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by Rod Keller [email@example.com]
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review summarizes the most significant postings from the Usenet group Alt.religion.scientology for the preceding week for the benefit of those who can't follow the group as closely as they'd like. Out of thousands of postings, I attempt to include news of significant events, new affidavits, court rulings, new contributors, whatever. I hope you find it useful. Like many readers of a.r.s, I have a kill file. So please take into consideration that I may not have seen some of the most significant postings.
The articles in A.r.s Week in Review are brief summaries of articles posted to the newsgroup. They include message IDs for the original articles, and many have a URL to get more information. You may be able to find the original article, depending on how long your site stores articles in the newsgroup before expiring them.
Week in Review is archived at: http://www.xenu.net/archive/WIR/
Carol Publishing Group, New York. 1990. ISBN: 081-840-499X hardback (c) 1990 Jon Atack. Available in the UK by calling 01342 316129, or 0044 1342 316129 in the rest of Europe.
A Brief History of Scientology in Clearwater
Compiled from records of the Clearwater Courthouse, files seized from Scientology by the FBI, and archives of the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Tribune and the now-defunct Clearwater Sun.
Brief overview of Scientology's interaction with Clearwater Florida
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 21:10:53 -0800
From: "Safe ... www.fza.org" <Safe@scientology.at>
Organization: Lightlink Internet
(I'm posting Issue II of the Criminal Time Track for "Theta." There is a lot more data here which fills in many blanks. It paints a clear picture and data starts falling into place. That's a good sign one is on the line of truth. If you know any more history you can add, please email it to me.
Note: This is actually a good summary of events. The only disadvantage is that it doesn't give the data sources.
Data posted by Mike McClaughry
And here the timeline:
RALSTON PILOT, INC., Publishers, LOS ANGELES, Copyright Â© 1980 by Omar V. Garrison, All rights reserved, Printed in the United States of America, First Edition, ISBN 0-931116-04-X
First American edition, August 1974, Copyright © 1974 by Omar V. Garrison, All rights reserved, Published by Citadel Press, A division of Lyle Stuart, Inc., 120 Enterprise Ave., Secaucus, N. J. 07094, Library of Congress catalog card number: 74-80818, ISBN o-8o65-0440-4
Free Zone Assoc. Editors Note: These books are out of print. We think that the information is very valuable and shouldn't be lost. Therefore we scanned it in and prepared it for the Internet. We were not successful yet in contacting Mr. Garrison to ask for his permission. Mr. Garrison... if you read this and object to the publication on the Internet please send us a note.
Messiah or Madman: http://www.xenu.net/archive/books/mom/Messiah_or_Madman.txt
Publication Date: 23.6.1981.
"Much of my data is because I was involved very closely with the Missions Network and know lots about the interior workings of the Sea Org, so I will tell it from that viewpoint."
Originally Published: 12 Feb 1998 05:52:30 +0100, alt.religion.scientology
Elaine Siegel: Briefing to all Scientologists on the Internet
On 1 October 1993, the Church of Scientology obtained tax exemption from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This ended 26 years of what the Church itself has described as a "war" against the IRS, in which it used extraordinary and in many cases illegal tactics - bugging of government offices, theft of mountains of classified files, private detectives pursuing senior government officials, thousands of lawsuits, full-page attack adverts in US daily newspapers, and so on.
So perhaps it is not such a great surprise that the settlement itself came about in some very unusual circumstances, raising questions about the actions of both the Church of Scientology and the IRS. Neither party has been willing to provide answers, with the IRS refusing to disclose the terms of the exemption agreement in defiance of a court order and US taxation law. But with the leak in December 1997 of the secret agreement, the relationship between Scientology and the IRS is under greater scrutiny now than ever before.
These pages, whilst not making a judgement on whether the Church legitimately earned its tax exemption, are intended to be a clearing house for reports and court records on the Scientology vs IRS controversy.
Published on: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Cowen/essays/irslegal.html
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V Criminal No. 78-401 MARY SUE HUBBARD, et al.
I go by Tigerlily on the internet, but who I am is no secret. The essay below is rather long, because it was written to win a $10,000 prize, but it didn't win. Still, there is a lot in there worth reading. It tells a little about my life as I was immersed in Scientology (tm) but mostly it focused on LRH, what I knew of him, and some things in the Church policies which I consider non-optimum. If I were writing my own story it would have been much different, but I was attempting to fulfill the requirements of the essay contest. I spent thirty years in Scientology (tm) and was trained to Class VI auditor, St. Hill Special Briefing Course Graduate, and Ethics Specialist Course Graduate. Many people are more highly trained than I am, but I do feel I have a balance. That is useful, so many get only one aspect when they go through training. Read below if you have time, if not, skip it.:)
Someone protested against the "six month check line" for people on Solo NOTs. This is a true, recent, story of what goes on in the Church when you discover the degree to which squirreling is occuring.
On 8 October 1993, the man who effectively controls Scientology - David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center - gave a speech to the 9th anniversary event of the International Association of Scientologists. 10,000 members of the International Association of Scientologists had gathered in the Los Angeles Sports Arena to hear Miscavige announce a spectacular victory: after 30 years of conflict with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Church of Scientology (CoS) had won complete tax exemption for all of its 150 US entities. The following is a transcript of Miscavige's speech. A partial version was printed in issue 32 of International Scientology News. It makes extraordinary reading.
INTRODUCTION: I have already written and disseminated one report on the covert government's secret electromagnetic/radio frequency mind control project based at a documented subterranean facility beneath the derelict Montauk Air Force Station, at the extreme east end of Long Island's south fork. These activities, an outgrowth of some very esoteric research directly linked to the (in)famous "Philadelphia Experiment" (Project Rainbow--later Phoenix) and both the interdimensional and psychotronic (linking mind to machine [computer]) ramifications of this work, reached literally heretofore unimaginable levels of human (technological) control over the parameters of our"reality" in the Montauk experiments; including all conceivable implications of that word. As has been stated by others, the masterminds behind the Montauk/Phoenix Project attempted to "play God".
Miller, Russell. Henry Holt, New York. 1988. ISBN: 155-013-0277 hardback (c) 1987 Russell Miller. There are also UK and Canadian editions, and a paperback by Sphere Books (a subsidiary of Penguin), in 1988. 520pp. ISBN 074-740-3325. (One of the most thoroughly-researched books on the cult, Miller covers Hubbard's family origins and his life chronologically while exploring and documenting his life-long habit of lying and exaggerating. Includes 22 photos, many of Hubbard's family. The book is now on the web, courtesy of the author.)
L. Fletcher Prouty's Letter to Miller's Publisher
Publication Source: http://www.ncf.carleton.ca/~cj871/prouty.html
Letter from Fletcher Prouty - June 1995
File Location: Prouty
Briefing of the attacks against the Free Zone - Spain, by J. C., 1994
Important Dates in Scientology (Note: This gives some milestones in Scientology history for orientation. It stops on 17 October 1992 - page last visited on 17.1.2000)
Publication Source: http://www.scientology.org/wis/wiseng/36/36-50s.htm
CHURCH OF SPIRITUAL TECHNOLOGY, Plaintiff, v. The UNITED STATES, Defendant. No. 581-88T. United States Claims Court. June 29, 1992. [FN1] (http://www.xenu.net/archive/CourtFiles/occf72.html)
St. Petersburg Times, published October 25, 1998: David Miscavige, the seldom-seen leader of the church, comes forth in his first newspaper interview to talk of a more peaceful time for Scientology.
Publication Source: https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Library/Shelf/townsend/sad.htm
Published on: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Cowen/essays/timeline.html
written 1982/1983? It starts: "I am a highly trained OT and staff member."
This site no longer exists. The original location was:
This seems to be the new location:
We were able to save some of the pages:
Publication Source: http://www.holysmoke.org/rvy/rvy.html