A.r.s Week in Review - 8/27/2000
Week in Review Volume 5, Issue 20
by Rod Keller [rkeller@...]
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review summarizes the most significant
postings from the Usenet group Alt.religion.scientology for the preceding
week for the benefit of those who can't follow the group as closely as
they'd like. Out of thousands of postings, I attempt to include news of
significant events, new affidavits, court rulings, new contributors,
whatever. I hope you find it useful. Like many readers of a.r.s, I have a
kill file. So please take into consideration that I may not have seen some
of the most significant postings.
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> Cult ApologistsDeseret News on August 19th published an article on a new series of books
by cult apologists.
"'Studies in Contemporary Religion,' under the direction of Massimo
Introvigne of Italy, offers a digest look at faiths ranging from the
Baha'is to the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon. The first volume in
the series, an 80-page look at Scientology by J. Gordon Melton, will be
out next week. A volume on the 'Unification Church' by Massimo himself
will soon follow. The series is published in association with the Center
for Studies on New Religions in Milan. 'We'll also be marketing them to
religion professors for use in classes,' he says. 'There will be a new one
every six months.'"
> ClearwaterFrom the letters to the editor of the St. Petersburg Times on August 21st:
"This visionless governance ripped the heart out of downtown. In stepped
the Church of Scientology. Their religion, motives and methods maybe
suspect, but they have exhibited some qualities that should leave many of
us feeling embarrassed. They plan for the long term, construct and remodel
buildings of permanence, and they have fortitude. -- Roger Woodruff,
From August 22nd:
"As a fresh approach for Clearwater City Commission efforts, why not take
some of the 'water' out of the name 'Clearwater' and designate a central
downtown area as Clear City with its own religious organization management
and maintenance? The existing Clearwater city management could then
relocate its structures and operations to the west side of U.S. 19 between
Enterprise Road and Countryside Boulevard. -- Hal H. Ebersole, Clearwater"
"M" posted to A.r.s this week to report that his battery complaint against
Scientologist Dennis Clark was lost by the prosecutors.
"I was told that they still did not have it, even though a complaint filed
two days prior against Clark has been in their hands since 08/07/00. The
person who receives the reports and inputs them into the computer never
got the file. It just disappeared after being handed off to their offices.
It was evidently intercepted by an 'attorney,' and was never seen again.
The Clearwater PD is now forwarding another copy of my complaint, and I
have been assured that it will receive prompt attention and will be rushed
through the system, because of this delay."
> DMCAIain Brown reported that his Internet service was temporarily disconnected
recently due to a complaint under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
"DMCA gives pretty much anyone with sufficiently deep pockets the ability
to shut down access to any site for any reason at any point of
connectivity. A certain nameless California law firm, likely representing
a certain nameless cult based mainly in California and Clearwater, FL, has
had my ICP cut routing to my site using a DMCA threat. Because they
totally skipped the part about requesting that I take down a particular
page (which would have given the site's owner the right to file a
counter-notification) and skipped the part about informing my ISP, they
gave me no chance to resolve the problem. Instead, they threatened my ICP,
who immediately buckled and turned my IP off in their router. Which, of
course, killed not only the site in question, but all other sites hosted
at the same IP.
"In my case, when they realized the law firm was not acting in good faith,
they developed some backbone. But if the law firm had chosen to divert a
tiny percentage of the group's resources at them, they'd have been in
trouble, and even though I would have had legal redress, it would have
been damned expensive for me and for the ICP."
> Executive SoftwareAn account of the interview process at Scientology-affiliated company
Executive Software was posted to a.r.s this week.
"At the interview they were very impressed with my technical knowledge and
experience. At the end of this interview they said they rigidly follow the
L. Ron Hubbard 11 volume set of how to run a business. They also had a
large painting in the waiting room. It looked like a futuristic scene
similar to ones in the Blade Runner movie. The small copper plaque at the
bottom said 'L. Ron Hubbard.'
"The HR lady administered three written tests to me. The first one was a
personality test. The Oxford Personality Type Indicator, or something like
that. Many questions were similar to ones from the Myers-Briggs test. The
second test was a timed test of basic mathematical skills and logical
thinking. The third test, however, I think is the one that tests to see
how compatible I am with Scientology. Questions like: Do you believe in
Destiny? Who invented Buddhism? When you vote, do you: a. Vote your party.
b. Study the issues and then vote.
"The HR lady said she would get back to me either way. I called the HR
lady a week later having not heard anything. She said, 'Oh, I was just
about to call you. You know there were many others applying for the job
and we picked someone else.' I doubt she was 'just about to call me'. I
believe I was not hired because of my answers to the Scientology test."
> GermanyDer Spiegel published a brief bio of Guenther Beckstein on August 17th.
"GUENTHER BECKSTEIN, 56, Bavarian Interior Minister, is doing an exemplary
job of seeing to the computer security of German financial institutions.
For instance, he recently had 'Das System Scientology,' a brochure
published by the Bavarian State Ministry sent to Bernd Fahrholz, chairman
of the board of the Dresdner Bank. Then the banker used that information
to advertise for the implementation of the Windows 2000 Microsoft
operating system. In contrast, Beckstein's agency sees a considerable
'security risk' in there having been a Scientologist providing a component
of that system."
Stuttgarter Nachrichten reported on August 26th that Scientology will
again be subject to a ban on recruiting in public.
"Once again a ban on recruiting on the streets and squares in Stuttgart
will be strictly enforced for the Scientology Organization. Members and
staff of 'Dianetik Stuttgart Scientology Kirche e.V.' are prohibited from
verbally accosting pedestrians on public land and inviting them to
meetings for more information. Also, the association may not distribute
brochures. The codes office has been instructed to follow up on every
instance of illicit conduct. The ban on recruiting has been upheld by the
Stuttgart Administrative Court and by the Baden-Wuerttemberg Superior
> Jesse PrinceJesse Prince posted some of his experiences at the top levels of the Sea
Org this week.
"There was once a fellow named John Nelson who at one time was the top
executive in Scientology. His post title was Commanding Officer, Commodore
Messenger Organization International, the year in question was 1983. John
Nelson was just one of the casualties of Hubbard's rant and he was removed
from his position of power. John ended up leaving the Sea Org and joined
David Mayo who started many groups called AAC or Advanced Ability Centers.
Hubbard ordered Miss Cabbage to get Mayo and Nelson thrown in jail by
whatever means because they were a horrible embarrassment to Scientology.
"John was traveling in Hong Kong on business. Unbeknownst to John, Rick
Aznaran and a newly hired private investigator were watching John's every
move. Rick and his PI had very high end bugging devices as well as the
standard breaking and entering tools. John had a hotel room in Hong Kong
and at one point left to meet with business contacts. In Hong Kong, if a
person is caught with a large amount of heroin, the person caught gets the
death sentence. The PI with Rick called me from Hong Kong and told me that
Rick had planted a large amount of heroin in John's room. Rick was
arranging for the Hong Kong police to raid John's room because John was a
"I myself had been involved with Rick illegally bugging other people but
never had we ever done anything to get anyone killed. I told Rick it was
the wrong thing to do and to get his ass back home as fast as he could.
Miss Cabbage was told what was happening and agreed Rick should come back
home because too many people knew what the op was as I had already told
many people about it."
"If memory serves me right the year in question was 1985. Davey said he
had just returned from Philadelphia in John Travolta's private plane to
get his father out of jail. Davey's father Ron Miss Cabbage senior was
arrested for raping a young woman. Davey had been screaming and screaming
at his dad and old Ronnie looked very contrite when I saw him. Davey
wanted me to sec check Ronnie and explore every nook and cranny of the
crime. Davey told Marty Rathbun to get in touch with Gene Ingram and make
this whole thing go away without a trace in Philly. I dutifully went in
and did the sec check on Davey's dad. Ronnie confessed to the crime and
told me all of the gory details.
"A person who was my staff (David Sike Bush) did a sec check on Davey's
mother Loretta who was also brought in for the occasion. Davey wanted his
mother sec checked to get any other peripheral crimes discovered before
something else blew up. At the end of the sec check, both mother and
father were made to do lower conditions and they were to get a Chaplin
handling. I was present for the Chaplin handling and the Chaplin was Davey
himself. Davey sat his parents down and told them they were to immediately
divorce and Ron senior was joining the Sea Org so that the Sea Org could
protect him. Loretta was visibly hurt and upset upon hearing the verdict
and accused her son Davey of being a little Hitler in front of others
present. The others being Ray Mithoff, Marty Rathbun and Norman Starkey.
Davey's response was to scream at his mother until she just buried her
face in her hands in grief. Later Davey did tell her that he would make
sure she was very well taken care of. He planned to make sure his mother
was well taken care of through a Scientology company named Real World
computer software. Under a directive from Davey, Ray Mithoff personally
rounded up all the sec checking worksheets on Ronnie and Loretta and
destroyed them all. Marty and Gene Ingram went to Philly and 'erased' the
incident from the system."
> Keith HensonKeith Henson posted updates on his case, in which he is faced with a
$75,000 judgment to Scientology.
The appeals court kicked back the appeal on the contempt business over the
accidentally posted trial transcript saying the judge needed to justify
his award (or lack thereof) a little better. The cult filed the usual
several inches of paper and I got the date wrong. I turned in a short
"'Bankrupt defendant is not certain what he would say in the face of
inches of legal paper and complex arguments by expensive lawyers. To
remind the court, Defendant's original purpose was to call attention to
dangerous and abusive policies and practices of Scientology which hurt,
defraud, or kill its members. On June 25 of this year, Stacy Moxon Meyer
was electrocuted and burned beyond recognition in a transformer vault at a
Scientology's desert compound near Hemet, CA. The court can impose no
penalty on me which compares to this."
Keith also filed for a protective order in a deposition in another case.
"Witness requests that the deposition question be limited to his first
hand knowledge of events involving Hurtado, and that wide ranging
questions outside of this area not be permitted. Also that any material in
this deposition not be permitted to be used in other Scientology cases
against me. Witness and witness's wife have been abusively deposed a
number of times by the law firm of Moxon and Kobrin, within the past two
months in a bankruptcy action for several hours. This is in keeping with
a Scientology policy to use the law as a weapon against critics.
"I have recently been protesting Scientology policies or practices which
resulted in the deaths of two young women at their desert compound near
Hemet, California, and to punish me for this political protest they are
using the excuse that I know something in this case against my lawyer,
Graham Berry to get yet another deposition on top of the 40 hours or more
I have already have subjected to."
> NigeriaNigeria's Tell Magazine published an article on August 21 on Bob Minton
and Scientology's allegations in a debt buy-back program.
"TELL learnt the expose by Fashanu may just be a smokescreen in an ongoing
high wired politics in the international circuit. Fashanu is yet to
release a single name or bank account of any Nigerian who has benefited
from the deals. Jeffrey Schmidt and Bob Minton were alleged to be the
brains behind the major offshore company, Greenland Holdings Inc. based in
Panama, that was used to purchase Nigeria's debt. The multimillionaire,
Minton, seems to have received more of the attacks. But why?
"The Nigerian Democratic Movement organized a public forum where Minton
and Fashanu were to speak on all the grey areas in the debt buy-back
controversy. Fashanu failed to turn up for the event. The organizers of
the event were shocked at Fashanu's absence. Minton, who came to the venue
with a heap of documents relating to the transactions, told TELL that he
never participated in any dubious deal to rip off Nigerians through their
government or agents. 'What we did was within internationally recognized
financial guidelines and laws.' The main grouse of his accusers, Minton
claims, is because he is fighting the Church of Scientology. 'Fashanu is
hired by the Church of Scientology. And his so-called investigator, Robert
Clarke, works for the scientology organization.'
"Minton formed the Lisa McPherson Trust to fight and 'expose the abusive
and deceptive practices of the Church of Scientology and help those who
have been victimized by it.' The trust, which started operations on
January 6, 2000, is named after a young lady, Lisa McPherson, who
allegedly died in the Church of Scientology's Fort Harrison Hotel after
being held against her will for 17 days. Minton told the magazine that his
crusade against the Scientologists has caused him great stress, including
the 'present campaign to tarnish my name and professional integrity.' When
Minton was given a human rights award in Leipzig, Germany in April, the
Fashanu group was alleged to have manipulated this information to mean
that he went to hurriedly close his account to Germany and move them to
"Did the debt buy-back yield any financial reward for the country? Rasheed
said it resulted 'in external debt reduction of over $5 billion for the
country.' A financial expert who spoke to TELL said the transaction
between Minton and the CBN was done within acceptable international laws.
'There is no doubt that Minton made a lot of profit but that was based on
the content of the agreement. He didn't violate any law.' But Fashanu's
investigator, Robert Clarke, will hear none of this. In his letter to
Aluko, he stated that 'domination and evidence indicate that these
individuals not only profited from these transactions but set up an
offshore network to hide their true identities and ownership and elude the
US tax jurisdiction. These individuals set up a complex money laundering
operation using real and manufactured Third World debt instruments on the
"Perhaps, the most devastating criticism of Fashanu's tactics and motives
came from his former admirer, George Noah. The London-based Nigerian
journalist was the first Nigerian to interview and write on Fashanu's
'heroic and patriotic' exposition of the $6 billion scandal. On finding
out that Fashanu might have fooled the nation, Noah poured invective and
diatribe on the former soccer star for his diabolical campaign. He
described Fashanu as a military apologist and an Abacha lackey. The
ex-footballer, Noah said, will be the first to admit that his widely
publicized 'Fashanu report' is nothing about politics, 'but by commenting
on Nigeria's debt buy-back deals from 1988-1993, Fashanu has ignited a
political dynamite and the expected debris may eventually consume him.'"
> Tom PadgettJeff Jacobsen reported on the status of Tom Padgett and his case against
Scientology in family court in Kentucky.
"Tom Padgett called. He said that he was sentenced today to 5 years in
prison. He said that he was taken into the judges chambers and offered
leniency if he signed papers that would gag his speech, which he refused
to do. Tom said he had an attorney with him at sentencing."
A letter from Tom was posted to A.r.s this week.
"Jail sucks big time! It's really amazing! Here I sit 'Isolated',
'Disconnected' from my kids, and the ultimate 'Fair Game' application.
The cult and my LRH robot ex think this will stop me! Actually it has
strengthened and fortified my resolve to continue to expose the evil and
corrupt nature of Co$ and this KY venue. I'm surviving and healthy but
really pissed off!"
> Protest / Revenge SummaryKarin Spaink and Zenon Panoussis reported a multi-day protest at the
Scientology exhibit in Amsterdam.
"The scienos rented a conference room in the American hotel, fairly posh,
very central, for a one-week exhibition. Got demo permits for the entire
week, produced fliers in the very last minute. We got it all wrong, the
exhibition was starting Monday. In four hours, six of us handed out about
700 fliers to the afternoon shoppers, tourists, saunterers and early
"Monday afternoon we met outside the hotel to celebrate the real opening
of the exhibition. The scienos knew we had been there on Friday, yet
appeared to be taken by surprise when we arrived today. They made some
attempts at handling us (surrounding, questioning, insulting,
distracting). I called the police, who arrived half an hour later and told
them off. In the meanwhile, a couple of tone-40 'FUCK THE HELL OUT OF MY
FACE!' at about 120 db proved to be most efficient, since they can't very
well have scenes like this in front of their posh exhibition, with press
invited and all. Even the hotel manager came out and told them off.
"We moved away from the hotel entrance, which is on a side-street to the
main street where all the pedestrian traffic is. Some 500 within two
hours, we ran out and I had to go make another 800. In the meanwhile the
scienos got their counter-picketters ready and came out to apply their
usual tactics again, surrounding us, barring us from view, standing in
front of us. They came out with balloons and carnations and started
distributing them to passers-by. That won them momentary sympathy, which
often only lasted until they proceeded to offer an invitation card for
their exhibition. Handing out our fliers to the people that got the
invitations with the words 'the other side of the story' was no problem at
"The Jive Aces took to playing at the nearby square. The people formed a
wide ring around them and were given flowers, balloons and invitations.
This made it extremely easy for us to walk inside that circle and serve
each and every member of that audience with one of our own fliers, while
the scienos could hardly disturb their show by trying to handle us inside
the circle in full view of everybody. The Jive Disasters broke up and
"They snatch the critics' flyers out of people's hands. It tends to
irritate people to no end. You see their faces go from stunned to annoyed.
But more often, the Scienos try to prevent us from handing out folders.
Getting 'inadvertently' in our way or downright blocking us.
"I was in my wheelchair, a huge cardboard sign standing against one of my
wheels. An elderly Scieno approached, pushing an old woman in a
wheelchair. She parked her right next to me. After some time I moved,
wanting more of a view and a better approach to passers-by. The woman was
pushed right next to me again. I moved. She was moved. I got out of my
chair and used my stick to support myself. The old woman couldn't. I moved
my cardboard sign to the opposite side of the chair, where it wouldn't be
blocked by the old woman. She was wheeled around and parked to block it
again. I lifted the sign and moved it back. The old woman was shoved
around once more. This lasted some twenty minutes. The woman in the chair
was Ms. Van Loon, an IAS Patron With Honours [$100,000]. The woman pushing
her was another Ms Van Loon, also an IAS Patron With Honours [$100,000]."
"I gave somebody a flyer while the scieno was telling him 'find out for
yourself'. The scieno snatched it immediately. I asked 'really now, is
this what you mean by find out for yourself?' and gave the raw meat guy
another flyer. The scieno started moving to snatch it too, so I said 'put
it in your pocket, or she'll take it too.' By this time the guy was dying
to read my flyer and had no interest whatsoever in going to the exhibition
where they were trying to drag him."
"We placed one huge poster 85x120 cm with the text 'Scientology is a
fraud. See here how they trick you' on each corner in front of the hotel,
so that it was impossible to get to the exhibition without seeing them. It
could refer equally well to our OCA table as to the scienos' own
exhibition. The scienos were notably furious. The posters definitely
resolved all the confusions on who is who, and it became even easier for
us to hand out our flyers without being mistaken for scienos. The hotel
was completely surrounded by entheta and the exhibition was under siege.
As a result, the scienos moved all their body routing away from the hotel,
to the nearby square and elsewhere. One of the posters was tied to a pole,
the other was just leaned against one. Within 15 minutes the scienos had
"The police arrived. They had had a constant stream of complaints from
'annoyed citizens' all week about our 'aggressive leafleting' and our
'harassing of passers-by'. They had also received complaints from the CoS
officials about our 'offending flyers' and our 'disruption of their
peaceful exhibition'. It took the police very short time to figure the
real situation and the real source of the complaints. They dismissed the
'aggressive leafleting' as bullshit, the 'offending flyers' as freedom of
speech and the 'disruption of a peaceful exhibition' as a properly carried
out demonstration with proper permits and all. This done, we begun to
wonder about the leafleting of the scienos: did they have a permit for it?
'Right', said the police to the OSA, 'can we see your permits now?' The
scienos were ordered to stop leafleting at once, leave the area in front
of their own exhibition and not get close to us any more."
Karin Spaink reported a threat from a Scientologist at the event.
"Thursday evening a Scientologist (allegedly an OT) tried to intimidate
me, repeatedly telling me 'that he surely hoped that I would still be
laughing today.' When I didn't reply, he told me that 'tomorrow there will
be an arrest warrant for your lover, and your sado-masochistic practices
will be widely exposed,' stretching his arms to indicate how widely. That
was three days ago. I haven't seen any 'exposition' of myself and Z is not
wanted anywhere. No 'lurid sex crimes' in the papers."
"Barb" reported a protest at Gold Base, near Hemet, California.
"I don't think the temp was much more than 90 degrees. I had my mister
bottle, and we brought plenty of water. David's trip meter tells us that
it's about a hair over a half mile from Ashlee's memorial to Davey's
house. We parked at the memorial and started walking. We hadn't gotten
very far when a car pulled up. The driver had a Christian fish sticker,
and was in full Air Force uniform. He wanted to know if we were
Christians, and I told him about Scientology/Hubbard views on the
existence of Christ.
"A lot of the plantings by the roadway have died, but there's a good crop
of tumbleweed. As we hiked along, we got lots of thumbs up and honks from
passing motorists, including two big rigs in a row. Another car pulled
over, and the driver said, 'What about them taking my picture here?' He
was not a Scientologist, but a biology teacher in town. Apparently he has
had students run out of the riverbed that marks the south-western boundary
of Scientology property. We pointed out some of the mounted cameras along
the highway, which made him nervous. He wanted to know if there was any
organized effort in Hemet to counter the cult in their midst, which
unfortunately there is not. He told us that Scientology has purchased all
these little houses at the south end of the base, the last hold-out just
caved in and sold. Moreover, he said that Scientology also bought most of
the houses in the new 'lakefront luxury' development just south of the
"Barb" also reported revenge activity from her parents.
"My parents had a visit last night from two ladies who wanted them to
persuade me to stop hurting their 'church.' For some reason, the ladies
didn't want to own up to being Scientologists, but they finally and
reluctantly admitted to it. Dad let them run on for a bit, then said,
'Goodbye now,' and shut the door on them."
Bruce Pettycrew protested in Mesa, Arizona this week.
"There were 4 cars in the mi$$ion parking lot when we arrived at 9:00 A.M.
and no one arrived or left while we were picketing. Traffic was normal,
but we got more honks and thumbs-up than usual. We quit about 9:50 and as
we got to our car parked across University Drive, one of the men working
on the JP Courthouse lawn asked us about our activities. He was in his
twenties, and told us that he had attended one session at the Borg and was
appalled by the behaviour of the registrar. He had taken the personality
test and the registrar, 'Wouldn't let me leave. He kept telling me that I
would kill myself if I didn't take the courses.'"
Keith Henson reported revenge actions in San Jose this week.
"I got a call this morning from the mother of one of my daughter's friends
who lived across the street where we last lived in San Jose--4 years ago.
Seems that some PI claiming dude had come calling with a story about a
security background check for a job I was supposed to have applied for.
After a few minutes, the guy started asking her questions about my
daughter and her daughter. She twigged that something was very wrong and
closed the door on him, then gave me a call. She mentioned that the dude
had been talking to my former next door neighbor, so I called him. He gave
me more information, the guy was driving a dark Suburu, and claimed to be
from American Protective Services, a local security company."
> Salt Lake CityThe Salt Lake City Tribune reported that Scientology is conducting a
benefit for a local rescue mission.
"The Salt Lake Rescue Mission has been chosen as the focus of the Church
of Scientology's most recent benefit campaign. During the month of August
the church will collect canned food, men's clothing, disposable razors,
bath towels and nightwear for large women. Donations are being collected
from Scientology parishioners, but donations from others in the community
to rally the cause are needed. The Church of Scientology service on
Sunday will focus on 'Happiness and Interest.' The service will begin at
10 a.m. at 1931 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City. People of all faiths are
> Ursula CabertaHamburger Morgenpost published an article on August 23rd about Ursula
Caberta's recent visit to Clearwater.
"A Hamburg Scientology chief had warned Ursula Caberta against flying to
Florida because, she said, it would be unpleasant for her. But the
director of the 'Work group on Scientology' flew there anyway - and will
not quickly forget her trip to the home of the monster cult. About 30
Scientology disciples were waiting at the Tampa, Florida airport for the
visitor from Hamburg. Ursula Caberta was wildly mobbed, heckled and spat
at. Scientologists screamed over and over at the top of their voices,
'Nazi go home!' and 'Nazi criminal, go back to Germany!' German
Scientologists were also in the 'Welcoming Committee.' One German woman
shorted, 'You are a killer, you are. You're killing people in Germany!'
"The courageous combatant also reported that she was hounded and insulted
by Scientologists in restaurants and in her hotel. Over and over
Scientologists appeared with posters. The cult adherents had written 'Nazi
go Home' and 'Take fascism back to Germany!' Caberta ended up leaving
Florida one daily earlier than planned. 'It was getting too hot for me
there. I was happy to get back to Germany,' she said. What had been
especially surprising about the type of treatment she had received, said
Caberta, was that the German Scientologists always claim they are being
hounded here. Caberta, 'But no Scientologist in Germany has ever been
treated like I was in the USA.'"