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Scientology Gag Agreements - A Conspiracy for Silence

The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum. Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. New York Times (19 Jan. 1962).

An Actual GAG Agreement:

Damien Von Markif, in Australia, sent me this GAG AGREEMENT
What is your take on this?
Does this sound like this is a "church" engaged in "charitable activity"
or a Spiritual ponzi game engaged in a conspiracy to intimidate witnesses into silence by extortionate conduct?

Some of the previous gag agreements:

A Psychiatrist from the east coast who was an early critic of scientology

The Allard Case:
Gene Allard 300,000 1976

Flynn Litigation [ BOSTON ] 1986
Flynn settled his in 3 stages.
Stage 1 was Garritano, Graves etc in Boston. original complainants
Stage 2 were the Tampa Cases which included Wakefield, Burden, McLean joined suit
Stage 3 were the California Cases which included Armstrong, Walters, Sullivan, and some others witnesses that during settlement scientology wished to gag, so used the pretence of the litigation to make them cash offers, one was to Bill Franks for $50,000

Michael Flynn 1,075,000
Gerry Armstrong 850,000
Homer Schomer 650,000 ?
Gabe Cazares " ? "We can't talk about the terms of the settlement," Cazares said Friday. "But I make no secret about the fact Maggie and I are not unhappy about the settlement. In fact, we're smiling."
Martin Samuels ?
Nell and Nan Mclean
James Garritano
Peter Graves
Marjory Wakefield, 220,000
Tonya Burden"Ms. Burden is satisfied with the settlement," attorney Michael Tabb said. "I wish I could tell you more."
Lavenda VonSchaik 50,000
Eddie Walters [ witness for Wollersheim case ]
Laurel Sullivan
Jim and Nancy Dincalci
Bill Franks 50,000
The Flynn settlements also required that those involved not make themselves available
for service of process, e.g.,I'll be on the Capitol steps at 10 am tomorrow if you want
to serve me with a witness subpoena.
End of Flynn's Boston litigation

Vicky and Richard Aznaran 250,000
Bent Corydon $800,000
Roxanne Friend Approximately 400,000

Julie Christofferson ?

Titchbourne ?

Zizics - 200,000 the Dentist ex-wise couple in Chicago whose visit with mark Bunker to the org was used as an excuse to try and frame Mark Bunker for Criminal Trespass charges - found not guilty - but cost Bob Minton 50 grand in defense costs... the Zizics later got their money back from scientology but had to sign a gag agreement
Raul Lopez - 750,000 2002
David MAYO... 2.5 million? 1997?

Enid Vien ? 1995?

Dennis Erlich - 2.5 mill ? 1997?

John Caban
Pedro Lerma et al. ? All complainants in the Spanish Criminal case

were harassed incessantly and offered settlements to drop their original complaints, I was in telephone contact with one of the complainants, an American named John Caban, a jeweler, who also put Pedro Lerma (no direct relation that I know of) on the telephone one time. After all the other complainants had been harassed into accepting scientology's settlement offers.. John called me and related the amount of pressure he was under, and the fact he was the last man standing...he sounded apologetic, almost ashamed, that he could not stand alone, which brings up another point, no man can stand alone against organized fascist tactics, it takes your support to keep going. Every target of Scientology they wish to handle is subject to a campaign to isolate them, until they feel alone.. this tactic reduces the cash pay outs of scientology necessary to silence their enemies. So don't think that what you do, has no effect. Doing and saying NOTHING is what aids Scientology's campaign for SILENCE.

David Miscavige bragged about this during the 2002 new years event, saying that even when the prosecution called its own witnesses "Scientology Worked" -

Chris Clouteir: Upon my wishing to vacate staff, after being secluded for 6 months, awaiting my 5th consecutive comm ev, I was offered the 500.00 leaving staff $$$ to sign paperwork that stated I wouldn't sue the church. I didn't sign and therefore didn't get the 500.00. from Chris Cloutier a 'Flag Trained Original', :Golden Age Of Tech Word Clearer, posted at A.S.H.O. --Highest tech training org on west coast."

Tom Pagett says he was offered a gag agreement re scientology by the Judge in exchange for ending an action against him in his custody case, Tom Pagett recently had his acting debut in Brett Hanover's production of "The Bridge", in this short movie, Tom new the routine well, having lived it, with children who disconnected form him, after he realized what Scientology really was.

There was a man mentioned as being paid $5000 to shut up and go away who knew Suzette Hubbard, this was in one of the major books

Brian Haney - Not 'gagged' but can't provide any funding to be used by those who seek to expose or publicize Scientology...

And of course they tried with Lawrence Wollersheim Bob Penny and yours truly for the gag and for among other things to avoid a final opinion in RTC vs Lerma:

" Scientologists believe that most human problems can be traced to lingering spirits of an extraterrestrial people massacred by their ruler, Xenu, over 75 million years ago. These spirits attach themselves by "clusters" to individuals in the contemporary world, causing spiritual harm and negatively influencing the lives of their hosts ". USD Judge Leonie Brinkema 4 Oct 96 Memorandum Opinion, RTC vs Lerma

(Webmaster NB: Scientology has an established history of procuring silence as merely the cost of doing business. Scientology admitted spending $1,740,000 in legal costs suing me for posting to the internet the Fishman Affidavit, the story of Xenu and more.. in August 1995, which you recently watched on Comedy Central's Emmy Nominated South Park segment called "In the Closet". They also failed to silence this webmaster - Arnie Lerma, Lawrence Wollersheim and Bob Penny after we refused a 9 to 12 MILLION dollar CASH offer in exchange for our collective SILENCE.) See Westworld Article "Hush Hush Money" and see my summary of the Gagged agreements that I know about HERE and see The South Park Xenu Story is Real page HERE)

Please help me make a complete summary based on whatever is known.... about the pattern of conduct of pursuit of silence... as a simple cost of doing business to make sure the L Ron the KING of CON's show goes on...

these are just the ones that we know something about, gag agreements being what they are, many are reluctant to discuss them, consider this just the tip of the gag orders

Libel Litigation is also pursued in a quest for Silence

Scientology versus TIME Magazine - Scientology fought all the way to the US supreme court, Scientology LOST, and it has been affirmed by the US Supreme Court that it is not LIBELOUS to say that:

"Scientology is quite likely the most ruthless, the most classically terroristic, the most litigious and the most lucrative cult the country has ever seen. No cult extracts more money from its members."

Citations for journalists to give to nervous editors are HERE:

[ Link to the Article ]- has been DENIED by the United States Supreme Court [link to docket entry ] after being DISMISSED by the 2nd Circuit   Court of Appeals : from the 2nd Circuit's Dismissal:

"To the extent that the Behar Article uses the term "Scientology," Chief Judge Walker is of the view that the term as used denotes a belief system,
or, as the Article puts it, a "cult," [page 8]

In response to the Time article Scientology harassed the writer Richard Behar and attacked Time Magazine's character, using Fallacious Argument Techniques, to such a degree that they won a mention in Magazine Week.

"Temper, Temper, Temper Award - To the Church of Scientology, which spent $30 million on an ad campaign designed to discredit a Time Magazine story that labeled Scientology a "Cult of Greed," and then harassed Readers Digest when it attempted to run the article in abbreviated form," Magazine Week - Dec 30, 1991

The Washington Post was added to the RTC vs Lerma Copyright and Trade secret Lawsuit, and after Judge Brinkema dismissed their trade secret claims, RTC settled with Washington Post by paying the Washington post $500,000 for their attorney fees.* - An informed source said...

Scientology sued Paul Krassner for $750,000 He writes in the Forward of Peter Lavenda's Book III of his Sinister Forces Series :"In 1971, I began to write an article, "The Rise of Sirhan Sirhan in the Scientology Hierarchy" for my satirical magazine, The Realist. Then, in the course of my research, a strange thing happened. I learned of the actual involvement of Charles Manson with Scientology. In fact, there had been an E-Meter at the Spahn Ranch where his "family" stayed. Suddenly, I no longer had any reason to use Sirhan Sirhan as my protagonist. Reality will transcend allegory every time. So, although I had announced that I was going to publish that article, I started investigating the Manson case instead. Nevertheless, Scientology sued me for $750,000 for just those nine words- whoops, there goes the whole petty cash account-but I chose to fight them on l st Amendment grounds, and they eventually dropped the suit."

The ACLU's Harvey Silvergate

On Declan McCullagh's Politech Web Site "Harvey Silverglate warns of anti-Scientology bigotry"

Mr. Silvergate who is a "former president of the ACLU of Massachusetts and a current board member" wrote:

I realize that my objectivity may be questioned, because during a 5-year span in the 1980s I represented the Church of Scientology in a series of bogus "religious fraud" cases brought against the Church in Boston and elsewhere. However, I did get to learn a lot about Scientology during this period. Anyone who takes the trouble to study the Church will understand that while it is of course true that Scientology is careful to portray itself as a religion in part to ward off governmental and individual attacks for "fraud", in fact the reason it is able to do so, with considerable success, is that there is, conceptually, no difference between Scientology and any established and accepted religion of which I'm aware. "

So, let us put Mr. Silvergate's statement into perspective....

"a series of bogus "religious fraud" cases" = that were worth more than TEN MILLION DOLLARS { Referring to the "Flynn" litigation NB:The total of just the amounts we know about, adjusted to 2002 dollars) to the Scientology Ponzi scheme for their silence,

for their SILENCE.....!!

destroy utterly, if possible

Scientology conducts its litigation, not to win but to "destroy utterly, if possible"... for Scientology, litigation in pursuit of silence is merely the cost of doing business.

South Carolina Judges Seek to Ban Secret Settlements

Read the NY Times article: South Carolina Judges Seek to Ban Secret Settlements By ADAM LIPTAK. Adam Liptak's article in the New York Times quoting Chief Judge Joseph Anderson of the South Carolina Federal Judicial District saying about civil gag agreements that:

"It meant that secrecy was something bought and sold right under a judge's nose."


You see, there is a global scam of truly epic proportions which seeks to sell the public "A Piece of Blue Sky". The incredible profits of selling such a 'commodity' under tax-exempt corporate structures make the purchase of gag-agreements merely a cost of doing business.

I have lost friends that I once had to gag agreements, as a result of Mr. Silvergate's effort.

The existence of Scientology is completely dependent upon what I describe as a conspiracy for silence to be able to still lure unsuspecting young people into Hubbard's trap.. For Scientology, it is a pattern of conduct, and just the cost of doing business.

Chief Federal Judge Anderson and his peers in South Carolina Federal District seem to have the courage and foresight to identify this threat to both our nation's founder's First Amendment guarantees as well as the income of certain lawyers.

"To dispose a soul to action, we must upset its equilibrium" Eric Hoffer

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