Church of Scientology Waiting To Pounce In Mumbai, India

28 11 2008

Cross posted on Counterknowledge.com

As events unfold in Mumbai, India, there are already murmurings among Scientology front groups about how best to take advantage of the tragedy.

The Way To Happiness, a book written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, has the honour of an organisation (the innocuous-sounding Association for Better Living and Education) dedicated solely to its distribution. The British branch of ABLE just sent out an email to members, asking for money to print copies of The Way To Happiness to be sent to Mumbai. Thanks to an ex-Scientologist, we have acquired the leaked email.

This is not the first time that Scientology front groups have taken advantage of tragic events: after the September 11 attacks in New York City in 2001, a group called the “Volunteer Ministers” appeared at Ground Zero along with other “charitable” organisations. But the Volunteer Ministers were sent solely to keep people away from trained mental health professionals, and to use their own form of mental therapy – dianetics – to console the bereaved. The same thing occurred after the Beslan massacre in Russia in 2004, in London on July 7, and in Blacksburg, Virginia after the mass shooting at Virginia Technical Institute. And now, while the gunfire and explosions continue in Mumbai, Scientology is wasting no time in spreading the word.

Also featured in the UK Telegraph.

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Former member shot and killed outside Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre

26 11 2008

Cross posted at Counterknowledge.com

On Sunday, November 23 in Los Angeles, California, a former Scientologist wielding two samurai swords was shot dead by a security guard as he approached the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. Police initially detained the security guard for questioning, but later released him after watching a surveillance tape that backed up the guard’s version of events. LAPD detective Wendi Brendt is quoted in the L.A. Times as saying the man had a previous relationship with the Church of Scientology, but it was unclear to what degree.

In the hours after his death, journalists and members of the internet collective known as “Anonymous” scoured the internet for details about the man, identified as Mario Majorski, of Florence, Oregon. According to this AP newstory featured on a local Oregon news channel website, Majorski was not of entirely sound mind. In October, he had been arrested for threatening an auto club member. He also threatened the police. He had a prior arrest for unlawful possession of a weapon, and, in 2006, a medical facility that was taking care of Majorski’s mother sought a restraining order against him.

In 1993, while he was a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Church of Scientology used Majorski as a plaintiff to sue psychiatrist Dr. Louis J. West. The lawsuit claimed that West interfered with Majorski’s Scientology practises, but it was dismissed for lack of evidence.

Mario Majorski may already have been unstable when he got into Scientology, but did Scientology make his mental illness more manageable, or did Scientology make it worse?

This is not the first time the “Church” has aggravated mental illness in its adherents: in 2003, Scientologist Elli Perkins was stabbed 77 times by her schizophrenic son Jeremy. Jeremy’s schizophrenia could have been controlled with medication, but following advice from the “Church”, Jeremy did not get the treatment he needed. While the security guard did what he was trained to do to protect the safety of his client, the Church of Scientology is surely – at least in part – responsible for Majorski’s breakdown and tragic death.

UPDATE: In the LA Times piece I linked above, Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis lied about Mario Majorski’s involvement with the Church of Scientology. Further research has shown that Majorski may have been active as recently as 2004. His name is shown among a list of people slated to start an important Scientology course. I have produced the scans of that magazine HERE and HERE





Scientology Propaganda: Birth of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS)

12 10 2008

Here’s an example of the Church of Scientology’s delusions of grandeur:

With that kind of mindset, no wonder this space opera cult is dangerous and needs to be taken down.





Potty Training Suri Cruise

11 10 2008

Humor is an essential part in fighting a vicious, nasty cult like the Church of Scientology. So with that, here is Potty Training Suri Cruise by allmuppetcaligula:

Part 2:

Enjoy





Can A Religion Be Prosecuted Under RICO?

20 09 2008

Or a foreign equivalent? France is doing that right now.

ABC News: France On Verge Of Banning Scientology

The Church of Scientology faces trial on deletion fraud charges in Paris, with the possibility that the organization, which claims around 5,000 active members in France in addition to a bevy of Hollywood celebrities such as Tom Cruise, could be banned in France if it loses.

While it enjoys an active presence in the U.S. — it has been recognized as a religious organization by the I.R.S. since 1993 — Scientology has faced strong opposition from French authorities.

France has refused to acknowledge Scientology as a religion, and Miviludes, the French government agency in charge of protecting its citizens from sectarian manipulations, has warned French citizens against participating.

“Scientology is a dangerous movement,” Milivudes president Jean-Michel Roulet told ABCNews.com. “It puts pressure on its victims, it tries to intimidate them and blackmails them.”

Isabelle Montagne, spokesperson with the Paris court of Justice, told ABCNews.com that if Scientology is found guilty of fraud or illegal practice of medical activities, the president of the Paris Scientology Celebrity Centre, one of the biggest centers in France, could be sentenced to seven years in prison and the organization could be forced to close its doors.

Part of the French wariness of Scientology likely stems from a culture that is skeptical of any purported religious organization that requires members to pay money, says Roulet, who says members spend up to $40,000 within their first years in Scientology.

“It is possible for members to pay that amount within a few years,” Daniele Gounord, spokesperson for Scientology in France, told ABCNews.com. “It is possible, if a member is willing to progress fast.”

“This does not fit with the French mentality,” answered Roulet. “At church you are free to give money or not. We are not used to religions in which you have to pay for everything.”

Maybe this will help our spineless US government grow a pair eh? I can dream, can I?

But can France’s laws or US laws be used against a major religion. The Church of Scientology was only formed in 1952, and even then, the religious designation is only for convenience purposes. So technically, it’s not a religion. Can RICO however, be used for a religion that has 1 billion adherents, including 1-2 million here in the US?

See THIS:

Islam is a Racketeering Organization.

The Government of the United States of America Will Eventually Bring Islamic Clerics Up Violation of The RICO Act.

What is the RICO Act?

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Under RICO, a person who is a member of an enterprise that has committed any two of 35 crimes—27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes—within a 10-year period can be charged with racketeering. Those found guilty of racketeering can be fined up to $25,000 and/or sentenced to 20 years in prison per racketeering count. In addition, the racketeer must forfeit all ill-gotten gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of “racketeering activity.” RICO also permits a private individual harmed by the actions of such an enterprise to file a civil suit; if successful, the individual can collect treble damages.

When the U.S. Attorney decides to indict someone under RICO, he or she has the option of seeking a pre-trial restraining order or injunction to temporarily seize a defendant’s assets and prevent the transfer of potentially forfeitable property, as well as require the defendant to put up a performance bond. This provision was placed in the law because the owners of Mafia-related shell corporations often absconded with the assets. An injunction and/or performance bond ensures that there is something to seize in the event of a guilty verdict.

In many cases, the threat of a RICO indictment can force defendants to plead guilty to lesser charges, in part because the seizure of assets would make it difficult to pay a defense attorney.

Despite its harsh provisions, a RICO-related charge is considered easy to prove in court, as it focuses on patterns of behavior as opposed to criminal acts.[2]

There is also a provision for private parties to sue. A “person damaged in his business or property” can sue one or more “racketeers.” The plaintiff must prove the existence of a “criminal enterprise.” The defendant(s) are not the enterprise; in other words, the defendant(s) and the enterprise are not one and the same. There must be one of four specified relationships between the defendant(s) and the enterprise. A civil RICO action, like many lawsuits based on federal law, can be filed in state or federal court. [1]

Both the federal and civil components allow for the recovery of treble damages (damages in triple the amount of actual/compensatory damages).

Although its primary intent was to deal with organized crime, Blakey said that Congress never intended it to merely apply to the Mob. He once told Time, “We don’t want one set of rules for people whose collars are blue or whose names end in vowels, and another set for those whose collars are white and have Ivy League diplomas.”[2]

RICO offenses

Under the law, racketeering activity means:

Any violation of state statutes against gambling, murder, kidnapping, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in the Controlled Substances Act);
Any act of bribery, counterfeiting, theft, embezzlement, fraud, dealing in obscene matter, obstruction of justice, slavery, racketeering, gambling, money laundering,

— commission of murder-for-hire (FATWA) —

, and several other offenses covered under the Federal criminal code (Title 18);
Embezzlement of union funds;
Bankruptcy or securities fraud;
Drug trafficking;
Money laundering and related offenses;
Bringing in, aiding or assisting aliens in illegally entering the country (if the action was for financial gain);
Acts of terrorism.

Pattern of racketeering activity requires at least two acts of racketeering activity, one of which occurred after the effective date of this chapter and the last of which occurred within ten years (excluding any period of imprisonment) after the commission of a prior act of racketeering activity. The U.S. Supreme Court has instructed federal courts to follow the continuity plus relationship test in order to determine whether the facts of a specific case give rise to an established pattern. Predicate acts are related if they “have the same or similar purposes, results, participants, victims, or methods of commission, or otherwise are interrelated by distinguishing characteristics and are not isolated events.” H.J. Inc. v. Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. Continuity is both a closed and open ended concept, referring to either a closed period of conduct, or to past conduct that by its nature projects into the future with a threat of repetition.

Where RICO laws might be applied

Although some of the RICO predicate acts are extortion and blackmail, one of the most successful applications of the RICO laws has been the ability to indict or sanction individuals for their behavior and actions committed against witnesses and victims in alleged retaliation or retribution for cooperating with law enforcement or intelligence agencies.

Violations of the RICO laws can be alleged in cases where civil lawsuits or criminal charges are brought against individuals or corporations in retaliation for said individuals or corporations working with law enforcement, or against individuals or corporations who have sued or filed criminal charges against a defendant.

Anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) laws can be applied in an attempt to curb alleged abuses of the legal system by individuals or corporations who utilize the courts as a weapon to retaliate against whistle blowers, victims, or to silence another’s speech. RICO could be alleged if it can be shown that lawyers and/or their clients conspired and collaborated to concoct fictitious legal complaints solely in retribution and retaliation for themselves having been brought before the courts.

Here’s my answer to the question Can A Religion Be Prosecuted Under RICO:

Scientology is not a religion. It is a criminal enterprise set up by L. Ron Hubbard, a failing science-fiction writer who said “I’d like to start a religion, that’s where the real money is”. So if it is prosecuted in France, or Germany, or the USA, then it will be prosecuted as a criminal enterprise. Can a whole religion be prosecuted under RICO? No, no, and hell no.

The blogger makes no distinction between the ordinary practicing Muslim minding his own business, and the fundamentalist Muslim who wants to convert the whole world to Islam either through bombs or the use of US laws. Also, Islam is not an organization like the Church of Scientology is. Now, certain Islamic organizations that aid terrorist groups or try to silence their opponents are fair game for RICO, but not the whole religion of Islam.

In the ABC article, it mentions that if the Church of Scientology is found guilty of fraud, then it could be banned. If Islam were to be banned anywhere, well then all hell would break loose. And then there is the issue of blow back. Someone could decide that, say, the Christian Reconstructionists are dangerous (and they are), so therefore all of Christianity should be prosecuted under RICO laws and then banned. Some people are deranged enough to do it.

I guess that is also what worries me a little about this potential ban of Scientology in France. Scientology is not a religion at all, but sadly, the consensus among a large number of people is that Scientology is a religion. So I worry about what kinds of aftershocks could happen if France succeeds in banning the cult.





Graham Berry Speaks About Scientology’s Use of Lawfare *MUST WATCH*

8 09 2008

Seriously, this is a very important speech given by Graham Berry, an attorney who has been fighting the cult of Scientology in court for years now.  Recently, he gave a speech as part of a presentation by the German government about the cult of Scientology.  His speech details the long list of crimes committed by the cult and how they compromised the US government, and that is why Germany wants to ban it.  I myself discussed this in my first Glosslip piece, which you can find in this blog.

Part 1:

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5





Anonymous declared “hate group” in Santa Clara County, California

3 09 2008

Some very disturbing news has popped up recently from the South Bay Area in California. Anonymous, the internet based collective that is currently fighting the cult of Scientology, has been declared a hate group by Santa Clara County officials. A county organization called Network for a Hate Free Community has started putting fliers on people’s cars warning them about Anonymous. Here is a copy of one flyer in question:

Local Anonymous are already taking care of this by talking directly to county officials, the mayor of San Jose, and others. But this is very disturbing in many ways. Yes, using the “hate group” smear has been a modus operandi of the cult of Scientology for many years, so in that sense, this news is not disturbing. But it shows how easily influenced our government is. Scientologists contacted them first and the Network For a Hate Free Community did not bother looking at the other side. Many of them mean well, but the accusation of hate crimes is damning enough in their eyes that they didn’t feel the need to look deeper.

It’s best to stop at that before I rant against the folly of government anti-hate committees and human rights commissions. But I hope the local Anonymous are able to change minds about Anonymous. If they still keep on putting fliers like the one above even after talking to Anonymous and ex-Scientologists, well then that will be sad.