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Letters // On Scientology
Date: Tuesday, 15 August 1989
Publisher: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Main source:

I was in Scientology for 12 years. Now I face being jailed because I am talking to the public about the real story of Scientology — that it involves hypnosis, brainwashing, and satanism. All because I am trying to prevent what happened to me from happening to other people.

It may seem by my violations of the court order not to speak publicly about Scientology that I have no respect for the law. Such is not the case. In fact at one point I think I had more faith in the law than most.

I came to Florida in 1981 to sue the Scientologists because I knew that if the facts in my case were presented to a jury in a court of law, the total outrageousness of Scientology's conduct would become apparent. I trusted totally in that jury and in the legal system to judge my case.

Instead, I never did get my jury trial, and in 1986 I made a settlement with the Scientologists that I regret.
So, it is true that in speaking out against Scientology that I am violating a federal court order. I would like to make an analogy which explains why I am doing this:

If you were on a beach, and you saw out at sea a boat with hundreds of people on it, and the boat was sinking, you would naturally want to run for help. But suppose there was a law against running on the beach. 

Any sane person would run for help, for the fact is that in some few cases morality can override the law.
I believe the Scientologists to be psychological hostages and under the influence of hypnosis, although they themselves do not perceive this to be so, any more than I did while I was in Scientology. I became aware of the fact only after I snapped out of the hypnosis a year and a half after I left Scientology and realized what had happened to me.

I believe that Scientology is an evil organization involving among other things satanism, brainwashing, slave labor, and physical and emotional abuse. I believe that the only moral thing for me to do is to try to expose this situation to the public.

What can you do about Scientology? Very simple. Become informed. Educate and protect your children. I urge you to learn the truth about this cult.

Margery Wakefield, Tampa

And tomorrow...16 August...

Guardian Order 160370 [Flag Order 2516] // Guardian's Office and Sea Org
Date: Sunday, 16 August 1970
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Main source: link (52 KiB)

GO 160370 - LRH
All Gdn. personnel
Also issued as Flag Order 2516
16 August, 1970


Efforts to promote Conflicts between the Guardian's Office and Sea Org will not be tolerated.

A primary intelligence technique as used by the Japanese in their Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere was to carefully study the potential animosities of various groups in a target country and then trigger them off just before an attack. Internal dissent, whipped up by Japanese agents, amongst these groups got them at each others throats. This caused internal commotion in the country and made it next to impossible to defend against a Japanese attack.

The technique in well know, going back to Roman "Divide and Rule" but the Japanese brought it to a high level of effectiveness. German Intelligence copied Japanese methods (the German Hess studied Japanese Intelligence for 17 years before taking charge of Hitler's intelligence strategy.) Russian Intelligence is directly patterned on the German Intelligence service and was even originally organized by a German (Wilhelm Stieber) and continued to pattern after it. The Russians, being Asiatics, also directly copy the Japanese.

The two effective Arms of Dianetics and Scientology are the Sea Org and the Guardian's Office.

If trouble can be stirred up between these two or its principals, then, an emeny or Scientology can feel freer and can damage Scientology or it orgs or people.

Trouble of this kind has occurred in England and in New York at a time when each of these two areas was under savage attack. (UK by the government's extremists using the government power to get rid of rivals) (NY where the notorious B. Green group subverted the NY org and even reached into WW). It is very significant that ONLY at those places and ONLY at those exact times has trouble been promoted between the SO and the Gdn Office.

Any sign of such trouble or attempts to promote it then reveals itself as a potentially fruitful area for investigation by both the SO and the Gdn's Office.

WHO is promoting the trouble, WITH WHOM is he or she connected.

It is SO and Gdn Office POLICY to:



U.S. charges Scientology conspiracy // 11 church agents accused of spying, bugging and theft
Date: Wednesday, 16 August 1978
Publisher: Washington Post
Author: Timothy S. Robinson
Main source: link (239 KiB)

Eleven high officials and agents of the Church of Scientology, including the wife of founder L. Ron Hubbard, were charged here yesterday in an allegedly widespread conspiracy to plant spies in government agencies, break into government offices, steal official documents and bug government meetings.

Much of the evidence outlined against the church's officials in the 28-count criminal indictment appears to be based on the church's own internal memorandums and other documents. The memorandums directed church operatives to "use any method" in its battle with the government.

Church spies were used, according to the indictment, to find out about Scientology's tax-exempt status, rummage through government files to get Information on the church and on persons or groups it perceived to be its "enemies." They were also used as an "early warning system" to protect Hubbard from government scrutiny, the indictment alleged.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Raymond Banoun asked that arrest warrants be issued immediately for the church's Worldwide Guardian, Jane Kember, and her chief aide, Morris (Mo) Budlong, in England, and said extradition proceedings against them would begin soon.

The other indicted church members, including Commodore Staff Guardian Mary Sue Hubbard, the wife of the founder, are scheduled to appear in federal court here at 1 p.m. Thursday. Banoun said he had been assured by attorneys for those church members that they would appear as scheduled.

A spokesman for the church, which is described in its literature as an "applied religious philosophy which believes that man is a spiritual being and is basically good," said the indictment is the latest episode in nearly 30 years of harassment against the church by government agencies.

". . . If justice is done our members will be exonerated as any have been who have fought for religious freedom against government oppression throughout history," said the church's Deputy U.S. Guardian Henning Heldt, who was among those indicted yesterday.

The indictment charges that the church's "guardian office" included a bureau that "was assigned the responsibility for the conduct of covert operations," and that all of those charged with crimes were members or officials of that bureau.

The church said, however, that the guardian office is the "social reform arm of the church." Church attorney Phillip J. Hirshkop described the indictments as part of a "bureaucratic vendetta against Scientology" and said "any actions attributable to church members is a direct result of government misconduct."

The 42-page indictment, one of the longest returned by a grand jury here in recent memory, climaxes a sometimes bizarre investigation that began when two Scientology operatives were confronted by FBI agents in June 1976 in the federal courthouse here after employes became suspicious of their regular nighttime presence.

The two men, who had entered the building by using allegedly forged Internal Revenue Service passes, were allowed to leave. Unknown to the agents at the time, the two were part of the alleged undercover Scientology operation and had been assigned to the courthouse to enter offices there and copy documents, according to the indictment.

The two men then fled to California and with Scientology officials concocted a cover story to explain their presence in the courthouse, according to the indictment. One of them, Gerald Bennett Wolfe, returned to the courthouse here a year later and pleaded guilty to using fake IRS credentials. He was placed on probation.

The other alleged courthouse intruder, Michael Meisner, had been hidden by the church in Los Angeles for more than a year, having had his appearance changed and using a false name, according to the indictment. When he threatened to return to Washington against the church's will, he was held under guard and his "bodyguard crew" was told to "gag, handcuff" him if necessary, the indictment continued.

Meisner escaped from his guards in June 1977 and came to Washington, where he agreed to plead guilty to a five-year felony. He is the government's main informant against the church, and is being held under tight security.

When he came to Washington, Meisner outlined the alleged Scientology infiltration plot in great detail to federal agents and they obtained a search warrant for the church's headquarters in Los Angeles and Washington. Those warrants were executed on July 8, 1977, and resulted in a massive seizure of church documents that reportedly outlined a campaign of harassment and infiltration directed against numerous individual critics of the church as well as against government officials and agents.

According to the indictment returned yesterday, the alleged criminal conspiracy by the church began on Nov. 21, 1973, when Kember directed Heldt and his staff to obtain all Interpol (the international police organization) documents concerning Scientology and Hubbard.

Meisner was brought into the plot in mid-1974 when he was told by a superior, Cindy Raymond, that he was to help her place a "loyal Scientology agent" as an IRS employe in the District of Columbia, the indictment stated. Raymond, identified as the national secretary of the church's U. S. information bureau, was among those charged yesterday.

Kember issued another order, known in church terminology as Guardian Program Order 1361, in October 1974, directing the infiltration of the tax division of the Justice Department, according to the indictment.

Two of those who received that order, Deputy Guardian-Information U.S. Richard Weigand and Deputy-Deputy Guardian U.S. Duke Snider, also were charged in yesterday's criminal conspiracy.

Within days of that order, according to the indictment, three Scientology agents planted an electronic listening device or "bug" in an IRS conference room here and "recorded an IRS meeting concerning Scientology's application for tax-exempt status and related matters." Less than 18 days later, Wolfe was employed as a clerk-typist at the IRS.

One of the agents who allegedly planted the bug, Mitchell Herman (also known as Mike Cooper), also was charged yesterday. At the time of the alleged offense, his title with the church was Branch I director of the Guardian's office, D.C.

Once Wolfe was in place at IRS, the indictment charged, he began stealing IRS documents that would then be flown out to the church's top officials in the Los Angeles area.

Among the IRS offices from which Wolfe stole documents were the chief counsel's office, that of an assistant IRS commissioner, and other lawyers, according to the charges.

In May 1975, Wolfe also turned his attention to the tax division of Justice and stole documents from the offices of three attorneys there as well, the indictment charged.

Mary Sue Hubbard then told Kember and Heldt on May 27, 1975, to "use any method at our disposal to win the battle and gain our nonprofit (tax) status," according to the charges. Gregory Willardson, then the Church's Information Bureau Branch I director in the United States, soon wrote a letter to Meisner asking him to prepare a plan to get further IRS documents, the indictment stated. Willardson also was charged yesterday.

Six months later, an order known as the "Early Warning System" was issued by the church hierarchy, and it was "designed to protect the 'personal security' of" L. Ron Hubbard, the indictment stated.

"The order called for the infiltration of government agencies which had power to subpoena or bring suits against Hubbard or which would possess advance warning of such subpoenas or suits," the indictment continued.

The indictment said that as the plot continued:

* A Scientologist, Sharon Thomas, was placed in a job at the Justice Department as a secretary and stole documents from an attorney's office there.

* Guardian's office officials met in Los Angeles to discuss the burglaries, the infiltrations, and documents obtained by Scientologists.

* Meisner and Wolfe forged IRS credentials and used them to break into the offices of Assistant, U.S. Attorney Nathan Dedell at the U.S. Courthouse here.

* Meisner and Wolfe broke into the offices of Associate Deputy Attorney General Togo G. West Jr. and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Administration John F. Shaw and stole documents from both places.

* Even after charges were filed against Wolfe and Meisner in connection with the alleged illegal use of IRS credentials, the church tried to implement what it called "Project Troy." That project reportedly called for the installation of a permanent "bug" in the IRS chief counsel's office, and was approved by Heldt on Dec. 20, 1976.

* In May 1977, the church again called for the infiltration of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington "for the purpose of obtaining information about any potential legal action against L. Ron Hubbard."

All of the defendants except Wolfe and Thomas are charged with one count of conspiracy to steal government documents, burglarize government offices, intercept oral communications and forge government passes; 10 counts of theft of government property, one count of intercepting oral communications; 10 counts of burglary, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, to obstruct an investigation, to harbor a fugitive, and to make false declarations before a grand jury.

The second conspiracy count with which those persons are charged deals with the church's alleged attempt to block any detection by the government of the infiltration plot, and to stop Meisner from going to Washington against the church's will.

Much of the planning concerning the alleged harboring of Meisner came directly from Mary Sue Hubbard, according to the indictement. At one point, she reportedly asked for a listing of all the buildings he had illegally entered for the church.

Her last instructions about Meisner mentioned in the indictment came on July 3, 1977, when he had already fled the church. In a letter to Heldt, she directed the church to "utilize resources to figure out a way to defuse him (Meisner) would he turn traitor," the indictment said.

Wolfe was charged with the conspiracy to obstruct justice count; five counts of theft of government property; six counts of burglary, and four counts of making false declarations before a grand jury. Thomas was charged with the conspiracy to break Into government offices, three counts of theft of government property and two counts of burglary.

All of the defendants except Kember and Budlong live in the Los Angeles area, according to the government.

Church of Scientology attacks investigators and critics
Date: Wednesday, 16 August 1978
Publisher: Washington Post
Author: Ron Shaffer
Main source: link (170 KiB)

The Church of Scientology is an organization that fervidly shuns investigations. When probed, it attacks the investigators. When criticized, it makes the critics pay.

Church attempts to stifle investigations and criticism include lawsuits, harassment, frameups and attempts to have critics jailed, or at least enjoined from talking about Scientology.

If there is "a long-term threat" to Scientology, founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote in a confidential memorandum to his staff, "you are to immediately evaluate and originate a black PR campaign to destroy the person's repute and to discredit them so thoroughly that they will be ostracized."

A black public relations campaign, Hubbard wrote in an earlier memo, involves an anonymous source placing "lies and derogatory data into public view."

Information from these and other church memos and documents, along with the complaints of some who have opposed the sect, provide an inside glimpse of some of the Scientology tactics at a time when the government is alleging that the church has broken the law.

Hubbard, 67, a former fiction writer who started the Scientology religion in the 1950s, make no distinction in some memos between an investigator and an attacker. Instructions to his followers make his demands clear.

"Never agree to an investigation of Scientology," he decrees. "Only agree to an investigation of the attackers . . . start investigating them promptly for felonies or worse . . . start feeding lurid, blood, sex, crime, actual evidence (sic) on the attackers to the press. . . . Make it rough, rough on the attackers all the way."

Reporters and government officials who look into Scientology have their intentions rooted in evil, according to some of Hubbard's memos.

"They have proven they want no facts, and will only lie no matter what they discover. So banish all ideas that any fair hearing is intended and start our attack with their first breath.

"There has never yet been an attacker who was not reeking with crime. All we had to do was look for it and murder would come out."

While the Church of Scientology has yet to disclose anything so sinister behind the current government investigation, it has made a number of attempts to take the offense.

Scientologists have slapped a $750 million suit on the government, alleging interference with their constitutional right to practice religion.

They have handed out cartoons depicting one judge as a Nazi and the chief federal prosecutor, Raymond Banoun, as a baboon. The Scientologists have accused Banoun of making "gross misrepresentations" about them, and have filed complaints about him with the D.C. Bar Association, the Justice Department's office of professional responsibility, and the White House.

The church has filed scores of motions here and in Los Angeles in an attempt to have the government's case thrown out. As those failed, the church announced it was forming a group to investigate the government.
The American Citizens for Honesty In Government (ACHG) as Scientologists called it, is supposed to spy on the government to expose "government crimes."

One of the church's news releases in recent months claims the current government investigation stems from fear the church will reveal these alleged crimes.

Three weeks ago the Scientologists held an unusual press reception to introduce some of the church's members who they felt were going to be indicted. Officials spent much of their time at this reception attacking the FBI for alleged excesses in its raids on the church's files here and in Los Angeles.

In the face of danger from government or courts, Hubbard wrote in one memo, "make enough threat clamor to cause the enemy to quail.

"If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace."

Citizens critical of the church have found themselves hit with lawsuits. With some that has meant legal expenses of thousands of dollars:

* Nan McLean, a former member of the church, publically accused it of "brainwashing and enslaving people." She has been sued eight times for a total of more than $5 million Scientologists held a mock funeral in her Canadian hometown, complete with empty coffin and pallbearers, to pray for her soul.

* Lorna Levett, another former Scientology official, told a newspaper she had been used by the church to bilk followers out of money. Scientology sued her for several hundred thousand dollars. She says she subsequently received in the mail, anonymously, a shark's tooth and a hangman's noose.

* The Clearwater (Fla.) Sun., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and ABC television all have made investigations and reports on Scientology in recent years. They have been sued for $1 million, $2.5 million and $10 million, respectively.

Gabriel Cazares, the former mayor of Clearwater, says he believes the church sues people primarily to punish them, He calls it "legal terrorism." Cazares, as mayor of Clearwater, spoke out against the church when Scientologists made large land purchases in his town. The church sued him for $2 million. A federal judge last month dismissed the suit, but Cazares' lawyer estimated his legal fees at between $40,000 and $70,000.

Hubbard, in one of his memos, noted the usefulness of lawsuits.

"The purpose of a suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win," he said. "The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway . . . will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly."

Kenneth Whitman, a top church official, said yesterday that many of the Hubbard's quotes were "developed from the point of view of being under attack." Hubbard's reference to using "black PR" was cancelled by a later memo, Whitman said. Other quotes have not been canceled, he said.

Whiteman said the church has sued only as a last resort. "They (the defendants) have persisted in printing or airing false information about the church, false reports originating from U.S. intelligence agencies," he said.
Some of those in the press who have been sued see the lawsuits as an abridgement of their First Amendment rights.

"It's nothing but an attempt to restrain free discussion about what they're doing," said Sidney Katz, an investigative reporter fort the Toronto Star.

Everts Graham, managing editor of the St Louis Post-Dispatch, said, "Anyone who seeks to punish by bringing large legal fees works to inhibit the free flow of discussion," he said. Post-Dispatch legal fees are approaching $100,000 according to sources at the newspaper.

The church first demanded that the newspaper stop running its investigative series, and sued when that demand was ignored.

The Washington Post incurred some legal expenses earlier this year when the church served subpoenas on this reporter, demanding that all material used in compiling several stories on Scientology be turned over to the court. Both subpoenas were quashed.

In most other instances cited in this article, suits brought by the church have been dismissed, or are pending.

"We do not want Scientology to be reported in the press, anywhere else than on the religious page of newspapers," Hubbard said in one of his memos. "It is destructive word of mouth to permit the public presses to express their biased and badly reported sensationalism. Therefore, we should be very alert to sue for slander at the slightest chance so as to discourage the public presses from mentioning Scientology."

In his memos, Hubbard is explicit about the kind of dedication he expects from church followers.

"We're not playing some minor game in Scientology," he wrote. "It isn't cute or something to do for lack of something better. The whole agonized future of this planet, every man, woman and child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depends on what you do here and now with and in Scientology. 

This is a deadly serious activity."

Calgary group to fight influx of mind-warping cultists
Date: Wednesday, 16 August 1978
Publisher: Calgary Herald (Canada)
Author: Patrick McMahon
Main source: link (177 KiB)

A group of concerned Calgarians ex-Scientologists and parents of youngsters of the various mind-warping, brainwashing cults such as Hare Krishna and the Unification Church (Moonies), have got together and formed an organization.

Its main functions will be to combat such cults, to help parents cope with and understand the situation when their children fall prey to them and, where possible, to rescue the victims and help them get their heads back together.

They held their first meeting recently, with 17 people forming the nucleus of the new organization. They have been in contact with similar groups in eastern Canada and the U.S.

Anti-cult activist organizations have been springing up throughout North America to do battle with these terrible quasi-religious outfits which entrap troubled young people and use them to raise massive sums of money for their "masters". One of the bigger ones, a Texas-based anti-cult society, has a paid lobbyist in Washington.

Only now, after they have become one of the most serious problems involving young people today, are these cults beginning to attract the glare of publicity that should have been shone on them years ago.

Hopefully, it isn't too late. However, Ted Patrick, the famed U.S. "deprogrammer" who recently rescued a young Vancouver man from Hare Krishna, had some frightening words for reporters.

He said that Moonies — adherants of the notorious Korean Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church — have infiltrated offices of U.S. senators and congressmen, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney General's office.

He said cult members are fed on as little as 50 cents a day, while bringing up to $300 per day for their masters by begging and other activities.

That figure ties in with what a Calgary woman whose son is a Moonie told me.

She visited the boy in Kansas at a time when he was a member of a mobile fund-raising team, going from town to town selling candy that had been made in a factory the "church"owns. They also begged and they peddled close-to-dying flowers they'd taken from the garbage bins of florist shops.

The boy was being upbraided for failing to bring in his quota. Despite the fact that he had been canvassing for 16 to 18 hours that day, he had raised only $50. His mother, who was feigning a sympathetic attitude toward her son's lifestyle, was shown the records of the other six canvassers by the team's "captain". They had all brought in between $200 and $300.

Think about that. That's better than $1,800 per day for the Moonie masters from just one day's activity by a single seven person fund-raising team. But the Moonies claim a membership of over 30,000 persons in North America alone. And, income is tax-free because of their status as a so-called "church".

These money-grubbing cult seek out mixed-up, unhappy kids, often kids who have been involved in drugs or are in a state of deep depression or anxiety. They lure them out to isolated indoctrination centers without telling their victims who they are and with highly-sophisticated brainwashing techniques, which have been refined for literally thousands of years, take control of their minds.

Of course once a kid is brainwashed, he honestly believes he is acting of his own free will. Thus, the laws ensuring freedom of religion protect the cults, despite the fact that they are not religions at all, but money-making con games run by rich, ruthless men.

When anyone speaks out against them, of course, he threatens the money tree, and so the cults immediately accuse the detractor of religious persecution. Law suits launched only to harass their enemies are common.

"Deprogrammers", like Patrick, who physically tear victims away from their enslavement and work with them until the brainwashing is undone and they have regained control of their own minds, are loudly denounced as infringing on religious freedom.

Saddest of all, the cults are constantly abetted by well-meaning people (who generally have no idea what they're talking about) comparing opposition to such brainwashing money-hustlers with real religious oppressed.

There is absolutely no similarity whatsoever.

A brainwashed kid is not acting of his own volition. He just thinks he is.

The women I mentioned told me she went to the Canadian consulate in a U.S. city and raised the point I brought up earlier: Since Canadian kids snared by these outfits are in the United States illegally, how come the American immigration authorities don't depart them?

"I was informed that they fix them up with phoney identification papers," she said.
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I am told the Moonies are dealing on some land in Alberta with a view toward setting up an indoctrination center here, and that an American member currently living in Toronto is scheduled to come out and head it up.

If that turns out to be the case, let's hope they're unmercifully hassled by the immigration department, the income tax people, the officials who are involved with licensing salespeople, charitable solicitations and such, the police and anyone else who might be able to persuade them to get lost.

Right now, most of their Canadian victims are grabbed off the streets of Vancouver and Toronto or places like Fishermen's Wharf in San Francisco, a hotbed of cult recruitment.

We don't need them that close to home.

Meanwhile, if you've lost a child to one of the cults, and would like to be put in touch with the new Calgary organization, give me a call.

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