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Lying: a Scientology practice (v. 20070226)

"THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM." — L. Ron Hubbard, "Off the Time Track," lecture of June 1952
"The student should be coached on a gradient until he/she can lie facily." — L. Ron Hubbard, "TR-L"
"The evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background and achievements." — Judge Paul G. Breckenridge, Jr. on Hubbard in "Scientology v. Armstrong", 1984.

TR-L: (Training Routine: Lying)
Training Stress:  In Part 1 coach gives command, student originates a falsehood.  Coach flunks for out TR 1 or TR 0.  In Part 2 coach asks questions of the student on his background or a subject.  Student gives untrue data of a plausible sort that the student backs up with further explanatory data upon the coach's further questions.  The coach flunks for out TR 0 and TR 1, and for student fumbling on question answers. The student should be coached on a gradient until he/she can lie facily.

Channel 4 (UK, 1997): "Secret Lives - L. Ron Hubbard" @ Xenu TV

Excerpt of "Secret Lives - L. Ron Hubbard" (hosted at XenuTV)

HUBBARD IN 1968: "By 1948, through my own processing, and use of the principles I had isolated up to that time, was able to pass a 100% combat physical, which was very mysterious to the government, how had I suddenly become completely physically well, from being blind and lame."

It was an odd story, because Hubbard's war record shows his recurring problem was a stomach ulcer. There are mentions of conjunctivitis, but none of blindness. Indeed, none of his navy medical reports, before, during, or after the war, contain any suggestion of blindness, only short-sightedness and astigmatism.

Image from "20/20 - Scientology"
@ XenuTV
Today, the Church of Scientology keeps repeating these lies, as seen in their brochure titled "Shaping the 21st century with solutions for a better world" (Copyright 2004 CSI), p. 16:

«In 1945, left partially blind with injured optic nerves and lame from hip and back injuries, Mr. Hubbard was hospitalised [...]»

We can tell from this picture that Hubbard was unable to cure himself of simpler ailments like his short-sightedness and astigmatism...

ITV (England, 1996): "The Big Story - The S Files" @ Xenu TV

Excerpt of "The Big Story - The S File" (hosted at XenuTV)

If targets had no ready cash or property to sell they'd be persuaded to take out a loan. To make borrowing easy the [Scientology] Registrars kept a handy stock of forms from all the major financial lending institutions. They then persuaded people to lie to the bank about the purpose of the loans. This constitutes criminal deception. [...]

Solitary Tree: "Lying as Religious Rite"

In a 1992 Canadian court case, the defense lawyer (representing the Church of Scientology!) said that the prosecution witnesses [Scientologists] could not be believed, because they had all taken special training in how to lie.

Caroline Letkeman: "Fraudulent Claims About L. Ron Hubbard"

By the end of my first day in Scientology, at the Vancouver, B.C. org, I knew that the source of the Dianetics and Scientology sciences was Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, whom the Scientologists called Ron or LRH.  Brilliant and prolific writer, nuclear physicist, engineer and mathematician, who was crippled and blinded in World War II and cured himself with his modern mental technology. The org had all sorts of biographies of L. Ron Hubbard in handouts and books listing the academic degrees, credentials and accomplishments of this amazing man of science.  As a nineteen year old country girl, whose choice of profession was to write, I was deeply impressed.

Following is a list of documents demonstrating that Hubbard consistently misrepresented himself as a researcher, engineer, nuclear physicist, doctor, etc.

Tampa Org: Scientology Promo Flyer

This flyer, distributed in Tampa, Florida in summer 2005, is quite possibly the worst bit of promotion the Scientology cult has produced in the past ten years. It repeats many of the old lies that have already been thoroughly debunked, e.g., that cult founder L. Ron Hubbard was a nuclear physicist and understood higher mathematics (he flunked out of college in his sophmore year), that he conducted "research" at George Washington University, that he was a civil engineer (CE), etc. All false. And who the hell was "Sir Gams Jeans"??? What's clear from this flyer is the strong streak of anti-intellectualism that pervades Scientological thinking.

[Addendum to the above: L. Ron Hubbard's transcript from George Washington University]

The Fishman affidavit - Exhibit b: On control and lying

THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM.  You can write that down in your book in great big letters. The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them.

Barbara Graham: Scientology at Ground Zero

Intercepted emails from Scientologists in New York City are revealing, it shows that this group is intentionally using deceit to gain access to the vulnerable people still suffering from shock and grief. Moreover, it has deliberately interfered with legitimate mental health practitioners sent there to assist. Below are a few excerpts from these emails, sent out to Scientologists to promote this parasitic behavior by "Lt." Simon Hare, CO, I HELP Canada (in NY). (Note: the "Lieutenant" designates a rank in the Sea Org, not to be confused with actual military rank)

Carroll Star News (2002): "The 'P' Stands for Prima Donna"

We've now been visited on several occasions by both representatives of Narconon and the Scientologists, and I wish each and every one of you reading this could have been present at these meetings. In fact, I'm glad that Sue Horn and Brian Crotty were there with me, because otherwise I might be afraid no one might believe their unfathomable dishonesty. They were caught in lie after lie after lie, and when confronted with the truth, they opted to lie more. I think what galled us all the most wasn't so much that they chose to lie so much, but that they thought so little of our intelligence that they genuinely believed that we would swallow the garbage they were trying to feed us. It got so hard to take that I forcibly terminated our meeting (in true Mike Wallace style) with Susan Webb. There was no point in going on. Her purpose - proving herself a liar - had been fulfilled.

Narconon's Publications Fraud

The "Proceedings..." caption implies that this eight page paper was actually published in the conference proceedings. The problem is that there is no published proceedings for this conference! Two employees at the American Public Health Association confirmed that the only submissions to this meeting are 250 word abstracts, and the abstract is the only thing printed and distributed to attendees.

So not only was this paper not peer reviewed (no one at APHA laid eyes on it), it wasn't even published! At least not by APHA, as the caption claims.

Once again, Narconon proves themselves to be liars and frauds.

The Big Lie: "Education Alive has trained 20,000 teachers"

South African Embassy
Canberra [Australia]


According to the Department of Education and Training, the Church of Scientology tried to use a front organization in 1989, the so called "Education Alive" but was not allowed to get involved in the Department's schools.

I am afraid their claim of teaching 1.5 million children in South Africa to read is just another fabrication.


Jon Atack: "Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard: The Total Freedom Trap"

Hubbard completed this "shakedown cruise" by firing on a fortunately uninhabited Mexican island. He was removed from command, and Rear Admiral Braisted wrote in a fitness report, "Consider this officer lacking in the essential qualities of judgment, leadership and cooperation. He acts without forethought as to probable results ... Not considered qualified for command or promotion at this time. Recommend duty on a large vessel where he can be properly supervised."

The advice was followed, and Hubbard served briefly as a navigation officer aboard the USS Algol, before its departure from U.S. waters. Hubbard was one of hundreds of officers transferred to the School of Military Government on the Campus of Princeton University. This was to lead to Hubbard's later and completely false boast to have graduated from Princeton. In a more candid moment, Hubbard said that he "flunked" his overseas examination.

The San Diego Union-Tribune (1990): Hubbard Hot-Author Status Called Illusion

The book's sudden success, say dozens of former Scientologists and book dealers, was the result of a church plan to create the illusion of L. Ron Hubbard as a hot author. The church, they say, sustains the myth - 15 New York Times best sellers and counting - through dubious marketing tactics and the manipulation of an obedient flock of consumers.

Syracuse Herald-Journal (1997): "Lawsuit, privates eyes hound Scientology's legion of critics" by Douglas Frantz

In 1986 the Federal Court of Appeals in Boston said evidence in an extortion case indicated that Scientology investigators had induced witnesses to lie. It identified one investigator as Eugene M. Ingram.

Eight years later, Ingram was charged with impersonating a police officer in seeking information about a sheriff in Tampa, Fla., while working as a church investigator. He and a Scientology employee flashed badges and told a woman that they were police detectives before questioning her about possible links between a county sheriff and what was said to be a prostitution ring, police records say.

Dagbladet: "False interview published all over the world"

- The Norwegian Defense Minister is going to distribute the book The Way To Happiness to all Norwegian soldiers, it says in the sect newspaper Good News, which is distributed all over the world.

- Babble, says Jorgen Kosmo about the "interview" with him in the Scientology newspaper.

[picture of Defense Minister below]

"FABRICATED: - I never read the book. I don't like this church, says Jorgen Kosmo"

Willamette Week (1985): "Scientology on trial"

Samuels described in detail the special areas in which Scientology witnesses were coached to lie. He admitted to having committed perjury himself at that trial, and described numerous instances of perjured testimony by others. Asked to explain the widespread use of deceit within the organization, other former Scientologists who testified in the more recent trial gave similar responses. Former Executive Director International Bill Franks put it this way: "I was giving acceptable truth. In Scientology that is how we are trained to talk." "Narconon Uses Fraudulent Endorsements"

[...] Narconon's falsely associating me with their scam has harmed my professional reputation and injured my good name. I demand that my name be removed immediately from these web pages, as I want nothing to do with Narconon or Scientology. I'm 74 years old and don't have time for science fiction.

Dr. Norma S. Tigerman

Boston Herald (1998): "Judge Found Hubbard lied about achievements" by Joseph Mallia

But some of those words are a legacy of exaggerations, half-truths and outright lies, according to Hubbard's son, court records and critics.

"The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be reflective of its founder LRH," wrote California Superior Court Judge Paul Breckenridge during a top Scientology defector's court suit against the church. [...]

The Guardian (Feb. 1980): "Scientology's bizarre manual of dirty tricks"

The ruthless attitude of the Church of Scientology in dealing with its critics is confirmed and detailed by other Washington documents.

A memorandum dated March 9, 1970, addressed to the "Guardian World Wide," Jane Kember — the cult's senior administrative executive, who is based at East Grinstead — gives a "list" of "the successful and unsuccessful actions used by (Scientology) intelligence."

Successful actions include:

1. The use of false letterheads to gather information.

Xenu TV: "FOX 6 Report"

Tory Christman is interviewed for this San Diego news segment. Scientologist David Meyer promotes Scientology and claims he's never read the OT III material concerning Xenu, yet Scientology's own publications show that he has indeed done so. Why does Scientology refuse to tell the truth?

Dennis Erlich: "Greetings from a Survivor / End of the Q."

All staff and students were told exactly what lie to tell any Clearwater residents who asked about our presence:  we were all religious students on retreat at the new United Churches facility in the Fort Harrison Hotel.

Wikipedia (Feb. 2007): "Alaska Mental Health Enabling Act: Scientology and the Alaska Mental Health Bill"

The Church routinely claims that the bill was defeated through the efforts of Scientologists.[23] However, as already noted, the bill passed, albeit minus the reciprocal commitment provisions — it was not in any way "defeated". The Church's claims to have led the campaign are also not supported by the contemporary evidence. The Congressional Record's account of the Senate hearings into the bill does not mention the Church, and a contemporary review of the opposition to the bill likewise attributes the lead role elsewhere:

"Only a few organized groups got behind the hue and cry. Most influential was the libertarian Association of Physicians and Surgeons, and Dan Smoot's newsletter. Right-wingers bombarded Congress with protests and demands for hearings." [24]

Ron the Nut

I would say that 99 per cent of what my father has written about his own life is false. — L. Ron Hubbard Jr.

The Guardian (UK, 2003): "Cult church censured on drug ads" by Stephen Bates

A Church of England spokesman said: "The truth is Scientology makes claims for their dangerous cult which they can neither prove nor substantiate. Drug users trying to kick the habit are vulnerable. This makes them perfect prey for cults."
    Dallas News (Oct. 2007): "Bogus Scientology pamphlets irk Dallas mayor" by Rudolph Bush
The booklet, so titled and featuring the writings of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, was sent to the mayor's office complete with the city of Dallas seal and a ringing endorsement purportedly from Mr. Leppert.

The front cover features a painting of a grassy field sweeping toward the Dallas skyline with the city's official "D" symbol hovering in the foreground.

"Presented by Office of the Mayor," it states.

But the booklet didn't come from the mayor, and no one at the city has anything to do with it. [...]

Another fake endorsement in San Francisco: San Francisco Chronicle (Oct, 2007): "Group censured for using Newsom's image in pro-Scientology booklet"

Radar (Apr. 24, 2007): "Slinging Scientology, Mud on VT Campus" by John Cook

The e-mail, posted by an alert Radar reader in our Comments section, also claimed that the Salvation Army had urgently sought the help of L. Ron's kids: "We have been asked by the Salvation Army staff ... to provide 24-hour help for the next two days in the form of grief counseling and trauma relief for the parents and families of the victims."

Well, not quite.

Mark McNamee, the provost of Virginia Tech (who, despite being referred to as a "her" in the e-mail, is a dude) made no such request, according to the university. "No administrator invited the Church of Scientology or any other group to campus," says Kerstin Roan of Virginia Tech's public relations department, adding that in the chaos following the shootings, anyone offering help was "welcomed with open arms." [...]

The Citizen Commission on Human Rights caught lying
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) falsely claimed that its touring exhibit, "Psychiatry: Industry of Death", was co-sponsored by Howard University, and when the lie was spotted by an astute reader, the evidence for this lie was (tentatively) removed from the web.

CBC (Nov. 1985): "The Fifth Estate - Scientology"

Excerpt of CBC (1985): "Fifth Estate - Scientology"

Nan McLean: I did a lot of things for Scientology. I broke the law for instance for Scientology.

Hana Gartner: How did you break the law?

Nan McLean: I was ordered to go to a bank and falsify my income, falsify my employer in order that I would be acceptable as a guarantor for two separate Scientologists' loans. I signed my name to that falsification of records. And the loan was granted, the Scientologists.

Hana Gartner (voice over): What troubles Nan McLean more than anything is that she brought her husband, two sons and a daughter in law into the Church with her.

Nan McLean: My daughter will tell you a very interesting thing she told me, she is the one and only that didn't come in. She said "Mother, I have always known you to be the most honest person I have ever known, and now you're telling me it's ok to lie for Scientology." That's when a began to look. God that still hurts. [...]

Ron Sharp (Jan. 2007): "Church of Scientology forges police approval for The Way To Happiness (2005)"

TWTH, Downing told the Pasadena Weekly, also apparently fraudulently posted on the Web a letter of commendation from the LAPD that was not signed by alleged writer Chief William Bratton, and also forged Downing's approval by rubber-stamping his signature to the image on the site, But that isn't the only time TWTH, which has distributed booklets to more than 12 million American schoolchildren in 12,600 public schools since its inception in 1984, allegedly fabricated information to promote its product.

Toronto Globe and Mail: "Cult harassment, spying in Canada documented" by John Marshall

The Washington documents include one stolen from the U.S. Government that confirms reports in books the Scientologists have called libelous. Mr. Hubbard did so poorly in his first university year that he was put on probation for the second year, the document says, and he dropped out after doing worse. He got an F in atomic physics, although cult publicity pieces have suggested that he is an authority in that subject.
Scientologists stole Hubbard's transcript from his years at the George Washington University to prevent people from finding out that he flunked, and then went on to accuse of libel people that actually found out that Hubbard was lying, even though they knew critics were not lying.

Scientology's Funny Photos - Washington Post Reliable Source Column (also ZDNet's "Scientologists admit to altering New Year photos")

The 49-year old Lerma, an-ex-Scientologist who has tangled repeatedly with church officials since he quit 23 years ago, and today owns an audio-video and computer business, immediately thought he spotted something fishy. He says the crowd scenes were doctored extensively. In one shot he found repeated images of some attendees---apparently added to fill empty seats. The touch-up work left one doppelganger parishioner with no head. In another shot a bald man who had been replicated magically grew hair.
Post at Operation Clambake message board (Mar 6, 2006): «After this photoshop thing was exposed - Karen Hollender went to the Int RPF! She was LRH PPRO INT. Jeff Baker, who did the actual Photoshop work was demoted to CPO from an Officer. He was rushed and Karen had him do it on the fly. The flames were shooting all over the Int Base. DM made a bunch of people feel the pain on this one.» — "blownforgood", a credible insider inside the Church of Scientology.

Affidavit of Howard "Homer" Schomer (18 March 1986)

22. While on board the Apollo and later in Clearwater, we were trained to lie to customs and government officials. I had first-hand knowledge of this because one of my positions aboard the Apollo from March 1974 to November 1975 was as the equipment, road manager and advance man for the "Apollo Troupe Org" which was an entertainment group, [handwritten: and I dealt first hand with them.]

Affidavit of Vicki Aznaran (29 June 1993)

9. Attached as Exhibit "B" to this declaration is a true copy of a document called "TR L", which is a Scientology training drill to teach Scientologists to lie convincingly

Affidavit of Margery Wakefield (23 June 1993)

8. I remember asking one of the G.O. staff members about the fact that they were teaching me to lie under oath, and I was quoted the Scientology policy called "the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics," which simply means that whatever must be done to ensure the survival of the "third dynamic of Scientology" must be done regardless of the side effects. In other words, Scientology law is considered to be above and outside the jurisdiction of non-Scientology or "wog" law. Scientologists do not honor the Biblical oath, even though they may say that they do. This is TR-L in practice. [...]

18.  I believe that most any ordinary Scientologist who was trained in Training Routine Lie would, upon command, lie in court, and would lie also about having been so trained.  To put it simply, nothing such a Scientologist says in court can be believed or regarded to be true, as the Scientologist believes him or herself to be above, or outside the jurisdiction of "wog law."  Such a Scientologist will not honor the Biblical oath because it has no meaning to him/her.

Declaration of Jonathan Caven-Atack (9 April 1995)

9. Despite possession of a massive archive of Hubbard's private papers, including numerous handwritten and illustrated black magic rituals and accounts of Hubbard's extensive drug abuse [JCA-7], Scientology management still deceive Scientologists by perpetuating Hubbard's fictitious claims about his life. Scientology materials make many false claims, including the following: that Hubbard was a wounded and decorated war hero [JCA-8], [JCA-9] he suffered from an ulcer [JCA-10], [JCA-11] and never saw combat [JCA-12] ; that Hubbard was a "nuclear physicist" [JCA-13] - he failed a short course in "atomic and molecular" physics which was part of the degree course he failed to complete [JCA-14]; that Hubbard had studied for five years as a teenager with holy men in India, China and Tibet [JCA-15], [JCA-16], [JCA-17] - he spent less than three weeks in China and did not visit India or Tibet [JCA-18], [JCA-19], [JCA-20]. These are a few of the many deceptions created by Hubbard and perpetuated by the cynical managers of Scientology. Gerald Armstrong and Vaughn and Stacey Young were formerly in charge of Scientology's immense "Hubbard Archive" and can testify to this deliberate deception.
Indeed, The Church of Scientology still repeats old lies that have been debunked already, as in this flyer distributed in 2005. See Hubbard's transcript from the George Washington University...

Affidavit of William Franks (3 April 1985)

16. While I was Executive Director of the Church of Scientology, we continually attempted to shield L. Ron Hubbard from any legal liability as a result of Church of Scientology activities. To do this, we continually lied in sworn affidavits and depositions about our contacts with L. Ron Hubbard, his control of the Church of Scientology, and our knowledge of his whereabouts. These perjurious statements were intentionally and willfully made, with the knowledge of Hubbard himself. In fact, he ordered many of the statements to be made.

Clearwater Sun: "Witnesses Tell of Break-ins, Conspiracy" by Steven Girardi

She said she was taught to "handle" the press, FBI raids and knew of "tell a lie" drills which taught guardian agents to successfully lie about activities if ever questioned.

Affidavit of Ronald DeWolf a/k/a L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. (circa 1982)

Throughout the development years of Scientology and to the present date, the Church of Scientology has made the foregoing representations and most individuals who have joined the organization that I personally know, relied specifically on my father's represented qualifications and credentials. The stated representations are all false. He never obtained degrees from those universities, or ever served in combat. He was relieved of duty three times as being unfit, and ended up in a psychiatric hospital at the end of the war. He is a fraud and has always been a fraud.

Affidavit of Andre Tabayoyon (5 March 1994)

54. The function of the guards is not only to keep Scientologists in but to keep "wogs" out. Wogs are non-Scientologists. In 1991 a process server tried to get onto the base. He was beaten up and arrested by security guards who put him in handcuffs. The Police arrived and took the handcuffs off him saying "you guys can't do this, Man, you guys are getting carried away. The process server later sued and the case was settled. The security guard, Danny Dunnigan, was so confused about what his senior told him to testify to that he perjured himself about four times in the Courtroom.

Chris Owen: "Ron the 'War Hero'"

However, there is absolutely no doubt that Scientology has issued numerous inaccurate accounts of Hubbard's military career. It has claimed that Hubbard fought on islands which he never visited; was awarded medals which he never won; commanded formations which never existed; and suffered injuries which he never sustained. Some of this can be put down to faulty research. Someone with no nautical knowledge might not know the difference between an armed trawler and a corvette or subchaser, for instance, though this does not excuse a failure to check.

However, since 1979 the Church has been in possession of a complete copy of Hubbard's personnel file. Some of the more outré claims (such as that he was a Provost Marshall in Korea in 1945) have disappeared from recent biographical accounts. Others have been modified - his ships have all now been named, for instance. But other wholly untrue claims continue to be made, such as that he saw action in the North Atlantic or that he conducted secret operations ashore in the Dutch East Indies.

Scientology's Lies

Lying to people to get their money isn't just unethical - it's illegal. It's called fraud.

Scientology claims there is a scientific basis for all their processes. There isn't. Scientology claims it's compatible with other belief systems, like Christianity. It's not. Scientology claims to be the fastest-growing religion in the world, with 8 million members, utilizing infallible technology developed by a physicist and war hero. They're lying.

City of Clearwater Commission Hearing: The Church of Scientology - Day 4, LaVenda Van Schaick


At this time I will introduce the Affidavit of Stephen Garritano. And I'll read briefly from it. In order to save some time, I'll skip over portions of it and read the pertinent portions into the record.

"My introduction to Scientology was in January of 1977 when the following representations were made to me concerning the benefits of auditing in Scientology. These representations were that auditing was scientifically guaranteed to confer the following benefits," and then there is a number of them listed which I won't read.

And then there's a statement about Mr. Hubbard's background and representations and Mr. Garritano's reliance on them. "Based on the above representations, I joined the Church of Scientology. After two and-a-half years experience as a scientologist, I eventually discovered that the above representations were false and made for the single purpose to entice the people to purchase auditing and courses or join staff.

Narconon Exposed: "Does Narconon work?"

There can be little doubt that the success rates found by Gerdman's studies have seriously been misrepresented. The Scientology publication Ron the Humanitarian states that "Even a year after completion of the program, independent Swedish studies found a full 84.6 percent of Narconon graduates remaining entirely drug-free." [Narconon Sydney home page - <> and Ron the Humanitarian - <>] In fact, the Gerdman study showed that only 6.6% of Narconon Huddinge clients "remain drug-free permanently" - if this is any way typical, it represents a success rate only one-eleventh of that which is claimed. Similarly, Narconon International's website states that "61 drug abusers who graduated from Narconon Huddinge ... [were] followed for four years after they completed the program. Although 69 percent had been using drugs for 6 to 10 years prior to coming to the Narcononprogram [sic], and nearly all were addicted to a multitude of different drugs, four years later 78.6 percent were drug free." This suggests that Gerdman managed to follow all 61 individuals, which he did not, and that the 78.6% figure relates to the full sample of 61, which it does not (and cannot - 78.6% of 61 people is an impossible 47.946 people). It also does not mention the fact that the 61 individuals represented only 23% of the entire intake, the rest having dropped out prior to graduation. ["Summary of Evaluations of the Narconon® Program over the Last 30 Years", Narconon International - <>] In fact, it is remarkably hard to find any figures from Narconon on what percentage of its clients manage to graduate.

Chris Owen (1997): "Scientology versus the IRS: Scientology issues an untruthful statement on its tax exemption"

Ten days after the highly critical New York Times report on the Church of Scientology's dodgy tax exemption, the Church took out a full-page advertisement in the same newspaper to rebut the charges laid against it. [...]

But the Church of Scientology catches itself in a big lie. Its statement says:

"[...] The only problem: the story is untrue. No such impromptu, unscheduled meeting ever did take place."

But look what David Miscavige said to 10,000 Scientologists at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on 8 October 1993, in a speech to announce the granting of tax exemption to the Church of Scientology:

"[...] They asked - Fred who? We answered, Fred Goldberg of course, the Commissioner of the IRS. "Is he expecting you?" they asked. "No", was our response. "but if you phone him on the intercom and tell him we are from the Church of Scientology, I am sure he'd love to see us." [...] We did meet with the commissioner, and, as the saying goes - the rest is history."

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