More Judicial Quotes
"That these defendants were willing to frame their critics to the point of giving false testimony under oath against them and having them arrested and indicted speaks legions for their disdain for the rule of law. Indeed, they arrogantly placed themselves above the law, meting out their personal brand of punishment to those 'guilty' of opposing their selfish aims.
"The crime committed by these defendants is of a breadth and scope previously unheard of. No building, office, desk, or file was safe from their snooping and prying. No individual or organization was free from their despicable conspiratorial minds. The tools of their trade were miniature transmitters, lock picks, secret codes, forged credentials, and any other device they found necessary to carry out their conspiratorial schemes. It is interesting to note that the founder of their organization, unindicted co-conspirator L. Ron Hubbard, wrote in his dictionary entitled Modern Management Technology Defined ... that 'truth is what is true for you.' Thus, with the founder's blessings they could wantonly commit perjury as long as it was in the interest of Scientology. The defendants rewarded criminal activities that ended in success and sternly rebuked those that failed. The standards of human conduct embodied in such practices represent no less than the absolute perversion of any known ethical value system.
"In view of this, it defies the imagination that these defendants have the unmitigated audacity to seek to defend their actions in the name of 'religion.' That these defendants now attempt to hide behind the sacred principles of freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the right to privacy -- which principles they repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to violate with impunity -- adds insult to the injuries which they have inflicted on every element of society."
-- Judge Richey in the sentencing of Mary Sue Hubbard and ten other Scientologists in October 1978 -- US District Court, Washington DC.
Unfortunately 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.
Gesell UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 1971
In Religious Technology Center - a Scientology corporation - vs. Robin Scott, the court stated that the RTC has a "documented history of vexatious behavior" and abuses "the federal court system by using it, inter alia, to destroy their opponents, rather than to resolve an actual dispute over trademark law or any other legal matter."
RTC vs Scott, Nos. 94-55781 & No. 94-55920; 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 8954 (9th Cir. 1996)
"Plaintiffs have abused the federal court system by using it, inter alia, to destroy their opponents, rather than to resolve an actual dispute over trademark law or any other legal matter. This constitutes 'extraordinary, malicious, wanton and oppressive conduct.' As such, this case qualifies as an 'exceptional case' and fees should be awarded pursuant to the Lanham Act... It is abundantly clear that plaintiffs sought to harass the individual defendants and destroy the church defendants through massive over-litigation and other highly questionable litigation tactics. The Special Master has never seen a more glaring example of bad faith litigation than this."
RTC v. Robin Scott, U. S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 85-711-JMI (Bx) 85-7197-JMI (Bx), January 20, 1993, Memorandum of Decision
"[The court record is] replete with evidence [that Scientology] is nothing in reality but a vast enterprise to extract the maximum amount of money from its adepts by pseudo scientific theories... and to exercise a kind of blackmail against persons who do not wish to continue with their sect.
[...]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 [Scientology] whom it perceives as enemies. The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder [L. Ron Hubbard]. 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., 6/20/84 (Scientology v. Armstrong, affirmed on appeal 232 Cal.App.3rd 1060, 283 Cal.Rptr. 917.)
"L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, has been quoted as
looking upon law as a tool to
[h]arass 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."
-- Judge Brinkema, U.S. Eastern Virginia District Court,
11/28/95, No. 95-1107-A (RTC [Scientology shell corp.] v. Lerma,
Digital..., Washington Post, et. al.)
"The invidiousness of the alleged conspiracy is best reflected in
the fact that plaintiff was sued 21 times over the course of a 17-
month period in jurisdictions ranging from New York to
California.... we hold that plaintiff has sufficiently alleged the
elements of the tort of malicious prosecution and, for purposes of
this case, the tort of civil conspiracy to commit malicious
-- Chief Justice Freeman, Illinois Supreme Court, 9/18/97, No.
80868 (Cult Awareness Network v. Church of Scientology, et. al.)
"In reality the church is a hugely profitable global racket that
survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like
manner. [...]Eleven top Scientologists, including Hubbard's wife,
were sent to prison in the early 1980s for infiltrating,
burglarizing and wiretapping more than 100 private and government
agencies in attempts to block their investigations.
[...]Scientology has brought hundreds of suits against its
perceived enemies and today pays an estimated $20 million annually
to more than 100 lawyers.
One legal goal of Scientology is to bankrupt the opposition or bury
it under paper. The church has 71 active lawsuits against the IRS
[...]'In my opinion the church has one of the most effective
intelligence operations in the U.S., rivaling even that of the
FBI,' says Ted Gunderson, a former head of the FBI's Los Angeles
Foreign governments have been moving even more vigorously against
the organization. In Canada the church and nine of its members will
be tried in June on charges of stealing government documents....
Since 1986 authorities in France, Spain and Italy have raided more
than 50 Scientology centers. Pending charges against more than 100
of its overseas church members include fraud, extortion, capital
flight, coercion, illegally practicing medicine and taking
advantage of mentally incapacitated people. In Germany last month,
leading politicians accused the cult of trying to infiltrate a
major party as well as launching an immense recruitment drive in
-- Richard Behar, TIME Magazine article "Scientology: The
Thriving Cult of Greed and Power", May 6, 1991 (cases above all
resulted in convictions) (TIME was sued for slander by Scientology
over this article, TIME prevailed)
"Convictions, seized church documents and defectors affidavits
demonstrate that Scientologists have already indulged in burglary,
kidnapping, false imprisonment, espionage, blackmail, and
conspiracies to steal government documents and to obstruct justice."
Judge A. Wallace Tashima
also criticized the cult heavily for its litigation tactics, intended to harass anddestroy rather than win the case. The ruling quotes Judge Ideman, whohas since recused himself, concerning the cult's tactics.
"This noncompliance has consisted of evasions, misrepresentations, broken promises and lies, but ultimately with refusal. As part of this scheme to not comply, the plaintiffs have undertaken a massive campaign of filing every conceivable motion (and some inconceivable)to disguise the true issue in these pretrial proceedings. Apparently viewing litigation as war, plaintiffs by this tactic have had the effect of massively increasing the costs to the other parties, and,for a while, to the Court. The appointment of the
Special Master 4 years ago has considerably relieved the burden to this Court. The scope of plaintiff's efforts have to be seen. to be believed. (SeeExhibit 'A', photo of clerk with filings, and Exhibit 'B', copy of clerk's docket with 81 pages and 1,737 filings.) "Yet it is all puffery -- motions without merit or substance.'
READER'S DIGEST, May 1980, (SCIENTOLOGY: Anatomy of a
"He is a fraud and has always been a fraud.
My father has always used the confidential information extracted
from people during [confessionals] to intimidate, threaten and
coerce them to do what he wanted, which often meant getting them to
give him money. My father routinely used false threats and
[information from confessionals] particularly about crimes people
had committed to extort money from them.
My father has always held out Scientology and auditing to be based
purely on science and not-on religious 'belief or faith. We
regularly promised and distributed publications with 'scientific
guarantees'. This was and has always been common practice. My
father and I created a 'religious front' only for tax purposes and
legal protection 'from fraud Claims'. We almost always told nearly
everyone that Scientology was really science, not a religion, but
that the religious front was created to deal with the government."
-- Ronald DeWolf a.k.a. L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. (son of L. Ron
Hubbard), Affadavit in Schaick v. Church of Scientology, US
District Court Mass., No. 79-2491
"Mr. Hubbard showed up for the divorce proceedings in Port Orchard,
Wash.; he had another woman with him that he was supposed to have
married during 1946.
Mrs. Ochs produced two old newspaper article which gave an account
of the divorce proceedings of the second wife. The articles in
'The Mirror' Los Angeles, Calif. paper dated April 23. 1951 page
12, and the 'Los Angeles Times' April 24, 1951 related how Mrs.
Sarah Northrup Hubbard, from a Pasadena family, was kidnapped, had
her child (Alexis Valery - 13 ¢ month old daughter) taken from her
by Hubbard and was asking for a divorce."
-- FBI report of interview with Margaret Ochs (1st wife of L.
Ron Hubbard), Inspector W. Beale Grove, Philadelphia District,
2/20/63 (Official documents prove that L. Ron Hubbard was in fact
guilty of bigamy)
"My older daughter [Alexis Valerie] (who is Ron's daughter)....
[man representing himself as Ron's agent] had several typewritten
pages of 'statements' to read her. It had obviously been written
It said to her that she was illegitimate - that I was a 'street-
walker' he had hired as a combination housekeeper-secretary. He
said that he fired me and that I came back to his doorstep
'destitute and pregnant' and that out of his great heart he had
taken me in to see me through my trouble'.
He said that when Alexy was a 'Toddler' she was a cute little thing
so he took her and a cat, 'Motor Boat', along on his wanderings 'as
pets' for 2 years....
I was furious that he would try to hurt Alexy - I wrote him a long
letter telling him what I thought of him for inflicting his madness
on Alexy but before I sent it Alexy called and begged me to do
nothing. She said, quite rightly, that he was crazy enough to do
anything. She asked me to just be thankful that we had escaped
contact through all these years."
-- Letter from Sara Northrup (L. Ron Hubbard's 2nd wife) to
Paulette Cooper, 20 May 1972
"[L. Ron] Hubbard once spoke about his strategies for 'handling'
his enemies. The best way was to, literally, drive them crazy, to
use all one's resources to find their weaknesses and hit them
hardest where it hurt the most. He said there were few men in
history who mastered the techniques to do so successfully. He
intimated he was one.
[...]A Hubbard bulletin of 5 November 1967, 'Critics of
Scientology', states, '...Never discuss Scientology with the
critic. Just discuss his or her crimes, known and unknown. And act
completely confident that those crimes exist....'
Hubbard policy of 25 February 1966, 'Attacks on Scientology,'
...states, Scientology must respond to attacks by '...attacking the
attackers only. NEVER agree to an investigation of Scientology.
ONLY agree to an investigation of the attackers. This is the
correct procedure: (1) Spot who is attacking us. (2) Start
investigating them promptly for FELONIES or worse using our own
professionals, not outside agencies ... (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 tough,
rough on attackers all the way....'
[...]Because of the continued refusal to cooperate, Lyn [Froyland]
was rapidly assigned to the RPF's RPF. This was several steps down
from the RPF, in the boiler room under the Ft. Harrison hotel
building. It was a dark, filthy, smelly place where the huge
boilers roared and clanked day and night and where the rats lived.
Lyn was chained to a pipe down there for weeks, under guard. She
was taken meals and allowed toilet breaks, but no other hygiene. I
tried desperately to get her to repent and get out of the hole, but
she would not. The longer she stayed in the hole, the less she
spoke and the more unwilling, sullen, filthy and feral looking she
-- Hana (Eltringham) Whitfield, 4/4/94, (Declaration in Church
of Scientology v. Fishman & Geertz, No. CV 91-6426, US Central
California District Court)
"On May 19.1973, a New York journalist, Paulette Cooper, was
indicted before a federal grand jury on charges of sending bomb
threats to the Church of Scientology.
In October 1973, in a legal move born of despair, Ms Cooper agreed
to take a truth serum test to prove her innocence. It worked and
the state shelved the charges.
Four years later Ms Cooper was telephoned at her Manhattan
apartment by the FBI. They had seized documents from the Church of
Scientology and had learned that she had been framed by the sect
over the bomb threats and had been the victim of a carefully
planned operation aimed at driving her insane or having her gaoled.
Ms Cooper qualified as a target of Scientology's dirty tricks
operations because she had been an uncompromising critic of
Scientology since December 1969, when her first article on the
followers of L. Ron Hubbard was published by a British women's
magazine. The holder of a master's degree in psychology, Ms Cooper
had written a book about the sect, The Scandal of Scientology,
published in 1971.
The seized Scientology documents show that in the course of their
campaign of vilification against Ms Cooper the scientologists:
1. Framed her on the bomb-threat charges, stealing stationery from
her apartment to forge the threatening letter.
2. Sued her 14 times, at one stage themselves importing copies of
her book to the UK to take advantage of Britain's notoriously
tough libel laws.
3. Put her name on pornographic mailing lists.
4. Stole a legal note from her lawyer to gain an advantage in
5. Made spurious allegations to the internal revenue service about
her father's tax affairs.
6. Sent agents to befriend her, date her and spy on her.
7. Wrote graffiti in public places giving her telephone number and
-- John Forte (former British Vice-Consul in Corfu) in book "The
Commodore and the Colonels"
"For most of the mission holders, it was their first glimpse of
David Miscavige. Security guards never left his side during the
evening. Apart from introducing each speaker, he had little to say
to the audience. He merely warned them what would happen to anyone
who turned against Scientology.
'That person's future is black. It is so black I can't even
describe it right now. I can't even even find the words to
describe how black that person's future is . . . I mean it
is really black.'
Within a few days, some of them found out exactly what he meant.
Eighteen were taken out to the Scientology prison camp at Happy
Valley where they joined David Mayo, who had been there since the
summer. They were kept for several months before being released."
-- Transcript of 1982 "Mission Holder Conference" entered as
evidence in July 1984 child custody case before Justice Latey,
Family Division, High Court, London (David Miscavige is the leader
of Scientology since the death of L. Ron Hubbard)
"For 25 years, IRS agents had branded Scientology a commercial
enterprise and refused to give it the tax exemption granted to
churches. The refusals had been upheld in every court....
Scientology's attorneys hired private investigators to dig into the
private lives of IRS officials and to conduct surveillance
operations to uncover potential vulnerabilities.
[...]in October 1993... the IRS announced that it was issuing 30
exemption letters covering about 150 Scientology churches, missions
'It was a very surprising decision,' said Lawrence B. Gibbs, the
IRS commissioner from 1986 to 1989 and Goldberg's predecessor.
'When you have as much litigation over as much time, with the
general uniformity of results that the service had with
Scientology, it is surprising to have the ultimate decision be
favorable. It was even more surprising that the service made the
decision without full disclosure, in light of the prior
At one time, the church and its members had more than 50 lawsuits
pending against the IRS and its officials."
-- Douglas Frantz, St. Petersburg Times, 3/9/97, "Details of
Church's IRS Battle Emerge"
"I also witnessed a fourteen year old boy being locked up in the
chain locker of the ship, where he was made to spend the night. The
chain locker is a small dark space where the chain to the anchor to
the ship is stored when the ship is not at anchor. I witnessed this
happening several times to people....
Hubbard claimed that the RPF was an act of benevolence on his part
to 'rehabilitate' psychotic criminals. Actually, in my opinion and
experience, the RPF was a prison camp.
-- Document written by Monica Pignotti, 9/26/89
"The four-year-old boy could no longer cry. He had been nearly 40
hours in the chain locker of the flagship Apollo and his entire
body was aching from his efforts to chip off rust. His knees and
hands were raw with cuts and bruises. His voice was raspy from
crying, and he was desperately afraid. He was constantly making
resolutions to never, never again eat the Commodores telexes--the
most recent crime of which he had been accused.
Little Tony had entered the chain locker through the tiny manhole
that led to it. The metallic sound as the lid slammed shut sounded
final somehow. The space was cramped for even his small body, and
he was enveloped by darkness. It was wet in there and very, very
scary. The chains of the ship's anchor took on the dimensions of a
monster. At one point a rat scuttled by him squealing. He was sure
he was going to die.
[...]Tonja Burden claims that she saw people placed in the chain
lockers on a number of occasions at the direct orders of Hubbard.
Tonja wrote, in a legal affidavit, years after leaving the Sea Org
'I saw one boy held in there for thirty nights crying and
begging to be released. He was only allowed out to clean
the bilges, where the sewerage and refuse of the ship
[...]Ron Jr. states in a sworn affidavit:
'I have personal knowledge that my father regularly used illegal drugs including amphetamines, barbituates and hallucinogens. He regularly used cocaine, peyote, and mescaline.
According to statements made by attorney Michael Flynn, Hubbard, until at least February of 1980, filled out fraudulent 'doctor's' prescriptions for a large array of medical drugs for himself".
Sara Hubbard explained that Hubbard was 'self-medicated,' but that during the five years they were married, she knew of no instances when he used 'street drugs'.
Armstrong, told me, among other things, of a letter from Hubbard to his third wife Mary Sue when Hubbard was in Las Palmas during 1967 at the inception of the Sea Org. This letter is now in the custody of the court. In it Hubbard tells his wife: 'I'm drinking lots of rum and popping pinks and greys.'
John McMasters told me that on the flagship Apollo in the late sixties, he witnessed Hubbard's drug supply. 'It was the largest drug chest I had ever seen. He had everything!'
It was shown in the Armstrong trial in Los Angeles in 1984 that Hubbard even had blank prescription slips from the U.S. Navy, one of which had a prescription for phenobarbital (a barbituate and hypnotic) written in Hubbard's handwriting.
Also, in the Armstrong trial where the "Affirmations" [handwritten essays by Hubbard] were introduced, a letter by Hubbard to his first wife was revealed, the last sentence of which declared: 'I do love you, even if I used to be an opium addict.' -- Bent Corydon (former Mission owner) in his book "Messiah or Madman?"
"Substantial evidence supports the conclusion Scientology leaders made the deliberate decision to ruin Wollersheim economically and possible psychologically....We do not mean to suggest Scientology's retributive program... represented a full scale modern day 'inquisition.' Nevertheless there are some parallels in purpose and effect. 'Fair game,' like the 'inquisition,' targeted heretics. ... Church practices conducted in a coercive environment are not qualified to be voluntary religious practices entitled to first amendment religious freedom guarantees... We hold that the state has a compelling interest in allowing its citizens to recover for serious emotional injuries they suffer through religious practices they are coerced into accepting. Such conduct is too outrageous to be protected under the constitution and too unworthy to be privileged under the law of torts." -- California appellate court, 2nd district, 7th division, Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of California, Civ. No. B023193 Cal. Super. (1986)
See: Chris Wood's Canadian repository of Judicial Opinions See: Chris Owen's UK repository of Judicial Opinions