Presenting
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review

Volume 10, Issue 16 - April 22 2006


Scientology Fighting Suicide Prevention

On April 18, 2006 "Andreas Heldal Lund" posted:

http://www.nuklearpower.com/daily.php

Quote from today episode post:

Posted by Brian at 04/18/2006 - 12:00 pm
Episode 684: The Long Road Home

You've still got time to hammer out those e-mails.

For those of you who don't know, a friend of mine killed himself in May of '04. His parents are trying to do some good with the tragedy by initiating a suicide prevention program in highschools. Since its inception, they've helped to save 150 lives.

They're seeking to expand the progam but meeting some resistance. The following is of the utmost importance to residents of Florida.

From Mrs. Buonauro:

"I'm writing in hopes you will be willing to send a few emails to the legislators in Tallahassee to help get the above mentioned bills passed. These two bills, HB 999 and SB 1876 will establish the SOS (Signs of Suicide) program as a pilot program in the high schools in the Central Florida Legislative District, and call for matching funds with the Michael Buonauro Foundation - $600,000 to put the program into Osceola, Seminole and Brevard Counties. As you know, Frank and I have already paid for the SOS program, through the Michael Buonauro Foundation, to be in all high schools in Orange County. So far over 150 children have come forward seeking help. We feel we are making a difference.

Our hope is that once the program is established in the Central Florida District and proven itself, it will then be put into all schools in the State. The central Florida area is a test area.

Our problem is that we are encountering resistance from the Scientologists who are bombarding (3000 emails last week) the legislators with anti-SOS emails. Therefore it is necessary to show that there are just as many concerned parents who are in favor of the SOS program and want it established in the schools.
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Update on website April 20, 2006:

http://www.nuklearpower.com/index.php

04/20/2006 - 12:00 pm - Episode 685: The Final Straw

Posted by Brian!

The latest from Mrs. Buonauro...

"Thanks so much for helping out with the SOS bill. (HB999 and SB1876) I am happy to say that it passed through its last house committee and the senate committee on Tuesday. There is one more senate committee hearing (education appropriations) and if it passes through that, then it is presented to the whole house and to the whole senate, if passed there it will go to Governor Bush for his vote. If passed by him it becomes law, and the Michael Buonauro Foundation will be able to put suicide education and prevention in 3 more counties as a pilot program for the whole State of Florida."

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France Bans Scientology Media Propaganda

On April 19, 2006 "Roger Gonnet" poted:

Well, with the TV an[d] the four good articles about the cult yesterday, one could have believed that scientology PR's nightmarish day was complete.

It was'nt the case.

The french CSA , that's the "superior committee of audiovisual area", a ministerial office dealing with aut[h]orizations and rules regarding TVs and radios etc, having been informed by M. Jean-Michel ROULET, president of the MIVILUDES (anticultic abuses interministerial Mission), has asked to TVs and radios to avoid to advertize the scam cult's associations like The youth for human rights.

Here the google translation:

Decision of CSA
the Council alerts the media about messages coming from the Church of scientology

Date from publication on the site:

April 18, 2006 Plenary assembly of April 4, 2006

Per letter of February 22, 2006, Mr. Jean-Michel Roulet, president of the interdepartmental Mission of vigilance and fight against the sectarian drifts (Miviludes), drew the attention of the Council to the sending with several media by an association [...] related to the Church of scientology of various messages videos ensuring the indirect propaganda of this cultic movement.

[...]

The Council thus decided, in plenary assembly of April 4, 2006, to inform, the whole of the services of television and radio that the interdepartmental Mission of vigilance and fight against the sectarian drifts alarm on the bonds existing between the International association of the young people for the humans right and the Church of scientology.

CSA - Decision - the Council alerts the media about messages coming from the Church of scientologie.htm

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Quack Cures Questioned

In response to Tom Cruise's public attacks on psychiatry, several of the cult's quack cures are being questioned. These include alleged cures for 1) tuberculosis, 2) post-partum depression and 3) depression.

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1) Tuberculosis Cure Questioned

On April 18, 2006 "Maggie" posted:

In Diane Sawyer's interview, Cruise claimed Scientology can cure tuberculosis, and (despite his achievements within the belief system that would lead one to understand he has perfect recall) he could not remember when he last had a cold, implying that Scientology had something to do with that.

At what point does the law get involved in a situation where a group is making medical claims without a license?

A quote from Maureen Ryan's Chicago Tribune weblog: http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/

"I truly didn't expect much of the Diane Sawyer interview of Tom Cruise on Friday's "Primetime." But could she have at least asked a few screamingly obvious follow-up questions? At one point, Sawyer repeated to Cruise the claim that Scientology could cure tuberculosis. He didn't disagree and said that could indeed be a byproduct of following the faith. He added that he used to get sinus infections, but doesn't anymore. "When's the last time you had a cold?" Sawyer asked. How about, "Do you have independently verified medical proof that anyone has ever been cured of tuberculosis by Scientology?" Now that would have been a followup question."

From DailyIndia.com
[long link]
By Indo Asian News Service

London, April 18 (IANS) Superstar Tom Cruise thanks Scientology studies for helping him fight off colds and other common sicknesses.

According to contactmusic.com, Cruise credits the religion for helping him deal with various aspects of his life like the spiritual, mental, physical and medical.

He says: 'I used to have terrible sinus infections all the time. I don't get them at all anymore. I can't remember the last time I got a cold. It's been a long time.'

From Jeanette Walls story on MSNBC.com: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12137215/
"The conversation was all smiles until reporter Björn Benkow insisted that experts say that dyslexia cannot be cured by Scientology as Cruise has claimed. There was an awkward pause, then Cruise burst into laughter. "I'm going to, in any case, admit that you have the courage of a madman," according to our translator. "This is something no journalist has dared say to me face-to-face. . . . "

From today's story in the Telegraph: [long link]
"I told her I was feeling low and she told me I was suffering from depression and that it was likely to be caused by someone near to me, possibly a friend or member of my family. Alarm bells were now ringing full volume. Fear not, I was assured by the wide-eyed, smiling Sharon, Scientology could help."

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2) Post Partum Depression Cure Questioned

On April 18, 2006 the University of Maryland, Diamondback reported:

Opinion
Postpartum depression stigma fading
By Nikkee Porcaro

Since most of the college-age set has not yet experienced parenthood, words such as "postpartum depression" may mean very little to you. Though brought to the attention of the nation by a crazy man who jumps on couches, postpartum depression is a very real problem, yet has been kept somewhat hush-hush. Mothers have said they've felt embarrassed or unqualified, or that they were overreacting when they experienced symptoms of the disorder. Some experts estimate 80 percent of women experience symptoms of postpartum depression after they give birth.

Of course, if you ask Tom Cruise, postpartum depression is cured by vitamins or the methods of his controversial religion, Scientology. He publicly criticized actress Brooke Shields for using antidepressants in conjunction with therapy to treat her postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter.

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine made history Thursday, signing a bill requiring health care professionals providing postnatal care to screen new mothers for postpartum depression, the bill also requires them to educate women and their families about the disorder. Former New Jersey governor and current Sen. Richard J. Codey drafted the bill because he experienced the disease first-hand while his wife dealt with postpartum depression, saying, "I know, first-hand, the grief caused by postpartum depression and it is not something that any woman should have to suffer alone in silence."

[...]

This bill does more than mandate screening. It is a sign of success for women that lawmakers are finally taking notice they may have problems respective to only them and special laws may need to be drafted. In a twisted world where Viagra is often covered by insurance and birth control isn't, this is a victory for women's health care.

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3) Alien Soul Theory No Cure for Depression

On April 17, 2006 the UK Telegraph reported:

[long link]

Alien soul theory is no cure for depression

The Telegraph's Trust Me I'm a Junior Doctor columnist, Max Pemberton, takes issue with the actor Tom Cruise's renewed attack on psychiatrists

The problem with being a famous film star is that people listen to what you say. The other problem with being a famous film star is that it's unlikely you can speak with much authority about anything other than your latest blockbuster.

[...]

... Cruise embarked on a wholesale condemnation of psychiatry and said it should be outlawed. I let it pass. He's entitled to his opinions, I thought, even if they are a bit wacky, but no less so than you'd expect from someone who's a committed member of the bizarre Scientology movement.

But now he's at it again. In the latest issue of American GQ magazine, he has criticised people with depression for taking medication. Instead, he claims that Scientology - a religion founded in the 1950s by the American science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard that claims to have 10 million members worldwide - holds all the answers.

It has triggered a furore in the US and this time I can't let it pass. Someone of Cruise's celebrity commands a global audience and it worries me, as a doctor and trainee psychiatrist, that people who genuinely need psychiatric help might actually be influenced by him.

In the past, society has demonised, punished and tortured those with mental health problems, usually out of ignorance, desperation or contempt. Nor was the medical profession innocent of the abuse of such patients, and this appears to be one of the main planks of Cruise's anti-psychiatry stance.

But to criticise current practice because of past history makes no sense. It ignores the fact that people, like me, working in mental health do so because they want to help others. It also ignores the undeniable benefit that people receive from mental health professionals.

[...]

In the spirit of investigative journalism, I donned a fake nose and moustache (well, not quite, but I did part my hair slightly differently), and went along to the central London headquarters of the Scientologists to find out for myself.

Getting into the place wasn't that difficult. In fact, as I was trying to work out the best way to gain entry, someone actually invited me in and offered me a free "stress test". Intrigued, I said yes. I was asked to sit down and take hold of two metal tubes, while a dial on screen in front of me flickered madly. Sharon, the woman who'd enticed me in, asked me questions.

I told her I was feeling low and she told me I was suffering from depression and that it was likely to be caused by someone near to me, possibly a friend or member of my family. Alarm bells were now ringing full volume. Fear not, I was assured by the wide-eyed, smiling Sharon, Scientology could help.

She wanted to tell me more, she said as she gently guided me further into the building, which was milling with people. The majority of illnesses, she explained, including diabetes, cancer, schizophrenia and depression, were the result of our being "suppressed" by other people, but this suppression could be cleared away by Scientology. Or I think that was what she told me. Her words were cloaked in impenetrable language, which I was informed could be further explained, at a price, on one of the courses run by the centre.

Sharon wouldn't elaborate further - she wanted me to sign up for a course - but I've since learnt that Scientologists believe depression is best alleviated by removing the sufferer's covering of tiny disembodied souls of aliens dispersed by the Galactic Federation leader Xenu. Ah, yes, I think I missed that lecture at medical school. This is no joke, though. Scientologists are aiming their "teachings" at people with mental health problems, some of the most vulnerable in society. In 2001, the Office of National Statistics' Birth and Maternal Death Linkage Survey found that the single biggest cause of death in women who are pregnant or have recently given birth is suicide. What a dreadful fact. We should be encouraging women to talk about their mental health problems, not vilifying them when they seek treatment.

[...]

These people need understanding and help, whether it is drugs or other forms of therapy. What they don't need is Cruise condemning them for seeking psychiatric treatment.

While undergoing my "stress" test at the Scientologists' HQ, I'd been aware of the woman sitting next to me. She was a passer-by invited in to take the stress test and she'd started to cry after being asked about her family.

From what I could overhear, her son had died two years previously. She was in real need of help to come to terms with her bereavement. Later on, I saw her wandering around, clutching a handful of leaflets. I wanted to grab her by the hand and run for the hills.

Perhaps Tom Cruise should stick to what he knows best: getting paid vast amounts of money by the film industry to blow up buildings and be chased by aliens.

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Spammers pad Cruise poll

On April 18, 2006 the New York Post reported:

http://www.nypost.com/gossip/pagesix/62595.htm

TOM Cruise's cronies seem to have put a lot of effort into skewing a Parade magazine poll in his favor. Parade.com recently asked online readers whether they thought Cruise was responsible for his disastrous public relations year or if it was the media's fault. A shocking 84 percent of respondents blamed the press. But Parade publicist Alexis Collado tells us: "We at Parade found this a little bit fishy, so we did some investigating. We found out more than 14,000 (of the 18,000-plus votes) that came in were cast from only 10 computers! One computer was responsible for nearly 8,400 votes alone, all blaming the media for Tom's troubles. We also discovered that at least two other machines were the sources of inordinate numbers of votes. It seems these folks (whoever they may be) resorted to extraordinary measures to try to portray Tom in a positive light for the Parade.com survey. There is even a chance they wrote a special 'bot' program for the sole purpose of skewing the results, rather than casting the votes by hand on a computer."

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"renedescartes" posted:

For the real results:

84% of 18000+ = 15200

of which 14000 are all "press" from the CoS bots.

18000 - 14000 = 4000 non COS bots

Leaves 1200 actual "press" votes from the non COS bots

Actaul results approximately 1200/4000 = 30%

Approximately 30 % of the true voters think that it was the fault of the press.

This means that approximately 70% of the the true voters think that Tom footbulleted himself.

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UK Reporter Goes Undercover

On April 18, 2006 the UK Independent reported:

[picture of front page] http://www.independent.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00105/front180406_105651a.jpg

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article358437.ece

The secrets of Scientology

Tom Cruise says Katie Holmes is now a fully-fledged follower of L Ron Hubbard. So what is it about the sci-fi writer's 'religion' that exerts such a hold? Sara Lawrence goes undercover to find out

Sitting on a red velvet chair in the middle of a majestic, oak-panelled hall in East Grinstead, I have rarely felt more fearful for my sanity. On the wall in front of me, a creepy, larger-than-life-sized portrait of an old man seems to be staring straight at me. In front of the portrait, Laura, a middle-aged woman wearing a high-necked blouse and ostentatious gold cross, stands behind a lectern reading aloud from a huge leather-bound tome.

None of the worshippers take their eyes off Laura as they repeat her words back to her. Phrases such as: "All men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others" are made ridiculous by the followers repeating them in a monotonous drone.

I am at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, West Sussex - the UK's Church of Scientology headquarters. In the few hours I spend at Saint Hill I realise this exercise is anything but innocuous, and might go some way to explaining why Katie Holmes, the one-time girl next door of American television, has been enveloped into the cult championed by the father of her unborn baby, Tom Cruise.

[...]

Posing as an interested disciple, I first call into the Scientology Centre on London's Tottenham Court Road where I fill out an Oxford Capacity Analysis Test, designed to measure emotional state in order to highlight areas that Scientology can improve. Although the test is free, I am encouraged to purchase a copy of Hubbard's Dianetics (for £6.99) and to contact them when I finish reading it.

My results apparently prove that I am depressed, nervous, critical, anxious and unable to communicate. I am told that I am in dire need of spiritual enlightenment and that only Scientology can help me.

I telephone the Church of Scientology's headquarters at Saint Hill, claiming that I am concerned by my test results. I am invited to attend a "church" service, a "group processing session", and to have a guided tour by a "recruitment expert" of the building and grounds at Saint Hill, known to those inside as "The Castle".

[...]

I ask if Scientology is a drug rehabilitation programme or a religion and he can't give me a straight answer: "It's different things for different people, you know," he says. I don't. "Well, people have all different kinds of problems and Scientology can help anyone through anything. It makes you a better person."

[...]

The cult has always had its detractors. In 1984, Mr Justice Latey, giving judgement in open court after a private hearing, branded the scientologists "corrupt, sinister and immoral". In 1991, Cynthia Kisser, former executive director of the American Cult Awareness Network, proclaimed that "Scientology is quite likely the most ruthless, the most litigious and the most lucrative cult the country has ever seen." In 1994, the Californian Court of Appeal accepted that the techniques of scientology constituted brainwashing. In Britain, the Charity Commission denied Scientology religious status on the basis that it did not benefit the public in any way.

[...]

At the end of the four hours, I am keen to leave. Ron tries to get me to make an appointment to see someone for "dianetics counselling" as soon as possible. He phones me that evening - and for the next three days. A female recruit also leaves me messages - none of which I return.

The cult has attempted to intimidate news organisations who expose it. Last year, it threatened court action against Google, which had to remove websites that criticised the group. After a day witnessing what goes on on the inside, I realise it's little wonder the "church" needs to resort to such tactics.

Sitting on a red velvet chair in the middle of a majestic, oak-panelled hall in East Grinstead, I have rarely felt more fearful for my sanity. On the wall in front of me, a creepy, larger-than-life-sized portrait of an old man seems to be staring straight at me. In front of the portrait, Laura, a middle-aged woman wearing a high-necked blouse and ostentatious gold cross, stands behind a lectern reading aloud from a huge leather-bound tome.

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Critic Multi-Media Links

On April 17, 2006 "David Touretzky" posted:

Tonight (Monday, April 17, 2006) I appeared on Countdown with Keith Olberman (MSNBC) at 8:30 pm. We discussed Tom Cruise, silent birth, postpartum depression, the secret OT scripture, Xenu, and whether you can really be both a Christian and a Scientologist.

The show will air again at midnight EST on the east coast, and at 9pm PST on the west coast.

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"Mark Bunker" posted:

Here's the magnificent appearance of Dave Touretzky on Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

56k:
http://www.xenutv.com/cruise/countdown-041706-56k.wvx Play
http://www.xenutv.com/cruise/countdown-041706-56k.wmv Download

DSL/CABLE:
http://www.xenutv.com/cruise/countdown-041706.wvx Play
http://www.xenutv.com/cruise/countdown-041706.wmv Download

My site was down for about an hour so I put the clip on You Tube as well. I find the performance there to be maddening:

http://www.xenutv.com/cruise/countdown-dave.htm

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"David Touretzky" posted:

Tomorrow morning (Thursday, April 20) I'll be appearing on Rover's Morning Glory, a syndicated radio show that airs in nine major cities.

http://roverradio.com

We'll be talking about Scientology, Xenu, Jeremy Perkins, the Lisa Clause, South Park, and why Tom Cruise has become such a mental case.

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"Mark Bunker" posted:

[NEW FROM XENU TV: Dr. Dave on Rover's Morning Glory]

I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but here it is in all it's Glory:

http://www.xenutv.com/radio/dst-042006.htm

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"Mark Bunker" posted:

Here's tonight's Inside Edition on the birth of Suri Cruise. Blink and you'll miss Tory who was allowed one half of one sentence on screen.

56k:
http://www.xenutv.com/cruise/ie-baby-041906-56k.wvx Play
http://www.xenutv.com/cruise/ie-baby-041906-56k.wmv Download

DSL/CABLE:
http://www.xenutv.com/cruise/ie-baby-041906.wvx Play
http://www.xenutv.com/cruise/ie-baby-041906.wmv Download

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Video

GOOGLE Video however seems to be strong and stable. I've encoded many more of my videos for GOOGLE including almost all of the videos on my "Originals" page.

The "Speaking Freely" series just came online as well:

http://www.xenutv.com/interviews/free-tory.htm

http://www.xenutv.com/interviews/free-barnes.htm

http://www.xenutv.com/interviews/otpanel.htm

More to come.

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"Jeff Jacobsen" posted:

[Jeff's appearances in the media concerning Scientology]

http://users3.ev1.net/~cultxpt//media.htm

I don't think this is complete yet though...

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"Nomen Nescio" posted:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4780639805159527947&q=scientology&pl=true

OT3 told with sock puppets!

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"Roger Gonnet" posted:

Not only one can find the excellent booklet from L. Rick Vodicka on www.digg.com, but also, a good bunch of videos.

Guess which ones!!

http://www.digg.com/search?search=scientology

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Isaac Hayes Still Resigned

On April 17, 2006 "Andreas Heldal-Lund" posted an e-mail:

[START E-MAIL]
To: [e-mail address]

Subject: Isaac Hayes & Scientology

Hi,

Please remove my name and keep my identity private if you decide to use anything contained in this email. Thanks.

I just wanted to know if you had heard the frightening rumors about the real facts behind Isaac Hayes' recent leaving the South Park show?

According to the following link, there have been rumors that Isaac Hayes did not quit on his own, as he was incapacitated by a stroke in January, and that someone from Scientology issued the statement that he was quitting for him, in his name.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/eo/20060325/en_celeb_eo/18647

Amy Harnell of Isaac Hayes Entertainment is quoted in the article as calling it a false report. But a little digging reveals that Amy Harnell is a member of the Church of Scientology Artists Association. (This link is to a Google Cache page)

[long link]

As far as I know, Isaac Hayes hasn't made a statement on his own since the initial statement that he was quitting. Where is he? Why are Scientologists handling everything for him? Do you know of any way someone like a reporter or something could get in touch with him and get a real statement straight from him?
(...)
[END E-MAIL]

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"Android Cat" posted:

Also note another curious thing:

The date of the resignation (March 13th) is L. Ron Hubbard's birthday, which has much significance to the Church of Scientology. Why wait four months after the episode, then suddenly quit on that date with a statement out of line with his previous ones? 'Cause they did it for L. Ron.

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"Moontaco" posted:

Hayes has (or had) a radio show in Memphis on 103.5FM Monday-Thursday nights. I read a post on the net by someone who said he's been doing the show. I don't know if that's true. I tried listening one night recently and sat through a few songs and never heard any DJ on-air. Someone else may want to check it out.

http://www.soulclassics.com/airpersonalities/

If he is doing the show, someone might be able to get in touch with him there. But I expect that if he were willing (not to mention able) to talk to a reporter we would have already heard something from him.

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Scientology's Dirty Old Tricks

Roger Gonnet" posted:

From a GO report:
==
NEUS
2 Weeks (W/E 3 Feb 1977)
1; Completed Investigation on Jane Gardner- Vt State Rep.
2. Completed Investigation on Mrs.Ell Shapiro.
3.'Op buttons found on Professor Duke
Rogows
Shapiros
Rabbi Davis
Dr.John Clark
4..Ny Eval
5. Waranovski f i l e s
6. Op mocked up on Dr. Stanley Cath
7. Dr. Etenab ODC done.
8 . Ira Hirsch FSM placed.
9. NBC FSM placed
10. Completed lnvstgtn on Michael Sohwed - Queens DA
11. Completed invstgtn on Jim Cannon - NBC "Weekend" producer<`BR> 12. Robert Sterling - SW (DHSS cycle) completed.
13. Turn Cooper FSM's into ARM FSM's and have them operating.
l4. I channel compltd on IFF
15 - Hare Krishna FSM recruited
16 . Moonie FSM recruited.

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(from a GO confidential handwritten report in 1976)

"OPS -confidential data- from 15/11/76 Tape week Paulette Cooper - Paulette mentions xenos[Xenos?] and if she brought this up in court and questioned Artie Maren about it plus whatever other OTs were (witnessed?) wether this would discredit them by making them look silly.She also mentions volcanoes and an explosion. The FSM then is to Dead agent her. She also asks about spotting spots and the Clearing Course. FSM DA this by stating it would (could?) 1950's data.
That's it.
signed????
[illegible]"

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Bookselling and Recruiting

On April 16, 2006, "Tory Christman" posted:

Mark Bunker happened to swing on by today, so we decided to go see 2 excellent movies at the Egyptian Theater, right past the Scientology Testing Center, in Hollywood.

We first drove around the Complex, to view once again how utterly D E A D it is. There were cars in the parking lot, but zero public to be seen. Ok, I think we saw 2 people on course. To those new here, I always compare this to days gone by ('70's&'80's) when Scientology was booming, even on a Saturday night: Big Difference now!

Next we drove by the Scientology Testing Center on Hollywood Blvd, which is still gutted. Before we arrived, I said to Mark, "No doubt Scientology will be out in droves tonight, due to the rain the last 2 nights, their stats are WAY down. (The goal of the Testing Center is to do so many "Stress Tests" and to sell books, and hopefully rope some people "In").

Sure enough, they usually have 4 card tables out, tonight they had 6 or 8! Way more than they've had in the past, and yes, they had an OT 8 out there to do crowd control re XENU. Usually it's just kids out there, with one staff member. Since South Park's boom, and Xenu now a house hold word, they've had Joel Phillips out there last week-end, and another OT 8 this week-end. I said "Hi Bob!" and kept on rolling.

Mark and I had already dropped by each table, spreading seeds of truth and reminding them it's JUST A CON, as we strolled along. Most people who were getting the test cracked up. I think they knew it was, and just wanted to see what it's like. Remember: It's Free! (Yeah...right) (eyes Roll)

Mark sat down and did the fastest education on Xenu I think I've ever heard, and this kid's eyes were wide open for a few minutes, until the shut down hit. Yes, Scientology, you see it as "Suppressive". Why? It IS what you believe. Why do you have to lie about it? It ISN'T going back in the bottle, so you may as well stop lying about it.

You want to be thought of as a religion? Well, every religion has beliefs and people discuss them, all the time. Get over your damned lies. Stop acting like a CULT, and maybe people will stop treating you like one. Meantime: Keep up the great work of showing exactly what you're really all about, behind the BS!

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http://towelgrl.livejournal.com/59551.html

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I took her to the Santa Monica Pier which was a lot of fun. We went on a few rides, visited the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and were shocked by the Scientologists. They were doing "stress tests" to see if their "religion" could help people. They had people doing auditing and testing people. It was hilarious! It was also a little sad, that people could get sucked into a cult like that. The lady offering free tests was holding the placard upside down, and she looked so lost. We told her the sign was upside down and she didn't understand what we meant. A random pedestrian snatched the sign from her and flipped it right side up and kept walking. I saw them dismissing some of the people and saying stuff like, "It's going to be okay. We can help you." I didn't know I had to take a stress test to realize how stressed out I was. They didn't even have anything that said who they were. They had the logo of Scientology on their shirts and were selling their book. Crazy...

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With my whole "free stress test" for Scientology, I found that instead of actually talking to me, they fiddled with a machine that was supposed to read my stress. After this, they were entirely unwilling to engage in any kind of discussion, their anwers were always exceptionally evasive usually trying to direct me back to the book they were trying to sell me. I said I ask weird questions and I like talking to people. They said there was a number in the book to call that will direct me to someone who will answer my questions. (later on finding that number in a friend's book, who bought it for sabeautage, that it's a number for ordering more books.) I tried asking the people about themselves, never gotten such a complete stonewall. And finally when it seemed I wouldn't be buying the book right now, never got such a cold and bitter response from them, they even tried to humiliate me in front of others afterward.

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What Judges Say about Scientology

"Scamology" posted notable quotes from judges in past court cases involving Scientology:

"[The court record is] replete with evidence [that Scientology] is nothing in reality but a vast enterprise to extract the maximum amount of money from its adepts by pseudo scientific theories... and to exercise a kind of blackmail against persons who do not wish to continue with their sect.... The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder, L.Ron Hubbard."

Judge Breckenridge, Los Angeles Superior Court

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July 8, 2005 Schedule - Office of the Examining magistrates of Porrentruy Switzerland - Canton of the Jura
"The fac-similes saying that scientologists are swindlers do not constitute insults since the church of scientology has already been convicted in our country for swindle (JT 1994 IV 140)"

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"Scientology's purpose is making money by means legitimate and illegitimate"
(US District Court, Southern District of New York, 92 Civ. 3024 (PKL)

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"An individual processed with the aid of the E-meter was said to reach the intended goal of "clear" and was led to believe there was reliable scientific proof that once cleared many, indeed most illnesses would automatically be cured. Auditing was guaranteed to be successful. All this was and is false -- in short, a fraud. "
Federal District Judge Gesell 333 F. Supp. 357; 1971 U.S. Dist

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"However, I am persuaded ... Scientology is not, subject to one reservation, a religious institution because it is, in relation to its religious pretensions, no more than a sham ," "Its bogus claims to believe in prayer and other aspects of a creed based on a divine being, were " no more than a mockery of religion. Scientology as practiced is in reality the antithesis of a religion"
Supreme Court Justice Crockett - Australia 1980

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"That these defendants were willing to frame their critics to the point of giving false testimony under oath against them and having them arrested and indicted speaks legions for their disdain for the rule of law. Indeed, they arrogantly placed themselves above the law, meting out their personal brand of punishment to those 'guilty' of opposing their selfish aims.
Judge Richey in the sentencing of Mary Sue Hubbard and ten other Scientologists in October 1978 -- US District Court, Washington DC.

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Ultimately Wollersheim became so convinced auditing was causing him psychiatric problems he was willing to risk becoming a target of "freeloader debt" and "fair game." Evidence was introduced that, at least during the time relevant to Wollersheim's case, "fair game" was a practice of retribution Scientology threatened to inflict on "suppressives," which included people who left the organization or anyone who could pose a threat to the [212 Cal.App.3d 880] organization. Once someone was identified as a "suppressive," all Scientologists were authorized to do anything to "neutralize" that individual -- economically, politically, and psychologically.

After Wollersheim left the organization Scientology leaders initiated a "fair game" campaign which among other things was calculated to destroy Wollersheim's photography enterprise. They instructed some Scientology members to leave Wollersheim's employ, told others not to place any new orders with him and to renege on bills they owed on previous purchases from the business. This strategy shortly drove Wollersheim's photography business into bankruptcy. His mental condition deteriorated further and he ended up under psychiatric care."

"The crime committed by these defendants is of a breath and scope previously unheard of. No building, office, desk, or file was safe from their snooping and prying. No individual or organization was free from their despicable conspiratorial minds. The tools of their trade were miniature transmitters, lock picks, secret codes, forged credentials and any other device they found necessary to carry out their conspiratorial schemes." -Federal prosecutor's memorandum to the judge urging stiff jail sentences for 9 top leaders of Scientology who had pleaded guilty to criminal charges
[Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology (1989) 212 Cal.App.3d 872 , 260 Cal.Rptr. 331]

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"Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious...It is corrupt sinister and dangerous. It is corrupt because it is based on lies and deceit and has its real objective money and power for Mr. Hubbard... It is sinister because it indulges in infamous practices both to its adherents who do not toe the line unquestionably and to those who criticize it or oppose it. It is dangerous because it is out to capture people and to indoctrinate and brainwash them so they become the unquestioning captives and tools of the cult, withdrawn from ordinary thought, living, and relationships with others."
Justice Latey, ruling in the High Court of London

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"In addition to violating and abusing its own members' civil rights, the organization over the years with its 'fair game' doctrine has harassed and abused those persons not in the church whom it perceives as enemies. "
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul Breckenridge, June 1984, in the Gerry Armstrong case

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"In January 1980, fearing a raid by law enforcement agencies, Hubbard's representatives ordered the shredding of all documents showing that Hubbard controlled Scientology organizations, finances, personnel, or the property at Gilman Hot Springs. In a two week period, approximately one million pages were shredded pursuant to this order."
California appellate court, 2nd. district, 3rd. division, July 29, 1991, B025920 & B038975, Super. Ct. No. C 420153

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" Scientologists believe that most human problems can be traced to lingering spirits of an extraterrestrial people massacred by their ruler, Xenu, over 75 million years ago. These spirits attach themselves by "clusters" to individuals in the contemporary world, causing spiritual harm and negatively influencing the lives of their hosts ".
USDJ Judge Leonie Brinkema 4 Oct 96 Memorandum Opinion, RTC vs Lerma

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Operation Clambake Anniversary CD

[Ahh, finally the mail arrived]

On April 18, 2006 "Andreas Heldal-Lund" posted:

And there was the CD I ordered:

http://www.sh-k-boom.com/scientology/

Even though contribution from this CD will be featured on the Operation Clambake Anniversary CD, my advice is that you get a copy of the original CD with all the songs from the Award-Winning Off-Broadway Musical and winner of 2004 OBIE Award!!!

"CHILDREN! POP SONGS! DIANETICS!"

"A cult hit!" - The New York Times

You buy it here: http://www.sh-k-boom.com/scientology/

I did the bundle with The Fabulous Entourage" CD. Go wild! :)

More info on the Operation Clambake Anniversary CD here:

http://ocmb.xenu.net/ocmb/viewtopic.php?t=16444
http://ocmb.xenu.net/ocmb/viewtopic.php?t=17652

Best wishes,
Andreas Heldal-Lund

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News from Ukraine

A translation of "How Much Happiness would you like for Your Money" by Taras Pano was posted April 19, 2006 from Ukraine

Zerkalo-Nedeli.com
April 8, 2006

Yekaterina Pano

There are not too many religious organizations in the world that could present their successes as bombastically and categorically as the Church of Scientology does. "The fastest-growing religion in the world." Celebrity followers. Dozens of books from the father-founder on best-seller lists. Never-ending Lawsuits. Controversy in the press. And "success stories" -- any number of them. "Everything in my life was ruined." "I had a hard time meeting girls." "Doctors threw up their hands in despair at me."

As people say wisely, everything that glitters is not gold. The lunatic's successes of the Scientologists basically exist on paper and in the appeals to the public by church management who are trying, in accordance with the marketing manual, to have their successes overshadow their losses, thereby creating a positive consumer image.

It's odd to talk about religious ideas as if they were goods. It's not only odd for us with our Christian patriarchal tradition, but the governments of whole countries in Europe periodically have doubts about the exclusively religious character of Scientology and so have begun to demand taxes. This is understandable. Scientology is an example of how a religion can make money. After all, the charm of a religious organization lies in what makes people give it money -- mainly persuading Pinnochio to part with his coins

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It is significant that the experts and "official" Scientology itself keeps quiet about the existence of "enemies" in Scientology. Grisly stories about "suppressive persons" (people not susceptible to the teachings and practices, and who are difficult to impress) being dangerous for the advancement of Scientologists toward a "clear" state on a planetary scale; in articles by anti-Scientologists one can usually find citations from Hubbard's "fair game" rule (the merciless attitude toward these people). Scientology and the experts near to them maintain that this part of Hubbard's doctrine was "purged" from the teachings after his death, and since then they have been purely benevolent.

First, the text on the pages of the Religious Technology Center has this analogy of an inquisition and at the same time they are the holder of the rights to the trademarks of Scientology and Dianetics. Secondly, it's a strange religion whose father-founder's texts are regarded so selectively -- we read here; we don't read there; we pay special attention there.

In the last half of the 1990s, Scientology, or rather, Dianetics, arrived in Ukraine. As we hear it today, people who practiced Dianetics and believed in the Scientology religion filled the corridors of law enforcement agencies and got close to the president of Ukraine.

A source in the Kiev police was told by observers how Scientology infiltrates the Ukrainian masses. For example, several trained agencies began their work with candidates whom they offered to test -- something like the "Oxford Test" of the Scientologists, which the candidate by Ukraine law is not obligated to take, but it was not made clear to the clients what was behind this test or why it was being given. Another method of infiltration is the introduction of Hubbard's management technology to Ukraine businesses. According to a contract with the boss of a company, they work with personnel -- they test, give courses and lectures, a result of which, as the managers say, is "increased effectiveness" for personnel, who from then on are supposedly ready to work more and demand less. According to the police official, that sort of work with an enterprise which has 100 employees will cost management nearly 50,000 dollars. There are no large businesses yet in Ukraine that have been inculcated with Hubbard's management technology, like in Russia, where those "processed" include GAZ while it was under B. Nemtsov and KamAZ. Nonetheless, not one organ of state power in Ukraine has come under the influence of Scientology (although there have been other influences). This could involve the Institute of Forensic Medicine, but they need an order, and corresponding funds, from the concerned state organ to operate. And no one is ready to pay for this sort of investigation yet.

... This is part 1 of 4

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French multi-media links

"Morocco: giant kick ass for scam cult" was posted April 21, 2006.

Sorry, it's in french.
http://www.lejournal-hebdo.com/article.php3?id_article=7898
there is a second one linked in the website to that one.

Well written, well investigated. Lots of affairs given, between else the fiendship between Hubbard and enemis of Hassan II, the late Morcco's King.

Gerry Armstrong, Jon Atack and others quoted...and re-quoted.

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"Lausanne et la scientogie. Rapport de la commission des pétitions" was posted April 20, 2006

This is excellent: Jean-Luc did a petition to the Canton of Vaud, one of the largets in Swistzerland, which has just decided to transfer a part of its demand to the State Council to obtain an official enquiry regarding the crime cult's methods.

RAPPORT DE LA COMMISSION DES PETITIONS -
http://www.anti-scientologie.ch/petition-vaud.htm

Pétition pour un contrôle de la scientologie et de la thérapie
[Texte intégral] http://www.anti-scientologie.ch/petition-vaud.htm

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