Volume 0, Issue 33 vom 10. 12. 1995
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review
Volume 0, Issue 33
by Rod Keller [email@example.com]
- Rogue Agent
- Arnie Lerma Trial
- Post Case Dismisse
- Scientology and Cancer
- Cory Lies Again
- Dead Agent on Diane
- David Gerard
- Greek Disconnection
- Robert Clark Update
- Netherlands Update
- Kim Baker Retracts
- OT 8
- Tom Klemesrud Update
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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cover. This may or may not be useful to you, depending on how long your
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Acting on complaints from the cult, Northeastern University this week
suspended the account of anonymous critic Rogue Agent.
"I've just been told by the Dean of the College of Computer Science that
my account has been frozen because of complaints from the church of
"Until further notice I'll be posting from an alternate account,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail to this account will still work, I've
got a .forward set up.
"Note: to anyone who's sent me confidential messages, everything is safe."
Arnie Lerma Trial
A date has been set for the trial in RTC vs. Arnie Lerma, and Joe
Harrington posted other details of the case.
"21 Jan 96 has been set as the date for the commencement of the trial of
RTC v Lerma. The trial will be held in the U.S. Federal Court in
Alexandria, Virginia. This will be a high-profile case and extensive media
coverage is anticipated.
"Already Scientology has lost all of their claims of trade secrets and
former members who signed agreements to never discuss the advanced course
materials are now free to openly talk about it. This will greatly assist
the FACTnet investigation of psychosis, suicides, and premature deaths on
the OT levels.
"David Miscavige has managed to evade the Wollersheim process servers, but
rest assured he will not evade the officers of Judge Brinkema's court, or
being sworn in as a witness.
"The outrageous conduct of the Scientology lawyers has struck a raw nerve
in a small but elite group of reform-minded lawyers and the ground work is
beyond laid for a class action suit after the RTC v Lerma case is
"The cause of action has not been laid out yet, but the defendants will
probably include Scientology's top lawyers, Kobrin, Cooley, Moxon, and
others lawyers involved in their barratry, Eugene Ingram and other private
investigators, and Scientology's legal support staff. Scientology
accounting firms may also be included. The playing field will be leveled
and Scientology will have to find mainstream lawyers to defend their legal
dream team, minus all of Hubbard's abusive legal tactics."
Post Case Dismissed
Judge Leonie M. Brinkema dismissed the case of the RTC against the
Washington Post on November 29th. The Washington Post story was posted to
"A lawsuit against The Washington Post by the Church of Scientology has
been dismissed by a federal judge, who ordered the church to pay all
attorney fees in the suit.
"US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said that the church had no grounds
to prohibit The Post from printing brief excerpts from religious texts
that the church has tried to conceal from the public. The excerpts were
published in a Style section story on litigation between the church and
former members who have put the disputed texts on the Internet.
"In her ruling, filed yesterday, Brinkema said The Post's quotations from
copyrighted church texts were brief and fell within fair use doctrine,
which allows publications to quote some copyrighted materials in covering
matters of public interest.
"'The court finds the motivation of plaintiff in filing this lawsuit
against The Post is reprehensible,' Brinkema wrote. 'Although the
[Religious Technology Center, an arm of the Scientology Church] brought
the complaint under traditional secular concepts of copyright and trade
secret law, it has become clear that a much broader motivation
prevailed--the stifling of criticism and dissent of the religious practice
of Scientology and the destruction of its opponents.'"
"Brinkema said that although people can be sued for putting business
secrets on the internet, trade secrecy laws do not prevent Internet users
from downloading such material. 'Once a trade secret is posted on the
Internet, it is effectively part of the public domain.' she wrote."
Scientology and Cancer
Diane Richardson posted a report from the American Cancer Society
documenting Hubbard's offer to research auditing as a cure for cancer.
"The earliest reference in the American Cancer Society files is a letter
dated February 6, 1951, from Donald H. Rogers, Director of Research for
the [Hubbard Dianetic Research] Foundation, offering the Society the
opportunity of doing research in the field of Dianetics, since 'engrams
have been discovered which might account for the physical symptoms of
cancer.' In New Jersey, the Foundation was charged with violation of the
medical-practice act. It moved to Wichita, Kansas, where its name became
the Hubbard Dianetic Foundation, Inc. In 1953, this Foundation wrote the
Committee on Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy of the National Research Council
offering them a chance to cooperate in research on Dianetics and reporting
that 'we h ave seen enough evidence of a significant nature to indicate
that cancer may well be psychogenic in character.'"
Cory Lies Again
The story of Cory Brennan and Diane Richardson added another chapter this
week, when Diane posted to show how Cory had misrepresented a research
study concerning psychiatrists and religious belief.
>(from The American Journal of Psychiatry, April 92, p 557(3), Associations
>between dimensions of religious commitment and mental health reported in
>the 'American Journal of Psychiatry' and 'Archives of General Psychiatry':
Cory, NONE of the excerpts you quote come from the paper you cite (Larson
DB, et al., Associations between dimension of religion and mental health
reported in the _American Journal of Psychiatry_ and _Archives of General
Psychiatry_: 1978-1989, American Journal of Psychiatry, volume 149(4):
557-559 Apr 92).
>Larson's study covers this too. He examined 2,348 studies over a five-year
>period which included quantitative data.
No it doesn't. The study you cited covers 12 years, not 5 years. Read the
title of the article you're supposedly describing, Cory. Did you find the
Additionally, the paper does not specify the total number of articles
published in the journals during this time. Either someone has made up
this data from whole cloth or else someone has confused the study you've
cited with another study.
>Of these, he found that only 59 (2.5 percent) included any religious
>measures. of these, 17 used religious commitment as a variable
>and 5 used this combined with something else, or fewer than 1 percent
>of the total studies
He finds no such thing, Cory. Larson identified 139 quantified religious
commitment measures. Nowhere in the paper does Larson compare the number
of articles including religious measures with those that do not.
>Larson's study also includes data showing that psychiatrists and other
>mental health professionals are less religious than the general
>population, with 29% of them having given up religious faith of some kind
>(this study doesn't give information about how many never had faith in
>the first place).
No it doesn't Cory. Nowhere in the paper you have cited do the authors say
anything about the religious beliefs of psychiatrists. That topic is not
addressed in this paper.
>Here is only one example of a factor which is clearly demonstrated
>to have a positive effect on preventing suicides, as well as mental
>illness, which is not only ignored by psychiatrists (with less than 1% of
>studies acknowledging it even exists), but is actively ridiculed by the
The study you have cited says nothing of the sort. You are lying.
Dead Agent on Diane
Possibly as a result of Diane Richardson's effectiveness in exposing the
lies of the cult, cult posters to America Online have been making dead
agent attacks of the sort usually reserved for Cynthia Kisser, Director of
the Cult Awareness Network.
"Subj: Re:Friendly posts
Date: 95-12-07 18:46:41 EST
"I hears that Diane Richards used to be or still is a porn queen doing
films (and men, women and children sexually) as well as being completely
funded by CAN (Cult Awareness Network) as she apparently, in between times
of making sex films, posts hate stuff on AOL, USENET and anywhere else
they pay her to post. According to what I heard, she is very ugly, too."
David Gerard posted a summary of events surrounding a complaint by the
cult against him, resulting in removal of his Internet account.
"I read it [a.r.s] more and started posting ... the Church then sent
spurious lawsuit threats to me (and about fifty others) over quoting six
lines of Church 'secret' scriptures, falsely claiming trade secret status
for the lines and that the excerpt was a copyright violation (six lines is
*well* within fair use).
"[They] then complained to my postmaster and managed to get my access cut
off for about twelve hours. I met with the postmaster and explained my
case and what had actually been happening (with about a hundred pages of
documentation), and my access was restored immediately.
"On November 8th, CoS-Aust make a formal complaint to HS [Haddon Storey,
Minister for Education in the State of Victoria] -- claiming that the
posts are not academic usage and hence should be disallowed, and that it
is his job to do so. They also claim that certain posts are libelous and
that they will sue everyone they can if the poster (me) is not shut up
about this matter.
"HS decided to have a Little Word with VUT [Victoria University of
Technology]. The Ministry *suggested* to VUT that the SRC [The Student
Representative Council of VUT Footscraybe] be asked to tone it down.
"On Thursday 23rd November, I received a letter from Information
Technology at VUT stating that my account has been locked until further
notice, at the direction of Professor Ian Rae, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(second in command at VUT).
"Basically, the University wants me to stop using an account to talk about
Scientology on the Internet, because they are afraid of (a) the liability
issue and (b) possibly offending the Ministry of Education. Mr Halls also
alluded to veiled threats of disciplinary 'hearings' (with predetermined
outcome) under University statutes, basically for having dared to trouble
"I stated that we wished the account to reappear and I would cease and
desist using it for any non-squeaky-clean purpose; and that if it were not
returned, I would shout from the rooftops and call as absolutely much
attention towards the issue and towards VUT as possible.
"I wrote a letter to Ian Rae, politely requesting the return of my account
and promising that no non-SRC use would be made of the account; and that
to this end, I had obtained a private account for personal use. I am
presently awaiting a response."
Communications were posted this week, directing Theodora Apostolopoulou,
Sea Org member in Greece, on how she is to disconnect from her parents.
The comm is dated May 23rd, 1995. They are becoming vocal critics of the
cult. Sorry about all the uppercase. The level of manipulation is
"1. (A) PER ALERT FROM THE DSA DORA'S FATHER IS IN HOSPITAL. IF THIS
IS THE CASE, GET THE FOLLOWING DONE:
(B) GO TO SEE HIM
(C) IF HE EXPRESSES THAT YOU ARE THE CAUSE OF HIS CONDITION, OR IF THE
MOTHER SAYS SIMILAR, JUST STATE THAT YOU ARE NO LONGER ON CHURCH LINES AND
ARE NOW LIVING IN GREECE. THERE IS NO MORE TO TALK ABOUT THAN THAT. DO NOT
GO INTO ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION, OTHER THAN TR3'ING THAT YOU ARE NOW IN
GREECE AND ALL YOU WANT IS FOR HIM TO GET BETTER. IF HE WANTS TO TARGET
SOMEONE FOR HIS BODY TROUBLE. THEN TELL HIM THAT SINCE ALEV CAME INTO
CONTACT WITH THE FAMILY THERE HAVE BEEN TROUBLES AND THAT THE FAMILY WILL
NEVER BE THE SAME UNTIL THE FAMILY LEAVE THIS FANATIC.
(D) ASSIST YOUR FATHER TO GET BETTER IN ANY WAY YOU CAN. GIVE HIM THETA
COMM, TELL HIM HOW MUCH YOU LOVE HIM ETC AND WANT HIM TO GET BETTER AND
JUST GET BACK TO LIVING A NORMAL LIFE AGAIN.
(E) IF HE REMAINS IN HOSPITAL, GO SEE HIM REGULARLY. TAKE FRUIT OR
WHATEVER IS APPLICABLE, BUILD UP COMM ON A GOOD ROADS FAIR WHETHER COMM
LEVEL WITH HIM.
(F) IF THE OPPORTUNITY ARISES TELL YOUR FATHER THAT YOU LOVE HIM DESPITE
HIS VICIOUS ATTACKS AGAINST YOUR BELIEFS. MAKE HIM SEE THAT YOUR LOVE FOR
HIM IS SUPERIOR AND STRONGER. MAKE HIM RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS ACTIONS AND TO
SEE THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE FAMILY.
"2. ON AN IMMEDIATE BASIS DORA SHOULD WRITE A LETTER TO HER MOTHER WHICH
SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING POINTS: SHE WOULD FOLLOW UP FROM THE MEETING
WITH HER MOTHER AND COVER THE FOLLOWING POINTS:
- IT WAS GOOD TO JUST SEE THE MOTHER AND BE ABLE TO SPEAK WITH HER AND SEE
- DORA SHOULD SAY THAT THE MOTHER LOOKED STRESSED. SHE SHOULD SAY THAT SHE
WAS NEVER THAT WAY BEFORE. AND THAT SHE DOES NOT WANT ALEV ON THEIR LINES.
TROUBLING THEM AND GIVING THEM FALSE DATA. DORA SHOULD STATE THAT IT IS
NOT OK THAT HE IS DOING THAT AND FEEDING YOU HORROR STORIES. DORA SHOULD
STATE 'I HAVE BEEN IN SCIENTOLOGY AND I KNOW IT BEST AS I HAVE STUDIED
DATA IN IT. I KNOW THE PERSONS WORKING IN IT.I KNOW THE PROGRESS I HAVE
MADE (GIVE EXAMPLES: BETTER AT STUDYING, UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF
HONESTY AND TRUTH. YOU SHOULD NOTE ANY PERSONAL RUIN YOU HANDLED). TELL
YOUR MOTHER, THAT YOU ARE UPSET AT HER ORIGINATIONS STATING THAT YOU ARE
BRAINWASHED. TELL THEM YOU MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS IN LIFE AND TELL THEM
THAT ALL YOU WANT IS THAT THEY CAN RESPECT THAT.
-DORA MUST STRESS THAT SHE FEELS UPSET AT HOW A WHOLE FAMILY COULD BE
BROKEN UP AND TURN AGAINST EACH OTHER. JUST BASED ON UNFACTUAL AND FALSE
DATA FROM ALEVIZOPLOUS.
-ALEV IS CRIMINAL IN WHAT HE IS DOING. HE USES PARENTS TO FIGHT HIS OWN
PERSONAL BATTLE. DORA SHOULD STATE THAT AS LONG AS HER PARENTS MAINTAIN
THEIR CONNECTION TO HIM SHE WILL NOT EVEN CONSIDER TO COME BACK TO THE
-DORA SHOULD TELL HER MOTHER, THAT AS SHE THREATENS TO DESTROY KEFE AS
STATED IN THEIR MEETING), SHE HAS DECIDED TO NOT REMAIN IN CONNECTION WITH
THE MISSION AND WILL INSTEAD START TO LOOK FOR AN APARTMENT IN GREECE AND
GET A JOB. DORA MUST MAKE IT CLEAR THAT SHE HAS DECIDED TO DO THIS HERSELF
AS SHE DOES NOT WANT HER FRIENDS HURT OR FRIGHTENED, DUE TO THE CURRENT
THREATS THE FAMILY HAVE MADE. DORA SHOULD STATE THAT SHE WILL NOT RETURN
TO COPENHAGEN AS SHE FEELS THAT IT WOULD NOT BE RIGHT THAT SHE CONTINUES
DOING THAT, WHILE MEANWHILE HER PARENTS ATTACK THE VERY CORE OF WHAT SHE
BELIEVES IN. IT WOULD UPSET HER TOO MUCH. THUS FOR NOW SHE HAS DECIDED TO
STAY IN GREECE.
-DORA SHOULD INCLUDE THE POINT THAT SHE WILL NOT LIVE AT THE HOME OF THE
MOTHER AS SHE WANTS TO BE ON HER OWN AND CREATE HER OWN LIFE WITHOUT THE
PARENTS INTERFERING AND JUDGING EVERY ACTION SHE DOES. SHE SHOULD SAY THAT
THE DAY I WOULD CONSIDER COMING HOME WILL BE WHEN YOU SIMPLY ACCEPT ME FOR
BEING DORA YOUR DAUGHTER AND NOT ATTACK WHAT I DO IN LIFE.
-DORA SHOULD STATE THAT IF THE MOTHER DOES REALLY LOVE HER, THEN SHE KNOWS
THAT SOME DAY THEY WILL BE ABLE TO BE TOGETHER AND FRIENDS LIKE BEFORE. AS
AT SOME POINT THE MOTHER WILL SEE THAT DORA HAS NOT CHANGED. DORA IS THE
SAME DAUGHTER SHE HAS LOVED AND BROUGHT UP FROM BEFORE SCIENTOLOGY."
Robert Clark Update
A report was posted this week from an unemployment compensation hearing
for henry (real name Robert Clark).
"Some of his posts to usenet were filed as evidence against him. Many were
posted from home, many allegedled to contain threatening comments, did
not. They were forced to withdraw these all from testimony. Only a few
remained alleged done at work.
"The policeman refused to answer any questions and was dismissed. Henry
had an amicable talk with him before the hearing. Which was apparently
raucous and loud. Many objections from all sides to almost everything
said. It will be a week to get a decision.
"The 'investigation' is still sitting on hold in the office of DA Tony De
Booth. Still apparently very low priority. Apparently this policeman was
present when Ingram, and a cult paralegal, met with the president of
Accuweather, Dr. Joel Myers and Barry Lee Myers to libel Henry.
"Ingram claimed he had been hired to investigate this. Hmm. Yeah? Now, who
would that be? Moxon? One odd charge thrown at Henry at the hearing was
Karin Spaink posted an update this week on media coverage of legal
proceedings in the Netherlands against the maintainers of prominent
Fishman web sites.
"On Saturday, November 25, the newspaper 'Het Parool' devoted a full page
to the case. Journalist Addie Schulte interviewed both CoS-spokeswoman
Julia Rijnvis and me, and wrote a thorough article on the upcoming court
case. Julia Rijnvis was not pleased.
"Last Sunday (December 3), I was a guest in RUR, a very popular weekly
semi-live talk show. All in all, I got to talk about 15 minutes - not all
about Scientology, but enough. One of the other guest, writer Tim Krabbe,
publicly applauded the courage of anybody who dared oppose CoS; the other
guest, news anchorwoman Loretta Schrijver, later phoned me to tell they
would probably cover the court session in their news program.
"Next week a big magazine (devoted to a combination of human interest,
sports and politics) will publish a huge article on Scientology; and
Holland's biggest news magazine will publish a part of my defense. Various
television programs have also expressed their interest in the court case.
"On Monday, December 11, just three days before the court session, there
is a big meeting in Amsterdam, entitled 'Never Defend, Always Attack'
(yeah, we borrowed that one for the occasion). Various people involved
will speak out: Oussama Cherribi, the member of parliament who had a
Fishman-homepage will talk about the importance of the protest; Felipe
Rodriquez, director of XS4ALL, will explain about the research he did into
CoS; I will read parts of my defense.
"The main guest of the evening will be... STEVEN FISHMAN himself. Felipe
and I have invited him to talk about his experiences in Scientology and
his reasons for submitting part of the OT's in his court case. He will
spend several days in Amsterdam and already various journalists have
stated that they'd love to interview him. He will be attending the court
session as well.
"The court session will be on Thursday, December 14th. It is mainly
paperwork. Both sides have already presented the main parts of their
argument to the judge in written form. At the court session, both sides
will attempt to summarize their main points; the judge may want to ask
some of those involved to answer a few questions, but that seldom occurs."
Kim Baker Retracts
Ron Newman reported this week that Kim Baker, author of statements
accusing FACTnet members of various improprieties, has retracted her
"Kim Baker has told me that on Friday morning, December 1, at the office
of a South African lawyer, she swore out a handwritten statement
repudiating her previous declarations.
"I have not seen this statement and do not know exactly what is in it, but
Lawrence Wollersheim has a copy and will, I hope, post it in the next few
New material purporting to be the _real_ OT 8 was posted by Grady Ward
this week. It resembles some of the OT materials, and discusses the idea
of a Supreme Being, the thetan himself.
"The whole secret involves what truly is the relationship of the Supreme
Being to each individual thetan. To simply say it's 'me' is oversimplified
to tears but has some truth to it. The real key is the perception and
ability to have full certainty and, therefore, perception on all
confusions and distortions of MEST and form and life units as well as the
ability to perceive exact identity and its full relationship to its true
source and history from its origin as the theta body, the true 8th Dynamic
In order to truly view this as a present time beingness one has to Clean
up, once and for all, his own confusions regarding these points. The key
is being flat on all earlier levels and being honest with self as to the
truth on each step of the rundown."
One of the many procedures listed in this level mentions the 8th dynamic.
"Spot a person or object in this L/T [lifetime] or on the backtrack you
have identified as or who represented the 8th Dynamic to you. Valence
split to EP and then recheck to an F/Ning question on call or thought. End
the session for the day and recheck to ensure it's F/Ning the next day
Tom Klemesrud Update
Tom posted an update of the situation with Linda Woolard, who spread blood
on Tom's walls in an effort to make him remove Dennis Erlich's Internet
"Linda Lee Woolard has sued me for $5,000 in small claims court. She filed
it 11-27-95 with an appearance date of 01-05-96 1:30 pm Division 5 room
541, 110 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 F.K. Ohlrich, Clerk.
"It says: 'On 01-14-95 defendant physically assaulted me and threatened me
with a loaded shotgun. He was arrested. Since then and to the present he
has harassed me and had posted false statements about me on the Internet.
All of this intentional infliction of emotional distress has cause me to
seek emergency treatment for bleeding hemorrhoids caused by resultant
"Woolard was served with an ex parte notice that the gag order was lifted
on 12-01-95. I assume after this she learned that I was not in the Burbank
bar when she claimed, but at my Dad's funeral. She filed this small claims
suit before she had knowledge of my being out of town May 27th, 1995."
Tom's statement to the court states:
"At no time on the evening of January 14, 1995, OR AT ANY OTHER TIME, did
I assault Ms. Woolard or threaten her with violence. On January 14, 1995,
I was in fact threatened by her. Ms. Woolard began spreading blood around
my apartment and informed me that she was there on behalf of the Church of
Scientology and I would have to do what the Scientology attorneys demanded
of me; i.e., remove Dennis Erlich from access to my bulletin board
Tom also posted a new, detailed description of the incident.
"The first thing she said when I found her sitting on the toilet in the
bathroom with about a pint of blood on the floor in front of her was:
'Tom, we have got to stop having rough sex like this.'
"I was shocked, and went to call for help. She came out of the bathroom
and came to me saying this: 'I am a representative of the Church of
Scientology, and I think you should do as attorney Thomas Small has said
you should do--disconnect Dennis Erlich from the Internet.'
"She immediately returned to the bathroom.
"Then she came out undressed, saying: 'I have been sent on a mission, and
I have been instructed to put some blood in your bed.' She said this
courteously, with a smile. As she turned to lay down on the bed, I saw the
sausage of blood nestled in her crotch. She wiggled her butt in the bed,
got up, looked at the stain on the sheets to see if she liked the stain,
and returned to the bathroom. She did this with no interference from me."
A summary of issue #286 of The Auditor was posted this week. It confirms
some details of the cult operation to control Colombia through the
military and schools. In a message posted earlier this year, it was
revealed that Dick Weigand, convicted in the Gu ardian Office trial, is
I/C (in-charge) of the effort.
"Mike Edwards is an elite FSM who operates a consulting group in Colombia
... Through his work as an FSM he has disseminated to thousands of people
including the staff of the Colombian Ministry of Education, the military
and major leaders of commerce. As a result of his work he was recently
decorated by the Colombian military for teaching them LRH technology."