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    Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 6, Issue 3 5/6/2001 by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com] copyright 2001 Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review
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      Week in Review Volume 6, Issue 3
      by Rod Keller [rkeller@...]
      copyright 2001

      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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      > Beck

      Music365 reported on May 1st that Beck Hansen has denied reports that he
      has become a Scientologist.

      "Beck is said to have dismissed reports that he recently joined the
      Scientology religious cult which counts Hollywood celebrities John
      Travolta and Tom Cruise among others as devout followers. Beck's bass
      player Justin Johnson alleged that the groovesome musical maverick had
      become an adherent to Scientology, even going so far as to end a romantic
      relationship with US actress Winona Ryder because of her non-membership of
      the cult.

      "However, Beck's US spokesman Dennis Dennehy sheds little light on the
      'Beck is religious nut' allegations, commenting: 'The personal and
      spiritual lives of my clients are none of my business. I don't ask and
      they don't tell.'"

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      > Faith-based Groups

      The Calgary Herald published a column by Catherine Ford on May 5th on the
      U.S proposal to fund religious charities.

      "In making the announcement earlier this year, Bush said a White House
      office would be set up to distribute billions of dollars to people who had
      'heard the universal call to love a neighbour like they'd like to be loved
      themselves, who exist and work hard, not out of love of money, but out of
      the love of their fellow human beings.' This is what Canadians expect of
      government, for which they are willing to pay. Services provided by
      religious organizations exist beyond that mandate.

      "No one need be religious to receive relief, although one is presumably
      expected to respect a church's right to pray over you and for you in
      exchange for charitable works. In a nation that rigorously separates
      church and state to the point of having its Supreme Court rule against
      prayers in public schools, it is passing strange the White House would be
      willing to disregard admonitions built into the country's constitutional

      "A survey by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and The Pew
      Research Center for People and the Press showed 75 per cent of Americans
      approve funding religious groups to provide social services. Yet an
      identical 52 per cent believe giving the same funding to the Church of
      Scientology is a bad idea.

      "This isn't about religion, it's about social services unencumbered by the
      divisive nature of most religions. It's about what a diverse people have a
      right to expect from their government for their tax dollars. What they
      don't expect is the government to approve salvation in the soup line."

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      > Weird Worlds

      The Learning Channel aired a program this week entitled Weird Worlds,
      which included a description of Scientology by Steven Hassan.

      "Steve Hassan recited the entire OTIII story to an audience of millions."

      "Weird Worlds, and narrated by Dweezil Zappa."

      "They gave the most accurate portrayal of a session that I've ever seen
      outside the church (was demonstrated by an ex-auditor & pc.) After that
      this guy practically read OTIII (xenu) verbatim and then discussed how
      'body thetans' then were the next step to be handled."

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      > Clearwater

      A St. Petersburg Times editorial on April 30th praised the Citizens for a
      Better Clearwater group for reconsidering its decision to reject memorial
      bricks from Scientology critics.

      "Citizens for a Better Clearwater had exposed itself and the city
      government to charges of censorship and possible lawsuits by refusing to
      accept orders for the three bricks from members of a Scientology
      opposition group, the Lisa McPherson Trust. The citizens group had not
      considered that the clash might carry over to the brick sale it was using
      to raise funds to transform an ugly downtown alley into a mini-park. The
      group encouraged individuals, businesses and organizations to buy bricks
      and have them imprinted with special messages.

      "Everything was going swimmingly until members of the Trust sent in an
      order. They wanted a brick to memorialize McPherson with the words,
      'Remember Lisa McPherson 1959-1995.' A secret committee of the Citizens
      rejected the order and shut down the fundraiser, saying the messages would
      not contribute to 'community harmony' and were ordered merely to create
      dissension, particularly since the alley borders a Scientology building.
      Trust members argued that their constitutional right to free speech in the
      public project had been denied - it had - and soon lawyers were involved
      on both sides.

      "Cooler heads now have prevailed, fortunately. Clearwater didn't need
      another thing to squabble over downtown."

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      > Dianetics Day

      Christopher Wood posted an email sent to him promoting Dianetics Day, the
      anniversary of the 1950 book by L. Ron Hubbard.

      "The Hubbard Dianetics Foundation is inviting you to attend the 51st
      Anniversary of Dianetics, which will be celebrated on May 12th around the
      world. You will see and learn for yourself how Dianetics has impacted on
      the lives of millions, how L. Ron Hubbard's breakthrough discovery has
      lead to greater happiness, self-confidence and what it is exactly that is
      stopping this in your life. The Dianetics Foundation staff will be on hand
      to answer questions and direct you as to how, through Dianetics, you can
      achieve the happiness, trust and confidence you've always wanted.

      "Maud Goodwin

      On May 5th the Anchorage Daily News reported the Mission of Anchorage's
      plans to observe the anniversary.

      "The Church of Scientology's Mission of Anchorage plans to observe the
      51st anniversary of the publication of 'Dianetics, the Modern Science of
      Mental Health,' a book that some in the faith believe to be the first to
      explain the workings of the human mind. The event is at 6 p.m. May 19 at
      1300 E. 68th Ave., Suite 112."

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      > Reed Slatkin

      The Los Angeles Times reported on May 2nd that Scientologist and Earthlink
      board member Reed Slatkin has been accused of operating a Ponzi scheme to
      bilk investors, including many fellow Scientologists, out of $35 million.

      "Slatkin - a Santa Barbara socialite and venture capitalist - also is
      under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for his
      financial activities, which allegedly included a day-trading operation
      that promised annual returns of up to 60%.

      "Investors have filed at least three lawsuits accusing Slatkin of
      defrauding them of more than $35 million, and the size of the potential
      losses could grow. Attorneys say Slatkin invested more than $300 million
      for a nationwide network of more than 100 friends, business partners and
      members of the Church of Scientology, to which Slatkin belongs.

      "Slatkin resigned from EarthLink's board of directors Thursday, the day a
      meeting of Slatkin's East Coast creditors was held in Washington, lawyers
      for the investors said. More than 80 investors attended a second
      creditors' meeting Monday at the Santa Monica offices of Slatkin's
      securities lawyer, Gerald E. Boltz. The meeting included representatives
      of a group of Scientologists who had invested more than $250 million with
      Slatkin, attorneys said.

      "A lawyer for the Scientology investors, Michael A. Sherman, said Tuesday
      that he had no comment about the case or whether his clients would sue
      Slatkin. Boltz confirmed that Slatkin was a member of the Church of
      Scientology, a religion founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard
      and adhered to by a number of Hollywood celebrities.

      "The plaintiff in the Santa Barbara suit, retired venture capitalist John
      K. Poitras, said he invested most of his life's savings with Slatkin.
      Poitras is not a Scientologist and lives in the Northern California
      community of Woodside. In December 2000, Poitras said, Slatkin told him
      about a computerized day-trading program he had developed that could
      generate 50% to 60% annual returns. According to the lawsuit, Poitras
      invested $5 million with Slatkin, then an additional $10 million in
      February, which was to be invested in an account that Poitras was supposed
      to be able to tap with 48 hours' notice. When Poitras changed his mind
      about the second investment, however, Slatkin didn't return the money, the
      lawsuit alleges. Poitras' attorney, Richard S. Conn, said it appeared
      Slatkin was using money collected from recent investors to pay returns to
      earlier investors - an investment fraud commonly known as a Ponzi scheme."

      From the Associated Press on May 2nd:

      "Slatkin will file for Chapter 11 financial reorganization this week, said
      one of his attorneys, bankruptcy specialist Richard M. Pachulski. Brian
      A. Sun, a Santa Monica criminal lawyer representing Slatkin, said his
      client will cooperate with SEC investigators. 'It is our intention ... to
      cooperate with the investors and authorities in trying to locate and
      maximize the assets or the funds that are out there,' Sun said. SEC
      officials declined to comment on their investigation."

      From Agence France Presse on May 3rd:

      "One of the founders of EarthLink, a leading US Internet service provider,
      is being probed by regulators for running an alleged multimillion dollar
      illegal investing scam. Atlanta-based EarthLink's spokesman Dan Greenfield
      confirmed reports that a founding board member and investor, Reed Slatkin,
      is under federal investigation for defrauding investors. According to the
      reports, Slatkin is suspected of running a multimillion dollar 'Ponzi'
      scheme, in which investors are paid returns from the money lent by earlier

      From TheStandard.com on May 3rd:

      "A co-founder of EarthLink has been tied to a bizarre Ponzi scheme
      involving day-trading and Scientology. The Los Angeles Times broke the
      story that Reed Slatkin, venture capitalist co-founder of the ISP
      EarthLink, is accused of bilking investors of more than $35 million.
      Slatkin is not registered with the SEC as an investment advisor, but he
      still persuaded more than 100 people to invest more than $300 million in a
      day-trading operation promising annual returns of up to 60 percent. It
      seems he used money from earlier investors to pay later investors - the
      same theory behind those chain letters that promise to make you rich if
      you send five people a dollar. Slatkin, a Scientologist, is also accused
      of ripping off a group of fellow church members to the tune of $250

      From the Los Angeles Times on May 4th:

      "EarthLink Inc. co-founder Reed E. Slatkin told some of his clients in
      January 2000 that he was getting out of the money-management business, but
      instead continued to accept new investments until early this year. Slatkin
      told the investors in a Jan. 7, 2000, letter that 'a question again has
      been raised by the [Securities and Exchange Commission] whether I should
      be registered as an investment advisor' - normally a requirement for
      anyone investing large sums on behalf of others. As a result, Slatkin
      said, he had decided 'to end this endeavor' and would give investors back
      their money.

      "According to lawsuits filed by investors, Slatkin was still actively
      soliciting funds from new investors in December, and was accepting new
      investments as recently as this February.

      "Slatkin filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, listing debts
      of more than $100 million.

      "According to court filings and investor interviews, Slatkin told
      investors he was managing their money 'as a friend,' but he accepted - and
      expected - fees for his services. Federal securities law requires money
      managers who accept compensation to register as an investment advisor,
      which Slatkin never did, according to SEC officials."

      From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 4th:

      "Several of EarthLink's top executives were also investors with Reed
      Slatkin, one of the company's founders who has been accused in lawsuits of
      bilking investors out of millions of dollars. Sky Dayton, chairman of the
      Atlanta-based Internet service provider, and Chief Executive Garry Betty
      were among investors with Slatkin, said EarthLink spokesman Dan

      "Slatkin himself is referred to as a co-founder of the company. Slatkin
      and a partner contributed $100,000 to the formation of EarthLink in 1994.
      Slatkin, who was a board member, never had any say in the day-to-day
      running of the company, Greenfield said."

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      > Fighting Suppression

      An article in Scientology's Freewinds magazine describes efforts against
      the Lisa McPherson Trust.

      "I announced my new intentions to create a safe environment to disseminate
      into, but found that my home town had a little clan of SPs. I began to
      attack them. My attack turned into the Foundation for Religious Tolerance
      which I founded. This Foundation confronts any critics of Scientology and
      exposes them for what they really are - hate groups.

      "Since I founded the Foundation for Religious Tolerance I've done TV
      shows, radio shows, and many other activities exposing the SPs. The
      Foundation was even quoted in a local newspaper announcing that the SPs in
      my town were nothing more than a hate group.

      "With all the activities against them from my Foundation, these SPs are
      going wild! They now believe that the Foundation for Religious Tolerance
      is a worldwide organization attacking them from many sides and from many
      countries.' Just to give you an idea of the power of OT Hatting, would you
      like to know how many people comprise this vast worldwide organization
      that has the SPs running scared? Just one, me! -- M.D."

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      > Germany

      Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on May 3rd that Scientology planned a What
      is Scientology exhibit in Munich.

      "The expenses for the campaign are enormous: with its own exhibition
      entitled 'What is Scientology?' the controversial organization is
      recruiting for its goals and, as a focus point, for its path to combating
      drugs. 25 tons of material were trucked in for the show, which Hollywood
      actress Anne Archer will open tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. on 800 square meters
      in an auction building on 11 Reichenbachplatz in Beiseln. Up to May 18 the
      exhibition will stay in Munich, before then it was in Stuttgart where
      according to Scientology statements they are said to have had 12,000

      "There was some fuss over the English 'Jive Aces' band who accompanied the
      campaign through Europe and who will also play in the exhibition opening
      in Munich. For the next two weeks the band has booked seven other
      appearances - to be sure most of the club operators did not know who they
      were to have on stage, as 'Jazzbar Vogler' host Thomas Vogler complained.
      While the 'Jive Aces' openly advertise for the so-called 'Church of
      Scientology International' on their home page, there was nothing about
      that on the applications for the club operators."

      Muenstersche Zeitung reported on March 21st that a youth group held a
      seminar to expose the dangers of Scientology.

      "Twenty-five members of the Rural Youth met in the Youth building on
      Monday in order to receive information on the dangers inherent in
      Scientology. To start off with the members of the audience were asked by
      the speaker, not named for security reasons, to write down on cards the
      two goals in life most important to them and to tack the cards up on the
      wall. The next stretch was about naming character traits which would cause
      the achievement of these goals to fail. It was made absolutely clear that
      every person has weaknesses. The Scientology movement was said to operate
      on these weak points to attract members into its spell.

      "The classical bait is the free personality test which is supposed to give
      a person insight into his 'ruin.' Once the alleged faults are revealed,
      the evaluating Scientology member puts everything into cleverly blowing
      the problem out of proportion and, simultaneously, offering a solution.
      Naturally that consists of buying a reasonably priced Communication course
      from the organization. Yet in the introductory course, which is as good as
      harmless, an intense, systematic indoctrination is already taking place
      unnoticed. This increases over the course of the person's 'cult career' to
      complete consciousness control and leads to debilitative modifications to

      "'Knowing the methods and how they work offer the best protection against
      slipping into the clutches of this type of organization,' said the

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      > Jesse Prince

      Two private investigators hired by Scientology in the Jesse Prince
      marijuana trial will be compelled to testify as to their role in the case.

      "Both of the private investigators involved in this case were hired by a
      third party not necessarily known at this time. The state and defense
      agree that a witness, who is one of the investigators and believed by the
      defense to be the confidential informant was specifically instructed to
      find unethical or illegal activities the defendant was involved in. That
      information would be relevant, that is, the information would tend to
      prove or disprove a fact of consequence to the outcome of the case.

      "Mr. Barry Gaston attempts to clarify his position regarding references to
      religious beliefs, practices and doctrines of the Church of Scientology.
      He states, 'should this Court entertain whether or not the Defendant's
      allegations regarding the existence and interpretation of the 'fair game'
      policy (despite the Church's assertions to the contrary) could form a
      legal defense then this Court would, in fact, be interpreting Church
      beliefs, practices and doctrines.' Mr. Gaston is a witness in this case
      and therefore not a party thereto. While he has standing to challenge the
      abrogation of the private investigator privilege, he has no standing to
      object to potential defenses to be raised or what discovery methods can be
      used to raise them. If the state chooses, prior to trial, to move this
      court to exclude references to the so-called 'fair game' policy then the
      court will entertain such a motion.

      "This court again finds no merit in the assertion of Mr. Gaston that
      allowing the defendant to investigate and possibly assert any particular,
      defense in any way amounts to the court 'interpreting' Church practices,
      beliefs or doctrines."

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      > Keith Henson

      Keith Henson posted an update to his bankruptcy case, in which Scientology
      is trying to disqualify the judge.

      "At the last hearing he expressed dismay at the cult wanting 15 days for
      trial, with four law firms and a daily cost of at least $10,000, not to
      mention the expense to the court and all the other court business which
      would have to be pushed back. Rosen objected at a near violence level. So
      the cult filed a motion to recuse the judge. The exhibits, an inch thick,
      were almost 'Henson's greatest hits.'

      "The exhibits include Hogan's unsupported accusation that I was taking
      about bombs at an airline counter. The motion is 24 pages of DA against

      From the response to the motion to remove the judge:

      "It is undisputed that the only asset of any consequence in this case is
      Debtor's residence, which, when this case was filed three years ago, was
      allegedly fully protected by an allowed homestead exemption. There is no
      issue in this case of hidden assets. RTC may argue that it uncovered an
      unscheduled life insurance policy having a cash value that would be
      exemptable; and it may contend that three unremarkable paintings having a
      value less than $10,000 belong to Debtor or his wife, rather than Debtor's
      daughter, as the former two contend. After a scorched earth campaign of
      discovery, RTC has little to show for its efforts except a mountain of
      trivial documents.

      "RTC is not really interested in the legal issues at stake here; rather,
      they are simply a means to the end of crushing the Debtor. Vexing an RTC
      dissenter with excessive and burdensome if not frivolous litigation is
      part of the RTC agenda. It's known as 'fair game' and is described in
      Church of Scientology vs Wollersheim. 'The cult, according to written
      policy, will use any means legal or illegal to subvert and frustrate
      judicial process against them, and will willingly and knowingly abuse
      judicial process in order to attack perceived enemies.'

      "RTC was also guilty of trying to present evidence and actually presenting
      some evidence at trial without objection that had little to do with the
      issues but was apparently designed to try and make Henson look like a

      "Judge March of the Central District was given a taste of this case when
      RTC traipsed down there to depose Debtor's daughter, Amber, regarding her
      college expenses and the ownership of the three paintings mentioned above.
      'I don't think I've even seen a Chapter 13 docket that ran 34 pages in
      this district. I don't think I've ever seen a Chapter 13 case where so
      many people have had either 2004 exams or depositions taken. It's
      absolutely amazing.'"

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      > Protest Summary

      Critics protested Scientology orgs on March 5th to mark Dianetics Day.
      Jeff Jacobsen reported a protest in Clearwater.

      "I started picketing across the street from the Ft. Harrison Hotel at
      10am. Almost immediately the blonde PI was watching me through a window. A
      security guy came out and started videotaping me. The blonde PI and the
      Italian PI came out and videotaped me too. So there were 3 people
      videotaping this lone picketer, PLUS the 2 permanent cameras no doubt.

      "About 10:30 2 more picketers arrived. About 10:45 another, and about 11
      another. So 5 picketers in all. We picketed across from the Ft. Harrison
      Hotel until 1pm when we went over to the Coachman building at Ft. Harrison
      Ave. and Cleveland St."

      "Wynot" and "Ethercat" protested in Atlanta.

      "Mad_Kow joined us soon, and we began picketing in earnest, sharing our
      message with the traffic. There was a small amount of traffic out of the
      org, including two uniformed Sea Ogres. I later saw another SOer come out
      and stand in the parking lot glaring at us.

      "A bit after noon Susan came out toting a camera with a longish telephoto
      lens to take pictures of us. She then asked me if I still worked on a
      particular street. I said she should follow me around and find out. Susan
      responded by acting a little huffy, and saying SHE had a life, and three
      children, and a husband! I asked her how her new kid was doing. She
      responded in a fashion befitting a doting mother, and I told her I was
      happy for her.

      "We stayed 'til 1:00, then retired to a pleasant lunch. Mad_Kow picketed
      solo for a few minutes while EC and I were putting up our signs. In two
      hours we had received 122 acks, and Kow told us he had 5 more while

      "Susan appeared to want to distract Mad Kow and I with her conversation
      and photo-taking, but was unsuccessful with us, since Wynot was the
      designated talker for the day. We saw John (famous from the 'crimes
      picket') arrive, but he was in better control of his reactive mind today,
      and just went into the org. A friendly Dekalb county police officer drove
      by at one point, waving at us, and saying to just call if we needed them.

      "The literature box by the sidewalk which previously has contained 'What
      is Scientology?' booklets held information on the dangerous Purification
      today. Though they're for the public to take and read, we didn't take one,
      as likely that would be used as an excuse to accuse us of stealing. The
      little garden areas, which Linda had planted in 1999, and which also had
      flowers last year, appeared neglected this year."

      Gregg Hagglund protested in Toronto.

      "Picketers: Slippery Jim, Mike Argue, Ron Sharp, Kaeli, Gregg.
      Observer/photographer: Zeratul. Picket Count; 250 Xenu Specials. Picket
      Duration: 2 hours. 1PM to 3PM.

      "Scientology only fielded three women and Tom Schuck eventually on video
      camera. One of the women was Jacky Matz. I had lots of fun pointing out
      her criminality to passersby, as well as the Toronto Org conviction. It
      was also the main topic on the reverse of our Roland Xenu Specials.

      "They gave out their fliers and called us criminals and perverts and we
      gave out our fliers which revealed Xenu and showed the criminality of the
      Co$. We traded quips and generally kept things polite. The OSA Volunteer
      Goon Squad made no appearance. Early in the picket Slippery Jim and I
      were able to have some comm with the handful of students on course. We
      made sure they understood it was the Body Thetans and Clusters they needed
      to worry about. And the Flying Saucers and evil Aliens as well as the
      Revenge of Xenu.

      "New Picket Signs: 'Free Speech Interferes with Scientology', 'Science
      Fiction, Science Fantasy, Science Fraud, Scientology', 'Fraud, Fakery,
      Greed, Flying Saucers: Scientology', 'Criminal Cult of Scientology
      Convicted In Canada.'"

      Tory Bezazian reported on a protest in Los Angeles.

      "As we started to walk, out came a XENU.NET sign, held by a gentleman
      named Chris from up North. He had brought XENU.NET hats for both John and
      I. Chris announced this was his 'virgin picket', and we all greeted each
      other. We walked around the Complex once and all three were amazed at how
      totally empty it was. We didn't see anyone except one security officer in
      the entire Complex at the start, at 10:30. This is a dramatic change from
      years ago when the Complex was bustling with people all over the place,
      from every org.

      "After one time around the Complex, the SPL (Scientology Parishioners
      League that I was the ED of prior to leaving last July) arrived. They had
      giant signs against Psychiatry and black balloons. The funny thing is all
      that did was add to our picket! Now we looked considerably larger! We
      would walk down L RON HUBBARD WAY, and the SPL would follow along, trying
      to block our signs. As we would turn the corners off of LRH way, the SPL
      would stop each time. I guess they now don't care if the world sees
      'XENU.NET', they just don't want the staff to see it!"

      Arnie Lerma protested in Washington, DC.

      "Very quiet picket in DC. Wes Fager (ex-real-CAN), myself and Mr T.
      Thierry OSA Duchanac came out to take pictures Sylvia OSA Stanard came out
      to ask about my girlfriend? I replied why don't you ask your OTs? Oh, but
      there are NO OTS IN Scientology.

      "Slogans used: 'NO OTS THERE, No OTs There, Just a dwarf'

      "They didn't send out any 'body routers'. My sign said: 'Warning -
      Entering Greedy Cult Zone RED ARROW - Scientology LIES."

      Kristi Wachter and Phil Scott protested in San Francisco.

      "Picketers: Peaches, Phil Scott, Keith Henson, Arel Lucas, Phr, Kristi.
      Handlers: Jeff, Craig, Robin, No-Longer-(As)-Nasty Mark Number of Handouts
      given away: well over 250.

      "Shortly after we arrived, No-Longer-(As)-Nasty Mark came over to me for a
      chat. All he wanted to talk about, though, was psychiatry, which I have
      declined to talk about at pickets, as I consider it a distraction. I told
      him I didn't want to discuss that, and he responded by talking about only
      that, with no response from me, for about 15 minutes. After a while, he
      tried talking to Peaches, who told him loudly and unmistakably that she
      didn't want to talk to him at all about anything. He persisted, so she
      said at the top of her lungs, 'Get away from me! This Scientologist is
      harassing me! He won't leave me alone!' - which pretty much put a stop to
      his hassling her.

      "I told him I thought it was rude to keep trying to talk to someone who'd
      said she didn't want to talk to him, and he said 'Oh, you think you're
      polite, bitch?' - so alas, I can't honestly call him No-Longer-Nasty Mark.
      A bit later he went inside and re-emerged, wearing a Psychiatry Kills
      t-shirt, and he and 3-4 other Scientologists picketed the org with big
      Psychiatry Kills and Psychiatry Destroys Lives signs. Peaches and I
      figured we'd let them have the picket to themselves for a bit, so we took
      a half-hour break (12:20-12:50), sitting on the curb, chatting, taking
      video, and handing out occasional fliers. Jeff came over at one point and
      asked what the strategy was, us sitting around, and I said 'We thought
      we'd let you guys do the picket.'

      "Phil Scott showed up around then and hung out with us, chatting up the
      Scientologists. Shortly thereafter, Keith Henson and Arel Lucas appeared.
      The two of them joined us, and each had conversations with their
      Scientology handlers. Arel's conversation with Craig was rather heated, as
      he kept goading her about hating him and she kept saying she didn't hate
      him or any Scientologist, she hated the organization they belong to.

      "I did have an excellent, brief conversation with a young Sea Org
      gentleman, Jamie. He asked what I had read that made me think Scientology
      was breaking the law, and I said 'A lot of things, but mostly my own
      reading of Scientology's own policies and my own reading of the law.' He
      asked what laws, and I explained how I believe presenting the OCA test and
      its evaluation as scientific was fraudulent. I gave him a flier with my
      e-mail address on it so he could e-mail me and I could point him to the
      studies on the net. He excused himself and showed the flier to Jeff
      Quiros, who slowly and gently got it away from him. I called over to Jamie
      that if he 'lost' my e-mail address he could always write me at

      "The cult members were out with very large placards 'Psychiatry Kills'
      etc. and one had a photo of a guy getting a pre frontal lobotomy, that
      would cure a person of ever wanting that done. I arrived with 200 bright
      red fliers with the totally vicious Rev Bagleys killer letter on it. I
      handed out about 100 of those and gave the rest to Peach and Kristi for

      "Arel was being ruthlessly harassed by the tall black guy with the video
      cam. The guy was taunting her, and kept taunting me too at every
      opportunity apparently trying to provoke a remark that he could capture on
      video and edit for use in court later. They were trying to get shots of
      all us critics with Keith so I obliged and they got about 90 pics as Keith
      and I discussed the frame up job they did on him in Hemet.

      "'Nasty' Mark spent quite a bit of time trying to convince me that Reed
      Slatkin just got caught in a down market, when that failed he argued that
      a ponzi scheme could happen to anyone on a bad day and that blaming the
      cult for it was unfair."

      Tim Walker protested the Tampa org.

      "Saturday from about 11 to 12, Me and my friend picketed in front of the
      Tampa Org. From what I've been told, that was the first time anybody ever
      demonstrated in front of the Tampa location. We had signs with messages
      that were directed more towards traffic than towards Scientologist. Nobody
      came out to talk to us, but some dude stopped his car and wanted to know
      why we were picketing. I gave him a couple of articles (Lopez article) to
      read. He said he wasn't a Scientologist, but I believe he was an

      "After we finished we talked to a nearby business owner and another person
      that seemed fairly familiar with Scientology. They don't like the cult
      very much. It was fairly uneventful, we saw about 7 different people in
      the lobby or going in or out of the place."

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      > Ritalin

      Reuters reported on April 27th that a lawsuit led by a Scientologist
      against psychiatrists and the manufacturer for promoting the drug Ritalin
      has been dismissed.

      "A federal judge in San Diego this week dismissed a lawsuit claiming that
      psychiatrists conspired with the maker of the drug Ritalin and others to
      promote its use for treating children with attention deficit/hyperactivity
      disorder. The judge also ruled that the plaintiffs must pay the legal fees
      of the defendants, including Ritalin manufacturer Novartis Pharmaceuticals
      Corp., a patient support group called Children and Adults with Attention
      Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and the American Psychiatric Association,
      the association said on Friday.

      "U.S. District Judge Rudi Brewster dismissed the case with prejudice,
      which prohibits it from being refiled, saying the complaint was without
      legal basis, and activities by defendants to advance medical understanding
      and treatment of the disorder were free speech protected under a special
      California statute, the defendants said. Attorneys for the plaintiffs,
      which include the Washington D.C. firm of Coale Cooley Lietz McInerny,
      were not available for comment.

      "The Psychiatric Association said the San Diego ruling throws into
      question whether similar lawsuits filed in Texas, Florida, New Jersey and
      Puerto Rico, will go forward."

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      > Russia

      A conference was held in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on April 23-25 to discuss
      totalitarian cults, including Scientology. From the statement made by the

      "We, participants of International Conference 'Totalitarian Cults - Threat
      of Twenty-First Century', are extremely anxious about uncontrolled
      activities of totalitarian sects (destructive cults), which has the
      character of an unmasked expansion, bearing an irretrievable loss to human
      health, violating fundamental human rights, threatening to family, society
      and state.

      "We believe that the state must be interested in unhindered activity and
      flourishing of traditional, culture-founding religions, professed by the
      majority of population, and in giving a support and help to them.

      "A totalitarian cult could be defined as an authoritarian organization,
      whose leaders seeking power over their adepts and their exploitation, hide
      their intentions behind religious, politico-religious, psychotherapeutic,
      health care, educational, pseudo-scientific, culturological and other

      "Totalitarian sects practice fraud, hiding their intentions and obtrusive
      propaganda to attract new adepts. They censor the information coming to
      their members, and use other unethical methods of control over
      personality, psychological pressure, threatening and other means in order
      to keep the adepts in the organization. Thus the totalitarian sects
      violate the human right for a free informative choice of ideology and way
      of life.

      "Currently, totalitarian sects (destructive cults) are infiltrating
      actively in educational institutions, health care system, state
      authorities, industrial and commercial structures. They often change their
      names and disguise themselves, acting in confessional anonymity or under
      pseudonyms, under cover of specially created fictitious organizations,
      whose relation to the cult is not advertised or even concealed.

      "We would like to appeal to mass media to warn all the people about the
      danger of destructive cults. In our opinion those, who work in secondary
      and higher educational systems, should inform pupils and students about
      existence and activities of totalitarian sects.

      Adopted on April, 25, 2001 unanimously by 201 participant of the
      Conference, representing 7 countries of the world (Canada, China, Cyprus,
      Denmark, France, Germany, Russia) and 22 dioceses of the Russian Orthodox

      Gerry Armstrong participated in the conference.

      "I participated in a 3 day conference in Nizhny Novgorod, which at least
      250 people attended, and which I believe was very successful. I also gave
      3 television interviews, one of which aired while I was in Russia and the
      other two will be in the next couple of weeks. In addition to the
      conference, I gave two other talks to university classes and a talk to the
      parishioners of an Orthodox Church in Moscow."

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      > Visas

      The Financial Times reported on May 1st that U.S. Senator Gordon Smith
      warned of retaliation against Western European countries for alleged
      discrimination against minority religions and cults.

      "Members of the US Senate's influential foreign relations committee are
      considering retaliatory visa restrictions for some European visitors if
      their governments do not ease restrictions on US citizens involved in
      minority religions, such as the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
      Day Saints and the Church of Scientology.

      "Senator Gordon Smith on Tuesday warned about what he said was increased
      hostility toward smaller and newer religious movements in France, Belgium,
      Germany and Austria. At a hearing he chaired on the issue, he suggested
      imposing retaliatory sanctions, saying the US could choose to decline
      visas to European church groups and journalists.

      "The hearing focused particularly on France, which on Thursday is expected
      to consider legislation which the US State Department views as a
      potentially dangerous affront to religious freedom. The legislation, which
      is aimed at sects, would criminalise 'mental manipulation' and dissolve
      religious groups if one or more of its leaders committed serious crimes,
      said Elizabeth Clark, associate director of international law and
      religious studies at Brigham Young, a Mormon university in Utah, in her
      testimony on Tuesday."

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      > Ambassador

      The Washington Post reported on May 2nd that a probable replacement for
      Robert Seipel, ambassador at large for religious liberty will be named.
      Seipel testified before a House of Representatives committee on behalf of

      "The likely pick to be the first person to occupy the post? John Hanford,
      a congressional fellow who for more than a decade has worked doggedly on
      religious persecution cases worldwide, using the office of Sen. Richard
      Lugar (R-Ind.) as a base.

      "Some on the religious right are grumbling about opposing Hanford. They
      would prefer a well-known, pyrotechnic type -- say, an Elliott Abrams,
      chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom."

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      > John Mappin

      The Observer reported on May 6th that a Scientologist is being sued by a
      news investigator for fraud in a deal to make a film about his life.

      "He is best known for rummaging through the dustbins of the rich and
      famous. But Benjamin Pell has betrayed an appetite for Hollywood glory in
      a bizarre legal action launched against John Mappin, an heir to the Mappin
      and Webb jewelry empire. Pell is accusing Mappin of hoodwinking him out of
      nearly 80,000 pounds with empty promises to turn his story into 'the
      biggest movie of all time'.

      "He says he handed the money over to pay the travel costs and expenses of
      an American 'filmmaker' introduced to him by Mappin. He claims the man,
      allegedly described by Mappin as 'the most powerful person in Hollywood',
      turned out to be a hairdresser whom Mappin met at a Scientology meeting.
      Pell says nothing came of the movie. He wants his money back and is
      accusing Mappin of fraudulent misrepresentation. Mappin denies the
      allegations and says he is going to file a counterclaim against Pell.

      "Mappin allegedly said the movie would be based on Pell's life story and
      would be 'a $10 million blockbuster', but that it could only be made
      properly by one man - William Iain Jones. Mappin allegedly said Jones had
      introduced John Travolta to Quentin Tarantino 'and secured him the part in
      Pulp Fiction'. Pell claims that Mappin offered to introduce him to Jones.
      But he says he was told he would have to pay the US producer 10,000
      pounds. Pell handed over a further 3,375 pounds to cover accommodation
      costs. Pell claims he first met Jones a few weeks later at London's Four
      Seasons Hotel. At that point, he says, an agreement was struck and Jones
      filmed him at work as a prelude to the movie project.

      "According to Pell's statement of claim, Mappin later persuaded him to pay
      additional sums totaling more than 53,000 pounds to cover Jones's
      expenses. Meanwhile, he says, Mappin assured him that Jones was busy at
      work on the project in California. By March 2000, Pell says he was
      becoming suspicious. When Mappin allegedly asked him for a further 40,000
      pounds, he refused. He accuses Mappin of 'creating a sham appearance that
      a bona fide film was being made' to get as much of his money as possible.

      "Pell also says Jones 'was neither well-known nor well-connected nor
      highly influential nor trustworthy nor experienced' as a producer. 'In
      fact, Mr Jones was not a qualified film producer at all; rather, he was a

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      > Panda Software

      The Register published an article on Panda Software's connections to
      Scientology on May 3rd.

      "Antivirus software firm Panda Software has been linked to the Church of
      Scientology. A French national newspaper has reported its founder has made
      donations to an organisation closely linked to the cult. Mikel
      Urizarbarrena is said to have made donations to the World Institute of
      Scientology Enterprises (WISE), an US-based association of 2,500 companies
      directed or controlled by Scientologists.

      "Panda's French head is also a member of the sect. The issue has caused a
      wave of controversy among French organisations who fear they have bought
      security software that might be spyware. The French are scandalised by
      the idea that an estimated six to nine per cent of the revenues paid by
      its police ministry for Panda's Global Virus Insurance might have gone
      into the coffers of the Church, which was founded by L Ron Hubbard."

      From a letter to The Register by Eugene Andres.

      "Completely apart from the possible religious affiliations of the various
      people mentioned in the article, the fact is that Scientology is fully
      recognized as a bona-fide religion in the U.S. - not-for-profit,
      tax-exempt and on the same level as e.g. the Catholic Church or the Church
      of England. It's also been fully recognized in other countries, and as far
      as I know, it's already pretty much on its way towards complete religious
      recognition in the U.K. Neither these facts, and not even the web address
      of the Church are mentioned in the article. There isn't even a pretense of
      being unbiased - just pure, undistilled anti-religious bigotry.

      "Both the German and then the French governments have been repeatedly
      accused of violating religious freedom in reports from prestigious
      entities, like the U.S. Department of State, the European Council, etc.
      and it seems when anti-religious bigots can't find anything wrong with
      someone they hate, the next step for them is to spread a smear campaign.
      Curiously enough, some of the politicians most active in these black
      propaganda campaigns HAVE been indicted in the past for various corruption
      charges and/or are under investigation for them right now."

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