Title: A.r.s Week in Review - 11/24/97
Author: rkeller@voicenet.com (Rod Keller)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 11:57:59 GMT


Alt.religion.scientology
Week in Review Volume 2, Issue 32
11/23/97
by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com]
copyright 1997


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> Millennium

The Fox network aired an episode of Millennium which described
descriptions of a cult similar to Scientology. Scientology had put
pressure on the producers to make the episode less obviously based on the
real cult. Fredric Rice provided a synopsis of the plot. 

"[T]wo murderous Scientologists kill people who expose the absurdity of
their cult.  Charles Nelson Riley plays the part of 'Jose Chung' who knew
the creator of a mind-bending, money-greedy, unthinking, idiotic, criminal
cult back when the creator/leader of the cult was a fiction writer -- and
a very poor one.  Jose Chung is stalked by two Scientologists bent upon
killing him for the articles he had published in a skin magazine. 

"Frank Black, the show's hero, gets involved since the formation of and
zealous extremes of religious and money cults fall into the venue of the
work the Millennium group involves themselves with.  The episode had
analogs for a number of Scientology absurdities, carefully renamed and
altered so that the cult here in the read world could do nothing but bite
their lips and get further upset at what everyone knows was a truthful
depiction of Scientology. 

"They had 'The Book' -- only instead of a volcano, it had the garish
quality of the real Dianetics with lightening bolts. Instead of an
E-Meter, it had a galvametric measurement device which was used as a 'lie
detector' coupled to a tape recorder which would continue to restate
questions over and over until it decided an accurate answer was given. 
The number of thinly-veiled analogs were too numerous to cover here as
that would take describing the entire episode. Of special humorous note
was when Frank Black's supervisor calls Frank aside and asks him why the
Millennium Group got involved. Frank mentions the name of the cult (the
one the episode used, not the word 'Scientology') and Frank's supervisor
takes a step away and say, 'Oh no, we can't do that.' Frank asks, 'Why?
The Millennium Group never walks away from everything, even Evil
Incarnate.' Frank's supervisor says, 'Yeah but Evil Incarnate can't sue.'

"When Frank and another police inspector pay a visit to the cult's head
shill/liar, the shill robotically repeats his threat that any defamation
would be met with the full extent of the law, making special pains to
underscore being 'within the boundaries of the law,' of course.  The shill
points out that many Hollywood actors have joined the cult and some offer
is done by the episode to use the same style and format that the real
Scientology cult uses when putting up their toy celebs up on their strings
to dance for the media. 

"The conclusion of the episode? Charles gets the drop on the first
Scientologist who comes to kill him (who later dies trying to leap from
the building's roof -- with the power of positive thinking -- to escape.)
But the second Scientologist -- armed with a pick-axe -- does him in." 

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> Secret Lives

John Ritson provided a transcript of the U.K.'s Channel 4 broadcast this
week of Secret Lives - L. Ron Hubbard, which included footage of people
who had known Hubbard. Some excerpts: 

"CYRIL VOSPER - LRH Staff 
'He told so many stories of his exploits, in South America, the West
Indies and places, that he would have to have been at least 483 years old
to have had time to have done all those things, but that doesn't really
matter. I mean it was just very entertaining really, except that he turned
it into a religion.'

"JIM DINCALCI - Ron Hubbard's Medical Officer 
'LRH gave his son Nibs some amphetamines, and Nibs started talking, he
said, started really going talking fast, from the speed. And he kept
talking, he kept talking, and his dad kept giving him speed and all of a
sudden he was talking about his history, when he was a clam and all these
different situations in early earth. And out of that came 'History of
Man'.'

"HANA ETRINGHAM - Hubbard's Deputy at Sea
'Making money I think to Hubbard was paramount. He wasn't that interested
in it for himself. He did have perks, he did have his cars, his
motorbikes, his books, his good food and things like that and eventually
he had his villas and he had his estates and so on but the money that he
wanted predominantly was for power. 

'The entire objective was to find a place that Hubbard could eventually
turn into his own kingdom, with his own government, his own passports, his
own monetary system, in other words his own principality, that he would be
the benign dictator of. That was the objective. 

'At one point he turned round and said to us in a very masterful way, in a
very, almost ambassadorial sort of way he said 'It's perfectly all right
to step outside the law, because the law itself is aberrated, so in order
to achieve our ends, that gives us licence to step outside the law'.'

"VOICEOVER
'The attacks on Scientology had pitched Hubbard into one of his periodic
depressions. His response was to take it out on his followers, on sea and
land. He designed a new disciplinary code called 'Ethics' which put many
of them into what he called lower conditions of existence like Liability,
Doubt, or Treason. To rise out of these conditions, penances were
required. Liability, for example, required you to 'deal an effective blow
to Scientology's enemies'.'

"VICTORIA DOWNSBOROUGH - crew member Avon River
'Everybody was supposedly in one of these lower conditions, which was
quite astonishing because everybody really loved Ron, and wanted to
contribute to having whatever his dreams might be come true.'

"HANA ELTRINGHAM
'He put this 4 1/2 year old little boy - Derek Greene - into the chain
locker for two days and two nights. It's a closed metal container, it's
wet, it's full of water and seaweed, it smells bad. But Derek was sitting
up, on the chain, in this place, on his own, in the dark, for two days and
two nights. He was not allowed to go to the potty. I mean he had to go in
the chain locker on his own, soil himself. He was given food. And p- I was
- I never went near it, the chain locker while he was in there, but people
heard him crying. That is sheer total brutality.  That is child abuse.'

"VOICEOVER
'In 1973 a French court started proceedings against Hubbard for fraud.  He
had left his ship, which was berthed in Morocco and went to live in hiding
in New York, where he was looked after by Jim Dincalci. To turn the tables
on his enemies he devised a bizarre plan called 'Snow White'.  Its stated
aim was to correct false reports about Scientology.  It led to Scientology
members infiltrating government departments.  Hubbard even issued a
reading list for learning the black arts of espionage.'

"ROBERT VAUGHN YOUNG
'He believed that there was an international cabal that was in control of
the attack on him around the world as well as all the attacks in various
countries. And so 'Snow White' was written to find this cabal, find all
the connections between these enemy groups, and to expose them, to destroy
them. It was done through burglary. It was just pure military
intelligence.'

"GERRY ARMSTRONG
'He had phobias about dust, he had phobias about smells, he had phobias
about sounds. He would hear sounds that weren't there and he would scream
at the sound technician. He would see things that weren't there and he
would scream at the people who were framing the shot. And he would smell
smells that weren't there and he would have people rinse his clothing some
13 or 15 or however many times.'

"ROBERT VAUGHN YOUNG
'He had grown a beard, he had grown his long hair, the nails were long,
very much in the same problem as they found with Howard Hughes, unkempt
nails. Neighbours, there was a neighbour that walked in on him one day and
he had become very frightened, and suddenly scuttled out of the barn. He
was frightened to meet people, he was terrified of meeting any new people.
He was disappearing down, down, down into this little strange world of
his. The irony of this is that this was a man who was promulgating and
telling the world that with my technology and ideas, you can get bigger
and bigger and bigger and yet he was shrinking down until finally he was
hiding.'" 

Eugene Ingram and Scientology's investigative arm continue to harass the
makers of the documentary, as described in an article in the Daily
Telegraph. 

"He has then spread allegations that the film-makers may be implicated in
an international conspiracy of extortion and money-laundering. Simon
Berthon, the executive producer of the film about L Ron Hubbard, shown in
the Secret Lives series on Channel 4 last night, condemned the detective's
activities yesterday as a 'peculiar and subtle form of harassment'. He
said the Scientologists' agents had somehow managed to establish which
telephone numbers he and the film's producer-director, Jill Robinson, had
recently rung on their private lines. Those numbers had then been rung by
a woman claiming to be conducting a survey of television-viewing habits.

"The woman promised a year's free magazine subscription to those who took
part in the survey - thereby tricking the film-makers' contacts into
revealing their addresses. Soon afterwards the detective, Eugene M Ingram,
of Los Angeles, arrived on the friends' doorsteps, saying that he was
inquiring about Mr Berthon and Ms Robinson in connection with an
international conspiracy of extortion and money-laundering. Mr Berthon
said that the allegations appeared to have sprung from a payment of L2,000
that his company had made for access to an archive of material on the
Scientologists.

"Ms Robinson, 45, said yesterday that about eight of her friends and
associates in England, including her parents and her hairdresser, had been
visited by Mr Ingram. Four of those had earlier received telephone calls
from a woman claiming to be conducting a survey of television-viewing
habits.

"On Sunday Mr Berthon's friend answered the door to a man who said he was
a private detective, trying to find a man who had put money into a
laundering account. He showed her a photograph of Mr Berthon getting into
his car and asked if she knew him. He then said that Mr Berthon had put
the money into the 'laundering account' and that this was an offence. The
friend said: 'I said I was surprised to hear that because he was an
upright citizen with a good reputation. He did not mention the
Scientologists once. I thought 'how the hell did he get my number?' Then
we worked backwards. The thing that worries me most is how they can get
particulars of the numbers Simon had rung.'

"Graeme Wilson, public affairs director of the Church in the United
Kingdom, said that Mr Ingram had been hired by an American attorney,
Elliot J Abelson of Los Angeles, which acted for the Church. He faxed to
The Telegraph a letter from Mr Abelson to D J Freeman, Mr Berthon's
solicitor, replying to a complaint of harassment made by Mr Berthon and
dismissing all allegations against Mr Ingram's conduct as false. In it, Mr
Abelson said that he had hired Mr Ingram to investigate international
conspirators who were trying to extort money from Churches of Scientology
with help from the media. Mr Berthon and Ms Robinson had been in touch
with some of these people, said Mr Abelson. He said:  'Consequently I have
retained Mr Ingram, as part of his investigatory duties, to determine
whether individuals including Ms Robinson and her producer Simon Berthon
are knowingly acting in furtherance of the intentions of the suspected
conspirators.'" 

Scientology is threatening to sue over the broadcast, according to a post
this week by Chris Owen

"They've also announced their intention to sue Channel 4 over the
programme.  They claim that it was 'grossly unfair' and amounts to a
'character assassination' of L Ron Hubbard. The CoS have hired the
infamous libel lawyer, Peter Carter-Ruck, to bring the case against C4."
Scientology subsequently fired their lawyer in a dispute over a
counter-attack ad campaign.

"Scientology had a massive advertising campaign ready to roll on Thursday
morning, with full-page 'attack ads' in every UK newspaper intended to
'dead agent' Channel 4, 3BM Productions (the film's producers) and the
people who contributed to the documentary.  However, Scientology's lawyers
- Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners - apparently warned them that the adverts
were grossly defamatory and that they would be comprehensively reamed if
the ads were run. The messenger was duly shot, and Carter-Ruck was sacked.
Carter-Ruck is one of Britain's highest-paid lawyers and has a truly
awesome reputation for pursuing libel cases; no doubt the CoS's finances
have taken an appropriate hit, though not nearly as much as they would
have if they had lost a libel action. 

"The damage didn't stop there; Channel 4's lawyers have got hold of the
adverts and have apparently warned the CoS that they will be taken to the
cleaners if the ads are run. So far, they haven't been." 

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> Kirstie Alley

Web site The Smoking Gun this week published an affidavit from Parker
Stevenson, who is filing for divorce from Scientologist Kirstie Alley. In
addition to descriptions of wild and expensive parties and shopping
sprees, the document describes Alley's attempt to resolve the issue
through Scientology procedures. 

"In numerous conversations with me, Kirstie has threatened to 'bury me' in
legal fees, and she pursues her threat. Since the commencement of this
action, Kirstie has made me fight for everything I have achieved to date,
including the joint custody of our minor children, and continuance of the
action in California, situs of our marital residence, the children's
residence, and the majority of our assets. I, through my California
counsel, had diligently sought to resolve this matter without litigation
and continue to do so. Kirstie initially wanted us to mediate our
property, support and custody issues before a respected member of the
Church of Scientology. I attended one five-hour meeting on December 28,
1996, and discovered that neither the mediator, nor Kirstie, had any
knowledge of the law regarding the issues. Kirstie didn't even understand
the concept of sharing on an equal basis the property we had accumulated
during our marriage. I told Kirstie that I needed the assistance of an
attorney to advise me of the applicable law and my rights and obligations
and I advised Kirstie to get similar advice." 

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> Antje Victore

The identity of the woman who claimed to have received asylum in the U.S. 
due to religious persecution in Germany was identified this week in
Germany's FOCUS magazine. 

"[T]he name of the woman who claimed to have received Asylum is 'Antje
Victore'. She has lived the last 3 years in Clearwater and is a real
estate broker. Before, she was involved in the company of the (later)
convicted criminal and OT8 top-scientologist Detlef Foullois.  Antje
refused to provide any evidence that she received asylum. The article does
not mention any accusation of personal persecution, only general
accusations." 

"Antje Victore, maiden name Pingel, worked with the title of an 'Executive
Director Expansion' in Detlef Foullois' trouble-ridden company.  Her
asylum in the US was already being granted on February 28th this year. 
Kurt Weiland said it was 'coincidence' that this asylum become public
during the debate on this House Resolution recently and not any earlier. 
She is also a Patron." 

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> Clearwater Meeting

Mark Dallara posted to report his appearance before the Clearwater City
Commission meeting, where he spoke during an open comments portion of the
agenda concerning the the upcoming protest of Scientology, December 5-6. 

"On December 5th and 6th, there will be protest activities against
$cientology in Clearwater. I am here to provide information related to the
events, which have been organized once again by individual activists and
former Scientologists.  The reasons for my own participation can be summed
up in a statement by journalist Richard Behar. In a 1991 TIME magazine
cover story, he wrote, 'The Church of Scientology... portrays itself as a
religion. In reality the church is a hugely profitable global racket that
survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner.'

"[Y]ou are probably aware of at least some of the many facts which support
Behar's statement. That $cientology maintains an internal intelligence
agency, which is used for covert operations and smear campaigns to silence
those who speak out against the cult's tactics.  That such operations were
launched against the defunct Clearwater Sun newspaper and former
Clearwater Mayor Gabe Cazares, among others.  That both a criminal
investigation and civil suit are continuing in the matter of Lisa
McPherson, a young Scientologist who died while in the custody of fellow
cult members.  That the notes kept by $cientologists during Lisa's ordeal
indicate that she unsuccessfully attempted to leave her quarters, and was
subjected to quack medical practices by unlicensed personnel. 

"I have several documents that I wish to submit for the Commission's
review in this matter. Foremost among them is an academic paper by Dr.
Stephen Kent of the University of Alberta. It explores the human rights
violations which are inherent in $cientology practices such as the RPF.  I
would urge the Commission to adopt a very direct policy regarding
$cientology - Do not allow yourselves to be deceived or manipulated, and
DO NOT COOPERATE WITH THIS CULT." 

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> Germany

German Life magazine carried an article this week on the Scientology
controversy. Some excerpts: 

"To explain the furious hostility between Germany and the Church of
Scientology, German officials might point to the story of a young man from
Braunschweig named Jurgen Behrndt.  Shortly before his graduation from
technical school in 1989, Behrndt received an offer of free career
counseling in a brochure from an employment agent in Hamburg. But the man
turned out to be a Scientologist recruiter, and instead of employment
advice, he gave Behrndt a copy of the Scientologists' Bible, DIANETICS:
THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH. Then a woman from the Scientologists'
Hamburg office began calling, Behrnst said, and pressuring him to take a
200-question personality test. 

"He did, beginning a six-year membership with the group, and endless
series of 'audits' of his mental health and classes to 'stabilize' his
mind. 'When things went well, I paid ever-more money out of my pocket,'
Behrndt recalled.  'When things went poorly, I was insulted and rebuked.'
In Behrndt's first year of membership, Scientology officials visited his
parents with him seeking a DM 75,000 ($50,250) loan toward his activities.
By the time he broke from the group in 1995, Behrndt had spent some DM
200,000 ($143,000), as unemployed and emotionally ravaged: 'Many days I
saw no reason to even get up.'

"Claudia Nolte, Germany's Federal Minister for the Family, Senior
Citizens, Women and Youth, has been one of the most vocal critics, vowing
to fight the group 'with all means at my disposal' and calling for federal
agents to monitor it. 'Scientology aims for world domination and the
destruction of our society,' said Nolte, a member of Chancellor Helmut
Kohl's Christian Democratic Union (CDU). 

"An administrative court ruled in 1995 that Scientology's extensive
marketing of books and courses makes it a commercial enterprise under
German law.  A federal labor court that same year ruled that Scientology
uses 'inhumane and totalitarian practices,' often separating members from
their families to make them psychologically and financially dependent on
the Scientology group.  In its decision, the court quoted one of Hubbard's
instructions to 'make money, make more money--make other people produce so
as to make money' and concluded that Scientology claims to be a church
merely as a cover to pursue financial interests." 

Reuters carried an article on U.S. Congressmen who were embarrassed over
the vote to rebuke Germany in the House. 

"'We vote on a lot of things we should be embarrassed about,' Calvin
Dooley, Democrat from California, told journalists. 'That never should
have come up for a vote.' The six congressmen, on a three-day tour of
Europe, said they were relieved the House of Representatives soundly
defeated a resolution criticizing Germany for discriminating against
religious minority groups, particularly Scientology. 

"'The overwhelming size of the vote should show how House members feel,'
said Bob Livingston, a Louisiana Republican.  Jim Kolbe, an Arizona
Republican, said the vote was 'an overwhelming endorsement of respect for
Germany.' 'Scientology had waged a very vigorous campaign. Some people
were evidently persuaded,' he said.  Asked if they thought religious
freedom was lacking in Germany, the six representatives shook their heads
and said no." 

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> Celebrities

Scientology's celebrities were present at a gathering at the LA Celebrity
Center this week to mark the re-release of Hubbard's Fundamentals of
Thought, according to a Scientology press release. 

"Three of television's brightest talents -- Jenna Elfman (Dharma and
Greg), Leah Remini (Fired Up) and twice Emmy nominated actress and
producer Lee Purcell -- headlined a gathering of stars at Hollywood's
Celebrity Centre International Saturday night marking the publication of
L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought.  The release
event also spotlighted such film and television performers as Bodhi
Elfman, Jim Meskimen, Christopher Smith, Larry Anderson, comedian/actor
Tom Ayers, international fashion model Kathy Doyle and two-time world
champion free-style skier, Bob Salerno.

"Explaining the impact that the life-changing principles of The
Fundamentals of Thought has had on her own life and skyrocketing career --
and why so many celebrated entertainers and famed personalities in other
fields are involved in Scientology -- Jenna Elfman said: 'I didn't know
how to open the door to my goals and would have been fiddling with the
lock for all these years had I not learned about Scientology. I now know
that I truly am limitless.' She continued, 'Scientology opened the door
for me and I've just walked through it to success.'" 

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> Lawrence Wollersheim

Graham Berry described some of the courtroom events during the ruling last
week that the assets of the RTC and CSI were subject to Lawrence
Wollersheim's $6 million judgment. 

"Lawrence's collection attorneys (Craig Stein and Dan Liepold) of course.
From the Goon's camp there were Bill Drescher, Esq., David Chodos, Esq.,
Mike Rinder, Lynn Farney and Howard Guttfeld.  The judge refused to stay
execution to give them time to get the $9 million bond together.  Mike
Rinder turned ashen and white, as did the Rev. Farney and Howie. 

"Farney and Howie then followed those working on the issuance of the Writ
of Execution. Subsequently they checked the courts file and it very nearly
went missing for a few days (back to archives) until fate intervened and
it went back to the courtroom where it belonged." 

Scientology subsequently posted the $9 million bond to stop immediate
seizure of assets. Lawrence Wollersheim commented:

"They have never put up a bond before because they were terrified if they
paid off any one victim, then tens of thousands of other victims would
come forward and sue them and possibly collect. This forced bond is a
major victory for every Scientology victim all over the world thinking
about suing Scientology for its ongoing human rights abuses and religious
persecution activities. I believe that Scientology they will even be
facing new criminal charges in the US for their asset- stripping and other
felony corporate fraud." 

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> Bob Minton

Bob Minton reported that Scientology is continuing its harassment of him
for supporting several anti-Scientology causes and individuals. 

"Tonight my mother calls to tell me that she was telephoned today by a
very nice man named 'Dan Wallace' of 'East Coast Newspapers' in Boston who
was doing a story about how her son 'had accumulated so much wealth in his
international banking business. Did my mother know a Mr. Phillips? Did my
mother know about my link to Germany? Did my mother know about an article
about me in London? My mother said that these sound like questions you
should be asking my son who is also in Boston. She went to get a pen,
surprise the $cieno Freedumb journalists was still there and gave this
number (718) 440-9222." 

"I learned that the $cienos have made a motion in the wrongful death suit
that Lisa's family has brought against the 'church' of $cientology, to
have me deposed. Apparently, I have information that is critical to this
case as I am part of some bigger conspiracy funded by the German
government to discredit/punish the 'church' of $cientology. I understand a
protective order is in the works.  The hearing for this motion which
apparently revolves around me supposedly having funneled money from the
German government to the McPherson family is set for December 4th." 

Bob also reported his latest assistance - to former Scientologists Vaughn
and Stacy Young, who were harassed by Scientology with a whispering
campaign for keeping and caring for a number of animals in their Seattle
home. 

"I am personally happy to have been able to have purchased this property
on Vashon Island which will enable Vaughn and Stacy to continue in their
dual roles of rescuing animals and people from the victimization inflicted
by uncaring humans--be they $cientologists abusing their members or
critics as well as people who no longer have need of a kitty.

"The 'church' of $cientology has already demonstrated their willingness to
try and attack these cats in their new location and have them and the
Youngs eased out of Vashon Island just like they successfully did in West
Seattle. Yes, David Lee--a detective working on behalf of the 'church'
already admitted to having trespassed on the property in a discussion with
a real estate broker who handled this property purchase on my behalf. He
was just 'having a look around'." 

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> NOTS

Helsingborgs Dagblad reported that a member of the Swedish Parliament is
sending copies of the NOTS to public libraries for safekeeping. 

"The social-democratic member of Parliament Carina Hagg, is now about to
spread the scientologists bible even thought the Government chose to seal
it.  The scientology bible is in the Parliament and in the Government. 
Regarding the one in the Parliament, the Government have no possibility to
seal it. Hagg has now given one copy to the library in Jonkoping, tells
the newspaper Varnamo Nyheter.  Everybody who wants to, should have the
ability to read the secret scripture, is the motto of Carina Hagg." 

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> E-meter Simulator

Anonymous poster "NoScieno" reported that Scientology has introduced a new
device, the E-meter simulator. 

"The Hubbard E-Meter Drills Simulator. It's a flat black box with 55 keys
(reminiscent of a screenless laptop), decorated with the $cientology and
Diarrhetics logos. The picture I have is too small to make out the
key-labels, but the accompanying text reads:  'This is the breakthrough
which creates fully interactive sessions through the replay of every
imaginable E-Meter needle and Tone Arm action. Within a few minutes of
hatting and drilling, /anyone/ can use this simulator.' No price is given
in the insert." 

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> Wired

Wired magazine carried an update article on the lawsuits being pursued
against Internet participants by Scientology. 

"In the battle between the Church of Scientology (COS) and the Net, the
shrapnel's still flying. As long ago as May 1995, posters on
alt.religion.scientology were betting that California Nethead Grady Ward
would be the next Church target. On March 21, 1996, those predictions were
borne out: the COS filed a lawsuit accusing Ward of anonymously posting a
series of texts under the moniker 'Scamizdat' - documents containing
secrets normally seen by Scientologists only after years of expensive
study. The Church also obtained a preliminary injunction, forcing Ward to
cease any activity that would violate COS copyright of the materials.'

"The only thing I really care about is freedom of speech and criticism on
the Net,' says Ward, who categorically denies the charges. Keith Henson
was the Church's next target. Henson, whose interests in space
colonization and cryonics were chronicled in Ed Regis's 1990 book Great
Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly over the
Edge, welcomes Scientology's suit against him, saying, 'It will increase
my status on the Net.' Henson has filed a counterclaim for US$500 million
in damages.

"Even as these new cases are placed on the burner, others continue to
simmer: at press time, Dennis Erlich - raided by the COS in February 1995,
when, by court order, the Church seized possessions from his home and
permanently deleted files from his computer - was still waiting for a
ruling from Judge Whyte as to whether the COS documents he posted
qualified as trade secrets, given their widespread distribution on the
Net. Arnaldo Lerma, whose computer was returned months after an August
1995 raid (with two 1-Gbyte hard disks missing), lost in court this
January when US District Court Judge Leonie M. Brinkema issued a summary
judgment that Lerma had violated Church copyrights. Eight months later,
Brinkema had yet to issue her opinion in writing. 

"Though the suits have been reported in great detail on the Net, they have
not chilled discussion on the newsgroup. Nor has the worst vertical spam
in Usenet history. From the end of May to the end of July, an estimated
20,000 messages consisting of brief quotations from Scientology
promotional materials were posted to alt.religion.scientology. Posters are
forced to pick their way through acres of the stuff to get to the meat of
the discussion, where they consider the ramifications of the Netcom
settlement, argue about Scientology practices, and, of course, flame each
other. The battle rages on." 

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