Scientology Critic in custody for usenet posting
June 1, 2001
Visit http://www.heise.de and search their archive for the original article in German. For L. Ron Hubbard's policy on press relations, visit http://www.innernet.net/joecisar/thesis.htm. Here is a review in English of the Heise article on Keith Henson:
Keith Henson was sentenced to 200 days in jail for allegedly publishing a threat against Scientologists.
As noted by Heise Online, "What sealed his fate was a short sentence he typed in as an reply to a post in the alt.religion.scientology news group under the heading 'Re: Gold Base French-German ICBM/Tom Cruise Missile Coordinates': "Modern weapons are accurate to a matter of a few tens of yards.'"
According to the court, the above was the threat. Henson was also held accountible for demonstrating in front of Scientology secret underground headquarters in the California desert, called "GOLD." That is near the town of Hemet. Henson's wife said that he regarded Scientology as a crime syndicate.
The court regarded Henson's "interference with a religion" as a hate crime and a violation of California Penal Code, Section 422.6. Henson traveled to Canada, where he is currently residing.
German Scientology News