Presenting Rod Keller's
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review

Volume 5, Issue 34 - December 10 2000

Note: This issue of A.r.s Week in Review contains items from the past two weeks.

Clearwater Protest

Critics of Scientology held protests in Clearwater this week to mark the anniversary of the death of Lisa McPherson. From the St. Petersburg Times on December 2nd: "The protest will be tempered by a court order issued Thursday that outlines specific locations where the critics can and cannot picket. Jeff Jacobsen, one of the protest organizers, said he was expecting about 40 people to participate. Some flew in from Germany and Canada, he said, while others are local residents. He said he expects the protesters to obey the injunction, even though they disagree with it. 'It's a huge violation of our First Amendment and free speech rights,' Jacobsen said. 'Every year they do something to try and stop us. This year, they relied heavily on the injunction.' "Church of Scientology spokesman Ben Shaw dismissed the protest as unimportant and the critics as 'hate mongers.' He said the church had no plans to react to the critics. The church was grateful that Circuit Judge Thomas Penick granted an injunction that specifically names a handful of known church critics and the Lisa McPherson Trust, an anti-Scientology watchdog group that set up offices downtown in January. The injunction includes 10 maps of church facilities with color codes designating where critics may stage their protest. Pickets can be across the street from the Fort Harrison Hotel, but not on the sidewalk directly in front of it. They can picket on the east side of the Clearwater Bank Building, but not on the west side. It also specifies that the critics and church members must stay 10 feet away from each other and cannot harass one another." From the St. Petersburg Times on December 3rd: "Members of the Church of Scientology stayed out of sight Saturday during a day long demonstration downtown by church critics. By noon, about 30 protesters had gathered across the street from the church's Fort Harrison Hotel with anti-Scientology T-shirts, camcorders and picket signs with messages critical of the church. "It was largely a subdued event with sporadic moments of loud noise when protesters roused passers-by to honk their car horns and one critic brought a boom box with Queen's We Will Rock You blasting. Clearwater police officers were stationed along Fort Harrison Avenue and near the entrance of the Fort Harrison Hotel, an area that a Thursday injunction designated as off-limits to picketers. Authorities reported no trouble at the demonstration. 'It's all been very peaceful, very quiet,' said Lt. Don Hall, commander of the downtown officers. 'We've not had to seriously reprimand anyone on either side.' "A banner hanging on the hotel read, 'The Church of Scientology wishes you a happy holiday season!' Rather than react to the protest, church members instead focused on their holiday events, such as the all-day bazaar on Cleveland Street, said spokesman Ben Shaw. He questioned the point of the protest, and noted that each year it appears to shrink. 'Normally, you have a protest to communicate to the public a message, but their intention is to try and annoy our church members,' Shaw said. 'Our church members want to be here, so it's kind of a pointless game.' "Protesters, who came from around the country and Europe, had different reasons for being there. Mark Dallara, 29, of Tampa, said he participates because he is a 'free speech advocate.' Tory Bezazian, 53, of California said she left the church only four months ago after 30 years as a member. She stood on the sidewalk wearing red devil horns and carrying a cardboard megaphone. 'When you get out and you get the whole thing, you're like, 'What was I thinking?' ' Bezazian said. 'I know the people inside are brainwashed and they're laughing at me. But to me, the truth is, I'm free. I can do what I want. I can say what I want.'" "Bazooka Joe" reported his view of the protest. "The main sidewalk was in a construction tunnel while the picketers were on a piece of sidewalk between the tunnel and the street. I walked past the picket, and when I got to the point where the sidewalk outside the tunnel ended I was admonished by Jeff Jacobsen to keep off the grass. He explained how the cops gave lots of rules and one rule was keep off the grass. A small patch of grass near the big length of grass was 'legal' somehow. "The clams were non-confront except for cameramen and the process server serving copies of the injunction on anyone who crossed to the other side of the street . I was surprised at the turnout for the candlelight vigil that evening. Over 50, I think. The prayers and bagpipe were moving. Also Lisa's relatives - it's one thing to read of her death on ARS but it's another thing when you see their grief in person. We took the wreath to the back of the Ft. Harrison and we filed past the wreath one by one blowing out our candles. After this the minister admonished some clam for videotaping the whole thing and showing no respect. As the mourners walked toward Cleveland St. a 'process server' was serving the injunction on some of the mourners. No respect." From Jeff Jacobsen: "There were no real problems except the police at first didn't want to let us use the sidewalk between the curb and the construction tunnel over the rest of the sidewalk. After a little arguing and a phone call by Lt. Hall, we were allowed to walk on that sidewalk but not on the grass to the south. So Arnie and I took turns standing by the grass to be sure no one picketed there. I'd estimate about 40 picketers total for the day. "Tonight we had candlelight vigil in memory of Lisa McPherson. About 50 people lit candles, listened to a prayer written for the event, listened to the bagpiper, then slowly marched to the back of the Ft. Harrison Hotel with Stacy Brooks leading with the wreath. Stacy put the wreath near Room 174 where Lisa McPherson had been held. The people then went single file past the wreath, blowing out their candles and setting them below the wreath. Gregg said a few more words, the bagpiper played one last song, and we were done. A few TV stations interviewed Lisa's family immediately after, then we all went out and had a great dinner." From Patricia Greenway: "The buildings festooned with more Christmas decorations than ever, clearly indicated the level of hiding. Alongside the Christmas trees and other holiday paraphernalia used by the cult in their futile attempt to fool the general wog public was a long string of OSA, PI's and former RPF'ers with backs to the wall aiming cameras at anything that moved. "On Sunday, a few of us decided to do a late afternoon picket in front of the Ft Harrison. As happened nearly every day of the picket, we were approached by a small army of teenagers who said they read about the picket in the paper and wanted to get involved. They asked for picket signs and joined us there. They were anxious to hear and share details of the cult and its odd behavior. These kids were quite vocal and proved to be the most energetic picketers I've ever had the pleasure to meet. After tiring of facing nothing but OSA-cams and PI cams and a frantic Paul Kellerhals screaming for help on the phone, we moved our growing group of activists to Waterson Street. The youth picket lasted a full 2 hours and with their energy and enthusiasm most didn't notice that the temperature had dropped as we celebrated truth in the streets of Clearwater. The enthusiastic youth squad yelled in unison: Why are you hiding? Why are you hiding? Think for yourself!" From Andrea: "Across from the LMT there is a multi-storied parking garage which is not only wonderfully suited to house cars, but also to provide welcome shade for the private eyes hired by Scientology to watch the front door of the LMT and photograph those going in and out. There was a man with his back to us who sprang quickly into his car when he spotted us. Not quickly enough to avoid having a couple of pictures taken by speedy Tilman. Three seconds later the door to the stairs burst open and three people scurried towards us. Two of them had bundles of papers in their hands while the third one recorded the scene on video. The both of them tried to shove papers into our hands while they screamed something about an 'injunction' at us. In it were mentioned several staff of the Trust and a few others who were to keep 10 feet away from all Scientologists and from all entrances to their buildings. Funnily this order applied not only to the people named but to all those 'in concert,' that means those who did the same as they. "Since they absolutely could not get us to take their papers, they finally threw them at our feet with the words, 'now you are served,' to which Tilman dryly remarked, 'hey, you are littering.' We left the papers lying on the floor and walked over to the Trust. There we got signs or made up new ones and started out to our first practice picket. In front of the SC's bank building as we were waiting for the light to cross the street, we were stopped by a policeman. He amicably asked us to wait while he called his boss to clear up a few things. Since we were not entirely clear as to the legal situation at the moment and we didn't want to unnecessarily annoy anyone, we leaned on our picket signs. When the policeman saw that he walked over and told me in undertones we could hold the signs up, nobody would complain about that. So we did. The policeman came back to us and gave us the all-clear, 'everything is ok. You can go wherever you want.' From Tory Bezazian: "Today I decided to goof around just a bit. I took a broom handle out and waved it slowly in front of the camera. Suddenly I see Antonio get on his cell phone. The two cops stand up so I begin to leave. They come darting down the street, yelling at me 'Hey!' They tell me if I touch that camera I am going to jail. I tell them I in no way touched any camera, and I have a right to wave anything in the air, same as they have their right to have it on me. Jesse came out to point out the obvious. That OSA having the cameras pointed at LMT and following people with PI's etc is the real abuse happening. "The one cop said 'I think you are trying to incite something'. I told him I wasn't and that the scios should start practicing their 'religion' vs this waste of time. We left, broom in hand." From Tilman Hausherr: "We had a picket on the back of the bank building, at the time when the cultists come and go from lunch on Watterson Street. The cult uses buses that have the doors on the wrong side, so every cultist had to see us and our signs when coming out! We also went to other places. "I went to the pool and was woken up by Andrea who said that someone has brought documents for me. I went to the hotel bar and saw Tom Padgett. There he was offering me papers. While he still didn't have the documents I had asked him for, he told me that he understands me and it is upsetting that these documents of his case are unavailable and that my questioning shows how important it is to get them." Message-ID: 90nvrh$ Message-ID: Message-ID: Message-ID: Message-ID: 90nvu6$ Message-ID: Pine.LNX.3.96.1001208115350.120D-100000@darkstar.zippy Message-ID: Message-ID:

Protest Summary

John Ritson reported a protest at the London org this week. "We handed out leaflets, sloganised, Martin P. kept up a steady commentary on the microphone and a good time was had by all. Several of their regular 'Foundation shift' personnel were missing and only two or three of them ventured out onto the street to hand out flyers for 'Dianetics' or old copies of Freedom. They had one new face who was enthusiastically handing out the flyers, but was unable to engage in any conversation. A female in 'Sea Org' uniform was visible within the shop, but she never stayed timidly 'non-confront'. After about two and a half hours we called it a day." "Wynot" reported a protest in Atlanta this week. "Ethercat and I arrived armed with warm jackets and gloves against the blustery December wind, and armed with picket signs and flyers against fraudulent churches and scam self-help corporations. No police visit this time, nobody even came out to take our pictures. Ethercat got into the spirit by thinking up new chants. A particularly good one was '2, 4, 6 ,8, why is your church so full of hate?'. Another good one was 'Hey, hey, my, my, Dianetics is a lie!' Traffic was light so acks were down to 1 every 2 minutes." From I. S. Rennie: "Myself, The inimitable Dave Bird, Hartley Patterson who provided the picket signs & most of the leaflets, John R., Roland, Jens, Shellac, Martin, Steve C. We kicked things off at about 1:00 with a few jolly carols. Within 20 or so minutes, the opposition faced us. Smiling man and Grumpy Woman, in a kind of good cop, bad cop routine. "More than ten people actually thanked me for 'doing something about them'. One guy even wanted to give us money. We just told him not to give it to the cult and we'd be happy. Probably about 1/3 of the people walking past had already heard of the Church, and not in a good way. People seemed fairly amenable, even eager, to get leaflets. So much so that we ran out. After heading off to get some more from a local print shop. Passerby response was fairly positive, lots and lots of people had already heard of the Church, few if any had good things to say about it." From "Ethercat": "There was a large Christmas tree blocking one of the main windows. There's a driveway on the side of the building that leads to the back parking lot - it was blocked with a large dumpster, and there was some furniture sitting outside. One person leaving the org carefully read my sign, mouthing the words while reading. The org side said 'Who is Xenu? Find the answer on'. The street side of the sign said, 'Scientology Lies -'. "There is now a Hubbard Dianetics Foundation sign above the Church of Scientology sign. A lot of people driving by read our signs, then looked at the org as if they had just realized who occupies the building. Good." Kristi Wachter reported a protest in San Francisco this week. "We had a good picket today, with Peaches, Murdoch, Marcab, John, and myself. Highlights: much fliering; Murdoch and I spent a few hours on Market Street near the Stress Test table; Craig and Jeff followed us to Market; Craig used very provocative bullbaiting on me and Murdoch and followed us way too closely with his video camera; a police report was made; DA fliers were passed out; Craig picketed my home. We held a vigil at dusk. It was very nice. We all sang 'Amazing Grace.' From "Realpch": "Jour and I arrived at 12pm, to find Murdoch already at his post, discussing Scientology with a woman who had been in the Org seeking information. She later went back into the Org to compare notes, and I heard her remarking to a Scientologist that she didn't believe him. There were quite a few Scientologists out and about, but there was a pleasant dearth of unpleasant interactions with them, except in the case of one Scientology enthusiast. We picketed and passed out flyers, and were soon joined by both Phr and Marcab. Marcab had a colorful picket sign of John Travolta starring in 'Cult Fiction'. "We saw the traveling Stress Test Table make it's way towards Market Street, and Jour and Murdoch decided to go see where they set it up and do a little fliering. Jeff Quiros took Craig with him to interact with Jour and Murdoch, which resulted in Jour filing an incident report with the San Francisco Police Department. When I was talking with a couple of gentlemen who asked about harassment and Scientology, I told them 'Well, that guy pickets my house.' Craig, who had just walked by us and was about 10 feet away, wheeled back and started shouting at me. I have told this man over and over that I do not wish to speak to him. "We picketed until dark, when we had our candlelight vigil. Jour brought plastic cups and votives, which we lit. She gave a small speech and then we sang Amazing Grace. Then we had a moment's silence for Lisa and other victims. Phr taped the proceedings, and Jeff and Craig did also, though they did NOT sing Amazing Grace." Message-ID: Message-ID: Message-ID: Message-ID: Message-ID: Message-ID:

Andrew Buttnor

The Edmonton Sun reported on December 2nd that the killer of the son of Scientologist Al Buttnor has not been captured yet. "A city teen found shot execution-style in his car on a quiet north Edmonton street was likely slain in a drug deal gone bad, say homicide detectives. 'This young man may have been involved in the drug trade and with that we don't have anyone narrowed down as a hard suspect,' said homicide Det. Ralph Godfrey. Andrew Fletcher Buttnor, 18, was fatally shot in the head on 115 Avenue near 139 Street before 5 a.m. on Oct. 3. Sun carrier Bren Lima, 43, was helping her 12-year-old son deliver papers when she found Buttnor's body and called 911. The car's lights were still on but the vehicle wasn't running. He died of a single shot to the head. "'The investigation still has momentum but it's not happening as fast as I would like after two months,' said Godfrey. Buttnor was known to police but has not been identified as a gang member. Buttnor is the son of Allan Buttnor, a Church of Scientology minister. The teen was not a member of the church." Message-ID:


The St. Petersburg Times reported on December 5th that Scientology is hoping to bring a Starbucks Coffee shop to downtown Clearwater. "The coffee shop is expected to open this summer at Cleveland Street and Fort Harrison Avenue. The 2,400-square-foot coffee shop will be on the southwest corner of Cleveland Street and Fort Harrison Avenue, after renovations are completed during a seven-month period. It couldn't have happened without the city, the Church of Scientology and Matrix Lodging working together. Starbucks first became interested in Clearwater's downtown as a result of efforts by Scientology to attract them to open a shop in a Scientology facility here. "Starbucks ended up agreeing to supply Scientology's Fort Harrison Hotel with coffee, but the deal fell through to open a separate store downtown in a Scientology building on Cleveland Street. The length of the proposed lease and concerns that protesters against the church might disrupt the shop were among the issues, said Tom DeVocht, who oversees the church's real estate and construction projects. Scientology officials then encouraged the coffee chain to begin negotiating with Gerald Ellenburg, the CEO of Matrix, to open their shop in Matrix's building nearby. The city helped make the pitch to the coffee chain." Message-ID: 90o00u$


The St. Catharines Standard reported on December 6th on efforts by Scientology to protest French efforts against cults, claiming religious discrimination. "The French National Assembly passed legislation which bans what it calls 'sects.' The legislation covers 172 denominations including 7th Day Adventists, Mormons, Baptists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Scientologists. It criminalizes minority religions and can impose fines, jail terms, and organizational dissolution. The word 'sect' itself is not defined. The crime of 'mental manipulation' is also not defined. The law contravenes numerous national and international human rights laws which France is signatory to - its own constitution, the european Convention on Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "Religious freedom, freedom of conscience, civil liberties, freedom of assembly and the right of self-determination are all threatened in France. If it can happen there, it can happen here. Religious freedom must not only be tolerated; it must be protected - nationally and internationally. Human rights activities were organized by the Church of Scientology, Friends of the United NAtions, the Washington Institute of religion and Public Policy, the Paris based Coalition Against the New Inquisition and Omnium des Libertes. Approximately 15,000 people from all over the world came to Plaza de la Bastille, Paris for a peaceful Unity March. Upon arrival, we were frustrated to learn that the French Prefecture had categorically refused permission for the march to take place. "I'll never forget seeing actress Kirstie Alley and singer Isaac Hayes leaning out the window with huge smiles on their faces, Shaft shaking his fist, and an old Muslim leader wiping tears from his eyes. A hundred soldiers moved in and cordoned off the area. Even as we dispersed, more police arrived, clad in black fatigues, helmets and shields. After the rally, we met with Terrence Longeran, the assistant to Canadian Ambassador Raymond Chretien. Attending were Al Buttnor, National Director of Affairs of Scientology, Canada, Reverend Earl Smith, Shailendra Prasad, editor of Toronto's India Journal and me. Lonegran gave us insights into French society, their view of the issue and advice on how to address the problems we faced. "The next day's human rights tribunal consisted of expert panelists from around the world - lawyers, scholars, historians, religious leaders, journalists, and retired Canadian Judge Pamela Appelt. We heard nine hours of testimony from individuals who had experienced discrimination - a woman whose children were taken away and not returned until she agreed to live far from the Krishna Temple she attended; a radio journalist fired for interviewing a Scientologist; a French math tutor, labeled a cultist and boycotted by the Business Association; an Algerian Muslim Imam whose mayor prevented the building of a mosque." Message-ID:


Die Welt reported on November 23rd that Scientology is advertising for a Scientology book in European cities. "On poster surfaces in the major European cities, the notorious sect group has been mass advertising one of its founder's works for days - L. Ron Hubbard's The Fundamentals of Thought. The name of the sect itself is not to be found on the posters other than on the book covers; instead there is a quote by Hubbard who is honored by the powerful US group as a bringer of salvation, 'It doesn't matter where you're going. What matters is how you get there.' The line does not allude to the positioning of the cadre-like organization and to spiritual torture in Scientology, it is also symptomatic for the new advertising strategy: if Scientology had first established itself in Germany mostly by recruiting pedestrians, now the sect is using ever more perfidious tactics - according to press reports, adherents are placed in restaurants, seniors homes, driving school and even kindergartens; in Hamburg establishments are disguised as exhibits and film demonstrations. "What's at stake is commercial survival of the German branch. According to community and church sect commissioners, the organization is suffering under heavily dwindling membership and is also headed for bankruptcy. 'Financially, the organization is doing very poorly,' says Hamburg's Scientology commissioner Ursula Caberta. The end of Scientology Deutschland is not in the foreseeable future, said Berlin's Evangelical sect commissioner Thomas Gandow, 'The organization has been declared dead before. But then it comes back all the more radical.' The post campaign is not illegal - the organization may advertise as anybody else according to law. 'Scientology is not banned in Germany. We may not act as censor,' said its spokesman Andreas Schaefer." From Offenbach-Post on December 6th that Scientology advertising on German train stations is not subject to official review. "An advertising poster for a Scientology book by sect founder L. Ron Hubbard has been hanging in the railroad underpass on Bieberer Street for weeks. While the advertising surface is indeed in the railroad's possession, it is leased to a private marketer. And nobody has any influence on the marketer's activities. The railroad leases poster space under the tracks to a Frankfurt company, Conti-Werbung. They in turn have granted rights for the surfaces to a company registered under the name of Beba-Plakat-Werbung. "'That is a completely normal poster,' said Dieter Becker. 'We are not being paid by Constitutional Security. Therefore we accept business from those from whom we can earn money.' He does not, however, hang radical right-wing propaganda or 'Republikan' campaign posters, said Becker. The city would not tolerate a Scientology poster on its own surfaces - although they may be leased. 'Our contracts with the German Cities Media are formulated in such a way that nothing like that can come about,' asserted department chief Matthias Mueller. Advertising putting young people at risk as well as anything which transgresses good morals are excluded. But they do not have a say-so about the railroad's surfaces." Offenbach Post reported on December 7th that the Scientology posters were removed after the publication of the previous article. "The German Railroad responded promptly to a report from our newspaper on Scientology's advertising posters in the Bieber Street railroad underpass. Dieter Huenerkoch, Director of the Communications Department of Berlin corporate central, got in touch with the editors and reported, 'We will handle it very quickly.' The criticized posters which advertised for a 'Scientology' book by sect founder L. Ron Hubbard were pasted over. In addition the contract with the Frankfurt company which had leased and marketed these spaces from the railroad was canceled. 'From our view the corporation violated the contract.' Huenerkoch made it clear that the German Railroad did not permit or condone advertising for Scientology on its property." Wuerzburger Volksblatt reported on November 29th that Reverend Alfred Singer held a conference on cults in Grafenrheinfeld. "'My husband changed completely in a short time; I don't even recognize him any more since he's been going to this astrologist' - so went the desperate call of a wife to Reverend Alfred Singer, who has been the speaker of Wuerzburg Diocese for issues of sects, religion and weltanschauung for three years. Singer pointed out the dangers inherent in totalitarian movements, psycho-groups and charismatic communities. What's conspicuous, according to Singer, is a transformation in the definition of the concept of sect: 20 years ago the word had primarily a religious connotation; it meant minorities with teachings and practices which deviated from the mother church, but now 'sects' more refer to groups which violate ethical principles. "The Enquete Commission on 'So-called Sects and Psychogroups' performed decisive research work - commissioned by the German Bundestag. According to that report, the term 'sect' should be avoided as much as possible; besides that were opinions that in general, no danger to state, society or business resulted from the 'new religious and ideological communities.' Explicitly excepted to this was the Scientology Organization, which the Enquete Commissioner described in their final report as an 'extremist-political current' and for which it recommended continued surveillance by Constitutional Security. "Lay people can often not recognize what they are really looking at, Singer reported. An apparently harmless invitation to eat, a free seminar or a personality test is often enough to make one susceptible to manipulation. A key event is set up to start with at which an explanation is found for any problem, and people feel comfortable and well-understood. Soon the atmosphere changes: stricter procedures with absolute discipline, personal surveillance, intimidation, then even deliberate threats. After several weeks, report experts and former members, you're not going to get out without help; many people have already been totally exploited financially and mentally." Braunschweiger Zeitungsverlag reported on November 28th that Reverend Ingolf Christiansen held a conference on cults in Koenigslutter. "Destructive Cults -- A Danger for our Society. That was the theme addressed by the speaker, Reverend Ingolf Christiansen from Goettingen, Weltanschauung Commissioner of the Hannover State Church, at the 13th Ecumenical Men's Assembly of the men's group of the Koenigslutter founding church with Reverend Truemer and the Catholic congregation in Pfarrheim on Bahnhofstrasse. Reverend Andreas Pape, the landlord, expressed satisfaction about the good participation and arranged the afternoon program with a presentation, coffee, prayer and dinner. "The predominantly older audience was first treated to an explanation of the practices of Scientology. It was said that recruitment of members for Scientology was well-rehearsed and that recruitment happened mostly at a high milieu. Scientology uses free personality tests to draw students and pupils in. 'People have to be warned and have information.' As part of recruitment, improvement in self-awareness is promised with the idea that only ten percent of the human mind is used; the lure to join comes from the possibility that this percentage can be increased. "Sole proprietors are promised that their profit will be maximized, then they are presented with a string of introductory offers. The argument they are given is that the unused portion of the human mind will be activated, as the reverend stated. Finally it boils down to financial demands as compensation for joining. Those run into increasingly greater sums and often bring people into debt and want. 'Often it is recognized too late that joining was personally disadvantageous.' Leaving was not possible, or at least was made extremely difficult. 'Out of human pity, people have to be warned and informed,' said Reverend Christiansen." Berliner Zeitung reported on December 5th that Father Justinus Maria Reich held a conference on cults in Berlin "The 34-year-old theologian has a new title: Commissioner for Issues of Sects and Weltanschauung in Berlin Archdiocese. He prefers to call the sect counseling center with its three staff a 'consumer center in the religious area.' For him it is not a matter of fighting groups of every shade, but of 'unexciting and factual' information. That would include discussion directly with the organizations. The Dominican priest has his limits, though, and the Scientologists are not part of the group of potential meeting partners. The sect counseling center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 to noon, and Tuesdays and Thursday 3-6 p.m." Hamburger Morgenpost reported on December 4th that the financial backers of the film Battlefield Earth are suffering financially. "The stock investors of the Munich film distributing company, Intertainment, are cursing the day on which company chief Ruediger Baeres came up with the idea to co-finance the Hollywood movie Battlefield Earth. The science fiction flick based on an idea by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard turned into a mega-flop in the USA despite having John Travolta as a lead actor. Even a million monkeys could not have produced such nonsense in a million years, according to the Washington Post. "On November 16th an insignificant announcement stopped the stock investors. One day before the business figures were to be released for the third quarter, Merrill-Lynch analysts Bernhard Tubeilah and Stepha Seip downgraded Intertainment to 'hold.' They said the movie franchise business had not developed as expected. Small investors who did not immediately learn of that through the internet had already lost before they heard the news. In the course of one afternoon the stock plummeted from 29 to 20 Euro. One day after the downgrading, the official statistics stated that there were 140 million marks less sales than planned, 24 million marks less profit before taxes. Upon that the stock dropped to 14 Euro. Those who only read the Sunday paper learned they had already lost 50 percent." 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Graham Berry

Graham Berry reported that Scientology has won a effort to find sanctions against him as non-dischargable in bankruptcy court. "The cult has spent at least three times the value of their aggregate claim amount (est. $300,000.00) to obtain a ruling that the Pattinson case Rule 11 sanctions order is non-dischargable in bankruptcy. This was the Moxon v. Berry adversary proceeding within the Berry bankruptcy proceeding. It is a hollow victory for the clams because they have fair gamed me out of employment. "The judge denied our cross Rule 11 motions and my request that he refer the entire record in this and the underlying and related cases to the FBI and US Attorney. However, the judge did state that the FBI had an office in the bankruptcy courts 'and I encourage you to take the matter over there.' The judge also stated that he did not want the Moxon v. Berry case in his court room any longer. An observer thought the judge looked as though he was scared of them. As our litigation starts drawing to a close, with all of the proof of Scientology's 1991 litigation misrepresentations to the IRS exposed, I can now move on to my volunteer work in the information dissemination and criminal investigation area." Message-ID:


The New York Daily News reported on November 28th that Scientology celebrities plan a fund raiser at the Police Athletic League in Los Angeles. "Jenna Elfman, Anne Archer and other members of the controversial sect will perform Yuletide-themed sketches in Los Angeles Friday and Saturday at the church's annual fund-raiser for the city's Police Activities League. Last Christmas, Kirstie Alley brought down the house with her spoof 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Lobster Claws.' This year, the perennially caftanned actress is due to play a car that gets into an accident with another car. Scientology spokeswoman Cheryl Duncan tells us, 'a lot of our members come from traditional Christian backgrounds and we tend to participate in the season of giving. We're a non-denominational church.'" The Los Angeles Times reported that Scientology donated food and clothing to needy children in La Crescenta. "The Women's Auxiliary of the Church of Scientology delivered more than a dozen turkeys and more than 60 bags full of food and clothing to needy families with children this Thanksgiving. The bags included stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy, canned fruit, vegetables, diapers, sugar and salt." The Oregonian reported on December 6th that Scientology plans a charity bazaar to benefit a family shelter. "The Church of Scientology Women's League will take on several holiday-related community service projects, spokeswoman Angie DeRouchie said, including its annual Christmas Charity Bazaar at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre, at Southwest Salmon Street and Broadway. Proceeds from the sale of baked goods, home decor, knitted items, holiday decor, art, hand-crafted works and other merchandise will benefit the Goose Hollow Family Shelter, DeRouchie said. The event will also feature free hot apple cider and free gift-wrapping services for those making purchases. "A cooperative interfaith program, Goose Hollow is based at the First United Methodist Church, with volunteers from Congregation Beth Israel, St. Mary's Cathedral, First Unitarian Church, Church of Scientology, St. Clare's Catholic Church and others. Women's League volunteers will also prepare, deliver and serve monthly dinners during the shelter's five-month operating period." The Seattle Times reported on December 9th that a charity drive is being organized in that city. "Nonperishable food and clean clothing are needed for the annual charity drive sponsored by the Church of Scientology of Washington State through Dec. 22. Bring donations to the church, 601 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle. 206-284-0604." Message-ID: 90tvm2$sk0$ Message-ID: 90nuvf$ Message-ID: 90g77i$10t0m$


BusinessAge reported in its December 2000 issue that Scientology critic Bob Minton is under investigation for financial dealings in Nigeria. "London banks and financiers played key roles in the looting of billions of pounds from the Central Bank of Nigeria according to documents and evidence contained in the Nigerian Debt Buy Back Reports which meticulously document two cases currently in the media and working their way through various criminal courts here in the UK and abroad. The reports focus on two of the biggest financial alleged frauds in UK history, the multi-billion dollar Sane Abaca Debt Scandal and the 4.5 billion dollar Secret Nigerian Debt Buyback Scheme administered and orchestrated by the American financier Robert S. Minton out of his London based finance company GML. "The UK Financial Services Authority and the House Office are now launching their own investigations into the actions of the London Banks and financial institutions named in the reports. After close inspection, sources in Geneva commented, 'One can clearly see the similarities and criminal actions built into these two financial schemes, whose only purpose was to enrich the personal wealth of the current dictator and the very people running the schemes, while draining the financial resources of the Central Bank of Nigeria and defrauding Nigerian creditors.' "A financial investigator working on the two cases stated 'the banks and debt traders are in a very awkward position, if they knew Mr. Minton was acting as an agent for the Central Bank of Nigeria using CBN funds to secretly purchase Nigerian debt on the secondary market, that knowledge would make them accomplices to defrauding Nigerian debt holders out of billions of dollars. On the other hand if the debt traders and bankers were unaware of Mr. Minton's secret relationship with the CBN, that would make them victims of the alleged fraud and give them the legal standing to join in on the civil suits now being prepared on behalf of the defrauded Nigerian debt holders against Sani Abacha, Robert Minton and the CBN.'" Message-ID:

Lisa McPherson

Bob Minton has been fined for failing to answer questions in a deposition in the Lisa McPherson civil case. "The Court reserved ruling on the sanctions in order to provide Mr. Minton ten days within which to contest the amount thereof. It is hereby ordered and adjudged that Defendant and its counsel, Moron & Kobrin, are awarded fees jointly and severally from Mr. Minton and his attorney, John Merrett, in the amount of $7500.00, and the costs incurred at the no-show deposition of Mr. Minton of $643.00." Message-ID:


Kimberley Heitman reported that a lawyer who is attempting to shut down an Australian web site critical of Scientology has resigned from the board of an electronic rights organization. "The Board of EFA has noted with concern the criticism of EFA Board member Jeremy Malcolm for representing the Church of Scientology in a conflict with Steve Zadarnowski's web site and posts to Usenet. In many respects the Board shares those concerns, given that the Church has instructed Jeremy to employ legal process to stifle Steve's criticisms and comments on the Church. While supporting the right of anyone to legal advice and representation, EFA is of the view that the use of defamation law to stifle free expression and debate is to be condemned in the strongest terms. EFA is ready, willing and able to support any person who has their rights to free speech threatened by the legal process. "To respond to concerns that the presence of Jeremy Malcolm on EFA's Board compromises EFA's committed stand for freedom of expression, Jeremy has voluntarily stood down from the Board until further notice. On behalf of EFA I deplore the heavy-handed use of the legal process to stifle criticism of the Church and note that the site has been mirrored elsewhere. Defamation law, an uncertain and expensive legal process, is ill-used in relation to the Internet. The 1999 amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act, strongly criticised by EFA for its censorship provisions, nonetheless created section 91 which protects ISPs from liability as publisher in circumstances not yet tested in Court. Steve's web site and Usenet posts represent opinion and social commentary that deserves the highest standards of protection as free speech. EFA is committed to assisting persons in his situation and to offer such support as may be of help, including legal assistance." Message-ID: 3a299bec.411926932@

Michael Pattinson

Former Scientologist Michael Pattinson reported that Scientology unsuccessfully attempted to block his application for a green card to allow him to stay in the United States. "During an interview with the INS last December I asked the official if there were any documents in my INS file that were not placed there by myself or my attorney. He showed us the file and there were documents inserted in there from Moxon and Kobrin. The documents were the false spin on my character. One was from the lawsuit from the staff member who sued me as a reprisal for me suing the cult management. "The other document was from a person in Florida. This person was paid $2,000 to cheat the INS by being paid for marrying a Mexican woman called Anna who needed a husband to avoid getting deported. So this guy whose documents are supposed to stop me getting my INS green card is therefore probably guilty of INS fraud himself. My attorney then sued the INS to force them to process my approved application. In the end after much wrangling in the courts we won the action under a settlement in my favor. I now have US permanent residency despite the fair game psychosis of the goons of the criminal cult of Scientology." Message-ID: 90k80e$8b2$


The BBC reported on November 29th that Russian Security Council Secretary Sergey Ivanov and Patriarch Aleksiy II held a conference to spotlight the rise of illegal drugs and the dangers of Scientology. "At a conference discussing ways to rid Russia of illegal drugs, Ivanov said that the Security Council evaluates the drug-related crime situation as 'serious and deteriorating'. 'This year alone, 42 tonnes of drugs and psychotropic substances have been confiscated. The rate of drug-related crimes has increased more than 14 times over the past ten years,' he said. "Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Aleksiy II also spoke at the conference, and said that 'drug addiction is a spiritual problem that cannot be solved without overcoming the inner spiritual crisis'. 'The cause of this rapidly spreading disease is to be found in the distorted traditional spiritual principles of Russian society,' the patriarch said. He also said that the spread of this evil in Russia was largely promoted by the Scientology sect founded by L. Ron Hubbard. 'This pseudo-religious organization gave birth to dozens of other organizations [that are] working to this day,' the patriarch said." Message-ID:

John Mappin

The Sunday Telegraph reported on December 3rd on a Scientologist is abandoning his plans to make a film on socialite Benji Pell. "Although John Mappin is an heir to the pounds 50 million Mappin and Webb fortune and owns a hotel in Cornwall, he is keen to make his mark as a film producer. But he has come unstuck with his plans to bring out a celluloid epic on Benji 'the bin man' Pell. Mappin, 34, who is a Scientologist and a steadfast believer in fairies, became fascinated by Pell, whose joy in life is rootling among the wheelie bins of the famous and passing on the contents to the more desperate newspapers. "But after more than a year's research, Mappin is no longer involved in the project, much to the anger of Pell, who was captivated by the idea of film stardom. 'It's a very sensitive business,' reports my man with the clapperboard. 'Making a film about Benji is a great idea but it has all ended in tears.'" Message-ID:

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