Volume 0, Issue 31 vom 26. 11. 1995
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review
Volume 0, Issue 31
by Rod Keller [email@example.com]
- Who is AB?
- Arnie's Deposition
- Claims of Clears
- Miscavige Deposition
- Condition Enemy
- Past Lives
- Henry Update
- Cult vs. David Mayo
- Threats in Memphis
- Spurlock v. FBI
- Time, Victory or Defeat?
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review summarizes the most significant
postings from the Usenet group Alt.religion.scientology for the preceding
week for the benefit of those who can't follow the group as closely as
they'd like. Out of thousands of postings, I attempt to include news of
significant events, new affidavits, court rulings, new contributors,
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The surprising and somewhat confusing story of Jan Peter Mante (aka Snorri
Helgarsson aka Newkid) unfolded in numerous postings with week. Excerpts
from articles in the November 18th issue of Trouw, a Dutch national
"In close collaboration with the US embassy, the scientology church has
exposed a swindler. The man tried to sell secret US-government documents
to the cult.
"The documents would allegedly prove that the US government was supporting
the Dutch electronic anti-scientology movement. The blackmailer turned out
to be employed as computer-programmer on the US embassy. The programmer,
Jan Peter Mante, has been fired this week. The collaboration between the
cult and the embassy is extremely remarkable: the cult and the US
government have had many disputes in the past.
"US citizen Frank Marshall, who negotiated with Mante on behalf of the
cult and is consultant to a law-firm in the States, regularly reported to
the US embassy. Mante claims never to have been interested in money. His
only goal was to play a nasty trick on the cult that he hates.
"When the cult seized the computers of the Dutch Internet-provider XS4ALL,
he decided the time to act had arrived. Mante recorded the negotiations on
audio-tape and was hoping to be able to show the climax, the actual
transaction, to the world press. But his girlfriend, with whom he shared
all his secrets, betrayed him to scientology."
Jan clarified some details in a series of posts. Here are some excerpts
from the series.
"Why did I do it, as the Dutch action was gaining momentum and I began
studying that what is the real nature of this criminal cult, I became over
motivated. I found that the Co$ is totally obsessed with the notion of a
global conspiracy against them which brought me on the idea to play into
that. First the objective was just to waist there time, they were already
stressed out and I figured that there would be no harm in increasing that
"At first they wanted communication between myself and Karin Spaink,
Felipe Rodriquez and other prominent Co$ opponents. There was no way in
which I could do that, and I NEVER DID THAT. Unfortunately it now expires
that the one person who I fully trusted betrayed my trust and delivered
just that for nothing more that sandwiches and cigarettes. It is that what
hurts me the most at this time.
"In the course of negotiations it became clear that it required higher
authority to aprove a million dollar's, and that Marshall was going to
call in such authority. This lead me to the idea to prolong the operation
in the hope that such higher authority would indeed arrive.
"My true identity and employer only become known during the last meeting
during which I produced a fake classified cable which Frank Marshall could
look at after which I destroyed it. I told him that the whole deal would
consist of 22 documents outlining the whole strategy.
"On the subject of Jennifer Kadir there are some things I would like to
clarify. At the moment she is getting all the blame for what happened and
it is true that she betrayed me in the worst possible way and there is no
way to forgive her. There are however a possible explanation for what she
did. First the manner in which she was fired from the Embassy was below
any standards, she was accused of incompetence but I know for a fact that
this wasn't the case, she was overly curious and it appears to me and her
that she was framed. When she became jobless she never received any social
benefits. Reasons for that are very unclear and she began to see her
misfortune as the result of an campaign against her aiming at totally
"I knew her and indeed trusted her, I saw her and spoke so often about her
feelings and events in her live. I just cannot make sense out all of this.
It is clear that I was totally blind for who and what she really is. And
what that is I don't know, yes I helped her in her problems as she helped
me with some problems of my own.
"It is clear to me now that nothing she said or did was true and that I
went for her trap with my eyes open and still not able to see. It is so
hard to talk of this as it breaks me up inside.
"Frank Marshall was a PI who came in the picture when my *friend* Jennifer
Kadir contacted the Co$, or more exact the OSA office in Amsterdam. She
spoke with Julia Rijnvis who at that time was attempting to deal with the
Dutch Protest Action, and convinced her that I was part of a CIA
conspiracy against the Co$. This was two weeks before I ever thought up
the scheme to frame the Co$.
"In this way Jennifer initiated the plan before it was ever conceived. The
frame was such that I would have been able to catch the Co$ in the act of
buying Government Documents, pictures, press etc,. Pay them back for what
they did to so many others. At any rate it looks that OSA took the thing
serious, and got a PI in (Frank Marshall). Frank Marshall was not a Church
Attorney. When I initiated contact to Alan Cartwright (Two weeks later)
Marshall joined in the first meeting. The Embassy Security Office was
only contacted later, most likely after the fifth meeting when they found
that the cable they received was a fake.
"Whether they discovered that it was faked, or whether Jennifer informed
them or whether the was a Co$ member in the Embassy, is still unclear.
What is clear however is that they were willing and ready to obtain
documents, which would proof their conspiracy hangup.
"The scenario as I now see it is that first Jennifer Kadir got in contact
with Julia Rijnvis in Amsterdam, subsequently Julia provided an opening
for her to get in contact with higher levels in your organization. She
convinced them that I would have the information and that she would be
able to get it from me, because of her influence on me.
"Initially your PI had to work out the deal, but than something went
wrong, Jennifer began to realize that 1) I wasn't seeking to keep the
money (the whole thing was to be exposed to the press) and 2) the
information was faked. She turned around and told Marshall of the fact
that they would have been had."
Who is AB?
New evidence was released this week on the identity of AB, the anonymous
poster tracked down by the cult through the Penet remailer and Caltech.
The post was made by Biz <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
"-AB- was revealed to be email@example.com. The following will show
that the tc account was forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org (T. Rau).
"Welcome to the InterNIC Directory and Database Server.
Enter person and keys (blank to exit) --> tc alumni caltech edu
( 1) SMTP_Finger_Search: checking domain alumni.caltech.edu
Mail for T. Rau is forwarded to email@example.com
NOTE: this is a domain mail forwarding arrangement - so mail intended
for 'tc' should be addressed to 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.
"So mail sent to email@example.com hits a .forward file and is
redirected to firstname.lastname@example.org. It appears that this person (T.G.
Rau) is the mysterious -AB-."
Andy Milne this week posted a portion of Arnie's deposition in his case
vs. the RTC.
"Extract from Lerma's deposition of October 17, 1995:
Q: Was it your desire to bring the free zone people and the Factnet kind
of people together?
A: Not necessarily keep them together -- you know, bring them together,
just not --
"Q: Just not alienate them?
A: Alienate everybody.
"Q: And what about Factnet did you think might alienate the free zone?
A: Larry's abrasive attitude.
"Q: You found Larry to be abrasive?
A: Larry, you know, he's not the easiest guy to deal with."
This was not only a feeble Dead Agent attack, it also appears to have been
illegally revealed, as Arnie Lerma reported.
"You are in DEEP shit pal, Judge Brinkema SEALED this deposition at RTC's
request. It is a SEALED COURT DOCUMENT! (unlike what I posted to the net,
that the lawsuit is all about - an OPEN PUBLIC RECORD)"
Claims of Clears
Steve Holroyd posted an ad he recently came across in the West End Extra
which lists the current claims of the cult for the state of "clear".
'Do you want more out of life?'
Become a Scientology Clear
A Scientology Clear has
- Over 135 IQ
- Creative imagination
- Amazing vitality
- Deep relaxation
- Good memory
- Strong willpower
- Radiant health
- Magnetic personality
- Good self control
If you would like to have all these qualities then look into Scientology.
Shelley Thomson (aka Biased Journalism) posted an update this week on
plans to depose David Miscavige, Chairman of the RTC.
"The rumor that David Miscavige, head of the church of scientology, will
be deposed in the lawsuit brought by the Religious Technology Corporation
against Arnoldo Lerma, Digital Gateway, the Washington Post, Richard Leiby
and Marc Fisher lawsuit is true. He will be deposed by attorneys for Lerma
and Digital Gateway.
"A date for the deposition will be set within a week. If the parties fail
to agree, the Judge will set the date herself. The location will be in a
place chosen by the defendant's law firm, probably in the city of Los
"The church struggled desperately to prevent this outcome. When the
deposition was first asked for, the RTC made a motion to quash the
deposition. The motion was opposed by the attorneys for Lerma and Digital
Gateway. A hearing was held on the subject last Thursday before Judge
Leonie Brinkema, who denied the motion to quash.
"The RTC then made a request for an emergency hearing to quash the
deposition. The emergency hearing was held on the following Friday. The
request was denied. This is apparently a final decision.
"The RTC vs. Lerma et al. lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial on January
A case was posted this week that indicates cult members employ the "Lower
Level" conditions when dealing with their employees.
"My boss is into Scientology. He's very high up, an auditor or something.
We recently got into an argument, and I cussed him out.I later came back
and apologized. Now he won't let me come back to work. He says I took on
the look of the 'enemy', and I need to do something to get back into the
'group'. I need to come up with some sort of punishment for myself. WHAT
SHOULD I DO? I've lost a lot of sleep, let alone money already over this.
Please e-mail me or post here. Thanks."
Rogue Agent posted the part of the tech that indicates what the employee
"HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex Remimeo
HCO Policy Letter of 18 October 1967
"ENEMY SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any
means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist.
May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed."
Former cult member and current supporter Wolftrip posted excerpts from
Freewinds magazine concerning past lives and implants.
"WARNING! SEVERE TURBULENCE AHEAD you are piloting your way through a
highly charged part of the track - through an incident the pc hasn't seen
in 200 lifetimes. Miss a read and you could wrap the case in a ball.
Wouldn't you want to fly with the best instrumentation possible?
"EARTH WAS COLONIZED 35,000 YEARS AGO. (picture of ice cubes) YOU ARRIVED
IN AN ICE CUBE.... Where were you 35,000 years ago? And what incidents lie
buried in human memory? Discover the 'coffee grinder' incident, called Fac
One, which laid in a bone deep somatic with a series of electronic
stuttering 'baps'. The halver, which is at the root of religious
aberration, and many other implant incidents which have been found common
to all preclears on earth. Discover also the 'Injected Entities' - the
source of voices in your mind, and much more. Read this cold-blooded,
factual account of your past, and be protected the next time you find
yourself *between lives*"
Robert Clark (aka henry) posted this week to publicize his need for
housing in the wake of an attempt by the cult to frame him for making bomb
"this is the deal. i need _temporary_ crash-space, preferably somewhere in
Pennsylvania or nearby, and will explain why and what for to anyone
interested whom i believe to be trustworthy.
"btw, things in my life will probably soon get better--they're just going
to get much much worse practically instantaneously."
Cult vs. David Mayo
A summary was posted from the 11/14/95 hearing of the cult vs. David Mayo,
expelled author of the NOTS secret levels.
"This litigation began in Jan 1985 and grew into three massive federal
cases in which the Scientologists alleged RICO, copyright, trade secret,
trade mark, unfair competition, contract violations, etc., etc., against
Mayo, CNC and others. The Scientology plaintiffs were RTC, CSI and CSC.
Mayo and CNC filed counter suits against RTC, CSI, CSC and COST. These
included unfair competition and anti trust allegations and Mayo's counter
suit alleged libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
"Each of those suits was dismissed -- the Scientology suits against Mayo
defendants were dismissed due to abusive litigation and flouting of court
orders by the Scientologists. In one instance the Court sanctioned the
Scientology plaintiffs lawyers (Kobrin, Moxon) $17,000 and in the other,
the court sanctioned the Scientologists $2.9 million, (not yet paid). The
Mayo counter suit against the Scientologists was dismissed on a summary
judgment motion in which the Scientologists essentially claimed that their
harassive actions were religiously privileged (Cooley: we're not admitting
we did those acts but even if we did we were following the tenets of our
religion) and that libeling Mayo was 'rhetoric hyperbole.'"
Excerpts from the court materials:
"Plaintiffs continue to withhold discovery based upon the argument that,
court orders notwithstanding, they need only produce such discovery as
relates to the actual claims, affirmative defenses, and counterclaims at
issue during trial. Moreover, it is unclear whether plaintiffs view
themselves or the courts as the final authority as to what relates to the
actual claims, affirmative defenses, and counterclaims. Defendants have
made it clear that they will never accede to these terms and consistently
and persistently object to plaintiffs' noncompliance with standing
"The prerequisite bad faith exists. The five factors test overwhelmingly
favors dismissal. All but the fourth factor support defendants' claim that
the harshest sanction is in order. Indeed, there appears to be no other
way to rectify this problem. Plaintiffs [the cult] have not and will not
comply with discovery. The Special Master cannot force them to comply. The
Special Master can, however, remedy the resulting unfairness of the
non-compliance. A harsh remedy just short of dismissal has been imposed
without success. Despite the issues sanction, plaintiffs continue to avoid
discovery. Therefore, the only remaining meaningful remedy is dismissal.
The time to impose that remedy has come. Therefore, the Special Master
will dismiss the amended complaints.
Also posted, a summary of a separate hearing against Stephen Fishman, who
submitted OT affidavits which have been posted on dozens of sites in the
"Scientology vs. Fishman litigation This hearing followed in front of the
same panel of judges. In the Scientology vs Fishman, Geertz litigation
(over the 'Cult of Greed and Power', Time magazine article) Fishman had
filed a declaration with attachments that by now needs no further
introduction. The Scientologists sought to get that declaration sealed and
to get it removed from the case in the district court and having failed
there, came to this appeal. The Scientologists were represented by Bill
Drescher, and Fishman was represented by Ford Greene."
Threats in Memphis
Mark Dallara reports on threats from the cult to the University of Memphis
complaining that a student placed Scamizdat 11 (the entire old OT
materials) on a web page.
"I received a response about the University's run-in with the $cienos from
Academic Computer Services, and I'm now waiting for a response from Dean
Kathryn Story in Judicial Affairs. Apparently someone placed SCAMIZDAT #11
on a personal web page shortly after I cross-posted it to umem.talk, and
ACS was told by Judicial to keep it from being posted again on the
An excerpt from a letter by chief legal intimidator Helena Kobrin in her
usual warning letter.
"An anonymous posting, referred to as 'SCAMIZDAT #11' has been made to a
Web page on your system. I am informed that this posting is over 200 pages
long. It consists almost exclusively of copyrighted documents to which my
clients have the rights. More than half of the documents--over 100
pages--are also confidential, unpublished, copyrighted trade secrets owned
by RTC. These materials have been posted onto this Web site without the
authorization of my clients, which, of course, would not have given such
authorization had it been requested.
"There are numerous copyright registrations applicable to various
documents contained on this posting, for which I can supply copyright
registrations if you wish, although I have not done so at this time in the
interests of being able to send this e-mail with greatest possible speed."
Spurlock v. FBI
William Bardwell posted an appeal by the FBI in a case against RTC board
member Lyman Spurlock. Spylock is attempting to get all materials
concerning him in FBI files. The appeal was successful, and the FBI does
not have to reveal the materials under FOIA.
"The FBI contends that reversal is compelled because the district court
erred in ordering the FBI to produce documents contained in its
investigative files once it determined those documents were properly
withheld from disclosure pursuant to FOIA exemptions. We affirm the
portion of the order that holds that the documents at issue are exempt
from disclosure pursuant to FOIA, and reverse the portion of the order
requiring the FBI to disclose exempt information.
"Two of the files (LA 72-271 & FBIHQ 72-3383) concerned an investigation
resulting from allegations by a third party that Spurlock, along with
other members of the Church of Scientology (COS), attempted to blackmail
an individual working within the federal court system. The FBI
investigated these allegations for possible obstruction of justice
charges, and presented its findings to the Department of Justice. The
Department of Justice ultimately declined to prosecute."
Time, Victory or Defeat?
Is the November 14th decision in the case of the cult vs. Time Magazine a
victory or a defeat? Some excerpts from the decision were posted that may
help clarify the discussion. The case will continue with only one out of
the original ten potentially libel ous statements being presented to a
"A libel suit cannot be allowed to get to the jury, at enormous expense to
the defendant, based on mere assertions of malice by the
plaintiff...Indeed, without judicious use of summary judgment to dispose
of libel suits, the threat of being put to the defense of a lawsuit...may
be as chilling to the exercise of First Amendment freedoms as fear of the
outcome of the lawsuit itself...Indeed, this Court finds little to
distinguish silence enforced by oppressive litigation from silence coerced
by law- the argument of force in its worst form.
"However, plaintiff (Scientology) has failed to demonstrate the
correlative circumstance of inadequate investigation to make its evidence
of bias probative of actual malice, rather than probative of lack thereof.
Without a showing of inadequate investigation, bias merely confirms the
publisher's firmly-held belief in the allegedly defamatory statements.
"Time relied on many sources as the basis for its belief that 'the
church...survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like
manner.' None of these sources is so obviously incredible that a
reasonable jury could infer from Time's reliance on them knowledge of
falsity or subjective doubt as to veracity.
"Nor are there obvious reasons to doubt (Cynthia) Kisser's veracity.
There is no doubt that her views are deeply opposed to CSI's views, and
each likely regards the other's conduct as reprehensible if not
criminal...but such sharp disagreement and Kisser's obvious antagonistic
relationship with Scientology does not amount to an obvious reason to
doubt her veracity. On the contrary, as executive director of an
organization (Cult Awareness Network) dedicated to studying so-called
cults, her judgment as to CSI's ruthlessness and terroristic practices
likely carried credence with Behar."