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May 15, 1991
Ex-superintendent of brokers Ross still L. Ron Hubbard fan // Former watchdog calls Hubbard a 'multi-faceted genius' — Vancouver Sun
Type: Press
Author(s): David Baines
Source: Vancouver Sun
ANOTHER interesting connection between the Church of Scientology and the Vancouver Stock Exchange has surfaced on Howe Street, this time involving former B.C. superintendent of brokers Michael C. Ross. Two weeks ago, Time magazine alleged that two Scientologists, Michael Baybak and Kenneth Gerbino of Beverly Hills, Calif., have been raising money for church activities through the Vancouver Stock Exchange. The magazine said Bayback has promoted several controversial VSE issues, including Neti Technologies and Wall Street Ventures, and that both Baybak and ...
May 12, 1991
Ruthless cult has local company // 'Mafia like' US cult has local links — Cyprus Mail (Cyprus)
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Type: Press
Source: Cyprus Mail (Cyprus)
MEMBERS of the Church of Scientology, described as a thriving cult of greed and power in a recent Time magazine expose have been linked to Cyprus through offshore company Theta Management Limited, which deals in consultancy and investments. In a special report dated May 6, Time reporter Richard Behar said the Church, which claims to have eight million followers, squirreled away an estimated $400 million in bank accounts in Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Cyprus. Theta Management Ltd was created on 29.10.1984, on ...
May 11, 1991
Cult busters — The Age (Australia)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Jacqui MacDonald
Source: The Age (Australia)
Two American cult-busters recently flew to Australia to try to reclaim a young man from Scientology. JACQUI MACDONALD watched as they tried to unlock his mind, hour by hour, inch by inch. The names of the family and the cult-busters have been changed. FOR TWO days Peter Nolan has rehearsed how to greet his son. Peter and his wife Mary have planned how they will open the flywire front door and smile at the son they have not seen for several ...
May 11, 1991
Deprogramming 'not on', say Scientologists — The Age (Australia)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Jacqui MacDonald
Source: The Age (Australia)
THE church of Scientology defines deprogramming as "forcibly deconverting a person from their chosen faith". Scientology's Melbourne spokesman, Mr Chris Campbell, said the practice involved forcibly making a person change their beliefs. "It resembles a psychiatric depersonalisation mind-control kind of mechanism, similar to what you would have seen used by the Koreans and Vietcong on American soldiers to deconvert them from their beliefs," he said. "It's a similar type of practice where you continually batter a person on a mental level ...
May 11, 1991
Manual is a plot, say ex-cult members — The Age (Australia)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Jacqui MacDonald
Source: The Age (Australia)
IN the early 1970s, a manual titled 'Deprogramming — The Constructive Destruction of Belief' was distributed in Australia and Britain to groups including politicians and journalists. It circulated under the guise of legitimate practices used to retrieve believers from the clutches of various cults. But two American ex-cult members, recently in Australia, have claimed that the document is a Scientology plot in the United States to discredit deprogrammers. The Scientology church denies that it put out the manual. The Americans, Joe ...
May 8, 1991
Centre business couple Time cover story — Cherokee County Herald (Alabama)
May 7, 1991
County, Scientology continue tax talks — Tampa Tribune (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Kevin Shinkle
Source: Tampa Tribune (Florida)
CLEARWATER — No end is in sight in negotiations between Pinellas County and the Church of Scientology over the church's $5 million tax bill. Neither side would talk about the negotiations taking place in front of a court-appointed mediator. Mediator William Fleece adjourned the talks Monday, and the two sides may not meet again for months. "If we had reached something, obviously we wouldn't have adjourned," Pinellas Property Appraiser Jim Smith said. "I don't think we will lose anything by talking, ...
May 6, 1991
Mining Money in Vancouver — TIME Magazine
Type: Press
Author(s): Richard Behar
Source: TIME Magazine
One source of funds for the Los Angeles-based church is the notorious, self- regulated stock exchange in Vancouver, British Columbia, often called the scam capital of the world. The exchange's 2,300 penny-stock listings account for $4 billion in annual trading. Local journalists and insiders claim the vast majority range from total washouts to outright frauds. Two Scientologists who operate there are Kenneth Gerbino and Michael Baybak, 20-year church veterans from Beverly Hills who are major donors to the cult. Gerbino, 45, ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
May 6, 1991
Scientologists keep tabs on Neighborhood Watch chief — The Age (Australia)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Greg Roberts
Source: The Age (Australia)
The Church of Scientology used contacts in the police and media to gather information on the chairman of Neighborhood Watch in Victoria, Mr David Lentin, according to an internal church report. The report, a copy of which has been obtained by 'The Age', shows that Mr Lentin is regarded as a dangerous opponent whose opposition to sects had to be curbed. Mr Lentin is a private investigator and leading "cult-buster" who has counselled people seeking to leave the church and other ...
May 6, 1991
Scientology Exposed — TIME Magazine
May 6, 1991
The Scientologists and Me — TIME Magazine
Type: Press
Author(s): Richard Behar
Source: TIME Magazine
Strange things seem to happen to people who write about Scientology. Journalist Paulette Cooper wrote a critical book on the cult in 1971. This led to a Scientology plot (called Operation Freak-Out) whose goal, according to church documents, was "to get P.C. incarcerated in a mental institution or jail." It almost worked: by impersonating Cooper, Scientologists got her indicted in 1973 for threatening to bomb the church. Cooper, who also endured 19 lawsuits by the church, was finally exonerated in 1977 ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
May 6, 1991
The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power — TIME Magazine
Type: Press
Author(s): Richard Behar
Source: TIME Magazine
By all appearances, Noah Lottick of Kingston, Pa., had been a normal, happy 24-year-old who was looking for his place in the world. On the day last June when his parents drove to New York City to claim his body, they were nearly catatonic with grief. The young Russian-studies scholar had jumped from a 10th-floor window of the Milford Plaza Hotel and bounced off the hood of a stretch limousine. When the police arrived, his fingers were still clutching $171 in ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
May 5, 1991
Mediator will hear tax fight — Clearwater Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Curtis Krueger
Source: Clearwater Times (Florida)
Attorneys for the Church of Scientology and Pinellas County will meet Monday to see if they can avoid a lengthy court battle. CLEAR WATER — Pinellas County and the Church of Scientology have been facing off for years, preparing for an epic court battle over whether the Scientologists should pay millions in local property taxes. Attorneys for the county and the Scientologists will meet Monday, but not before a judge. Instead, they will meet behind closed doors, before a mediator. Both ...
May 1, 1991
CCHR and Narconon — The Southern California Psychiatrist
Type: Press
Author(s): Louis Jolyon West
Source: The Southern California Psychiatrist
Originally printed in "The Southern California Psychiatrist," May 1991, pp. 6-13. Dr. West has granted permission to upload this article to computer networks and bulletin boards In a previous article (SCPS Newsletter, July, 1990) I provided an historical account of the Church of Scientology. It is a pseudo-scientific healing cult that was formed in the 1950s, and has grown, with the help of extravagant lies and deliberate deception, into a multimillion dollar, international enterprise. Through its many publications, but especially through ...
May 1, 1991
Media shifts public image from "wonder drug" to "Prozac defense" — Psychiatric Times
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Type: Press
Author(s): Rojean Wagner
Source: Psychiatric Times
After a whirlwind love affair with the media, fluoxetine's (Prozac's) fall from grace has been just as spectacular. Just over a year ago it was featured on the cover of Newsweek as a "wonder drug" that not only helped patients overcome major depression, but improved their social life, their careers, and their marriages. Patients testified on talk shows and in newspaper interviews that the drug made them feel even better than before they were sick. A small case report of six ...
May 1, 1991
Scientology church builds Humboldt vault — Lumberjack (Humboldt State University, Arcata, California)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Jack Durham
Source: Lumberjack (Humboldt State University, Arcata, California)
On a 3,000-acre ranch in rural Humboldt County, devotees of Church of Scientology-founder L. Ron Hubbard are building a 375-foot-long underground vault. The vault is being built on the Sunset View Ranch in Petrolia, a small town located about 20 miles south of Ferndale, by the Church of Spiritual Technology (COST). COST is linked to the controversial Church of Scientology, whose operations, according to court documents, include a lack of financial records, public policy violations, deceptive practices and the maintenance of ...
Apr 29, 1991
Mrs. Gariepy's difficult tale // Scientologist Buttnor, cleared of child abuse, says his former parishioner is out to get him — Alberta Report (Canada)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Greg Heaton
Source: Alberta Report (Canada)
Police last month arrested Allan Anthony Buttnor, a minister and director of special projects for the Church of Scientology in Edmonton. They claimed he was working at the church offices last November 30 when he fondled the chest of a church member's 10-year-old daughter. They also alleged he had picked up the girl in his car near her home on March 7 and repeated the act. Last week, after a crown prosecutor told the court that there is no evidence to ...
Apr 23, 1991
Scientology church on trial in Canada — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): W. Richard Reynolds
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The Church of Scientology goes on trial here this morning, charged with stealing thousands of documents from government offices and law firms. It is the first time that a church has been put on trial in Canada. The trial is expected to be long and drawn-out. Various motions on legal technicalities must be dealt with first, a process that could take months. The trial is the result of eight years of legal wrangling. It began in 1983, when 110 police officers ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Apr 22, 1991
Church out to even the score — The Age (Australia)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Jo Chandler, Jacqui MacDonald
Source: The Age (Australia)
A telex sent in April 1987 to Scientology's Melbourne Office of Special Affairs from its Australian-New Zealand headquarters tracks the church's defensive strategy in response to an investigation by the former television program 'Willesee'. The program was looking at a woman's claim that her trip into the Russell Street headquarters had almost cost her $43,000. The telex spelt out a seven-step program for defusing the story. One course of action was to loudly brand the investigation a "set up". "(The) Church ...
Apr 22, 1991
Scientology's 'degraded beings'; Hubbard's Manual of Justice, or how to avoid dogged reporters — Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
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Apr 22, 1991
Scientology's war of retribution on deep-sleep therapy — The Age (Australia)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Jo Chandler, Jacqui MacDonald
Source: The Age (Australia)
Internal documents from the Church of Scientology, the parent organisation of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, indicate that behind the church's public battle to expose abuses of psychiatric patients lies a hidden plan of retribution. The documents contain evidence that some Australian Scientologists apparently have remained committed to a 30-year-old doctrine of revenge and intimidation against people the church describes as enemies. And while church members in Australia have been speaking out against psychiatric abuse, courts in the United States ...
Apr 22, 1991
The battle to control the mind — The Age (Australia)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Jo Chandler, Jacqui MacDonald
Source: The Age (Australia)
WHEN a royal commission last year exposed atrocities at Chelmsford Private Hospital in New South Wales, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights scored dual victories: one public, one private. The first came with the release of Mr Justice Slattery's 12-volume report into the nightmarish "cuckoo's nest" of Chelmsford — a private hospital where the commission found that at least 24 people died as a result of deep-sleep therapy. Another 24 patients survived the treatment but later took their own lives, 19 ...
Apr 21, 1991
Letters to the Editor // For shame! — Daily Yomiuri (Japan)
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Type: Press
Source: Daily Yomiuri (Japan)
I was surprised by the emotional tone of Mark Wilkinson's review (April 14 P7) of the book by L. Ron Hubbard titled "Clear Body, Clear Mind." Mr. Wilkinson made his feelings about Mr. Hubbard very clear in his "review" but in the process of giving vent to these in a sarcastic diatribe of transparent intent, Wilkinson violated the cardinal principle of the journalistic profession, which is to maintain objectivity. To completely omit major sections of what is probably the most significant ...
Apr 19, 1991
Medical flap // Anti-depression drug of Eli Lilly loses sales after attack by sect — Wall Street Journal
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Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas M. Burton
Source: Wall Street Journal
Scientologists Claim Prozac Induces Murder or Suicide, Though Evidence Is Scant Campaign Dismays Doctors INDIANAPOLIS—L. Ron Hubbard, the late founder of the Church of Scientology, long harbored a profound and obsessive hatred for psychiatrists, who, he declared, were "chosen as a vehicle to undermine and destroy the West!" Five years after Mr. Hubbard's death, Scientologists are still waging war on psychiatry. The quasi-religious/ business/ paramilitary organization's latest target is Prozac, the nation's top-selling medicine for severe depression. The group is calling ...
Apr 16, 1991
Charges against minister withdrawn // Scientologist relieved — Edmonton Journal
Type: Press
Source: Edmonton Journal
A Church of Scientology minister says unsubstantiated sexual-assault charges brought against him were an attack against the church. Allan Buttnor expressed relief, but also annoyance, after the Crown withdrew several charges against him Monday. The charges were laid following a police investigation into claims by a 10-year-old girl. The girl later told police the alleged incidents never happened. "It was obviously an attack on our church," Buttnor said after emerging from Provincial Court. Judge Edward Stack dismissed two counts of sexual ...
Apr 14, 1991
More hokum from guru Hubbard — Daily Yomiuri (Japan)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Mark Wilkinson
Source: Daily Yomiuri (Japan)
CLEAR BODY, CLEAR MIND: The Effective Purification Program, by L. Ron Hubbard; Bridge Publications; 306 pages. After years of polluting your body, there's hope: L. Ron Hubbard's Clear Body Clear Mind. It gives insights into the horrible toxins in all of us and provides home remedies for flushing our bodies. And if you're an utter rube, you may find comfort in the evangelical, condescending tone of this astounding example of self-promotion. Claiming to have discovered the presence of impurities in our ...
Apr 6, 1991
Mom, daughter launch lawsuit against Church of Scientology — Edmonton Journal
Type: Press
Source: Edmonton Journal
A mother and daughter have slapped the Church of Scientology of Alberta with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit. The mother and daughter are each claiming millions of dollars in general and punitive damages as well as unspecified special damages. Also named in the lawsuit, filed Friday in Court of Queen's Bench , are church official Allan Buttnor and another man. The three are being sued jointly and individually. The defendants or through others "coerced and frightened" the girl into writing and publishing statements ...
Apr 5, 1991
Scientologists face lawsuit // Police officer suing church, church official for malicious prosecution — Edmonton Journal
Type: Press
Source: Edmonton Journal
A city police officer being sued by the Church of Scientology has launched a $100,000 countersuit. Det. Ken Montgomery is suing the church and church official Allan Buttnor for abuse of process and malicious prosecution. As a member of the Edmonton Integrated Intelligence Unit, Montgomery investigates "cult, occult, ritualistic and religious influence crime." Buttnor, who is facing sexual-assault charges, last month filed a $1-million lawsuit against Montgomery, a second police officer and a woman. Buttnor, acting director of the local church's ...
Apr 4, 1991
Family reports 4th shooting in a week — Edmonton Journal
Apr 4, 1991
Scientologists file 11 suits to get access to IRS audit records — Tampa Tribune (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Tom Brennan
Source: Tampa Tribune (Florida)
TAMPA — Scientologists filed 11 federal lawsuits Wednesday against the Internal Revenue Service seeking information about agency audits of them. The group claims the IRS has ignored its requests to obtain the records filed under the federal Freedom of Information Act and is asking the court to force the agency to turn over the documents. Among the things the lawsuits are seeking are the IRS audits and any instructions, memorandums or directives by the agency relating to the treatment of Scientologists. ...
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