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  • Rod Keller
    Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 5, Issue 21 9/3/2000 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 5, Issue 21
      9/3/2000
      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,
      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.

      The articles in A.r.s Week in Review are brief summaries of articles
      posted to the newsgroup. They include message IDs for the original
      articles, and many have a URL to get more information. You may be able to
      find the original article, depending on how long your site stores articles
      in the newsgroup before expiring them.

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      > Austria

      Anonymous reports from Austria were posted to a.r.s this week that a
      Scientology-related company in Vienna is being sued by its employees.

      A Viennese Scientology Personnel Leasing Firm has been sued by two staff
      because of failure to pay fees. One in the amount of about 2,500 USD and
      the other for 15,000 USD. Former staff state that stop-gap measures often
      have to be used for debts, and sometimes it takes a months before they get
      paid."

      Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.96.1000830210657.120A-100000@...>

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      > Investment Fraud

      The Arizona Daily Star reported on August 31st that an Arizona
      Scientologist has been charged with investment fraud.

      "Benjamin Franklin Cook III was charged with 37 counts of racketeering,
      fraud and theft in connection with an investment scheme run by his
      company, Dennel Finance Ltd. The indictment alleges that Cook defrauded
      more than 300 investors of a total of $41 million. If convicted, Cook, of
      Carefree, could face a sentence of up to several hundred years in prison.
      Cook's plan promised investors that their money would be placed in a
      European Bank trading program. They allege that he used the money to buy
      luxury items like cars, airplanes, a house and other real estate
      properties. Cook also donated $1.8 million to the Church of Scientology."

      Message-ID: <ssqtqsgktunqaad56r6g69j34bprlpg3vi@...>

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      > Cruise/Kidman

      The East Grinstead Observer reported on August 30th that Scientology
      celebrities Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are looking for a home near Saint
      Hill in England.

      "Movie megastar couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are setting up home in
      Forest Row - their only home in the UK. The multi-millionaire actor and
      actress want a property in the village because they plan to send their two
      children, who are both adopted, to Greenfields School in Forest Row. The
      film stars, who are followers of Scientology, confirmed the news that they
      want to live near the group's UK headquarters at Saint Hill Manor, East
      Grinstead. A spokesman at Scientology headquarters could not confirm that
      the celebrity pair had been in touch, but said he could understand why
      they would want to move to the area."

      Message-ID: <7b21rs0veq7jlg8hbq493ot9cettn3niag@...>

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      > Personality Test

      The Chicago Sun-Times published a column on Scientology's personality test
      on August 20th.

      "Q. I had a rather odd experience at a recent interview in a specialty
      dentist's office. I was given a 200-item questionnaire written by L. Ron
      Hubbard, the Scientologist religion founder. It asked almost occult
      questions. There is quite a bit to think about in taking personality tests
      at job interviews these days, yes?

      "A. Personality tests attempt to compare your traits with those of other
      groups of people. Measuring the required job behaviors is done by
      'benchmarking' - looking at the personalities of high performers and low
      performers in a given position to identify the behavioral requisites
      associated with success or failure in the position. The
      pre-employment-testing industry is big business, which partly explains why
      it garners cores of die-hard supporters and detractors only slightly less
      interesting than opposing sides in the Reform Party.

      "Try to choose answers suggesting positive traits: achievement- oriented,
      agreeable, assertive, conscientious, dependable, emotionally stable and
      trustworthy. Read through the test before you begin answering questions;
      be alert to replayed questions and thus avoid inconsistencies.

      "How should you handle a Scientologist 200-item questionnaire? Williams
      doesn't mince words: 'The instrument was a large-as-life clue to what you
      can expect in that office. If you're not in agreement, keep on walking.'"

      Message-ID: <3f1oqs84j5u3s6ti1sk6qtocvk2p1ne027@...>

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      > France

      Roger Gonnet posted a "call to arms" from CSI president Heber Jentzsch to
      protest alleged mistreatment of Scientologists in France.

      "Today France is under siege from a cadre of SPs who are seeking to turn
      back the clock and once again snuff out the light of Freedom. On June 22,
      the French National Assembly passed a suppressive bill that seeks to
      'dissolve' undesirable 'sects.' Only members of Parliament were present in
      the Assembly when this legislation was rushed through.

      "We are calling all Scientologists to arms to turn back this tide of
      oppression and restore religious freedom to France. On September 20, the
      Torch of Freedom will be lit once again, outside the European Parliament
      in Brussels. A team of dedicated Scientologists, Ambassadors of Peace,
      will cross into France. They will carry the Torch and its message of truth
      over thousands of kilometers of French soil. On October 23, directly
      following the IAS event at Saint Hill, they will arrive in Paris. A huge
      March and Rally will take place. Thousands of Scientologists and others
      representing an impressive array of religious denominations will converge
      in the city in a demonstration of solidarity.

      "The next day a Religious Hate Crimes Tribunal will be held. Targets of
      religious discrimination will testify before a panel of expert scholars
      and religious leaders to expose the key perpetrators creating a climate of
      hate against religion in France."

      Message-ID: <8ofl8j$1iao$1@...>

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      > Grady Ward

      Stacy Brooks posted a motion for protection from further depositions in
      Grady Ward's ongoing copyright violation case.

      "Ms. Brooks testified exhaustively concerning her and the LMT's financial
      dealings with Defendant, and answered every question put to her concerning
      assets, income, and expectancies of Defendant. Ms. Brooks refused to
      answer questions put to her which dealt with her own affairs or those of
      the LMT, except insofar as they related to the assets, income, and
      expectancies of Defendant. Well after Plaintiff exhausted Ms. Brooks'
      knowledge of the assets, income, and expectancies of Defendant, the
      undersigned announced suspension of the deposition because the examination
      was abusive and interminably probed, for illegitimate purposes, matters
      beyond the lawful scope of examination.

      "Among the more pungent falsehoods offered by Plaintiff in the instant
      matter are that Robert Minton's 'stated agenda' is the destruction of
      Scientology. Mr. Minton has expressed a desire to see Scientology
      reformed, and its more revolting and antisocial practices terminated, but
      has no 'agenda' for the destruction of Scientology; that Robert Minton is
      the 'real party in interest' and an 'investor' in the Lisa McPherson
      wrongful death case. Mr. Minton has advanced costs for the benefit of the
      Plaintiff in the McPherson case, and hopes to be reimbursed. Mr. Minton is
      not entitled to press the wrongful death claim which is now pending in the
      Florida Circuit Court, and is therefore not the real party in interest in
      that action.

      "Plaintiff seeks an order adjudging some or all of Respondents in contempt
      for violation of the Court's order of July 25, 2000. Plaintiff fails to
      make out even a prima facie case for violation of the order, admitting in
      its Motion, Memorandum, and exhibits that Ms. Brooks appeared for
      deposition at the appointed time and place and answered all questions
      which were not deemed objectionable. Plaintiff requests that the Court
      compel responses to questions regarding the number of persons employed by
      LMT, the means by which Ms. Brooks' position and duties with the LMT were
      determined, the identities of Defendant's correspondents at LMT, whether
      Robert Minton had access to LMT's checkbook in January 2000, and the
      sources of funding for the LMT. Plaintiff offers no explanation of the
      pertinence of any of these areas of inquiry, except to suggest that
      information about the number of LMT employees would allow Plaintiff to
      determine whether Defendant has the use of a car. Plaintiff does not
      suggest how knowing whether Defendant borrows cars would promote execution
      of its judgment. The proceeding at hand is riddled with brazen falsehoods,
      which are entirely consistent with the judicially documented history of
      Plaintiff and its counsel. Plaintiff's purpose in drawing Respondents into
      this action is illegitimate from beginning to end. Protection for
      Respondents and sanctions against Plaintiff and its counsel, is the
      appropriate end to this matter."

      Message-ID: <3p9oqssquudo840fuupvlv659dhdt8uo61@...>

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      > Jesse Prince

      Jesse Prince continued to post memories from time spent in the Sea Org
      this week.

      "The year was 1984. Hubbard was on an up swing of one of his manic
      depressive mood swings. Hubbard started out writing something about the
      use of computers on the whole track and somehow got into a rant about
      tar-coal perfume. Hubbard said rose scent permeated all new clothes as the
      sizing used on new clothes was tar coal rose perfume that greatly
      irritated his nose and skin.

      "Missions and projects were fired out to find or create a line of soap
      products that were scentless. Chemists were hired, and a new line of soap
      products were created. At great expense, a new line of shampoo and
      conditioner, laundry soap, body lotion, hand soap, industrial cleaning
      soap. Hubbard and his messengers developed new tech for handling his
      laundry. The procedure was to take a brand new shirt or other new article
      of clothing and wash it in six separate tubs of water by hand three times.
      That's 18 separate wash cycles! To rinse, the article was rinsed in six
      different tubs of clear water three times. The end product was a new shirt
      that was now thread bare and falling apart. Not to be stopped, there was a
      special sewer posted that would sew up the ruined shirt. The shirt would
      be dried outside on a clothes line, put in a plastic bag and sent on to
      Hubbard.

      "Hubbard had a fit again as he said he could still smell the rose perfume.
      Lower conditions were assigned to everyone connected with the project as
      poor little Hubbard had no clothes to wear! Hubbard had ordered
      Scientology celebs to create a music score for his books, the Mission
      Earth series. The producer/engineer who mixed Michael Jackson's Thriller
      album was employed at great expense. The name of this person is Bruce
      Swadean. After two days in the studio, a staff member was told to handle
      Bruce's wife because she was stinking up Hubbard's studio with her nasty
      perfume. A girl named Mary got the task and she pulled Bruce's wife aside
      while Bruce was in the studio and told her she was stinking up Hubbard's
      nice music studio with her smelly perfume. Bruce stood up and told Rick
      Cruzen, Charlie Rush, Peter Slesh just how wacky he really thought they
      all were and left the building never to be seen or heard from again. No
      matter how much Davey had people beg Bruce, he would not come back to the
      Golden Era Production concentration camp. Lower conditions for all
      concerned again!"

      Message-ID: <39ad2ee4.0@...>

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      > Married to a Scientologist

      Ilse Hruby announced her new book, Married to a Scientologist.

      "I am from Vienna, Austria. I was married to a Scientologist for almost 4
      years, [and] experienced an attempt to make me into a Scientologist. I
      have had to take a look at how much Scientology can influence, control and
      destroy the life and thought of a person. The book 'Meine Ehe mit einem
      Scientologen' appears in September in the Bertelsmann Verlag in the
      Gutersloher non-fiction series. The book is a first-person report of a
      marriage between a Scientologist and a non-Scientologist and the effect
      the Scientology doctrine had upon our marital relationship."

      Message-ID: <39ad3e81.113234153@...>

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      > Netherlands

      A letter from the tax authorities in The Netherlands was posted to a.r.s
      this week, describing the official position on Scientology.

      "The tax-deductability of donations is regulated in article 47 of the Law
      on income tax 1964 (hereafter Law IT). In order to qualify for donation
      deduction the Church of Scientology must be qualify as a religious or
      spiritual institution, or as an institution that promotes a public
      benefit. The Tax Authority has taken the following standpoints with regard
      to the Church of Scientology.

      "The Church of Scientology cannot be regarded as a religious or spiritual
      institution in the sense of art. 47, first paragraph Law IT. The essential
      element of being a religious association is that the organization is
      oriented towards the worshiping of God. There must be common worshiping
      of God by the members, based on common religious views. The investigation
      has shown that the Church of Scientology does not meet this condition. The
      character of the Church of Scientology is mainly commercial. The latter
      has been affirmed in a ruling of the Court of Appeals of the Hague.

      "The investigation has shown that the Church of Scientology is mostly
      engaged in giving courses. From the structure and content of the courses
      it appears that they are oriented towards the course participant as an
      individual and as such towards a private interest. In other words, the
      Church of Scientology does not serve the public interest, but a private
      interest. Payments that are made to the Church of Scientology can not come
      into consideration for donation deduction because there is no generosity
      involved because the payments correspond to a counter-performance that can
      be valued in money.

      "Yours sincerely,
      Tax Authority/Companies Amsterdam 1
      G.J.K. Bakker"

      Message-ID: <39ABCDB6.32A82B1@...>

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      > Nigeria

      Nigeria Today published an article on August 27th on John Fashanu's report
      and efforts to discredit Scientology critic Bob Minton.

      "David Lee (aka Robert Clarke aka Ron Christopher), whose real name is
      David Lebeau, is a private investigator who has worked for the Scientology
      organisation. For three years he compiled a dossier on Minton. The fact
      is that Lee personally compiled the 'Fashanu Report' and equally placed
      John Fashanu on his payroll and not the other way round as the former
      footballer has been suggesting. Through recommendations from another
      Scientologist, Chief Rilwanu Lukman, Lee recruited Fashanu to spearhead
      the assault on Minton. Journalists who interviewed Fashanu on the debt buy
      back deal are unanimous in their views that Fashanu could not hold any
      intelligent discussion on the report he claims he put together. Lee is
      extremely cagey about being identified as a Scientologist, lest his cover
      is revealed.

      "Lee ensured that Fashanu was placed under surveillance. Fashanu on the
      other hand tried to outwit Lee by acquiring new fixed network and mobile
      phones to make discreet telephone calls. Lee shocked Professor Bolaji
      Aluko in his Howard University office by playing back a conversation
      Fashanu had with Ned Nwoko, a member of the House of Representatives. Lee
      was at that time on the verge of abandoning Fashanu because the ex
      footballer was becoming a liability.

      "In June when President Obasanjo went to Switzerland, Lee and his group
      were on his trail. With the help of Lukman, Lee was able to meet Obasanjo
      for about 30 minutes. After that meeting, Nigeria at attempted to press
      charges against Minton. But the government is reconsidering its move
      because independent lawyers have counseled that Minton has no case to
      answer. One source said several lawyers had rummaged through the Fashanu
      Report and thought the country could end up with eggs on its face if the
      case was taken any further. Sources said Lee attempted to see Obasanjo in
      London last week through the Nigeria High Commission, but was given a cold
      shoulder. It is believed that Lee has returned to the drawing board to
      devise another method of attack against Minton.

      "Fashanu swore that his revelations had led to the freezing of some bank
      accounts in Europe, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. To
      date he and Lee have failed to provide details of such accounts that had
      been frozen. Not a single name has been linked to accounts that have been
      frozen through the Lee/Fashanu crusade. Lee even claimed Minton's accounts
      had been frozen, but has declined to substantiate his claims."

      Message-ID: <ot8lqscnftpafh43h4to2r19av7f633agk@...>

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      > Tom Padgett

      Jeff Jacobsen posted an update in the case of Tom Padgett, jailed in
      Kentucky in a Scientology-related family court case.

      "Tom Padgett has been moved to Christian County Jail; Cell 962; 410 W. 7th
      St; Hoskinsville KY 42240

      "This is about 1 hour north of Nashville. Visiting hours are Friday and
      Saturday, 9am - 10am, and 1-3pm. The phone number for the jail is
      270-887-4152. Tom said there is a possibility he may be getting out soon."

      Message-ID: <39ad79e5.696329115@...>

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      > Protest Summary

      "Barb", "Bat Child" and "Blue Xenu" posted protest reports from San Diego
      this week.

      "I had some 'Cult in your Neighborhood?' and Xenu fliers. Bats brought a
      bunch of 'Insane Cult' fliers, featuring choice quotes from L. Wrong. I
      printed up a new sign in light of recent cult activities, 'Scientology
      Hates Free Speech!' and the 'Scientology: $360,000 Space Alien Cult' sign
      for bluexenu. No sooner had we reached the corner of 4th and Ash than we
      acquired a handler with a camera. 'Why are you hiding from me?' he asked,
      trying to angle for a shot of me as I hid behind my sign. 'Because you bug
      me,' I replied. I told him that I'd let him take my picture if he asked
      nicely and said 'Please.' After getting the shots he wanted, he left us to
      our corner, where we received the usual barrage of honks, and thumbs up
      from passing motorists."

      "We received quite a few affirmative responses from passing automobiles.
      After about 8 minutes of picketing this round guy with a round face came
      out of the org to greet us and to take our pictures. Armed with a digital
      camera myself, I reciprocated in kind. We then walked down to an eating
      establishment with an outdoor patio so that I could get something to eat
      and also display our signs to the public."

      "I had my customary 'Who Is Xemu?' T-shirt, my old reliable 'Scientology:
      Space Alien Scam'/'Does the Bridge Really Cost $360,000?' picket sign, as
      well as copies of Roland's Xemu, Space Alien Scam and Insane Cult flyers.
      We had one passerby who talked to us for a little bit who had studied
      about cults, and said he'd read L. Ron Hubbard: Madman or Messiah?, so he
      already knew quite a bit about Co$. He took a copy of each of my flyers as
      well as a copy of Barb's flyers, and wished us luck and went on his way.

      "I couldn't stay for very long and said I should get going, and Barb and
      Blue Xenu kindly walked with me to the trolley station. We gave copies of
      our flyers to another passerby at the trolley stop who started talking
      with us about he briefly dabbled in Scn in L.A., but didn't stick with it
      for long because for one thing he liked to invest his money. A couple of
      passengers noticed my picket sign and commented, and one older guy with an
      accent sat in the seat across from me and asked why I thought Scn was a
      scam and how much it costs and that he heard that Travolta was a member."

      Keith Henson reported protests in Los Angeles this week.

      "We turned left at Fountain, walked by Bridge Pub and back to Sunset. As
      we started back down LRH way for a second pass, I was being very cautious.
      Sure enough Barton showed up. Graham got photos of him sitting on the
      steps, waiting for me to come within range. I wasn't interested in playing
      this game again-it was a good try, but it didn't work. After that,
      Richardson stuck with me and I mostly stayed around the intersection of
      Sunset and LRH way while Graham picketed almost out of sight on the other
      end of LRH way.

      "We moved the picket to the over to the CC. Richardson got over to the CC
      ahead of us. I was trying to get a better angle on some video, when he
      came and said I was on private property. I wonder if CoS really owns the
      property to the east of the CC? Richardson has his usual camera going as
      I do, and I realized he has the camera lens cap on. Man, that must be
      embarrassing. We spent about half an hour at the CC, Graham walking all
      around the building and talking to a number of unhappy neighbors.

      "We then moved over to the LRH life exhibit. They still have two adult
      (porn) theaters and at least one tattoo place on that block facing
      Hollywood. We had a number of interesting conversations with pedestrians,
      including one street person. Seems that in the interest of cleaning up the
      neighborhood, the Scientologists forced out a group that was delivering
      lunches to the homeless, and closed a church that was feeding people on
      holidays."

      Report from Graham Berry:

      "Pseudo-naval uniformed Scientology Sea Organization staffers were
      bustling back and forth across the street. Others were enjoying an early
      morning cup of coffee. Scientology vehicles were traveling about their
      business and all seemed well at the Pacific Area Command Base. Then I
      walked around the corner and took the base by surprise. Like felons
      fleeing the scene of their crime, the staffers hastily grabbed their
      coffee cups and dashed down to the PAC cafeteria. Vehicles disappeared and
      staffers were ushered from the street by Base Security. Within two minutes
      the entire length of L. Ron Hubbard Way was deserted, except for two
      bicycle security patrols, two other security staffers, a uniformed Sea
      Organization officer, a plain-clothes staffer who is always posted at the
      Fountain Avenue parking building and there was me. White sneakers, blue
      jeans, black 'Scientology Kills' T-Shirt and my regular Picket Sign
      reading on two sides: 'Scientology-Church of Fair Game' and 'LRH was on
      Psych drugs when he died.'

      "Some of the staffers in berthing were still in their bunk beds and others
      still in their rooms. Many of them played 'peek-a-boo' from behind the
      curtains. Some even smiled and gave me the thumbs up! After 9 a.m. the
      'public' members 'on course' began arriving. Many were escorted by either
      the plain-clothes staffer or the uniformed staffer. I greeted many of them
      with a very cheery 'Good morning!' Several asked how I was. 'Not bad for
      an SP,' I would reply. A rather drab and dreary woman plain clothes
      staffer tried to crowd me and to block my picket sign with one of her own.
      'Don't stalk me. DM would not enjoy paying for your defense to a stalking
      charge.' She backed off and returned to keeping staffers from exiting the
      buildings and crossing the street.

      "A car careened around the corner, screeching to a halt opposite my car.
      It was Parking Enforcement. 'That car still has 5 minutes on the meter.'
      'No,' she said. 'It's expired.' I said, 'You couldn't see that from the
      direction you came from or from where you parked. Scientology called you?'
      'So what? It's expired.' 'So you are acting as an harassment arm of OSA
      and selectively enforcing the laws.' 'Well, there are other cars on
      expired meters.' 'How would you know? You haven't looked or written any
      tickets.' 'Keep the phone records,' I said. 'I will be seeking them in
      discovery, and all other records of similar communications between OSA and
      the City of Los Angeles.'"

      "It was August 30, 2000. Behind me stood the Church of Scientology's
      Advanced Organization Los Angeles. From the walkie-talkie radio of a
      security staffer crackled a voice: 'Keep your distance from him.' Around
      the corner spun a small red car which horrifyingly mounted the curb. I
      jumped back just in time to avoid being hit. Then it backed back and shot
      forward, up and over the handicapped access portion of the curb, over the
      sidewalk and onto the grass garden-border beside me. I leapt between two
      poles as he gunned his car and drove after me. Blocked by the two poles he
      reversed and then sped up L. Ron Hubbard Way and turned into the parking
      lot beside the American Saint Hill Building. The six observing security
      staffers had made no movement at all. 'We need the L.A.P.D. here,' I said
      to one. He did not move."

      "Passers-by received Xenu flyers. Base security quickly talked them off
      the recipients and substituted the new DA flyer on me. I found Keith
      Henson. A Spanish-language radio station was interviewing him as he handed
      out Xenu flyers and bantered with the good people. Ed Richardson, was
      videotaping the busy little scene. I noticed the RTC/OSA surveillance
      cameras swiveling and monitoring our every move. I changed picket signs.
      Now I carried a sign which read on the one side 'Scientology: Church of
      Fair Game' and on the other side 'LRH died on Psych Drugs'."

      Keith Henson also protested at Gold Base near Hemet, California.

      "Richardson and Petty came out to walk with me and were their usual chatty
      selves. They asked about Graham and were somewhat taken aback by the news
      he was picketing in LA and that Tory was picketing Flag. Ed and Frank
      chatted about my daughter and her going to school."

      "Wednesday morning Arel and I picketed gold. I never ask Arel to picket
      the clams because she tends to take them more seriously than they deserve.
      But after reading the positive reactions of a.r.s readers to her story of
      the persistent picketer/stalker she insisted. I was expecting our thugs
      but no thugs came out! I guess the sight of Arel, picket dancing, complete
      with bobbing clip-on space alien antenna was too much for them to deal
      with."

      "I was out at gold base picketing with the 'What Happened to Stacy Moxon
      Meyer?' sign. Edwin Richardson came out to walk with me, but this time it
      was total silence from him. This time I parked on the east end where (*)
      could see me from his new house. Once Richardson put the camera on two
      guys who were stuffing cardboard into a recycle truck. As I approached the
      plaza I could see light traffic on it, which dried up as I came over it.
      They must have an amazing traffic control set up to minimize seeing an SP.
      One of funniest things was two guys who were hiding behind a van, but I
      could see their feet!"

      Brent Stone also protested at Gold Base.

      "When I got to the first set of buildings, I stumbled across a group of
      about 200 people having some sort of meeting in front of one of the
      buildings. Before this, I had always pictured the whole place as some sort
      of ghost town, having seen very few people actually out on the grounds
      while I've been there. I stopped and pointed my sign in their direction.
      It was the 'NO OTs HERE' sign in big letters that I usually carry there.
      Within a few seconds the group started to break up, and they just barely
      had time to see the other side of the sign which said 'The Squirrels Are
      Int Mgt' before the place became a ghost town again. It seemed that many
      of the group actually looked at the signs. I didn't get ANY handler at
      all on Saturday, and I spent the rest of my time picketing without seeing
      anyone at all inside the grounds."

      Tory Bezazian protested in Clearwater at the same time Keith Henson and
      Graham Berry were protesting in California.

      "I took my sign 'Doubt is the Beginning of Wisdom' and the flip side was
      'Scientology Takes Your Money and Your Life.' I went with Jeff Jacobsen
      who filmed it, and Karin Case came along and walked with Jeff. I wore my
      Headset and rocked to the Counting Crows while pacing back and forth out
      in front of the Fort Harrison Hotel. They immediately pulled down all
      shades and sent out a guy from OSA to film me. I just quietly picketed and
      rocked to my music.

      "When I first left I started calling OSA INT and saying who I was, and
      that I wanted to speak to Mike Rinder or Ray Mithoff. I kept saying into
      their camera 'I told you OSA INT. I called and asked you to talk and you
      never ever called me back.' Flag vans came by with people, and I showed
      them my sign about Doubt is the beginning of Wisdom. One kid read it
      others had their heads down or looking away. One of my friends pulled up
      on the side walk and held her face. I walked up and just smiled and said
      'Hi!'

      "As soon as we got here Mary DeMoss and two others come screaming into
      LMT. 'We are here because of Tory's invitation. We want to see Tory,' etc.
      Quickly we called the police. They continued to scream. Stacy and Jeff and
      Mark threw them out and they went outside and continued screaming! I am in
      a back office and I could hear them. 'Tory what are your crimes?' The
      police were mean and rude. They came in and said 'What is this, tit for
      tat?' Why they are angry at us for demonstrating peacefully which is a
      constitutional right?"

      Jeff Jacobsen reported a protest in Clearwater later in the week.

      "About 8 of us walked over to Flag and started picketing. About 1:30pm Bob
      and Stacy had picketed Flag a bit and coincidentally there was a wedding
      going on there, unbeknownst to any of us. The Scientologists complained
      bitterly about that, that the bride had burst into tears when she saw the
      picketers there and we had ruined their carefully planned wedding. This
      made us wonder if the Scientologists include 'note: this building is one
      of the most picketed buildings on earth' in their promotional brochures.

      "No handlers, no Van tech, nothing. Just a nice quiet sidewalk. Down the
      street a few blocks at the Trust you could just make out some picket signs
      bobbing around. So that's where our handlers are! We decided this would be
      great because it would keep them away from us. Two other picketers came by
      but didn't have any signs, so Mark went with them to the Trust to get
      signs for them, and he videotaped the 6 or so Scientologists led by Mary
      DeMoss who were circling with their Caberta signs. Before Mark came back
      to Flag, we had decided to go picket the Sandcastle. So we walked by the
      Trust and caught the new picketers and Mark and walked down to the
      Sandcastle.

      "It was basically uneventful there as well. The staff closed the drapes in
      the big windows of the restaurant there, and we saw security staff running
      around like crazy, but that was about all the excitement there was."

      "Shellac" reported a protest at the London org this week.

      "Richard Ford and I staged another mini-picket outside the Tottenham Court
      Road org in London (the third in four weeks, I think). I began handing out
      leaflets to the public on my own. It took the Scientologists a while to
      realise that I wasn't advertising a computer or furniture shop. Richard
      turned up. He brought an alien puppet, and a loud voice to advertise our
      presence. Eventually three scientologists came out. Two handed out copies
      of 'Freedom', while another tried body routing.

      "Most intriguing was a woman (with her husband) who told me that she had
      discovered her boss was a Scientologist, and was actively recruiting. We
      pointed her to xenu.net, and wished her luck."

      Kristi Wachter protested in San Francisco this week.

      "Peaches, Murdoch, Aaron, and I picketed the San Francisco org from noon
      until 2 pm today. Phr joined us for a second round from about 3:15 to 4
      pm. A Scientologist left the org with revenge picket signs, headed for my
      home. The Scientologists called the police. A Scientologist played guitar
      outside the org. A freelance photojournalist came by and took pictures."

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      > Dennis Clark

      A fundraising flyer from CCHR spokesman and radio host Dennis Clark was
      posted to a.r.s this week.

      "We recently learned that The Human Rights Hour is now getting the better
      part of 18,000 hits per month on from the Internet alone. Two weeks ago, a
      representative of Microsoft called the station owner to tell him that my
      show was maxing out the local server and that there was more demand for
      the show than the local capacity to fill it.

      "Now that the stuff is really hitting the fan for the SPs locally,
      the-she-bitch-o-the-SP-Times is muttering about those 'weird radio
      signals' which are 'feared' by local politicians? In spite of our show
      being non-political, I even campaigned for the re-election of long-time
      Clearwater Mayor Rita Garvey after that unfortunate incident in which she
      crashed her car into a parked truck while blowing 10.0 on the DUI Richter
      Scale. My campaign slogan for her: If you liked her drunk! You will love
      her on Prozac!

      "With all of this now going down with volume and velocity, your help is
      urgently needed, that's RIGHT NOW, to support the show financially. I know
      you hear this quite often from lots of very good groups. Believe me, we
      need your help, NOW. If enough of you do so, we may end up with a radio
      station, reserved for sanity from the home of the Flag Land Base. Get it?
      Got it? Good. Do it now.

      "By the way, guess why the Hillsborough County judge in the civil case is
      called, 'Moody.' He apparently, hasn't had a BM, since the initial one,
      just over two years ago, when The Human Rights Hour went on the air.
      Listen to the only show in America which refuses to worship at the alters
      of the AMA and the APA and, 'think for yourself.'"

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      > In Memorium

      The Cincinnati Enquirer carried the obituary of Ruth Ann Roberts on August
      19th.

      "Ruth Ann Roberts, 58, a former Benedictine nun for 10 years, former
      employee for Cincinnati Bell Telephone Co., and former mailroom supervisor
      for the Church of Scientology, died Wednesday at Mary Rose Mission. A
      private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
      Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home, Covington, handling arrangements.
      Memorials can be made to Mary Rose Mission, 1543 Russell St., Covington
      41011."

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      > J.D. Salinger

      A new book my the daughter of author J.D. Salinger includes mention of his
      experimentation with Scientology. From the New York Times on August 30th:

      "J.D. Salinger's daughter, Margaret, is visiting New York from Boston and
      staying at the Plaza Hotel. There is the possibility that her famously
      private father will try to stop her from publishing her memoir, 'Dream
      Catcher,' due out on Wednesday from Pocket Books. Mr. Salinger, 81, who
      has not published anything since 1965 and has not spoken publicly for
      years, is so determined in his seclusion that he successfully delayed the
      publication of a biography by Ian Hamilton because Mr. Hamilton had sought
      to use some of his letters. Mr. Salinger pursued Scientology, homeopathy
      and Christian Science. He drank urine, his daughter writes, and sat in an
      orgone box. He spoke in tongues, fasted until he turned greenish and as
      an older man had pen pal relationships with teenage girls."

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      > U.K.

      Roland Rashleigh-Berry reported that the London org is having legal
      trouble with local government.

      "London org got busted by the Consumer Protection Officer. He picked up on
      two things, their sauna needs a licence and hasn't got one. They sell
      vitamins and minerals as part of the Purif and since it counts as
      foodstuff and they are counting these pills into a pot then this counts as
      'preparing food' and so a registered 'food preparation area' conforming to
      borough regulations needs to be set up, inspected and approved.

      "This guy might have also passed word to the sauna licencing people not to
      grant them a licence. In that case they will have to rip their sauna out.
      Can you imagine all the hassle and expense of setting up a separate
      preparation room and the C/S having to wear white overalls and a chef's
      hat for counting out those pills? Also because they are selling food for
      public consumption on the premises then there could be a mountain of other
      legislation to apply."

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      > Ursula Caberta

      A motion to dismiss the case, brought against Ursula Caberta by
      Scientologist Hubert Heller during her recent visit to Clearwater, was
      posted to a.r.s this week.

      "Plaintiff's Complaint establishes as a matter of law that Defendant is
      immune from the jurisdiction of this Court under the provisions of 28
      U.S.C. Section 1603, et seq. The Court does not have 'longarm'
      jurisdiction over Defendant, who is a foreign national covered by no
      portion of the applicable statute. Defendant does not have sufficient
      'minimum contacts' with the forum state to allow the Court to exercise
      jurisdiction over her. Plaintiff is not alleged to have been a party to
      the business relationship claimed in Count I of the Complaint to have been
      disrupted by Defendant, and therefore lacks standing to brig this action.
      Plaintiff fails to state in his Complaint a prima facie case for tortious
      interference with an advantageous business relationship. Plaintiff fails
      to state in his Complaint a prima facie case for violation of the Florida
      Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, and cannot successfully re-plead
      without admitting falsehood in his initial complaint.

      "For the foregoing reasons, Defendant prays entry of a judgment dismissing
      this action with prejudice, and/or granting such other, lesser, greater,
      or further relief as the Court may deem appropriate."

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