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Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review

Volume 6, Issue 25 - October 7 2001

World Trade Centers

Rob Clark reported that Scientology is establishing new groups following the World Trade Centers disaster. "Scientology has established a new cult front group called Association for Peace and Understanding in the Middle East, operating under the rubric of ABLE, which is now attempting to recruit Middle Eastern Scientologists. It is meeting October 6 at 7 PM at the ABLE location on 7065 Hollywood Blvd in LA." "Claiming that only they have the tech to bring businesses back, the cult is planning to open a 'Hubbard College of Administration' in New York City and frantically recruiting cultists to man the swindle operation. The front group is the 'Business Relief Center,' which will basically be a Hubbard College of Administration. The front man for the swindle is Harrison Quigley." Scientology is promoting a new web site, which blames the attack on New York on the Psychiatrists. "A new website provides answers to the unnerving question gnawing at everyone's mind since the recent violent terrorist attacks on America: 'What sort of person is capable of such evil?' Two figures who feature prominently in CCHR's website are psychiatrist and surgeon, Dr. Ayman al-Zawhariri, chief advisor and doctor to Osama bin-Laden, and Ali A. Mohamed, a psychologist who has trained bin-Laden's terrorist troops in combat and psychological warfare. "'Both are capable of using drugs and other mental techniques to create suicide-bombers convinced of the glory of sacrifice and dying,' Ms. Eastgate said. 'But,' she points out, 'we have been here before. For example, the Japanese 'kamikaze' pilots, who confounded us by suicidally attacking allied shipping during World War II, used psychiatric drugs called amphetamines to get charged up.'" Entertainment Tonight on October 2nd featured the opening of a new Scientology mission in San Francisco. Scientology celebrities at the opening expressed their feelings about the WTC disaster. "Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and other celebrities were on hand last Saturday to support fellow Scientologist and star Jenna Elfman as she established a new Scientology mission in San Francisco. But, of course, the prominent topic on everyone's minds was the September 11 terrorist bombings and its aftermath relief efforts. "'I was asked by the firemen and the policemen to go to Ground Zero, and I went out of my way to be with them,' said Travolta, who was recently in New York City to do his part. Meeting up to 600 different workers, wives and firemen, John shook hands, posed for pictures, and signed helmets and autographs. 'I hope I cheered them up. I think I did. In any little way, you try.' "Responding to the tragedy, Elfman said, 'I think it was a planetary wake-up call.' Jenna, along with friends and hundreds of church volunteers, personally took part in the remodeling and design of the building dedicated to Arts for Kids, a free community service the mission will offer to children and their families." A letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times on October 2nd praised Scientology's volunteer ministers in New York. "Scientology volunteer ministers have a long track record of helping amid disasters -- the L.A. quake a few years ago, the wars in Kosovo and Bosnia, the riots in Los Angeles, earthquakes in Taiwan, after the bombing of the Atlanta Olympic Games, at the Federal Building in Oklahoma, after the shootings at Columbine High School, and many others. "We have consistently helped alleviate suffering amidst devastation, and we always will, for the aims of the church are a world without crime, without insanity and without war, where the able can prosper and honest people can have rights. - Mary Bordeaux, Montrose" From letters to the editor of the St. Petersburg Times on October 3rd: "I am 18 years old, I live in Clearwater and I have been a Scientologist all my life. I got on the first bus I could to go to New York and volunteer. I and the other volunteers I worked with were doing anything we could to help the firefighters and Police Department. We would feed them all their meals, supply them with snacks and drinks and clothing. We were also in the bucket lines for hours at a time. "All of the agencies on the site, including the Fire Department of New York, the New York Police Department, FBI, CIA, Army, Navy, the Marines and the National Guard, were all so grateful to us. There were people on their knees thanking us, giving us their jackets off their backs in appreciation. Anyone who has a bad opinion about Scientology or Scientologists and has gone out of their way to publicly express it at a time like this reminds me of who we are dealing with in their actions toward America. - Adrian Austin, Clearwater "Pinellas County officials apparently forgot 25 years of abuse of members and citizens by the Scientologists when they commended the Scientology volunteers who recruited among the ruins of Wall Street in New York. Since the majority of county commissioners received generous contributions from the Scientology-Chamber of Commerce coalition, it was payback time. Whoever pays the piper calls the tune. "Voters are urged to examine the campaign contribution reports for elected county, state and local officials to understand why a few attorneys, builders and developers wield so much power and influence over commissioners and governing boards and committees. A recent ruling by the Pinellas County EEOC reflects bias in support of Scientologists. If the cult can refuse to serve any non-Scientologist, it can refuse to serve any citizen. This ruling must be reversed. - Gabe Cazares, Clearwater The Los Angeles Times reported on October 3rd that a Glendale woman created a mural in the New York org during the rescue effort. "The local artist had planned to use her training as a Scientologist to advise distraught rescue workers digging through the rubble at the World Trade Center. But she ended up leaving another legacy. Hepner created a vibrant American flag mural. 'We were only there for 24 hours,' Hepner said of her trip a week after the attacks. Working with her husband, Randy, and two other volunteer ministers from the Church of Scientology, Hepner finished the mural in about six hours. The mural was left where it was created, at a Scientology church a few blocks from the mass of crumpled steel and other materials." E-mails to Scientologists continue to describe efforts in New York. "Out of the chaos and confusion that has overwhelmed much of New York and the US a stable datum has arisen - 'The guys in the yellow shirts.' With the mobilization of VMs from all over the US in full swing we now have hundreds on the ground Scientology Ministers and Volunteer Ministers. At ground zero the VMs took charge of the facilities known as Stuyvesand School, which was set up as a receiving facility for those who are working right on the site. These included Police from New York, Chicago and Detroit, Immigrations Officials, Firefighters from a number of states, FBI Anti-Terrorist Teams, members of SWAT teams, K-9 Police Units, Search and Rescue, Utility Workers and emergency response teams from as far away as Los Angeles. "As the activities continues, the VMs hatted non-Scientologists on what to do. The VMs set up the entire food line, help line and established the flow lines. The non-Scientologist were brought up to cause and stated that they wanted to be part of the team. The especially wanted the yellow volunteer shirts. The nerve assists were a huge success and very popular with disaster relief staff. A VM who was giving assists stated, 'every single guy was keyed out and VGIs with the assists. They got their friends to get on too. "And what happened with the psychs who had been 'In-Charge'? Since we jumped in so quickly, confronted what was needed and then started providing it, even the psychiatrists viewed us as the leaders. So, they started asking us what they should do. We found some good MEST work for them to do, which they did, and they came up tone as they were now contributing. "Immediately after the terrorism occurred, the DSA Atlanta call the mayor's office to find out what they needed and wanted. She spoke with the Director of Community Affairs, a known terminal to us in that area. Where asked what was needed his immediate, no comm-lag answer was, 'THE CITY BLANKETED WITH THE WAY TO HAPPINESS BOOKLET.' - Peter McCuen, Supercargo ASHOF "The psychs, about 3000 of them, I was told, have showed up to be on hand to 'counsel' these grieving people. We don't have the manpower to properly deal with the scene. And yet we have the chance to make an even bigger impact in NY but we need help NOW! It really is an all-hands scene. Walk, run or drive. There is a berthing I/C who can arrange anything from staying with locals to hotel rooms donated by the hotels. There are many varied jobs that need to be done, and one quickly learns how to do the needed assists, Book 1 sessions, etc., if they're not hatted. "Anyone who can show up should just go to NY Org directly, at 46th and Broadway. Phone: 212-921-1210." The Greenwich Time reported on October 7th on Scientology's version of events at the New York disaster site. "Carol Yingling, a minister at the Church of Scientology of Connecticut, was walking along a street in New York recently with a friend when they were approached by two city firefighters. 'They saw us,' said Yingling, a Cheshire resident, 'and said, 'You're the volunteer ministers. We love those nerve massage things.' ' The technical term would be 'an assist,' and the people volunteering in New York through the Church of Scientology have been giving them to rescue workers and emergency personnel in lower Manhattan since Sept. 11. "'The idea is that there is a spiritual component to any trauma,' Yingling said, 'whether you're injured, exhausted or had a loss; and a body does not heal as readily if the spiritual component is not addressed.' A volunteer minister working with the Scientologists may provide either a touch, nerve or 'locational' assist to a person under stress. These assists follow Eastern techniques that release a person's energy and reorients them. 'It releases energy so they have more,' Yingling said. "'The 'loss of a person assist' is a particularly effective process for this situation,' said Monica Brutsche, a volunteer minister from New Haven who spent eight days at ground zero. 'It can give a child who has lost a parent the ability to face the future.' "The church is running a free course to teach those unfamiliar with Scientology the basics of volunteer ministering so they can help friends and family. The church says it has put into the New York community 800 volunteer ministers since Sept. 11." From the Globe And Mail on October 1st: "On Sept. 11, a sad-eyed woman with greying, unwashed hair stood one block from the Broadway Firehouse on Eighth Avenue, which had lost 14 men in the collapse of the World Trade Center that morning, and listlessly handed out a pamphlet entitled The Way to Happiness. 'For you in your time of need,' she told passersby who accepted the brochure, published by the Church of Scientology." 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Protest Summary

Keith Henson reported a protest at the Toronto org on September 30th. "Gregg and I were in Toronto so the org got a 35 minute picket with me 110 feet up the street and Gregg right in front of the org. The only thing of any note was a citizen who brought his teen age daughter by to go inside the org for a class project. Gregg was more than a bit upset with the guy not having the slightest idea of what Scientology was about and what he was subjecting his daughter too. After a few minutes of bringing him up to date on the subject the somewhat horrified guy accepted an Xenu flyer and did get his daughter back. I estimate we gave out 75 flyers." Message-ID:

Search Engines

Westword reported on October 4th that Scientology critic Lawrence Wollersheim has been involved in a bidding war against Scientology to get sponsored links on various Internet search engines. "Go to, an Internet search engine that provides 'sponsored' search results for America Online, Lycos, AltaVista and many other World Wide Web heavyweights. Type in 'Scientology,' and you'll get dozens of hits linking you to sites devoted to the Church of Scientology International. "This is what you won't find, unless you scroll through several pages of pro-Scientology links: 'SCIENTOLOGY DIRTY SECRETS. Before you get taken in by any of Scientology's claims, check out the largest free archive on the real Scientology -- the Scientology they don't want you to know about.' According to Lawrence Wollersheim, a founder of the Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network, FACTNet has been consigned to a peculiar kind of Internet hell by a 'search engine sabotaging tactic' employed by the Church of Scientology. The Boulder-based nonprofit Web site has seen its ranking in GoTo search results drop precipitously in recent months, buried by pro-Scientology sites that bid higher for favored placement, an arrangement known as 'pay-per-click.' "But CSI spokeswoman Janet Weiland says that church-affiliated Web sites are merely outbidding FACTNet in the electronic marketplace. 'Mr. Wollersheim seems to object that Scientology is popular on the Internet,' she says. 'He would prefer it if, when people searched for Scientology, they did not find anything except his anti-religious invective. But the church and its members have a right to communicate and to use public services like GoTo just like everybody else.' "FACTNet's link, now bid at five cents per click, recently has been showing up 35th in Scientology keyword searches. Wollersheim claims that CSI has created 'fake' Web pages, controlled by church Webmasters, to bury his site and that Scientologists have been clicking on his link repeatedly simply to drive his advertising costs up. Weiland denies that the church has done anything improper. GoTo's own safeguards prevent the kind of click abuse Wollersheim describes, she responds, and the numerous Web sites put up by the church and individual members reflect the widespread interest in the organization." Message-ID:


An e-mail to Scientologists described the opening of the new mission in San Francisco, SOMA, or South of Market. "The Mission is located in a 3 story building on Mission Street in SF, between 5th & 6th streets. I would estimate 500-600 people were on hand. The city had allowed the Mission to close one lane on Mission Street and a podium had been set up on the sidewalk. Cindy Feshbach opened the ceremony with a speech about Scientology and about the Mission. We had major media coverage including a camera & interview team from Entertainment Tonight. Also there was a Golden Era Productions crew getting all the theta. "Cindy presented SF Police Department Captain Tony Perra with a plaque which contained on it a pledge from the Mission and from Scientology to assist the SF police and the city to help it with its problems. Captain Perra gratefully accepted the plaque and publicly pledged the SF police department's support of the Mission in its humanitarian endeavors. "Next to speak was none other than Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board RTC. He gave an incredibly inspiring speech about how Scientology has the solution to the problems of society and the world. This was really a dissemination speech because he knew we were getting major media coverage. He read some awesome LRH quotes about war and ended his speech with a statement that the real enemy of man was the Reactive Mind. His presence is awesome. "Next to speak was Jenna Elfman, who has sponsored the Mission. She spoke of her devotion to the arts, to San Francisco, and of her sincere desire to help the people of this beautiful city. As part of her speech she announced that along with the opening of the Mission, a Children's Center for the Arts had been established in the basement of the building, fully equipped with a stage, ballet facilities, and others so that any children of the SF area could come there and learn/practice arts for free. "By the way, SF org is getting a new building I can't say much about it yet but it is happening." Message-ID:


Articles in El Mundo on September 15th, 22nd and 23rd detailed developments in the trial of Spanish Scientologists and International president Heber Jentzsch in Madrid. "The public prosecutor asked yesterday in a judgment in the District Court of Madrid for the dissolution of the Church of Scientology and penalties of three months to five years for 13 accused of illegal association, omission of the duty to prevent crimes, hiding of crime, false denunciation, illegal detention and falsity. According to the public prosecutor, the origins in Spain of this Church date from 1968. It has converted itself into a 'disguise' of the real idea of the organization: 'an obsessive and inordinate zeal for money,' for which it resorts to 'economic bleeding.'" "The Provincial District Court of Madrid let view for sentencing a judgment that has been before the bench for the first time in the history of Spain 'a sect with an extravagant zeal for money' (according to the public prosecutor) or 'a Church of good faith' (according to the public relations machine of the organization). "The judge now has to decide whether the 12 members of Scientology are guilty of illegal association, a crime for which the public prosecutor asked for three months in prison for each. On the other hand, the lawyers are convinced of the innocence of their defendants and included they asked for an acquittal so bruising 'that it won't even be possible to appeal it.'" "Last Thursday, Judge Pilar Olivan pronounced three magic words, 'View for sentencing.' It was the end of 7 months of judgment, the fight of a public prosecutor against tens of defense lawyers, 14 accused (12 members of the organization, an ex-member and a policeman) and a public as quiet as a Scientologist. The judicial proceedings began 17 years before, the debut of Ladron de Cegama in his career against what he considers a sect with an 'extravagant zeal for money.' In 1988, 71 people were arrested (10 jailed). Nine years later, the public prosecutor charged 21 men and women in a writ of almost 80 pages: it related some members of Scientology with the sickness of Franco or the assassination of Carrero Blanco. And such spectacular connections served the Scientologists in trying to discredit him. "Since May, the case tapered off and there remained 14 accused and only one crime in common to them all, that of illegal association, for which the prosecutor asks three months in jail for each. Then the pressure came down towards the ones in the middle and the matter turned into a dripping of witnesses, in all, 67. "Friday, the 14 accused had the opportunity to speak, with pleas for every taste and one factor in common, 'We have confidence in Justice.' Henry A. said that following the footsteps of Physics 'the only way out is religion.' Alfonso M. asserted that he was before the bench 'not for committing any crime, but rather for being a parishioner of a church,' besides assuring that Scientology 'is in the vanguard of drug rehabilitation.' Maria N. affirmed that she became involved with Scientology because she believes 'in a world without criminals or insanity, where all have rights.' "Pilar Olivan listened to all, closed the portfolio, left the case view for sentence and left, leaving among the people some smiles and not one single clue." Message-ID: Message-ID: Message-ID:

Time Magazine

The Associated Press reported on October 1st that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear Scientology's appeal in a case involving the 1991 Time Magazine cover story "Scientology, The Cult of Greed." "Ten years after Time magazine ran an award-winning article portraying the Church of Scientology as a greedy cult, the Supreme Court refused Monday to consider reinstating the church's libel case. Time Warner Inc. had steadfastly defended the 10-page article and said it refused to be 'intimidated by the church's apparently limitless legal resources.' The church contended that the writer was biased and only interviewed critics. "The article said that the so-called religion is 'really a ruthless global scam.' Time said the cover story was awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism, the Worth Bingham Prize and the Conscience in Media Awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. "The church had said the story had multiple defamatory comments. 'While in the past certain church officials concededly committed improper acts, most of the allegations of past misconduct were false and distorted, the result of the misunderstanding, suspicion and prejudice that typically greet a new religion,' the church told the Supreme Court. "A judge had dismissed the lawsuit and the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Time was not guilty of writing the report with actual malice, which is the standard for libel cases involving public groups or people. The church told the Supreme Court that the rulings 'rather than encouraging the search for truth, provide a safe harbor for biased journalism.'" Message-ID:

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