2019-09-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
They're boasting about their accomplishments again — and their boasts are the best evidence of their complete failure.
Super Power and Cause Resurgence
A couple of notes at the outset. It seems they have adopted the IAS "successful action" — to get people to show up for reg events these days you need to offer free meals. Flag, being the Mecca of Technical Perfection and the Friendliest Place on Earth is going one better. Flying in their own chefs "as seen on [sort of] TV" to whip up some pizza and gelato. Should generate massive crowds. I do note they never show any pictures of my son in their team of chefs. He is one of them.
In June we featured an excerpt from Janis Gillham Grady's first 'Commodore's Messenger' volume, and now, today, her second volume becomes available for the first time, Commodore's Messenger Book Two: Riding Out the Storms With L. Ron Hubbard. To mark the occasion, she's generously shared with us a short excerpt from her many adventures aboard the ship Apollo with the Commodore and, in this case, on land in Tangiers in 1972.
Because the ship was meant to be gone for only a month or so, and a driver's license was not required in Morocco to ride a 50cc motorbike, several of the auditors and snipes who owned motorbikes loaned theirs to the Messengers to keep ashore with them in Tangier. Dusty Rhodes allowed me to borrow his bike and care for it while I stayed in Tangier and he sailed with the ship to Lisbon. This was great, since it gave us our own transportation between the Tours Reception Center (TRC) and Villa Laure. It also gave us the freedom to ride into town when we wanted to. It took about 20 minutes to ride between the villa and TRC. The villa was located in the north part of Tangier, past the cemetery in the hills on the east side, behind the Kasbah, while TRC was southeast of Tangier, outside of town on the way to the airport.
As Molly and I were getting ready to leave the villa one afternoon, Mary Sue and Nikki had decided to go to town. Molly and I rushed to leave before them in the hopes of not getting stuck behind them driving slowly down the hill towards town. Not a good choice! Molly was driving with me on the back. There were lots of curves which were not a concern to us until she hit gravel as we leaned into the curve. We went flying.
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2018-09-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is supposedly a rousing success story from a new OT VIII completion. They published this as something to be proud of. Explaining the massive wins available from the pinnacle of The Bridge.
And this is all "E.T." could come up with — it was remarkable (apparently not as not much in the way of remarks) and gave "more attention for the present" (not even "I'm in PT" which is the supposed result of Objectives) and "felt" the ability to "know and understand" was increased and and enlarged. And a raise in Reality and Affinity can, according to LRH, be increased by talking to someone. Just talking. For free.
And apparently it is the best they could find.
The election overlaps a pivotal time in the city, when officials are implementing a $55 million waterfront redevelopment plan, addressing regional transportation concerns and facing an uncertain relationship with downtown's largest property owner, the Church of Scientology.
City Manager Bill Horne said that during a meeting earlier this year, he asked Scientology leader David Miscavige how the church would react if the city bought a 1.4 acre vacant property Scientology also wanted. Horne said Miscavige responded that he'd wait to collaborate and "work with the next council."
Since the City Council voted 5-0 to buy the property April 20, Scientology officials have had little communication with Horne's staff, ignoring most of their calls and emails.
As we reported in our previous post, The Church of Scientology has been caught red-handed in a social media fraud in which it used stock photos to pose as Scientologists. These fake Scientologists were then used to launch social media attacks on Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, A&E, A&E's sponsors, and the courageous people who appear on Leah's show Scientology and the Aftermath. This is a scandal and a disgrace for Scientology.
There is yet another Church of Scientology scam to cover today. For over a decade Scientology leader David Miscavige has claimed that the Scientology Volunteer Ministers formed the "largest independent relief force on Earth. " This has always been a lie and will always be a lie. However, Scientology still makes this claim:
The Scientology Volunteer Ministers program (VMs) was established by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, in 1976. Some 100,000 VMs in 120 nations helped more than 1.6 million people in the last year alone, making the Scientology Volunteer Ministers the largest independent relief organization on Earth.
The drone pilot is back! Since last September, the Underground Bunker has been the beneficiary of a shadowy anonymous drone operator who has allowed us to premiere his amazing overhead views of secretive Scientology sites.
He's twice given us amazing views of the CST headquarters in the mountains above LA, where we believe that Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige banished his wife in 2005. He's also been over Int Base near Hemet (twice), as well as vault locations in Tuolumne County, Petrolia, California, and near Trementina, New Mexico, as well as the ranch near Creston, California where L. Ron Hubbard died.
Each time, he's made his lavish 4K videos available free of charge and with no strings attached, and filmmakers and television production companies have been taking advantage of it. (We've seen his footage pop up in Leah Remini's A&E series, for example.)
Leah Remini walked away from the Church of Scientology with her family in 2013.
And the actress, 47, credits best friend Jennifer Lopez, 48, for helping her escape its clutches.
Now the star is calling out the organization for hypocrisy and breaking its own rules when it comes to who it allows its members to associate with, in an interview with People magazine.
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This is the abandoned Scientology base in Sweeney Ranch, Wyoming. In 2009 when the local government learned from neighbors that the Scientologists were digging a large vault into the hillside without the proper permits, they shut down the project. The building materials were left on the site rather than paying to truck them away. The damage done to the hillside was never restored. The ranch is now used to graze cattle.
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The video is part of a series covering all of the major Scientology bases in the Western USA. This video was created for use in documentaries and may be used by anyone without credit or restrictions.
Please visit Tony Ortega's blog for more information about this video:
The video is part of a series covering all of the major Scientology bases in the Western USA. This video was created for use in documentaries and may be used by anyone without credit or restrictions.
2016-09-01, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Here we have Chapter 5 by Dorthe Refslund Christensen called "Scientology and Self-Narrativity: Theology and Soteriology as Resource and Strategy." Dorthe is an associate professor and professional researcher at the School of Communication and Culture in Denmark. She's actually written two chapters in this book, this being the first, and she wrote two other papers about Scientology back in 2005.
Now this week's is a doozie. Remember that in all likelihood, this week's essay was never meant to be read out loud to us regular folks and perhaps not ever read at all. It's difficult stuff to decipher and understand, but we won't let that stop us.
First off, the word soteriology means the doctrine of salvation. Dorthe uses this word A LOT. According to my friends at Wikipedia, "In the academic field of religious studies, soteriology is understood by scholars as representing a key theme in a number of different religions and is often studied in a comparative context; that is, comparing various ideas about what salvation is and how it is obtained."
Late last night, Marty Rathbun posted at his blog a lengthy broadside criticizing Ron Miscavige's memoir, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.
The book came out in May and describes how Ron Miscavige introduced his son, church leader David Miscavige, to Scientology in 1969 as they looked for a solution to the 9-year-old's asthma. The entire family eventually got into Scientology and moved to England to pursue courses and so David could become an auditor. After returning to the US, David got close to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and eventually, after Hubbard's death in 1986, took over the organization. In 1985, Ron, a musician, joined the "Sea Org" and played trumpet and led Scientology's orchestra, which played frequently at church events around the world. But eventually, as Ron describes in his book, he became disaffected with Scientology under the dictatorial rule of his son, and in March 2012 he and his wife Becky Bigelow escaped from a compound near Hemet, California.
After that escape, Ron learned that his son had assigned private investigators to follow him, and David also instructed his sisters, Denise and Lori, to cut off ties with their father. That's what motivated him, Ron says, to write his book and reveal what a totalitarian ruler his son had become. His book was a bestseller, and it was featured on a highly watched episode of ABC's 20/20 program.
2016-09-01, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
I did not plan on reading Ron Miscavige's book. Since Ron spent dozens of hours on the phone with me after leaving Scientology to share his observations and thoughts about his experience I did not think there was anything else to be learned from him. Then after his first sensational press junket, his publisher St Martins reached out to me as follows:
The only book to examine the origins of Scientology's current leader, Ruthless: My Son David Miscavige, and Me (published by St. Martin's Press on May 3, 2016) is the revealing story of David Miscavige's childhood and his path to the head seat of the Church of Scientology as seen through the eyes of his father, Ron Miscavige.
The BFI London Film Festival announced today that among the films it has selected for its 59th year will be My Scientology Movie, the highly anticipated BBC-backed Louis Theroux feature that will premiere on October 14.
Produced by Oscar-winner Simon Chinn and directed by John Dower, the film is presented by Theroux, who has made a career out of gently coaxing amazing interviews out of people in some of America's strangest subcultures. And while he was filming this movie he became the target of Scientology's camera-wielding crazies, as we reported last December.
In one incident, former Scientology executive Mark "Marty" Rathbun was filming scenes with Theroux at a Hollywood studio when, as they were exiting, they were ambushed by two older Scientologists carrying handheld cameras.
2014-09-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
In the era of massive, straight up and vertical, 47X expansion in the wake of GAGII one could be forgiven for assuming that this would be most evident in the LA area — "home to the largest population of scientologists on earth" according to the infallible pronouncements of Dear Leader.
One might also assume that the boom is happening at the bottom of the Bridge with the massive international dissemination campaigns "sponsored by the IAS" and the enormous international dissemination center right there in LA, alongside the largest digital printing plant on earth at Bridge Publications and the state-of-the-art Audio Visual production facility in Riverside County so amazing it needs to be protected by 24/7 security guards, cameras, motion sensors and infrared cameras. And we haven't even mentioned the astonishing reach of scientology on the internet, or the new TV studio just purchased, or the 7 ideal orgs in the area, plus CC Int. And international management and the Flag Command Bureau. And Author Services and the IAS. The largest number of Sea Org members anywhere. It is a veritable cornucopia of amazing scientology pluspoints in the LA area — if anywhere should be experiencing the bursting at the seams expansion, it would be LA.
You would expect the Mission scene to be booming. Weekly announcements of new Missions opening in the area (after all, there are supposed to 20 Missions around each Class V org — that would be 120 just in LA) and the Ideal Orgs are supposed to be creating new missions and field groups like mushrooms popping up after a spring shower.
The last time we reported on the 19 lawsuits filed against Scientology's drug rehab network Narconon by Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton, we told you that Hamilton had won a decisive victory in the Geanacopulos lawsuit when Judge James C. Mahan denied the motion to dismiss filed by Narconon International and the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE).
We called it an across-the-board victory as Judge Mahan knocked down each of the arguments made by International and ABLE, and we may have been more right than we realized.
We just learned that Narconon's attorneys have asked that its motions to dismiss in several of the Hamilton lawsuits be withdrawn. There's no explanation given, and in each of the lawsuits — McClure, Tino, Winchell, and Yates — it's the law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, representing Rainbow Canyon Retreat — the Narconon Fresh Start facility in Caliente, Nevada — which has asked for the withdrawals. (The Geanocopoulis lawsuit also involves the Nevada rehab center.)
I thought this story had ended a few years ago. Back in 2012, we wrote about how The Washington Post and some other big name media outlets were claiming that a guy named V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai had "invented email" in 1978. The problem was that it wasn't even close to true and relied on a number of total misconceptions about email, software and copyright law. Ayyadurai and some of his friends have continued to play up the claim that he "invented" email, but it simply was never true, and it's reaching a level that seems truly bizarre. Ayyadurai may have done some interesting things, but his continued false insistence that he invented email is reaching really questionable levels. And, now it's gone absolutely nutty, with the Huffington Post running a multi-part series (up to five separate articles so far -- all done in the past 10 days) all playing up misleading claims saying that Ayyadurai invented email, even though even a basic understanding of the history shows he did not.
Let's take care of the basics first, and then we'll dig in on what's going on here, because it's really quite ridiculous. First off, no one denies that V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai -- an apparently very bright 14-year-old at the time -- wrote an email software program for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 1978. By all accounts, it was a perfectly decent email system that allowed the UMDNJ staff to send electronic messages. Further, no one doubts that, in 1981, Ayyadurai registered the copyright on his program, which was called EMAIL. The problems are that (1) email was invented long before 1978, (2) the copyright is merely on the specific software code, not the idea of email, and (3) while Ayyadurai may have independently recreated the basics of email (and even added a nice feature), none of his work was even remotely related to what later became the standards of email. What's most sickening about this is that as part of this new PR campaign, Ayyadurai is ridiculously arguing that the reason no one believes him isn't because he's simply wrong, but because they can't stand to believe that "a dark-skinned immigrant kid, 14 years old," invented email, and that it was done in "one of the poorest cities in the US" rather than at a famous university.
Again, that might make for a nice story line if there were some factual basis behind it, but there isn't. The history of email is well-documented from multiple sources and it began way, way before 1978. And while early versions were somewhat crude, by 1978 they had basically everything that Ayyadurai claims to have invented (it is entirely believable that Ayyadurai, as a bright kid, independently came up with the same ideas, but he was hardly the first). There was a messaging system called MAILBOX at MIT in 1965. You can read all the details of it here, including source code. Ray Tomlinson is frequently credited with inventing the modern concept of email for the internet by establishing the @ symbol (in 1972) as a way of determining both the user and which computer to send the email to. By 1975, there were things like email folders (invented by Larry Roberts) and some other basic email apps. As is noted, by 1976 -- two years before Ayyadurai wrote his app -- email was 75% of all ARPANET traffic.
It's not every day that we get to hear directly from David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology.
When we see or hear his words, it tends to be in speeches that he gives to other Scientologists at church events. We also suspect that he often writes some of the public pronouncements that Scientology puts out under the name of its international spokeswoman, Karin Pouw. But words for public consumption under Miscavige's own signature are very rare, and tend only to occur in court declarations. As far as we can tell, the last one he made was in 1999.
And that's why we think it's a pretty big deal that this week, Miscavige submitted a declaration in the lawsuit filed August 16 by Monique Rathbun, a lawsuit which alleges that Miscavige and Scientology have orchestrated a four-year harassment campaign against her simply because she is married to Mark "Marty" Rathbun, who was once Miscavige's top lieutenant before he became an outspoken critic of the church.
2013-09-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
These 3 email/promotipons were sent out last week. Each is as nutty as the next. All are irrefutable evidence that the Vulture Culture reigns supreme in the world of corporate Scientology.
The first promotes (last week) the "Maiden Voyage" (that didn't happen in JUNE).
But more bizarre is the bottom of this list..... Seems the Ideal Org Strategy in the "First Ideal Continent" has run into a few speed bumps chasms. As I recall, St Louis bought a building some years ago.... Hawaii has just never gone anywhere, even in this "era of Massive International Expansion greater in the last year than in all 50 previous years combined under the amazing leadership of our Dear Leader following in the footsteps of our Founder L. Ron Hubbard." Santa Barabara, featured in the next one, managed to raise $900! That's not going to go far in Santa Barbara....
In the October issue, Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth reports that in 2004 Scientology embarked on a top-secret project headed by Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige, which involved finding a girlfriend for Tom Cruise. According to several sources, the organization devised an elaborate auditioning process in which actresses who were already Scientology members were called in, told they were auditioning for a new training film, and then asked a series of curious questions including: "What do you think of Tom Cruise?" Marc Headley, a Scientologist from age seven, who says he watched a number of the audition videotapes when he was head of Scientology's in-house studio, tells Orth, "It's not like you only have to please your husband-you have to toe the line for Scientology."
2011-09-01, Sofia M. Fernandez, Hollywood Reporter
The Church of Scientology has published a 52-page glossy magazine mocking The New Yorker. The impetus for the parody publication was "The Apostate," a February New Yorker article detailing Crash director Paul Haggis' disillusion and exit from the church.
Called Freedom, the Scientology mag has its own elaborate website and leads with the cover story titled "The New Yorker: What a Load of Balderdash." Employing a typeface similar to the New Yorker's signature font, the articles in the mock (but clearly expensive and thorough) publication take issue with "The Apostate" author Lawrence Wright, New Yorker editors and fact checkers, and Haggis himself in a piece titled "A Freedom Profile of Paul Haggis: The Hypocrite of Hollywood."
2010-09-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Scientology presents a glittering public facade, with their high-profile celebrities, polished videos, sophisticated TV ads, and impressive buildings. It is a public image that Jefferson Hawkins helped to craft, in the 36 years he spent working for the Church of Scientology. Yet behind that facade is a hidden world of physical and mental abuse, harassment, sleep deprivation, labor camps, family disconnection, and flagrant human rights violations. Anyone who dares to reveal what really goes on behind Scientology's dazzling curtain is mercilessly attacked and vilified by the Church. In Counterfeit Dreams, Hawkins traces his Scientology experience from his first eager fascination with the subject in the late 1960's to his departure, three decades later, discarded, vilified and shunned as a "Suppressive Person." Here is the detailed story of Scientology's gradual descent into abuse, fanaticism and violence. It is a story that resonates with anyone who has ever experienced abusive control, who has seen their idealism and dreams turned into mental manipulation, and who has ever had to turn their back on life as they know it and start anew. "Jeff Hawkins has written a compelling and emotional story that demonstrates how intelligent people can be drawn into and controlled by abusive, authoritarian groups. His new book, Counterfeit Dreams, is a must-read not only for those who have been directly involved with Scientology, but also for their family and friends who want to understand it from a 36-year insider at the highest levels. Furthermore, I believe former members of other abusive, totalitarian groups would benefit from reading this valuable book." Steven Hassan, author of Releasing the Bonds.
The church's attorneys objected that Dandar violated his agreement. Senior Circuit Judge Robert Beach agreed and in June 2009 ordered Dandar to withdraw from the new case.
Dandar resisted for some time, even asking the Florida Supreme Court to review the case. Finally, though, four months ago Dandar filed a motion to withdraw from the federal lawsuit.
But on April 12, U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday told him he cannot get out of it. The reason: No other attorney wants to take on Scientology. Two days later, records show, Beach found Dandar in willful contempt of court.
So Dandar is stuck between a state judge telling him to leave Scientology alone and a federal judge telling him he can't. And, according to federal court records, he has been fined $50,000 plus $1,000 a day by the state court until he withdraws from the federal case.
In the Scientology case, the High Court defined religion in Australia. A religion had to have belief in a supernatural being or principle and "canons of conduct that give effect to that belief". It had to have a building and a paid minister and it had to be open to the public.
It is in this spirit, then, that the Sydney Church of Scientology was obligated to accept me again when I visited for a Sunday service some weeks after my personality test.
The service was held in a room in the Surry Hills building. Two walls were covered with a crimson curtain. A third wall had a bookcase containing six trophies awarded to the 'Sydney Org'. There was a lectern and a wooden Scientology cross. Eighteen plastic chairs were lined up for the congregants. Ten came. All, including myself, attended as single individuals. None came with partners or family. Most were men.
2009-09-01, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
As reported in an earlier post, Flag is now using bald threats to try to force people to come to Flag. Certain OTs received a "summons" from the Director of Inspections and Reports FSO ordering them to report for services, with a threat of a Comm Ev if they dared to non-comply.
Well, it appears the level of threat and duress is increasing, as Flag becomes more and more desperate for income to support Miscavige's expensive real estate addiction.
As reported on Marty Rathbun's blog,
When I allowed my daughter, then a minor, to join the Sea Organization, I was told that Sea Organization Members are allowed three weeks holiday per year. In fact, it is stated in the contract that Katherine signed in 1993: "2. HOLIDAYS: '...three (3) weeks per continuous active year for Sea Org Members'." This has never happened.
Evidently, what Clement is relying on is an essay written by Colin Mangham of the Drug Prevention Network of Canada, a Randy White-led group of anti-harm reduction ideologues that includes on its board at least two people who have been affiliated with Narconon, a Church of Scientology-related anti-drug program. (White himself has expressed enthusiasm for prison Narconon programs.)
As I argued previously, Mangham's piece is not a scientific paper, but is rather an error-riddled opinion piece published on a Drug Free America Foundation website. Mangham nevertheless thought highly enough of his shoddy work to write to the federal government about it, and evidently the feds are listening, which isn't surprising given that former Conservative MP White -- and now, the Church of Scientology -- obviously has the ear of the Conservatives.
2005-09-01, Michael Jonathan Grinfeld, Psychiatric Times
In an effort to achieve balanced reporting, journalists will often treat medical reporting like political reporting, where the sides are clearly demarcated, Oransky said. "Medical reporting needs to be based, obviously, on solid critical thinking and great reporting. You will see the fringes of science and medicine because, for whatever reason, journalists are not able to distinguish between an either mainstream or prevailing opinion and not."
That may account for appearances by Julian Whitaker, M.D., a California physician trained in orthopedics, who promotes and markets a regimen of diet, exercise and nutrients for a variety of serious health issues. Whitaker acknowledges on his Web site that he's a practitioner of "alternative medicine," who's taken "the road less traveled." On both CNN and Fox News prime-time evening programs, Whitaker, representing the Scientology-sponsored Citizen's Commission on Human Rights, denied that mental illness had any basis other than the whim of psychiatrists.
Church leader David Miscavige agreed, stating quite clearly at the International Association of Scientologists in Copenhagen: "Objective one -- place Scientology at the absolute center of society. Objective two -- eliminate psychiatry in all its forms."
For obvious reasons, the lauding of religious leaders isn't supposed to be practiced in U.S. public schools, at least not as a class activity. Yet one widely used school program concludes by having students applaud Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The program is called Narconon, and it has notable Scientology links.
2003-09-01, Stephen A. Kent, Marburg Journal of Religion
At stake in the European human rights debate over Scientology is the legitimacy of various governmental responses to the organization that limit, and potentially prevent, its activities and those of its members. By any means, at all costs, Scientology must portray itself as an aggrieved party whose rights are being trampled by officials who are fostering bigotry, discrimination, rabid secularism, and denominational protectionism of historic faiths. Seen in this context, my lengthy and detailed publications about Scientology's near-certain human rights violations cannot go unchallenged by the organization and its defenders.
2003-09-01, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Marburg Journal of Religion
Regarding Scientology, we have two competing claims before us. The first, espoused by most NRM scholars, as well as some legal and administrative decisions, asserts that Scientology is a religion, perhaps misunderstood and innovative, but a religion nevertheless, thus worthy of our scholarly attention. The second, found in most media reports, some government documents in various countries, and many legal and administrative decisions, states that Scientology is a business, often given to criminal acts, and sometimes masquerading as a religion. Let us start our examination of the issue with a piece of recent history, reported in a newspaper article, which is reproduced here in its entirety.
2000-09-01, Verena Dobnik, Associated Press, Seattle Times
According to Margaret Salinger, her father also studied Scientology, homeopathy and Christian Science and engaged in a hodgepodge of practices, including drinking urine, sitting in a Reichian "orgone box," speaking in tongues and fasting.
Amazon.com general manager Carl Gish, the executive responsible for what the site sells, denies the company succumbed to church pressure. But he concedes, "We overreacted. It was the wrong decision. Because we don't have the constraints of a physical bookstore, we're held to a higher standard - as we should be."
Less than four months after Atack's book was removed (and hours after the online news media picked up the story), A Piece of Blue Sky was back for sale at Amazon.com. The book's sales immediately skyrocketed, with the title briefly making Amazon.com's top 100 best-sellers list. Now, the University of California Press is considering publishing a new hardcover edition.
1998-09-01, Michael Peckham, Canadian Journal of Sociology
Abstract The interaction between social movements and countermovements is a key aspect of resource mobilization theory, yet researchers have devoted comparatively little study to it. This article uses the conflict between Scientology and its Internet critics as a case study in movement/countermovement interaction, concentrating on resource deprivation and damaging actions. The uniqueness of Internet communication, however, requires adjustments to traditional resource mobilization theory in order to theorize this conflict, and this article proposes two refinements. First, the study of Internet movement/countermovement interaction involves the displacement of the normally-central role of the state in resource mobilization theory. Second, a rethinking of the definition of resources to include "virtual" resources facilitates movement/countermovement analysis on the Internet.
As well as threats from moralists who regard this Finnish remail service to be a dangerous source used to distribute smut, the Church of Scientology would like to pull the plug on this remailer and has called in lawyers to make the names of anonymous critics of Scientology known. In February 1995, the Church of Scientology called in Interpol and Finnish prosecutors in order to find out an144108's real identity.
Pressurized by possible police measures which would have meant disclosing not one but all of the registered names in the database, the system's owner Johan "Julf" Helsingius revealed the identity of the person Scientology was looking for. Just one year later, on August 30th 1996, he announced his remailer would shut down.
"I will close the remailer for the time being because the legal issues concerning the Internet in Finland are yet undefined. The legal protection of the users needs to be clarified. At the moment the privacy of Internet messages is judicially unclear... I have also personally been a target because of the remailer. Unjustified accusations affect both my job and my private life."
1992-09-01, Charles Lindholm, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, Springer Netherlands
Abstract This paper argues that an interpretive meaning-centered analysis is not adequate for understanding collective behavior that is outside the range of calculating rationality. Alternative approaches to collective irrational action are drawn from the work of Weber and Durkheim, as well as from the crowd psychologists Le Bon and Tarde. These approaches are then illustrated in a short analysis of the trajectories and recruitment techniques of two contemporary American religious annunciations: est and Scientology, and the findings applied to the general social formation.
State officials say Gov. Henry Bellmon has been advised not to become involved in a dispute over a proposed drug treatment center in Newkirk.
"It would be inappropriate for the governor to sign any document endorsing a drug treatment center prior to completion of the Department of Mental Health's review of the facility for certification," Andrew Tevington, Bellmon's aide, said.
A group of Native Americans has asked Bellmon to sign a proclamation about drug abuse that mentions the Narconon Chilocco New Life Treatment Center.
Narconon's "purification" program to be used at a proposed drug treatment center near Newkirk has been called illogical and a disguised program to recruit members for the Church of Scientology, two Oklahoma health professionals say. Bruce A. Roe, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma, said the program is "pure unadulterated copies" filled with "some scientific truth, but mainly (it) is illogical." Dr. C. Mark Palmer, a Ponca City doctor specializing in internal medicine, said Narconon's program is filled with "so many false generalizations, internal inconsistencies, outright lies and potentially dangerous treatments, I think it is without question that Narconon will be a detriment to the Newkirk area, Kay County and the state of Oklahoma as a whole."
WASHINGTON -- A Reader's Digest senior editor, author of an article critical of the Church of Scientology, asked a federal court Tuesday to quash a church-sought subpoena aimed at compelling his testimony in a lawsuit.
'This Scientology action seeks to harass and vilify journalists who have published criticism of this criminal enterprise,' said lawyers for Eugene Methvin, a senior editor at the Digest, and Jane Denis Smith, a former researcher at the magazine, in their petition to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Scientology lawyers seek to compel Methvin's and Ms. Smith's testimony in a three-year old lawsuit they have brought aginst one of their harshest and most persistent critics, freelance writer Paulette Cooper, author of the 1971 book, 'The Scandal of Scientology.'