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    Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 4, Issue 33 11/14/99 by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com] copyright 1999 Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review
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      Alt.religion.scientology
      Week in Review Volume 4, Issue 33
      11/14/99
      by Rod Keller [rkeller@...]
      copyright 1999

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

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      posted to the newsgroup. They include message IDs for the original
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      find the original article, depending on how long your site stores articles
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      > OSCE

      Reuters reported on November 9th that Scientology has filed a complaint
      against Belgium with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in
      Europe (OSCE).

      "The Church of Scientology said on Tuesday it had filed a complaint with
      the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) against
      Belgium for alleged discrimination against religious minorities. The
      complaint, filed ahead of an OSCE security conference in Istanbul next
      week, follows a raid last month by Belgian police on 25 offices and homes
      of Scientology members throughout the country.

      "Belgian court officials said then the raids were part of an investigation
      into alleged racketeering and fraud. The Church of Scientology, however,
      has said the raids were tantamount to religious persecution."

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      > CCHR

      Scientology's Citizen's Commission on Human Rights presented testimony
      this week before a group of Colorado legislators who are investigating
      school shootings. From the Denver Post on November 10th:

      "The group met to explore a possible link between the drugs and school
      violence because suicidal Columbine killer Eric Harris had been on Luvox,
      and schoolyard killers elsewhere supposedly took similar medications.
      Leading off at the hearing was Bruce Wiseman of California, national
      president of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, which he said is a
      watchdog group. Pfiffner confirmed that the commission is linked to the
      Church of Scientology.

      "Wiseman called medicating children 'one of the most dangerous and
      insidious' issues facing the nation and blamed increased violence on
      giving 5 million children 'mind-altering drugs' for 'a mental disorder
      that has no basis in fact.' Wiseman said such drugs were linked to
      killings, including the May 1997 murder of a 7-year-old girl in a Las
      Vegas casino restroom by Jeremy Strohmeyer, and school killings in Pearl,
      Miss., West Paducah, Ky., Jonesboro, Ark., and Springfield, Ore.

      "Dr. Peter Breggin, an M.D. and psychiatrist, flew in from London to
      testify that Ritalin reduces difficult behavior for about five or six
      weeks but there's 'no evidence that Ritalin improves long-term behavior.'
      Breggin said he had obtained data that showed Harris was taking Luvox,
      which he said has a 'cocaine-like effect' that can cause violent behavior.
      Breggin said the 'scientific evidence is irrefutable' that Luvox causes
      'psychotic mania' in about 4 percent of the young people who take it.

      "On the other side, Dr. Marshall Thomas, associate professor of psychiatry
      at the University of Colorado Medical School, speaking on behalf of the
      Colorado Behavioral Health Care, told Pfiffner he was concerned about
      violence in children but hoped the committee's inquiry would be balanced
      and 'not politicized.' The quality of some information presented, Thomas
      said, was 'somewhat suspect, not balanced' and the 'presentations were
      very skewed.'"

      From Chuck Green, a Denver Post Columnist:

      "Pfiffner, a state representative from Lakewood, single-handedly created
      the committee that doesn't exist. It has no sanction from his legislative
      colleagues, it has no staff and no budget, it has no official status, it
      has no clue. But Pfiffner was there in his full legislative regalia,
      cracking the ringmaster's whip and putting on a great show. Five
      television cameras were propped on tripods, which provided them with far
      more stability than displayed by the politicians in the Capitol hearing
      room.

      "The trained seals and clowns who showed up for Pfiffner's big show were
      Sen. Jim Congrove of Arvada, Sen. John Andrews of Aurora, Sen. Mark
      Hillman of Burlington, Rep. Shawn Mitchell of Broomfield, Rep. Lauri Clapp
      of Englewood, Rep. Nancy Spence of Aurora and Rep. Don Lee of Littleton -
      all Republicans. The dancing-bear act was headlined by a lone Democrat,
      Rep. Fran Coleman of Denver.

      "They were summoned not only by the talented ringmaster, but also by the
      mysteriously whacko Church of Scientology, which seems to have captured
      Pfiffner's rich imagination. The hearing room was seeded with enthusiastic
      scientologists, and an adjacent room resembled a library abundantly
      stocked with scientology literature.

      "Pfiffner's self-designed Interim Committee on Scientologists' Paranoia
      Over Psychotropic Drugs and Their Effect on America's Youth and Violence
      in Our Schools featured theories on how the U.S. military, the Central
      Intelligence Agency, American universities and other assorted suspicious
      institutions have secretly drugged our youth. Pfiffner and his Scientology
      staff spent the day worrying that America's kids have been transformed
      into a society of manic psychotics who are under the influence of
      medications like Ritalin, Prozac, Dexedrine and Luvox.

      "I wonder what medication Pfiffner and his band of clowns are taking."

      From the Denver Post on November 11th:

      "Members of the State Board of Education indicated Wednesday they would
      soften a resolution about the use of psychiatric drugs by schoolchildren.
      A vote on the resolution is expected at today's meeting of the panel.
      Mental-health advocates appeared before the board Wednesday to counter a
      presentation last month by people who claim use of psychotropic drugs
      causes school violence. Mental-health advocates see the latest
      developments as a new phase in a long-standing assault on psychiatry with
      strong ties to the Church of Scientology.

      "Dr. William Dodson, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University
      of Colorado Health Sciences Center, told the education panel that while
      the arguments they heard last month might sound convincing, 'they were not
      arguments based on fact. They were not arguments based on scientific
      proof. They were not arguments that were true.' Dodson blamed Scientology
      for creating a phony issue about the use of the medications by branding it
      'mind control.'"

      From Post columnist Al Knight:

      "Suddenly the long-simmering controversy of alleged overuse of psychiatric
      drugs has burst upon the local scene complete with a misleading and
      utterly unnecessary skirmish over the influence of scientology and
      scientologists.

      "The topic of psychiatric drugs has become hot for a couple of reasons.
      One is that the Colorado State Board of Education is expected to vote
      today on a resolution intended to discourage teachers from recommending
      psychiatric drug use for students. Just two days ago, an ad hoc
      legislative committee heard testimony on the possible pitfalls of
      psychiatric drug use. These drugs, which include Ritalin, Luvox and
      Prozac, are prescribed for a number of conditions. It is estimated that 6
      million youths between the ages of 6 and 18 take one form or another of
      psychiatric drugs. That's a lot of drugs, and it is at least fair to
      question if they might be over-used.

      These are not concerns that are expressed solely by the 'mysteriously
      wacko Church of Scientology.' They have appeared in a variety of popular
      publications and learned journals. The esteemed National Institutes of
      Health held a conference on the issue of attention deficit hyperactivity
      disorder last year and noted that it may be costing $3 billion a year
      extra to educate children with the condition adding, that although
      medication helps control the core symptoms, 'there is little improvement
      in academic achievement or social skills.'

      "Press reports that the State Board of Education wants to 'ban' the use of
      psychiatric drugs among school children are simply absurd. The resolution
      before the board does little more than ask teachers not to seek to resolve
      every problem of student behavior, attention or learning difficulty with a
      recommendation for another round of medical prescriptions That doesn't
      seem a wacko idea. It certainly doesn't impinge upon the medical community
      and it grows out of concerns that have little or no connection to the
      Church of Scientology."

      From the Denver Post on November 12th:

      "A somewhat softened but still-controversial resolution on using
      psychiatric medication to calm school kids with behavior problems was
      passed 6-1 Thursday by the state Board of Education. 'Reasoned, balanced
      discussion was squashed today in Colorado,' said Kyle Sargent, director of
      public policy for the Mental Health Association of Colorado. The
      resolution, which does not carry the force of law, has alarmed Colorado
      mental health advocates, who claim it results from a disinformation
      campaign by the Church of Scientology to blame school violence on Ritalin
      and other psychotropic medicines used to treat children with behavior
      problems."

      From the Post's editorial page on November 14th:

      "The Colorado State Board of Education diluted a resolution that
      originally assailed the use of psychiatric drugs down to meaningless
      pablum Thursday before adopting it 6-to-1. But the board's action, coupled
      with an impromptu and ill-starred legislative hearing Tuesday, where
      self-styled 'experts' from the Church of Scientology berated the
      medications, still risks stigmatizing troubled children and discouraging
      them from getting the help they need.

      "In short, such drugs, under careful medical supervision, can reduce
      violent or self-destructive behavior in some patients but cannot eliminate
      such behavior completely. Pfiffner and Johnson might as well spend their
      time trying to outlaw seat belts - which dramatically reduce deaths and
      injuries suffered in traffic accidents but cannot totally eliminate them.

      "There is indeed, as the watered-down Board of Education resolution said,
      'much concern regarding the issue of diagnosis and medication and their
      impact on student achievement.' But such legitimate concern is no reason
      to ban such drugs or to stigmatize the people who take them. Rather, it
      underscores the need for such drugs to be used under close medical
      supervision to ensure that patients don't take too much - or too little -
      medications and are receiving treatment appropriate to their needs."

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      > Chick Corea

      Reuters published an interview with Scientology celebrity Chick Corea this
      week.

      "Brought up a Roman Catholic, Corea says his discovery of scientology --
      like fellow celebrities Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Priscilla Presley --
      has helped him balance his life. 'I've got a few simplicities together --
      I don't pretend to be the happiest guy in the world, or the freest guy in
      the world, but I have struck a balance in a few ways. 'Life consists in
      having a purpose and pursuing it, that's important, and for me it's been
      making music and I love it. It fulfills me not just personally but
      socially because people like it. I feel like I'm contributing something.'"

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      > Orientation

      The Edmonton Sun published a letter to the editor this week about
      Scientology and the film Orientation.

      "RECENTLY, I entered the local office of the Church of Scientology to ask
      a few questions on what they were all about. What I got in return was some
      rather suspect information. I watched a 40-minute info video on
      Scientology that raised several interesting points. One of the video's
      scenes had one of the board of directors of the organization wonder openly
      who was more mentally ill, the non-Scientology psychiatrists or the
      patients who used them, instead of being cleared by Scientology. The end
      of the video is what got my anger up. The host said the person had a right
      to leave the building and never mention Scientology again but it would be
      stupid to do so. He went on to say it would be comparable to putting a
      fully loaded gun into one's mouth and pulling the trigger. Or jumping off
      a bridge. It left me to wonder how these scare tactics help a person
      develop a healthy spiritual life. It was scary to see something that
      should have stayed in science fiction become part of real life. - Ron
      Murdock"

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      > Germany

      Neumarkter Nachrichten reported on November 5th that a talk addressing
      Scientology will be held on December 10th in Postbauer-Heng.

      "On Wednesday, December 10 at 7:45 p.m. 'in the castle' at Postbauer-Heng,
      Dr. Christiane Willers, Religious Studies scholar from Eichstaett, will
      talk on the theme of 'Scientology' - structures of a controversial
      religious association. It is about the Scientology 'movement,' which is
      more in the headlines than it is in the back pages, so it's no less of a
      current topic. The 'Church of Scientology,' which operates worldwide, is
      one of the religious associations whose promises of healing, ethical
      standards, missionary and other practices have been criticized as
      'incompatible with democratic mentality.' The business practices of the
      commercial side of the association have come into conflict with politics,
      the justice department and public opinion."

      Mannheimer Morgen published an article on November 11th on former
      Scientologist Jesse Prince.

      "The 16 wasted years are past, but their effect lingers on. In order to
      save others from something similar, Jesse Prince told of his time in
      Scientology management. 'I did not just lose my personality there,' ran
      his statement describing that which outsiders can understand only with
      difficulty: how someone can stay with the organization. For two days
      Prince spoke with Cologne Constitutional Security, which had invited him
      to Germany. Now he has told his story to our newspaper.

      "1976 in San Francisco: 22 year old Jesse felt alone in the big city which
      he was seeing for the first time. The conditions were ideal for him to get
      hung up in Scientology. After only one month he belonged to the Sea Org,
      an elitist organization in fantasy uniforms. As section leader he worked
      15 hours per day for which he received a mere $12 a week. When he soon
      wanted to leave, Scientology put him into a reeducation camp. 'I felt like
      a prisoner there: work in black clothes, I had to sleep on a thin mattress
      in a basement without electricity.' After 18 months, Scientology corrected
      its 'big mistake' and paid him a paltry $2,400 in compensation.

      "Interrogations that lasted for hours, always the same questions, light
      hypnosis: 'Brainwashing changed me,' stated Prince in his explanation of
      why he stayed with Scientology. When its founder, L. Ron Hubbard
      (1911-86), sought out the best man to educate his propagandists in his
      deluded psycho-thesis of 'total spiritual freedom,' Prince had - as he
      said - 'bad luck': he was chosen to develop a training program for staff.
      At the time, said Prince, there was a singular confrontation with the
      guru: 'Hubbard could not conceive of a colored man like me being so
      intelligent.' Behind the glass was a man who had nothing in common with
      the PR photographs: unbrushed teeth, long unkempt hair, the same with his
      fingernails. Serious doubts arose in Prince. 'Hubbard was obsessed with a
      phobia, he was afraid of people and bacteria.' Because of that he always
      communicated from behind glass.

      "Prince took the leap to freedom in 1992 with his wife Monika, an
      Offenbacher by birth. When Prince talks about what he has behind him, his
      shame surfaces. How he eavesdropped from a car on high-ranking members who
      were suspected of fraud in homes ('A dirty business'). Or how he had
      abducted a non-Scientologist who was charged with 'espionage': 'a private
      detective held a pistol on him while I hooked him up to a lie detector.'
      Or how, from 1984, he destroyed evidence which could have incriminated
      Scientology in court. He also knows of attempts made at intimidation
      against people in the judicial area: 'One time a judge's dog was killed
      and put in his garden.'

      "Scientology has no more forgotten him than he has the organization. Using
      slander, it destroyed his first attempt at a career. In 1998, a death
      threat was imparted to him by way of a friend, in Los Angeles he looked
      into the barrel of a pistol. One of his two daughters has been bothered
      with denunciations, in front of the house of his 73 year old father march
      Scientologists with racial expressions. Besides that they demand he keep
      his mouth closed to keep his son from being affected. 'Scientology is even
      after me here in Germany.' Doesn't all that make him afraid? 'I have
      nothing to lose that would make life worth living if I don't use it to
      warn others.'"

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      > Lisa McPherson Trust

      Stacy Brooks reported some of the dirty tricks being used against the new
      Lisa McPherson Trust, attempting to establish a presence in Clearwater.

      "I couldn't find an office building that would lease to us. The office
      manager of the SunTrust building informed me that the owner had declined
      to lease to us. Then the realtor for the NationsBank building told me that
      he got an email from the owner of that building saying that the owner had
      'decided to rethink how he wants to utilize the building.' I told the
      realtor it was obvious Scientology had contacted him. He hemmed and hawed
      and said he'd have a final answer for me the next day. Next I tried at
      the Clearwater Tower building. The way that realtor refused us was to tell
      me the owner had said they would have to get a release from all the other
      tenants in the building before they could lease to us. The owner of the
      AmSouth building at first told me there would be no problem leasing to us,
      but later changed his mind and refused. In conversation with the realtor
      for that building I was able to discover that Scientology had sent him a
      large package of materials 'documenting' the dangerous nature of each of
      the principals in the Lisa McPherson Trust. He refused to show me the
      package, but he did mention that the owner wouldn't want to lease to a
      'convicted felon.' I told him he was being given false information by
      Scientology and told him the real story of the assault charge against Bob
      in Boston and how the charge had been thrown out by the judge.

      "We had an appointment at eleven to look at a building at 33 N. Ft.
      Harrison. Within five minutes seven Scientologists barged into the room he
      was showing us and began shouting at him, 'This man is a criminal! He was
      arrested for assault and battery last night! He's violent! Don't do
      business with these people!' The CPA ordered them out of the building
      immediately, but they refused to go. We finished our tour and then sat
      down to talk to him in his conference room. Almost immediately his
      secretary called to say that his building was being picketed and that one
      of his clients had been photographed as they entered the offices. At this
      the CPA instructed his secretary to call the police. During our brief
      meeting, he got three urgent messages to call Mary Story, the DSA Flag.
      'I've asked Mary twice to get Scientology to buy my building,' he told us.
      'They weren't interested. Now that I'm talking to you, suddenly she's
      frantic to talk to me.' He just shook his head in amazement. Pat Jones
      arrived with an entourage, demanding to see the owner of the building. He
      just closed the conference room door and tried to ignore all the frenzy,
      but soon his secretary announced that the police had arrived outside.

      "Our meeting effectively disrupted, the CPA went out to see for himself
      what was happening, while Bob and I remained in the conference room. Soon
      three police officers came in and one of them said, 'Mr. Minton, I just
      wanted to shake your hand and welcome you to Clearwater.' The other police
      officers also shook our hands and expressed how glad they were to have us
      in Clearwater. They all said they knew what had happened the night before,
      and asked us to let them know if there was anything they could do for us.

      "As soon as we left the building we were surrounded by seven
      Scientologists, apparently public, at least two of whom had been part of
      the spontaneous grassroots counter-picket in front of the Ft. Harrison the
      afternoon before. This gang of Scientologists surrounded us as we tried to
      get to our car and stood behind the car as we tried to back out. They
      followed us on foot as we drove to the ticket booth, and the woman in the
      ticket booth called the police to let them know that the Scientologists
      were harassing us in the parking structure.

      "We stopped in to see the CPA again on our way back to the hotel. The
      same set of Scientologists materialized out of the bushes as we crossed
      the street and surrounded us as we tried to walk up the stairs to our car.
      There were two men with video cameras, three women with picket signs and
      two other women whose job seemed to be to chant, 'Religious bigots go
      home, religious bigots go home.' It was close to dusk and with these
      people all following us to our car it looked like a scene out of 'Night of
      the Living Dead.' A policeman happened to be in the parking structure and
      witnessed all of this. He ordered them to let us get in our car and leave
      the parking lot.

      "After my meeting in Tampa I had to go into Clearwater to set up a Post
      Office box for the Lisa McPherson Trust. When I came out I was surrounded
      on the steps of the Post Office by nine Scientologists - the ones that had
      stalked us all day the day before and two more - and this time they were
      actually threatening me. While two of them videotaped me, several others
      held up picket signs that said 'Religious Bigot go home,' and several of
      them shouted at me. One of them in particular shouted, 'Go home or else,
      religious bigot!' I felt very threatened by what was being shouted at me
      and by the intensity with which I was being stalked. Finally I managed to
      get into my car and lock it. As I drove away I could hear them shouting
      after me.

      "I decided to go into Tampa and find Patricia and Peter. As I walked in
      Patricia and Peter were both standing up. Patricia was pointing at a man
      who was ducking into the men's bathroom toward the back of the restaurant.
      Patricia called out to me, 'He was watching for you! He was pacing back
      and forth looking out the window and talking on his walkie-talkie, and
      then I heard him say, 'Here she comes'. After a few minutes the man came
      out of the bathroom and headed for the door. Patricia, Peter and several
      others from the restaurant followed him out, and then I returned to the
      phone and began to talk to the Tampa police officer. I told him my name
      and asked him if he had ever heard of Lisa McPherson, and he said yes, he
      knew who she was. I told him I was in Tampa to set up the Lisa McPherson
      Trust. Then he said, 'I can't tell you what I really think of you because
      this is a recorded line. But I will tell you this: I fully support
      everything you and Bob Minton are doing. I am behind you a hundred
      percent.' I told him how much I appreciated his saying that and he said,
      'We'll do anything we can to help you. Anything.'

      "Clearly, Scientology is going to do everything they can to keep the Lisa
      McPherson Trust out of Clearwater. But we're moving to Clearwater, and we
      are going to shine the light of truth on Scientology. There are a lot of
      people who are very happy that we are coming to town. In Lisa's honor, we
      can't let the Scientologists frighten us away, and we won't. No matter how
      much harassment and intimidation they throw at us, we're moving into
      Clearwater."

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      > Lisa McPherson

      The St. Petersburg Times reported on November 10th that Scientology is
      suing Lisa McPherson's aunt, Dell Liebreich, alleging that she falsified
      documents making her executor of Lisa's estate.

      "In a petition filed this week, Scientology asks a Pinellas probate judge
      to remove a Texas woman, Dell Liebreich, as the personal representative of
      Lisa McPherson's estate. The church is alleging that Liebreich forged a
      key document used in setting up the estate. The charge is based on the
      findings of an expert, Gus R. Lesnevich, who once examined handwriting for
      the Army and the Secret Service.

      "Liebreich's attorney, Ken Dandar of Tampa, called the church's petition
      slanderous, saying, 'They're making some very outrageous and serious
      allegations.' The wrongful death case continues to drag on in Hillsborough
      County Circuit Court. A trial is scheduled in June, but the church is
      trying to stop it before it gets that far.

      "According to Scientology, Fannie McPherson never blamed the church for
      her daughter's death in 1995. But two years later, when Fannie McPherson
      was close to death herself, Leibreich took advantage of her sister's
      fragile health by filing documents without her consent, the church
      alleges. In those documents, Fannie McPherson's right to represent her
      daughter's estate was transferred to Leibreich. The church alleges that
      the dates of the filings coupled with handwriting samples from Fannie
      McPherson point to fraud and forgery.

      "Dandar said Fannie McPherson and Dell Liebreich were close, and Liebreich
      has simply carried out her sister's dying wish that Scientology be exposed
      for causing Lisa McPherson's death. The church's handwriting expert
      contends Fannie McPherson's signature on the waiver is a forgery because
      the smooth strokes do not match the shaky strokes she used on other
      documents just weeks earlier. Dandar said the signing was witnessed by
      Liebreich, a hospice worker and a notary public. He also said the church
      has no legal basis to contest Liebreich's standing in the estate."

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      > Raul Lopez

      A complaint against several Scientology agencies was posted to a.r.s this
      week. The document is from a lawsuit by Raul Lopez, a former member whose
      injury left him vulnerable to Scientology investment schemes. Some
      excerpts:

      "Plaintiff Raul Lopez was born on July 25, 1966. On August 27, 1985, at
      the age of 19, he was gravely injured when the light pick-up truck he was
      driving was demolished in a head-on collision by an 18-wheel truck.
      Plaintiff was hospitalized for approximately seven months following the
      incident. Among the many injuries he suffered was a closed head injury
      resulting in irreversible trauma to his brain. This injury caused
      cognitive dysfunction that rendered Plaintiff substantially impaired
      mentally and emotionally, including a compulsion toward impulsive and
      irrational behavior.

      "From the very first days of his affiliation with Scientology, Plaintiff's
      brain damage was known to Jim Hamre and Tom Steiner, as was the fact that
      Mr. Lopez was in possession of significant assets. At the urging of Jim
      Hamre and the other Scientology agents with whom Plaintiff became
      acquainted, Plaintiff continued to make almost daily inquiries of his
      mother regarding the amount of funds in his bank accounts. Plaintiff
      reported the information he learned from his mother back to the
      Scientology agents, who continually urged him to buy additional expensive
      courses and L. Ron Hubbard-authored literature. The relentlessness of
      these inquiries engendered much tension and discord between Plaintiff and
      his mother. Eventually, during a time when Ms. Lopez was herself in a
      weakened state of health, she became exasperated and relinquished all
      control of the bank accounts to Plaintiff, vowing to have no further
      involvement in the management of his money.

      "Hamre's encouragement to Plaintiff to enter into the jailhouse telephone
      investment scheme was made in his capacity as registrar, and as an
      authorized agent for the Church of Scientology Buenaventura Mission and
      the enterprise of Scientology. From its inception the investment scheme
      was solely designed to provide RC&A, Zetner and the Cefails a method by
      which they could obtain funds to channel into the enterprise of
      Scientology or pay for its products and services. Accordingly, on October
      16, 1991, Plaintiff entered into a contract to invest $60,000 with RC&A in
      exchange for a minimum monthly income stream after 14 months of $135 for
      each of 20 phones for 48 consecutive months, with a maximum monthly
      payment of up to 50% of the phones' net revenue. A third contract called
      for Plaintiff to invest a total of $180,000 for 70 additional phones, with
      the same provisions for minimum and maximum monthly income streams as were
      associated with the first and second contracts, as set forth in Paragraphs
      34 and 35 above, except that: under this third contract, Plaintiff was
      also to be paid 12 consecutive payments of $3,500 each, beginning four
      months after the execution of the agreement. Thus, under all three
      contracts, Plaintiff was to receive a total minimum return of $754,800.

      "Plaintiff fully performed his obligations under each of the three
      contracts described above, to wit: Plaintiff paid consideration in three
      separate transactions of $60,000, $60,000 and $180,000, respectively, to
      Robert Cefail, Toli Cefail, Michael Zetner and RC&A as investments in the
      jailhouse telephone scheme as set forth herein. Although Plaintiff
      received the first $3,500 payment in April, 1992, as called for by the
      third contract, beginning in May of 1992, and at all subsequent times,
      Defendants RC&A, Robert Cefail, Toli Cefail and Michael Zetner have failed
      to pay in accordance with their obligations under the above-described
      contracts.

      "On information and belief, Plaintiff alleges that Defendants Robert and
      Toli Cefail, Michael Zetner and RC&A Group, Inc. channeled a significant
      portion of the $300,000 invested by Plaintiff into various Scientology
      organizations and projects including the 'Church of Scientology Religious
      Trust.'

      "Plaintiff was repeatedly advised and unduly influenced by the Defendants
      that WISE constituted the only forum available to an 'ethical'
      Scientologist for the resolution of claims against fellow Scientologists.
      Defendants further advised Plaintiff that it was a violation of
      Scientology ethics for one Scientologist to pursue a claim against another
      Scientologist outside the Scientology ethics and justice system.
      Specifically, Defendants employed the auditing procedure to gain
      Plaintiff's assent to the WISE arbitration on the basis that if he did not
      agree to pursue his claims against his fellow Scientologists in an ethical
      manner, he could not avail himself of the promised opportunity to be
      returned to his pre-accident condition. Plaintiff relied on these
      statements and the repeated assurances of WISE that WISE would take care
      of Plaintiff and handle all of Plaintiff's claims pursuant to Scientology
      ethics in joining WISE and consenting to its arbitration processes.

      "Plaintiff, upon the insistence and urging of Defendants and/or their
      authorized agents, paid money for Scientology products and services by not
      only extracting funds from his personal accounts, but also by charging
      them to his credit cards up to the maximum allowable limits. Defendants,
      knowing that they were taking advantage of Plaintiff's mental incapacity,
      sought to cover up their systematic looting of Plaintiff's funds.
      Defendants instructed Plaintiff on numerous occasions that he should
      purchase cashier's checks made out to himself. Defendants would then have
      the Plaintiff endorse the cashiers check on the back with his name in
      payment for Scientology 'Services'.

      "Also, at the urging of Defendants and/or their authorized agents,
      Plaintiff was taught how to obtain funds by refinancing the two homes he
      had purchased free and clear after receiving his lawsuit settlement
      proceeds, and he tendered these funds to the Church of Scientology
      Buenaventura Mission and/or Celebrity Center International and/or Church
      of Scientology Flag Land Base. Plaintiff has subsequently been unable to
      keep either of the two homes.

      "WHEREFORE, Plaintiff prays as follows: For general and special damages
      according to proof at trial; For a permanent injunction prohibiting
      Defendants from engaging in the practices as alleged and such other
      equitable remedies caused by these practices; For punitive damages against
      Defendants Steiner, Haley, Jones and Valle. Plaintiff will seek leave of
      court to allege punitive damages against Defendants Church of Scientology
      Mission of Buenaventura, Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre, World
      Institute of Scientology Enterprises, Church of Scientology Flag Land
      Base, also known as Flag Service Organization and Church of Scientology
      Religious Trust; For an award of treble damages. For an order that
      Defendant Church of Scientology Religious Trust hold the sum of $100,000
      in trust for the Plaintiff; For an order-compelling Defendant Church of
      Scientology Religious Trust to return to Plaintiff the sum of $100,000;
      That Defendants Church of Scientology Religious Trust; Church of
      Scientology Mission of Buenaventura; Church of Scientology Flag Land Base;
      and Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International be ordered to pay
      to Plaintiff the total amount paid by Plaintiff to said Defendants plus
      interest for the purchase of Scientology goods and services and donations
      to Scientology entities."

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      > Make Up

      NME.com published an interview with the band Make Up.

      "'The Scientologists pull the strings. It used to be the Mafia, but now
      it's the Scientologists. Look at Isaac Hayes' recent revival. Why's he in
      South Park? Because he's a Scientologist. There are other people too, but
      I can't mention their names.'

      "Why not?

      "'I just can't. Look, the Germans have got the right idea. They're banned
      over there, right? It's the next step after Protestantism. The next step
      towards super-selfishness. Be all you can be, fuck your brethren. You can
      download all the secrets of L Ron Hubbard from the Internet. Do I use the
      Internet a lot? No, I don't like all those beige colours. feel like I'm at
      Gap.'"

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      > Freewinds

      International Scientology News published an account of a talk by Mike
      Rinder on the 11th anniversary of the Freewinds' maiden voyage.

      "As Mr. Mike Rinder talked about our wins in past months he said, 'While
      others look on and dodge the suppressives who are striving for domination
      and control, we look them in the eye, knowing full well that SPs cannot
      tolerate the voice that confronts them with their own crimes and then says
      'no.'

      "He then spoke of our untiring efforts to protect our technology on the
      internet from SPs who think that they can steal our material and then
      'hide behind the anarchy of the internet.' He reported of the five cases
      which were brought before the American federal court to set precedents and
      create protection and had the following results, 'Every case was settled
      successfully. Every wrongdoer has been contained, and there are a series
      of federal court orders which protect the purity of Scientology.'

      "'In May, two Scientologists appeared in court in Switzerland. The
      proceedings had started with a family quarrel in 1993. The relatives had
      already resolved the problem a long time before, however, an SP state
      attorney absolutely wanted to bring Scientology to court. The state
      attorney received his first surprise, though, from his only witness, and
      she was the sister of one of the Scientologists and the alleged victim in
      this case. She said that she did not want to have a bad conscience and she
      had decided to tell the truth. She said that the Scientologists, and
      especially her brother, had much helped her. The state attorney
      practically fainted. The only other witnesses were Scientologists. They
      gave the judge a copy of 'What is Scientology?' and testified as to the
      importance of religious freedom. Three days later, all charges were
      dropped. The court stated that it felt honored to exonerate the
      Scientologists, and that the state would pay the court costs.'

      "Besides that the astonishing reaction to the publication of the book
      'Scientology: theory and practice of a current religion' - from Sweden to
      South Africa and all the way to Moscow - was mentioned. A delegation from
      the Venezuelan Justice Department came to Los Angeles for guidance from
      our Church. That happened after the announcement of the March 15 event of
      how this book had helped to achieve religious acknowledgment in
      Venezuela."

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      > Russia

      BerlinOnline reported on November 11th on Scientology infiltration into
      Russian government.

      "Moscow's mayor Yuri Luschkov has a problem. His name is Sergei Dorenko.
      For weeks the well-known journalist, who moderates a political magazine in
      a broadcast studio friendly to Yeltsin, has been accusing the city chief
      of corruption, nepotism and contact with the mafia. An unpleasant
      situation, especially in the election campaign for the next state
      president, for which Luschkov is regarded as a promising candidate.
      Therefore the mayor hired a new judiciary staff member, Moscow lawyer
      Galina Krylova, and assigned her to prepare a libel suit against the
      journalist. Since then, Luschkov has yet a greater problem. That is
      because the 37 year old woman is not only regarded as the most important
      legal representative for international sects in Russia, she also sits on
      the board of the 'Citizens Commission on Human Rights' (CCHR) in the USA.
      This organization is a full-fledged offshoot of Scientology, whose goal it
      is to 'liberate' the earth of psychiatrists.

      "Once more, sect experts are warning of possible Scientology influence
      upon Russian politics. 'The mayor is either ill-informed, or somebody is
      trying to compromise him,' said Alexander Dvorkin, sect commissioner of
      the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow, about the new legal advisor.
      'Krylova is being used by Scientology as a Trojan horse.'

      "Scientology is presently under increased scrutiny by the justice
      department. After diverse raids, state attorneys are investigating top
      managers of the sect in various cities. On October 6, a Moscow court
      ordered the closing of the 'Humanitarian Hubbard Center,' the largest
      Scientology branch in Russia, because of money-laundering, illegal
      business practices and violating civil rights; the appeal of the
      Scientologists has not yet been decided. Legal representative for the sect
      was, as usual, Galina Krylova."

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      > Switzerland

      On November 10th, Neue Luzerner Zeitung reported on Scientology surveys
      being distributed in Littaerberg, Switzerland.

      "'Do you think that violence in your school his increased, decreased or
      stayed the same in the past 10 - 15 years?' That is how the survey starts,
      and other multiple choice questions follow on issues such as 'drug
      problems' 'reading and writing levels of students' and 'measures of the
      school board to decrease violence and drugs.' And 'What percentage of the
      children in your school take psychopharmaceuticals such as Ritalin or
      Fluctin?'

      "Teaching personnel who instruct at public schools found the surveys with
      the cover letter in their mail boxes at home. Different principals in the
      Lucerne region have confirmed that such surveys have made their way among
      the teachers in their communities. The envelopes, which have been
      addressed by hand, have not been broadcast by mass mailing: male teachers
      with lengthier experience appear to be the preferred addressees, as
      professor Franz Hofstetter in Horw has determined.

      "It is signed only by a 'Committee for a Better School,' but not by anyone
      by name. 'A questionable process,' said Horw principal Edi Lang. 'Not
      everybody would know who is behind it.' The return address - 'Schulhaus
      Berg, 6014 Littau' - and several statements in the cover letter indicate
      the direction from which it comes So who are the people united in the
      Littau parents' committee? The person who answered the phone to the number
      given on the survey's cover letter was Konrad Meile, Scientology member,
      official renter of the Berg school building and father of three children
      who are being instructed by Sandra Planzer. In the conversation, Meile
      disputed any connection with the closing of the school, he also said that
      in an 'information page' which he faxed later and which listed a series of
      'negative points' concerning the behavior of the education department and
      administrative board in the withdrawal of the permit.

      "As far as the real purpose of the survey in regards to the community,
      Konrad Meile's statements stayed somewhat nebulous: the survey was to
      serve to 'find out whether there were tendencies in some direction, if
      yes, to investigate more thoroughly and, if possible, to offer a
      solution,' wrote the Scientologist."

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