Title: A.r.s Week in Review - 10/26/97
Author:
rkeller@voicenet.com (Rod Keller)
Date: 26 Oct 1997 19:40:45 GMT


Alt.religion.scientology
Week in Review Volume 2, Issue 28
10/26/97
by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com]
copyright 1997


> Introspection Rundown

Scientology lawyer Helena Kobrin has threatened the web site of Keith
Bennett for providing a copy of the Introspection Rundown, a technique
used by Scientology to cure mental illness through imprisonment and
isolation. 

"Dear Mr. Bennett: 
I have been informed that you have placed certain of the Introspection
Rundown copyrighted works on your home page without the authorization of
my client. These works can be found under the following URL: 
http://www.best.com/~dkeith/irfull.htm

"By placing my client's copyrighted works on your web page, you are
violating United States copyright law. We therefore request that they be
removed immediately.  We are currently involved in litigation over similar
materials in several lawsuits." 

Keith described his situation: 

"A previous complaint by Scientology's legal whore Helena Kobrin got my
'NOTs' pages removed from Best. This information explains how Scn
exorcises the spirits of murdered space aliens at a very high price per
alien.  I have no reason to think that Best's response will be any
different this time. I may even lose my account the way Grady Ward did." 

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> Berlin March

Scientology's planned march in Berlin to protest alleged discrimination
hit several obstacles this week, as the estimated number of participants
has been reduced by 2/3 to 10,000. From Reuters: 

"The U.S.-based Church of Scientology said on Friday it was planning its
biggest demonstration in Germany on Monday in protest at what it called
discrimination against religious minorities there.  The organisation's
spokesman in Germany said half of those on the march through Berlin were
expected to be from abroad, but it was not certain whether U.S. film star
Scientologists Tom Cruise and John Travolta would be there. 

"Berlin's interior minister Joerg Schoenbohm told InfoRadio he did not
expect a large turnout and that the protest would proceed peacefully. U.S.
blues singer Isaac Hayes, best-known for his title music to the film
'Shaft,' will take part and join other artists in a concert at the
Brandenburg Gate, Stoffel said.  Another spokesman, Reinhard Egy, said
Scientologists would be joined on the march by representatives of other
religions, including Moslems, Baptists, Buddhists and Hindus.

"Scientology said it was pure chance the conference coincided with a
hearing in the Federal Administration Court in Berlin of an appeal by a
Scientologist group in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg against the
withdrawal of its charity status.  'In the appeals hearing the court will
discuss the extent to which the plaintiff is engaged in business and the
significance of the fact it publicly acts as a religious community,' a
court document said." 

The event will be held on Monday, October 27th., with the following
planned schedule: 

"Scientology expects 10,000 participants to take part in march starting at
Gedaechtniskirche at 1130 GMT and ending at Brandenburger Tor where demo
will continue with speeches at 1400 GMT. U.S. musician Isaac Hayes to
attend." 

Scientology has attracted the support of the Raelian Church, a UFO cult
based in France. 

"RAEL, the spiritual leader of the Raelian Church, expressly requested
that over 500 raelians participate in the demonstration for Religious
Freedom, organised by the Church of Scientology, on Monday, Oct. 27.  RAEL
reminded that, even if it has no problem in Germany, the Raelian Church
will always be ready to take to the streets to defend minorities, be they
religious, racial or sexual." 

The Raelian web site proclaims: 

"Welcome to the English version Mother site of the International Raelian
Movement.  The world's largest UFO related non profit organisation, 35 000
members in 85 countries, JOIN NOW!" 

Scientology critics plan to distribute some information during the march. 
From Tilman Hausherr: 

"I (or anyone) is allowed to distribute leaflets wherever / whenever
wished, as long as we do not appear as a 'group'. This means that Xenu
will spread the word.  The route for the demo has been changed AGAIN. Now
it's from the Breidscheidplatz (on 'high noon'), to the Brandenburger Tor.
Scientology is NOT allowed to advertise Scientology! The reason:
scientology has registered the demo as 'Demonstration for religious
freedom'. Advertising for scientology would be commercial, which is a
no-no." 

"According to 'taz' of today, Gerry Armstrong will participate in an SP
event on Sunday 19:00. [Also] The reverend of the 'Gedachtniskirche' (the
main Berlin church) has decided that his church will have the lights off
Monday evening (for the scientology 'inter-religious service')." 

"Chick Corea's 'concert' in Berlin will probably be an 'unplugged'
concert, because a company that rents accumulators for concerts cancelled
the contract with the scientologists." 

Klaus Bloemker reported talking to a German Scientologist, who indicated
the march is being planned from the U.S., not Germany.

"'Did the American CoS Headquarters ask the German orgs whether they
really felt discriminated like the Jews?' He was embarrassed and said 'we
weren't asked, the ad was done by a California lawyer.'" 

An anonymous report was posted this week that Scientology will attempt to
tape record angry by-standers during the march. 

"What I have *heard* they will be doing is having people among the German
observers for the picket with hidden recorders hoping to catch negative
reaction and 'hate' speech from the German citizens that they can then use
as verification of the Nazi-like attitudes they are forced to endure over
there. Please if you post this make sure to note this is just hearsay." 

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> CAN

Graham Berry reported on developments in the set of cases surrounding the
former Cult Awareness Network. 

"The 9th Circuit looks as though it will reverse the trial court decision in 
Scott awarding damages against CAN. Jason [Scott] can thank me for
getting the Beeny/Moxon money when he could not have collected against CAN 
if the 9th Circuit so rules.  The Illinois Supreme Court ruling opens the
way for Bowles & Moxon,etc., to be hit with a massive damages award in
favor of the old CAN.  We will take the evidence and present it to the IRS
as grounds for revoking the 501(c)(3) status and the Congress as grounds
for a Congressional Inquiry into the organization that dares to call
itself a religion!" 

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> Flag Event

Martin Ottmann posted an invitation to an event at the Fort Harrison Hotel
to honor L. Ron Hubbard. 

"On behalf of the Flag Land Base.  You are cordially invited to a very
special Humanitarian Award Presentation Ceremony in tribute to L. Ron
Hubbard as presented by our guest, The Chief of Staff of the
Inter-American Defense Board Major General Salazar Orlando Gil from
Washington DC.  7:00pm Saturday, August 9th 1997 Fort Harrison Auditorium. 
R.S.V.P.: (813) 445-4366 Dress: Semi-Formal" 

Message-ID: <19971020104251.22512.qmail@hotmail.com>

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> Freewinds

"Code9red" posted the rumor that Scientology's cruise ship Freewinds in
dangerous because of toxic materials on board. 

"The cruise ship that delivers the highest level of the scieno-cult's
services available had its maiden voyage in June 1986. What is not
commonly known about it is, as it was built as a cruise liner in Finland
in the late 60's, it is loaded with asbestos (including blue asbestos, the
most dangerous type of cancer-causing asbestos) which was never removed or
encapsulated. The executives in charge of ship renovations were aware of
this fact but made no attempt to handle it in the proper way. In other
words, this is a blatant violation of U.S. codes and there is no mystery
as to why the ship never enters U.S. waters. It would never pass proper
inspections in the U.S." 

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>  Documentary

Gerry Armstrong reported that Scientology is threatening the producers of
a UK TV documentary on L. Ron Hubbard. 

"As is probably well known 3BM Television has produced for Channel 4 a
documentary biography of Hubbard.  Scientology representatives have been
threatening Channel 4 to prevent the airing of the program. The threat is
of obtaining an injunction based on the charge that 3BM induced me to
breach the 1986 settlement 'agreement' and the Marin County California
judgment which prohibit me from speaking about Scientology, Hubbard and so
forth. 

"3BM did not induce me to breach any agreement or judgment. The fact is I
am willing to communicate to anyone about Scientology or Hubbard and my
experiences therewith at any time and require no inducement. But even if I
had been induced, the 'agreement' was obtained illegally; and even if it
had not been obtained illegally it is illegal on its face." 

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> Jairus Godeka

Geoff Burling posted a summary of the records of Jairus Godeka, who fired
on Scientology's Portland org and is now in custody. 

"[H]e is currently being held in the Oregon State Hospital for treatment.
As of a Minute Order dated July 16, 1997, 'counsel reports that def still
unable A + A' [aid & assist], & another status report was scheduled for
September 30. Second, the condition of his confinement is 'treatment until
fit', due to his inability to aid & assist in his defense. This is to be
distinguished from a plea of 'guilty except insane' - in other words,
Godeka may still have reasons to mitigate what he did. The order for this
act limits his time at the State Hospital to 3 years. 

"How could someone assume that Godeka had mitigating reasons for his
actions? Also in his file is an interview that Dr Jerry Larsen performed
to evaluate his mental condition. This appears to be a faithful summary of
Godeka's words, here is a relevant passage from that interview: 

"Godeka, describing his life in America, recounts that he returned to
Portland in 1995 when 'He saw his other friends graduating from college
and obtaining stable employment. Marital issues escalated, and he admits
to occasional physical altercation. Feeling despondent, he noted that John
Travolta, a well-recognized individual, was coming to Portland. He
therefore went to the Scientology Celebrity Center [on Salmon street] and
was given a personality test. It was then recommended that he complete at
[sic] $40.00 Communication course taught by an individual named Murray.
This is described as a confrontation in which he and the teacher would
stare at one another until one blinked, and this was to teach him how to
confront today's society. He states that this was the beginning of his
problems. In retrospect, he believes that they 'hypnotized me.' he later
learned that they were doing 'mind research,' and that he became a subject
of 'telepathy.' These individuals could 'stay in my mind and be part of
me,' and that 'my mind and body became an apartment for Scientology
roommates.' After returning from Alaska [where he worked in a cannery], he
went once again to the Celebrity Center, stated that he had been in
Alaska, but could tell by the Scientologists' response that they knew of
his whereabouts, thoughts and behavior.'" 

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> Grady Ward

Grady Ward reported that Tidepool will be restoring his Internet account,
following the suspension he suffered last week. That suspension was
brought on by a complaint from Scientologist William Gertler. 

"Donald Janke, CEO of Internet Ventures, Inc. parent of Tidepool.com of
Arcata, California has agreed to rescind the termination of Grady Ward's
account at Tidepool.com effectively immediately.  I said that I
appreciated his directive to restore my account and that I welcomed a
chance to clarify both the facts and our mutual positions concerning this
issue. I still deny violating the TOS/AUP in effect at the time of the
wrongful termination of my account at or before noon on October 16, 1997." 

Donald Janke posted to a.r.s to open a discussion of the appropriateness
of Grady's posts. 

"I am the President of Internet Ventures (IVI), Inc.; and Northcoast
Internet (NCI), Inc. is part of IVI's family of Internet Service
Providers. In reading postings in this newsgroup, and other related
newsgroups, it seems that some posters object to the locking of Grady's
account. Other posters feel the locking had merit. It also appears that
some posters feel they have not heard enough information about this
dispute.  Our actions in this dispute were necessitated by abusive and
defamatory comments, in a single posting, that Grady directed towards
another human being. We became drawn into this posting when we received a
formal complaint regarding his postings. We had no choice but to terminate
his account, under the original terms he himself agreed to upon opening
his Tidepool account. 

"However this dispute is not about mine or other's personal opinions of
free speech, it is about the outer limits that a company must set when
they decide to be in business. As a company our limit is set when a
another netizen complains that they were offended by language so strong
that a lawsuit could result. However, even here the law seems open to
interpretation until one stands before a judge and says 'YOU DECIDE'. 
Rather than taking it to the 'Judge' I am proposing that we (Grady and
Tidepool) take it to the netizens. What I am suggesting is that this
dispute be opened to all on a newsgroup where both sides of the issue, and
opinions of interested parties, can be presented in an open forum.  In
order for Grady to participate, and present his opinions." 

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> Keith Henson

Keith Henson's ex-wife, Carolyn Meinel, posted to a.r.s this week to
dispute the Dead Agent posts made by Scientology in recent weeks. 

"I hope none of you who have been reading these 'Who is Keith Henson'
posts assume they are true. As his ex-wife, perhaps I know the real story. 
In particular, I refer to the stuff about Dave Scheer testifying about
child molestation. For starters, why the heck would Dave Scheer get
entangled in our divorce? Even if Scheer did get involved, why would he
know anything about child molestation? All Scheer could contribute is
hearsay, which does not belong in a legal document." 

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> Scientology Books

The Orange County Register carried an article on a school reform
conference being held by a Scientologist. 

"Leaders of Orange County's 'back to basics' education movement are split
over attending a conference tonight because the chief organizer belongs to
the Church of Scientology.  Orange County Department of Education board
member Ken Williams said he withdrew from the 'Back to Basics Education
Crusade' because of discomfort with its organizers, not because of
disagreement over the crusade's goals.  'I have decided not to be involved
in the Back to Basics conference because I am concerned with the
motivation and involvement of this new political group who is organizing
the event,' Williams said in a statement.

"Conference organizer Clay Bock, co-founder of Concerned Parents of Garden
Grove, denied that the conference or his group has a Scientology agenda. 
'I've been a Scientologist for 20 years,' he said. 'I don't make it a
secret. But this has never been about that. I have two kids in public
schools. I have a right to speak out on that.'

"Tonight's conference addresses how parents can protect their children in
the public school system.  So-called threats include school psychologists,
math programs that fail to teach arithmetic and federal school-to-work
programs, Bock said.  School board members from Anaheim, Garden Grove,
Newport-Mesa and other Orange County districts plan to attend along with
candidates for the Orange Unified School Board. 

"The keynote speaker is Carolyn Steinke, founder of Palm Desert-based
Parents Involved in Education, who will warn that the federal government's
School- to-Work program is a thinly veiled attempt to force all children
to choose careers in elementary school.  Steinke received a 1995 award
from the Scientology-supported Citizens Commission on Human Rights. But
her work has no affiliation with the church or any other religion, she
said." 

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> Swedish NOTS

The Swedish Parliament this week split with the Swedish Justice
Department, and will continue to make Scientology's secret NOTS levels
available to the public. The Swedish newswire Tidningarnas Telegrambyra
reported. 

"Anybody can still read the scientologists secret bible in the Swedish
Parliament building.  The Swedish Parliament refused to obey to the
Governments decision, regarding stamp as secret, the documents.  'The
documents have been in public all the time and we have not seen any reason
to change those conditions', says the Director of the Parliament, Gunnar
Grenfors. 

"After pressure from USA, the Swedish Government stamped as secret their
copy of the scientology bible, last week.  Prime Minister Goran Persson
said at an press conference on Tuesday that it is a 'gigantic matter' when
another country protests, referring to copyright laws. - If there will
become a conflict we can be dragged to arbitral procedure in WTO (The
World Trade Organisation), and we can not be sure about the outcome of
this, said Persson." 

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> New Slant

Scientology - a new slant on life, appeared this week in the UPI best
sellers list. The list is based on a single book reseller. The book has
not appeared on other lists, such as the New York Times. 

"UPI Arts & Entertainment - Book List (adv fri oct. 24 or thereafter)

"Mass-market Paperbacks 
1. Kiss the Girls _ James Patterson (9,618) 
2. The MacGregor Brides _ Nora Roberts (4,003) 
3. The Fallen Man _ Tony Hillerman (2,832) 
4. Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution _ Robert C. Atkins (2,549) 
5. Airframe _ Michael Crichton (2,298) 
6. Scientology _ L. Ron Hubbard (2,088) 
7. Crown of Swords _ Robert Jordan (2,072) 
8. Alienist _ Caleb Carr (1,798) 
9. Clinic _ Jonathan Kellerman (1,755) 
10. Jack and Jill _ James Patterson (1,435) 

"The UPI best-sellers list is based on the week's retail orders received
by Ingram Books, the nation's leading book wholesaler." 

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-end-

[ Note well - Scientology typically buys its own books to create yet another false 
impression of success, - A Lerma]

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