Escape from L. Ron Hubbard Way

Escape from L. Ron Hubbard Way

By Paul Morantz

Copyright July 2011 ( Dedicated to the City of Los Angeles council)


“Where have you gone Tom Cruise
A lonely nation turns its eyes to you

With apologies to Simon and Garfunkel

Hubbard was a “mixture of Adolf Hitler, Charlie Chaplin and Baron Munchausen. In short, he was a con man.”

Russell Miller, author of Bare-faced Messiah

< “"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion."” ( L. Ron Hubbard—( as many attribute or as Scientology claims George Orwell).

“In addition to violating and abusing its own members civil rights, the organization over the years with its “Fair Game” doctrine has harassed and abused those persons not in the Church whom it perceives as enemies. The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder LRH. The evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background and achievements. The writings and documents in evidence additionally reflect his egoism, greed, avarice, lust for power, and vindictiveness and aggressiveness against persons perceived by him to be disloyal or hostile.”
— Judge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr.

“[Suppressive Person] Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed…»

« “ 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.


“The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.”

L. Ron Hubbard

“Unfortunately,” the court noted, “the Government did not move to stop the practice of Scientology and a related “science” known as Dianetics when these activities first appeared and were gaining public acceptance. Had it done so, this tedious litigation would not have been necessary. The Government did not sue to condemn the E- meter until the early 1960’s, by which time a religious cult known as the Founding Church of Scientology had appeared. This religion, formally organized in 1955, existed side-by-side with the secular practice of Scientology.”

The US District Court July 30, 1971 decision in the UNITED STATES of America v An ARTICLE OR DEVICE “HUBBARD ELECTROMETER

Cathy Lee Crosby was typical of USC sorority girls back in my youth: blond, blue eyed, tan and long legged. She had also an elegance and seemingly lacked conceit. She sat next to me in one class and we became good friends. So I was proud as she became an actress/celebrity. And a professional tennis player (ranked as high as #7 in international tennis). She played TV’s Wonder Woman in 1974 before Lynda Carter took the role. Crosby was a co-host of the TV series “That’s Incredible!” from 1980 to 1984 on ABC. People, including me, liked Cathy lee. At one time she was Joe Theisman’s girlfriend.

And it seemed, coincidentally, we were always running into each other somewhere, a restaurant, movie line, a market, a party. One night I watched her on some late night TV show. She took the opportunity to speak out in favor of Scientology. Then I saw her again advocate it on another show.

After the Synanon rattlesnake attack on me, I decided to talk to her about Scientology when and if we again bumped into each other. It happened soon at an LAX terminal although were headed in different directions. She was talking with her entourage but I pulled her aside, alone behind a sign where no one could hear us. “Cathy,” I said. “You have celebrity status and people listen to what you say and I would like to have a meeting with you to show you Scientology documents that might change your mind about promoting the organization to young people on television shows.”

Her normal happy to see me look suddenly faltered and she was reluctant to talk further let alone meet with me. I told her I had documents obtained by the FBI pursuant to search warrant that showed that the Scientology Guardians Office had plans to destroy careers of enemies of Scientology by what appeared to be covert means. She responded that she was not interested and did not care. Whatever Scientology was doing, she said, to insure its existence had nothing to do with her. The only thing important for her was that she was getting “benefits” from the organization.

I was shocked by the response; this was hardly the Cathy I sat by in school. Worse, in my view, it became an attitude I would hear again over and over from the Me Generation.


In l977 I started studying Scientology. I didn’t have a case but that seemed only a matter of time. I collected the dates of various magazines, including Parent, that had done critical articles but when I showed up at the local library to read them I found the Scientology stories ripped out of each magazine.

Who are these guys, I thought, that to protect their image they would rip articles out of library magazine back issues?

Scientology, like Synanon, cannot be written about in a single chapter. There are enough stories to fill volumes filling countless bookshelves extending through infinity, from its use of FSM ((Field Staff Member) as secret agents, litigation concerning its secular misrepresentations, its lawsuits against critics, its tax litigation, controversies over Hollywood stars, Tom Cruise’s own version of Mission Impossible, fair game (end enemies), debt contracts, defection of one son and possible suicide by another, and controversy over the real history of its Founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Simply put, many claim it begins in science fiction then goes cartoonish featuring “Snow White” and winding up in “South Park.”

There were charges of framing a mayor on a fake hit and run; trying to get a judge on a boat with a questionable party taking place, framing an author, kidnappings, imprisonment, cruelty to children, brainwashing, and attacking other critics with criminal charges and litigating Cult Awareness Network into bankruptcy where Scientology then purchased the organization which caused 60 Minutes Lesley Stahl to note: “Now, when you call looking for information about a cult, chances are the person you’re talking to is a Scientologist.”

Finally, there is Los Angeles, despite resident protests, naming a street “L. Ron Hubbard” Way.” But that’s Hollywood, for you.

It is also probably the most successful and richest American group accused of being a destructive cult that is capable of doing anything to survive and grow.

Adding to the mystery, during the late 1960s, in response to hostile media, litigation and intensified government scrutiny, as Jim Jones would do a decade later moving to Guyana for similar reasons, L. Ron Hubbard took to the high seas, accompanied by his 3rd wife Mary, the 208th person to reach “CLEAR” status, in several second-hand ships forming the “Sea Org”–The flagship being the 3,280 ton vessel Royal Scotsman.

Surrounded by Commodore’s Messenger Organization (CMO)– mainly young girls dressed in hot pants and halter tops, who ran errands, lit his cigarettes and dressed him and, which the government would claim relayed his verbal commands to the Scientology Guardian Office that employed secret agents (FSM) seeking to harm careers and lives of perceived enemies; arguably all a true life parable to James Bond’s arch-enemy SPECTRE.

Author Russell Miller, discussed below, wrote in his book Bareface Messiah:
“Most of the crew lived in cramped, smelly, roach-infested dormitories fitted with bunks in three tiers that left little room for personal possessions. Hubbard and Mary Sue each had their own state-rooms in addition to a suite on the promenade deck comprising an auditing-room, office, an elegant saloon and a wood-paneled dining-room, all off-limits to students and crew. Hubbard had a personal steward, as did Mary Sue and the Hubbard children, who all had their own cabins. Meals for the Commodore and his family were cooked in a separate galley by their personal chef, using ingredients brought by couriers from the United States.”

Many have claimed, including Robert Farley of St. Petersburg Times, members of the Sea Org signed a Billion year contract, agreeing to return to the Sea Org when they are reborn for a billion years, although Scientology has said the contract is merely symbolic and that members are free to leave, if they wish. However, some former Sea Org personnel claimed they were restricted from leaving and that members have been issued a “Freeloader’s bill,”retroactively billing them for any auditing or training they had received for services, not money. This was all discussed also by the court in the Wollersheim legal ruling below


I had involvement in some litigation in 80’s and 90’s, and through it I tried without success to expose the secrets of OT3– OT is an operating Thetan and Hubbard, it is claimed, needed higher levels to keep more money coming in–and other Scientology history. Most Scientologists I knew didn’t know a lot about Scientology’s past and few knew of OT3 secrets. Our Constitution says “Freedom of Religion” so I thought the idea that someone could own a belief and keep it legally secret was ridiculous. After losing efforts to unseal documents that would reveal OT3, I finally was shocked one day when shown a tape of a l995 South Park episode. My friend thought it was funny, not knowing that while a baby I tried for years in vain to make the courts make public what was now in a cartoon. Soon it would be all over the internet, Xenu, and Cruise and John Travolta being asked to come out of the closet.

Back in time this is where I thought the stake could be driven into Hubbard who had died in hiding in l986–revealing his documents, but as the same is all over the internet that hardly occurred. Scientology believes in reincarnation and that we have existed since beginning of time. OT I is when a member has been audited to a point he can discuss past “engram” (bad events) without e-meter moving ( in my opinion a state of erasure awaiting new programming). Originally, you were done. But the creation of higher levels brought more purchased auditing. OT II confronted hidden areas of existence on the “whole track” –entire history of a particular spirit (thetan) spanning many lifetimes and trillions of years), releasing that which allowed the thetan (soul) to lose its innate freedom. Nothing here was really shocking, and my concerns were, as always the issue of forcible conversion and harmful acts. To me, the theory at this point was not unlike Primal therapy, and was only really significant when it was represented to be scientifically or secular true rather than religious. Case decisions already held Scientology could be sued for fraud whenever it argued it’s theories was secular true and/or science proven and upheld more than once a verdict that found the existence and use on a victim the doctrine of “Fair game” against “suppressives (critics).”

But OT 3 was different and I believed the members of the public had the right to know of these beliefs before handing over lots of money to go up the chain to higher before getting the information, a belief one might never accept but for having gone through the process unknowing, by then self identifying as a Scientologist, someone arguably far different than the former self. In other wards, if capacity to judge is altered before information revealed there maybe more likelihood of acceptance.

In a case file (Armstrong) I was informed persons familiar with case there were documents telling the real history of Hubbard and the then final level, OT Thetan 3 (today they have reached OT VIII), created by Hubbard in l967, the true “secret” of all human problems. As explained to me, a Scientologist had to reach all levels (paid for courses, some say averaging then around $100,000 total to today to reach OTVIII has been said to reach $250,000) before he could be selected to obtain this ultimate knowledge. If so honored, I was advised, and for payment of around $6,500, the Scientologist carried the sacred information in a briefcase handcuffed to his hand so he would be envied by others. Those selected for the knowledge, I was informed, were sworn to secrecy and it was said that others were warned not to try to obtain the information because if you were not ready it was a dangerous process which could cause pneumonia, lack of sleep or even to death if not run correctly. A member, I was advised, was required to sign a waiver to the effect that “the Scientology Organization, its branches and members, and L. Ron Hubbard are not responsible for anything that might happen to my body or mind on OT III.”

Not much into voodoo, I decided to risk it. It was explained to me by former Scientologits, including former Mission Holder, Bent Corydon, long ago (about 75 billion years) in a far away galaxy, Xenu, the head of the Galactic Federation (26 stars and 76 planets) concerned with overpopulation and rebellion took about a billion people in DC-8-like crafts to Teegeeack (Earth) to be mass murdered.

Xenu did this with the assistance of psychiatrists, gathering citizens under pretense of income tax inspections, then paralyzed them in a mixture of alcohol and glycol to capture their souls. As the Xenu world resembled Earth in 50-s-60’s, they were sent in spacecraft in the design of the Douglas DC-8, and unloaded at the bases of volcanoes across the planet. Hydrogen bombs were dropped into the volcanoes and detonated simultaneously.

Called “Incident II,” the souls (thetans) of Xenu’s victims’ have traumatic memories associated with “The Wall of Fire” (bombs) called the R6 implant. Hubbard described in his film script, Revolt in the Stars:

“Simultaneously, the planted charges erupted. Atomic blasts ballooned from the craters of Loa, Vesuvius, Shasta, Washington, Fujiyama, Etna, and many, many others. Arching higher and higher, up and outwards, towering clouds mushroomed, shot through with flashes of flame, waste and fission. Great winds raced tumultuously across the face of Earth, spreading tales of destruction.”

The R6 implant was, it has been written, the “brainwashing” of the thetans, depriving them of identity. Blown into the air they were captured by an “electronic ribbon” and sucked into “vacuum zones” around the world and then taken to a cinema, where they, a la Clockwork Orange, were forced to watch a “3D colossal motion picture” for thirty-six days, implanting misleading data (the R6 implant) concerning God, the Devil, space opera, and world religions, such as Roman Catholicism, Crucifixion, all per influence of Xenu. The two “implant stations” were located on Hawaii and Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

The thetans then clustered together in groups of a few thousand, having, arguably just like future Scientologists, lost the ability to differentiate between each other. Each cluster of thetans gathered into the living– body thetans-which are said to be still clinging onto bodies in the present adversely affecting everyone.

Hubbard, it has since been written, entered the Wall of Fire but emerged alive due to his “tech” which neutralized the threat, “probably the only one ever to do so in 75,000,000 years,” although the effort resulted in a broken back, knee and arm.

These body thetans cause many physical and mental ailments and prevent people from achieving their highest spiritual levels. What was required now was additional purchase of special auditing aimed at, like an exorcism, making the thetan leave the body. The Scientologist is to locate body thetans and release them through taking them through the effects of what was called Incident II.

The Scientologist holding both cans of an E-meter takes, as an auditor, each thetan in each cluster through Incident II. The court in Founding Church of Scientology v. United States, 409 F.2d 1146 described the e-meter as thus:

“The E-meter is a skin galvanometer, similar to those used in giving lie detector tests. The subject or “preclear” holds in his hands two tin soup cans, which are linked to the electrical apparatus. A needle on the apparatus registers changes in the electrical resistance of the subject’s skin. The auditor asks questions of the subject, and the movement of the needle is apparently used as a check of the emotional reaction to the questions. According to complex rules and procedures set out in Scientology publications, the auditor can interpret the movements of the needle after certain prescribed questions are asked, and use them in diagnosing the mental and spiritual condition of the subject.”

Auditing is the use of “processes,” a series of questions directed by an auditor until the specific objective is achieved, then process moves to another area. Upon each completion, the subjects are considered “clear” (free) from unwanted barriers that inhibit.

Scientology teaches individuals are immortal souls (Thetans) and not limited to one life. The E-meter is an aid in identifying memories (“engrams”, “incidents”, and “implants”) of past events in a thetan’s current life and prior ones.

The goal of auditing is to transform one to an “operating thetan” – a being who can act independently of his physical body, can cause physical events by sheer will, capable of dismissing others illness and psychological disorder, is all knowing and can create cause affect over life, thought, matter, energy, space and time.

And maybe he will look just like Tom Cruise.

Xenu, meanwhile, was captured after six years of battle by opposing force known as “Loyal Officers” and put in an electronic mountain trap where he still is. The Confederation has since been a desert, not surviving the brutality of it all.

Well, after all Hubbard was a Science Fiction writer.

Web site “Scientololgy Lies” quotes an oft-cited Hubbard letter to his wife Mary Sue, during his writing of Xenu, Hubbard writing to assist his research, “I’m drinking lots of rum and popping pinks and greys.” Russell Miller in his book– Bare-faced Messiah– wrote it was important for Hubbard to be found in a debilitated condition, so as to present OT III as “a research accomplishment of immense magnitude.”

Bent Corydon in his book, L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman? wrote, according to Hubbard, “NOTs (New Era Dianetics for Operating Thetans), the technology, handles” are those beings or entities or “body thetans” (“BTs”) that cause people to be confused as to who they are and hears voices or feels desires not his. So, by identifying the source you are freed to think for yourself. An auditor may ask each BT, “What are you?” and “Who are you?”

(This is arguably comparable to multiple personalities, or if you prefer, demonic possession)

Corydon also wrote:

“While still in the Church, I observed something very odd: The wealthier the Scientologist, the more “body Thetans” he had…Such auditing costs over $400 per hour. It is quite usual for Scientologists to spend well over $100,000 for this level alone. One man, a geologist, engineer and entrepreneur, spent $450,000.”

I agreed with Hubbard on one point. OT III was dangerous. From what I knew about totalistic movements I assume several possible results facing members who had turned over considerable money over many years, and who had traded old friends for Scientologists, let their life be consumed, when confronted with the contents of OT III. Some would simply leave, and maybe if they were in the entertainment field, would probably give an interview on how they were deceived. Others may simply rationalize it and accept it, a better alternative to believing they had been taken. And still others under pressures to accept it, per suppressed denial and confusion, might suffer a psychotic episode or worse.

Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was born in Tilden, Nebraska, March 13, 1911, son of an ex-sailor and a school teacher – and in 1913 his family moved to Helena, Montana. Scientology claims he was a child prodigy, who rode a horse before he could walk, read and write at age 4 and a “blood brother” of the Blackfeet tribe by age of six, most of which is disputed by many non-Scientology historians. At 17 his father re- enlisted in the Navy and the family traveled. Hubbard would claim this exposed him to Asia and the South Pacific and Eastern philosophies, having questioned Buddhist lamas and old Chinese magicians, as well as a Freudian education from a Navy psychoanalyst which theories he found lacking. Scientology claimed Hubbard traveled in the Manchuria’s Western Hills and beyond, sharing campfires with Mongolian bandits, Siberian shamans and magicians following traditions handed down from age of Kublai Khan. Other biographers say his eastern contacts were more minimal and that Hubbard wrote in his diary the “gooks” were lazy and ignorant; that a “Chinaman drags things down;” cities were “very trashy-looking;” there are too many “chinks that smell of the baths they didn’t take.”

According to the Washington Daily News on August 18, 1933 L. Ron Hubbard who’s family lives in near poverty, found gold, platinum, and iridium on his in-laws’ farm in Maryland. Nothing came of the claim and in 1939, calling himself “Captain Hubbard,” he obtained membership in the Explorers Club.

Hubbard failed the Naval Academy entrance examination and eventually went to Woodward School for Boys in Washington, D.C. and then to George Washington University. Scientology says he “studied nuclear physics” there but records indicate his exposure to “nuclear physics” consisted of one class in “atomic and molecular phenomena” for which he received an “F” grade. He was placed on probation in 1931 and dropped out in 1932. He then became a successful science fiction pulp writer, publishing around 140 short stories. He married in l933 and a son was born, L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. (Nibs). He was in the navy during World War II and Scientology texts say he returned blinded and lame, having been twice pronounced dead, all of which he cured with his own developing techniques applicable to the mind which he would use to cure the condition of others. Others claim his medical records state he was hospitalized at war’s end with an acute duodenal ulcer rather than a war injury.

On February 14, 1942 Naval Attaché L.D. Casey wrote a report on LRH stating:

“In that he pretended competence without authority, and tried to carry out assignments for which he was not qualified, he has been the source of many problems.

… “This officer does not fulfill the qualifications needed for independent assignment. He is loquacious and tries to impart impressions of his own importance. Besides that he appears to believe that he possesses extraordinary capability in most areas. These characteristics are a symptom of the need for close supervision under peacetime circumstances.”

On May 18, 1943 L. Ron Hubbard, during his first and only command– the USS PC-815, fired on what was determined not a submarine, but possible magnetic deposit off the coast of Oregon. Three crewmen were injured in the incident. A month later he ordered gunnery exercises on the Coronados Islands in Mexico. He was found to have disobeyed Naval orders and was relieved of command.

After service discharge, Hubbard was depressed, living life feeling he was abandoned by family and friends. In August 1945, the month I was born, Hubbard, biographers state, moved into the Pasadena mansion of befriended John “Jack” Whiteside Parsons, a rocket propulsion researcher at the California Institute of Technology and a founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Parsons was also an occultist and Thelemite, follower of English magician Aleister Crowley and leader of Crowley’s magical order, Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). Thelema, Crowley’s religion, born out of an alleged 1904 religious experience in Egypt, was built around a philosophy of “”Do what thou wilt” which some have claimed included satanic practices. Jack Parsons, it is reported, wrote to Crowley early in 1946:

“About three months ago I met Capt. L. Ron Hubbard, a writer and explorer of whom I had known for some time. Although he has no formal training in Magick he has an extraordinary amount of experience and understanding in the field. From some of his experiences I deduce he is in direct touch with some higher intelligence, possibly his Guardian Angel. He is the most Thelemic person I have ever met and is in complete accord with our own principles. He is also interested in establishing the New Aeon, but for cogent reasons I have not introduced him to the Lodge.”

Parsons and Hubbard, it is written, collaborated on “Babalon Working”, a sex magic ritual intended to summon an incarnation of Babalon, described in Crowley’s “The Book of Law” as the Mother of Abominations, a representative of the female sexual impulse and liberation. It is said they participated over several nights in 1946 in the ritual, seeking an “elemental” to participate in sex magic. One account states:

“Parsons used his ‘magical wand’ to whip up a vortex of energy so the elemental would be summoned. Translated into plain English, Parsons jerked off in the name of spiritual advancement whilst Hubbard (referred to as “The Scribe” in the diary of the event) scanned the astral plane for signs and visions.”

It has been said they did meet a woman a few days later who agreed to participate in “Parsons’ rites.”

Parsons and Hubbard started a yacht selling business, largely, it was asserted, with Parson’s money, but Hubbard sought to take off on a world cruise, resulting in Crowley concluding Parson’s had been conned. Parsons had to sell his mansion to cover losses, having only a $2,900 promissory note from Hubbard. Scientology accounts claim Hubbard’s actions were aimed at ending “black magic” in America.

On August 10, 1946, six days before my first birthday, Hubbard bigamously married again. In 1947 his first wife learned of it and divorced, taking custody of the children. Now living in Laguna Beach, California, Hubbard wrote fiction to supplement his war disability allowance. In October 1947 he wrote the Veterans Administration:

“After trying and failing for two years to regain my equilibrium in civil life, I am utterly unable to approach anything like my own competence. My last physician informed me that it might be very helpful if I were to be examined and perhaps treated psychiatrically or even by a psychoanalyst. Toward the end of my service I avoided out of pride any mental examinations, hoping that time would balance a mind which I had every reason to suppose was seriously affected. I cannot account for nor rise above long periods of moroseness and suicidal inclinations, and have newly come to realize that I must first triumph above this before I can hope to rehabilitate myself at all.”

On August 31, 1948, after I turned 3, Hubbard was convicted in San Luis Obispo, California, of petty theft. Scientology claims around this time LRH was a Special Police Officer with LAPD, studying society’s criminal elements. ”

In late 1948 the Hubbards moved to Savannah, Georgia and in January 1949 LRH worked on a psychology book which he was going to call The Dark Sword, Excalibur or Science of the Mind. In April 1949, Hubbard wrote to several professional organizations to offer his research. While others rejected the work, Editor John W. Campbell invited the Hubbards to move into a cottage at Bay Head, New Jersey, and recruited Dr. Joseph Winter to help develop Hubbard’s new therapy of “Dianetics” which taught the brain recorded every experience as “engrams” in a “reactive mind” that when triggered later caused emotional and physical problems. All that can be cleared by carrying out a process called “auditing,” using a makeshift lie detector called the E-meter. The practitioner holds a pair of cylindrical electrodes (“cans”) connected to an instrument which measures galvanic skin response caused by questions and the verbal response. When a person can repeat an incident without significant needle movement he is “clear” of that engram. When totally “Clear” the subject has a perfectly functioning mind with an improved IQ and photographic memory without physical ailments ranging from poor eyesight to the common cold which Hubbard claimed were all psychosomatic.

A “Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation” was established in April 1950 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, with Hubbard, wife Sara, Winter and Campbell on the board of directors. Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health was published the next month. Although denounced by the science community, by August of 1950 the book sold 55,000 copies, at the rate of 4,000 a week, and was translated into French, German and Japanese. Five hundred Dianetic auditing groups were set up across the United States. It helped that some famous people went for it, such as Aldous Huxley who was audited personally by Hubbard himself.

Hubbard wrote, lectured and trained auditors with charisma and pontification. He claimed he cured 11 veterans and brought back 40 insane to sanity. LRH told followers their life was a mess and they had no future unless you are in Scientology–a song seemingly exemplifying what I described as the double bind in “Common characteristics of Totalitarian Movements”–you are at same time sick and need to be here and superior for being here–and sung later by Tom Cruise in his infamous video on being a Scientologist.

While the business grew his personal life soured. Both Hubbard and his wife Sarah had affairs and finally, biographers state, his staff forcibly seizied Sara and year-old daughter Alexis, taking them to San Bernardino, California, where Hubbard attempted unsuccessfully to find a doctor to declare Sarah insane. He also accused her of being a Russian spy. While Hubbard took Alexis to Havana, Cuba, Sara filed for a divorce in 1951, accusing LRH of marrying her bigamously, of sleep deprivation, beatings, strangulation, kidnapping and exhortations to commit suicide. One newspaper headline read, “Ron Hubbard Insane, Says His Wife.” Sara got her daughter back in June 1951 by settlement wherein she signed a Hubbard written document stating her claims were “grossly exaggerated or entirely false. I have not at any time believed otherwise than that L. Ron Hubbard is a fine and brilliant man.”

Much later, Hubbard would on television deny having a second wife.

In February of 1957: FBI director J. Edgar Hoover wrote ” … the FBI has received numerous inquiries concerning Lafayette Ron Hubbard and the system of “dianetics” which he apparently originated, but no allegation of a violation within the jurisdiction of this Bureau has been received and, consequently, no investigation of this matter has been conducted by the FBI. [Dianetics) encountered difficulty with police authorities in New Jersey, Michigan and Washington, D.C., for allegedly conducting schools in those areas, in which a branch of medicine and surgery was taught without a license. … ” Hoover also mentions a newspaper article carrying Sara Hubbard’s allegations that LRH had subjected her to “scientific torture experiments.”

Hubbard established a “Hubbard College” in l952 and 6 weeks later married a staff member, 18-year-old Mary Sue Whipp. Hubbard soon closed the school down and moved with his new bride to Phoenix, Arizona where he established the “Hubbard Association of Scientologists International” to promote his new “Science of Certainty”—Scientology– described in his book Science of Survival—as a doctrine, “that man is most fundamentally a spiritual being” (though at this stage this was still science), a thetan—an immortal, omniscient and re-incarnated– that created the material universe but had forgotten its god-like powers while trapped in physical bodies. Auditing would remove engrams carried by immortals thetans for billions of years.

In January 1951, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners instituted proceedings against the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation in Elizabeth for teaching medicine without a license. The Foundation closed its doors, causing the proceedings to be vacated, but its creditors began to demand settlement of debts. Don Purcell, a millionaire Dianeticist from Wichita, Kansas, offered a brief respite from bankruptcy, but the Foundation’s finances failed again in 1952 and for a period of time Hubbard lost the right to the name “Dianetics” to Purcellbut in 1954 Purcell, per Miller, tired of litigation and Hubbard got the name back.

Scientology was organized different from Dianetics. The Hubbard Association of Scientologists (HAS) was the main organization. Branches or “orgs” were organized akin to fast-food franchises, each franchise holder (later “Mission Holder”) required to pay ten per cent of income to HAS. The orgs were expected to recruit, what some allege was called “raw meat,” while the more expensive, higher-level auditing was only provided by HAS. Dianetics, per Miller was of the “body” while Scientology was of the soul, Hubbard claiming that he had “come across incontrovertible, scientifically-validated evidence of the existence of the human soul.”

In February 1953 Hubbard acquired a doctorate from Sequoia University, what some say was a “degree mill” operated by Joseph Hough, a Los Angeles chiropractor. “Dr.” Hubbard weeks later wrote proposing Scientology should be transformed into a religion, reversing the hostility to religion he voiced in Dianetics.

This mutation may have grown out of legal necessity, Miller, author of Bare Face Messiah, wrote he uncovered a letter (dated April 10, 1953) in which Hubbard stated “‘to make real money'” develop “the religion angle.'” In a letter that Hubbard wrote in London and sent to Helen O’Brien ( ran a Scientology office in Philadelphia) per Miller, Hubbard insisted:

“We don’t need a clinic. We want one in operation, but not in name. Perhaps we could call it a Spiritual Guidance Center. Think up a name, will you? And we could put in nice desks and our boys in neat blue with diplomas on the walls and one, knock psychotherapy into history and, two, make enough money to shine up my operating scope, and three, keep the HAS [Hubbard Association of Scientologists] solvent. It is a problem in practical business.

“I await your reaction on the religion angle. In my opinion, we couldn’t get worse public opinion than we have had or have less customers with what we’ve got to sell. A religious charter would be necessary in Pennsylvania or NJ to make it stick. But I sure could make it stick. We’re treating the present time beingness, psychotherapy treats the past and the brain. And brother, that’s religion, not mental science.”

Corydon cited the letter in his book, too.

In December 18, 1953, Hubbard incorporated the Church of Scientology, Church of American Science and Church of Spiritual Engineering in Camden, New Jersey. HAS officials wrote this would protect against attacks by the medical profession, and avoid jailing for “practicing medicine without a license.”

Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International, for those in arts and entertainment was established in Hollywood, California, in 1969 by Yvonne Gillham, a Sea Org member who worked with L. Ron Hubbard. By 1955, per Los Angeles Times reporters Joel Sappell and Robert W. Welkos, writing in 1990, Hubbard wanted testimonials of the famous for its push for acceptability. John Travolta and Kirstie Alley were the current headliners by 1990, the year Cruise joined.

Per Sappell and Welkos, Hubbard recognized early the “value of famous people to his fledgling, off-beat church when he inaugurated ‘Project Celebrity.’ According to Hubbard, Scientologists should target prominent individuals as their “quarry” and bring them back like trophies for Scientology.

Sappell and Welkos, listed the following people of that era Hubbard considered as suitable prey: Edward R. Murrow, Marlene Dietrich, Ernest Hemingway, Howard Hughes, Greta Garbo, Walt Disney, Henry Luce, Billy Graham, Groucho Marx and others of similar stature.

“If you bring one of them home you will get a small plaque as a reward,” Hubbard wrote, per Sappell and Welkos, in a Scientology magazine more than three decades ago.

Two to hit the news was Elvis Presley’s love of his life, Priscella, and their daughter who for awhile was Michael (Jehovia Witness) Jackson’s girl friend. Before he died on my 32 birthday in l977, Elvis stated “there is no way that group is going to get my money.”


Some auditors dawned clergy attire with clerical collars. Hubbard, per documents, eventually entered in court records, wrote HCO Policy Letter of 18 October 1967: “[Suppressive Person] Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed…»

« “ 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.”

Fair game was for always. “No amnesty.”

And later, Hubbard authored:

“The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.”

Hubbard got back Dianetics free and clear when his adversary/financier Parcell wore out and Scientology became a highly profitable enterprise. Despite being non-profit LRH was paid large sums personally and in l958 for that reason the tax exempt status of Scientology was revoked by IRS. What followed was countless litigation with the IRS, critics and claimed victims of fair game and war with governments world wide, Hubbard’s claiming opponents were part of a conspiracy by “psychiatric fronts.”

On February 3, 1959 another FBI report says the FBI hasn’t investigated but mentions Look magazine article describing Dianetics claim it is comparable to discovery of fire, superior to invention of the wheel and can cure everything from eye trouble, bursitis, ulcers, and colds. It also stated, “competent medical advisors recommended that Hubbard be committed to a private sanitarium for psychiatric observation and treatment of a mental ailment known as paranoid schizophrenia.”

Victoria, Australia, officials accused Scientology of brainwashing, blackmail, extortion and damaging the mental health of its members and the Victorian state government established a Board of Inquiry into Scientology in November 1963. Its report in 1965 said that Hubbard was of doubtful sanity, had a persecution complex and displays paranoid schizophrenia with delusions of grandeur, his writings nonsensical “self-glorification and grandiosity” replete with“ incontinent outbursts.”

Scientology was banned in Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia, and in July 1968, the British denied foreign Scientologists entry, classifying LRH as an “undesirable alien.”

Hubbard in response, per his written “Ethics Technology” required Scientologists to “disconnect” from any organization or individual—including family members—deemed to be “suppressive,” required writing of “Knowledge Reports” on each other stating transgressions of punishable “Misdemeanors,” “Crimes” and “High Crimes,” all familiar with Synanon’s directive to “cope out” on each other and disconnect from “splitees.” The “Fair Game” policy was introduced, (Scientology claimed later it was withdrawn) directing a suppressive… “may be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”

To fight the war in 1966, Hubbard created the Guardian’s Office (GO), headed by his wife Mary Sue. It dealt with public relations, legal actions and gathering of intelligence on perceived threats. Hubbard ordered his staff to find “lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on attackers. The Website Attacks on Scientology posted:

Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex.
LRH Comm
Exec Sec Hats
HCO Sec Hat
Legal Officer Hat
LRH Comm Hat
Dist Sec Hat
Press Hat
Sect 5 Dept 3
Anyone proposing an investigation of or an “Enquiry” into Scientology must receive this reply and no other proposal:
“We welcome an investigation into (Mental Healing or whoever is attacking us) as we have begun one ourselves and find shocking evidence.”

“You can elaborate on the evidence we have found and lay it on thick attacking the attackers only.
NEVER agree to an investigation of Scientology. ONLY agree to an investigation of the attackers
This was the BIG error made in Victoria. I Okayed an Enquiry into all Mental healing. I ordered evidence on psychiatric murders to be collected. Non-compliance with these orders brought on the loss of Melbourne and the law in Victoria against Scientology. This was the non-compliance that began it. The original order I gave was relayed as “we welcome an Enquiry into Scientology . . .” or it was changed to that in Melbourne.
This is correct procedure:
(1) Spot who is attacking us.
(2) Start investigating them promptly for FELONIES or worse using own professionals, not outside agencies.
(3) Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them.
(4) Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press.
Don’t ever tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way.
You can get “reasonable about it” and lose Sure we break no laws. Sure we have nothing to hide. BUT attackers are simply an anti-Scientology propaganda agency so far as we are concerned 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. Never wait Never talk about us – only them. Use their blood, sex, crime to get headlines. Don’t use us.

“I speak from 15 years of experience in this 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.
“They fear our Meter. They fear freedom. They fear the way we are growing. Why?
“Because they have too much to hide.
“When you use that rationale you win. When you go dishwater and say “we honest chickens just plain love to have you in the coop, Brer Fox,” we get clobbered. The right response is “We militant public defenders of the freedom of the people want that there Fox investigated for eating living chickens!” Shift the spotlight to them. No matter how. Do it!
“You can elaborate on the formula. Let’s say some other branch of government wants to investigate us via the press Just apply the formula:
“We welcome a public enquiry into (that branch activity) as we already have begun to investigate their (…).”
It will always work. It even would have worked on the U.S. F.D.A. when they first began five years before their raid on DC. They run! And that’s all we want.

“The way we will eventually stop all attacks from there on out is by processing the society as follows:
(1) Locate a source of attack on us.
(2) Investigate it.
(3) Expose it with wide lurid publicity.
You see the same thing in a preclear. He has a rotten spot in his behaviour. He attacks the practitioner. The spot is located on a meter. It blows and the preclear relaxes.
“Well this is just what is happening in the society. We are a practitioner to the society. It has rotten spots in it. Those show up in attacks an us. We investigate and expose – the attack ceases.
“We use investigators instead of E-Meters. We use newspapers instead of auditor reports. But it’s the same problem exactly.
“So long as we neglect our role as auditor-to-the-society we will be attacked.
“Society is pretty crazy. It’s a raw jungle. So it will take a lot of work. We must be willing to put in that work as a group or we’ll be knocked about.


“Therefore we must act like a reform group.
The way to seize the initiative is to use our own professionals to investigate intensively parts of the society that may attack us. Get an ammunition locker full. Be sure of our facts. And then expose via the press.
If we do this right, press, instead of trying to invent reasons to attack us will start hanging around waiting for our next lurid scoop.

“We must convert from an attacked group to a reform group that attacks rotten spots in the society. We should not limit ourselves to mental healing or own line. We should look for groups to investigate and blow the lid off and become known as a mightly [sic] reform group. We object to slavery, oppression, torture, murder, perversion, crime, political sin and anything that makes Man unfree.
The only error we can make is disperse our investigation. We do a preliminary look, then we must select a target and investigate it until we have the cold facts and then BANG, fire the salvo.
“Don’t worry about libel if our facts indicate rottenness. The last thing that target will do is sue as then we would have a chance to prove it in court, which they are terrified of our doing.
“Remember – the only reason we are in trouble with the press or government is that we are not searching out and exposing rotten spots in the society. We must practice on the whole group called society. If we do not it will attack us just as preclear will attack a Scientologist that won’t audit him.

“To get wholly over to cause we must select targets, investigate and expose before they attack us.
We have at this writing a long way to go. But we might as well start somewhere. Begin by investigating any attacking group, find and expose the dead bodies. Then work on to our selecting the targets.
And that will handle it all.

It was while doing so he and the Sea Org shipped off, some saying it was to avoid subpoenas and possible French extradition, and perhaps as imitation of his father, while, per Miller, Scientology brought him large amounts of cash and luxury food and additional funds were transferred to his bank accounts in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Some said the Sea Org had judo and weapons (similar to Synanon).

In October 1975, Hubbard came ashore at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida, secretly acquired for a “land base” by an organization allegedly, per Florida officials, not identifying itself as Scientology. According to Synanon board minutes that year the guardian office was teaching Synanon how to set up separate unit to deal with critics.

In l976 Hubbard moved to another safe house in Culver City, California which is where I lived at the same time. After about three months my new neighbor relocated in October to the Olive Tree Ranch near La Quinta. His second son Quentin died of apparent suicide a few weeks later in Las Vegas, found inside a car. Although there had been a hose from the car’s window to the tailpipe, according to the coroner’s report, a test for carbon monoxide was negative. He had attempted suicide two years earlier.

LRH had selected Quentin to be his successor after his older son, Ron Jr., quit in 1959.

In 1977, a former Scientologist, stating he escaped from Scientology after he had been arrested for plot to steal IRS Scientology files. His affidavit led to a search warrant that when executed revealed documents setting forth Scientology’s Gaurdian Office covert operations to destroy, defame,and have imprisoned Scientology critics. 11 heads were convicted, including Mary Sue Hubbard. LRH, who could not be find was a named unindicted conspirator.

Undaunted, In 1978, Hubbard released New Era Dianetics (NED), which is stated in Wikedia as intended for better results in a less time, the course consisting of 11 run downs (procedures) wherein the pre-clear is to find the “postulate,” a prior conclusion to resolve a problem and/or nullify a pattern of the past.”

In February 1978 a French court convicted LRH in absentia for obtaining money under false pretenses and sentenced him to four years in prison. Scientology compared it to the trial and sentencing of Jesus Christ. LRH went into hiding in April 1979, moving to Hemet, California, where his only contact with the outside world was per ten trusted Messengers.

He saw his wife who went to prison for his crimes for the last time in August 1979. In 1980s, Hubbard toured the Pacific Northwest in a recreational vehicle and lived for a while in Newport Beach and Los Angeles. Forbes magazine estimated “at least $200 million” was gathered in Hubbard’s name through 1982. Time Magazine in l983 said Hubbard, wearing a cowboy hat and shouting orders, directed Scientology films at a secured ranch in Palm springs, bearing a sign saying, “Dedicated to L.Ron Hubbard—Master Mariner.”

In l981 the National Enquirer reported Scientology had duped actors into allowing their names to be used in support of Narconon (not to be confused with Synanon) a drug rehab center that uses L.Ron Hubbard’s teaching on addicts. Many of the entertainers objected, saying they did not know the Narconon – Scientology connection.

Cathy Lee Crosby sent to a Congressional committee investigating drug abuse following names supporting Narconon:

Catherine Bach, John Davidson, Phyllis Diller, Gregory Harrison, Hal “Barney Miller” Linden, Ken Norton, Susan Richardson, Linda Thompson, Mickey Spillane, Tanya Tucker, Fran Tarkenton, Charlene Tilton, Henry “The Fonz” Winkler, Ron Howard, Lou “The Incredible Hulk” Ferrigno and Rob Reiner.

According to the Enquier a spokesman for Henry Winkler said Winkler “did not know that the Church of Scientology was involved . . . absolutely not!..

“Had we known, we would not have given permission for his name to be used.”

Ironically, Narconon might not be legal for same reason Synanon never really was. The Gov. Pat Brown bill that exempted Synanon from licensing was limited to a facility where they ki cked cold turkey and did not use drugs. It did not allow for unlicensed psychotherapy and it was placed under the medical board which was supposed to establish rules for the permit but after stalled by Synanon never did. If that law is still valid, any non licensed drug rehab in California may be illegal until the medical board drafts rules and issues permits.

In September 1985, the IRS notified the Church that it was considering indicting Hubbard for tax fraud. While in hiding LRH wrote his first science fiction (some might say only if you exclude Scientology) in decades—Battlefield Earth (1982) and Mission Earth, a ten-volume series published between 1985 and 1987.

While the world questioned if he was still alive and if so, where, as many, including me, sought to depose him, Hubbard lived the last two years of his life in a luxury Blue Bird motor home on Whispering Winds, a 160-acre ranch near Creston, California, described by journalist Mark Brown in The County Telegram-Tribune, San Luis Obispo, January 30, 1986.

It has been reported Hubbard’s fingernails grew long and he had phobia about germs, similar to Howard Hughes and the Bhagwan.

Hubbard suffered a fatal stroke on January 17, 1986, and died a week later. In a statement similar to that said upon the deaths of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh in 1990 and Heaven Gates’ Founder Marshall Applewhite in 1997 by their followers, Scientology announced LRH’s body had become an impediment to his work and therefore decided to “drop his body” to continue his research on another planet, having “learned how to do it without a body.”

A young Messenger, David Miscavige, now was totally Scientology’s new leader and some say this was like going from the frying pan to the fire. Born in l960, his Scientologist father had him join Scientology when he was 11, becoming perhaps a replacement for Hubbard’s “failed sons.” At 12 David, who claimed the tech cured his childhood ailments, was assisting auditing sessions. On his sixteenth birthday, with Dad’s approval, dropped out of high schoo and joined the Sea Organization, an association of Scientologists established in 1968 by Hubbard, where he delivered telexes, grounds-keeping, serving food and taking photographs. Still a teenager, he was trained and supervising older staff, ultimately working alongside Hubbard as his closest assistant; in 1977, he worked with Hubbard as a cameraman for training films, in La Quinta, California. Hubbard appointed David to the Commodore’s Messenger Organization (CMO), responsible for enforcing Hubbard’s policies and by 1979 head of the CMO.

With Hubbard in hiding Miscavige took control of the organization and in 1981 was in charge of the Watchdog Committee. Researchers, including the St. Petersburg Times, in a 1998 article, state Miscavige persuaded Mary Sue Hubbard to resign from the Guardian’s Office and changed the organizational structure which, per Corydon, upset some Mission Holders to enter new trademark usage contracts which established stricter policies on the use of Scientology materials. Over the two years, like most depots rising to power, it appears Miscavige replaced most upper and middle management.

Time Magazine in 1991 wrote a cover story describing Miscavige as “ringleader” of a “hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner.” Since 1986, Times said authorities in France, Spain and Italy raided more than 50 Scientology centers and charges were pending against more than 100 of its overseas members that included fraud, extortion, capital flight, coercion, illegally practicing medicine and taking advantage of mentally incapacitated people.”

Miscavige’s wife, Shelly Miscavige, also a former Messenger, wrote The New Yorker, “disappeared” in 2006, Miscavige’s older brother Ron left Scientology in 2000. His brother’s daughter Jenna Miscavige Hill, quit in 2005, and became an outspoken critic of Scientology.

Miscavige was best man at Tom Cruise’s wedding to Katie Holmes.

Ultimately ministers in Germany in 2007 sought to ban Scientology, claiming the country had a prior unique experience ( from which to judge—a move denounced by US—and dropped in 2008.

This was to be Hollywood’s religion, where the “Celebrity Center” was built, and engulfed countless stars as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, some of whom left and became critics. A young Travolta said Scientology had been very valuable to him and “it would be an honor to meet L. Ron Hubbard.” According to Andrew Morton’s Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography (2008), Cruise is the church’s “second in command in all but name.

Cruise would state he “knew” history of psychology, others do not… there is “no such thing as a chemical imbalance.” and as to those who don’t like Scientology the “F” word.

Below are stories on how the FBI and one former Scientologist, Gerald Armstrong actions led to obtaining Hubbard Scientology documents.

A web site called “What Scientology won’t tell you, list in “Hubbard’s own words” writings stating:

“Scientology is used to increase spiritual freedom, intelligence, ability and to produce immortality.”


– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 9 March 1972, MS OEC 384

“Show me any person who is critical of us and I’ll show you crimes and intended crimes that would stand a magistrate’s hair on end.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin, 4 April 1965

“Somebody some day will say ‘this is illegal.’ By then be sure the orgs [Scientology organizations] say what is legal or not.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 4 January 1966, “LRH Relationship to Orgs”

“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.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 15 August 1960, Dept. of Govt. Affairs

“The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.”

“When we need somebody haunted we investigate…When we investigate we do so noisily always.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, MANUAL OF JUSTICE, 1959

“People attack Scientology, I never forget it, always even the score. People attack auditors, or staff, or organisations, or me. I never forget until the slate is clear.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, MANUAL OF JUSTICE, 1959

“So we listen. We add up associations of people with people. When a push against Scientology starts somewhere, we go over the people involved and weed them out. Push vanishes.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, MANUAL OF JUSTICE, 1959

“Our organizations are friendly. They are only here to help you.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, “Dianetic Contract” 23 May 1969

“ENEMY SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 18 October 1967
[SP = Suppressive Person a.k.a. critic of Scientology]

“The practice of declaring people FAIR GAME will cease. FAIR GAME may not appear on any Ethics Order. It causes bad public relations.
This P/L does not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling of an SP.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 21 October 1968, “Cancellation of Fair Game”

“A truly Suppressive Person or group has no rights of any kind and actions taken against them are not punishable.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 1 March 1965, HCO (Division 1) “Ethics, Suppressive Acts, Suppression of Scientology and Scientologists”

“The names and connections, at this time, of the bitterly opposing enemy are: 1. Psychiatry and psychology (not medicine). 2. The heads of news media who are also directors of psychiatric front groups. 3. A few key political figures in the fields of “mental health” and education. 4. A decline of monetary stability caused by the current planning of bankers who are also directors of psychiatric front organizations [that] would make us unable to function.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 16 February 1969, “TARGETS, DEFENSE”

“When you move off a point of power, pay all your obligations on the nail, empower all your friends completely and move off with your pockets full of artillery, potential blackmail on every erstwhile rival, unlimited funds in your private account and the addresses of experienced assassins and go live in Bulgravia [sic] and bribe the police.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 12 February 1967, “The Responsibilities of Leaders”

“There is no more ethical group on this planet than ourselves.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, KEEPING SCIENTOLOGY WORKING. 7 February 1965, reissued 27 August 1980

“They smell of all the baths they didn’t take. The trouble with China is, there are too many chinks here.”
– L. Ron Hubbard’s diary, 1928. (Jon Atack, A PIECE OF BLUE SKY: SCIENTOLOGY, DIANETICS AND L. RON HUBBARD EXPOSED. Lyle Stuart/Carol Publishing Group 1990)

“Having viewed slum clearance projects in most major cities of the world may I state that you have conceived and created in the Johannesburg townships what is probably the most impressive and adequate resettlement activity in existence.”
– L. Ron Hubbard in a letter to H.F. Verwoerd (widely considered to be the architect of South Africa’s apartheid system) dated November 7, 1960, reprinted in K.T.C. Kotzé, INQUIRY INTO

“A Venezuelan dictator once decided to stop leprosy. He saw that most lepers in his country were also beggars. By the simple expedient of collecting and destroying all the beggars in Venezuela an end was put to leprosy in that country.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, SCIENCE OF SURVIVAL, p. 171

“Unfortunately, it is all too often true that suppressors to a creative action must be removed before construction and creation takes place. Any person very high on the Tone Scale may level destruction toward a suppressor.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, SCIENCE OF SURVIVAL, p. 159

“In all the broad Universe there is no other hope for Man than ourselves.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, “Ron’s Journal” 1967

“A psychiatrist today has the power to (1) take a fancy to a woman (2) lead her to take wild treatment as a joke (3) drug and shock her to temporary insanity (4) incarnate [sic] her (5) use her sexually (6) sterilise her to prevent conception (7) kill her by a brain operation to prevent disclosure. And all with no fear of reprisal. Yet it is rape and murder… We want at least one bad mark on every psychiatrist in England, a murder, an assault, or a rape or more than one… This is Project Psychiatry. We will remove them.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Sec ED, Office of LRH, Confidential, 22 February 1966, “Project Psychiatry”

“I’m drinking lots of rum and popping pinks and greys.”
– L. Ron Hubbard in a 1967 letter to his wife, written during the period when he was creating Scientology’s secret “upper levels.” (Bent Corydon and L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. a.k.a. Ronald DeWolf, L. RON HUBBARD: MESSIAH OR MADMAN? Random House 1989)

“Now, get this as a technical fact, not a hopeful idea. Every time we have investigated the background of a critic of Scientology, we have found crimes for which that person or group could be imprisoned under existing law. We do not find critics of Scientology who do not have criminal pasts.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin, 5 November 1967, “Critics of Scientology”

“This is the correct procedure: Spot who is attacking us. Start investigating them promptly for felonies or worse using our own professionals, not outside agencies. Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them. Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press. Don’t ever tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 25 February 1966

“We’re playing for blood, the stake is EARTH.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 7 November 1962

“THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, “Off the Time Track,” lecture of June 1952, excerpted in JOURNAL OF SCIENTOLOGY issue 18-G, reprinted in TECHNICAL VOLUMES OF DIANETICS & SCIENTOLOGY, vol. 1, p. 418

“Scientology…is not a religion.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, CREATION OF HUMAN ABILITY, 1954, p. 251

“This [Scientology] is useful knowledge. With it the blind again see, the lame walk, the ill recover, the insane become sane and the sane become saner. By its use the thousand abilities Man has sought to recover become his once more.”

“Benzedrine often helps a case run.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, “The Intensive Processing Procedure,” 1950
[“Run a case” = administer Dianetics or Scientology procedures to someone]

“Of all the ills of man which can be successfully processed by Scientology, arthritis ranks near the top. In skilled hands, this ailment, though misunderstood and dreaded in the past, already has begun to become history. Twenty-five hours of Scientology by an auditor who fairly understands how to process arthritis can be said to produce an invariable alleviation of the condition. Some cases, even severe ones, have responded in as little as two hours of processing, according to reports from auditors in the field.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, “Journal of Scientology,” Issue 1-G, 1952

“Leukaemia is evidently psychosomatic in origin and at least eight cases of leukaemia had been treated successfully by Dianetics after medicine had traditionally given up. The source of leukaemia has been reported to be an engram containing the phrase ‘It turns my blood to water.’”

– L. Ron Hubbard, “Journal of Scientology,” Issue 15-G, 1953

“When somebody enrolls, consider he or she has joined up for the duration of the universe – never permit an ‘open-minded’ approach… If they enrolled, they’re aboard, and if they’re aboard they’re here on the same terms as the rest of us – win or die in the attempt. Never let them be half minded about being Scientologists… When Mrs. Pattycake comes to us to be taught, turn that wandering doubt in her eye into a fixed, dedicated glare… The proper instruction attitude is, ‘We’d rather have you dead than incapable.’”
– L. Ron Hubbard, KEEPING SCIENTOLOGY WORKING, 7 February 1965, reissued 27 August 1980

“Advanced Courses [in Scientology] are the most valuable service on the planet. Life insurance, houses, cars, stocks, bonds, college savings, all are transitory and impermanent… There is nothing to compare with Advanced Courses. They are infinitely valuable and transcend time itself.”
– L. Ron Hubbard speaking of his Operating Thetan Courses, Flag Mission Order 375

“’Psychiatry’ and ‘psychiatrist’ are easily redefined to mean ‘an anti-social enemy of the people‘. This takes the kill crazy psychiatrist off the preferred list of professions…The redefinition of words is done by associating different emotions and symbols with the word than were intended…Scientologists are redefining ‘doctor‘, ‘Psychiatry’ and ‘psychology’ to mean ‘undesirable antisocial elements‘…The way to redefine a word is to get the new definition repeated as often as possible. Thus it is necessary to redefine medicine, psychiatry and psychology downward and define Dianetics and Scientology upwards. This, so far as words are concerned, is the public opinion battle for belief in your definitions, and not those of the opposition. A consistent, repeated effort is the key to any success with this technique of propaganda.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 5 October 1971, PR Series 12, “Propaganda by Redefinition of Words”

“Arthritis vanishes, myopia gets better, heart illness decreases, asthma disappears, stomachs function properly and the whole catalogue of illnesses goes away and stays away.”

“Scientology is the only specific (cure) for radiation (atomic bomb) burns.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, ALL ABOUT RADIATION, p. 109

“You are only three or four hours from taking your glasses off for keeps.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, “Eyesight and glasses,” “Dianetic Auditor’s Bulletin,” Vol. 2, No. 7, January 1952

“The alleviation of the condition of insanity has also been accomplished now…”
– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin, November 1970, “Psychosis”

“Let’s sell these people a piece of blue sky.”
– L. Ron Hubbard to an associate in 1950, soon after the opening of the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation. (Jon Atack, A PIECE OF BLUE SKY: SCIENTOLOGY, DIANETICS AND L. RON HUBBARD EXPOSED, Lyle Stuart/Carol Publishing Group. 1990)

“I’d like to start a religion. That’s where the money is.”

– L. Ron Hubbard to Lloyd Eshbach, in 1949; quoted by Eshbach in OVER MY SHOULDER: REFLECTIONS ON A SCIENCE FICTION ERA, Donald M. Grant Publisher. 1983
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The story is told in the litigation that engulfed it.

On July 30, 1971 in the UNITED STATES of America v An ARTICLE OR DEVICE “HUBBARD ELECTROMETER” No. D.C. 1-63 the US District Court, District of Columbia made fact findings concerning the issue of Scientology alleged “science misrepresentations.”

L. Ron Hubbard, the court said, in a science fiction magazine in the 1940’s, first advanced “the extravagant false claims that various physical and mental illnesses could be cured by “auditing,” “his quackery” flourishing throughout various parts of the world.

It concluded the E-meter was “crude” “harmless” and “ineffective. A “clear” was, wrote the court, per Hubbard’s writings were “led to believe there was reliable scientific proof that once cleared “most illnesses would automatically be cured…guaranteed to be successful. All this was and is false-in short, a fraud…there is absolutely no scientific or medical basis in fact for the claimed cures…”

The court, said at cost of $500 for 25 hours, the state of “clear” was guaranteed for $5,000. The E-meter sold for $125.

The case arose after the Government in l962 seized about 100 E-meters and a trial was held over the legality of their use. “Unfortunately,” the court noted, “the Government did not move to stop the practice of Scientology and a related “science” known as Dianetics when these activities first appeared and were gaining public acceptance. Had it done so, this tedious litigation would not have been necessary. The Government did not sue to condemn the E- meter until the early 1960’s, by which time a religious cult known as the Founding Church of Scientology had appeared. This religion, formally organized in 1955, existed side-by-side with the secular practice of Scientology.”

Once in court Scientology abandoned contentions of a scientific basis while the government presented 200 separate pieces of Scientology literature containing approximately 20,000 pages, stating “false scientific and medical promises of certain cure for many types of illnesses.”

The court held Scientology could use the E-meter but only for use in bona fide religious counseling. The device was to have a visible notice warning “use is permitted only as part of religious activity, and that the E-meter is not medically or scientifically capable of improving the health or bodily functions of anyone.”

Documents contained statements “Scientology is today the only successfully validated psychotherapy in the world; “It is a precise and exact science, designed for an age of exact sciences.” “Scientology is a technology as factual and as exact as the technologies that base the development of the atom bomb.”

Following the Synanon rattlesnake attack on me in October of 1978 the media discussed the fact that I had been researching many cults and not just Synanon. Scientology now knew I existed. And as a result, I found daily telephone messages for me at the office from a Michael Meisner concerning Scientology.

I never returned regrettably, any of his calls thinking that the last thing I needed now, with the pressures of having to prove Synanon was guilty of the attack on me and to protect my family and friends, was to take on the wealth and power of Scientology. And I knew that if I called Mr. Meisner he might tell me a story that I might find incapable of resisting. So I never heard from him first hand his story

Lucky me, for later, when I read about it in a Federal opinion, I did, against wisdom, contact the FBI in order to contact Mr. Meisner. By then, fortunately it was too late for my involvement. Mr. Meisner was long gone in the witness protection program.

The federal opinion I read in l979 was U.S. v. Hubbard 493 F.Supp. 209 . The U.S. District Court Judge CHARLES R. RICHEY, who rendered the decision, had become famous in the 70’s for his Watergate rulings and in U.S. v. Hubbard he ruled on a case that must have seemed more than familiar.

On July 4, 1977, the 201 nation’s birthday, two search warrants were signed for simultaneous seizure by the FBI of documents 4 days later from a Scientology facility in Washington D.C. and two in Hollywood. An estimate of 50,000 documents were gathered up which lead to an August 15, 1978, one day before my 33rd birthday, indictment of eleven members of Scientology Guardian’s office, including Mary Sue Hubbard, for conspiracy to steal government documents and obstruct justice. L. Ron Hubbard, who was in hiding, was a named unindicted conspirator.

In re Search Warrant Dated July 4, 1977, 187 U.S.App.D.C. 297, 572 F.2d 321 contained the affidavit stating the events that warranted the warrants as follows:

Michael Meisner and Gerald Wolfe were caught in areas off-limits in the United States Courthouse in the District of Columbia in the spring of 1976. Both gave phony names and presented fraudulent Internal Revenue Service identification. Wolfe plead guilty, giving a phony story exonerating Scientology, and a warrant issued for Meisner’s arrest. Meisner, who was against going to jail, was under 24 hour watch and on one occasion, per affidavit, Meisner was removed from one building to another handcuffed and gagged. He got to Las Vegas once but was apprehended by Scientologists and returned to Los Angeles under “house arrest.”

Before his final escape, Meisner had been a high official of the Guardian’s Office, responsible for the “protection” of Scientology and for illegal operations to acquire government documents critical of Scientology, covert operations to discredit and remove from positions of power all persons whom the Church considers to be its enemies, and internal security within the Church. No immunity was offered Meisner for his testimony.

The affidavit detailed the alleged conspiracy. Beginning in early 1974, Guardian Order (GO) 1361 called for an all-out attack on the IRS including infiltration of the offices of the IRS by agents of the Church (FSM’s); an office was used for high-level IRS meetings was bugged. In December, 1975, covert operations were designed to obtain Interpol documents regarding Scientology per GO 1634. A member of the Church, was placed in a secretarial position within the Justice Department in order to assist in these thefts.

Meisner went on to declare IRS Church related documents were marked “Confidential GO 1361 Material”(Guardian Office) and passed to his superiors. The operation code name was “Snow White. ”

In December 1979 the Scientologists plead to the charges of obstruction of justice reserving the right to appeal the upholding of the search warrants. Mary Sue was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and served a year starting in l983 after her appeals were all lost.

I contacted the FBI and though I got a sense it was not supposed to be done, they sent me a packet of Guardian documents seized in the search warrants. Included was the Fair game law making it permissible for payback on suppressives; memo on use of a lawsuit to harm an enemy by occupying time and money to point he can’t attend to normal business and in particular will not have resources to speak out against Scientology (Scientology is to be quick to sue and harm can be accomplished before trial); P.C. Freakout an operation on how to frame Paulette Cooper who had written a critical book on Scientology.

There was evidence of a Scientology operation to launch to destroy Michael Flynn, an attorney who took on Scientology similar to the way I took on Synanon (he became a phone buddy like Tim Stoen did–See Escape from Jonestown). Other documentation of efforts to harass and destroy enemies included Operation Snapper– Scientology covert on a California Attorney General deputy, including framing him; Scientology directive to get rid of their own document on their burglaries (similar to attorney Howard Garfield’s directive to gather up evidence on Synanon violence), posing as a government agent, tapping phones, bribery, recruiting agents, words saying “we will get him” or “dead agenting” and entrap someone to commit a crime. Data forms existed on operations for Scientology (FSM) agents to fill out after doing an operation (just as Synanon members were to write accounts following violent encounters).

Documents told of “Hatting,” i.e. infiltrating opponent held territory (covert operations); memo on how to write different ways to attack, target what is valuable; including steps to attain information on the target to formulate covert operation.

Documents stated goal of getting control or allegiance of the heads all news media, key political figures and those who monitor international finance.


One of the revelations was re a story I already knew of, that had been in subject in the media, Scientology’s efforts to destroy Paulette Cooper, a free lance writer born to murdered parents in the Auschwitz concentration camp and adopted by an American Cooper family at age 6.

Her first book, The Scandal of Scientology, came out in 1971; and was subject to over a dozen world wide Scientology lawsuits against Cooper, and three counterclaims that she instituted.

Guardian’s Office Operation Freakout set the goal to deter Cooper from criticism of Scientology by having her “incarcerated in a mental institution or jail or at least to hit her so hard that she drops her attacks.” In a previous campaign titled Operation Dynamite the church sent itself forged bomb threats, purportedly from Cooper, using her typewriter and paper with her fingerprints on it; further plans included bomb threats to be sent to Henry Kissinger. A FSM poising as a suitor, she claimed, stole her stationary which had her fingerprints on it for the fake bomb threats. She was in fact arrested.

Paulette would later write of her harrasments:

“Before long, strange people were trying to gain access to my apartment. Around this same time, in the basement of the building, I discovered alligator clips on my phone wires—likely the remnants of a phone tap. Then my cousin— who was also short and slim like me, was there alone when a man arrived with a “flower delivery” for me. When she opened the door, the intruder pulled a gun out of the flowers and put it to her temple. Fortunately, the gun jammed, misfired or was empty. The man then began to choke her, and when she pulled away and screamed, he ran off.”

After she was arrested for the phony bomb threat and she claimed she had a “perpetual pit-of-the stomach panic state. I could barely write, and my bills, especially the legal ones, kept mounting. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep. I smoked four packs of cigarettes a day, popped Valium like M&Ms, and drank way too much vodka.”

She worried if publishers would hire her. Her fiancé left her, as did, she said, a lot of friends (notices had been sent to neighbors warning concerning her and rumors of her sexual propensities spread). An editor friend at the New York Times, she would write, “stuck by me and kept me on the phone for hours to stop me from continuing to take the entire bottle of Valium I had started the night of my thirtieth birthday.”

Paulette was scheduled for trial in October of l973. Finally, after neurologist Dr. David Coddon, of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, administered a truth serum and was so convinced of her innocence that he said he would chain himself to the courthouse steps if prosecutors proceeded with this case.

The government by then had learned of Scientology “fair game,” policy and another writer provided an affidavit that Hubbard had told him he could bring an enemy to his knees. The prosecutors agreed to file a nolle prosequi in turn for a year of psychotherapy. She agreed and claims Scientology then broke into the therapists office to get her records of what she was saying.

Finally after the Scientology raid, the media ran stories on the frame-up. On 60 Minutes Paulette told Mike Wallace, “Scientology turned out to be worse than anything I ever said or even imagined.”

From all that I read I believed this was a case that belonged to me.

And then in the mid 80’s she called. She wanted me to be her attorney. I was ecstatic. But in the end it could not be. I was smack in the middle of the case against the Center for feeling Therapy representing 40 former patients each for their own horror story. I had to bring in legal help on that case due to its size, and I would have to find somebody extremely competent to assist me with Ms. Cooper.

If I thought we would go to trial it was doable. The jury might still be adding up damages. But Paulette needed this nightmare behind her, and Scientology I didn’t believe would want this case tried. I thought she would settle for a good sum, around half a million, as I sought with Synanon, for same reasons, just want it over. But here I would have to pay lawyers who assisted me plus give portions of contingency suit to other prior attorneys. This might end up one of those 50 cents a hour cases. Added to that, I might be wrong attorney to get it settled. Scientology might see the situation as requiring far more work fearing if they did not first use up so much of my time as to make it unprofitable before later offering an amount she would accept, I would be encouraged to take other Scientology cases, making it my new Synanon. Ms. Cooper I concluded would have a better chance at immediate settlement with an attorney not seen as a threat. And with the assistance of another attorney she was able to accomplish just that.

There were also details of attacks against others critics including Clearwater, Florida, mayor Gabriel Cazares, a World War II vet, who became suspicious in l975 of a group named “United Churches of Florida” buying up property. Per “Mayor Cazares Handling Project” and “Speedy Gonzalez” GO was to conduct a sex smear campaign against Mr. Cazares and infiltrate the local media.

Cazares investigated the group and discovered that the leaders were Scientologists. After announcing fears city was being taken over by the Church of Scientology, the church sued him. Newspapers began to investigate and the The St. Petersburg Times won a Pulitzer Prize for one story exposing the alleged wrongdoings of the Church of Scientology, as had the Point Reyes Light for its investigation of Synanon.

Cazares and his wife sued the Church of Scientology and the church settled the case in 1986.


As I searched through the FBI Scientology memos one that stood out was Operation Snapper which was how to neutralize a California Attorney General deputy, in charge of charitable trusts, who had written a memo in l976 recommending an investigation of Scientology.

The documents revealed an operation “to get Larry Tapper removed from his post in the AG’s office so that he can no longer commit overts against Scientology.

One part of the plan was to have checks from a doctor under investigation for drug violations deposited in Tapper’s bank account to look like a bribe. Another was to “Recruit a very tough (woman) that is obviously pregnant and a good actress.

“Pregnant woman simply walks into the AG’s office (Younger’s) in Sacramento and says in so many words: ‘I told Larry I wouldn’t do this but he gave me no choice. I don’t care about his career anymore! I mean look at me! I’ll go to the press even if it does ruin my family’s reputation. I won’t have an abortion!'” After creating a scene and crying, the woman was to leave, saying, “Oh, never mind, nobody will help me anyway.”

It was written to “Recruit trusted male… must be able to talk angrily (sic) and sound about 45 to 50 years old over the phone. He is the father of the pregnant girl. He calls up the two areas his daughter visited and gives them hell (from an outside phone), says, ‘My daughter came into your office yesterday. The pregnant girl. Well, I don’t know what you people said to her but she is terrified… talks of suicide… this guy is Larry Tapper. Who is he? My daughter tells me he is the father of her child…

“‘And he’s threatened to have her committed if she reveals this… You can only protect bustards (sic) like Tapper for so long and then you’ll get a Watergate.'”

The woman, per the document, was to dress like a nun and asked a receptionist what the AG receptionist the proper procedure is for filing a complaint against someone in the AG’s office. The photographer, who has come in independently of the “nun,” overhears this and is to respond loudly “Holy cow! What a story. Excuse me sister, I couldn’t help overhearing you, are you filing a complaint?”

The photographer is to take her picture, per the document, showing the receptionist in the background as the Nun leaves very upset. The next day, a FSM posing as a newspaper reporter is to go back to the office and asks him: “Is it true a nun came in here yesterday and accused Younger of protecting Lawrence Tapper. Any statement on this? Is Younger protecting Tapper on this? What’s it all about?”

The photo, it was written, was to be sent to various minority newspapers while bigger papers are telephoned to see if they would be interested. “GET ARTICLE PUBLISHED. The article will cast aspersions on the charity fraud area and Tapper.”

The last act per the written plan was for the pregnant actress to go to Tapper’s home during week day and say to his wife, “I just wanted to see what you have that I don’t.”

The FBI had this for 3 years but I wondered if they had contacted Tapper. I could imagine them lazily forgetting about him. So I gave Lawrence a call, said who I was and asked if he had been the subject of a Scientoglogy plot? He said no, he didn’t think so. I told him I had a scripted operation on him seized by the FBI. He paused and then he asked if it had “anything to do with a pregnant woman?” When I said yes, he asked that I get the papers to him ASAP as he had to show his wife.

My next thought, as was usual, was people have the right to know. By l977 I had already concluded the legal system was like a band aid, in a particular case it could stop bleeding but not the over all problem. What was really needed was education. Teaching Lifton in schools might be an inoculation. Even protect groups from drifting to an ends justifies the means position. In the meantime, the media was the best way to communicate information. So I sent the documents to a reporter I knew at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. I wanted him to know Tapper’s reaction, but I also did not want my name in the story. I knew Scientology knew of me, Heber Jentzch, its public spokesman, and two years its President, had already made comments about me on television after I mentioned Charles Manson had studied Scientology (the point was not the Scientology caused Helter Skelter murders, but Manson knew how to sell his followers). I knew inevitably we would be in some battle, but I saw no reason to remind them of my existence until it became necessary.

I contacted Henrietta Crampton of Redondo Beach, director of the Citizens Freedom Foundation (See Escape from Unification Church, a group composed largely of parents whose children had been or were in cults. I told her that the documents said they arranged for her to get a copy plus advised her of the conversation I had with Tapper. I asked her to call him and talked to him so she could be a source of the newspaper story, not me.

The Examiner ran the story, writing that Tapper asked Henrietta for the file, asked if it involved a pregnant woman and left my name out.

In 2003 I had dinner at the home of Producer Bob Evans (Godfather). He introduced me to other table guests and a young girl said she thought she heard my name before from her father. Her Dad she said was Lawrence Tapper.
The inevitable meet with Scienotolgy occurred in l979. Two young authors, Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman, formed the bridge for my introduction to the Scientology dynamic legal duo of Tim Bowls ad Kendrick Moxon, the latter a former member of the Guardian Office considered an unindicted co-conspirator relating to operation Snow White.

The writers conducted studies and interviews relating to the conversions into “cults” going on in the 70’s and analogized it in a l978 book called Snapping to an informational disease where brain overload caused a “snapping” to a converted state, and new information could lead to “snapping” out of it.

They wrote it was “an experience that is unmistakably traumatic … Sudden change comes in a moment of intense experience that is not so much a peak as a precipice, but an unforeseen break in the continuity of awareness that may leave them detached, withdrawn, disoriented and utterly confused.”

As Scientology was discussed, Flo and Jim found themselves deposed again and again in different pending Scientology litigation, Scientology asserting they were potential witnesses in every case. Scheduled now for a Los Angeles case, I assisted them pro bono (without pay).

I contacted the lawyers representing the non-Scientology to learn what the case was about and then prepared the writers. In this way I assisted everyone. I also got Flo and Jim through the experience and aided to have the practice of their continual depositions ended.

I remember it was my first visit to the Scientology celebrity center and my rule was to not drink the coffee; bring my own. I was not intimidated; I would put my boots up on the table, knowing the media was my protection.


Next up was Bent Corydon, a Scientologists who believed the auditing services helped people. Scientolgy was quasi franchised with Mission Holders running different locations and paying the church 10% tithing but Miscavige gaining power in l982 stated new rules Corydon felt were too strict and controlling. He declared that his Scientology Riverside Misson congregation was switching to a new religion—Church of Scio Logos– and were no longer part of the Scientology chain. Scientology sued claiming the Scientology building—a historic former YMCA center a block long built in l909 and worth millions– paid for by Scientologists tithing (paying for auditing) and rent was held in trust for Scientology and ownership must transfer to Scientology. Corydon claimed the building was held in trust for participating parishioners and that the majority had desired to change with him.

I saw it as an opportunity to sort of make a statement. By taking the case, I was saying I was not anti-religious, not even against auditing, I was just against malicious acts done by a religion or anyone else. I could ignore Corydon’s new religion, and fight for its right to exist. Corydon also claimed that for his breaking away he was declared a suppressive and targeted as fair game and was intimidated, trespassed on and harassed.

SCIENTOLOGY in l982 issued ETHICS ORDER # 1365 declaring Corydon a “Suppressive person” who was guilty of being a “squirrel” which Hubbard defined as one who alters tech and uses it for own gain. Werner Erhard claimed he was also so classified for starting est and as a result split.

The defense of the case I believe ultimately would turn on the desires of the majority of the congregation that had spent the money that went towards paying for the building. The congregation could change the nature of the religion. Scientology, I suspected, might use intimidation, threaten to shun, to bind the congregation and Bent was counting on their loyalty to him.

Another factor was Bent’s courage. He wrote a book, co-authored by Hubbard’s oldest son, Ronald DeWolf, on Hubbard and their experiences, with Scientology, Corydon claiming in the end he had been duped and Scientology did have a program of “fair game, ” writing, “To be a critic of the Church or its Founder is to be insane. Simple as that. To be unswervingly delighted with every word that L. Ron Hubbard ever uttered or wrote, and to be pleased as can be with the actions and policies of the Church hierarchy — well, this means you must be quite sane indeed!”

I doubt Tom Cruise ever read the book.

He also wrote that while searching through Hubbard’s writings, he “came across a little known but very revealing text: The Brainwashing Manual. A little research brought to light that it had first appeared in 1955. The propaganda line on it (originating from Hubbard) was that it was found on the “doorstep.”

Hubbard’s son, De Wolf, stated: “If you want to see how LRH really worked things org-wise, especially from the mid-sixties on, you just have to read the ‘brainwashing manual.’” De Wolf asserted his father wrote it and De Wolf’s wife helped type it. The manual, Wolf states, attributes the techniques to speech given by Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria, head of Stalin’s Secret Police, given to students of psychopolitics at Leningrad University around 1950. Thereafter, wrote Wolf, it was used as a textbook on how to wage psychological warfare on Western democracies. Beria, who Wolf claimed was really Hubbard speaking, was quoted:

“The populace must be brought into the belief that every individual within it who rebels in any way, shape, or form against efforts or activities to enslave the whole, must be considered to be a deranged person whose eccentricities are neurotic or insane.”

“… The tenets of rugged individualism, personal determinism, self-will, imagination, and personal creativeness are alike in the masses antipathetic to the good of the Greater State. These willful and unaligned are no more than illnesses which will bring about disaffection, disunity, and at length the collapse of the group to which the individual is attached. The constitution of man lends itself easily and thoroughly to certain and positive regulation from without of all of its functions, including those of thinkingness, obedience, and loyalty, and these things must be controlled if the greater State is to ensue.” The end thoroughly justifies the means.”

Corydon stated Hubbard wrote in the book Science of Survival, “(Suppressives) should be taken from society as rapidly as possible and uniformly institutionalized..”

(Tom Cruise would later talk of a future world without suppressives)
Corydon also wrote of claimed Hubbard abuse of his sons, leading to death of Quinten and that Hubbard used Hubbard, Jr. as a guinea pig to test control methods implemented on ship, writing: “Hubbard trained his troops to find a person’s breaking point, in order to bend him or her to his will. He had done this with his own son, early and continuously…”

When Ron Jr. fled the organization in 1959, according to this account, he was hounded, “even into changing his name.” Corydon wrote, the pressures of being a “number one son” of the “Savior of Mankind, may have led to suicide— by an overdose of drugs — of Quentin, Hubbard’s oldest son by Mary Sue (Ron Jr.’s half brother). Quentin’s body was found in a car near McCurran Airport in Las Vegas in 1977 (believe 1976). He went into a coma and died in a hospital after 14 days.

The book L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?” was first published in l987 by the brave Lyle Stuart Inc. Expectedly, Scientology sued the publisher and sued Corydon, trying unsuccessfully to enjoin publication for copyright infringement. Corydon also found himself now deposed in multiple cases. The book was later re-issued in paperback 1992 and a hardcover in 1995, both by publisher Barricade Books.

Bent also went on the air in the debate with two Scientology’s PR men, one being Heber Jentzsch, and in response to Scientologists accusations against him he responded they were in effect trained liars, referring to Scientology documents that advocated the use of black propaganda against a critic. He got sued in Los Angeles for defamation by Jentzsch and his colleague.

Black PR or Black Propaganda, per seized Scientology documents, is to spread information destroying a critic’s reputation.

In the latter, I moved for summary judgment and the court assigned the motion to a private Judge even though that was against the law. The court can assign discovery matters to a private judge for fact finding and proposed rulings, but it cannot assign legal issues of law other than discovery issues. Here the questions did not relate to discovery and was twofold. One, were Scientology and its officers public figures because of own self promotion which requires therefore proof that Corydon spoke with malice and with a flagrant disregoard for the truth. We attached Scientology documents suggesting they lie re suppressives. 2nd, this statement was one of an opinion that takes place in a debate i.e. you are a liar. Opinions are not subject to defamation lawsuits.

But if I told the judge he could not assign the matter out he would not be happy that I forced him to hear it so I remain silent. It was assigned to Judge Robert Feinerman, my old evidence professor at U.S.C. and the judge who threw out my warrant cases against Synanon (see escape from Synanon II). I gambled on him. He ruled the Scientologists were public figures but said there was a friable issue of whether Bent believed they were liars, and held that was a statement of fact, not opinion, even though it was made in a debate on the radio in response to charges made against him.

In other words, it was a bad ruling. And following legal decisions since, even more clearly so.

Now I was in battle with Bowls and Moxon. Each was a knowledgeable and capable attorney, but like most member in-house cult lawyers, their “true believers” attitude, in my opinion, could be demonstrative to juries of the contended nature of Scientology. Bowls was pretty straight forward. Moxon was extreme in my view. Eventually one day in the court house he hollered at me in the hallway that some decision that had gone against a kidnapper deprogrammer referring to me being s part of it. Since I am actually against kidnapping/deprogramming, despite the fact that some believe it save their lives, (it is taking the law into one’s own hands and can be executed improperly) I sort of lost it and went face-to-face with Moxon, demanding he give me proof of my involvement and that I did not care for his assumptions. I never wanted to punch somebody like I did at that moment. Nose to nose I imagined the first act would be to push him back, and then if he came at me defend myself, but I assumed this would be exactly what they wanted, i.e. a lawsuit against me for battery. To their credit, it was their bodyguards that acted with cool minds and separated us. Around a week later, I was told another attorney was not able to exercise such will power and decked Moxon. To Moxon’s credit, I was told, he didn’t sue and laughed it off.

Not fearing the libel case itself, ultimately, I engineered a large cash buy out by Corydon’s carrier because I felt the way the law was going, a decision would come down (it did) that insurance did not have to defend a libel case where to be successful the defendant would have to have intentionally acted (What you choose to say is not an accident, and has to be when made re a public figure intentionally false or with abandonment of whether it is true or not, plus intended malice). In fact, Scientology even protested the carrier’s defending, which said a lot about Scientology’s purpose. The money, obtained only because of the suit, covered another Corydon attorney Toby Plevin, approx $70,000, for her involvement and from that point on I was only an adviser. Again to Scientology’s credit the case was settled.

After Meisner, the next Scientologist responsible for today’s knowledge of Scientology was Gerry Armstrong.

From 1969, to when, as he says, he “escaped in” 1981, Armstrong was in the Sea Organization (SO)where he was a Legal Officer, Public Relations Officer and Intelligence Officer on the “Flagship Apollo,” from which Scientology was managed and controlled by Commodore L. Ron Hubbard, and later in Florida and California.

At the end Gerry and others selected were to create for Scientology an archive of Hubbard’s personal documents and do research for his biography to be written by Omar Garrison. Searching through the top floor of a now derelict Del Sol Hotel in Gilman Hot Springs (Scientology base) Armstrong found a stack of 21 battered cardboard boxes filled with faded photographs, worn manuscripts, diaries, school reports, memorabilia, even baby clothes.

Gerry thought now they could refute all the lies spread by their enemies but instead concluded from his treasure that Hubbard had lied concerning his life, including his education, degrees, family, explorations, military service, war wounds, scientific research, the validity of the science of Dianetics/ Scientology – “along with the actions intended to sell the science.

So why did Hubbard take the risk of authorization in the first place? I assume, like Charles Dederich, having lived in a dream so long surrounded by fawning followers, he could no longer separate truth from legend, and had come to believe his own fairy tales, written by his own science fiction writer skills, jumping effortlessly to millionaire prophet leading his own navy across the oceans of the world for nearly a decade; almost taking over several countries; worshipped by thousands and feared by governments.

Armstrong moved the documents to Los Angeles for organization and there Scientology held a private screening of a 1940 Warner Brothers movie, The Dive Bomber, for which they claimed Hubbard had written the screenplay.

Armstrong wanting proof for the archives went to the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles and found two other writers had been credited with the screenplay of The Dive Bomber.

Although Hubbard was then hiding, he hid the last decade of his life, Armstrong was able to send a memo to Ron to tell him about the mistake. Hubbard replied Warner Brothers had been in such a hurry to distribute the movie his name had been left off the credits. He was busy at that time getting ready to go to war, so he just told the studio to mail him his check which after the war he used to take a holiday in the Caribbean.

What bothered Armstrong further, was he had been told that Ron was blind and crippled at the end of the war and that he had only been able to make a recovery because of the power of his mind. Clearly, Armstrong mused, he would not have taken the holiday until after his recovery. Confused, Armstrong then made an application under the Freedom of Information Act for Hubbard’s US Navy records.

Now debunked was the hero tale that Ron served in all five theaters, wounded several times– the first US casualty of the war in the Pacific. The records Armstrong leafed through were to his eyes evidence indicating Hubbard was an incompetent.

Armstrong went to Montana where Hubbard allegedly had grown up on his grandfather’s huge cattle ranch. But he could find no trace of any property owned by the family, except a little house in the middle of Helena. Nor could he find any documentation covering Hubbard’s teenage wanderings through China. Instead of proof LRH graduated in mathematics and engineering from George Washington University, the record showed he dropped out after two years because of bad grades.

By the summer of 1981, Armstrong had assembled more than 250,000 pages of documentation about the founder of the Church of Scientology.

Armstrong thought Scientology should tell true story, and it would grow stronger; if they lied Hubbard would eventually be exposed as a fraud. But when, he claimed, he tried to get Scientology messengers in November of l981 to correct the lies he was “sec checked,” a Scientology interrogation using its E-meter as a lie detector. Twice he was sent by Hubbard to the Rehabilitation Project Force, what he and others claimed was organization’s punishment and reprogramming camp. Synanon had a similar program with such admitted purpose, called “Slug Camp.” After twenty-five months Gerry fled.

“’By then the whole thing for me had crumbled,’ Armstong said. “I realized I had been drawn into Scientology by a web of lies, by Machiavellian mental control techniques and by fear. The betrayal of trust began with Hubbard’s lies about himself. His life was a continuing pattern of fraudulent business practices, tax evasion, flight from creditors and hiding from the law.”

Pursuant to its Fair Game doctrine, Gerry claimed Scientology assaulted him on multiple occasions; terrorized him on the freeway; broke into his car and stole documents, a manuscript and original artwork; spied, threatened him and his family, harassed his neighbors and paid a corrupt police officer for a fake authorization to tap his and his attorney telephones; attempted to have him prosecuted on false criminal charges, including with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation; sued him six times and drove him to bankruptcy; carried out FSM operations against him and spread Black PR . In l972 Hubbard, per documents, issued GO 111212, advocating “Black Propaganda.”

Scientology sued to get documents back and Gerry cross complained for all the harassment. After a court trial of just the complaint, the court found Armstrong’s taking of the documents was justified for his protection.

Judge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr. ruled:

“In addition to violating and abusing its own members’ civil rights, the organization over the years with its “Fair Game” doctrine has harassed and abused those persons not in the Church whom it perceives as enemies. The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder LRH. The evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background and achievements. The writings and documents in evidence additionally reflect his egoism, greed, avarice, lust for power, and vindictiveness and aggressiveness against persons perceived by him to be disloyal or hostile.”

Scientology spokespan Heber Jentzsch response was bizzare stating the true source of the opinion was “Interpol.”

Armstrong then settled his own case for a lot of money, said to be around $800,000, as part of a series of Scientology settlements by his attorney for a multitude of plaintiffs. Armstrong claims that his attorney told him to sign an agreement that for his payment the file would be sealed, the records secreted and he not be allowed to speak about Scientology at penalty of $50,000 in utterance, the lawyer saying to Armstrong to get him to sign the agreement that the clause was not valid.

But before the records were sealed journalists Russell Miller, who had written biographies of Hugh Hefner and J. Paul Getty, obtained the records, and others under the Freedom of Information act that became part of his basis for “The Barefaced Messiah”—the biography of L. Ron Hubbard. The book covers Hubbard’s birth to death, his success as a science fiction writer, his military career, the rise of Dianetics and Scientology, his journeys at sea with his followers, and his period as a fugitive from the law in California.

There are 378 footnotes referencing interviews, court or government documents and Hubbard’s own writings. Among the private papers quoted was Hubbard’s letter to the FBI denouncing his wife as a spy, and one wherein Hubbard says he is not really his daughter’s father and an internal letter in which he suggests that Scientology pursue “religious” status for business reasons. Miller concludes Hubbard was a “mixture of Adolf Hitler, Charlie Chaplin and Baron Munchausen. In short, he was a con man.”

In 1987 proof copies of Bare-Faced Messiah circulated and The Sunday Times, despite warnings it would be sued, serialized extracts from the book over three weekends. Miller claimed Scientologist tried to link him to the CIA, and retaliated by attacking the reporter with a .357 pistol. Miller wrote for The Listener magazine on his experiences which he had in writing Bare-Faced Messiah, including the attempt by persons unknown to frame him for an axe murder in South London.

Miller claimed he was spied on and his friends and business associates received hostile visits from Scientologists and private detectives. He said attempts were made to frame him for the murder of a London private detective, for a fire in a Wiltshire aircraft factory and for the murder of American singer Dean Reed, all similar to what happened to Paulette Cooper who wrote first critical book.

A defector from the Church of Scientology provided the Sunday Times with internal documents detailing the smear campaign against Miller. These records listed several private investigators who had been hired to keep Miller under surveillance and feed false information about him to neighbors and the police. A Scientology executive had flown from Los Angeles to a flat in London where he and a private detective co-coordinated the campaign.

Scientology filed lawsuits seeking to prevent publication by claiming copyright infringements that reached the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and the Federal Court of Canada. The Supreme Court denied fair use protection setting a precedent it does not always apply to unpublished material but denied restraining due to latches (waiting too long to sue). Courts in the UK and Canada took an opposite view, allowing publication of Bare-faced Messiah in the public interest.

In December 1986, Gerry’ made his settlement of his fair game claims, with the gag provision.

So I made a motion in 1992 in the Armstrong case to Judge Breckenridge on behalf of Bent Corydon saying Scientology did not have the right to pay someone as part of the settlement to keep documents relevant to the truth secret for those who are in litigation with Scientology and need the documents to either prosecute or defend claims, such as Mr. Corydon, and the court agreed and allowed us to review the court file at the Courthouse. There I read many of the documents and saw Xenu.

But in a strange decision the Court of Appeal reversed saying that concealment was part of a judgment and that procedurally a judgment can only be set aside within 6 months. I had to destroy notes. Judge Breckenridge commented that the ruling overturning him was weird as the statute was obviously directed towards the parties, the public has no way of knowing of the judgment and unless affected and until then no one had a reason to challenge the judgment. Therefore, how could a six-month limitation to make a motion be construed to exist? With Scientology history, I feared the worst, more so later when reading the plots of James Grisham novels about fictional plots to affect appellate Judge decisions.

The decision was not a total loss as Armstrong’s right to take the Scientology documents was confirmed necessary to protect himself.

In l992, I assisted Ford Greene, with whom we did the Molko case, who then both represented and employed Armstrong. Having been attacked publicly by Scientology, Armstrong retaliated and spoke out about Scientology claiming they were lying about him. Scientology based upon the settlement agreement sought damages from him as well as to enjoin him from assisting any adverse Scientology litigation parties.

This time I argued that the settlement was akin to criminal bribery, i.e. paying a witness to be silent. Why would the court approve an agreement to keep quiet only because it was part of a settlement? The counter argument was that a litigator could still depose or subpoena to trial a witness. To that I stated, each deposition could cost thousands of dollars, particularly as Scientology objects to the questions and causes motions and re depositions. Further, the court allows a party to prepare his case in secret, even protecting work product, so why should we be forced to do their interviews by costly deposition and in front of the opposition? Is it not obstruction of justice to make putting on defense of a claim so expensive? What if you are poor? Access to prepare your case denied.

But the Appellate Court upheld the agreement, the motivation I believe being that the court want to approve any deal that closing case and get off the dockets. The ruling seemed to go against clear existing law.

On October 17, 1995, a California court concluded Armstrong had breached the agreement and awarded Scientology $321,932 in damages and $334,671.75 in court costs. The court also enjoined Armstrong from assisting others with lawsuits against CSI.

Armstrong apparently continued to assist people with lawsuits against CSI and posting information about CSI on the Internet because on three occasions – June 1997; February 1998; and December 2000 – courts found Armstrong in contempt of its previous order and in violation of his settlement agreement. These violations resulted in $3,600 in fines and an order that he be confined in jail for 26 days. Armstrong never showed up. Moving first to Germany and then Britain, then Canada, countries that took a stand against Scientology.

On April 2, 2002, Scientology sued Armstrong for $10,050,000 for breaches of his settlement agreement. Armstrong admitted that he breached the agreement more than 200 times, but remained adamant the agreement was illegal, unconstitutional and unenforceable. The court found that it would be unconscionable to “punish” Armstrong with liquidated damages in excess of the $800,000 he received as a benefit under the settlement agreement. Noting that Armstrong had previously been “sanctioned” $300,000, the court entered judgment for $500,000.

In fact, long ago, after the settlement Armstrong gave away the money to help others. Still defiant, his story, self published and by others, is on line.
Attorney Joe Yanny had been hired by Scientology because of his expertise in copyright laws but around 1983 quit as he became disenchanted over fair game and treatment of people. He called me later to represent Vickie and Richard Azeneran who wanted to sue Scientology. I met in his office but when I learned Yanny’s former representation of Scientology I instructed him to leave his own office during the interview, a decision that may have saved his legal career.

Around l990 Yanny had to go to trial. Scientology had sued him for breaking confidences by representing the Azenerans. Yanny denied it and cross complained for $150,000 in unpaid fees. In closing argument, Yanny told the jury while the Legislature may laws, juries have also the opportunity to make precedents as well. He told them to consider public policy and said what the case was really about Scientology trying to get his bar card, adding “Do I survive or does fair game survive?”

The jury ruled against Scientology and awarded Joe his attorney fees. I testified in the case and had been listed as also an expert on Scientology. Before the case went to trial one day as I was backing out of my garage a vehicle swiftly drove in front of my driveway blocking my car. Now temporarily a prisoner, a person got out and quickly served me with a notice of deposition in the Yanny case. I called Tim Bowles and told him if he ever wanted me to appear for deposition and court to just call and I will agree or at least agree to accept service, but not to repeat such a stunt again. I reminded him of what happened with Synanon and my reaction is first to think I am about to be attacked. It was fortunate that I did not have a gun. Bowels honored my request and later accepted my oral promise to appear at Yanny’s trial.

The deposition itself was taken by a neighbor, super lawyer Howard Weitzman, known for his defense of John DeLorean when caught on tape selling cocaine, Weitzman and convincing the jury he had been unlawfully entrapped. Weitzman and I were friends, we worked out at the same gym. I believed he demanded that he, neither Bowles nor Moxon, take my deposition so it would be free of antagonism. I thought I would probably just assert the attorney-client privilege concerning my conversation with the Azenerans but they had a transcript of an interview with them where they freely talked about my interview. Weitzman then quit, too, his representation of Scientology.

I was glad that I had referred Azanarans to Ford Greene instead of taking their case. I have been told the Azanarans were advised by Scientology if they would fire Greene they would settle their case. They did, and then Scientology did not settle but filed a summary judgment motion as they had no attorney.

Yanny, arguably pushing the envelope, appeared in the Azanarans case, he stated, solely to ask for a continuance of the motion to give them time to find an attorney, which they did, and after the motion was denied their case was settled.

Scientology sued Yanny again but the Judge dismissed the case saying it was really a State Bar matter.
Sometime after the Molko decision, where I first worked with Ford Greene (See Escape from the Unification Church) possibly around 1990, Kent Richland, who as the deputy AG who asked me to testify against Judge Noel Cannon (See Escape from Division 40–Pink Justice) and now an elite appellate counsel, called me and asked if I would write a paper for the American Bar Association journal on religion and torts and participate in an ABA sponsored seminar on the subject. I agreed and wrote a paper presenting legal decisions that outlined when the first amendment protected religious activity and when it did not.

At the seminar were insurance companies and attorneys all interested in understanding the issues. But Richland’s firm had also invited Bowels and Moxon expecting them to argue more of the religious protection side. Each spoke before me and gave no legal analysis of cases, but stated in essence that lawsuits against religions were part of a conspiracy to destroy religious freedoms and they would not allow it to happen.

So I came to the podium and apologized to the audience saying I was sorry for the time lost and traveling expenses incurred to come here to hear legal analysis and instead received a bunch of propaganda that now I was going to have to respond to rather than give a legal analysis. For the latter I said, just read the paper I wrote for the ABA and then I said “so let me tell you what my cases have alleged factually—brainwashing. Kidnappings, beatings, fraud, sexual abuse and murder attempts.”

I described the alleged facts in detail, the facts requiring no apology for filing suit against a religion. “If in so representing,” I concluded, “taking those cases made me a part of the ‘conspiracy’, I am proud of it.”
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Perhaps my biggest moment with Scientology was an actual small event in my home town, Pacific Palisades, homes surrounded a commercial town of only a couple of blocks snuggled near the beach between Santa Monica and Malibu.

It was l995 and on a Sunday this spring there was a health fair in the Palisades community central square where various health providers and nutritionist, traditional and new age, had booths promoting their services and products. The highlight was a demonstration by our local Karate school.

As I was walking about when a man approached and asked me if I would like to be interviewed in his group’s booth about the subject of psychology. Suspicious, I asked what kind of questions he was going to ask? He showed me a sheet of paper with the questions. After I read them, seeing it was critical of psychotherapy, I said, “You’re Scientology.”

He denied it, saying they were a group of actors providing information on psychotherapy abuses. I said, “No, you are Scientology.” Thinking about it, he should have wondered how I would know that from their questions and backed off, but instead he continued his denial that they were Scientology and kept trying to lure me on stage. Finally, he confessed they were Scientologists but stated they were not there on behalf of Scientology.

I walked over to the Pacific Palisades chambers of commerce table, and spoke to the president, Arnie Wishnick, asking him if he knew who the occupants of that booth was. He repeated the same name of some Actor Association. I said that it was really Scientology. Arnie got mad that they had concealed their identity and said he was going to go over and ask them to leave. I told him not to. They will claim, I warned, their calling themselves by some subgroup name immaterial and then sue Palisades for religious discrimination, bankrupting the city through legal defense cost. “Arnie,” I said. “You are not equipped for this. Let me handle it. This is what I do.”

I wandered over to their booth. There was a considerable gathering of my town mates as the Scientologists were on stage doing a skit based on long ago actress Francis Farmer’s early 1940’s treatment with electro-convulsive shock treatment, the history of which has long been controversial and debated, but was performed here as appearing as sadistic.

At a pause, I addressed the very interested crowd.

“Listen up. The people speaking here have the right to do so. They also have an interest in denouncing professional mental health. They have that right. You have the right as to whether or not you want to listen to them or not. In exercising that decision and in evaluating what you are hearing you should have the right to know who is speaking. So I am telling you this is from Scientology. You can walk away or continue to listen, but at least now you will be clear as to the source.”

The crowd basically disbursed. About 15 minutes later several police officers approached me and said that the Scientologists had called them to file a complaint that I was interfering with their First Amendment rights.

I told the officers that was not true. I told them that all I did was exercise my own. They went off and did some further investigation and then one came back and said to me, “Go get them, Paul.”

I sat alone on a curb eating a hotdog when two of the Scientologists approached.

“We know its you, Paul,” said the woman as if she was confronting a legendary devil.

Documentary evidence stated on line admitted in the Armstrong case:

“You can be merciless whenever your will is crossed and you have the right to be merciless.” – LRH

Scientology, in RTC vs Lerma sued the Washington Post, the paper that brought us Watergate, for publishing contents of Scientology on OT-I through OT-VII that had been filed in an open civil case court file for ten days before Scientology got the case sealed from public view. Scientology sued claiming this was unauthorized use and unauthorized disclosure under the copyright laws of the United States and under trade secret laws.

The court, noting an unbiased observer would conclude that the Church of Scientology and its treatment of critics is a newsworthy subject, and documents once open to public or on the internet are not trade secrets, dismissed the case on a summary judgment, the court ruling the documents were intended to be informational and the article’s use was to exemplify Scientology training.

Further, the court found t Scientology in filing the lawsuit “has become clear that a much broader motivation prevailed–the stifling of criticism” of Scientology and the destruction of its opponents and awarded the Post attorney’s fees. In doing so, the court itself made fair use of a L. Ron Hubbard document, stating:

“[h]arass and discourage rather than to win.
The law can be used very easily to harrass and
enough harrassment on somebody who is simply on
the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is
not authorized, will generally be sufficient
to cause his professional decease. If
possible, of course, ruin him utterly.”

Scientologist, until case was sealed, had church members sign the file out and keep it in their custody at the courthouse to prevent disclosure.

I have no idea if they were the same ones who took the Scientology articles out of magazines in my local library

In Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of California Scientology one of many decisions appealing a 30-million dollar verdict (later reduced) rendered in favor of an ex-Scientologist who, amongst other claims, stated Scientology had instructed other Scientologist not to do business with him. I was able to have an affect on the outcome. When I was researching my brief in Molko (See Escape from the Unfication Church), I found an old case supporting suit for “shunning” and cited it, hoping the Supreme Court would cite it with approval. When it did, I notified Wollersheim’s attorney, and an appellate court then cited its approval in Molko, one of many legal opinions upholding the verdict. A l989 appellate decision noted Wollersheim’s experts testified Scientology’s “auditing” and “disconnect” practices constituted “brain-washing” and “thought reform” akin to what the Chinese and North Koreans (now due to Molko decision was actionable in a civil suit) practiced on American prisoners of war and this “brain-washing” aggravated Wollersheim’s bipolar manic-depressive personality and causing him mental illness.

Other testimony established Scientology exhibiting near paranoid attitudes toward certain institutions and individuals — in particular, the government, mental health professions, disaffected members and others who criticized the organization or its leadership. Evidence also was introduced detailing Scientology’s retribution policy, “fair game.”

Wollersheim testified in l974 he was audited aboard a Scientology ship and forced into a regime from around 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., sleeping nine deep in the ship’s hold for six weeks. Evidence was presented his escape was thwarted by being made to continue auditing and other religious practices, convincing him to “disconnect” from his wife and parents as they expressed concerns about Scientology.

There also was evidence, wrote the court, of “freeloader debt”– an accumulation of debt staff member received for Church courses, training or auditing at a reduced rate. If the member later left, he or she was presented with a bill for the difference between the lower rate and the full public rate. Despite this, and fair game, a practice of retribution on “suppressive,” which included people who left, Wollersheim finally left.

The court stated any one of these acts exceeds the “bounds usually tolerated by a decent society,” so as to constitute outrageous conduct…The policy of fair game, by its nature, was intended to punish the person who dared to leave the Church. Here, the Church actively encouraged its members to destroy Wollersheim’s business.

“Fair game,” said the court, like the “inquisition” targeted “heretics” who threatened the dogma and institutional integrity of the mother church. Once “proven” to be a “heretic,” an individual was to be neutralized. In medieval times “neutralization often meant incarceration, torture, and death.”

Citing mine and Ford Greene’s fought for decision in Molko v. Holy Spirit Assn. (1988), the court rejected a federal decision upholding shunning on religious grounds, noting the California Supreme Court cited with “apparent approval” the viewpoint on “shunning” expressed in Bear v. Mennonite Church, the very case I provided to the court in Molkp hoping they would confirm it to aid Wollershein, and when it did I told Wollershiem’s attorney of it to argue per Molko, in California a religious group can be sued for shunning.

While auditing could otherwise be a religious protected activity, Scientology, per the decision, by evidence of “sanctions and the threat of sanctions” including “fair game” and” freeloader debt (devised, said the court, by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as a means of punishing members who chose to leave the Church), “even physical restraint,” made participation not necessarily voluntary. The evidence, said the court, supported the Church further used “bait and badger,” a tactic deployed where Church members would promise the “bait” of reward for compliance while others “badger” with verbal scare tactics if not. This is arguably similar to what I described as “double bind” in Characteristics of Totalist Movements. Coerced religion, as said in Molko, was not entitled to first amendment protection.

Some wars, Scientology won. Having destroyed Synanon through back taxes litigation, it was assumed the IRS would ultimately deal with Scientology. Yet not even 20 years of successful litigation stood up against Scientology’s will to survive by any means. To Scientology it was more important than just the tax dollars, it wanted a ruling it was a religion in the IRS eyes, a public validation.

The IRS won decisions upholding no grant of charitable tax free status due to Scientology’s business features and money given to Hubbard. In 1980 the IRS placed a lien on the Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters, the former Cedars of Lebanon complex. Scientology appealed each defeat and, when final against Scientology, the court also found it deliberately jumbled two million pages of tax-related material, so to cost time and tax-payers’ money. Scientology transferred assets to new corporation that would apply anew.

In l984, Scientology’s new intelligence agency, Office of Special Affairs (replacing Guardian’s Office), created “The National Coalition of I.R.S. Whistle-blowers” to accumulate IRS alleged abuses.

According to the New York Times, Scientology hired private investigators to investigate the personal lives of senior IRS officials involved in Scientology litigation.

But in 1991, wrote the Times David Miscavige and Marty Rathbun, another senior Scientology official, held an unscheduled meeting with IRS Commissioner, Fred T. Goldberg Jr. Miscavige offered to drop all the suits against the IRS if Scientology is given tax exemption. Goldberg agreed and created a group to resolve the dispute, bypassing the agency’s exempt organizations division, which normally handles those matters.

And, the Times continued, in 1992 John E. Burke, the assistant commissioner for exempt organizations, agreed to Scientology’s demand that the bulk of its financial details be kept secret. The IRS ultimately declared the agreement secret, despite, said the Times, its legal obligation under Internal Revenue Code section 6104 to disclose information submitted to the IRS by tax-exempt organizations.

All this despite in 1992 The US Claims Court (decides an action brought against the United States based upon the Constitution, federal law, any regulation of the executive department, or any express or implied contracts with the federal government) upheld the IRS’ longstanding denial of a tax exemption for Scientology’, the ruling supporting agency’s concerns over commercial nature of Scientology and other matters. It states the corporate structure was deceptive and real control was in the Sea Organization…”

Scientology claims that the ruling has ignored the facts and is filled with “gratuitous comments.”.

Per the Times, by Aug 1993 the IRS agreed to grant tax exemptions to every Scientology entity in the United States—about 150 entities. One month later, said the paper, two IRS tax analysts wrote internal memoranda saying that were instructed to ignore substantive issues in reviewing new Scientology applications and in October of 1993 Scientology per agreement pays the IRS $12.5m in back taxes and drops all lawsuits brought by Church entities and individual Scientologists against the IRS.

Following, per the Times, David Miscavige held a “victory rally” attended by 10,000 cheering Scientologists in the Los Angeles Sports Arena, declaring he has defeated the secret “master plan” of the psychiatrists – -the “pea-brained psych-indoctrinated mental midgets”— to use the IRS to destroy Scientology.

In November of 1993 a consumer affairs group Tax Analysts, submitted a Freedom of Information request to obtain the exemption agreement. The IRS refused the FOI request, and Tax Analysts files suit. In 1996 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the IRS to release the advice memorandums (FSAs) prepared by the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.

The secret agreement was then leaked to the Wall Street Journal in l997, which promptly puts it on its Web site and leads with a front-page story. Newspapers across the United States reported the story.


It seemed I was finally separated from them. Then a friend of mine called and said his sister had spent large sums on Scientology but had not solved her problems. He asked if I would speak to her. I did, then in a routine sec. check she was asked if she had spoken to anyone who spoke against Scientology. When she stated my name, she was then visited by Bowles and Moxon. Bowls sent me a letter accusing me of saying all sorts of untrue derogatory things, that I had not said.

I called her and read the letter. She responded that she had not said I said those things and asked why they would do that? I replied there was a better question. Had “you not been told, I said, “that all auditing is privileged and confidential?”

“Yes,” she said. “Then whether true or not how could they break confidences and put what you allegedly said in a letter to me?”

According to my friend, she departed from Scientology.

Not long after failing to get Armstrong’s documents public, entered the power of the net. Operation Clambake, Web address,, owned and maintained by Andreas Heldal-Lund, stated, as I do, that he supports the rights of all people to practice Scientology or any religion. But Operation Clambake has referred to the Church of Scientology as “a vicious and dangerous cult that masquerades as a religion.” In l997 it uploaded Xenu documents, as well as others. The Web site includes texts of petitions, news articles, exposés, and is a primary source documents. The site has been ranked as high as the second spot in Google searches for the term “Scientology.” Now there is also and Scientology Lies, plus others. There was no longer any need for me to be involved in the people’s right to know.

And then one night I saw a video of the animated TV series South Park. I put it on. I could not believe it. All that secrecy was now a televised cartoon parody.

“Trapped in the Closet” was the 137th episode of the series, this the ninth season, it originally aired on Comedy Central on November 16, 2005. The plot centers on bored Stan as he enter Scientology to find something “fun and free” but Scientologist conclude from his testing he must be the reincarnation of L.Ron Hubbard.

That night a large group of Scientologists, including John Travolta, gather with candle light outside Stan’s house. The president of Scientology arrives in a helicopter and tells Stan’s parents; they want Stan to “lead us.” Tom Cruise is in Stan’s room and when Stan tells Cruise his acting is not as good as others, Tom locks himself in Stan’s bedroom closet, believing himself a disappointment to the new prophet. Cartoon Nicole Kidman, Travolta, and others try to persuade Tom to “come out of the closet.”

The president tells Stan a version of Xenu, based on the actual Scientology Operating Thetan III documents, with visuals, and accompanied by an onscreen caption reading, “This is what Scientologists actually believe.” The President tells Stan to continue writing where “L. Ron” left off. Stan does but then says, “to really be a church, they can’t charge money to help, “and the president responds that the church is in reality a money making scam.

At end, Stan tells the crowd he is not the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard, and that: “Scientology is just a big fat global scam.” The followers become upset and threaten to sue him. Tom Cruise appears threatening to sue Stan as well. Stan dares them to do so. The ending credits list only “John Smith” and “Jane Smith,” a reference to Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology’s reputations for litigiousness.

That was it, I thought, some cartoon writers courage succeeded where I had not. The show made silly the idea an alleged religion can sue because it is criticized.

Cruise—the real one, not the cartoon, reportedly threatened to back out of his publicity tour for Mission: Impossible III if Viacom allowed a repeat of the episode to air.” Though the episode was originally scheduled for rebroadcast on March 15, 2006, the episode was not. CNN Wolf Blitzer cited “industry sources” who believed the episode was pulled “because the network and Tom Cruise’s current movie studio are both owned by the same corporation—Paramount. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone issued a satirical statement saying they (Parker and Stone) were “servants of the dark lord Xenu”. Issac Hayes, the voice of character Chef, and a Scientologist, left the show. Chef was since written out of the series by being struck by lightning, burned, impaled, shot, and mauled at the end of the episode.

The Washington Post reported that South Park fans “struck back,” in March 2006, and threatened to boycott Mission: Impossible III until Comedy Central put “Trapped in the Closet” back on its schedule. In 2006, TelevisionWeek reported fans had posted the episode on the internet. It has been viewed around 3 million times, and an online petition to re-air the episode garnered 5,000 signatures. TelevisionWeek said Comedy Central “looked the other way at the online proliferation.” Trapped in the Closet” has since been rebroadcast on Comedy Central multiple times, and the episode is available on the South Park Studios website. The Los Angeles Times dubbed the controversy “Closetgate.” The episode was nominated for an Emmy in an animation category. It is listed on Comedy Central’s “10 South Parks That Changed The World.” The episode was released on DVDs, including South Park the Hits: Volume 1 and South Park: The Complete Ninth Season.

Tom Cruise became involved with Scientology in 1990 through his first wife, Mimi Rogers, and it is said he believes the experience helped him overcome dyslexia. He far exceeded my old classmate, Cathy Lee, in promoting Scientology. Following 9/11 Cruise co-founded and raised money for Downtown Medical to offer rescue workers detoxification therapy based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard. This drew criticism from the medical profession and firefighters; Perhaps seeing the irony, Miscavige awarded Cruise Scientology’s Freedom Medal of Valor in late 2004. He was honored for “… spearheading LRH Purification tech into the heart of human disaster, to changing the face of education at national levels, from eradicating the very thought of psychiatry, to full global dissemination, it is factually a tale of towering scope, and a litany of accomplishments which would take a magazine in itself to catalog.”

In 2005, Cruise lobbied Paris city officials reported as resulting in French politician Jean-Claude Gaudin, describing him as militant on the subject and barred any further dealings with him on the subject.

The same year Tom publicly criticized actress Brooke Shields for using an anti-depressant she attributed her recovery from postpartum depression after the birth of a daughter in 2003. Cruise asserted chemical imbalances do not exist and denounced psychiatry (Guess he is the guy should have asked to go on the Scientology booth in the 1995 Palisades fair, not me). Shields replied that “His comments are dangerous. He should stick to saving the world from aliens” and called Cruise’s comments “a disservice to mothers everywhere.” In late August 2006, Cruise apologized to Shields.

By 2008, Cruise and Travolta were Icons for recruiting. Travolta allegedly read Dianetics in l975 and it has been reported after a bout of depression from the death of an actress who he was having an affair with and who played his mother in the acclaimed l977 TV movie “Boy in the Plastic Bubble” (about a teenager born without an immune system who ironically talks about aliens in a far off planet) he believed Scientology helped him out of it.

But that year, Cruise became a double edge sword for Scientology, turning some off by displaying, what could be interpreted as the militancy Jean-Claude Gaudin observed, in a video produced Scientology featuring an interview with Cruise that was posted on YouTube, discussing what being a Scientologist means to him. One could view him as a washed dedicated soldier no one would not want to be.

Scientology said the video had been “pirated and edited”, and was taken from a three-hour video produced for members of Scientology. YouTube, it is reported, removed the Cruise video from their site under threat of litigation but it again it was and remains posted. As of this writing, it has over 7 million hits (a video about my fight with Synanon, in contrast has only about 5,500).

When I saw the tape it was unhappily familiar, reminiscent of a Charles Dederich speech, comments I had heard/seen many times before related to other groups who proclaim theirs is the only way and one is either with us or against us. His demeanor and laughter I found frightening as he talked about ending suppressives and I wondered if he had gone from the title of most “Handsome man alive” to consideration of being on a “most dangerous” list to suppressives.

Cruise speaks of “KSW” (reverence to Hubbard as the “Source” of the crucial role of the Scientologist’s mission on Earth) being “this is it” and states it is a privilege to be called a Scientologist who has the ability to create new realities and “absolutely” ability to help others. If a Scientologist drove by a car accident he would have to stop because you are the “only” one who can help.” He, personally, is dedicated to changing people’s lives. He would not hesitate to put “ethics” into someone else as “ruthlessly” he would into himself. This is first time to effect change in people lives and he is “dedicated” to that “uncompromisingly.”

You are “aboard,” he says, or you are not. Scientology is the “authority” on drugs, the mind, and criminals and able to bring peace. Once you “know” it is not good enough go say I am Ok but, as he, bring it to world leaders that are dependent on getting their help. He appears to challenge SP (suppressives) to come into his vicinity and more over (while laughing) dares them to try face him (Call me Tom, we will do lunch), accepts Scientology as the “only way” and it is a fight he looks forward to. In the future there will be no suppressives and speaks of the tech to handle them, a suggestion fair game still lives. His self identification is so strong, his enjoying himself for having power, fearfully suggests he could support some of the past ideology towards critics. Also, if something ever caused him to doubt, his crash might be dangerously to himself too deep.

In summary, he says, it works, that he’s doing okay but that is not enough “you have to help others. “We” will affect and now is the time period. Scientologist sees things as they are, in its glory.

Loudly laughing, he asked “so have you met a SP (suppressive)? One day, he says, we will read about SP’s in history books ( mine, Tom). He said not to run from an SP, you instead “shatter and suppress.” He bragged suppresives don’t come near him. They can’t do it in “my face” or “vicinity.”

(so let’s do a TV debate, Tom)

He wishes the world was a different place, that he could go on vacation and play, but he can’t because he has to do something about the world. He could not live with himself if he didn’t. He doesn’t care if one thinks it’s hard or easy, “you are either helping, giving everything you can, or not.” He is carrying his load and feels he has more to do.

One is either “in or out,” he said, repeating in substance what I once testified in court was the key phrase identifying a thought reform totalistic community. We don’t have time to be a spectator, he said. We must educate, create new reality, we have the responsibility and “let’s really get it done.” Scientologist have love and compassion (but apparently only if you’re with them). “Its rough and tumble. Its a blast. It is fun.” There is, he said, nothing better than fight the fight.

It is then announced that Tom Cruise is responsible for introducing Scientology to a billion people but has only just begun.

Janet Reitman, author of recently published book, “Inside Scientology” has stated the Celebrity 0 members are often subjected to a more intense form of “auditing” — what Scientologists refer to as “spiritual counseling.”

“The members reveal a tremendous amount of personal information,” she explained. “So that stuff is all basically filed away. The innermost secrets, the most personal secrets, are part of the record of the Church of Scientology. And, you know, would they release that information if somebody like Cruise or Travolta decided to leave and denounce the church? That I think is a credible fear.”

I had heard the same basically for years. While this may be a psychological hold at some level, I doubt either Travolta or Cruise consciously use that as a reason for their commitment, rather they are bound by their unique needs and that is fulfilled by each and rationalizations that block any unwanted suggestion they were duped.
From what I watched and learned, I suspect (and this is conjecture only) as a small boy Cruise may have been very insecure due to dyslexia and his size. But as a teen ager he probably filled out, became a heart throb, stood out in theatre and became looked up to by his peers. He probably liked that, and took on role as protector which covered his prior insecurity (As one old actor told me—All actors are insecure). In an early movie, “TAPS” staring Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton, he appears overly aggressive in his scenes in contrast to the film stars. Then movies, like “Top Gun” made him more than a star, but a hero. Not surprisingly the music on the video is a version of Mission Impossible, which I suspect he may have viewed as his favorite role. He may have had negative experience with doctors or psychotherapists as a child relating to his dyslexia drugs, from which he finds joining the war against psychiatry rewarding.

Regardless of his roots, ironically the tape could also be a danger to Scientology as it could become exhibit A in any future lawsuits by anyone claiming fair game still exists, even naming Cruise as a conspirator, and/or who claims reliying on the speech when joining and then claims was harmed. Scientology was long ago ordered to state its representations are religious, and not secularly true. Several legal decisions have upheld jury awards for fraud Scientology representations of what it can do when Scientology theories are presented as a science not religion. Yet Cruise appears to do just that– It is the only thing that will work, it gives powers, etc. In fact, if a litigant seeks damages and claims Cruise secular representations were part of the lure, some attorney might name Cruise as a defendant for making representations concerning what the tech can do as if it is scientific, referring to an unlicensed person for medical help, a theory I prosecuted concerning a clinic that made a referral to Synanon. If he practices a represented as science healing art without a license under California law he could be liable for treble damages and attorney fees. The tape, of itself, suggests not much has changed in this regard inside Scientology as to making secular representations, and from promotion the secular issue also seems to be of little concern to its supporting politicians.

The Fresh Prince, himself, actor Will Smith, TYT Network claimed, at a movie wrap up party gave everyone a coupon for a free personality test at Scientology, apparently forgetting their free anyway. Smith and his wife funded a private school where some Scientologist teach Hubbard tech. Private schools called Apple had long done this. A public school would violate first amendment to support a particular religion; in a private school, the question is are all parents advised?

Alec Baldwin, when called a “psychotic narcissist” by a TV show creator responded, “Why are you Scientologists always rendering these medical opinions you aren’t qualified to give?” The creator, Greg Garcia, retorted, “I am not currently nor have I ever been a Scientologist.”

While South Park was the definitive moment Scientology became like everyone else subject to First Amendment rights of free speech, there was another quite significant moment.

After a heated debate where only 3 of 11 council members– Marvin Braude, Ruth Galanter and Mike Feuer dissented and many residents objected, saying Scientology will abuse it for its own objectives voted against, Berenda Street in Hollywood near Scientology was renamed, “L. Ron Hubbard Way. 7,000 attended the April 1997 grand opening led by representatives from the City and the California Governor’s office, hailing it as “one of our City’s most beautiful streets,” and “a landmark for the entire City to enjoy,” praising the Church as having “greatly contributed to and enhanced our City through its outreach and community services programs and projects ” and honoring “L. Ron Hubbard, whose humanitarian works are contributing greatly to helping eradicate illiteracy, drug abuse and criminality.”

Joining in the honoring and awards were City Councilman John Ferraro and Richard Alatorre and among accepting for Scientology the awards was Travolta who said he was “thrilled” to take part.

In 2008 residents protested the council that Scientology blocks off their streets on the weekend and hold loud festivities, allowed by the city each weekend on motion of a councilman., does not allow visitors and blocking their own access to their garages. Graham Berry, an attorney who took them on became such a zealot picketed the street in 2000.

In New York, the New York Times Square Alliance held an event saluting Scientology for its help in beautification, fighting crime and drug addiction, as well as Hubbard for developing techniques to help personal problems, despite all the legal opinions to say they scientifically can is a fraud, and praising their fight to overcome religious persecution. Amongst the praisers were US congressman Charles Rangel and United Nations Under Secretary, Maurice Stranger.

These politician ala Nick Petris, Herschel Rosenthal, Willie Brown, Mayor Moscone, Harvey Milk and both Govenors Brown, promoters of Synanon and the People’s Temple, once again remind that politicians often don’t do their homework; instead, they do or say whatever they feel will gather votes. The only other conclusion is they approve everything Hubbard did. I assume Scientology made contributions to the needed make over of Hollywood and provides for charitable purpose, but charity work is not the issue, the mafia does that. If they wanted to thank Scientology for some donations and/or support, do it, but not Hubbard Way for his “humanitarism.”

The L. Ron Hubbard House, is registered as a historic house museum located in Washington, D.C.

I had seen this all before. Mayor Bradley had declared Betty Dederich day. When Chuck died a congressman asked for special honor for his contribution to drug addiction and “society experiments” (which included mass vasectomies, abortions, mate swapping and murder). India made Baghwan Rajneesh a God, Santa Ana, who killed Davy Crocket has a county, freeway and hot air names after him. l981 UCLA established a Synanon archives existing of water-downed documents for historians and led one poor soul, Rod Janzen, to write the most inaccurate book on Synanon–The Rise and Fall of Synanon, Inc.

“Sir” Jeffery Amherst, who, as an American general, long before the Rajneesh hit the salad bars, committed the first act of bio-terrorism on American soil, giving blankets with small pox to the Indians. Today there is the Amherstburg, Ontario, (including General Amherst High School), Amherst, Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Amherst College (school’s athletic nickname is “the Lord Jeffs”), Amherst, New Hampshire; Amherst, Nova Scotia; Amherst, New York; Amherst County, Virginia; Amherst Island, Ontario, and Amherst Island, of the Magdalen Islands, Quebec. In 1818 the New York senate named the Town of Amherst, 20,000 acres that King George III rewarded Lord Amherst, but never visited by the bio-terrorist. The town contains an Amherst Museum.

Why not Hitler Highway in Germany (he did make the trains run on time), Stalin Street, Mao Mecca, DeFreeze Park, Manson Mesa, and Corriere Circle (although it is important that while their is reporting of Miscaviage beatings, I have never seen evidence Hubbard ordered physical harm, although that could be implied from his Fair Game directive) ?

Hubbard is the Guinness World Record holder for the most published author, with 1,084 works, most translated book (70 languages for The Way to Happiness) and most audiobooks (185 as of April 2009). According to Galaxy Press, Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth has sold over 6 million copies and Mission Earth a further 7 million, with each of its ten volumes becoming New York Times bestsellers on their release. However, the Los Angeles Times in 1990 reported Hubbard’s followers had been buying large numbers of the books and re-issuing them to stores to boost sales. The same charges had long been made concerning Diantetics. Sociologist William Sims Bainbridge wrote even at his peak in the late 1930s Hubbard was regarded merely “a passable, familiar author” while by the late 1970s the science fiction subculture wanted to forget him” and fans gave him a very low rating.
In 2004 the Church claimed eight million followers worldwide, but some accused them of counting those who had merely bought a book. The City University of New York’s American Religious Identification Survey said in 2009 25,000 Americans identified as Scientologists. Every Church of Scientology maintains an office reserved for Hubbard use should he return.


In my first big case –kidnapping of skid row alcoholics and selling them to nursing homes (See Escape from Golden State Manor)– an anti-medical group referred me to my expert on sedation, Dr. Lee Coleman. When I got involved with Synanon I contacted Dr. Coleman to find out if he could testify as to brainwashing. He replied he was against that idea charged against religions and later I learned he testified for Scientology against claims that it was brainwashing, although he himself would later write an article about brainwashing in a juvenile facility. In the 80’s I would depose Dr. Coleman re brainwashing (See Escape from the Center For Feeling Therapy). In the year 2000 I remembered that the group that referred me to Dr. Coleman came to my office and interviewed me concerning my victory in the nursing home case in l976. They later sent me a brochure that had my photo on the cove over my quote. Suddenly having a suspicion I dug into old boxes containing that case file.

There it was. On cover, was a quote on the dangers the medical field when in the wrong hands. Underneath and centered was a photo of the quote giver, a smiling, dark haired and mustached, Paul Morant,.

And underneath the photos, right side adjusted were the words:

“Copyright Church of Scientology.”

Given they copyrighted it, I dare not repeat what I said. And I wouldn’t want to give away any trade secrets.


My end here may come as a surprise. An argument can be made justifying what the IRS did, but not trying to keep it secret, and even the politician awards. In fact, Synanon, although at the time I thought I was never truly safe until it closed, and did not feel totally secure until Dederich died in 1997, I today sometimes regret was forced into closure. And Scientology, I am curious of its future and but doubt I will be around long enough to see it actually in a total benign phase and charitable stage.

My thinking process really began long ago, when I read a statement by then Scientologist spokes man Heber Jentzsch said after revelations of fair game plots by the Guardian Office, saying in substance, that Scientology can not be condemned forever as “all religions” had gone through persecution stages where they lashed out to ensure their survival..

Heber, who had joined in l967 and in 1982 appointed President of the Church of Scientology International was the public communicator of Scientology; and was at the time, in my opinion, the biggest “spin artist” ever other than the Iraq PR guy who on TV kept saying they were defeating the Americans. But on this point, I thought, he was right.

It does not even count if the religion started as a fraud for power, money and to avoid taxes, or even if L. Ron Hubbard, or the Founder of the Quakers, suffered from mental illness. Such could be true of the history of any religion. It does not mean in the future no one has a sincere religious belief. And strange as it may sound, and regardless of its intention, how different is Xenu from a giant salamander, the angel of death, the burning bush, Noah’s Ark, the parting of the red sea or that God sent his own son to be tortured because the first woman made from a rib listened to a snake and bit an apple?

The only real question, is not the past, but today is do people have a bonafide religious belief in it. Do crimes of past practitioners prohibit innocent from practicing? If so, how does the Catholic Church get around mayhem, inquisition, body and book burnings, wars on heretics and infidels?

Jentzsch’s comment effected my thinking. In l979 I was flown into Lake Havesu, Nevada to address the community re Synanon who had recently moved there and residents were ready to raid it as if it was Frankenstein’s Castle. I surprised them when I said do nothing. Certain Synanon people were on trial, would be dealt with by the courts, but that is not a reason to hate all in Synanon. Most were good people who came for help, or to give it, and got washed.

They have, I said, the right to association and the right to locate anywhere. Treat them politely and courteous and you might get that back. They have the right to prove themselves. Then I warned them of Synanon’s past and told them not to make the mistakes made in California. Make sure they obey the laws in the same way everyone else has to. Years later Synanon then attorney, Phil Bourdette, said they were in the audience and he thought what I said was great.

So the IRS settlement can be looked at in a different light. They may have won their cases but arguably those victories should not extend to other people having same rights for their religion, but be limited to collection of back taxes for past wrongful acts. And given the use of resources, settling for 12.5 million can’t be that outrageous, even if it was cheap.

So how long can religious followers be exempted from religious benefits due to acts of past officers? Miscaviage could have argued to the IRS he cleaned house of the guilty, including getting May Sue to resign.

The IRS crime is it kept its deal secret and now maybe acting like the 3 monkeys and not investigating would be claims for taxes for wrongful acts claimed to have occurred since the settlement. Even if one thought Miscaviage cleaned house, arguably he didn’t get rid of himself and if L. Ron orders and polices re coercion and fair game are still being exercised Scientology should be denied tax exemption for whatever period it continued or continues.

As to awards, why should not good deeds be rewarded even after gross misconduct? But the street should not honor “Ron” and the politicians who allowed it should be defrocked. And if they had named it “Scientology Street” that would have been non allowed state support of a religion.

Synanon after Charles Dederich’s conviction and its later defeat in the Reader’s Digest case, was silent in its remaining years, Dederich himself isolated with his selected wife, but cared for, prevented from being involved in management. Those who remained might have brought it ultimately back to charitable purposes, if it learned the danger of the “game.”

So could Scientology evolve. Yes…a founder’s paranoia can be shed, but in Scientology that might be harder because Hubbard’s policies were so engrained. And Miscaviage, if what has been negatively written is true, may exceed in Hubbard in love of power and riches. To one day be totally accepted, as Mormonism reached despite having its own past “massecure,” of the innocent, new leadership would have to recognize it is not going to become the sole world religion/philosophy/therapy, and it should not want that—it would be Orwellian.

Further, it would have to stop its war on other therapies and squirrels, stop Tom Cruizen (i.e. representing still that it is a science that works, you are doing it or not and you can rid world of suppressives), realize without coercion, retaliation, and silencing of critics it will still have members and may grow faster. They must also, as Armstrong long ago suggested, acknowledge Hubbard’s true past and mental state, arguing instead despite his problems he developed a religion many people follow. They must not coerce. As long as they hide truth, and try to punish detractors, as people have claimed. there will never be general public acceptance or trust.


It has been said Heber Jentzsch was universally liked within Scientology, I even remember many in the media liked him. He was witty.

David Miscavige, it has been claimed, supposedly hates anyone a threat to his power ((In Synanon anyone who became No.2 was demoted and humiliated by Dederich).

So where have you gone, Heber? It is apparently not known. Mike Rinder, one of the most recent officials to leave wrote that Miscavige hated Heber and belittled him, adding he had seen Miscavige strike Heber on at least 10 occasions and make Heber sit with a (Heber) doll on his lap and address the doll instead of Heber.

… Miscavige, he claimed, squirted Heber’s face and glasses with contact lens fluid and then blew powdered coffee creamer into his face. After doing work in the woods in a boilersuit Heber was thrown fully clothed in Saint Hill Manor lake.

Heber, he said, was be sentenced in 2007 to the Hole—a “ trailer along with 100 others, sleeping on the floor, eating standing up in an office with no tables and chairs and only leaving for 20 minutes once a day for a communal shower in the garage” and banned from public appearances. As of 2010, Rinder wrote “NOBODY” has heard from him for years. And while, he isaid, inn the Hole, Heber was ‘forced’ to confess and then derided about his Mormon upbringing and his relationships with other religious leaders (Heber was, he said, labeled a squirrel).

‘”And like everyone else, he was not allowed to communicate with anyone outside the Hole at all. Not even his own family’.”

Also posted in 2010 by a former top Scientologist:

“Announcement: Mr. Heber C. Jentzsch (75) is now officially listed on the California Department of Justice Missing Person Database, as missing. Likewise, he is also listed on the Federal Missing Persons Database.”

“Michelle Dianne Miscavige (49), (David’s wife) has also been added to both databases and actively searched for by law enforcement.

“The LAPD has opened a missing persons case for both as well.

“I would like to thank the Twin Peaks Sheriff Lieutenant, Mr. Rick Ells for his valiant efforts.”
Marty Rathbun, a 27 year veteran of the Sea Organization and a former Inspector General of Scientology, the man who went with Miscaviage into the IRS office to make the deal, alleges on his blog that Miscavige (DM) ordered the video and audio recording of private auditing sessions with Tom Cruise in 2001, writing:

“Well, my suspicions about DM’s real purposes for recording Tom’s confessions have been confirmed as warranted. I have recently learned from a very reliable witness that DM regularly held court with others in his personal lounge in the roadside Villas at the Int base, and while sipping scotch whiskey at the end of the night, Miscavige would read Tom’s overts and withholds from my reports to others, joking and laughing about the content of Tom’s confessions. My witness is unimpeachable in my eyes as his account contains too many accurate details from someone who had zero reason (or ability) for being anywhere near Tom’s folders, videos and reports…”

Posted on the net is:

“Bertram Fields
Greenberg, Glusker, et al.
1900 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

August 12, 2009

re: Your letter of August 7 received August 10 via email

“Dear Bert,

” …Please take the time to consider the information I am providing in response to your expressed concerns. You may find that information raises more serious and far-reaching concerns to your client (Tom Cruise) and you than those you have outlined.

“… Bert, I am not talking about an isolated incident.

“I am referring to more than a dozen incidents wherein David Miscavige performed aggravated assault on the same person you and your lovely wife dined with at the Celebrity Center.

“Three witnesses to this type of activity on Miscavige’s part corroborated me a series of articles published in the St. Petersburg Times 21-23 June. You can view that multi-media presentation at the following link:

Scientology: The truth rundown | St. Petersburg Times

‘Since that initial series another eleven eye witnesses to Miscavige’s human rights violations have stepped forward and gone on record. Their accounts can be seen at the following link:

‘Strength in their numbers: More Church of Scientology defectors come forward with accounts of abuse – St. Petersburg Times

‘Each public utterance I have made concerning Tom has been made in his defense. I witnessed Tom’s career and public image plummet following Miscavige orchestrating the firing of Pat Kingsley and replacing her with Tom’s Scientologist sister so that Miscavige could manipulate Tom’s public discourse and censor Tom’s exposure to information concerning Miscavige’s human rights abuses.

“I have defended Tom – while keeping his confessions sacrosanct – by emphatically emphasizing that Tom’s questionable public behavior in 2004 and 2005 was simply a reflection of Miscavige’s influence; and that prior to Miscavige imposing himself into every aspect of Tom’s life he was a caring, loving family man, dedicated to worthy social causes, and was the nicest person anyone would ever want to meet…

For more on Miscavige’s proclivity for using confessions for purposes of blackmail, coercion and control please see my video taped interview segment at: Scientology: Marty Rathbun video | St. Petersburg Times

” If Tom is worried about me mentioning his name and the fact of my having audited him, again his concern should more properly be directed at Miscavige. Not only did Miscavige direct the public release of confessions, he suborned the perjury of a number of his underlings, and specifically had them state under oath that I never had a position of authority within the Religious Technology Center and had no training as an auditor.

“The best evidence of that perjury is that in 2001 through 2003 Miscavige personally assigned me as Inspector General RTC – the second highest ecclessiastical position in the religion – to coordinate Tom’s divorce from Nicole and to serve as his auditor.

“Notwithstanding the fact Miscavige has directed his people to publicly call me a “fucking lunatic”, “psychotic”, “thug with an emeter”, “apostate”, “deprogrammer”, and “hit man” you and Tom have enough experience with me to know I can maintain my composure under pressure. I have done just that to protect Tom at every turn…

“I have also counseled people who were abused by Tom personally – in matters that eerily resemble the behavior of Miscavige – to give Tom the time to get educated and do the right thing which I have convinced them he ultimately will do…

“To better understand my motivations and actions I invite you and your client to study my web blog – and its links – at: Moving On Up a Little Higher

“Finally, I believe that as one of America’s most respected attorneys and human rights advocates you would be remiss if you did not directly hand this letter to your client.

“That means personally hand it to Tom… I believe Tom will be doing himself a terrible disservice if he does not carefully read and view the entirety of each link I have provided herein.

” Rest assured, I have Tom’s best interests at heart.

Marty Rathbun

In 1998, I believe, I had a first date luncheon with a lovely ballet teacher as striking as Long ago Linda Hager (See Escape from Nichiren Shoshu). She asked me what my legal specialty was and I proudly told her. At the end I asked if I could see her again and she responded, “no.” She paused and added, “I’m a Scientologist.”

I told her I understood and then said, “trust me, don’t tell them we met.”


A blogger named Smurf posted on Operation Claimbake, re Cathy Lee Crosby:

“Paul’s meeting with Cathy Lee must’ve been decades ago..she was declared in the late 80s-early 90s and according to ex-Scios that knew her, she has had nothing good to say about them since.”