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bankruptcy • cost • cult awareness network (can) (earlier form, citizen's freedom foundation) • cynthia kisser • david miscavige • deprogramming • fair game • fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentation • heber c. jentzsch • internal revenue service (irs) • jason scott • kendrick l. moxon • lawsuit • moonies • office of special affairs (osa) (formerly, guardian's office) • operation snow white • priscilla coates • private investigator(s) • religious technology center (rtc) • richard behar • rick ross • scientology: the thriving cult of greed and power (article) • sea organization (sea org, so) • time magazine • xenu (operating thetan level 3, ot 3, wall of fire)
Reference materials Cult Awareness Network (CAN) (earlier form, Citizen's Freedom Foundation)
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Dec 1, 1998
Brainwashed! // Scholars of cults accuse each other of bad faith — Lingua Franca
Type: Press
Author(s): Charlotte Allen
Source: Lingua Franca
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SOCIOLOGY professor Benjamin Zablocki has been studying cults–now called, thanks to academic political correctness, new religious movements, or NRMs–since his graduate school days at Johns Hopkins during the mid-1960s, when he bought a ninety-nine dollar Greyhound bus pass and traveled around the country visiting all the religious communes he could find. "My style of research is participant observation," he explains. "I live with the groups, wash dishes with them, pray with them, and immerse myself in their way of ...
Nov 18, 1998
For those who were there, Jonestown's a part of each day — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Tim Reiterman
Source: Seattle Times
IN THE '70s, Jim Jones moved his Peoples Temple from San Francisco to Guyana to escape what he saw as persecution. In the U.S., the temple had run a free clinic and a drug-rehab program, but reports from Guyana began detailing brutality. Tim Reiterman was there when 913 people died in what we now call "Jonestown." OAKLAND, Calif. - For 20 years now, they have come to a grassy hillside overlooking San Francisco Bay to share tears, hugs and their private ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Sep 1, 1998
When Scholars Know Sin — Skeptic magazine
More: skeptic.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Stephen A. Kent, Theresa Krebs
Source: Skeptic magazine
Aug 28, 1998
Court oks anti-cult jury award — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Bob Egelko
Source: Seattle Times
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has reaffirmed $1.09 million in damages against an anti-cult organization for its role in trying to "deprogram" a Washington state teenager, despite a warning from seven judges that free speech was under attack. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied reconsideration Wednesday of a panel's 2-1 decision in April upholding damages against the Cult Awareness Network (CAN). Without announcing the exact vote, the court said a request for a rehearing had failed to ...
Aug 16, 1998
Jesse Prince interviews – Tape 1 — FACTnet
Apr 10, 1998
Court Upholds Damages In Kirkland Teen's Anti-Cult Case — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Bob Egelko
Source: Seattle Times
SAN FRANCISCO - A $1.09 million damage award against an anti-cult organization for its role in trying to "deprogram" a Washington teenager at his mother's request was upheld Wednesday by a federal appeals court. There was evidence to support a jury's finding that a volunteer was acting on behalf of the Cult Awareness Network when she referred the mother, Kathy Tonkin of Kirkland, to deprogrammer Rick Ross, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its 2-1 ruling. Tonkin had ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Mar 2, 1998
Church keys programs to recruit blacks — Boston Herald
More: rickross.com, apologeticsindex.org
Jan 28, 1998
Hardball: When Scientology goes to court, it likes to play rough -- very rough. — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Dec 28, 1997
60 Minutes: The Cult Awareness Network — CBS News
Type: TV
Source: CBS News
Transcript: Descriptions of video in italics. VO=Voiceover of Lesley Stahl. LESLEY STAHL (in studio): There was a time if you were worried about your son or daughter being in a cult, you could get help from a small, non-profit organization called the Cult Awareness Network, or CAN, for 20 years the nation’s best-known resource for information and advice about groups it considered dangerous. Among them was Scientology, a church not known for turning the other cheek. But church officials say Scientology ...
Dec 23, 1997
Scientology sponsored suit against opponent — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: pqasb.pqarchiver.com, groups.google.com
Dec 12, 1997
Ex-Scientologist wins $6 million after 17-year fight — Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Kathy Kinsey
Source: Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California)
Type: Tort, intentional infliction of emotion distress, alter ego. Bench decision: Amendment of judgment - $6,025,857 ($4,649,328 renewed judgment plus $1,376,529 accrued interest). Case/Number: Larry Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of California / C332027. Court/Date: L.A. Superior Central / Oct. 29, 1997. Judge: John P. Shook. Attorneys: Plaintiff - Craig J. Stein (Gartenberg, Jaffe, Gelfand & Stein, LLP, L.A.); Daniel A. Leipold, Cathy Shipe, Robert F. Donohue (Hagenbaugh & Murphy, Orange); Lita Schlosser (Encino); Ford Greene (Hub Law Offices, San Anselmo). ...
Sep 1, 1997
Special look at the Church of Scientology [exact date unknown] — Lotus magazine
Aug 14, 1997
Hush-Hush Money — Denver Westword News
Type: Press
Author(s): Alan Prendergast
Source: Denver Westword News
After more than seventeen years of litigation, Lawrence Wollersheim knows that talk isn't cheap–not when you're talking to lawyers and your life's work happens to involve badmouthing the Church of Scientology. But the price of silence is even higher. Too high, in Wollersheim's estimation, which is why he says he walked away from an alleged settlement offer by the church that would have netted him and a few colleagues $12 million in exchange for abandoning their crusade against Scientology. Wollersheim is ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 1, 1997
Did Scientology strike back? — The American Lawyer
Type: Press
Author(s): Susan Hansen
Source: The American Lawyer
When the end finally came for the old Cult Awareness Network, it happened fast. Cynthia Kisser, CAN's executive director, struggled to stay calm as she sat in federal bankruptcy court in Chicago late last October waiting for the auction to begin. Kisser, who had spent the past nine years leading CAN's efforts to inform the public about dangerous cults, had hoped that she wouldn't have to pay much for her group's assets that day. Nor did she want much, she claims ...
Apr 1, 1997
The road to Heaven's Gate — Wall Street Journal
Mar 28, 1997
Internet provided way to pay bills, spread message before suicide — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Elizabeth Weise
Source: Seattle Times
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE make a living designing Web sites. And for spreading ideology, creating a Web page is `easier than standing at airports ... handing out brochures.' —————————————————————– SAN FRANCISCO - Like most weird postings on the Internet, rambling statements by members of the Heaven's Gate cult about UFOs, comets and religion were largely ignored - until now. After 39 members of the cult committed suicide, Internet surfers nearly crashed servers trying to find out more information about the group whose ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Mar 25, 1997
The Scientology problem — Wall Street Journal
More: holysmoke.org, link
Type: Press
Source: Wall Street Journal
As no doubt befits a society founded by Pilgrims, America has a long tradition of controversial movements maturing to success, whether Mormons or Christian Scientists or Jehovah's Witnesses. Today, the latest cult forcing itself to our attention is the Church of Scientology. Scientology was founded in the early 1950s by L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer. He fashioned a creation myth around Xenu, who froze and transported thetan souls to volcanoes in Teegeeack, now earth. The creed holds that humans ...
Mar 20, 1997
Cult of Personality — Woroni (Australia)
Type: Press
Source: Woroni (Australia)
Having spent the morning on the Net, surfing any number of hideous accounts by ex-scientologists, I climbed the stairs of the Civic Scientology office with some trepidation. I felt armed with my newly enhanced awareness of cult recruiting tactics and brainwashing techniques, and had the specific aim of grabbing any printed material I could see and getting out fast. I was greeted warmly by a young woman and told that someone would be 'with me shortly.' A few minutes later she ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Mar 16, 1997
Who can stand up? — New York Times
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Frank Rich
Source: New York Times
Can anyone stand up to the Church of Scientology? Such was the plaintive question asked by The St. Petersburg Times in an editorial last week, and with good reason. The great American religious saga of the 1990's may be the rise to power of a church that has successfully brought the Internal Revenue Service, the State Department and much of the American press to heel even as it did an end-run around the courts. As Douglas Frantz reported in The New ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Mar 9, 1997
An ultra-aggressive use of investigators and the courts — New York Times
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Douglas Frantz
Source: New York Times
For years, Scientology has gone to great lengths to defend itself from critics. Often its defense has involved private investigators working for its lawyers. While the use of private investigators is common in the legal profession, some instances involving the church have been unusual. Scientology officials said that the investigators operated within the law and that the tactics were necessary to counter attacks made over the years by Internal Revenue Service agents and the press. "When people stop spreading lies about ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Mar 6, 1997
Nightmare on the Net — Denver Westword News
Type: Press
Author(s): Alan Prendergast
Source: Denver Westword News
A web of intrigue surrounds the high-stakes legal brawl between FACTnet and the Church of Scientology. Strange things happen around Lawrence Wollersheim. His businesses collapse. His Boulder apartment gets raided by federal marshals, his computers seized. When college students offer to help him rebuild his computer bulletin-board system, they receive threatening phone calls–anonymous voices urging them to stay away from Larry. A California judge who presided over a lawsuit in which Wollersheim was the plaintiff told reporters he'd encountered a lot ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jan 17, 1997
Scientologist purchases rights to identity of bankrupted anti-cult organization — Psychiatric News
More: link
Dec 23, 1996
Bankrupt anti-cult group gets reprieve — Los Angeles Times (California)
More: link
Dec 23, 1996
New Twist In Anti-Cult Saga: Foe Is Now Ally -- Bellevue Man Who Put Group Into Bankruptcy Fires Scientology Lawyer — Seattle Times
Dec 19, 1996
Group that once criticized Scientologists now owned by one — CNN
Type: Press
Author(s): Dan Knapp
Source: CNN
From Correspondent Dan Knapp SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) – At one time, the Cult Awareness Network took as many as 16,000 telephone calls a year in an effort to help anxious families worried about sons or daughters involved with unconventional religions. But last month, after 20 years of operation, the Cult Awareness Network closed its doors, forced into bankruptcy after losing a costly lawsuit to the church of Scientology. Now the phones are ringing again – but this time there's a good ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Dec 19, 1996
What's $2.995 Million Between Former Enemies? — Phoenix New Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Tony Ortega
Source: Phoenix New Times
In 1995, a jury awarded Jason Scott $5 million, ruling that his civil rights had been violated during an involuntary "deprogramming" by Rick Ross, a Phoenix resident and well-known cult expert. That judgment eventually forced Ross into bankruptcy court, put an anticult group out of business and made national news. Last week, however, the case made a sudden and surprising about-face. Scott and Ross reached a settlement that requires the deprogrammer to pay Scott not $3 million–his share of the judgment–but ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Dec 1, 1996
It's a hostile takeover of a nonprofit — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Laurie Goodstein
Source: Seattle Times
BARRINGTON, Ill. - Hostile takeovers are nothing new in the corporate world, but what happened to the Cult Awareness Network (CAN) is an exceptional tale of the hostile takeover of a nonprofit organization. The anti-cult advocacy group is being dismembered and absorbed by its adversaries, who attorneys say have deftly outmaneuvered CAN in the courts. CAN's fate highlights the crippled state of what was once a prominent movement that for years kept America's unorthodox religious groups on the defensive. The modern ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Dec 1, 1996
Scientologist Buys Bankrupt Cult-Fighting Organization — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Laurie Goodstein
Source: Seattle Times
BARRINGTON, Ill. - For 20 years, the Cult Awareness Network ran the nation's best-known hotline for parents who grew distraught when unconventional religious groups they neither trusted nor understood suddenly won the allegiance of their children. From its offices in a Chicago suburb, the network (known as CAN) answered more than 350 telephone inquiries a week, counseled relatives at conferences attended by thousands and gave news interviews to everyone from small-town daily newspapers to "Nightline." As CAN's influence rose, so did ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 29, 1996
Cult fighters' future in doubt — Los Angeles Times (California)
More: scientology-lies.com, link
Type: Press
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Lawsuits: Group with controversial ties to deprogrammers files for bankruptcy and may be forced to shut down in wake of $1-million judgment. Plagued by numerous lawsuits from religious groups and fighting a $1.1-million judgment against it, the Cult Awareness Network has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. "How we will operate or if we will continue to operate in the short term, I don't know," said Cynthia Kisser, executive director of the 12-year-old organization, known for ...
Jun 7, 1996
BU's Scientology Connection - More Responses — Boston Phoenix
Type: Press
Source: Boston Phoenix
I am a musician, mainly a bassist, in the local area. My lovely mug has graced the pages of your paper on occasion, featured, you may recall, with my band of a few years back called Brouhaha or, more recently, with Earthwurm. I am also an ordained priest of the Order of Vedantan Monists. If you consult rudimentary reference materials, you will find that Vedanta has been the voice of religious freedom for about the last seven to ten thousand years. ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
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