Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review

Volume 9, Issue 48 - December 3 2005

Landing Zone Earth

A story by Richard Leiby about Scientology's possible intergalactic airport surfaced in the Washington Post on November 27, 2005. The story was also covered in other media, including KRQE and CNN.

"Secret Flying Saucer Base Found in New Mexico?

Maybe. From the state that gave us Roswell, the epicenter of UFO lore since 1947, comes a report from an Albuquerque TV station about its discovery of strange landscape markings in the remote desert. They're etched in New Mexico's barren northern reaches, resemble crop circlesand are recognizable only from a high altitude.

The circles etched into the desert match the logo of the Church of Spiritual Technology, a Scientology corporation.

Also, they are directly connected to the Church of Scientology.

The church tried to persuade station KRQE not to air its report last week about the aerial signposts marking a Scientology compound that includes a huge vault 'built into a mountainside,' the station said on its Web site. The tunnel was constructed to protect the works of L. Ron Hubbard, the late science-fiction writer who founded the church in the 1950s.


It is overseen by a Scientology corporation called the Church of Spiritual Technology. Based in Los Angeles, the corporation dispatched an official named Jane McNairn and an attorney to visit the TV station in an effort to squelch the story, KRQE news director Michelle Donaldson said.

The church offered a tour of the underground facility if KRQE would kill the piece, the station said in its newscast. Scientology also called KRQE's owner, Emmis Communications, and 'sought the help of a powerful New Mexican lawmaker' to lobby against airing the piece, the station reported on its Web site.

McNairn did not respond to messages requesting comment; an employee said that McNairn was traveling last week, and that no one else from the church would be able to comment.


Perhaps the signs are just a proud expression of the Scientology brand. But there are other, more intriguing theories.

Former Scientologists familiar with Hubbard's teachings on reincarnation say the symbol marks a 'return point' so loyal staff members know where they can find the founder's works when they travel here in the future from other places in the universe.


Recall if you will that Scientology traces most of mankind's woes to an evil alien lord named Xenu, a galactic holocaust perpetrated 75 million years ago, and, uh, the field of psychiatry. (The latter is a particular concern, as all of America now knows, of movie star Tom Cruise.)


'The whole purpose of putting these teachings in the underground vaults was expressly so that in the event that everything gets wiped out somehow, someone would be willing to locate them and they would still be there,' said [Chuck] Beatty, who spent 28 years in Scientology. Some loyalists are tasked specifically with the 'super-duper confidential' job of coming back to Earth in the far-off future, he added.


The New Mexico site is about a 2 1/2 -hour drive east of Santa Fe, near the small town of Trementina. The contents of the vault itself are not secret -- they were shown in 1998 on ABC News's '20/20.'

'Buried deep in these New Mexico hills in steel-lined tunnels, said to be able to survive a nuclear blast, is what Scientology considers the future of mankind,' ABC's Tom Jarriel said in his report. 'Seen here for the first time, thousands of metal records, stored in heat-resistant titanium boxes and playable on a solar-powered turntable, all containing the beliefs of Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard.'

Other religions preserve their sacred texts. Nothing strange there. Scientology leaders apparently just don't want to misplace theirs, and maybe this is why somebody put the giant circles on the scrubland. Because there's nothing worse than arriving from deep space, and not knowing where to park."


On CNN, "Tory/Magoo" wrote:

"Once again, CNN and Anderson Cooper did an excellent job of reporting about the hidden top secret 'Scientology tech' hidden in the vaults."

Mark Bunker posted:

"And here it is:



On December 3, 2005 Hartley Patterson posted:

"The transcript of the 2 dec 2005 Bruce Hines/Secret Vault CNN interview is here:" ..."

On December 1, 2005, "Zeppelin" posed the New Mexico vaults as "a kind of reset button for earth"

"[M. Pattinson] had a funny take on the vaults that the ground patterns are for pointing out the location of the sites from space, suggesting that if psychology isn't stopped on Earth, earth will die and the scientologists will eventually come back from outer space and rebuild the earth but to do so they'll need the stored knowledge of Hubbard -- hence the long term storage vaults."


"Desertphile" posted:

"The vault is located at Latitude North 35 degrees 31 minutes 56.59 seconds, Longitude West 104 degrees 37 minutes 45.48 seconds. Included at the site is a huge symbol gouged into the Earth ('Teegeeack' according to Scientology) that is there to help guide returning Sea Org staff members, in flying saucers, back to Scientology after they reincarnate on other planets, thousands and millions of years from now."



"Ghost town now home to Scientology


The Church of Spiritual Technology, the California-based branch of the renowned Church of Scientolgy, first came to Trementina, New Mexico in January, 1984. They began purchasing tracts of land and set to work on building a massive compound.

By 1990, workmen had finished the tunnel, cleared an air strip atop a mesa and built at least three luxury homes, valued at $2.5 million. The main house is massive, with 12,000 square feet of living space and 12 bedrooms.

But what goes on inside the remote, 4,175-acre spread known as San Miguel Ranch remains a mystery to most on the outside -- because church officials aren't saying.

What is known is that the compound's primary function is to house the writing of spiritual leader L. Ron Hubbard, whose works have been engraved on steel plates encapsulated in titanium. The project is funded by a $30 million bequest left by Hubbard for just such a purpose.

The plan is that in the future, when Hubbard's followers wish to return, they will be able find the source material more easily, sparing Scientologists the same embarrassments that have befallen other major religions.

Former Scientologists familiar with Hubbard's teachings on reincarnation say the symbol marks a 'return point' so loyal staff members know where they can find the founder's works when they travel here in the future from other places in the universe.


A satellite image of the area shows what appears to be a 6,000-foot-long landing strip with a base station at its end, with a series of switchbacks reaching over the mesas, heading towards the landing pad. The church is desperately trying to kill the story.


Message-ID: dDAjf.9913$Wu.1931@fed1read05
Message-ID: rdvjf.6900$AB2.2585@trnddc08
References: 438e90f3$

Scientology Uses K-Mart

On November 26, 2005, Tory/Magoo posted:

"Today I went to K-Mart, looking for something I needed.

As I walked up to their door, I was totally surprised to see


and the old Scientology card tables about 10 feet from their door, with Scientologists doing their typical 'Dissemination

Drills' on people.

This ticked me off, seriously. K-Mart is known for being a family store, and it LOOKED like they supported Scientology, and their antics.

So I asked to speak with a supervisor. I asked her, 'Why do you have Dianetics outside your door?' She said, 'They are??? I'll check it out'. She wasn't happy.


Finally the head Supervisor came out to speak with me, as I told them I was going to stay there until someone knew what exactly was going on. Mark Bunker had told me when he was at Wal-Mart, Scientology had lied, saying they were 'Just selling Dianetics books', and this looked like a similar routine.

He came out and this is what he told me:

'We tried calling the police and there is nothing we can do. They have a permit,

And as long as they do, IF they're 10 FEET from our doors, we cannot kick them out. I'm not happy with it, but there is nothing I can do'.


Not surprising to me, the Scientologists packed up and blew, once the supervisors were called. What a bunch of chickens!

It's always amazing to see. I just may go get a permit myself. I asked him, 'If I have a permit, does that mean I can sit next to them and tell the other side of it: What actually goes down?' He said, 'Apparently so'.

Hi ho, Hi ho......."

Message-ID: 43890d47$

Critic protests religious persecution

Gerry Armstrong protested religious persecution with letters to a Canadian MP and to a California court last week.

On November 27, 2005, Gerry Armstrong posted a November 21, 2005 letter to Canada MP Derek Lee, webbed at:

"November 21, 2005

Member of Parliament Derek Lee
House of Commons
Room 633, Confederation Building
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Via E-Mail:

Dear Mr. Lee,

I am writing to you concerning your support for the Scientology organization. I believe such support from any citizen is ill-advised, but from a Canadian Government official it is inexcusable and threatening.

Although my wife Caroline Letkeman and I have known of your involvement with Scientology for some time, it was the Ottawa Citizen article of October 26 entitled 'Liberal MP stars in video promoting Scientology' that brings me to now write you.

[long link]

That article also brought us to create a web page assembling the documentation of your collaboration with, and hopefully soon your repudiation of, the Scientology religion and organization.

The article states, 'Toronto-area MP Derek Lee appears in a recruiting video used by the Church of Scientology to attract new members in the United States.'

The article also says that you are 'not particularly interested in the church's teachings,' and that you have 'done some cursory reading.' You conclude, 'I'm not personally drawn to it, but I have to say that about many religious faiths.'

Most people, of course, are not personally drawn to Scientology, and would almost certainly have to say that they're not drawn to many religious faiths. None of those people but you, however, are Canadian MPs making recruiting videos for this organization.

It is clearly irresponsible of you to volunteer or sell your name and governmental position to draw people to Scientology personally, when you are not yourself personally drawn to the organization. What you have done is like a non-smoking MP starring in a commercial to help the tobacco industry draw people personally into cigarette addiction. You would then explain that you're not particularly drawn to smoking, but you have to say that about many addictive, costly and deadly activities.

Did you make sure you only did some cursory reading so you really did not find out what you were promoting? If you were going to star in a recruiting video for Tobaccology, would you also make sure your reading was only cursory, so that you would have that excellent justification? Or, do you really know what you're promoting and you're not really telling the truth about your reading's cursoriness?

I believe that you have a responsibility to every citizen of Canada to publicly identify everything you have read of Scientology's teachings and what you have read of all the material available on Scientology. I believe you have a responsibility to state what your understanding really is, and how exactly you came to recruit for this 'religion' and organization. I also believe that you have identical responsibilities to the citizens of the U.S. at whom, according to the Ottawa Citizen article, your Scientology recruitment video is apparently aimed.

The Ottawa Citizen article does not say if Scientology paid you to star in its recruiting video, or if you volunteered for that role. Either way, however, as an employee, or agent, or volunteer for Scientology, or any of its corporations or affiliated entities, you are a 'beneficiary' in a contract the organization seeks to enforce against me.

This contract has been the subject of several lawsuits and appellate proceedings over nineteen years. See, e.g.,

The purpose and effect of Scientology's contract and its judicial enforcement, in which you are also a beneficiary, is the eradication of my basic human rights, most glaringly my right to freedom of religion. You can possibly understand how dark I might find the humor in the article's revelation that you occasionally speak to Scientology gatherings, including one earlier this year in Toronto, as part of your 'advocacy for greater religious freedom.'


Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Yours sincerely,

Gerry Armstrong"


Also from Gerry Armstrong:

"Webbed at:

Case No. _____


nonprofit religious corporation,






Real Party in Interest.

Appellate Court No. A107095
Consolidated with Case No.

Trial Judge: Hon Lynn Duryee
Marin County Superior Court
Case No. 157680/152229,
Consolidated with Case No. CV 021632.

Gerry Armstrong



1. By their failure to address the profound religious freedom issue and defense in this case, the California Courts since 1992 have prostrated themselves to unlawfully abet religious persecution

2. Because of the nature of religious liberty, it cannot but be an exception to res judicata and collateral estoppel if raised as a defense at any time, and res judicata and collateral estoppel cannot be relied upon to prevent the raising of religious liberty as a defense at any time.

3. The Court of Appeal did not deal with what Judge Duryee did, but dealt with something she didn’t.

A. Judge Duryee correctly applied C.C.C. §1670.5 in the consolidated cases and combined matters before her, specifically acting to limit the application of the unconscionable clauses in Scientology’s contract as to avoid any unconscionable result

B. The correct remedy and procedure in this case is mandated by C.C.C. 1670.5, specifically the reasonable opportunity to present evidence as to the contract’s commercial setting, purpose, and effect to aid the court in making the unconscionability determination.


APPENDIX: Order granting petition for writ of certiorari. Filed October 19, 2005





Gerry Armstrong, defendant and real party in interest, respectfully petitions for review following the unpublished decision of the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, by Hon. Maria P. Rivera, Associate Justice, filed on October 19, 2005.




1. Whether any California courts have jurisdiction to enforce a contract that prohibits and punishes an individual's religious expressions about a religion because such prohibition and punishment have gone on too long to be stopped, or for any other reason.

2. Whether California courts have jurisdiction to prohibit and/or punish religious expressions of a foreign national expressed in foreign nations, and which are not threats to public safety, order or national security in California or anywhere.

3. Whether the Court of Appeal has jurisdiction to reinstate punishment that the trial court had ruled an unconscionable result of the application of certain unconscionable contractual clauses, without affording the victim or intended victim of that unconscionable punishment the reasonable opportunity mandated by C.C.C. §1670.5 to present evidence as to that contract's commercial setting, purpose and effect to aid the trial court in making or remaking that ruling.

4. Whether the Court of Appeal has jurisdiction to misstate the language and meaning of a trial court's rulings in order to facilitate the vacating of one of those rulings, particularly where the result of such vacating is not justice, but what has already been ruled unconscionable.

5. Whether any California court may punish an individual for properly reporting a crime, even if such reporting violates the language and/or meaning of a contract or court order.

6. Whether any California courts have jurisdiction to enforce a contract and an injunction that are patently unlawful, and/or impossible to perform.

7. Whether California courts have jurisdiction to end an international idiocy that is the unconscionable result of thirteen years of the California courts' abetment in the application of unconscionable contractual clauses concocted and enforced by a religion.




This is an extraordinary moment in a more than 23-year campaign by the Scientology religion, using the California court system, to deprive Gerry Armstrong, an individual, religionist, and persecuted religious class member, of his basic human rights, particularly his religious freedom, and, here immediately, his physical freedom and safety.

This Court is where this case belongs, because it concerns the whole State of California and what will be the whole State's highest wisdom about religious freedom for all its citizens. This Court has the opportunity to decide something about the extent to which California's courts may be used by California's religious corporations to deprive individuals of that freedom or in other ways persecute them pursuant to religious doctrine and religious hatreds. This State is also where plaintiff and petitioner Scientology organization is headquartered. Scientology around the world is controlled, operated and exported from California by David Miscavige, a California resident.

This Court can decide in this case if the California Wog Justice System will confront the Scientology organization and curtail its use of the State's courts to suppress and destroy basic human rights and persecute the organization's victims, or if Scientology will continue to have its way with California's courts. 'Wog' is the term Scientologists use for people who are not Scientologists. Society is called in Scientology the 'wog world,' and nations' legal systems and procedures are called 'wog justice.'

There are no similar cases in California or anywhere. There are other Scientology contracts that prohibit other people, many in California, on threat of massive liquidated damages penalties and jailing, from discussing their religious experiences in the Scientology religion. None of those contracts, however, have been the subject of the enormous volume of documentation and litigation


generated in Scientology v. Armstrong, or achieved such global notoriety. Scientology's Armstrong contract is Exhibit 1 to Scientology's exhibits in support of its writ petition ('Exs.'), pp 1-16.

This then is a representative and leading case in a completely new area of life and law in California and around the world; namely, religious corporations' suppression and deprivation of individual religious freedom and other basic human rights by contract, and by judicial enforcement of such contracts. Such contracts are themselves a very modern invention of the religious corporation's modern corporate lawyers. The deeply evil intent of such contracts makes them particularly difficult to confront, and thus particularly suited to the high confront of the highest court in the State in which these contracts are concocted and their enforcement directed by resident enforcers.

This Court has the opportunity to correct the bizarre and impossible situation, which the Court of Appeal ignored, of California courts prohibiting and punishing religious expressions made by foreign nationals in foreign nations. The only jurisdiction California courts could possibly have in this situation is the jurisdiction to deny jurisdiction to prohibit and punish such religious expressions.

The contractual clauses Scientology seeks to enforce against Armstrong, and their judicial enforcement, including what Scientology seeks by writ petition, are obviously barred within the U.S. by the civil rights guarantees, including freedom of religion, in the U.S. and California Constitutions, and in the nation's other laws. Reciprocally, whatever Armstrong has said, written or done within the U.S, for which Scientology has ever sought or is seeking in this immediate matter to have him punished, are his religious expressions in exercise of his religious freedom, and are inalienably protected by the same constitutions and the nation's and the state's other laws. Court after court in California has refused to honestly confront this reality, and acknowledge the indefeasible truth that what Scientology seeks and has gotten away with judicially in its campaign against Armstrong is


unlawful. Some court some time will have to confront this issue and this Court at this moment in time has jurisdiction to do so.

Armstrong obviously is not voluntarily giving up his basic human rights to Scientology, including his rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, freedom of movement, due process, self-defense, and freedom from slavery. Armstrong is protesting every step of the way, declaring that he was forced against his will to sign Scientology's contract, and vowing to never give up those rights. He believes that Scientology's contract and what has been done to enforce the conditions against Armstrong that deprive him of those basic human rights are the fruits of a criminal conspiracy in violation of U.S. Civil Rights criminal statutes, specifically 18 U.S.C. §241, conspiracy against rights, and §242, deprivation of rights under color of law.

The Court of Appeal's decision ignores this issue and these laws completely, although Armstrong put them squarely and properly before the Court in his briefs. This Court can now decide if a participant corporation in an ongoing criminal conspiracy may by contract lawfully prohibit the ongoing victim of that criminal conspiracy from discussing that criminal conspiracy and the crimes being perpetrated on him. May the California courts lawfully be used to enforce such a contract against such a victim of such a criminal conspiracy, which is proven to be a criminal conspiracy by its own contract and actions to enforce that contract in these courts? Does Armstrong actually have a duty to violate any orders of California's courts that compel him to participate in and forward Scientology's criminal conspiracy by playing its victim in that criminal conspiracy?

The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 ('IRFA') 22 U.S.C. §§ 6401-6481 is the guiding law and principle for the whole of the U.S., not excluding California, in relation to freedom of religious expressions such as Armstrong's expressed by foreign nationals such as Armstrong in foreign countries such as Canada where Armstrong lives. The IRFA also provides an understanding of why even in the U.S. people may not be deprived of their


religious freedom by contract, and punished for their religious expressions about religions in the way Scientology wants Armstrong to be punished. The IRFA was enacted in fact specifically to protect people in positions and classes just like Armstrong's who are targets of religious persecution right now in present time just like Armstrong. The Court of Appeal's decision is completely alone in its opposition to and disregard for the IRFA's letter and spirit.

For Armstrong, as long as he is outside the U.S., his religious expressions and his basic human rights are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Constitution Act, (1982) and by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1998). Similarly, Scientology is prohibited by these same human rights charters from depriving Armstrong of his basic human rights in non-U.S. nations, and prohibited from punishing Armstrong for his religious expressions. The European Convention and other international human rights charters are identified in the IRFA at 22 U.S.C. §6401(a)(2). In this matter this Court can rationally and decisively align California law and decisions with the 8-year old IRFA, and with the international human rights charters of the world the IRFA endorses. Say what is true, fair and wise to guide any California Court that in the future finds its power and authority being used to punish other foreigners for their religious expressions expressed in foreign countries.


Clearly, for a person to possess freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, he would have to possess the freedom to change his religion or beliefs. His religion or beliefs can only manifest in expressions, which he must also


possess the right to change. Armstrong and every person has the right to change his religion, beliefs and mind about all these things every second of every day forever. Res judicata and collateral estoppel logically cannot be used to bind someone to a particular form of religious conduct or prohibit a particular form of religious conduct, because the person must be able and free to engage or not engage in that conduct, or change his mind about that conduct or about the religious contract that compels or prohibits that religious conduct.

The IRFA condemns both government-sponsored and government-tolerated violations of people's rights to religious freedom. Scientology is a government- tolerated violator of people's rights to religious freedom in the U.S, as this case and the California courts' toleration and abetment of Scientology's violations of people's rights to religious freedom demonstrates.

There are no national or international Trade Secret Freedom Charters or laws protecting the freedom of persons to express or divulge trade secrets. Religious freedom is a very different matter, which, because of its nature, simply lawfully may not be abridged by contract or by court orders. If ITT had chosen to call itself a religion, declare that it is organized for solely religious purposes, declare all its activities religious and its manuals scripture, ITT could not have silenced Mr. Dooley about his necessarily religious experiences and religious knowledge in the ITT religion. Scientology insists that it is a religion, and therefore cannot silence Armstrong about his religious experiences and beliefs as if they were commercial trade secrets.



Scientology recruiting prisoners


"Alarm in prisons at Scientology drug cures aimed at inmates

· Officials unable to stop advice sent to inmates
· Experts criticise sauna and vitamin therapies

Diane Taylor and Hugh Muir
Tuesday November 15, 2005
The Guardian

The Prison Service has warned that activists linked to the Church of Scientology are targeting offenders in British jails with unauthorised anti-drug and education programmes. Narconon, the drug detox and rehab programme developed by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard, and Criminon, his drugs education and rehab programme, are both being offered to prisoners through correspondence courses. Though officials frown on the programmes, they are unable to stop the practice because they cannot justify tampering with inmates' mail in these circumstances.


Message-ID: 438d5dfd$0$1810$

Celebrities on the Bridge

On November 30, 2005 Michael Pattinson posted that his e-book "Celebrities On The Bridge" was now available at



E-meters viewed as lie detectors

From: Budapest Sun - December 1, 2005 - Volume XIII, Issue 48

"THE Hungarian Church of Scientology, having been accused of wanting to import lie detectors to Hungary in September (as reported in The Budapest Sun, Sept 22), has now been accused of having a similar machine which it uses on its members.

According to news portal Index, ombudsmen are investigating the methods the church is using to find out information about its own members and their relatives. However, Lajos Fritzlauf, the representative responsible for central Europe at the Church of Scientology told The Budapest Sun, 'Interestingly, we always find out about these accusations through the media and don't understand the whole issue.' Ombudsman, Albert Takács told the Hungarian TV station TV2 that his office is performing 'complex examinations' on how the church is dealing with data protection.

According to the ombudsman, several citizens have complained about the church's methods of collecting data about its members.

'Apparently, the church is not only using lie detectors but also questionnaires to find out about their members' sexual habits, perversions and their partners' names,' he said.

Fritzlauf said, 'We are not using any of these methods, we only have an 'e-meter' (electropsychrometer) that is accepted by the Hungarian police, as it is not adequate to detect lies.


[long link]

Message-ID: 438f1e01$0$16970$

Scientology Litigation FAQ

On December 2, 2005 "Lermanet" posted a "Scientology Litigation FAQ".

"Scientology goes to great lengths to make sure that attorneys will consider scientology litigation to be more trouble than it is worth

Because everything scientology does regarding what we take for granted as 'free speech' is in pursuit of silence, being silent, in effect, makes you a scientologist.

And the first step to becoming a Scientologist, is the first time you believe one of Scientology's lies, whether it is a 'Stress Test' or the depopularizing of this activist.

Attorney David Bardine gave a presentaion 8 years ago at an anti cult conference and said that the atrocities committed by cults against individuals would continue until such time as there was a war chest of sufficient size to make seeking justice in america feasable.

People have to feed their familys.

Lawyers expect to be paid well.

One can only work for free for so long before one nolonger has a roof over one's head.

Flynn brought some effective litigation, but finally couldnt take it anymore, because the cost / benefit ( the expenses generated by Scientology) made it a road to financial ruin.

Most people do not get it, do not understand that if Scientology is to be dismembered in search of justice for ripped off members, it will take a lot of money.

And even with money one will not allways succeed.

In a game called litigation in america when those with the deepest pockets ( and most blackmail) win.

One time multi millionaire Robert Minton was driven out of the battle, Scientology spent over 30 million dollars on 'Bob'...

The concierge of a hotel was bribed with $50,000 to copy every piece paper in Robert Minton's ex-business-partner's office. The material was examined by RTC/OSA and sent to Inland Revenue... all this to bring pressue on Robert Minton to stop funding litigation and ex-members efforts to expose $cientology.

Read just SOME of what Bob Minton had to endure, and while reading it, as yourself how long could you have stood up?

Lawrence Wollersheim is still in court battling to get his money. While a legal aid who might have done $100K of work for Lawrence, is trying to get millions out of him, - so LAwrence wont get any. That litigation team behind this gal appears to have very deep pockets...



Unauthorized illustrated history of Scientology

On November 30, 2005, Phil Scott announced

"a gift to mankind, and Dedicated to Ava Parquette, Rick Vokicka's stunning piece, the revelation of Truth to the world."

Message-ID: dmlr86$cbt$

Frivolous lawsuits explained

On December 2, 2005, Barbara Schwarz explained her view of a double standard with regard to frivolous lawsuits.

"Michael Pattinson and Graham Berry filed weird cases. If I would sue the Prime Minister of Russia, all would say that I am insane but when Michael Pattinson and Graham Berry do it, it is 'sanity', ..."

Schwarz cited as her source.

"... Pattinson and Berry filed a civil suit in May of 1998, alleging, among other things, that President Clinton, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Secretary of State, the U.S. Special Trade Representative, two IRS Commissioners and the then Prime Minister of Russia, were part of some international conspiracy to advance Scientology across the world.

This suit was either dismissed or voluntarily withdrawn for 'amendment' no less than six times. In fact, the filing and withdrawal of this complaint was the subject of a sanctions order against Graham Berry for frivolous and harassing litigation tactics. ..."


Michael Pattinson responded

"When the lawsuit was filed circumstances were very different from today.
What we filed was highly appropriate for the time, but would not be fitting for today's situation. ..."

and added

"Oh, yes, Can someone post Barbara Schwartz's record on filing frivolus lawsuits and FOI requests? ..."

(B. Schwarz was dubbed an "FOIA terrorist" for having filed thousands of open record requests from the government and for having sued those who refused her requests, as noted by the May 14, 2005 a.r.s. Week-in-Review under "Vexatious litigant loses lawsuit.")

One of Schwarz's replies to Pattinson included:

"My cases were not frivolous nor were my FOIA requests. I got a lot of valuable documents from that activities, and I am still good at it."



Back to A.R.S. Week in Review

A.r.s. Week in Review is put together for your benefit. This collection is organised for WWW by Andreas Heldal-Lund.

Brought to you by:
Operation Clambake