kurt Fliegerbauer
had not yet outed himself as a member of Scientology, although there were
already many signs of that. While the city had stopped selling any more
real estate to the businessman for some months by that time, the political
parties were also maintaining a clear distance from him. Except for the
leading city official, as it has just now turned out."
> CCHRThe Community News of Miami published an article on February 5th based on
a new booklet from Scientology.
"A new booklet urges parents to find out what is going on in their
children's schools, and to reject forceful initiatives by school
psychologists and psychiatrists to have children placed on heavy,
mind-altering, psychiatric drugs. Harming Lives: Psychiatry--Betraying and
Drugging Children for Profit was written by the Citizens Commission on
Human Rights (CCHR) to help expose what it calls 'the lies and propaganda
at work in the mental health field; lies which have turned schools into
behavioral laboratories with millions of children the world over being
"While a public warning, the booklet also provides solutions. Eastgate
pointed out that 'there are inexpensive, non-invasive and productive
alternatives to the expensive, enforced and unworkable labeling, drugging
and other 'solutions' of psychiatry. For example, it is a fact that
undiagnosed, untreated physical conditions often manifest as 'psychiatric
symptoms.' Adverse reactions to common prescription drugs also can create
unwanted behavior. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) was
established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology."
> Eugene Ingram"Wogendas" reported that Eugene Ingram has been working in the Seattle
area to investigate a staff member of the Lisa McPherson Trust.
"Mr. Eugene M Ingram, former LA Police officer who was fired for running a
house of prostitution and preventing the arrest of drug dealers, visited
Kitsap County Washington this week. Mr. Ingram visited the home of a
woman who was once the fiancee of David Cecere. She really thought Ingram
was 'not a bad guy'. I am sure he was disappointed to learn that David and
his ex are friends."
> PrisonThe [Newark] Star-Ledger reported that a New Jersey prisoner has been
transferred due to receiving items including Scientology materials
improperly from a guard.
"One of the former Glen Ridge High School athletes jailed for raping a
mentally handicapped girl in 1989 was transferred from one prison to
another after investigators found a female guard was improperly bringing
him cards, gifts and Church of Scientology materials, according to records
and sources familiar with the case. Senior Corrections Officer Ginger
Happe, 31, was charged in June with improper or unauthorized contact with
an inmate at the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility in Annandale,
according to records filed with the state Office of Administrative Law.
"While the inmate is not identified in the documents, several sources
close to the case identified him as Kevin Scherzer, 28, one of two men
still imprisoned for the gang rape that drew national attention to the
affluent Essex County suburb. The department alleges Happe gave the
inmate letters and cards, tapes and books, sources said, as well as
materials on Scientology, a religion based on the teachings of L. Ron
Hubbard that boasts hundreds of thousands adherents worldwide.
Corrections officers and other employees are prohibited by Department of
Corrections rules from any contact or communication with inmates outside
the line of duty."
> Kirstie AlleyThe Guardian published an article on Scientology celebrity Kirstie Alley
"Latterly a prominent Scientologist - she's also the spokeswoman for
Narconon, the Church's in-house rehab programme - Alley currently divides
her time between lingerie-themed TV show Veronica's Closet and fighting
the good fight for L Ron Hubbard: 'I don't like it when journalists
mention the 'controversial Church of Scientology' in an article about me',
she remarked in 1998. 'It's like me saying 'the controversial Jew who
> Lisa McPhersonBob Minton posted a description this week of Lisa McPherson's work at AMC
Publishing, written by co-worker Brenda Hubert.
"Lisa has been working on an ethics program for several weeks now. Her
ethics terminal here at AMC has been Katie Chamberlain. Prior to us
leaving for Orlando on Wednesday morning, Katie came to me and told me
that Lisa was having some difficulty with her ethics cycle; that she was
still mid-cycle on her O/W write-up and was frequently-dispersed and
generally 'in the middle of it'. She wanted me to run tight 8C on Lisa at
the trade show and product officer her to get the work done at the show.
"In getting things together to get off on the road I noticed that Lisa was
dispersed. She couldn't get her things together in an A to B way; I had to
help her to make certain she had everything and that it was put in the
car, She had a list of references that Katie wanted her to read and she
was taking LRH books and dictionaries and tapes.
"When we got to the convention she got even more frantic in her actions.
She had forgotten several personal items and she tore apart her luggage
looking for them and had her things strewn all over the room in total
disarray. She got irrationally upset that she didn't have these items and
it took me getting in her face and literally yelling at her to knock it
off to subdue her behavior. That didn't last long, within a few minutes
she was back at frantic again. I took her to get something else to eat and
while we were in the restaurant she suddenly turned around and called out
to one of the people working in the restaurant to come over to the table.
She then proceeded to tell this restaurant employee that they HAD to read
the Dianetics book and they had to do it NOW. I took her back to the room
and tried to get her to lay down and rest for a whale, but she could not
stay in any one spot for more than 30 seconds.
"At about 11 p.m. I woke up to find her going through her luggage
frantically and mumbling to herself. Some time later (about 2 a.m.) she
was still up. I made her go to bed and stayed awake until I thought she
was asleep. At about 4:30 she was up again rambling around; she finally
went into the bathroom and was quiet. When I woke up at 7 a.m. I found her
still in the bathroom reading LRH. She looked like hell.
"I woke up with a start and found her on top of me in my bed holding me
down by the arms. She was right in my face and she was sobbing
hysterically and telling me that I had to get up right then and get
dressed; that there was something going on on this planet that I didn't
know about and that we were in terrible danger; that I HAD TO HELP HER
before it was all too late. Finally I got her back in bed and she fell
asleep and slept until about 7:30 a.m. She was even more spaced on Friday.
She walked to a girl that was at the convention and got right in her face
and started in with her interrogation mock-up. She told this girl that she
knew who she was and that she had to get her hat on. The girl had no idea
what the hell she was talking about.
"Brian, Craig and I decided that I had to bring her home on Friday as she
was getting worse and worse, I got her things packed up and loaded us up
and started home. She was totally bizarre in the car on the way home. She
kept talking to me - just rambling and asking me what she had said. She
told me that she wanted me to know that earlier in the spring when she
flipped out that what had occurred was that when she went clear she
withheld it and didn't want anyone to know. That she withheld it very very
hard for a long time and that it crashed. She said she realized that being
clear was something to share with others -- that it wasn't just for her
and that from the auditing and handlings she got she came to see that and
when that happened she was okay again. This was said very directly and
very matter-of-factly. I just acknowledged her. I love Lisa and want to
see this get handled. Please do everything you can for her."
The St. Petersburg Times reported that the challenge to the Lisa McPherson
estate in probate court has been denied.
"The Church of Scientology said it was being sued by people who had gone
too far. It asked a Pinellas probate judge to remove the aunt as head of
McPherson's estate, which brought the death suit. It said the aunt engaged
in fraud, and it urged the judge to replace her with someone with no ill
will toward Scientology. But Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge George W. Greer
rejected those arguments Thursday, ruling that Scientology has no legal
interest in the estate of Lisa McPherson, the Scientologist who died in
1995 while under the care of church staffers in from Clearwater.
"Under state law, only an 'interested person' has standing to contest the
administration of a probate case. The law defines such a person as anyone
who 'may reasonably expect to be affected by the outcome of the particular
proceeding involved.' The church said it was affected because Liebreich,
as head of the estate, had filed a wrongful death suit against Scientology
and improperly delegated that suit to Robert S. Minton, a New England
"Church officials insist that neither Lisa McPherson nor her mother would
have wanted her estate to be used against Scientology. They allege that a
signature on one of the estate documents was made by someone other than
Fannie McPherson. Tampa lawyer Ken Dandar, who represents the estate, said
of Greer's ruling: 'It shows that the actions of Scientology are so
desperate because of the overwhelming evidence of their causing the death
of Lisa McPherson.' Mike Rinder, a top Scientology official, said the
church now will pin its hopes on the state attorney's office, which has
been asked by the church to consider a felony charge of fraud against
From the Tampa Tribune on February 4th:
"Greer did not take up the issue of whether documents in the estate case
were forged. That allegation became moot once he decided that Scientology
had no right to challenge the legitimacy of the estate's court-approved
representative. In the case ruled on Thursday, Greer was asked to remove
Liebreich as representative of the estate. Had he done so, the estate's
lawsuit in Hillsborough Circuit Court might have been jeopardized. Even if
Liebreich did forge Fannie McPherson's signature, as the church contended,
her brother and sisters are happy with her representation of the estate,
Dandar said. 'The only ones who can complain about it are the brother and
sisters of Dell Liebreich, and they all love Dell Liebreich,' Dandar
A filing in the Lisa McPherson civil case was posted this week, in which
Lisa's estate responds to the claim that Scientology is a religion, and
that the Introspection Rundown is a religious practice.
"Any group can call itself a religion. Only the sincerely held religious
beliefs of a bona fide religion are protected by the constitution and
statutes. Was Flag operating as a religious organization or a hotel when
it practiced medicine without a license, falsely imprisoned, abandoned,
and killed Lisa McPherson in its hotel for the last 18 days of her life?
Since no religion can escape liability for these tortious actions, then
why address the issue of religiosity? The following memorandum will
demonstrate that Scientology is not a religion. If it is, then not all of
Scientology technology can be claimed as being religious. In fact most of
its technology, such as the Introspection Rundown and Isolation are
secular in Hubbard's own words, involving no treatment at all.
Therefore, Scientology should not be blessed with an all encompassing
blanket of religiosity.
"Scientology's claim of religion is pretextual. It is a religion of
convenience. It changes from a secular to a religious status depending
upon the legal or societal or business circumstances it finds itself in
and how it can exploit those circumstances to its benefit. In essence,
Scientology is a fraud, a false religion. Unlike any other true religion,
Scientology did not redefine itself as a religion in order to address
mankind's ultimate concerns in the universe. It puts on its religion hat
only when it serves its purpose to be protected by the Religion Clauses
and Florida's RFRA.
"'Scientology 1970 is being planned on a religious organization basis
throughout the world. This will not upset in any way the usual activities
of any organization. It is entirely a matter for accountants and
solicitors. HCO POLICY LETTER OF 29 OCTOBER 1962, RELIGION (Furnish a copy
of this to all attorneys dealing with our interests for us)'. 'In spite of
the fact that data did indicate religion to be an incorrect approach, the
Mission went ahead incorporating Scientology as a Church in Tokyo. Do we
go religious or Dianetics (into Japan).' SEA ORGANIZATION AIDES ORDER
549-1, 29 January 1981. 'To take over absolutely the field of mental
healing on this planet in all forms. This was not the original purpose.
The original purpose was to clear Earth.' To the Guardian W W 2 Dec 69,
CONFIDENTIAL INTELLIGENCE ACTIONS COVERT INTELLIGENCE DATA COLLECTION
"The correct approach in determining the status of Scientology and Flag is
contained in the learned decision of United States v. Article or Device
'Hubbard Electrometer', 333 F. Supp. 357, 361 (USDC., 1971). There the
court describes the history of Scientology where it sold courses and even
its claimed religious E-meters to members of the general public. The court
ruled that Scientology had a secular and religious auditing processes. It
noted that a few of Hubbard's writings are primarily religious in nature
but most of his writings contain medical or scientific claims written in a
'partially religious context.' The court noted that the Hubbard Guidance
Center offers nonreligious processing in auditing to the public for a fee.
The court concluded that '[V]iewed as a whole the thrust of the writings
is secular, not religious.'
"The Plaintiff's position is that defendants engaged in premeditated and
barbaric criminal and civil misconduct without justification or excuse.
Plaintiff's position is that Scientology is a business whose primary
aspiration in the accumulation of dollars. Plaintiff's position is that
for Lisa McPherson to have attained the state of Clear and then gone
'psychotic' by walking naked on a public street in Clearwater, the 'Mecca
of Scientology religion,' in a desperate attempt to get 'help' presented
the potential for a public relations catastrophe. This catastrophe would
be compounded if competent mental health professionals assisted Lisa and
found that Scientology auditing contributed to her mental illness and
public acting out. Moreover, Lisa's committed a 'high crime' against
Scientology by publicly departing it and bringing it into disrepute
because her behavior could hold Scientology up to public exposure and
ridicule. This caused Scientology to condemn her as a 'suppressive
person,' 'psychotic' and 'trouble source.' Therefore, in the total absence
of her capacity to consent, Scientology arrogated to itself dominion and
control over the body and person of Lisa McPherson as an exercise of
business imperative. They locked her up, dehydrated her and killed her in
an effort to eliminate a public relations 'flap.' Scientology was
constrained to kill Lisa McPherson in the name of 'helping' her adhere to
the dictates of her religion.
"In the attached affidavit of Peter Alexander, he describes the lack of
any semblance to religious practices and complete denial by staff that
Scientology is a religion. In fact, the staff informed him that religion
was just an 'angle' for the IRS, reflecting Hubbard's reason to call
Scientology a religion. Mr. Alexander, a celebrity in Scientology, reached
the high level of OT7 and only recently left Scientology. In 20 years, no
one in Scientology viewed it seriously as a religion. He calls it
pseudo-psycho-therapy. Karsten Lorenzen, who recently left Scientology
after being ordered to watch a Danish woman on an Isolation watch, who,
like Lisa McPherson was in Isolation at FLAG five months after Lisa died
and barely made it out alive from FLAG, testified that Scientology is not
a religion but a philosophy. He goes on to say that Denmark does not
recognize Scientology as a religion.
"Gerald Armstrong, who handled the personal communications for Hubbard
himself, and Scientology's archivist, testified that Scientology was never
presented as a religion. Marjory Wakefield, a former Scientologist,
testified that in 1977-78 an order came out for everyone to take the
Minister's course which qualified the person to perform ceremonies in
Scientology. For example, baptism in Scientology is merely introducing the
infant to the parents and say that you hope that he/she will make a good
scientologist. However, she does not know if any baptisms were ever done.
In fact, she recalls that when reporters were coming to the scientology
headquarters, they were all ordered 'to dress up the next day and that we
were going to have a mock church service.'
"This court should not succumb to the dictates of Scientology. Advisory
opinions are not permissible. Religiosity is not an issue, since Lisa
McPherson was not involved in any claimed religious treatment. In fact,
she was not involved in any treatment at all. She was merely a hotel
guest! The court can assume the religiosity of Scientology as it has done
in the past in considering the unsuccessful motions to dismiss of the
defendants, since the defendants cannot escape liability under the
Religion Clauses nor RFRA for murder, false imprisonment, or outrageous
conduct. Per the previously discussed voluminous case law on Scientology,
it is not a claimed religion worthy of constitutional protection."
> Santa Monica MissionTilman Hausherr reported that the Santa Monica Scientology mission has
"I have learned that the Santa Monica/Westwood franchise on the Santa
Monica Blvd. has closed. It was just an office on the 2nd floor anyway."
> What Is ScientologyCatarina Pamnell reported on the What is Scientology exhibit in Stockholm.
"It's held at Berns Salonger, a posh restaurant/show place in central
Stockholm. [There are] lots of books, promotional leaflets, etc., as if
they had moved their shop into a conference hall. [I] ran into an old CoS
acquaintance from an earlier picket. He acted friendly and civilly. They
had probably been given instructions to stay cool. I found out that the
Jive Aces will be playing Saturday."
> SwitzerlandNeue Zuercher Zeitung reported on February 3rd that a Scientology
businessman has been sentenced in a fraud scheme in Zurich.
"Zurich district court has sentenced a 55-year-old businessman, who
juggled business investments around on American banks which existed only
on paper, to 2 years and 9 months imprisonment. The sum defrauded,
according to the judgment, was 15 million franks. The district attorney
had asked for 4 1/2 years in prison. The accused offered private
customers investments yielding dividends far above market from an
organization incorporated in Zurich under the name 'American Federal
Banking Association'. Most of the invested money was forwarded to the head
of the firm, the German finance manager in Munich (some of which he
personally delivered in cash); the other part of the financing was used to
cover commissions in the Zurich office.
"The motive for the crime, according to the judgment, was the 'extremely
stressful situation' the accused was experiencing after he had a terrible
business failure and himself was the victim of fraud; he had also expended
much capital to gain the higher ranks of the Scientologists. In reducing
the sentence asked, the court took into account that he had taken part in
the external findings of fact in the investigation. The information
technician who was also charged, who had gotten to know the accused as a
Scientologist, could not convince the court that, as the person
responsible for the EDP system of BAB, he had not noticed he was
processing manipulated investments; he received six months suspended
conditionally for two years."
> Lawrence WollersheimA filing in California court and three affidavits were posted to a.r.s
this week in the case of Lawrence Wollersheim, trying to get paid for a
judgment against the Church of Scientology of California, which was
disbanded to prevent paying the judgment.
"Respondents spend much paper on largely incompetent, self-serving and/or
demonstrably false declarations, in an absurd effort to make themselves
seem the victims of Mr. Wollersheim. This, despite the fact that both CSI
and RTC have verifiably spent over a decade, and untold millions of
dollars, devising and executing novel ways of keeping Mr. Wollersheim tied
up in the courts. They did this while the present case was in its
pre-trial phase, and they have done it without pause ever since. Quite
obviously, there is only one reason why: to avenge Mr. Wollersheim's
lawsuit against CSC. Just as before, CSI's opposition actually adds to the
mass of evidence supporting plaintiff's alter ego claim. The most blatant
example of this regards Attorney William Drescher, who now represents CSI
in opposition to the renewed motion but has previously represented CSC in
this same case. Mr. Drescher represented CSC's President Levin at his
1995 deposition, held in connection with Mr. Wollersheim's collection
effort. Seven months earlier, in October 1994, Mr. Drescher had also
argued -- unsuccessfully -- on CSC's behalf that there was no existing
"CSI's effort to defeat Mr. Wollersheim's motion rests mainly on the
declaration of CSC's president, Neil Levin. In it, Levin boldly swears
'[n]o employee, officer or director of RTC or CSI participated in
formulating trial strategy or defense tactics in this matter.' Given Mr.
Levin's seeming certainty in this regard, it should be inconceivable that
CSI's president, Heber Jentzsch, would have been videotaped in the wake of
the trial, mocking the jury and its $30 million verdict against CSC, in
front of an audience of Scientologists -- and disclosing details of the
post-trial strategy. Yet, that is precisely what happened, as Mr.
Wollersheim's new, irrefutable video evidence shows.
"In the videotape, Jentzsch implicitly acknowledges having been present at
the trial ('we could hear your shouts of 'Religious Freedom Now' through
the walls on the fourteenth floor!'). And, there can be no mistake about
what CSI's Jentzsch means when he talks of injustice committed against
'us' -- or about the follow-up measures undertaken by 'our legal people.'
Moreover, despite doggedly insisting it was uninvolved in financing CSC's
defense, CSI fails to even address -- much less rebut -- evidence showing
that funds for Scientology litigation, including CSC's, came from a
'central reserve system' run by CSI staff members. Indeed, CSI cannot
rebut this evidence, because it was taken directly from its own petition
for tax-exempt status submitted to the IRS.
"Having solidly demonstrated CSI's status as CSC's alter ego in this case,
Plaintiff Wollersheim respectfully submits that his motion to amend the
judgment must, in equity, be granted."
"I, Jesse Prince declare as follows:
"From the very beginning, through indoctrination from these courses, I
learned that the Sea Org managed all Scientology Organizations and related
entities such as Scientology Missions International (SMI), World Institute
of Scientology Enterprise (WISE) and Narconon, to name a few.
"Until his death in 1986, L. Ron Hubbard was the unchallenged dictator of
the entire Scientology enterprise. L. Ron Hubbard designated himself
'Commodore'. In the hierarchy of the Sea Org, 'Commodore' is the highest
rank. Next in authority in the Sea Org hierarchy are the 'Commodore's
Messengers.' L. Ron Hubbard authored Flag Order 3729, also known as
Executive Directive 106 Commodore's Messenger Organization (CMO), entitled
'Commodore's Messengers.' He designated his 'messengers' as emissaries of
himself. There is a hierarchy within the Commodore's Messengers
Organization. The top messenger, also known as the 'Commanding Officer,'
commands and orders all other messengers within the organization of
messengers. The top Commodore's Messenger in Scientology is David
Miscavige. There are also subordinate 'In Charge' positions within the
"There is also a hierarchy among the different messenger organizations.
The most senior messenger organization in all of the different messenger
organizations is 'The Religious Technology Center' (RTC). The next command
level below RTC is called 'The International Watchdog Committee.' The
Watchdog Committee was created with the purpose of overseeing the
activities of the Guardian's Office and Scientology management bodies in
order to 'keep Scientology working.' It is a senior management committee
that manages all sectors of Scientology, i.e., all Sea Organizations, all
Scientology Organizations International, and related Scientology entities
such as Scientology Missions International (SMI), and World Institute of
Scientology Enterprise, International (WISE). The next level of
hierarchical authority within the messenger organizations and Scientology
Enterprise is the 'Commodore's Messengers Organization International'
(COMINT). This body executes the orders and commands of the Watchdog
Committee, and manages and supervises the many other Commodore's Messenger
Organizations within the United States and abroad. Next in the chain of
hierarchy is the Office of the Executive Director International (EDINT).
"Until the reorganization of 1982, in which RTC was formed, it had been
CSC that registered the trademarks for Scientology. RTC was specifically
created to take over that function from CSC. As far as I know, ASI took
over the function of overseeing the copyrights."
"During my tenure with RTC, I have been privy to the destruction and
alteration of documents to protect the group. For example, on or about
April of 1983 I was present at a meeting, which took place in Los Angeles,
California at a Scientology office called Author Services, Inc.. ASI
presented itself as the 'literary agency' for Scientology founder L. Ron
Hubbard. In reality it was actually where the Scientology empire was being
run from at that time. All of Scientology was being directed from ASI in
1983. Present at this particular meeting was David Miscavige, then acting
under the title of chairman of the board of ASI, Vicki Aznaran then the
Deputy Inspector General of Religious Technology Center, and Lymon
Spurlock, who was 'Director of Client Affairs' for ASI. Mr. Miscavige
expressed concern at this meeting that there might possibly be a raid on
Scientology by the IRS. At that time, none of the churches of Scientology
had received tax exempt status.
"David Miscavige specifically stated that ASI was 'already dealing with
the problem', ridding ASI of any documents that would implicate L. Ron
Hubbard as managing agent of Scientology. He stated that under his
directive the LRH orders, or 'advices', were being collected and
transferred by truck to a Riverside County recycling plant where the
documents were to be 'pulped'. I was also given instructions that I was in
charge of purging the remainder of the Scientology organization of LRH
orders. This was to include Church of Scientology of California; Church of
Scientology International; and RTC.
"During the time I was on the Board of Directors of RTC, (1983 to 1987) I
attended numerous legal strategy sessions that dealt with this case
Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology case. Most of these legal strategy
sessions took place in the boardroom at Author's Services, Inc. The
general legal strategy of Scientology both before and after the
Wollersheim judgment was rendered against the Church of Scientology of
California was to make the case so complex and expensive that it would go
on forever and Mr. Wollersheim would never be able to collect 'One Thin
"It is incumbent on this and every court, as well as the authorities, to
realize the amount of deception, chicanery, lying, manipulation and
outright criminality that Scientology will employ to hide the truth about
their criminal activities. They will spend any amount of money to do this.
I know because I was part of it for years. I received orders to break the
law, and then I helped to hide these criminal activities just as they are
hiding them now. Scientology developed a daunting corporate structure.
This structure was designed to confuse those outside of the organization.
In reality, corporate names and boundaries were meaningless. Control was
centralized in one person. During his lifetime until his death in 1986
that person was L. Ron Hubbard. After his death, all control of
Scientology vested and remains in David Miscavige. The one thing that all
of us had in common is that we were all members of the Sea Organization.
The Sea Organization, or 'Sea Org' is a paramilitary type organization
that virtually governs all of Scientology under guidance of David
"A huge part of Scientology's legal strategy in the Wollersheim case was
to hide the fact that RTC and CSI were intimately involved in the
day-by-day direction of CSC's defense and to make the case so complex,
obtuse and expensive that no one would conceivably be able to get past all
the phony legal issues that Scientology was raising to peal away the
corporate layers and actually collect on the judgment. If this case is
dismissed on the basis of laches, this cynical strategy will indeed have
defeated both Mr. Wollersheim and the entire non-Scientology legal
"I, Robert Vaughn Young declare as follows:
"Scientology is seeking to deceive this court regarding two primary
targets: that the Sea Organization is a loose-knit 'fraternal
organization' with no role in management; and that David Miscavige has no
role or position as it relates to the management of Scientology or control
over this case. The Sea Organization is the nexus that permeates all
Scientology 'orgs' and violates all Scientology corporate structures and
David Miscavige has controlled it since 1982.
"One of the first sleights of hand that Scientology tries to effect on the
courts is equating 'Scientology' with 'The Church of Scientology.'
'Scientology' includes Churches of Scientology but it also includes
non-church organizations. 'The Command Channels of Scientology' is a
booklet that was issued to all Scientologists. First, the court should
first note that this does not say 'Command Channels of the Church of
Scientology'. In their own perspective, 'Scientology' is more than the
'church.' Second, this describes the COMMAND CHANNELS. According to the
Scientology dictionary (and a Hubbard policy letter), 'command channels'
has a specific definition: 'COMMAND CHANNEL, 1. (communications routing)
command channels go up through seniors over to a senior and down to a
junior. Or they go up through all seniors. It is used upward for unusual
permission or authorizations or information or important actions or
compliance. Downward it is used for orders. 2. Junior to senior to
senior's senior or on down.' This definition shows there are senior
echelons and junior echelons and they operate in a military manner. The
senior echelon issues orders and the junior echelon must comply. The Sea
Organization is central to this structure. They have their own command and
compliance channels and they have tried to hide these facts from this
"An attempt is being made by Plaintiff to cast the Sea Organization as a
harmless, loose-knit fraternal organization on the order of the Elks or
Shriners with no authority or control of Scientology. This is a lie and is
proved by Scientology's own documents. Calling it a 'fraternal order' was
something that came about later to hide its actual function from the
courts and the authorities. Scientology's own documents show that the Sea
Org is a tough, elite, tight-knit organization that has the authority to
move into and take over any organization on the 'Command Chart of
Scientology,' regardless of corporate lines.
"Defendant and other Scientology officials have sought to lower the
profile of the Sea Organization and hide its role. For example, when
applying for their tax exemption from the Internal Revenue Service
('IRS'), the Church of Scientology International was asked to explain the
Sea Org and it replied: 'The Sea Organization is a religious order
consisting solely of members who have pledged themselves to one billion
years of service to Scientology. The Sea Organization is not incorporated,
nor is it an unincorporated association, and it has no formal or informal
ecclesiastical or other management structure. Despite its name, the Sea
Organization is not an 'organization' or an 'entity.' It has no income,
disbursements, assets or liabilities.' It has been shown by their own
documents that this is a complete lie: the Sea Org is an actual
organization that not only manages organizations but has 'unlimited
powers' to take over any organization."
> Refund ContractA contract prepared by the Canberra, Australia org was posted to a.r.s
this week. It calls for restrictions on a former member who requested a
refund. The former member did not sign the document.
"Pertti Muhli hereby acknowledges receipt of the sum of FIVE THOUSAND TWO
HUNDRED AND SIXTY SEVEN DOLLARS by way of repayment of the balance of
unused donations paid to the Church of Scientology Inc.
"Pertti Muhli agrees to keep confidential and not disclose any knowledge,
information or material acquired by him directly or indirectly concerning
the Church or any of its associates and without limiting the foregoing
shall not directly or indirectly publish or assist another to publish any
such knowledge, information or material whether in the form of books,
magazines, periodicals, newspapers, articles, or other literature or in
the form of film, video, audio tape, television or in any other form of
media or in any computer medium, computer files, or on the Internet.
"Pertti Muhli retracts the articles authored by him entitled 'I publicly
depart Scientology' dated 10 July 1999, and 'Ex-member speaks out about
the Canberra org in Australia' dated 15 July 1999 and undertakes to inform
all persons to whom he has circulated the articles of his retraction.
"Pertti Muhli agrees that he will not voluntarily assist or cooperate with
any person, association or corporation adverse to the religion of
Scientology in any proceeding against the Church or any of its associates
including but not limited to any person, association, or corporation
contemplating any claim or engaged in litigation adverse to the Church or
its associates. Pertti Muhli also agrees that he will not cooperate in any
manner with any organisation aligned against Scientology or the Church or
its associates. Pertti Muhli agrees that he will not use any of the money
received pursuant to this agreement to fund, either directly or
indirectly, attacks on the Scientology or the Church or any of its
associates. Pertti Muhli agrees not to testify or otherwise participate in
any judicial, administrative or legislative proceedings adverse to
Scientology or the Church or any of its associates unless compelled to do
so by lawful process. Unless required to do so by statutory lawful
process, Pertti Muhli agrees not to discuss his experiences or knowledge
or information derived directly or indirectly concerning the Church of
Scientology Inc. or its associates."