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Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review

Volume 9, Issue 52 - December 31 2005


Sklar Loses Tax Case

Michael Sklar, a Los Angeles CPA and his wife Marla Sklar lost their appeal with the Ninth Circuit on December 21, 2005. The Sklars challenged the IRS after they attempted to deduct a portion of their children's tuition for Jewish day school in 1994, and were denied. Michael Sklar's reasoning was, "if Scientologist's can deduct their 'auditing" and 'training' fees as charitable contributions, it's only fair to let him similarly deduct the cost of a religious education for his children." In the Dec. 21 decision, the Tax Court sidestepped the equal protection issue, falling back on established court rulings that religious eduction is not deductible as a charitable deduction.

On December 24, 2005 "hwy 12 at bicksler road" posted:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2005/12/tax_court_sklar.html

Tax Court: Parents Cannot Deduct Payments to Their Children's Religious Schools, Despite Scientology Precedent
December 22, 2005

The Tax Court ruled yesterday in Sklar v. Commissioner, 125 T.C. No. 14 (12/21/05),

http://www.ustaxcourt.gov/InOpHistoric/Sk2lar.TC.WPD.pdf [pdf file]

that a couple's tuition and fee payments to their children's Jewish day schools are not charitable contributions because they received a substantial benefit from their payments and lacked charitable intent.

For prior opinions in the case, see:
Sklar v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2000-118

http://www.ustaxcourt.gov/InOpHistoric/sklar.TCM.WPD.pdf
Sklar v. Commissioner, 282 F.3d 610 (9th Cir. 2002)
[long link]

Joe Kristan observes:
http://www.rothcpa.com/archives/001545.php
The 1993 IRS settlement with the Church of Scientology came into play in the Tax Court today. Michael Sklar, a Los Angeles CPA, attempted to deduct a portion of tuition paid to send his children to a Jewish day school. He reasoned that if the Scientologists can deduct their "auditing" and "training" fees as charitable contributions, it's only fair to let him similarly deduct the cost of a religious education for his children. Fair or not, the Tax Court didn't agree. The Tax Court sidestepped the equal protection issue, falling back on established court rulings that religious eduction is not deductible as a charitable deduction."

For prior TaxProf Blog coverage, see here:
http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2004/11/jewish_couple_b.html
and here:
http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2004/11/brody_and_richm.html

See Howard Bashman's post on the case here:
http://legalaffairs.org/howappealing/122205.html#009591

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"Android Cat" commented:

Of course, Sklar wasn't trying to get Scientology's exemption yanked, but to get the same special deal as they have.

On January 29, 2002 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the IRS's opposition. Judge Silverman concurred, saying: "An IRS closing agreement cannot overrule Congress and the Supreme Court.

If the IRS does, in fact, give preferential treatment to members of the Church of Scientology-allowing them a special right to claim deductions that are contrary to law and rightly disallowed to everybody else-then the proper course of action is a lawsuit to put a stop to that policy." If someone takes it from the other side, that the IRS-Scientology agreement is illegal, then they'll probably have more success. (And thanks to Tom Cruise, the special deal might come to the public's attention long enough to draw fire.)

I don't think I'd have liked the Sklar case to succeed, allowing tax-deductable religious tuition for everyone. (Except atheists and religions that don't do that sort of thing.)

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Viewing Scientlogy Exemption Papers

On December 24, 2005, "Jeff Jacobsen" posted:

When a friend and I went to DC to look at the Co$ 1023 forms in the IRS Exempt Organizations Reading Room (call 10 days in advance), we were told that what we were allowed to see was only a portion of the actual documents Co$ filed to get exemption. As I understand it, this was against IRS rules that we were not allowed to see the rest. So here's a case that might have opened those other documents up... I wonder what the decision was?

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Ron Newman poses a question about Tax Analysts' recent decision not to appeal a loss in the closing agreement case, in which Tax Analysts was seeking disclosure of several closing agreements, including one involving the Church of Scientology. (For the text of the opinion in Tax Analysts v. IRS, No. 94-2220 (THF) (D. D.C., Mar. 16, 1999), see Doc 1999-10392 (8 original pages).) Scientology's purported closing agreement appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Newman comments:

"Actually, only part of the closing agreement was published by the Wall Street Journal.

None of the many exhibits have been made public, including this intriguing-sounding item:

L. "Settlement Agreement" means an agreement entered into between the Church Signatories and the Service on even date herewith relating to the disposition of certain other matters between the parties attached hereto as Exhibit IV-5.

I consider it unfortunate that Tax Analysts dropped this case before securing full disclosure of all documents attached to the Scientology Closing Agreement, and I'd like to see Mr. Field's response to this message."

Tom Field, Tax Analysts' president and publisher replies:

"The pending Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) case provides a better vehicle for raising issues relating to background documents. That case is scheduled for oral argument before U.S. District Judge Jackson at 10 A.M. on Friday, April 30, 1999 in courtroom 2 of the Federal courthouse in Washington.

It is possible that Judge Jackson will decide to dismiss the CBN case on the basis of the recent decision. If so, a prompt appeal will be filed in the CBN case by Tax Analysts. This will expeditiously place the entire closing agreement dispute before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. If Tax Analysts is successful at the appellate level in the CBN case, those interested in the backup documents in the Scientology agreement should be able to obtain them by filing a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

It is possible, of course, that Congress will change the law so as to provide by statute for access to closing agreements and background documents. If Congress acts, that would moot the CBN case and all other related litigation."

[For the full text of the petition in the second closing agreement (the "CBN") case,Tax Analysts v. IRS, et al., D. D.C. Dkt. No. 1:98CV02345, see Doc 98-30871 (10 pages).]

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Scientology in Kaliningrad, Russia

Three articles were posted about Scientology in Kaliningrad:

Russian rights advocates seek help from Scientologists
December 11, 2005
http://www.electorat.info

On December 8, 2005 a round table held in Scientology Church Moscow on the theme "How to protect human rights in today's world" was arranged to coincide with International Human Rights Day, noted yearly on December 10. This was the second round table Scientology Church Moscow organized this year on the theme of human rights, and the latter was right in the church building.

[...]

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"Themes of the week" - informational-analytical program. On "Rossiya" radio station Saturdays at 4:20 p.m., repeated 7 p.m. on Sunday

"Themes of the Week" with Vladimir Sharonov of December 10, 2005

http://kaliningrad.rfn.ru/

Narrator: Welcome to the broadcast "Themes of the Week." Vladimir Sharonov in the studio.

(...)

Today on the program:

... Who should close the doors on those passing through the city? Scientology is putting on a race for dangerous charlatans. ...

(...)

Narrator: ... But if something starts to come together in this theme, then in our spiritually orphaned space we live without the culture ministry, we are completely overlooked here. This past week I opened up the newspaper and sighed; Scientology was publicly inviting us to its gathering, and the words "Ron Hubbard" and "Dianetics" were like banners in the advertising block. For me this is a comrade which is not a comrade for us at all, but a long-term acquaintance. And here our Nikolai Dolgachev was tempted, he took a nibble of the advertisement and set off to seek happiness. What came out of this race to happiness, he himself will relate.

(Nikolei Dolgachev's story)

This was like the grand opening of an exhibition. And it had a high-sounding name - "good will tour." For me the atmosphere was pleasant. They fed us sugar pastries, people in yellow shirts walked around and smiled sweetly. Anyway I asked if they weren't gathered here to prepare for the "Orange Revolution." (English note: Scientologists were distributing refreshments at Ukraine's "Orange Revolution" last year.) When they said no way, I understood that happiness was all the nearer. Besides, there weren't any politicians around at all.

But finding out what the "good-will tour" represented did not prove easy. And a journalist without full knowledge of total happiness does not take the offensive. "We are involved with 'Dianetics' and 'Scientology'", the organizers reported with joyful smiles. For some reason it seemed to me that this was about some sort of diet. Japanese, apparently. It never occurred to me that this was something that could solve any problem, gastronomical included. It turned out they had knowledge about how to cope with any misfortune, be it drug addiction or a bad mood.

Vladimir Shchedrin, director of the center distributing Dianetics and Scientology: "We work every day, any person can come and find an answer to the problem that is bothering him now."

For more clarity here they arranged a demonstration lecture. Only for some reason they were not able to answer many questions. It seemed to me they did not want to, either. A woman asked "how do I find a common language with my child?". The answer was strange and general. It was heard several more times after that.

The speaker was certain that to resolve calamity, it was enough to buy a booklet and work with specialists. I heard this myself. A girl who was distributing a press release whispered to me that Scientology cured heroin addiction 95 times out of a hundred. This was the one! I was amazed at how the Health Ministry had missed statistics as unprecedented as this. They should have this! They could send everyone on the streets to them, to eradicate drug addiction at its root. But drug enforcement people think otherwise.

Alexander Gorshkov, head of the section of interdepartmental cooperation for drug control for Kaliningrad region: "If they actually said this to you, these are charlatans. I don't know what their objective is, but this percentage is a lie. In Krasnodarsk they had a "Narconon" clinic that the Scientologists set up. They said their cure rate was in the 70th percentile, yet not a single case was demonstrated. Their clinic was closed because they broke the law, not a single specialist in the whole clinic. They didn't even get a license."

Looking at the sweet yellow-shirted people, nobody would have thought them capable of lying. But why? Really, when I heard that they were called clergy, I hesitated. I said, Children, you don't happen to be sectarians? "No-oo," they said, "we just have an applied religious philosophy." If anyone can explain to me what makes an applied religious philosophy different from quasi-religion, I'll buy them a beer.

Igor Petrovskiy, press secretary of the Kaliningrad Cathedral: "Naturally Scientology is a religion, but they have a basis other than Christianity. They are not oriented to love of neighbor and keeping the Commandments - the basis of Russian and European morals. The Scientologists do not have moral restrictions."

I had the chance to rummage around in reference books and papers. I rummaged. Oh my! As early as 1996 Scientology was listed in a Duma resolution as a particularly dangerous totalitarian sect. Their organizations have been prohibited in Germany, Belgium and Austria. Why? Having gotten over my inertia and natural timidity, I called the leading expert sectologist in Moscow.

Dvorkin (by telephone): "They pursue objectives of profit, and are not averse to deceit. They even promise immortality. People are put under strict control with the aid of psychological methods. They are particularly dangerous for society, part of the reason for that is their attempts to infiltrate government structures."

Now the smiles of the chicken-shaped children caused me great apprehension. Practically even a bestial fear. Just as embarrassing, every day until New Year's unsuspecting Kaliningradites being lured to this organization. The good-will tour. Ha. Tour for what - fools? Well these fools are the simpletons for whom I barely began the search for easy happiness.

(...)

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Scientology raiding party lands in Kaliningrad

December 15, Kaliningrad, http://pravoslavie.ru

The conflict began after airing of the "Themes of the week" with Vladimir Sharonov on the "Kaliningrad" state radio station. One of its topics covered passage through Kaliningrad by the European Good Will Tour, arranged by people who included Scientologists, reported Kaliningrad's Christ the Savior Cathedral's press service.

As soon as the Scientology landing party hit the beach they started distributing leaflets inviting regional residents to solve their problems at an office building in one of Kaliningrad's prestigious districts. An entire floor had been reserved for this purpose.

The operation immediately came into Kaliningrad's journalistic field of vision. In its coverage of the story "Themes of the week" journalists explained what had come to Kaliningrad. It seemed that Scientology was not a diet, not dispassionate psychological help, not a seminar on finances, but a religious course that called itself the "Church of Scientology." To the reporter's amazement, nowhere on the tour's advertisements or in its booklets was it mentioned that this was for religion or what the beliefs were. Having sought advice from specialists in Moscow and Kaliningrad's eparchy, the journalist explained that behind the European tour was an international totalitarian organization as notorious in Europe as it was in Russia.

On the following day two people presenting themselves as a "couple" arrived at the radio station and wanted to talk with a representative from "Kaliningrad" state radio. The same day Scientologists also visited Orthodox representatives and tried to find out who in the eparchy gave the commentary and where he could be found. The same day an eparchial employee received an anonymous telephone call saying a terrorist act was being planned for the building. (Police experts and their dogs found nothing.)

Russia was the fourth country in the Baltic region for the European tour, which began July of this year. Kaliningrad Scientology workers plan to soon till the expanses of Mongolia.

Background: Scientology is a religion founded by Ron Hubbard (1911-1986), an adherent of Satanist Aleister Crowley. It is a pseudoscientific anti-Christian organization, which has been characterized as one of the most dangerous sects of the 21st century. It was accused repeatedly of espionage in the USA, Germany, France, Greece and Cyprus. Methods of Scientology's combat against those otherwise inclined are considered one of the most criminal.

The Church of Scientology is classified as a destructive religious organization in the following documents: RF Duma resolution of 15 December 1996; FRG embassy's verbal note of 22 November 1995; 1996 RF Duma analytical bulletin "On the national threat in Russia from destructive religious organizations"; 1996 RF Health Ministry informational material; documentation from OSCE on freedom of religion, Warsaw, 16-19 April 1996, and many others.

Additional information exposing Scientology may be read at the following Internet sites:

(Russian sites listed)

In English:
http://www.xenu.net/
http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/

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Boycott Mission Impossible 3

On December 24, "Paul Horner" posted:

I am still not finished with the site (gramatical, spelling errors, and information) , but I thought I would share it here.......

The sites are to inform people that portions of the money you are spending to see this Mission Impossible 3 movie will go directly to Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise will then donate it to the cult he is involved with where lots of people have died. He will then promote his cult/religion to young YOUNG CHILDREN.

KIDS ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE AND SUSCEPTIBLE TO JOINING A CULT.

Sign it to show you don't support cults (The Church of Scientology). Enough signatures = enough education to others not to join this evil brainwashing cult that is ruining people's lives.

The Boycott Mission Impossible Website
http://www.boycottmi3.com

Sign the MI3 petition http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/mi3

I would appreciate any comments, additions, corrections or ideas on the sites. Thank you-

Paul Horner

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One More Scientologist Free

On December 24, 2005, "Tory/Magoo" (Tory Christman) posted:

A few weeks ago I was in a place and was talking to someone about Scientology and why I left. A lady there over heard,

came up to me and said, "My husband has joined Scientology, and I'm very concerned".

I was just leaving, so I told her to ask her husband to just go read this one web site, and then make up his mind. I wrote down:

http://www.xenu.net

and off I went.

Today I went there again. To my great surprise, this very nice man came walking up and said, "I want to personally thank you for helping me see what Scientology is really about, and thus I'm out and free of all of that".

Honestly, as much as I know now people read the Internet daily, hourly, and see the light and leave, every story is truly a blessing for me, and I told him so. This was one of my best Christmas gifts, the day before Christmas!

He told me how he'd given them quite a bit of money, and each time they were sort of encouraging his 'wins'. Finally he realized these were not really wins at all for him, but he was just getting more and more delusional. Then his wife suggested he check out www.xenu.net and he told me, 'I read every thing on it, and all of it helped me wake up, but your story moved me the most, and I didn't even know you were the person who had spoken to my wife. I showed her your photo and she said, "That's the lady!". (Magoo waives to the OSA ops)

It just turned out to be an 'accident' she told me that he happened to come when I was there today, and we all smiled.

EVERY single story and post helps people actually find out the truth, and get their lives back.

This is a huge win for each and every critic, x-scientologist, people who still call themselves Scientologists yet they write about what they got while 'in' and why they left, and yes, each and every media person who had taken the time to write about Scientology..........really a win for all who help expose this organization.

Merry Christmas and a big thank you from this person, and his wife, and me

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Tory/Magoo~Dancing in the moonlight~
In Scientology for 30 years, out happily for 5 years!
For thinking and speaking my mind, Scientology declared me
a 'suppressive person' and expelled me from their so called 'church'
Free at LAST!

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Ex-Member Talks about Image of Scientology Black Uniforms

On December 24, "Chuck Beatty" posted information about the change of Scientology uniforms to black pants and shirts over the last ten years, under the leadership of David Miscavige:

It might already have been noted, but DM's in last 10 years or so, is the one giving the final stamp of approval for using the black uniforms that RTC have adopted and worn as one of their types of work uniforms, which is the black shirt and black trousers. The blackshirt look. He's seen in this uniform at the Freewinds, in one of the IMPACT magazine shots of him speaking at one of the Maiden Voyage events/conferences for the top Scientology OTs who assemble at the Freewinds each June.

The RTC blackshirt look is also prevalent at the Flag Landbase, and DM wears the blackshirt, black trousers uniform (RTC staffers only get to wear this uniform) at the Int Base also. (One exception, is that there is one Gold org unit that also gets to wear black shirts and trousers, but the Gold units' shirts are button down collar, while the RTC blackshirts are sort of the the tailored LAPD police officer uniform look.)

Needless to say the blackshirt unfortunately and unwittingly positions RTC with the heinous reputationed WW II German blackshirts. So when DM goes charging around the Int Base in his blackshirt uniform and followed by his blackshirt uniformed RTC subordinates, they present themselves unwittingly like the German elite blackshirts did within their organizations.

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Chuck Beatty

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Dennis Erlich Posts Removed from Google?

On December 25, 2005 "Android Cat" posted:

While tracking down CoS's policy of Illegal PCs, I came across this webbed post of Dennis' from 06 Aug 94.

http://www.planetkc.com/sloth/sci/gays.html

When I tried to see if there was a thread following that post in Google, searching for msgid 9408061113.0FRJ400@support.com resulted in "The requested message, 9408061113.0FRJ400@support.com, could not be found."

The webbed version has no x-no-archive flag (it probably didn't exist at the time). Was Dennis in the habit of removing his messages, did he do it after the settlement, or did Scientology covertly remove them later? And can anyone with an archive of ARS verify if all Dennis' posts have disappeared?

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Ron of that ilk.

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"Arnaldo Lerma" commented:

if scientology was indeed deleting dennis erlich postinsg from google, it might violate the settlement agreement, rendering it void.

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Android Cat wrote:

There is ARS traffic in Google in that period. Looks like someone in Texas was archiving it during that period. (I'm glad to see that Google hasn't retroactively vandalized the article headers by removing the Path line.)

As well, there are still messages with dennis.l.erl...@support.com as the author, so maybe it's just a glitch or sunspots...

http://groups.google.com/groups?as_q=&num=10&scoring=r&hl=en&as_epq=&...

The missing post:
http://www.planetkc.com/sloth/sci/gays.html

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Rev. David Rice, Esq. wrote:

My archive:

ars-1995-05pre.zip
ars-1995-06.zip
ars-1995-07.zip
[...]

In about 40 minutes see the web page at
http://holysmoke.org/de/index.htm

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Warrior wrote:

I'd love to know which of Dennis' posts were removed from Google/DejaNews, and which were flagged X-No-Archive - Yes. I think it would be very telling.

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Rev. David Rice, Esq. wrote:

*POOF!* Your wish is my command. From the archive at http://holysmoke.org/de/index.htm from Sten-Arne Zerpe's CD:

Subject: Re: Thanks Bob Minton and Dateline...but I wish
Date: 17 Jun 1998 13:34:03 EDT
Message-ID: 358efb4e.11075852@news.concentric.net
X-No-Archive: yes

[...]

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On December 26, Rev. David Rice, Esq. posted:

"The Dennis Erlich Project"

The ARS archive someone was kind enough to send to me contains 56 text files and runs a total of 1,890,898,674 bytes. My computer is currently parsing all of that text, extracting articles posted by Dennis Erlich / Informer. Once it is done (if it EVER gets done) I will post the articles to The Holysmoke Org.

The articles will be parsed into individual text files. At a rough glance there appears to be over 500 of them butit is too soon to say.

There might be some "false positives" extracted--- the archive does not appear to have any symbol to deliminate messages so I have used the "From: " field. This means any article that has a header line before the "From: " field will either be lost or will be tagged to the end of the previous article.

The archive does not have articles that were posted previous to may of 1995, so after the extraction program is finished (in about four hours) I will write a program to query Google Groups for earlier Erlich articles.

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Scientology-Related Photos and Videos

"Gerry Armstrong" posted a link to a holiday picture

http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/fun/xenuvillage-2005-2.html

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"Jeff Jacbosen" posted links to more video footage

http://www.lisamcpherson.org/videos/mar97_TV.mpg

1997 Clearwater, Florida TV coverage of picket

http://www.ourmedia.org/node/126085

taken in 1999 of Gabe Cazares, former mayor of Clearwater, Florida

http://www.ourmedia.org/node/126183

a speech of attorney Kennan Dandar (who represented the Estate of Lisa McPherson) taken in December, 1999

http://www.ourmedia.org/node/126439

This was my talk at the 1999 conference in Clearwater. The point of my talk is to review two other communities like Clearwater that had a serious cult problem.

I've put up 13 videos so far at http://www.lisamcpherson.org/cos/videos.htm

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"hwy 12 at bicksler road" posted links of the Volunteer Ministers, with captions about their presence in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:

http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/1058299/1/49161368/Large

Caption: "Biggest pains in the butt - "Volunteer Ministers from Scientology." Throughout the evacuation, the number one most obnoxious group were these people - here their tent right outside of the Baton Rouge RiverPlex Red Cross shelter, during the Katrina evacuation."

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"henri" posted a link to a holiday tour:

http://buttersquash.net/archives/xmas.htm

A Christmas Tour of the Bustling Metropolis of Clearwater

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Rolling Stone Magazine Humors Scientology

On December 27, 2005 "iTal" wrote:

I was just thumbing thru the year end issue of Rolling Stone magazine, browsing the section titled 'The Worst Year Ever 2005' and something caught my eye -

"L. Ron to the Rescue" is in big bold letters above a photo of John Travolta and his wife hanging out in New Orleans with their arms around some Volunteer Ministers. A small caption imposed over the lower left corner of the photo reads 'Gulf residents look on, stunned, as Hurricane Barbarino makes landfall.' - LOL

Beneath the photo, the copy reads: 'Did you know Beck is a Scientologist? What a bummer.'

'In other Scientology news, members of the group's "Disaster Response Team" (including John Travolta) traveled to the Gulf Coast in the wak of Katrina to offer "assists" - which the unconverted claim look suspiciously like neck massages - and Dianetics tracts. Happy endings cost extra.'

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L Ron Hubbard Quotes on Racism

On December 28, 2005 "Simkatu" wrote:

"You shouldn't be scrubbing the floor on your hands and knees. Get yourself a nigger; that's what they're born for."

-L. Ron Hubbard, in letter to his first wife.

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"wbarwell" wrote:

The South African native is probably the one impossible person to train in the entire world? He is probably impossible by any human standard.

-L. Ron Hubbard, Professional Auditor's Bulletin,
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Tom Cruise - Snagging More Big Bucks for Scientology?

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9916573/

On October 28, 2005 MSNBC reported:

The "Mission Impossible" star has been honored for being the biggest donor to the religion, and is said to have raised more than $1.6 million for a controversial detox program for firefighters in New York that is linked to Scientology. But the real money may be yet to come.

While filming "The Last Samurai," Cruise became chummy with James Packer, whose billionaire father, Kerry Packer was the richest man in Australia. The elder Packer died this week, and James Packer is widely believed to be inheriting his father's empire.

"James Packer was spotted around a Scientology campus in Australia, has made frequent trips in Los Angeles where Scientology is headquartered, and reportedly spent time in Scientology counseling sessions in Sydney - and Tom Cruise is his pal," Cultnews.com' s Rick Ross tells The Scoop. "Practically everything that Tom Cruise does has some connection to Scientology. The thinking is that Cruise has groomed this guy to be a big giver to follow in Cruise's footsteps. After all, Tom Cruise is the biggest giver Scientology has."

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[long link]

From the Blog Herald:

Vale Kerry Packer, Welcome to our Scientology Overlord

I for one would like to welcome James Packer to the helm of PBL and promise to not make too many jokes about the fact that the Church of Scientology now controls one of Australia's largest media empires. We've heard on the grapeview that National Nine News is going to include a salute every night to the Xenu, and well as replacing those overnight happy clappy christian shows with Scientology sessions. I particularly look forward to what our politicians will do now that they have to brown nose to a scientologist. Will Scientology be promised as Australia's new national religion by the party that want's the most positive coverage in the press? Will Ricky Ponting turn to Scientology to help the Australian Cricket team....interesting times ahead!

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Jim Morrison Exhibit Clearwater - Will Yield Money to Cult Programs

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/12/28/Northpinellas/Will_Morrison_exhibit.shtml

On December 28, 2005 the St. Petersburg Times (North Pinellas, Florida) reported:

The Clearwater Library, once a hangout for a young Jim Morrison, is considering a permanent Morrison exhibit.

CLEARWATER - Before Jim Morrison became the rock icon and lead singer of The Doors, he was just a young man getting shushed a lot at the Clearwater Library.

Morrison lived with his grandparents a couple of blocks from the downtown library when he went to St. Petersburg Junior College in the early 1960s. Back then, friends say Morrison used to get harassed for being different.

[...]

Library officials learned of Morrison's affinity for the library in a Times story in September about Morrison's Clearwater roots and his relationship with then-girlfriend Mary Werbelow. Now library officials are considering a permanent Morrison exhibit in the library's special collections room, in hopes that Morrison's fame as a cult hero might spark a new generation of young readers.

"It might be something we want to capitalize on," said Judy Melges, Clearwater Library Foundation trustee. "We'll have to see where it goes." Plans are still very much in the "embryonic stage," she said, and will be brought before the full library board in late January.

The tentative plan would be to assemble a special collection of the books that influenced Morrison and his poetry and lyrics. Last month, library officials met with two of Morrison's old Clearwater friends, Palmer and Phil Anderson, to chronicle some of Morrison's involvement with the library.

[...]

In addition to Morrison's favorite books, the library's exhibit might include a more tangible link to Morrison. Triangle Development, the firm that demolished the home of Morrison's grandparents last summer for a massive waterfront condominium/retail development, has offered to donate one of the home's doors.

Before knocking down the old bungalow on the bluffs overlooking Clearwater Harbor, Triangle salvaged some 29 doors, floorboards from Morrison's room, bricks and other memorabilia. They intend to auction those items on eBay, with the proceeds to benefit the Clearwater Library and Narconon and Criminon, drug treatment and crime rehabilitation programs inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The principals of Triangle are Scientologists.

Funds would also go to the local Cherish the Children Foundation, where Triangle's Ben Kugler sits on the board of directors. "We just want to help Clearwater, to create a renaissance in town," said Karen Scott of Triangle. "We really want to do something big, to put Clearwater on the map, a big benefit for all these worthy causes in our town."

The auction was tentatively scheduled for early next year but Scott said the auction and a planned benefit concert at Coachman Park have been put off until perhaps February or March 2007. Scott said booking performers for the concert required more advanced notice than she anticipated.

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Horror Film Debut - Young Actress Attributes Acting Roles to Scientology

On December 30, 2005 the Courier News reported:

http://www.c-n.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051228/NEWS01/512280304/1006

[...]

Professionally trained as a singer since the age of 6, Amii Buzin performed for 14 years in choirs and was one of 25 students at Bridgewater-Raritan West to be chosen to participate in the school's understudy program, she said was taught by legendary New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

[...]

Buzin, who resides in Hollywood, currently works as a casting agent for child actors with Studio Kids, a casting company under the umbrella of the Hollywood Group. Her work, she said, has given her the opportunity to help children with aspirations of stardom break into what is a highly competitive business.

[...]

...after Sept. 11, Buzin said she became very active in the Church of Scientology, which she credits with helping her to land jobs in the entertainment industry.

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Tom Cruise, Scientology and Xenu Go Down in 2005 History

End of the year news media has decided overwhelmingly to nominate Tom Cruise, Scientology and Xenu as recipients for exhibiting the most bizarre behavior for the year, 2005.

http://ottsun.canoe.ca/Showbiz/OtherShowbiz/2005/12/26/1368236-sun.html

From the Ottawa Sun:

Welcome 2005 Slammy Awards, the fourth annual look back at the interactions of the Olympian celebrity gods and mortals. Marriages died, troths were pledged and butts were allegedly pinched.

Here's the year 2005 as it was.

THE "WHAT XENU JOINS TOGETHER" SLAMMY ... The Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes freakshow -- Oprah meltdown, Eiffel Tower proposal and subsequent press conference, etc. -- was capped by news Cruise bought his own ultrasound machine so he could see his unborn child anytime. We'd scan his head too, but that's uncomfortably close to psychiatry.

[...]

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10384425/

From MSNBC:

The resolutions of the rich and famous
Some celebrity goals for 2006? We humbly offer a few suggestions

Name: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Resolved: To fulfill their dreams of being the perfect, most well-adjusted family in Hollywood. One that no one could possibly suspect of being a complete sham perpetrated by a 40-something Scientologist who worries that his days of being the go-to stud are numbered and a former WB refugee who sees only horror movie sequels in her future.

After announcing her retirement from acting to fulfill the glorious role of motherhood, Holmes will promptly knock out two more kids before taking a role in an Anthony Minghella-directed period drama. She'll be panned by critics, but will lay the groundwork for her post-Cruise career by proving that she has more than one facial expression.

While making sure to re-seed the more thinning portions of his hairline, Cruise will continue to insist on doing his own stunts and talk incessantly about it in the press. Reigned in by his new set of handlers, he will keep couch leaping and prescription drug bashing to a minimum, but will forever hold a grudge against Matt Lauer.

The two will part amicably after starring together in an action-packed remake of "The Way We Were." After which, Holmes' career will blossom and Cruise will be romantically linked in the press to Dakota Fanning.

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http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/12/27/2005.entertainment/index.html

On Wednesday, December 28, 2005 CNN reported:

2005: A Hollywood love story Movies may have been uneven, but affairs were in full throttle

The most-talked about movie-star scene this year wasn't Harry Potter getting chosen by the Goblet of Fire. It wasn't "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" getting his chest hair ripped off. It wasn't Sarah Silverman telling a filthy joke, or Darth Vader getting burned, or George Clooney being tortured.

It was Tom Cruise jumping on a couch.

Cruise's action on Oprah Winfrey's talk show, a demonstration of the fervency of his love for girlfriend (now fiancée) Katie Holmes, caught even Winfrey off guard. The clip was so endlessly replayed -- and Cruise's behavior so endlessly mocked, given that it was followed by a "Today" show appearance featuring an outspoken put-down of psychiatry ("Matt, Matt," he chided host Matt Lauer, "you're glib") -- that it even gave rise to a phrase: "jumping the couch," "a defining moment when you know someone has gone off the deep end," according to UrbanDictionary.co

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On December 30, 2005 "moontaco" wrote:

The Today Show year in review

NBC's been running this commercial to promote the review of 2005 it will air in the morning. It's basically a clip of Tom Cruise telling Matt Lauer that he doesn't know about psychiatry, then a general "happy" shot of the Today show cast sitting on their couch and laughing. Even though no direct connection is offered, the implication is clear.

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On December 30, "Tory/Magoo" (Tory Christman) wrote:

I just heard on the news (channel 7, at 11:25 PST in USA) that our biggest media SP, little Tommy Cruise, as now made it to the TOP in this years Slang Dictionary.

His action of jumping off of Oprah's couch has now been termed: "Jump the Couch" and that expression has been voted #1 slang expression this year.

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Los Angeles Picket Photos and Reports - December 27, 2005

Jeff Jacobsen and Barbara Graham picketed in Los Angeles, California on December 27, 2005

On December 29, 2005 "Jeff Jacobsen" wrote:

My Trip to Los Angeles, 12/26-27/05

[...]

To make parking easier, Barb asked the Sizzler manager if she could park her bike in back out of the way and come back in a couple of hours. He said fine. So we went to the Hubbard Life Exhibit on Hollywood Blvd.

First we drove by the Hyperion address. It's a small business building that seems to be divided by 3 businesses, the middle one (2618) being Allstate Insurance.

Xenu and I parked and picketed in front of the Life Exhibit from about 3-4:30pm. There seemed to be fewer pedestrians than normal, but I handed out about 2 dozen flyers perhaps, and Xenu handed out some too. The Scientologists called the cops again, so the female cop dutifully told us the rules of picketing and left. Several passersby videotaped and photographed Xenu.

As we were picketing, several Scientologists were going in and out of the building all dressed up, and other staff were carrying more formal clothes, no doubt for the New Year's event that night at the Shrine Auditorium. One younger woman in a beautiful gown carried an office box in and out with a label that said "CST Project." She walked about a half block down Hollywood Blvd and was apparently waiting there to be picked up.

At least 7 large buses came and parked right in the street beside the Life Exhibit, and we saw a few staff getting on before we drove away. I was wondering, why would so many Scientologists be at the Life Exhibit building before the New Year's event? Unless these were all staff? I don't know.

After we left the picket we decided to check out the Big Blue building on the way back to Sizzler to get Barb's bike, then go to the Shrine Auditorium to picket the event there (scheduled to start at 6:30pm). As we drove around the Big Blue on LRH Way, a white van pulled up along side us at the light and Ed Richardson yelled at us "I have a message for you!" The light changed and I drove off. Richardson followed us. In fact he followed us for several miles, through back streets and everything. When he got behind us at a red light he'd come up to my window with his cell phone out and say "I have a message for you!" I'd say "happy birthday to you too!" and drive off. But when we pulled into the Sizzler parking lot, apparently the important message wasn't so important anymore because Richardson just drove on by and we never saw him again.

At the Sizzler we discovered that Barb's motorcycle was gone. I at first assumed it was stolen. But we called the police and it had been towed "at the request of the Sizzler." So we talked to the Sizzler manager again. He said he never authorized that the motorcycle be towed. So... what happened? Apparently somebody posed as the manager and got the towing company to tow the bike. Who would do that?

While we were calling around with my cell phone in the car to figure out where the bike was, a guy came up to my window and said "are you through today?" I assumed this was a Scientology PI so I said "no." He then invited Barb and I to dinner, but we declined. We were kind of busy.

So finally we got the address and instructions to get the bike back. We went to the yard and talked to the guy who towed the bike. He said that he went to the Sizzler after a call from there. A worker was outside and said she'd take the paperwork in for the manager to sign. So the towing guy only dealt with an "employee" of Sizzler who was outside and went in briefly.

After paying the fee and asking directions, we headed off for the Shrine Auditorium, with Barb following me on her bike.

I went a few miles past the Shrine turnoff by mistake, so we stopped and got directions (and solicits from a few homeless people). By the time we got to the Shrine it was about 7pm. There was quite a bit of traffic there of Scientologists still driving in (remember the 6:30pm starting time?). But we decided it would not be wise to park our cars near the Shrine where we could not see them, especially because both have "xenu.net" bumper stickers. So we drove past and parked behind the Burger King to decide what to do. I saw a silver SUV park nearby that I was sure was a PI, though I'm not sure how I knew that (perhaps they were following us from our travels near the Shrine).

Suddenly a smaller man in a suit approached Barb by her bike. I took his photothinking it might be a Scientologist. He was actually a nice Italian guy, who was just asking directions and objected to having his picture taken. I showed him that I erased it and we had a nice conversation about the PIs following Barb and me. He seemed gung ho to go check out the PI with me, so we started walking toward the SUV. Suddenly the SUV slammed into reverse and shot back into the Denny's part of the parking lot. He even squealed his tires. So, with my camera out, we tried to approach the SUV, but he shot out of the parking lot and I didn't get a picture.

A while later I walked to the street corner to see which streets we were on so we could see how to get to the freeway. As I was walking over there a guy walked up to me and said "Hi, Jeff. Remember me?" He looked kind of like the actor William Hurt but I said no. I looked at the street signs and he asked why I was there. I said I'm fighting a cult that kills people, bye, and walked back to my car.

Barb decided to try to stay at a friend's for the night, and I decided to head home. So I followed her out with the idea that she would go one way and I'd go another, and the PI could only choose one of us. And indeed, an SUV (or maybe 2) followed us out. But then Barb got confused about directions so we did a u-turn, which slowed the tail. By the time the PI was back up to us, Barb was quite a ways down the road. I don't think she was followed. I was. So I stayed on back streets. I saw a cop car parked at a gas station, so I pulled in there and talked to the cops about stalking laws and such, and tried to point out the SUV that was following me as he u-turned. We talked for about 5 minutes or so, and when I left I don't think I was followed from then on. I drove to an undisclosed location and spent the night, and had a flat tire in the morning. I then drove home.

This is true.

Photos
http://www.lisamcpherson.org/images/xenu1.jpg
http://www.lisamcpherson.org/images/xenu2.jpg
http://www.lisamcpherson.org/images/hyperion_property_LA.jpg
http://www.lisamcpherson.org/images/life_exhibit_buses.jpg

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On December 29, 2005 "Barb" wrote:

[...]

When I pulled into the Sizzler parking lot, I met Jeff, who was actually just leaving! He waited while I wolfed down a steak and a glass of chablis; sated, I was ready to assume the character of the beloved Galactic Overlord.

I thought it would be more convenient to just take one vehicle. Hah! I asked the manager of the Sizzler if I could leave my bike parked in his parking lot for a few hours, and he said it was okay, if I put it out of the way of customer traffic. I stuck it in a half-slot near the dumpsters in an out of the way place, got my stuff out of the panniers, and Jeff and I headed over to the LRH Life Museum. The Xenu costume really is a magnificent piece of work! Dr. Dave sent me a new mask to replace the old one, which had literally rotted to bits. Nothing left but a pair of purple eyes. The foam inside the shoulder piece is falling apart, unfortunately. It left crumbly bits of orange foam all over the interior of Jeff's car. We found a parking place down the street, I donned the costume and shuffled down to Hollywood Blvd. The costume robes are made like an elegant evening gown, you have to take baby steps; no striding while Xenu!

It might be just another day in Hollyweird, seeing an alien Overlord on the boulevard, Xenu got lots of attention from passersby. Xenu was handing out 'Ron the War Zero' fliers to counter the confabulations offered within the doors of the Life Museum. He received many accolades from his human subjects driving by, honks, waves, and cell phone pictures were constant. Many tourist hominids on foot took Xenu's picture as well as a flier. Xenu's sign had a picture of Stan from South Park, dressed as the return of Hubbard with the wreath and toga, and the quote, "SCIENTOLOGY IS A BIG, FAT, GLOBAL SCAM!"

And the Sea Ogres in their pale blue shirts and black ties scuttled to and fro in a constant stream, hustling to Do Important Things. I don't think the SO building across the street has been sold as someone reported a while back, because it was bustling with activity. I saw a couple of guys with epaulettes on their shoulders, for the rest of it, the poor, dedicated culties were wearing pale blue shirts, black tie, dark slacks and shoes. After a couple of hours, Xenu's eyes started to fog over and it was getting pretty damp inside the mask.

People started arriving with garment bags, or already dressed in formal wear, ready for the New Year's event. When the busses began to arrive, we decided to call it quits. Elronically, one cultie ordered Xenu to "get a life." Xenu has had many, many lives. He was not insulted. There was one Scientologist who remained on the corner during our picket, watching us with a cell phone screwed into his ear. Predictably, LAPD was called. The female officer who arrived was, surprisingly, shorter than me.

There aren't many people around who are. She was polite and professional, something that impresses me about the Hollywood officers. I don't know where LAPD keeps the jackasses you read about in the news, Compton maybe. She gave us the usual rundown, don't block egress, ect. ect. and mentioned something about taking photographs, which is legal on public property in California. I guess the clams must have complained. Ironic, since their properties bristle with cameras trained on the sidewalks! We assured her that we had done this before and had no intention of breaking the law. She talked with our watchclam for a while and left, much to his disappointment, I am sure.

As we walked back to the car, we were warned off from picketing an empty bus by its driver. "Don't you be picketing my bus!" he said. Jeff, Ghandi tech personified, explained that we were walking back to his car. The guy seemed to want to continue warning us, so we kept going.

By now, it was around 5:00 pm, and I was glad to divest myself of Xenu's robes and rubber head. We cruised over to have a look at Big Blue, at which point a silver SUV pulled up next to us. I could see Edwin Richardson at the wheel. He wanted to tell us something real bad! "I've got something to tell you," he called, indicating that we should roll down the window.

"Oh, fuck, it's fucking Richardson!" I snorted. Jeff said to him, "that's nice," and drove on. The son of a bitch continued to follow us. At one point, he actually got out of his van at a light and came pecking on Jeff's window. "I've been watching you," he said. "That's nice," said Jeff, and then the light changed and we sped off, leaving Richardson standing in traffic.

I bet his Big News was that he'd had my bike towed. He followed us all the way back to the Sizzler parking lot, and then split.

My bike sure the heck wasn't in the parking lot when we got back. I asked the manager if anyone had moved it. He said no, and seemed very unhappy that it had gone missing from his parking lot. I assured him that I didn't think it his fault, and thanked him for graciously allowing me to park it there. While I was calling LAPD, a second silver SUV pulled into the parking lot, and a pair of yahoos apparently invited us out to dinner.

One of them sidled too close to me while I was on the line, and I snarled at him to get back. I finished my phone call from inside the car, and the officer told me the bike had been impounded. The notice on the wall around the parking lot had the tow lot's information, so I called them next. All I needed to get Hootie out of hock was a drivers license and $220.00 in cash money. I went in to the Sizzler and spoke to the manager. He was shocked that my bike had been towed, and wondered why the tow truck driver hadn't come in and informed him about it.

Well, it was because some cult asshole had posed as the manager in the parking lot, and signed the papers! We got directions to the tow yard, and found an ATM machine, which spat out the $220, much to my surprise. There used to be a limit "because of drug dealers." I guess that stupid law was changed.

At the tow yard, out in the middle of godnose where, I treated the guy behind the counter nicely. It wasn't his fault. Who would expect some asshole PI to impersonate a restaurant manager? I told him what the deal was, how we had come to LA to picket Scientology, and he said, "Oh, those assholes!" He told me that Diamond Towing used to have a contract with them, and they would have dozens of cars towed away from their property, probably belonging to staff. Mobile slaves aren't a Good Thing, and the cult took their wheels. He also said that, while on tow runs, he would see members indulging in dangerous activities, such as washing windows way high up without any safety gear. He didn't seem terribly fond of the Scientologists, but he didn't give me my $220 back, either. He also refused to trade me a black Mercedes for my Beemer, but the tow truck driver said he'd prefer to have the bike.

All the while, I was in constant contact with Tory and Susan, but I was a little short with them, I'm afraid, until I got the bike back. I needed to think Tomorrow,I am going to call the tow truck company to see if they have email. I want to send them a picture of Edloser Richardson and see if he's the guy who posed as the manager. The driver said only that he had not been a heavy set Latino, which the manager is.

We then proceeded to the Shrine Auditorium. Alas, Jeff's plan to park on the street outside was foiled because of the time, it was after 6:30 by the time we arrived, so we pulled into the parking lot of a strip mall across the street to figure out our next move. An Italian gent approached us where we were parked behind a Wendys, and asked us where the Shrine was. We told him, and Jeff took his picture, suspecting he might be one of our PI friends. He wasn't, and took exception to having his picture taken. Apparently you don't do that in Italy!

Jeff deleted the image in front of him, and he went on his way. No, he wasn't a Scientologist, nope, just a tourist wanting to see the Shrine. Yeah, right. The Shrine is a real tourist destination. I bid him 'bon giorno,' and off he went. Jeff went off to try to get a pic of one of the vehicles which had been following us; the driver burned rubber in the parking lot to avoid getting photographed. I had my picket sign bungeed to the back seat of my bike, and it attracted the attention of a pair of punkish-looking wannabes in black clothes and black dyed hair. One of them was saying something stupid about my bike being fuel injected, like he knew something about BMW motorcycles. They were too close, so I doodled on over to hear one of them read my sign. "Word up!" I told him.

His voice rose in that whiny tone only a peeved adolescent can achieve. "You should take those stickers off that bike!" he told me. "I'm a Scientologist."

"Aww," said I. "I'm sorry to hear that. You should get a real life before you waste the one you've got." They stomped off crankily into the mall. Word!

At this point, we decided to call it a night. I decided to stay over with Susan rather than Tory, although both had extended an invitation. Nothing personal, it's just that Susan is closer to San Diego. Jeff and I parted ways at the 110 freeway, each of us with our respective followers. Mine peeled off south of Compton, where I hope they had a flat at Normandie and Vermont, where the last LA riots started.

I spent a pleasant evening charming the fur off Susan's greyhounds, two beautiful rescued dogs which, like Bart Simpson's dog, were racing hounds in an earlier part of life.

The ride home was uneventful, and traffic was light. I had to stop by my parents' house to give them the 411 on my Los Angeles adventure, and to reveal the cunning plan I concocted the night before to make sure this never happens again.

This is true,
--barb

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"Ida Camburn" wrote:

This is the same Richardson who followed Barbz and Jeff

http://www.lermanet.com/scientologyscandals/keepoffmomsfrontporch.htm

Sunday, February 23, 2002
On Saturday, an infamous agent, employee and dirty tricks private investigator named Edwin Richardson

http://web.tampabay.rr.com/sp/PI.html

appeared on 79 year old Ida Camburn's doorstep, feigning to want to make peace, so that Ms. Camburn would not make a "cake bomb". Scientology's Richardson was accompanied by a member of the Hemet Sheriff's office, who was not quite sure what to make of all of this or exactly why he was there.

Well let me try to connect the dots for you in this confusing saga of what may be multiple nested deceptions.

This elaborate frame job was based upon a February 19th posting by a nick "Ava@newsguy.com", who replied to an unremarkable posting about possible pickets of upcoming L Ron Hubbard birthday events with this corker: "Anyone know how to safely plant a pipe bomb in a sheet cake?"

This posting was then replied to by a nick called "Miscreant critic" on Friday the 22nd, using an anonymous remailer service called xganon. I am convinced that Miscreant critic is a highly placed official in Scientology's office to handle the Internet. His previous targets have been those people who have survived many prior attempts to silence them, including litigation, refused offers of a gag for money, and in general the folks Scientology considers their biggest enemies, myself included. "Miscreant critic" attempts to concoct an elaborate conspiracy to physically attack Scientology using a 79 year old grandmother in Hemet California as a base of operations. The Miscreant posting is piece of fiction which is quite comparable to the story of Xenu as a science fiction thriller.

The Hemet sheriff's deputy told Ms. Camburn that he just "happened" to be at Scientology's base in Hemet on other business when this was brought to his attention. The posting by "Miscreant" vanished from many news server's right after it was posted making it difficult to locate, but not so difficult it wasn't available for Edwin Richardson to print out and conveniently show to the Sheriff, who just "happened" to be there "on other business.

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Scientology and Straight Cult Rehabs Political Ties

On December 29, 2005 "Wes Fager" wrote:

Gabe Cazares once wrote a letter to the editor at the St. Pete Times suggesting that a grand jury be convened to question Narconon(TM)'S claimed success rate. He suggested that experts from Straight and Operation PAR be called upon to testify.

But unknown to Cazares at the time, Straight itself is a dangerous cult. It is very strange that two major cults involved in drug treatment would open at the same time and at the same place, but Straight opened in Pinellas County, Florida six months after the clams' fleet came ashore in Clearwater. Straight has been accused of using some of the methods often associated with Scientology(TM). Since Straight closed due to state criminal and health department investigations, Straight officials have infiltrated Operation PAR--the other group Cazares mentioned. Also, Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala, who modeled a dress at a Scientology(TM)-based function, and whose husband Jack is former chairman of the Florida Republican Party, is the director of Operation PAR. She is also on the Advisory Board for Straight under its current name -- Drug Free America Foundation! Straight founder Mel Sembler has just returned from his post as US ambassador to Italy. Jeb Bush has declared Betty Sembler Day in Florida for wife Betty's work at Straight even though over 40 former clients have committed suicide!

Please check out my more detailed write-up on all this at: www.theStraights.com

Thank you,
Wes Fager

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They Almost Got Me

On December 30, 2005 "NateShatzer" wrote:

I almost began to fall for scientology a little over a year ago and decided to do some very extensive research, making sure to view both sides of the spectrum. Of course it didn't take me long to realize what it was, and shortly thereafter I found an immense mixture of sadness & anger that I had never felt before for Scientology & Ron Hubbard, as I could tell exactly what he was doing & why.

As with me,Hubbard has a way with words and emotion to control others, either in a negative or positive way, however he felt at the moment. He had both positive and negative personalities and ways of relating and rationalizing both's views. He was a strange looking, inteligent man with eccentric tastes his entire life, which made his childhood full of taunts & unhappiness, so a hatred for people in general was born in those ever-so-important developing years, so its not that hardto think of him taking advantage of an ability to control, profit from, or "get back" at the very same type seeking for easy answers as he got older. I went through a similar phase in my teens and very early 20's when i transformed from a lanky, thin pale nerd to a decent looking, intelligent smooth talker. I controlled girls, sometimes having a few girlfriends at once, and all the while feeling good about myself thinking I was a "ladies man", always knowing it was kind of bad but also thinking of myself as a positive romantic becuase I made them "feel loved" and even thought of them as the lucky ones. That's what people don't realize: manipulators rarely start out thinking they will ever get as deep into their image as they do; their lies turn into lies.

In this case, it is almost too obvious. We are talking about a professional fictional storyteller who created an entire false life, and it only got easier the farther he went and the more response he received. There is no doubt in my mind he believed over half of his own bullshit, which is very common, as one belief stems another, whether true or false, that is human nature. In a strange way, I can still understand why he did not feel sorry for those he used, as he felt it was their fault for being so easily deceived before probably eventually deceiving himself. You hear something enough times by enough people, you will believe it, ESPECIALLY when you want to believe it. In his mind he was no worse than christ charging to start a church, the only difference being he was no Christ. (im not christian)

However, I have grown in the last years, actually having a true natural self-discoveryy that happens when people begin to learn listen and eventually find themselves, probably similar to the feeling Scientology induces during auditing simply by making the person focus inward and thus "convincing" them it was Scientology instead of themselves.

That is the entire core or the CoS's continuing existance, find the people who are still looking and have not learned how to truly listen to or find themselves. You can see this in their hatred of the mental field, the recruiting of people on their way up or down (celebs, doctors, addicts, etc), their huge legal team & intense paranoia, etc.

I cannot help but feel the intensely hidden pain of Scientologists, it is truly the most disturbing thing I have encountered first hand, and it deeply upsets me personally. The vast level of stability and influence this group has has had to be the biggest shock of my life, as I never would think an organization like this could exist. To exploit someone's belief/soul/whatever is the deepest crime i can think of, whether they believe it has helped or not. The time I spoke of almost getting into Scientology, I was coming off of drugs and believed the group could help me with this, but red flags flew as I realized money was expected, and that sounds like elitism instead of humanitarianism to me.

Then I began to communicate with Scientologists, and im sorry, but you can stare at me as hard as you want, smile & touch all you want, but I know all of you are ignoring and hiding from a big part of yourself inside, and I see it every time now. I have had to talk to some scientologist friends for only a couple of hours, some for months, but they always confirm my suspicions and some even leave the church shortly after. However, most feel controlled by a mixture of being in too deep or for too long, WANTING to believe it and the fear of losing that yearn for something, and wanting to help/support/be there for their fellow Scientologists. That makes me sick, becuase most of those people ARE good people, and that "church" really does teach so many negative things, and they just wont look at it. Especially the hate they teach for any opposition, how can you believe there are only a select few and you are it??? Do you not understand there have been thousands and thousands of Hubbards and "select fews" over the course of the last 10,000 years, and that EVERY ONE of those few believed they were feeling it for the first time?? That they were the first to be right and all the past was not even real? YOU ARE ALL BATTLING AN INNER STRUGGLE OF "truth vs. conviction" and your the ONLY ones who think the rest cant see that.

I suppose the most obvious evidence of their weakness is their lack of education and information and yet having such strong convictions, especially in the face of truth. By every ex-scientologist i know, they all say they are taught that, and always ay it in a way that you can tell they are ashamed at how blind they were. I cannot imagine the pain & self-embarassment of having such an intense discovery in such a short time so much later in life than most.

My most important advice: It is all inside of you from the beginning, everything you need, and if you look hard enough, you'll realize it feels better helping others find/know that rather than dedicating your life to a group and looking at everything in a selfish, B&W fashion.

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ARS Posts about Scientology Child care

On December 30, 2005 "Povmec" wrote:

I found this in google groups, posted by D. Erlich in 1994. It is splitted in three posts:

Reference:
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/msg/0f6033a63e578122
Reference:
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/msg/332298f6ccb2741e
Reference:
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/msg/472698d3c9cfdc22

(I couldn't find an html version online, so I html'd one for easier reading at http://www.xenu-directory.net/accounts/anon19940907.html)

Excerpt:

We went to the sick bay which had, I think, eight children in it. These children were all being mistreated. I do not mean medically, only, I mean mistreated in the sense of abused.

I observed the following:

1) Sick children were being diagnosed by the MO; as it turned out they were misdiagnosed by the MO.
2) [The son] was forced to work while ill. He was supposed to be looking after the other sick children.
3) The children were not being sent to a doctor - for reasons of FP [financial planning].
4) The space was filthy and inadequate.
5) The sick children had no beds; they were lying on a concrete floor.
6) There was no adult supervision of these ill children.
7) Children suffering from different contagious diseases were all in the same space.
8) The children were dirty and un-hygienic.

We talked to the MO at length. [The son], it turned out, had complained of other symptoms (sore head, eyes and throat). The MO said he only had one sore in his mouth and was not sick. Apparently when he asked the MO if he could lie down, the MO said he was not sick and had to stay on post, looking after the other children. I also discovered that the MO had received no money from ASHO for the care of ASHO children and therefore there was no money to send the kids to the doctor. All he was doing was giving the children vitamins for their illnesses.

The "sick bay" was an approximately 5 x 18 foot screened off porch area outdoors, with a concrete floor. One of the children, a three-year-old, was lying on a very thin kitchen mat, on the floor. Others were bare-foot on the concrete floor.

The MO told us that if [mother] wanted her son to go to the doctor, she would have to go to ASHO and put in a PO[?]. I told him that all the children who had not seen a doctor should do so, as he was not qualified to diagnose illness. At this point he became antagonistic and said they did not need a doctor and he did not want to discuss it further. I said to [mother] that the conditions in the sick bay were atrocious and if he [the Medical Officer] was not going to do anything about it, I was going to call the Board of Health.

The MO said, of course, that what I was doing was a suppressive act, as indeed, it is per policy. I replied that what he was doing to those children was a suppressive act, and left. We went to ASHO to put in a rush PO. After waiting, I became concerned about [the son] and told his mother that I would pay for his medicine and that they could pay me later.

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