Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review

Volume 10, Issue 38 - September 23 2006

Lisa McPherson Research

On September 23, 2006 "Big Beard" posted:

Since some folks seem to insist dehydration had nothing to do with Lisa's death, I decided to plug the fluid intake numbers from the watch logs and police investigation summary into a spread-sheet and see what they looked like. A comma-delimited version of what I came up with, that can be imported into the spread-sheet of your choice, follows below the dotted line.

One thing I noted was "Protein Drinks/Shakes" was listed as if they were the equivalent to water intake. In fact, they add to the required daily water intake requirement.

I contacted several protein drink manufacturers and three local dieticians. All recommended adding at least one, or more, 8oz glass of water per protein drink to the recommended eight 8oz glasses of water daily. To account for this in the spread-sheet, I list protein drinks as a negative number that has to be offset by increased water consumption.

On a related note, there are several instances with the package of powder used to make protein drinks is mixed with mashed banana and fed to Lisa. Even though not if fluid form, I list these occurrences in the FLUID INTAKE column as the negative impact on her water requirements is still created.

There are also references to Half & Half containers in the logs. If these were pints or half-pints, I would expect them to be described that was. Or as glasses or cups if poured out. So my assumption is 'container' refers to the small 1oz peel-top containers used by many coffee shops. If anyone knows for sure one way or the other, please advise and I'll update the spread-sheet.

There are several days where either no intake information was recorded, or the logs are missing. Even assuming a zero DIFF OZ sum, e.g., 64oz required, 64oz received, for those days makes no difference to the outcome.

And keep in mind, this spread-sheet doesn't take into consideration the calorie intake shortfall that was also happening at the same time.

The spread-sheet columns are:


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Scientology and Freedom of Speech

On September 18, 2006 the Associated Content published a piece by "Jerald"

[This was co-written by banchukita and I thank her for all her insight and help]

I want to admit up front that I am a critic of Scientology. I became one after much thought and study. I also want to make clear I don't hate any one member of Scientology. I do however have problems with the actions of Scientology.

Ever since Scientology was created by L Ron Hubbard, a 1950s science fiction writer, the organization has done everything it can to stop any type of criticism. Scientology has a policy to “always attack, never defend.”

No so-called “church” has filed as many lawsuits to prevent people from reading its scriptures. That bears repeating here. Not only do they enforce church rules that prevent open internal discussion, but have sued non-Scientologists for distributing their copyrighted scriptures, and threatened to sue others for commenting on the writings.

This group claims to defend human and civil rights. Yet they spend millions of dollars of their “fixed donations” every year to stop those who would dare to speak out against their abusive policies and practices.

Protest against Scientology and you may find them outside your home passing out fliers saying you are a religious bigot. They will inform your neighbors that you may be a child molester. Your child may come home from school one day and tell you they were saying the same thing outside his or her school.

Scientology has spent over fifty years walking over critics and the press. They acted like no one and nothing could stop them. Then they took aim at the Internet.

And hit a brick wall.

It started out with Scientology scaring Internet providers into taking down critical web sites using a law meant to protect copyrights. Then it got nasty, when Scientology abused the law to raid the homes of Dennis Erlich, Arnie Lerma, and Bob Penny, confiscating their computers and other items while performing personal reconnaissance in every room.

They were wrong, but that didn't stop them; their litigious actions are based in a doctrine that says the purpose of the lawsuit is to harass, not to win. The idea is to beat their opponent down with excessive litigation, personal attacks, having a private investigator comb through their trash, etc.

However, Scientology doesn't know how to handle the Internet. The organization is constricted by rules made up by Hubbard that, according to doctrine, can never change. There was no Internet in the 1950s. While Hubbard wrote policies for everything from brushing your teeth to preparing baby formula, there are no writings on how to deal with the ‘net.


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Friend of Mankind Video

On September 23, 2006 "Michael Pattinson" posted:

Amazing footage, some of which was new to me (quite rare). It is clearly an expose of the Hubbard-Scientology-Miscavige fraud and it does a good job of that. This needs to be seen far and wide. [video file]


by Purinton Pictures

"Friend of Mankind (2006) is a non-fiction documentary film about writer L. Ron Hubbard, his devoted celebrity followers and those who have died through his prescribed methods for the Church of Scientology. It is comprised primarily of footage from film and television interviews."

Blumenthal's 2006 documentary takes a critical look at the "accomplishments, controversies and followers of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, comprised of American, English and German television broadcasts from the last 37 years"

Run time: 30:38
Directed by Karl-Rainer Blumenthal
Produced by Purinton Pictures

Featuring footage of

L. Ron Hubbard
Ron DeWolf
Mike Rinder
Heber Jentzsch
Robert Vaughn Young
Tom Cruise
John Travolta


Meet Karl-Rainer Blumenthal, Film maker, Humtone

Where to go to download or view the video All formats: [video file] [video file]

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Beware of Xenu

On September 18, 2006 the Schulich School of Business Insider reported: [long link]

Beware of Xenu
By Tomasz Kowalewski, Online Writer
Sunday, September 17 2006

Over the past year and change, the name of Tom Cruise and his young bride, Katie Holmes, have come up a fair bit in the media. Rarely have the mentions been positive, and even more rarely has the fact that Tom Cruise is an outspoken member of Scientology not been brought up.

Editor's note: The Insider editorial team is looking for readers like you to comment on this article or to inform readers about their views on scientology.

Tom Cruise's public antics have been, by and large, out there. From an insane episode of couch jumping on the Oprah Winfrey show, to a public dispute with Brooke Shields over her use of postpartum medication, to claims that Katie Holmes' child birth would be conducted in absolute silence (in keeping with Scientology beliefs that children may be scarred by the mother's cries of pain), Tom Cruise has simply been unable to keep his name out of the press.

Tom Cruise's behaviour begs the question: Is he insane? I wish to put forth the hypothesis that yes, Tom Cruise is, in fact, insane. In truth, I feel that anyone who subscribes to Scientology's dogma must be mentally unstable.

Most people I talk to seem to have a vague notion of Scientology as a strange religion or cult, but few seem to really know much beyond that. Well, ladies and gents, fact is definitely stranger than fiction, or science-fiction in this case, when it comes to Scientology.

The following is not a balanced look at Scientology; rather, it is a description of some of the more "interesting" ideas that Scientologists subscribe to. The majority of my knowledge of Scientology comes from the Wikipedia entry on Scientology, which I recommend everyone should read as it is informative, extensive, and well-cited.

To begin, everyone should be aware that Scientology was founded in 1952 by L. Ron Hubbard, a science-fiction writer, and not even a good one at that. Can you imagine following the teachings of a contemporary fiction writer to the point where it becomes a religion to you? Why doesn't Anne Rice have a church of Vampirism going yet?

Hubbard was very much against modern psychology, and his dislike of the practice permeates Scientology teachings. Within the church of Scientology, psychiatry and psychology are put forth as being evil and abusive. More interestingly, psychiatry and psychology are responsible for WW I, Hitler, Stalin, and 9/11 among a list of other social ills and historical cataclysms, according to the Church of Scientology.

My favourite aspect of the teachings of Scientology lies in the story of Xenu, which is a real whopper of a tale that stretches any credibility of this pseudo-religion to its breaking point in my eyes. It should be noted that the story of Xenu is only taught to higher level Scientologists.

Xenu was the leader of the Galactic Confederacy 75 million years ago. For some inexplicable reason, Xenu brought billions of people to Earth on spaceships resembling DC-8 airliners and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. The ghosts of these exterminated people have stuck around these millions of years and interfered with our spiritual well-being all this time. The ghosts must be expunged for the human soul to ascend to a higher soul.

That, in a nutshell, is a core part of the Scientology mythos. Were you able to read the above with a straight face? I know I wasn't. Another interesting fact about Scientology is that it is the only organization recognized by the government as a religion to have been convicted of a federal crime in Canada. More specifically, Scientologists were found guilty of conspiring to infiltrate government offices by a jury in 1982.

Eleven high-level Scientology members were also convicted in the United States of infiltrating IRS offices and stealing confidential documents in a bid to regain tax exempt status. Among the eleven Scientologists was L. Ron Hubbard's wife, Mary Sue Hubbard. All eleven Scientologists served time in federal prisons.

These little factoids comprise a small part of the list of oddities of this "religion", but they should be enough to make any rational-thinking person take pause and consider the legitimacy of the organization. The fact that Tom Cruise and hundreds of thousands of others continue to pour money into the coffers of Scientology for various self-help books and seminars leaves me seriously doubting the ability of these individuals to make sane decisions.

Note, also, that Tom Cruise was recently dropped by his longtime movie studio partner Paramount Studios, ending a fourteen-year-long relationship. The announcement was made publicly by the president of Paramount's parent company, Viacom. Good to see that someone out there agrees with me.

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Scientology Cruises Along, Thanks to Command Hypnosis

On September 18, 2006 reported:

The Best Way to Make a Million? Start Your Own Religion

By Tom Glaister

Tom Cruise has been much in the news lately. A renowned Scientologist, he got in some trouble for condemning Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants to treat her post-natal blues.

Apart from an intuition that there were any number of more serious issues facing the world, the report struck me as particularly ironic as Tom Cruise was quoted as calling psychiatry a "pseudo-science."

While the pharmacology market is undoubtedly driven by the desire to make a buck, for a Scientologist like Cruise to talk about pseudo-science is really for the pot to call the kettle black.

My first contact with Scientology was in the street where I was invited to come and take a "free stress test."

Not much in life comes for free but I had an hour to kill so I took up the offer of a shiny Scientologist called Steve to sit in a plastic chair on the sidewalk and answer some questions.

I was seated in front of a black device that looked like a cross between a CB radio and a games machine from the early 80's -- the E-Meter. Two wires ran to a couple of narrow tin cans that I was instructed to hold in my hands while Steve fired at me questions about my personal life. I answered as best I could and a little needle picked up electric signals from my body. Steve took down the measurements with a grim nod of the head.

"You need help," he eventually declared.

I did?

"You bet. But don't worry -- read this best-selling book "Dianetics" by L. Ron Hubbard and we'll get you on course to a new life. Look at me -- ten years ago I was a wreck, depressed, addicted to drugs like coffee and nicotine, but then I found the Church of Scientology..."

In short, it was the same rap that I'd heard from Herbalife salesmen, "born-again" evangelists and Hare Krishna devotees knocking on my door over the years.

What Is It?

But what is Scientology? Is it a religion, a "church" or some kind of New Age science?

It's actually not that easy to find out. One of the main devices of Scientology (as with many cults) is that it withholds its teachings until you've sunk deeper into its clutches. How do you learn more about Scientology's teachings? The answer -- surprise, surprise -- is that you pay.

If you were to really go for it and take all the courses that Scientology offers, all its "purification" programs, the cassettes, the books, the sessions with more advanced Scientology members -- you could end up parting with $300,000 to $500,000 as you progressed through the organization. Serious.

And if that seems a base accusation to be throwing at a respectable "religion" like Scientology, it's worth remembering that the basic reason Scientology got religious status in the first place was to become tax-exempt. Smart cookies, these guys, and none smarter than their founder, the late great Lieutenant Ron Hubbard who said:

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion."

And it certainly worked for Ron, who was estimated by Forbes magazine to have amassed around $40 million by the time of his death in 1986.

So who was this Ron Hubbard, the prophet and founder of Scientology?

Believe it or not, he was a writer of westerns and science fiction. A bigamist, convicted criminal (felony fraud in France) and drug addict -- at least according to the coroner who found high levels of the psychoactive Vistaril in his blood.

Needless to say, Scientologists deny this vehemently. They prefer to say that Hubbard "discarded the body" to do "higher level research."

For all his faults, though, Ron Hubbard was undoubtedly a genius. He saw in the early 50's the opportunity to make the most of a growing interest in popular psychology, health fads and a bit of science fiction to give his teachings an esoteric flavour. He published Dianetics in 1950 and it at once became a best seller, 150,000 copies flying off the shelves in its first year.

Dianetics and modern day Scientologists claim that through a series of counselling sessions called "auditing," a whole bunch of malicious mind patterns called "engrams" can be removed from your "reactive mind" (roughly equivalent to Freud's unconscious mind). By taking a course of auditing, Dianetics claims, a person can reach his full potential, increase intelligence and cure all kinds of medical conditions that Hubbard claimed were usually psychosomatic.

An interesting thing about all the Dianetics stands that you see on the street all over the world these days is that the word "Scientology" is almost never mentioned. There are numerous books of the prolific Ron Hubbard for sale but only once they've got your attention will they let you know who you're dealing with.

Scientologists At Work

I was watching some Scientologists at work the other day in the street with their E-Meters, offering "free stress tests." I stood back a little and watched the body language of the Scientologists who sat opposite volunteers but in close proximity, explaining the virtues of the Dianetics without once pausing for breath.

In the half hour that I watched 5 people bought a copy of the book for around $20. I'd never seen anything sell so well and I decided to innocently ask one of the Scientologists how many they sell in an evening. She hedged her bets for a while but eventually said:

"Oh, between 30 and 50, it depends but what is the problem? Anyway, it's by donation."

Nodding, I inquired: "Would it be okay to ask a personal question - And can you promise to give me an honest answer?"

"Of course!" she replied enthusiastically.

"Could you please tell me how much you have personally paid to the Scientology organization since you began with them?"

Her face turned pale and she stammered: "Much less than I would have done with a psychotherapist."

I pestered her for a while but of course she wouldn't tell me. She was evidently too embarrassed to admit how much she had been suckered in. She did point out, though, that an alternative to paying for all the successive levels of Scientology lore was to work as a volunteer. Hence that's what she and the other members were doing at that moment.

What she didn't tell me is that Scientology members get commissions for each new member they convince to sign up for special one-on-one sessions known as Auditing.

So what is Auditing, anyway? Does it really help rehabilitate criminals, get people off drugs and cure them of a wide variety of medical conditions as Scientologists claim?

Well, according to the Anderson Report, an official inquiry conducted for the state of Victoria, Australia, auditing involves a kind of "command hypnosis" in which the subject falls under the spell of the person conducting the session.

"It is the firm conclusion of this Board that most scientology and dianetic techniques are those of authoritative hypnosis and as such are dangerous," the report found.

Which is interesting as, according to several of Hubbard's contemporaries, including his agent, he was an accomplished hypnotist.

No one is saying that Scientologists will make you stand on your head, bray like a donkey or swoon every time they click their fingers -- what they're really interested in is convincing you to take more sessions and give more money to the "Church." In the meantime they run you through a whole series of "past life memories" and questions about personal events in your life, keeping careful hand-written notes of all your reactions.

And what is the grand secret of Scientology that you only discover as you progress to the higher stages of the teachings? Well, I'm going to save you a few hundred thousand dollars by spilling the beans here. Ready?

The "Secret" Revealed

L. Ron Hubbard had discovered that around 75 million years ago, the evil ruler of a Galactic Confederacy, called Zenu, brought billions of dissidents to Earth and blew them up in volcanoes. Then he captured their "Thetans" (roughly equivalent to souls) and sat them in front of a 3D cinema in Hawaii and the Canary Islands.

There he brainwashed them with all the images of God, the Devil and all kinds of religions. The souls then took refuge in the bodies of the few survivors and this is why all humans apart from Scientologists (who have "cleared" themselves through auditing) are such a messed-up bunch today.

Hubbard goes on to describe other events of this grand "space opera," including several events that happened several trillion years before most scientists believe the universe came into being.

Did I mention earlier that Hubbard was a prolific science fiction writer?

So how could anyone in their right mind come to believe any of this? If someone approached you in the street and asked if you wanted to be freed of trauma instilled by aliens millions of years ago you'd take them for a lunatic.

But of course, they don't do that -- they invite you to take a personality test instead. Then they slowly, slowly win your confidence and release the information one step at a time, using hypnotic techniques that give you a feeling of elation and thus confirm the whole process.

I met a former Scientologist recently who explained to me how he was taken in.

"After the first two hours of having questions fired at me in the Auditing sessions, I got this sudden high and it was like, these guys know what they're doing! Then after I got more and more involved and spent more and more money, it seemed like there was no way back."

In short, no one wants to feel like a sucker. And after you've made a financial and emotional investment in Scientology, you start to rationalize the strangest stuff rather than admit that you've been scammed.

And then there's the cult factor. Remember all those hand-written notes taken during your Auditing session? A perfect recipe for blackmail should you ever become a threat to the Church.

Hubbard himself encouraged the harassment of anyone who represented any kind of threat to Scientology stating that they may be "deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed."

The other strategy of Scientology to attract new members has been by recruiting famous and influential people that that Hubbard called "opinion leaders." With Celebrity Centers in Hollywood, New York and Europe, Scientologists actively target high-profile figures such as Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta to drum up publicity for the cause and somehow validate it with the public.

People watch "Mission Impossible" and their admiration of Tom Cruise's filmed exploits leads them to wonder just what Scientology is all about.

Poor old Tom Cruise. Following his recent fall-out with Paramount Pictures and the secretive birth of his child, the media have been having a lot of fun with Cruise's professional and personal reputation. Which just goes to show how fickle the world of celebrity status can be.

But Tom Cruise isn't a bad guy. Very few Scientologists are. They've been duped into believing they're growing into better persons and that they can help others achieve the same. Scientology becomes their life and their mission and they soon forget how to separate fact from fantasy.

But if you want science fiction there are cheaper ways than joining Scientology. Try your local comic book store.

Tom Glaister is the founder and editor of - The Online Travel Guide for the Free and Funky Traveller.

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Why Tom Cruise Doesn't Matter

On September 17, 2006 the Associated Content published a piece by"Sparky Sparky"

Since the South Park episode “ Trapped in the Closet” and Tom Cruise's towing the party line of The Church of Scientology concerning Scientology's view on psychiatry and non-Scientology brands of psychotherapy, celebrity Scientologists, and their church have become the object of ridicule. Some times being “punked” for no other reason than their beliefs.

It may actually be the case that Scientology teaches about Xenu the galactic overlord. The cosmology of other rel

igions are as equally scientifically unfounded. Religions, by their nature, teach dogmas which must be accepted by faith. Beliefs which can only be accepted by faith cannot be refuted, or as W.B Yeats wrote, “You can refute Hegel, but not the Song of Sixpence”. In short, dogma is believed or not believed. None of it is provable.

As far as the alleged homosexuality of Tom Cruise and John Travolta, they may be gay, they may not, but it is within the right of anyone to seek spiritual counseling to attempt to change the fact, regardless of how ineffective such techniques may be.

Although the creators of “South Park” renewed interest in the criticism of the Church of Scientology the discussion remains focused on the supposed homosexuality of two men and a science fiction based cosmology. Clouding the concerns of many critics.

Remember Operation Clambake? It is still there still run by the founder but not without a great deal of defending himself against the Church of Scientology. Recently Mr. Heldal-Lund celebrated the 10th anniversary of his site in Stavenger Norway with the debut of a film about Scientology. The film is archived for download here and has been reviewed here.


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Historic Dianotes Webbed

On September 20, 2006 "Kristi Wachter" posted:

I am pleased to announce the addition of 39 issues of Dianotes to the Recommended Reading Room at

Dianotes was a newsletter published in the same time frame as The Aberree ( ) - the 1950s - but took a rather more serious approach to Dianetics practice and theory.

Since copyediting this stuff takes forever, I've just gone ahead and uploaded the PDFs. I may create web versions in the future, but for now, the PDF files are easy to download from this new page.

I'd like to thank the wonderful person who provided these to me. I know they will be of interest to historians of the Dianetics movement.


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FAIR Lawsuit Webbed

On September 23, 2006 "Jeff Jacobsen posted:

If anybody needs a pdf file of it let me know.

I think this is the very first version of the suit.


That's a honking big file, but I thought it was historically significant enough to keep it big for good quality. This I believe is from a Spirit magazine (indpendent from Co$), and I also believe it's 1986. If anybody was there and could enlighten us a little more on the events of the day, that would be cool.


In the top left photo is a guy videotaping. Was this a FAIR videographer? If so, is that video available somewhere?

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Scientology-Related Media

On September 18, 2006 "Mark Bunker" posted:

[Message from Xenu]

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On September 22, 2006 "Grill Flame" posted:

Eyeball Aerial View of Trementina Base:

Scroll to the bottom of that page for an eyeball aerial view of the Trementina Base which shows details of the runway I've never seen before. Press release photos of same don't even come close to showing such detail.

That F11[Full Screen] photo[large] at bottom shows clear markings on the runway. Split white lines run the center with the "#4" at the beginning(touchdown) and "#22" near what appears to be the hangar. The winding road leading away from the runway has a number of installations along that route besides the 'vault house', going on to the Crop Circles. I counted six! Zinj better get out the 'pixilated tweezers' for some ABS watchmaker work. He might even find 'The Paper Dump' or some graves along the way..bad joke

Nice blow-up detail work. The best I've far

Runway markings clear as day at the very bottom of page:
[other photos above it we've seen before]

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On September 22, 2006 "Mark Bunker" posted:

produced this TR Demo for the LMT back in 2000. It was shown only once (to a German audience I believe) by Steven Hassan. I thought it might be interesting to see if there are technical errors in this:

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