Jon Atack and a Special Guest Wrestle with Gerry Armstrong's Legal Scientology Nightmare - 2013-08-10

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F347.png Jon Atack and a Special Guest Wrestle with Gerry Armstrong's Legal Scientology Nightmare August 10, 2013, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and on Saturdays he's helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.

Last week, we asked Jon to help us understand Gerry Armstrong's past — which is one of the most complex in Scientology history. Jon explained that Gerry had been a young Sea Org member who discovered an amazing trove of original documents that L. Ron Hubbard had amassed over many years. He saved the collection of documents from the shredder, and then got permission to begin archiving it. But the contents of that archive shocked Armstrong: it tended to undercut every claim Hubbard had made about his history, and threatened to seriously harm the reputation of the man who had created Scientology.

Disillusioned by what he had found, Armstrong nevertheless was committed to helping Omar Garrison, a writer who had been hired to pen an official biography of Hubbard. And he was still committed to that project when everything went sour. Years of litigation ensued, and that litigation is complex. In order to tell it, Jon brought in an expert to help us get through this next portion of the Armstrong saga.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Jon Atack and a Special Guest Wrestle with Gerry Armstrong's Legal Scientology Nightmare | url = https://tonyortega.org/2013/08/10/jon-atack-and-a-special-guest-wrestle-with-gerry-armstrongs-legal-scientology-nightmare/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = August 10, 2013 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}