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Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review

Volume 9, Issue 19 - May 14 2005


Clambake spam faked

From a May 9 post by Andreas Heldal-Lund of Operation Clambake's xenu.net:

"Thousands and thousands of spam e-mails are going out daily with fake xenu.net sender addresses. This has been going for some time now but I haven't posted about it earlier. Some reply to me (tons are returned because they use poor lists). I wonder who is responsible for this silly attempt to discredit xenu.net. Well, not really.

Here's what I reply to most of them:

{START]
You have probably received spam generated by the Cult of Scientology faking my domain (xenu.net) as the sender. They're just trying to ruin my e-mail and the domain. If you want to know why they hate me, look at my site:

http://www.xenu.net/

Take care.
[END]"

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55th anniversary of Dianetics

On May 9, Gerry Armstrong cited material from

From http://www.carolineletkeman.org

With lots of links: http://www.carolineletkeman.org/refund/docs/dmsmh-claims.html

"Claims in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health

I bought my original copy of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health on January 1, 1975, my first day in Scientology. After they got my body in the shop with their 'have the profession of your choice' hook, Hubbard's religion anglers reeled me in and stuffed me with their claims and guarantees for Scientology and Dianetics, some of which are spelled out in this first book they sold me. Known universally by Scientologists as 'DMSMH,' and also known as 'Book One,' its publication date, May 9, 1950, is the second most important Scientology holy day, just slightly less holy than Hubbard's birthday. Of course there was nothing religious or holy about the Dianetics book or its promises. From every Scientologist, and all of the cult's 'literature,' I got the clear message that this was modern science from Hubbard, the very modern scientist, indeed an ahead-of-his-time nuclear physicist.

[Quote]

Simple though it is, Dianetics does and is these things:

1. It is an organized science of thought built on definite axioms (statements of natural laws on the order of those of the physical sciences).

2. It contains a therapeutic technique with which can be treated all inorganic mental ills and all organic psychosomatic ills, with assurance of complete cure in unselected cases.

- page 14

[...]

[T]he IQ of any patient goes up like a skyrocket with clearing and rises all the while during the work.

- page 242

[End Quote]"

Also posted under "Today in Rotten history"

May 9 1950

"L. Ron Hubbard publishes the first edition of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. This follows on the heels of a feature article in the pulp sci-fi magazine Astounding Science Fiction. A book review in the The New Republic describes the work as 'a bold and immodest mixture of complete nonsense and perfectly reasonable common sense, taken from long-acknowledged findings and disguised and distorted by a crazy, newly invented terminology.' The subsequent movement goes on to become one of the scariest, most powerful pseudoreligious cults in modern history."

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Scientology seeking public recognition

On May 10 the St. Petersburg, Florida Times [long link] "Scientology speaker holds her own with Tiger Bay Club."

"FEATHER SOUND - The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club prides itself on asking tough questions. Its members held true to form on Tuesday afternoon, peppering their guest speaker, Pat Harney, a spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology in Clearwater. Is Scientology a cult? Does the church stockpile weapons? Did L. Ron Hubbard create Scientology as a way to make himself wealthy? Harney smiled and said she had expected them all.

The Church of Scientology has been a fixture in downtown Clearwater for 30 years, and yet many people know very little of what it's about, she said. People describe the church as a cult to disparage a religion they don't agree with by saddling it with a negative label, she said. 'It's nothing I haven't heard before,' Harney said afterward. 'It just makes you recognize the amount of work it's going to take to communicate who we truly are.'"

A few days prior "cultxpt" posted:

"Scientology is covered so well on the internet now that if someone on the net STILL decides to join Scientology, I feel that we've done our best to warn them. People off the net, however, still need help seeing what Scientology is all about."

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Extra charges for Freewinds cruise

On 10 May 2005 an anonymous poster reported methods by which extra charges were billed for a cruise on Scientology's cruise ship.

"Freewinds, the Church of Scientology cruiseship, is running a scam on the Scientologists. ... The freewinds registrar is very friendly and nice, just like a Travel Agent. She shows you beautiful brochures of the Caribbean Islands and the cruiseship. She tells you about how revitalized and fantastic you will feel after doing their 'OT' courses. Because most Scios have never been on a vacation and are burnt-out from over-working, they get enthusiastic to go.

Then AFTER you pay, you are called up and asked a dozen or so 'pre-qualifying' questions.

Like if you are connected to an 'SP', if you have any illness, psych history, unpaid credit card debt, unpaid income taxes ...

So if you flunk any of the questions you can't go on the cruise until it is handled and you can't get your money refunded ... The 'Sec check' questions they ask are such as 'Do you have any unkind thoughts or disagreements about Senior Management, Miscavige, LRH'."

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Int Base security

Chuck Beatty, ex-Sea Org (1975-2003), posted for an ex-Int Base staffer on May 9.

[I'm posting this for one of the over one dozen former Int Base staffers who have offered me info to post. There are questions here for other former Int Base staffers, who can contact me however they like, to answer if they can. - Chuck Beatty]

[...]

"As far as the razor wire and guns are concerned, I never heard or got the impression that it was meant to keep people in, but to keep people out. The security guards didn't walk around with guns, they had MagLites which were huge D-Cell numbers that they were trained to use to take someone down if necessary and wore them on their tool belts. I remember that they were guaranteed that if they were ever damaged that MagLite would replace them free of charge.

[...]

"I do know however, that the guards were trained to use the guns and did practice with them from time to time, but mostly it seemed like it was a time to screw off and blow off some steam, more than it was serious training time. [...] I fired off 17 different types of guns and rifles one 4th of July. One of them was a Remington 717 Sniper Rifle (correct me if I got part of the name wrong) that Jackson offered.

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Rejection of Scientology bill urged

A May 9 editorial from the Orlando Sentinal

[long link]

was posted saying a Scientology-backed mental health bill was ...

"Not watered down enough

[...]

It was watered down until both chambers saw it as innocuous and passed it unanimously. But it wasn't watered down enough, and Gov. Jeb Bush ought to veto it.

[...]

The psychotropic-drug bill was pushed by the Church of Scientology, which opposes psychiatry and promotes alternative treatments. Among the Scientologists who testified for the bill were actresses Kirstie Alley and Kelly Preston. Lawmakers seemed more swayed by concerns that too many children are labeled hyperactive. That is a debate worth having.

But this bill could discourage parents from seeking treatment for extremely troubled youths. It's a tragedy waiting to happen. It cries out for a veto."

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Narconon France

Roger Gonnet (an ex-manager of the scientology cult to France) posted a Google translation of his French article which appeared in http://www.communique-de-presse.com/content/view/1448/2/), edited and abridged as follows:

"An anti-drug scam setting praised by the scientology

We learned from two recent press releases, the last being posted here: http://www.communique-of-presse.com/content/view/24/150/, that the scientology once more tried to replant its anti-drug scam on French soil.

Admittedly, it is completely credible to fight the use of illegal drugs; no problem on this side. The trouble is elsewhere: the 'Say no to drugs and yes to Life' program (also called 'Narconon') are centers of profit 100% held by the sect scientology.

If that is not enough to cause a minimum of distrust against 'Narconon', the positive results of the solutions of detoxication 'No to drugs' are lowest of the market: approximately 7% - (c.f. http://narconon.critique.free.fr/etudes.htm)."

Gonnet cited Californian press from January 2005 about a Narconon program that had been introduced into the state education system but was subsequently ousted.

A critical French web site http://narconon.critique.free.fr reveals the dangers of the program.

Gonnet stated the first French Narconon (Grancey-on-Ource) was shut down after its leaders were convicted of non-assistance to an endangered person following the death of Jocelyne Dorfmann.

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Vexatious litigant loses lawsuit

A May 11, 2005 article, from rcfp (http://www.rcfp.org/news/2005/0511-lib-neutra.html) was posted citing a.r.s. killfile candidate Barb Schwarz's unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

"Fair and accurate reporting of potentially defamatory statements made during a public controversy is protected by the neutral report privilege, the Court of Appeals of Utah ruled in early May.

Reporting that federal government employees have dubbed a serial Freedom of Information Act requester and litigant a 'FOIA terrorist' does not support a claim of defamation because the story was an 'accurate and disinterested' report covered by the neutral report privilege, the Court of Appeals of Utah ruled last week..

It appears to be the first time the neutral report privilege -- which protects accurate reporting of potentially defamatory statements in a public controversy -- has been applied in a Utah appellate court.

In May 2003, The Salt Lake Tribune published a story about Salt Lake City resident Barbara Schwarz headlined 'S.L. Woman's Quest Strains Public Records System.' Schwarz has filed thousands of open records requests with the federal government and unsuccessful lawsuits against thousands of federal government employees for failing to disclose records.

Schwarz's requests involve records she believes confirm her claims -- recited in her numerous open records requests and on her Web site -- that she is the granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower, daughter of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, that she was born in a village located in a submarine under the Great Salt Lake, that her husband is being held by the government for her murder, and other claims involving mind-control conspiracies and Nazi kidnaping, according to the Tribune article.

The Department of Justice has authorized government employees to refuse to respond to her requests until she pays outstanding fees for past requests, and two U.S. Courts of Appeals have ruled that her requests and lawsuits are frivolous.

The Tribune's story elaborated on her claims, requests and lawsuits, and the burden government employees claim she has placed on government resources.

'As perhaps should have been expected when writing about vexatious litigants, Ms. Schwarz sued The Tribune after the Article was published,' Tribune attorney Michael O'Brien said in court documents. The trial court dismissed her lawsuit, and on May 5 a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals affirmed in a short unpublished opinion.

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Another spoof on Scientology

Posted May 11:

"LOS ANGELES-According to a report released Monday by the American Institute of Religions, the Church of Scientology, once one of the fastest-growing religious organizations in the U.S., is steadily losing members to the much newer religion Fictionology."

http://www.theonion.com/news/index.php?issue=4119

"'Unlike Scientology, which is based on empirically verifiable scientific tenets, Fictionology's central principles are essentially fairy tales with no connection to reality,' the AIR report read. 'In short, Fictionology offers its followers a mythical belief system free from the cumbersome scientific method to which Scientology is hidebound.'"

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