Who is Paulette Cooper and why did she leave alt.religion.scientology?

Subject:      Paulette--goodbye to a.r.s.
From:         paulettec@aol.com (Paulettec)
Date:         1996/06/24
Newsgroups:   alt.religion.scientology 

I stopped reading a.r.s. two weeks ago, and don't plan to read or
post to it again.  As some of you know, in the last month I have
been the victim of one person leveling a lot of untrue charges
against me: distorting events to make me look bad; ignoring me
when I pointed out the truth; making outrageous statement about
events she knows little about; and (I believe) trying to taunt me
into discussing things that can only cause me troubles if I
mention them because of the nature of my settlement contract.
While she claims she is only interested in the truth, it's hard to
believe that of someone so consistently wrong.  Furthermore, when
I and others try to tell her where she's erred, she ignores it and
comes up with new nonsense.

For example, she has written that I was never harassed in the '80s
and implied that I just signed affidavits and ruined people's
suits for money, blithely selling out the anti-Scientology cause.
Lies like these are particularly painful to me, because I gave
almost a third of my life and almost all of my time and money
(about $250,000 in legal and other expenses, plus lost income)
over the 15-year period I fought Scientology, and I would never
have *knowingly* hurt any good anti-Scientologist for any reason,
least of all money.

Reading this garbage about myself is destroying the peace I
finally found when I left everything to do with Scientology in
1985.  After all, it is just as upsetting to me to be flamed now
with false and distorted statements by one person, as it was to be
DAed by Scientology doing the same thing to me for years.

Of course I'd like to stay and defend myself, and naturally I
worry that some will believe what she says if I don't argue each
incorrect statement (so far, about 15 out of 16).  But I tried
that route earlier and she ignored what was pointed out to her,
smugly going on to other false guesses.  So I might as well not
upset myself any further, and more importantly, risk getting
involved with Scientology legally or harassment wise again by my
saying the wrong thing.  (Just remember folks that that just
because someone says something is true doesn't  mean it's so, and
*how* someone says something can be as important as *what* they

But it isn't only what one person is doing to me that has upset me
so much that I am leaving here after almost a year.  I have been
totally disgusted watching what a few of you have done to others:
how you have driven good people away; broken up close friendships;
destroyed people's credibility and reputations; crucified people
for exaggerations and inaccuracies (as if you were always right);
impugned base motives when things were equivocal; outed people;
revealed their personal secrets along with contents of their
private E-mails; and chose to believe those who were obviously
lying, while ignoring those who were telling the truth.

Every time I read another example of this I cringed, thinking of
LRH's phrase about critics; "if possible, ruin him utterly."  And
that appeared to have been the goal of a few--when instead all of
us should have been reaching out to defend and help those who
needed it.

Before you all drive one more person away, or break up one more
friendship, the next time you're about to type something cruel, or
incorrect, or indiscrete, try to ikeep in mind that there's flesh
and blood and feelings on the other end of your flames.

Furthermore, with each knife thrust that you publicly plunge into
a good anti-Scientologist, indeed a good person, you not only
badly hurt their spirit (and thrill Scientology), but you also
frighten away other potentially good folks (and anti
Scientologists!) from speaking out here as well.

Paulette Cooper
Author, "The Scandal of Scientology"

In article <7m43d7$5k9@edrn.newsguy.com>, Arnie says...

new additions.. and

>>>>Current and Past Targets of Ice Pick richardson
>>>>If you have been viciously attacked
>>>>by this psychobitch, and your name isnt listed
>>>> please add your name here..
Tory Bezazian 
Ex-member using name "Bob Sullivan" added 7 march 2002
Activist "Starshadow" 7 March 2002
Ex-member Tory BEzazian AKA Magoo  added 28 March 01
>>>>Bob Minton crusader
>>>>Joe Cisar Ex-Scn
>>>>Phil Scott Ex-scn
>>>>Dierdre ex-scn
>>>>Kim Baker ex-scn
>>>>Phil Scott Ex-scn
>>>>Joe Harrington ex -scn
>>>>Monica Pignotti ex-scn
>>>>Jesse Prince  ex-scn
>>>>Gordon Bell {IRC Nick 'Druid" ] Clear #3910
>>>>Dennis Erlich ex-scn ex-litigant
>>>>Birgitta ex-scn
>>>>Charlotte Kates ex scn
>>>>Arnie Lerma ex-scn, ex litigant Clear #3502
>>>>Stacy Brooks ex-scn, ex editor for Scn's Freedom Magazine
>>>>Lawrence Wollershiem ex-scn [litigant still after 19 years ]
>>>>FACTNet Anti-cult, anti-co$ organization
>>>>Paulette Cooper author, exlitigant sued 16 times by $cientology
>>>>Grady Ward, litigant
>>>>Keith Henson litigant
>>>>Rod Keller, critic, knows more about scn than most $cientologists
>>>>Rob Clark, critic
>>>>Shelley Thompson critic
>>>>William Barwell
>>>>David Bird
>>>>Graham Berry lawyer for ex members
>>>>Anima critic [ nick on ARS]
>>>>anima [from nashville different person ]
>>>>Elizabeth Cox 'Bunnyann' [ irc nick ]ex-member
>>>>Roger Gonnet - French ex-member
>>>>Reverend Thomas Gandow  
>>>>Thomas Padgett - ex-member / litigant ( ex-wife is Scientologist )
>>>>Warrior - Mark PLummer - Ex-Sea org member
for more about Diane Richardson go here Secrets are the mortar binding bricks as lies together into prisons for the mind. I'd prefer to die speaking my mind than live fearing to speak. The only thing that always works in scientology are its lawyers The internet is the liberty tree of the Millenium