All of them, those in power, and those who want the power, would pamper us, if we agreed to overlook their crookedness by wilfully restricting our activities.
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By Keith Henson more
|"Prior to January 14, 1995, [the date of the
blood incident] I was contacted by attorneys for the
Religious Technology Center (hereinafter referred to
as "RTC"), a Church of Scientology organization. The
attorneys for RTC informed me that a subscriber to
my system, Dennis Erlich, was allegedly violating
RTC's copyrighted materials by making postings of
those materials to the Internet. RTC's attorneys
demanded action to block Mr. Erlich's access to the
Internet via my bulletin board system. I contacted
RTC's attorneys and requested that they provide me
with copies of the copyrighted materials so that I
could compare it with what Mr. Erlich had posted to
the Internet. They refused to do so and I refused to
take action against Mr. Erlich.
"On January 14, 1995, I was in contact with plaintiff [Linda Woolard, aka "Miss Bloodybutt"] herein for the first and only time in my life.
"I met the plaintiff at a bar. Contrary to her assertions that I approached her, she approached me. She identified herself as an agent for the IRS. [Editorial note—Linda may have been an IRS/"Church Tax Compliance Committee" agent authorized by the secret deal between the IRS and scientology.] Part of our discussion concerned the bulletin board system I operated and she expressed an interest in seeing the system. Therefore, the plaintiff accompanied me to my apartment in North Hollywood.
"The bar was in Burbank on my way home. I have not been there for years. I do not hang out there. I know the management there and is why I chose to go there. You would think they had to have been following me.
"She—or someone else—had to have at least been following me from the Burbank airport. The cab driver was the only one who knew where I wanted to go. We had trouble finding the place too, driving back and forth on the surrounding streets. They may have been in touch with the airline, according to info I have.
"'Miss Blood' got access to the internet site by claiming to be an IRS CID agent, re-investigating the tax status of the CoS. I sat down a light colored dinette chair for her to sit on. There were no stains on that chair after she had sat on it—I have witnesses. So, she was not bleeding— "soaking," before she went into the bathroom.
"She excused herself to the bathroom. She took some time, so I checked on her to find much blood _smeared_ all over the bathroom: On the floor, walls, shower doors, but little in the toilet. After I had discovered her, she came out of the bathroom and said: "I am from the Church of Scientology, and I think that you should do as Thomas Small has instructed you to do—delete Dennis Erlich from the BBS."
"I am just reporting what happened. The first thing she said when I found her sitting on the toilet in the bathroom with about a pint of blood on the floor in front of her was: "Tom, we have got to stop having rough sex like this."
"Of course, I was fully clothed, with my shoes on, being a gentleman, because previous to this, she was an IRS Criminal Investigation Division agent in my mind. She impersonated one, and dropped names that are only know previously in confidential files at IRS CID, or to a former Federal Grand Jury. Woolard was engaging in psychological terrorism, in my opinion. Or, perhaps she thought by mentioning this bizarre notion, I might believe it happened.
"I was shocked, and went to call for help. She came out of the bathroom and came to me saying this: "I am a representative of the Church of Scientology, and I think you should do as attorney Thomas Small has said you should do—disconnect Dennis Erlich from the Internet."
"She immediately returned to the bathroom.
"She told me she was sent on a mission to do what she was doing. I believe she did not know I had called the police and had left the apartment door wide open for them to come in. She was surprised to see them. She left several things behind.
"Then she came out undressed, saying: "I have been sent on a mission, and I have been instructed to put some blood in your bed." She said this courteously, with a smile. As she turned to lay down on the bed, I saw the sausage of blood nestled in her crotch. She wiggled her butt in the bed, got up, looked at the stain on the sheets to see if she liked the stain, and returned to the bathroom. She did this with no interference from me.
"A phone call was placed to 911. However, the telephone call was placed by me. When the police came to my apartment, I was in fact arrested on the false allegations of the plaintiff that I threatened her. The police never pursued these allegations.
"She told the police she had a unique medical problem. This problem is of the type that caused a few pints of blood to be smeared on bathroom walls, in my shower, on carpets, my chairs, and bed. The medical problem takes the form of causing all my linens, and new rolls of toilet paper to be strewn on the floor and rubbed in the produce of her problem.
"In fact, the blood came from a bag, bladder, or balloon nestled in her crotch. I saw it. If this is a medical problem, then she has an intestine or artery running outside her body filled with cold almost coagulated blood."
Tom suspects his drinks were drugged and the drug was probably the cult's favourite, chloral hydrate, also used to keep Lisa McPherson under control while she died of dehydration. Tom has a high tolerance to downers and it seems Ms Woolard did not use enough. Tom spoiled the operation by calling the police after he discover her spreading blood all over his bathroom and bedroom. If this was not an act of terrorism, I don't know what it would be called. (The police copy of the 911 recording went missing—common for Scientology cases—but a backup tape from the fire department was found. The transcript is posted in a number of places on the Internet, for example a March 22, 2001 posting by ptsc in the thread "Recap of the story of Miss Bloodybutt - for Tom Klemesrud.") The police who came in response to his call to arrested Tom 911 and he spent the night in jail based on false accusations of threats by Ms Woolard. Ms Woolard refused medical treatment and vanished after the police arrived. The details of this bizarre story are on the Internet:
Ms Woolard even left her address book and had tried to make calls to a private detective, Gene Ingram. Ingram (a former police officer kicked out of the Los Angeles Police Department) is paid over $700,000 a year by Scientology for his work intimidating people and running operations such as the one against Tom Klemesrud. It is not known if Ms Woolard was a scientologist, but (I believe) her sister was eventually found to be one.
There was no question this was a Scientology operation, but the goal of the operation was not clear for a number of years. March 22, 2001 freebi...@aol.com posted:
"Scientology's OSA department had one or two of its 'agents' work on a DA package including the incident even before Ms. Bloodybutt tried to frame Tom Klemesrud. That DA package was to included the claim that Tom Klemesrud was being questioned by the police about murdering a woman. (An anonymous telephone call to the police by a woman screaming for help was probably planned, but the woman was too drunk to perform the call or remember to call.) The plan was to make Tom Klemesrud appear that he had murdered someone and then successfully hide / dispose of the body, and to have him incarcerated for a crime that had not even been committed."
Tom was not even the primary target of this operation. The entire over-complicated operation was done with the object of getting Dennis Erlich, a former high-level Scientologist, and subscriber to Tom's Internet service, support.com, off the net. Dennis had earned the ire of Scientology by openly talking about their "secrets," particularly the OT3/Xenu story and Scientology's illegal practice of medicine using "emeters."
As we have long known AB (Sea Org member Thomas Gerard Rummelhart, former radio officer of the Freewinds) was working at "INCOMM," the cult's computer operation in LA. In late 1994, early 1995, he was reading and posting on a.r.s. There may have been no specific provision against it in those days but AB was paranoid enough to be posting through that anon remailer at penet. Perhaps he figured the general prohibition against contact with SPs applied.
When Tom's version of the Ms Blood story showed up on a.r.s, AB had seen a different story in someone's files on the INCOMM computers. If the cult's assertion on legal papers supplied to the police in Finland can be believed, the document had never been on paper. In the 1992 Caltech Alumni Directory AB was listed this way:
RUMMELHART, Thomas G.; '84 MS EE; r. Same as Business; b. Computer Operations Dir.; Incomm, 4833 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 213 664-0371
So he almost certainly had root access at INCOMM.
January 23, 1995 AB posted Ingram's/Ms Blood's version on a.r.s through penet and a mail2news gateway from his account at Cal Tech, thinking (no doubt) he was doing a good deed defending scientology. Jan 25, 1995 according to an ARS posting, he sent the name and phone number of Linda Woolard (Ms Blood) to Vega. (There's a name not seen in a while!)
What he did not realize was that the "shore story" of the partly failed blood attack on Tom Klemesrud was an internal maximum level scientology secret until released—and no decision had been made about releasing it. When the story appeared on a.r.s, prior to Helena Kobrin faxing a close version to the Los Angeles Times, or even any copies being printed, it looked to the powers running the Ms Blood operation that their internal secret computer files were being tapped. (Knowing scientology, David Miscavige was probably micromanaging the operation against Tom Klemesrud and was in a diminutive frothing fury.)
AB knew they were after him and posted in reply to "Old Timer" about 11 pm PST January 25:
> There is something about this cycle...I can not put my finger
> on it...but maybe just maybe there is some truth to AB.
> I do not feel OSA had anything to do with a set up. I also
> feel, more investigation IS warranted.
> I am asking for a Board of Investigation.
> Old Timer
Why thank you, O.T.! And you risk being branded "OSA" along with me! Your courage is encouraging that one day a.r.s will pursue more truth and less bashing and accusations that no one ever proves on one side or the other.
I told in another post how I got the data, and I submit that to the B of I. On top of that I also sent you the exact name and phone number of Linda, by private e-mail. Since it seems that some feel now that Vega and I are "OSA" <sheesh>, maybe they will believe you.
I am not OSA. In fact OSA is looking for me since I "scooped" them on this and got to the bottom of it before they did. But I choose to remain anon to both sides. FWIW.
This was the last known posting from AB.
From what we can see from the outside, there was a frantic, no expense barred, effort using Gene Ingram, the LAPD, then Interpol, the Finnish police and the LAPD again to determine how the leak had occurred.
The LA Times Feb 22, 1995 reported:
"Helsingius refused at first to knuckle [under] to the church's demands, but he says the search warrant gave Finnish authorities the right to seize his computer, which contains the identity of all 200,000 people who have sent messages through anon.penet.fi during its 2 1/2 years of existence. Faced with a potentially catastrophic loss of confidentiality—anon.penet.fi processes more than 7,000 messages daily, mostly for Americans—Helsingius and his attorney negotiated a compromise: On Feb. 8, he gave police the single identity in question.
"Within the hour, Helsingius reports, a church representative told him the church had the name. (A church spokeswoman contacted would say only that 'we took actions to handle illegal posting,' insisting that her organization was simply defending its rights. As for anonymous posting, the spokeswoman added, 'People should be responsible for what they do.')"
"Based on a request from Interpol, the Finnish police have gotten a search&seizure warrant on my home and the anon.penet.fi server, and gotten the real mail address of a user that has allegedly posted material stolen from the Church of Scientology. Fortunately I managed to prevent them from getting more than this one, single address."
The information they got pointed back to an account, t...@alumni.caltech.edu on the Cal Tech computers. Within hours scientologists were there. Cal Tech system administrators at first would not give up the name. Months later Rich Fagen Director, Campus
Computing Organization Caltech wrote:
By r...@cco.caltech.edu (Richard E. Fagen) 26 Jun 1995 16:24:03 GMT
"On Wednesday afternoon, February 8th, three private investigators visited the Caltech Security Office and the Campus Computing Organization. The P.I.s wanted to know the identity of the holder of the account "tc" on the Caltech Alumni Association computer system (alumni.caltech.edu). They claimed to have gotten the account name from the anon.penet.fi server via the Helsinki police. Due to the unusual nature of this request, the P.I.s were told that Caltech would need more information before this type of information could be given out. Later that day, an attorney representing the Church of Scientology called the campus computing support office demanding the name of the account holder. The attorney claimed that a document had been stolen from a CoS computer system, and that the document had been posted to the a.r.s newsgroup from alumni.caltech.edu via the anon remailer. (The claim was the document was created on Jan. 21 and appeared in a.r.s. on Jan. 24). The computing support staff did not divulge the name of the account holder, and the CoS attorney was referred to the Caltech General Counsel's office.
"The Computer Crime Unit of the Bunco-Forgery Division of the LAPD subsequently contacted Caltech security and asked for more information on the case. The LAPD wanted to know if a breakin to the CoS computer had occurred from the alumni system. Caltech told the LAPD that no evidence of such a break in could be found. The LAPD requested and was given the name of the "tc" account holder with the understanding that this information would not be divulged. A couple days after that Caltech was informed that the LAPD could find no evidence that a crime had been committed.
"In the ensuing several days, the attorney and P.I.s representing CoS made repeated attempts (both via phone and by physically appearing on the Caltech and JPL campuses) to obtain the contents of the tc account and also the tape backups (the account holder had admitted to deleting most of the contents of the account). The CoS attorney produced a letter allegedly signed by the tc account holder allowing CoS permission to get the data stored on that account and the backups. Due to irregularities with both the letter and a phone conversation with the account holder, permission for CoS to have access to the data in the account was denied by Caltech.
"After the CoS attorney and P.I.s continued their attempts to get the data, Caltech retained the counsel of an independent law firm. Soon after that, all communication with the CoS ended. One phone call from the tc account holder requesting the backup data was received by the computing support staff. This request was also denied. That was the last communication with the account holder."
It is looks like an LAPD fraud investigation officer forced Rummelhart's name out of Cal Tech and gave it to scientology. However they found him, Rummelhart was obviously confronted and put under pressure to try to get his files on Cal Tech's computer restored from tape and returned to the cult. (So they could check what else he had been doing.)
After this episode, of course, he would never be trusted or permitted to be on staff. He had been granted the highest level security clearance for working on their central computers, yet he had been exposed as a major SP. (Anyone who gets upper management's shorts in a knot qualifies as a major SP. Tom suspects that Rummelhart tried to make amends by breaking in to his mailbox and stealing his identity and that Rummelhart showed up at the small claims action with Ingram and Wollard.)
There was a good deal of speculation and worry at the time that he might have been imprisoned in the RPF or even killed. A good number of months later he was reported as having been located in the New England area but I don't believe anyone has reported speaking to him. Apparently he was thrown out, though he might have been held as a prisoner for a long time—possibly even to this day. (The cult just does that, and people are so terrorized by the experience they seldom talk before the statute of limitations runs out. The kidnapping and hideous abuse of TF being a case on point.)
So far this is a recap of what we already knew or had guessed right. What we didn't know (or at least I didn't know) was that the people around AB in INCOMM were also horribly abused. They were blamed for not detecting an SP! Some were sent to the RPF, a few of those most remote from AB were kept because otherwise the computers would have been shut down, a bunch of them went to "lower" sea orgs like FB and PAC Estates after intense interrogation and a few months of house arrest. Those in the RPF were in for various lengths of time, some for years, and one of them may be there to this day. None of the tossed INCOMM people ever went back to INCOMM.
However this information was obtained, I got the impression from the person I was talking to it had been known for a long time. Perhaps NSA's interest in the cult didn't end in 1977 and they did have a fly on the wall. Or perhaps people who were there have since talked to the Feds like Jesse Prince did.
Thomas Gerard Rummelhart if you are reading a.r.s, I would love to hear from you. The phone here in Canada is xxxxxxx. If you feel email is better, my PGP key is on the servers, but the servers seem to be acting up lately so I will append it.
What bothers me is that people in US government law enforcement had detailed knowledge in 1995 about scientology's attempt to frame Tom Klemesrud for murder just like scientology had successfully framed Paulette Cooper for bomb threats back in the 70s. I get a shrug when I express amazement at this. Maybe it is not a Federal crime.
Scientology did get Tom falsely arrested and later manipulated (or outright corrupted) a small claims court to provide Ms Blood with a cover justification and manipulated a Federal court (Judge Whyte's) so scientology's operation against Tom was not exposed.
When AB reported the cult's "shore story" of the operation against Tom on a.r.s, scientology manipulated Interpol, the Finnish police, the Los Angeles Police Department, and through them Cal Tech in a private prosecution to find him. When they located their target, brutal coercion was applied to him. It just amazes me that the US government would let scientology brazenly commit crimes and usurp the government's function of investigation and prosecution even in those days when there was a rule against investigating scientology. (Of course, the government never charged anyone for the criminal coercion scientology applied to get the illegal tax exemption from the IRS or for manipulating the US Attorney and a grand jury into indicting Paulette Cooper either.)
Long fascinating threads from both of these postings.
Now, Bill (Parker) aren't you happy that the newcomers to a.r.s get to read all about insane cult ops?