The following article decribes testimony by Scott Mayer
at the Clearwater Hearings in 1982, 'Scotty' was a friend
of mine when I was 'in'. I recently found him again
and he send me this article, He is an honest, reliable,
ethical man, who had enough of the cult's dirty deeds...
who is also sick of the cult kicking his friends around.
He hopes to get online soon.
Arnie Lerma
raided by the cult to find out who my friends were
Clearwater Sun May 9 1982
by Steven Girardi, Sun staff writer
In a story of international intrigue, a former,
senior executive of the Church of Scientology
testified Saturday about a worldwide sect
network involving infiltrations, conspiracy
and smuggling.
Scott Mayer, 38, told Clearwater city
commissioners "I have personal experiences of
all of these." in the furth day of the city's
Scientology hearings, where legal consultant
Michael Flynn paraded seven of his most
damaging witnesses.
Commissioners also heard from a former
Gaurdian Office worker who said she used
the sect's "confessional files" during several
campaigns to discredit defected Scientologists;
a man who said he participated in burglaries
to obtain confidential legal records to help
frame defectors; and two people
who said they were targets of these activities.
Saturady marked the final day of testimony
against the church. This week has been set
aside for church counter-arguments, but the
sect has said it has not decided whether to
Mayer said the Scientology Flag Land Base in
Clearwater was the central point of his activities
as a worldwide church "troubleshooter."
"I'm not here to complain about what the church
has done to me," the articulate Mayer told
commissioners, "but to impress upon you
the magnitude of what you're dealing with."
He said the church uses its community organizations
to infiltrate the community. "I'm talking about infiltration
in your community by a group of psycho-political
operators who have been well trained."
He said the infiltration, which is part of
the sect's goal to convert the planet to
Scientology, permeated the U.S. Congress, where spies
"routinely report to the Gaurdians Office
Spies were placed also in Massacheutsetts government
agencies as part of a seven-man conspiracy established in
Boston, testified Robert Dardano, a member of the team.
Janie Petersen, who worked in the Las Vegas Gaurdian Office
until 1979, testified earlier the office operated community
programs such as Gerus Society, Apple Schools and
Narconon with a stated purpose "to make
Scientology indispensable to the community. It
was basically public relations."
The money from the programs, she said, went
to a fund to finance church attacks on its enemies
Mayer said that during his seven years as a
senior executive his orders "came from Clearwater,
right here in your city."
He said he was sent to Scientology outposts
around the world to handle resistance and devise
ways to make more money. He said he combed purportedly
private confessional records of auditing sessions,
gleaning any personal information that could help
smear campaigns or any other way.
He said confessional files on all church
members and mission files were stored in the former
Bank of Clearwater building down town,
world headquarters for the Guardian Office, the
sects enforcement arm. "That's where I was
briefed" for missions he said.
The sect used five "front companies" which it
used as addresses for the money and documents
smuggled in and out of the country.
Illustrating his ability to help people leave the country,
he said he once arranged passage to Canada in a matter
of days for a Scientologist conspiractor in Boston whose
cover was blown. The church, he said, had left the man
"high and dry."
Mayer, who, while in Vietnam, piloted the
flagship aircraft carrier of the US Navy's Seventh fleet, said
joined the sect with a promise to get certification
to skipper unlimited tonnage in any sea or weather
He was assigned to sect founder L. Ron Hubbard's ship
"Apollo", and said he saw severe punishments meted out.
One woma, he said, was confined in a compartment where
the anchor chain is housed, "notoriously the filthiest
place on the ship." She was fed only bread and water, he said.
He said he was once locked in a room "with bilge water
up to my waist" because he reported late for duty.
He said that while in Clearwater shortly before he left the
sect in 1977 he worked at The Fort Harrisson "setting up
bunk beds to the ceiling. We were just packing them in
like rats. This is routine."
In his last mission with the church, he said, he and
his wife smuggled $200,000 in Krugerrands into the country
from South America.
Mayer said he went into hiding for three years after leaving
the sect, until he was found by the the Internal revenue Service.
The IRS used Mayer as a witness and consultant in the 1978
US Tax Court trial concerning sect financial practices between
1968 and 1971, he said.
Mayer, who maintains a secret address, said he came to the
hearings because going public may offer him some protection.
"I think enough light has been shed on the church that
they'd have to be fools to starting knocking people off," he said,
"I don't intend to run from Scientology the rest of my life."
He warned commissioners that they have become
"active enemies" of the church. "That's when they start getting
(personal background) data together," he said.
And he told the stunned panel that he was "small potatoes"
with the church and "there are people I know who have
things that could really curl your hair,
but they are afraid to come out."
Mrs. Peterson, the 34 year old forner Gaurdians office
worker, said she paticipated in several smeal campaigns
against church enemies while working in the office until 1979.
She said she got information from confessional files
"looking for blood dripping crimes" about church enemies,
among them Edward Walters, who testified Wednesday, and
Lavenda Van Schaick, who testified Saturday.
Although she had been told the sect eliminated its
"Fair Game" policy, a plan to deal with enemies by any
possible means, "I found out it was not true," she
said. "The words wern't used. It was not cancelled"
The information was sent to newspapers
and other public agencies to discredit them.
She said she was taught to "handle" the press, FBI raids
and knew of "tell a lie" drills which taught gaurdian agents
to successfully lie about activities if ever questioned.
"Always attack, never defend," she said of the policy.
She said she was taught to shred documents
in the event of an FBI raid, Mayer testified that the
sect's most sensitive "red box" files were always ready
to be loaded onto one of Hubbard's two ships. Those
files escaped discovery when the FBI raided the sect's
Washington DC and Los Angeles Offices in 1977, Flynn said.
Dardano, 31, testified he was part of a seven man Boston
conspiracy trained to burglarize legal offices in a
campaign to secure confidential information on
church enemies.
The group, organized by the sect's Boston bureau of the
Guardian Office, planted members with the Massacheusetts
Attorney General Office, the Better Business Bureau, the
Consumers Council and the Law Enforcement Assistance
Agency, he said.
"We had all the bases covered," he said, adding each
of the plants handled Scientology complaints which
they never registered.
Dardano said the group wrote smear letters in a 1974
campaign to discredit NY Writer Paulette Cooper, who
published a 1971 book called "The Scandal of Scientology"
as well as against Mrs. Van Schaick.
Ms Cooper and Mrs Van Schaick testified also
Saturday that they received almost constant harassment,
including death threats, they incurred after criticizing the
Ms. Cooper was the target of "Operation Freak Out" while
"Operations Shake and Bake" was directed as Mrs Van
Schaick, they testified.
Mrs Van Schaick, who left the church in 1979 after
nine years, broke into tears when she told of the 1977
shooting death of her brother in law David, a Scientologist
found dead in Las Vegas. Nevada officials called the
death a suicide but she questions that ruling.
She said many of the higher ranking Scientologists
are beginning to leave the church and warned that the
sect eventually would "be left with a bunch of
crippled, psychotic kids. . .Nazis."
Church spokesman Hugh Wilhere maintained his
policy of referring all questions to sect lawyer
Paul B. Johnson. Johnson, unavailable for comment, has
called the hearings a"witch hunt."
end of article sunday may 2 1982