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    Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 4, Issue 47 3/5/2000 by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com] copyright 2000 Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review
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      Alt.religion.scientology
      Week in Review Volume 4, Issue 47
      3/5/2000
      by Rod Keller [rkeller@...]
      copyright 2000

      Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review summarizes the most significant
      postings from the Usenet group Alt.religion.scientology for the preceding
      week for the benefit of those who can't follow the group as closely as
      they'd like. Out of thousands of postings, I attempt to include news of
      significant events, new affidavits, court rulings, new contributors,
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      kill file. So please take into consideration that I may not have seen some
      of the most significant postings.

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      > Battlefield Earth

      The Salt Lake Tribune reported on the forthcoming movie Battlefield Earth
      on March 3rd.

      "[H]ere's an early warning: There may be a 'Battlefield Earth' doll that
      calls your wee tots 'ratbastard.' That's right, we won't say it again. We
      will just refer to it from here on out as the not-so-nice 10-letter word.
      This bit of news come from Dan Cox, a staff writer at Daily Variety in New
      York, who said the not-so-nice 10-letter word is spouted by an 11-inch
      action figure of John Travolta, who plays the evil Terl in 'Battlefield
      Earth,' set to open May 12. Even odder is that this not-so-nice 10-letter
      word isn't used once in the first 500 pages of the Thousand-page
      Battlefield Earth sci-fi novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
      Instead, the alien Terl is constantly calling the human hero, Jonnie
      Goodboy Tyler, 'rat brain.'"

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      > CCHR

      Scientology announced winners of the annual awards from the Citizen's
      Commission on Human Rights this week.

      "Awarded were Mrs. Patti Johnson, a member of the Colorado State Board of
      Education; Ms. LeAnna Washington, a Pennsylvania State Representative, and
      Mrs. Elvira Manthey, a survivor of psychiatry's Nazi child euthanasia
      program in Germany during WWII. Golden Globe Award Winning actress Jenna
      Elfman presented the award to Mrs. Johnson for her courageous work in
      organizing the Colorado State Board of Education's Resolution in November
      last year. The Resolution acknowledged documented incidents of highly
      negative consequences from psychiatric drugs, and urged school personnel
      to use proven academic solutions rather than drugs to resolve behavior,
      attention and learning difficulties.

      "Presented the award by Grammy Award Winning musician and actor, Isaac
      Hayes, Rep. Washington said: 'The effects of psychiatric drugs on children
      have been catastrophic, depriving them of proper medical assessment which
      could pinpoint underlying, untreated physical complaints that may be
      effecting behavior, denying them necessary tutoring, and sentencing them
      to a drugged euphoria that can result in violence.' In December, 1999,
      Rep. Washington was instrumental in the National Caucus of Black State
      Legislator's call for a national investigation to be held into 'the use of
      all psychiatric drugs and their effects on children in this nation.'

      "Emmy Award Winning actress, Michelle Stafford introduced Mrs. Elvira
      Manthey. In 1938, at the age of 7, Elvira Hempel was incarcerated in
      Uchtspringe psychiatric institution. She was institutionalized along with
      her 3 year old sister, Lisa, which was allowed under Germany's Hereditary
      Act. As their father had been branded a 'lazy worker,' psychiatrists
      concluded his children were a 'public danger, congenitally feebleminded,
      abnormal, hereditarily diseased and ineducable.'"

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      > Denmark

      Jyllands-Posten reported on February 26th that a Scientology school is not
      being subsidized with public money on Copenhagen.

      "A group of Scientology parents in Copenhagen feel heavily discriminated
      against, since they can't get public subsidy for their child care. They
      want to have their children raised in the spirit of Scientology, in that
      the teachers follow a 'child philosophy' developed by the founder of the
      movement, L. Ron Hubbard. Since the city is giving contributions to Rudolf
      Steiner-preschools or Christian child institutes, it should also be
      possible to get subsidies for a Scientology preschool, the parents say,
      but the City of Copenhagen says no. The city district rejects the
      Scientology preschool Little Spring, since it fears that the children will
      be forced into following the ideology of the movement. According to the
      city district rejection, the problem is that Scientology does not promote
      qualities such as 'openness, tolerance and respect for others'.

      "Individual Scientology parents can circumvent this decision by applying
      for a personal subsidy for private child care. This is still accepted by
      Valby city district, but that may soon change. The City of Copenhagen
      itself does not want to give any subsidies at all, and therefore the
      battle will be taken to the National Social Board."

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      > France

      The Los Angeles Times reported on February 29th that a government panel in
      France has decided that Scientology should be disbanded.

      "A blue-ribbon government panel studying what French officials define as
      'sects' has concluded that the faith, founded by the late U.S. science
      fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, is a 'vast enterprise of transnational
      character' with its own private police force run clandestinely from the
      United States. 'They have a clear strategy of infiltrating and of trying
      to influence the state, and the will to do it,' said Denis Barthelemy, a
      career magistrate serving as secretary-general of the panel, the
      Interministerial Mission on Combating Sects. 'This goes beyond being an
      ordinary pressure group. For the internal security of the state, we are
      afraid.'

      "In the report to Prime Minister Lionel Jospin published this month, the
      panel contends that Scientology is, in fact, a moneymaking venture. The
      report goes to the extraordinary length of proposing the dissolution here
      of Scientology and another religious group, the Order of the Solar Temple,
      which lost 74 members to murder-suicides in France, Switzerland and Canada
      between 1994 and 1997.

      "Some former Scientologists agree. 'I was turned into a robot,' said Mona
      Vasquez, a 40-year-old Frenchwoman who spent seven years in the
      organization. 'They made me leave my studies, my boyfriend, my family.'
      French authorities maintain that they are not attacking religious beliefs,
      which are protected by law, but illegal conduct. Leaders of France's
      Scientologists indignantly deny the charges against them. They plan to
      issue a detailed rebuttal. 'These are total hate campaigns,' Gounord
      said. 'We are people who obey the law.'

      "The French report makes special mention of Scientology's Office of
      Special Affairs, which it labels a private police. Stacy Brooks, a former
      member now working with an anti-Scientology organization in Clearwater,
      Fla., described the OSA as a dirty-tricks squad that targets the church's
      critics. 'I know all about these people,' Brooks said. 'They tried to
      smear and harass me and my husband after I left in 1989.' Karin Pouw,
      spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology International, called Brooks a
      'liar for hire.' Pouw, a member of the OSA, said the office functions as a
      'public affairs office.'"

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      > Germany

      The controversy over the security of Windows 2000 continue in Germany.
      From Frankfurter Rundschau on February 24th:

      "Windows 2000 is a buggy product. The new operating system contains 65,000
      errors. A quarter of corporations will have a problem running its
      programs; the U.S. intelligence service and Scientology participated in
      its development. Besides that it hurts competition. This is not being
      asserted by critics and competitors of the giant from Redmond, but by the
      Microsoft developer itself right at the start of the 'kick-off event' for
      its latest show at Cebit. By listing off these accusations, it is trying
      to make them look ridiculous."

      The Germany government will evaluate the security of the software,
      according to Heise, on February 15th.

      "The Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (BSI) may take
      a glance at the source code of Windows 2000. Microsoft had bought a
      Windows 2000 component from a company which supports Scientology. Fears
      were expressed in that connection that the software contained a possible
      back door which could be used to reveal the contents of the hard drive
      without authorization. Microsoft stated that it was now prepared to have
      the source of the software in dispute reviewed by the BSI. After the
      source code is reviewed, the BSI will issue an opinion about possible risk
      from the defragmentation software."

      From Sueddeutsche Zeitung on February 19th:

      "The Bavarian Interior Ministry had asked for a comprehensive analysis of
      Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system from the Federal Office for
      Security in Information Technology after it was revealed that a portion of
      the software for that program had been delivered by Executive Software
      International. Executive Software belongs to professed Scientologist Craig
      Jensen. Therefore users in Germany expressed concern that Windows 2000
      users could be spied upon by Scientology.

      "In October 1995, the Interior Ministry put a list of measures into effect
      which was supposed to prevent the state from giving contracts to companies
      which were under Scientology's influence. Since then, companies who bid
      for state contracts must sign 'security statements' in which they verify
      that they do not operate according to the principles of the
      psycho-business founded by Ron Hubbard. The Microsoft corporation,
      however, is not affected by this list of measures, said Ziegler, 'We
      cannot demand security statements from all the sub-contractors.'"

      Frankfurter Neue Presse reported on February 29th that a What is
      Scientology exhibit has opened in Frankfurt.

      "Friendly, smiling people in smart clothes, yellow and white tulips on the
      tables, clean, white tablecloths. The Scientologists are back in the city.
      Practically unnoticed, they opened their controversial 'What is
      Scientology?' exhibition in the Schirn Cafe yesterday. Only a few posters
      and direction signs directed the barely 100 adherents to the spaces on
      Roemerberg. The three days in the Frankfurt art building was said to have
      cost them 45,000 marks. Many did not at all want to talk about the theme
      of Scientology and preferred to hang back.

      "Wall displays with sect goals and texts, history and biography of the
      founder Ron L. Hubbard, deceased in 1986, and video presentation awaited
      the visitors. Georg Stoffel, Scientology press spokesman in Munich, wanted
      to communicate the organization's texts and teachings first-hand with the
      exhibition. 'This was not a good idea,' thinks a visitor from Wiesbad,
      who also wanted to keep his name to himself so that nobody he knows will
      speak to him about it. 'I condemn the people who believe in this sect.'

      "One of the things to see is the so-called 'e-meter,' which can allegedly
      measure thought with the help of electrodes. However, the thoughts of
      passers-by cannot be read with it. Not even those of the 23-year-old
      student, Katharina, 'One cannot form a picture of Scientology by going to
      its adherents. For that you should ask those who are acquainted with the
      negative side.'"

      From Frankfurter Neue Presse on February 26th:

      "The controversial Scientology Organization wants to advertise its goals
      from Monday to Wednesday in the Cafe of the Frankfurt Schirn Art Building.
      The contract had been agreed upon by the Cafe's lessee, Klaus-Peter
      Kofler. Kofler himself could not be reached on Friday to get his opinion.
      Scientology will pay Kofler 45,000 marks rent for the three days. The
      Frankfurt Superintendent for Schools, Education and multi-cultural
      opportunities, Jutta Ebeling (Greens) criticized the gastronome for his
      conduct in an open letter; 'this sect was being made presentable' and that
      it was advertising its 'cynical tricks' while she, Ebeling, was doing
      everything 'to hinder access of sects to youth.'

      "A letter of protest to Kofler was also written by Frankfurt's Director of
      Culture, Hans-Bernhard Nordhoff (SPD). He said he learned of the
      arrangement at the Schirn Cafe 'with great dismay.' 'The Schirn Art Hall
      and the neighboring cafe understandably appears as a unit in the public
      picture; gatherings in your Cafe will therefore always be identified with
      our renowned art hall,' wrote Nordhoff."

      Suedwest Presse reported on February 22nd that Renate Wartweg made a
      presentation on Scientology at the Illertisser College of School Brothers.

      "Before about 500 people, Renate Hartwig showed that she was very happy
      that young people were so intensely involved with the theme. She said that
      gave her hope that her struggle against the sect had not been in vain. Her
      work was based on a painful experience in 1988: she and her husband had
      lost their company indirectly because of the organization. For years
      Scientology tried to silence her through lawsuits, gossip and other
      methods. Renate Hartwig clearly answered the question of whether
      Scientology was a church, a sect or a religion: 'It operates as nothing
      other than a business syndicate with a Mafia-like structure and claims to
      potentially great political power.'

      "Many company chiefs let themselves be bought off with statements that
      their staff are not members of Scientology. This, said Hartwig, meant
      absolutely nothing, because Scientologists may lie when it is in the
      interests of their organization. With methods which were sometime clumsy,
      yet effective, people were being recruited. As an example, Hartwig gave a
      survey by mail whose title sheet included a picture of Albert Einstein and
      the famous quote that people use, at most, only ten percent of their
      brain. Anybody who wanted to know more was asked to answer 200 questions.
      The mass mailing was soon following by calls requesting to drop off the
      survey results. It was said that the results were so bad, that they could
      not trust the postal service with them. That resulted in often expensive
      seminars for 'Personality Structure Improvement' - a first step into
      dependency, she said."

      Holsteinischer Courier reported on February 23rd that the Junior Business
      Association Holstein has decided to change their charter to exclude
      Scientologists.

      "Scientologists try to gain ground especially in motivation training,
      personnel consulting, continuing education and real estate, said IHK
      association director Peter Dohm. In conjunction with the North Elbe
      Church, a letter was drafted by which Junior Business members would have
      to state if they were members of Scientology. Young business people and
      management employees who are between 27 and 40 years old can join."

      Der Tagesspiegel reported on February 25th that Scientology has filed for
      access to government files.

      "Calling upon Brandenburg Constitutional Basic rights, the Scientology
      sect wants general file access to government documents.
      Vice-Administration speaker Manfred Fueger verified that Scientology had
      filed applications at the end of with three ministries - finance, interior
      and state chancellery. The state administration see no method of basically
      refusing such desires, but still has asked for clarification for the
      applications in a letter of response. The process has triggered a debate
      in the administration coalition as to whether the document access law
      should be strengthened. The PDS, State Data Security Commissioner
      Alexander Dix, and even SPD politicians, like SPD legal expert Peter
      Muschalla, have opposed this move.

      "Constitutional Security chief Heiner Wegesin affirmed that constitutional
      Security federal and state offices were already familiar with the
      exploitation of the document access law by the Scientology sect. CDU
      faction interior political spokesman Sven Petke spoke out in favor of
      restricting the danger of misuse of the data access law by 'politically
      motivated requests.' Files which contained company data, government memos
      or personal date could not be released. Dix confirmed that there had also
      been unrest in the Brandenburg Finance Ministry because of the inquiries
      Scientology made. Staff members had expressed concern that their names
      could be accessible to the organization from the files."

      From Berliner Morgenpost on February 26th:

      "The applications of the Scientology sect at the Revenue and Interior
      Ministries as well as the State Chancellery may unleash a political
      debate. The opinion of several parliamentarians from the SPD and CDU that
      the File Access Law contains a danger of misuse was contradicted by Data
      Security Commissioner Alexander Dix. The supporter of free information
      access wants to submit a proposal to Parliament for modifications of the
      law which would amount to an extension of it. He is arguing for a time
      limit in which such applications must be worked by the administration. At
      the state level, there have been about a hundred applications for file
      access. The application of the Scientology sect was legitimate, said Dix.
      Nevertheless he said he understood the desire of the state government to
      have the sect detail its inquiry."

      Newswire dpa released an analysis of this year's U.S. State department
      report on Human Rights on February 25th:

      "The USA has determined in its annual Human Rights report that, worldwide,
      there is a positive trend. In its report published on Friday, the State
      Department sees a tendency towards democratization. A positive comment was
      made about Germany in that the number of attacks against foreigners in the
      past year has decreased again. In contrast to previous years, the
      attitude of the German authorities toward the Scientology Organization was
      not criticized, but merely recorded. For instance it was stated that the
      organization is not regarded as a church in Germany, but as a commercial
      business. In addition, it was noted that civil service applications in
      Bavaria include a mandatory, detailed questionnaire in which contain
      questions about connections to Scientology."

      Augsburger Allgemeine reported on March 1st that Scientology has targeted
      the city of Neu-Ulm for recruitment efforts.

      "For several days leaflets have been distributed in downtown Neu-Ulm by
      the Scientology Organization, which has about 900 million [sic] members
      worldwide. The spiritual potential of a person is supposed to be
      'developed' by means of this personality test. In its leaflet, the highly
      controversial sect is requesting people to take a test, which will then be
      evaluated by a 'specialist in the counseling center.' By doing the
      analysis, it is also possible to discover weaknesses of potential future
      members.

      "Peter Ott of the city agency which has jurisdiction in the area has
      confirmed that a permit is required for the leaflets. 'Scientology has not
      obtained this permission. If this permission had been extended to the
      organization, they would have had to pay the fees. But we have already
      often experienced that Scientology tries to circumvent this regulation,'
      he confirmed. He also verified that the police have already looked around
      today, and they would also be increasing their patrol for the next few
      days."

      Muenchner Merkur reported on March 2nd that parents have been removing
      their children from a ballet class in Pliening out of fear that a teacher
      is a Scientologist.

      "Out of a fear of Scientology, numerous parents in Pliening (Ebersberg
      County) have taken their six to ten year old children out of ballet class.
      They are convinced that the female instructor is being actively observed
      by Constitutional Security. 'It is right at this age that children are
      easy to manipulate,' said a father. However there is no proof that
      Scientology plays a role in ballet instruction. The woman is said to be
      known to the authorities because she allegedly appeared at the Marienplatz
      in Munich with another ballet group at a Scientology gathering. Several
      parents have seen pictures published of it. The community council has
      already withdrawn permission for the use of a gymnastics room in the
      school basement by the ballet group - the official reason was to avoid a
      flood of like applications."

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      > Grady Ward

      Grady Ward posted an update to his appeal efforts to overturn his
      settlement with Scientology.

      "I had a court appearance this morning in San Jose in the court of Judge
      Jeremy Fogel. Representing the criminal cult of scientology were Helena
      Kobrin and Samuel D. Rosen. The issue was my FRCP rule 60(b) motion to set
      aside the consent judgment based upon fraud on the court and other
      misbehavior on the part of the cult in trying to interfere with my
      employment.

      "The court leaned against granting me the relief I requested not believing
      that setting aside the judgment was the proper mode for me to obtain
      relief. The judge also denied without prejudice the instant motions of
      Samuel D. Rosen for sanctions against me, to strip me of my in forma
      pauperis, and to depose me yet again as a 'judgment debtor.'

      "While the cult did not deny trying to get me fired without cause and
      attempting to force me to drop my appeal before the Ninth Circuit, they
      did allege that I supposedly perjured myself in my affidavits and they
      accused Bob Minton, Stacy Brooks, and Lawrence Wollersheim of perjuring
      themselves when they testified that Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder demanded
      that Bob Minton fire me unless I drop my appeal."

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      > Italy

      Republica published an article on March 1st, on a ruling that Scientology
      will be taxed in Italy.

      "For the first time the Italian justice expresses a final judgment against
      the managers of the church of Scientology. Up to now almost all the
      investigations ended up with dismissals or acquittals. Now the Supreme
      Court ratified the tax-exempt activity of the managers of the dianetic
      theories. And it explains: 'even if we'd assume a religious character of
      the church of Scientology and of its therapeutical joints, it is a
      religious activity that charges [for its services] and, as it generates
      income to the organization that manages it, it is not exempted from fiscal
      obligations'"

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      > Lisa McPherson

      The St. Petersburg Times published an editorial on the criminal case
      against Scientology in the death of Lisa McPherson.

      "The tragedy of Lisa McPherson's death in a Scientology hotel room has
      turned into a sad, convoluted mess that cries out for justice. An
      unexplained reversal by Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Joan Wood has
      prosecutors reviewing their case and raises questions about Wood's
      competence. Meanwhile, sworn statements by Scientologists paint a
      disturbing picture of McPherson's final days and raise this question: Why
      was no individual charged with a crime?

      "Wood certainly surprised the state attorney's office. The new autopsy
      report is 'something of major significance we need to review,' said
      Assistant State Attorney Doug Crow. Amid the doubt, this much is clear:
      Wood owes the residents of Pinellas County an explanation; and State
      Attorney Bernie McCabe still needs to prosecute those his office
      determines to be responsible in McPherson's suffering and death.

      "No doubt remains that McPherson was ill served by her Scientology
      'caretakers.' Alain Kartuzinski, a senior church staff member, ordered
      McPherson's isolation and authorized medication without a doctor's
      approval. Then he lied to police about his involvement. Janis Johnson, a
      church medical officer and unlicensed doctor, was seen giving McPherson
      injections of a prescription muscle relaxant that had not been authorized
      by a doctor. She also lied to police. David Houghton, a dentist, helped
      administer medication, including forcing crushed aspirin and Benadryl down
      her throat with a large syringe. David Minkoff, a church member and
      doctor in Pasco County, prescribed drugs for McPherson over the phone
      without examining the patient. By the time he saw her, she was dead.

      "Changing a few words on the autopsy report does not change the tragic
      events that unfolded in a darkened Scientology hotel room. Whatever caused
      the blood clot that killed McPherson, timely medical care would have given
      her a chance to survive. No matter how many experts the Church of
      Scientology hires or how much pressure they put on public officials, a
      jury should decide if someone committed a crime in the death of Lisa
      McPherson."

      Scientology asked the new judge in the criminal case to remove himself for
      conflicts of interest. From the St. Petersburg Times on March 3rd:

      "The Church of Scientology says it fears Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge
      Brandt C. Downey III cannot be impartial and is asking that he remove
      himself from presiding in the Lisa McPherson case. In a motion filed late
      Thursday, Scientology asserts that several of Downey's former law partners
      were active in anti-Scientology efforts in the late 1970s and early 1980s,
      after the church's controversial arrival in Clearwater. The motion also
      notes that Downey has been an officer in local mental health groups
      involved in providing psychiatric and psychological services. Scientology
      is staunchly opposed to psychiatry and psychology, calling its
      practitioners 'psychs' who are 'the sole cause of decline in this
      universe.'

      "In its motion, the church says it recently discovered aspects of Downey's
      background that 'reasonably cause it to fear that it will not receive fair
      treatment before the judge . . . because of his prejudice or bias against
      the Church of Scientology as well as its religious beliefs relating to
      mental health treatment.'"

      According to the Tampa Tribune on March 4th, the judge refused
      Scientology's request.

      "Pasco-Pinellas Circuit Judge Brandt Downey also refused to put the case
      on hold while the church asks an appeals court to remove him. Downey then
      held a second hearing in which he ruled in favor of the church and against
      The Tampa Tribune. The newspaper is seeking the release of an estimated
      10,000 pages of police reports and and other documents from the
      investigation of McPherson's December 1995 death.

      "The suggestion that a judge must be sympathetic to Scientology's beliefs
      in order to preside over the McPherson case is not a legitimate reason to
      seek Downey's removal, Assistant State Attorney Doug Crow argued. 'They
      are not entitled to manipulate the court system to require a judge whose
      beliefs match theirs,' Crow said. Crow called the church's complaint about
      Downey's former partners 'guilt by association, innuendo and speculation.'

      From the St. Petersburg Times on March 4th:

      "Immediately after the ruling, Scientology lawyer Morris 'Sandy' Weinberg
      asked Downey to stop the case completely until the judge's ruling could be
      appealed. Downey quickly denied the request, advising Weinberg to be ready
      for a significant hearing March 13. Weinberg faced a delicate task Friday
      morning, asking Downey to step down while trying not to offend him. His
      arguments were laced with phrases such as, 'with all due respect.' In its
      motion, the church noted Downey's affiliations with Clearwater lawyers N.
      David Karones, Tom Hersem and Barry Glenn, each of whom was pitted against
      Scientology on various issues during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

      "Weinberg said the church believes its fundamental beliefs are on trial.
      He noted that the church's defense is based in large part on the argument
      that the Scientologists who cared for McPherson were engaged in religious
      practices rooted in the avoidance of psychiatry and psychology. Weinberg
      was met with a testy response from Downey, who denied the motion, saying
      the church had no evidence that 'would place a reasonably prudent person
      in fear of not receiving a fair and impartial trial.'

      "The judge was equally short with lawyers for the Times and Tampa Tribune,
      who asked Downey to release investigative records in the case. Downey said
      the lawyers made it sound like he rushed to judgment on a ruling last week
      that kept the records closed. 'That does not sit well at all,' the judge
      said, denying their requests."

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      > Protest Summary

      Bruce Pettycrew reported a protest in Mesa, Arizona this week.

      "Kathy and I picketed the mission this morning for an hour, starting at
      just before 9 AM. There were 6 cars in the parking lot and one car dropped
      of a single person just as we arrived. That car had the Arizona vanity
      plate ARCKCR. No handlers were present, so it was a pleasant time of sign
      exercise and waving at drivers who honked or gave us a 'thumbs up'. Later
      in the day, I gave an update presentation on the last Clearwater picket
      and general Co$/Critic activities to the Phoenix Skeptics Society. There
      were 10 people at the luncheon meeting, and I talked and answered
      questions for about 90 minutes."

      Dave Bird reported a protest in Birmingham, England.

      "Me, Jens, Shellac, Martin, JohnR, Hartley, a local couple... later we're
      joined by another local woman, plus the new guy and his wife. The bOrg
      now occupies the 2nd floor of 'one-one-two' New St, a big glass and chrome
      art deco building.

      "We set up halfway down Ethel St opposite the door, and tried out the
      boom-box. I gave them a few verses of the ElRonRon to wake them up.
      Hartley suggested we move to the T junction with New St, next to a
      rotating advert which passing kids occasionally used as a slow speed
      roundabout. We were well provided with leaflets, and public response was
      good. About ten minutes later five pods emerged from the pod-shop and
      assembled uncertainly behind the rotating sign. We saw between six and
      seven in all, including some who tried to go unseen. Two women
      body-routers turned up and tried to work about 20 ft further up. They
      actually had a fellow clam pretend to be a customer, which drew a bronx
      cheer from us. Plenty of amplified calls of 'don't sign your life away to
      scientology,' and 'watch out for the pods with the clipboards -- they're
      after all your money.' They told the cops we were blocking their door --
      which we hadn't been even when we were in Ethel St -- and the copcar
      pulled up in the middle of Ethel St to keep watch. We packed in at 15:30
      anyway, because of the cold."

      Sean Oslter and Deana Holmes protested in Salt Lake City.

      "I arrived at the Salt Lake City org at approximately 1 pm and noticed
      that Mirele was already picketing. About 3 or 4 minutes after I arrived, a
      short, heavier-set man with bushy eyebrows came out of the org. He came
      over to me and asked if I was Sean Ostler. When I replied that I was, he
      stated that he was from OSA. He said that he had been trying to contact me
      for several weeks. He pulled out of the manila folder *copies* of five or
      six checks made out to me, all totaling about $13,000. He said that all I
      had to do was sign a waiver to get the checks. I read the waiver, which
      contained 12 or 13 items stating that I agreed to give up all claims
      against the Church of Scientology, that I would not sue the church, and
      that I would never again speak publicly about the church.

      "I told him that the only item I would agree to was number 7, which stated
      that I would not receive Church of Scientology services again. He tried to
      tell me that it was a standard agreement when receiving refunds, at which
      point I told him that this was a return of advance payments and that they
      didn't need a waiver for that. He said the church had made every effort
      to make the situation right and that because I would not sign the waiver,
      my actions would be considered extortion. He said that he had read all of
      my posts on the Internet and that giving me back the money would not
      accomplish anything because I had ulterior motives against the church.

      "[A]fter about ten or fifteen minutes, a single officer arrived in a
      police car. Apparently, the OSA guy was showing the officer copies of
      posts I had made to the Internet and he was accusing me of being there
      trying to extort the Church of Scientology of money. Then I heard the
      officer give the OSA guy a long lecture on the First Amendment and how any
      articles I posted on the Internet had no bearing on my right to be there
      and demonstrate peacefully. The OSA guy looked frustrated as he went back
      into the org. Then the officer came over and very politely gave us a few
      guidelines on what we can and cannot do when picketing. Then he went back
      to his car, watched the situation for a few minutes, then left.

      "The picket sign that I made was a big hit and it got a lot of attention.
      The side that I kept toward the street had the words 'WARNING: GREEDY CULT
      ZONE' in large 6" black letters and there was black and yellow caution
      tape on the top and bottom. After about 45 minutes, another
      ex-Scientologist joined us. In all, we picketed for about 2 hours and
      delivered the truth about Scientology to hundreds of people."

      "I was parked in my car when I saw my friend David across 11th East. He
      came over and said that there were four people in the Org lobby. So I got
      out my picket sign (one side of which said: 'Scientology's Sacraments:
      Celebrity and Money' and 'Scientology is a CLEAR fraud') and started
      picketing in front of the Org. Phil came out almost immediately. I decided
      that since the blinds were open on the course room, I was going to wander
      by with my sign. I finally got to the end, and Phil was yelling at me that
      I was disturbing 'church services'. Anti poked his head around the corner
      and said something like 'The cops are here,' so I walked back quickly.

      "When the sergeant got done with the OSA guy, he came up to us and told us
      that we had every right to be out there, but that we could not be
      disturbing the peace. He also looked over our signs and said that the
      sticks were OK (the right thickness, not a weapon). We explained that we
      were just out there to inform people, and I noted that I'd picketed out
      there since 1997 and the cops had never been called. During all this the
      OSA guy had gone back in. Phil stood outside for a while, his lips pursed,
      a severe look on his face."

      "Realpch" protested at the San Francisco org.

      "It was a great day for a picket, especially as I found street parking
      nearby, and Keith Henson and a new South Bay Suppressive were already
      there, signs in hand. Mr. SBayS had a video camera, and the picket sign he
      was carrying was immediately recognizable as a very famous picket sign.
      The stick was made of an old pool cue, and had traces of red spray paint
      on it! Faithful readers of this forum will remember that Mr. Henson was
      carrying it when he was attacked by an overzealous Scientologist who
      applied the spray paint in an attempt to efface the message thereupon.
      Pretty soon Phil Scott arrived, and Jour too. Phil had new messages on his
      picket sign, and Jour had a new flyer carrier, and an improved yellow
      strap on her around-the-neck placard, which contrasted nicely with her red
      picketing jammies.

      "Jeff Quiros, head of the SF Org came out and took pictures, and more
      pictures, and then some more pictures, for at least a half hour. Mr. SBayS
      took pictures of Jeff taking pictures, Jour took pictures of us all, I
      took a picture of Jour and Keith, and a local SF radio station DJ came and
      conducted some mini interviews with a little camcorder."

      Catarina Pamnell protested in Copenhagen.

      "[A] large banner over the AOSHEU entrance announced the 'What is
      Scientology' exhibition inside. We took a look around the corner from the
      org, where there's a small square. Those jazzy tunes blown in our
      direction by capricious winds, could it be? None other than that fabulous
      Scientology band, The Jive Aces! A friendly rather elderly lady cheerfully
      offered to take us to see the exhibition. Me and Ake were delivered into
      the hands of a Danish scientologist, who bid us welcome and got us cups of
      coffee.

      "Ake was spotted by the security guard. They asked of course what was our
      purpose of being there, but I think they did listen to Ake's explanation
      that he was curious to see *their* presentation of themselves, and that we
      were not looking to make any fuss inside or talk to people. Gaetane
      (a.k.a. Marlene) Asselin came down and immediately ordered us out of
      there. Another SP, Ole, was also thrown out. A fourth member of our SP
      company was not recognized by the guards, and did get to see the sights.

      "Now there wasn't much else to spend our time on than digging out those
      fliers and join the scientology distribution team. There were a couple of
      instances of scientology distributors trying to grab my fliers, or to run
      some 8C drills ('controlling a person') which I mostly ignored. Then we
      got a new group of handlers - the Jive Aces band members! Especially the
      trombone player, Alex Douglas according to their website, was very active
      and quite aggressive. 'Who's paying you?', 'what organization do you come
      from?', and the standard variations on 'what's your crime?' 'Are you
      running a child pornography ring?'

      "There was some kind of incident later between Ake and this guy. The
      'Swing Kid' was trying a confront drill, getting up in his face with a
      stern look. But when Ake responded by moving even closer, he kissed Ake on
      the cheek, then hit him lightly over the face. Ake was caught by surprise
      and hit back - also lightly but he knocked the guy's hat off. Danish PR
      Anette half-heartedly tried to raise some fuss. I wanted to get back to
      flier distribution. Several of the scientology flier distributors were
      doing that trick of stealing our fliers out of the hands of the public.

      "My meagre supply of fliers - about 150 general/Lisa/Xenu - ran out. When
      I made a clean-up round of the area, picking up any of our fliers
      littering the streets (I found one), I saw the Jive Aces packing up their
      gear. I just could not resist calling to our new friend the 'Swing Kid':
      'Hey, you should stick to playing, you do that much better than SP
      handling!' He snarled back 'and you should kiss my ass!'"

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      > Kelly Preston

      Star magazine reported on the Scientology birth plans of celebrities Kelly
      Preston and John Travolta.

      "Kelly Preston will be screaming in silent agony when she gives birth to
      hubby John Travolta's baby later this month. Her only relief through hours
      of excruciating labor will be to bite her lips and clench her husband's
      hand. The staunch Scientologist plans to follow her church's teachings
      about childbirth - which include a strict no-noise policy in the delivery
      room and a ban on painkillers. Even natural childbirth breathing
      techniques are forbidden.

      "'It's called quiet birth,' says Travolta of the Scientology procedure,
      which is used because L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's founder, believed
      excessive noise can 'be the cause of irrational fears, compulsions and
      unexplainable behavior' later in a baby's life. 'The birth is for the
      child and for the mother,' explains John. 'Moans and groans are one thing.
      It's words that have the most potential. Any people saying negative
      verbiage could adversely affect the baby later on.'

      "Everyone in the delivery room--including doctors--are encouraged to keep
      as quiet as possible. 'The child will experience pain as it's being born,
      but to have all these people around saying all kinds of things makes it
      worse. As he grows up and hears these same words, it will stimulate the
      memory of the pain of birth.'"

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      > Lisa McPherson Trust

      The judge's decision to bar Jesse Prince, Mark Bunker and Grady Ward from
      a strip of Waterson St. in Clearwater, Florida was posted to a.r.s this
      week. Some highlights:

      "We're just concerned about the feeding hall and unloading those buses.
      And in this particular law review article, 85 Cornell Law Review, 271,
      they get into the requirements for areas where you limit an entity or
      individuals first amendment rights. It must be very carefully drawn. It
      must be narrow not broad. The interests protected must be very clear. When
      I looked at this and I considered what we have here, and I also consider
      the fact that this safety zone, or the United States Supreme Court refers
      to it as a buffer zone, referred to in the cases, I'm impressed by the
      fact that the zone we have here was in essence more or less negotiated. I
      think that it is narrow enough. It is needed for safety. It is very small
      when you consider the number of individuals on a daily basis that get on
      and off those buses and proceed directly into the, as we refer to it in
      the documents, as the Bank of Clearwater. There is ample opportunity for
      the respondents to be heard or to exercise their first amendment rights
      without this being over restrictive or creating a problem. So I am going
      to adopt that.

      "And it is the finding of this Court that from the evidence presented
      here, at least for the purposes of joining a party defendant, and then
      setting forth some sort of allegations I will add as party defendants
      Jessie Prince, Mark Bunker, and Grady Ward, and that is all. Wait a
      minute, excuse me, and, and, and, and I will name the corporation.

      "I would besiege both sides to refrain from overburdening the Clearwater
      Police Department or their authorities with chicken little phone calls.
      The sky is not falling. So knock it off.

      "Make it very clear that that safety zone only applies to this case. And
      as a citizen I expect to be able to walk through that safety zone. And if
      Chief Kline has any questions about that I'm in the phone book. The safety
      zone is to keep the picket signs and the in-your-face out of there while
      the people are getting on and off those buses. That is my intent. Now, as
      the case law clearly points out, the safety zone cannot inhibit the flow
      of traffic in or out of. Here they're dealing with churches, the people,
      even little children.

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