The Seattle Horror: Scientology’s Human Rights Campaign.

I lifted the following from Marty Rathbun’s blog.  It really strains human credulity to think of human rights and Scientology being in the same sentence.  This is a prime example about the work that is yet to be done educating the public concerning this predatory and paramilitary group.  I wish I lived closer because I would sure as hell picket this meeting if I did.   Here is the link to the post:http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/wake-up-time-for-the-white-house/

Know Your Human Rights!

You are invited to an evening discussion

on human rights featuring:

Kareem W. Shora, Senior Policy Advisor

Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties,

U.S. Department of Homeland Security;

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles

speaking on the impact of human trafficking

Senator Maralyn Chase

on the importance of educating

our children on civil rights.

AND

Scientology’s Human Rights Campaign!

This event is sponsored by the Church of Scientology on

Wednesday, October 26th at 300 W. Harrison St.

Reception starts at 6 pm. Program starts at 7 pm.

For more information, contact Ann at 206-284-0604.

© 2011 CSWS. SCIENTOLOGY is a trademark and service mark owned by Religious Technology Center and is used with its permission. Programmed in U.S.A.

Published in: on October 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #337, Quit “Criminal Organization.”

Hank Levin gave this history of why he quit Scientology to FACT Net some years ago.  As far as greed goes nothing has changed.  They are as aggressive as ever when it comes to getting money out of victims.

September 4, 1989

 In the late seventies, I paid the Church of Scientology approximately $4000 in advance for “NOTS”, to be delivered at the Advanced Organization in Clearwater, Florida. At this time, my wife and myself had at least $17,000 on account as advanced payments with the Church. When I arrived at Clearwater, the registrar asked if I’d be able to afford additional funds in the unlikely event that they might be necessary for “special repair actions”    I confided that I did have some personal reserves invested in precious metals. Even though I was scheduled to begin “auditing”within the hour, I was suddenly told that the “Case Supervisor” had decided not to permit me to begin unless I paid in advance for additional “auditing” to the amount of my personal reserve savings mentioned above. I petitioned all the way up to the “Commanding Officer” of Sea Organization, pointing out that I had been promised I could begin with the $4000 payment and had already paid for plane fare out from my home in Los Angeles, and to cash in my assets would require personally returning to L.A. and wasting double the plane fare. They were adamant in their insistence. I returned to L.A. and sold the gold at a substantial loss andsent them the money. But I insisted this time that I wanted a written promise that the Church’s”Senior Policy” would be followed (“Always deliver what you promise”) and that I would not be again refused service without warning. The promise never came, although I was told it had been sent. I began to tell them I was having a change of heart and was considering asking for a refund. (To actually ask for a refund would get me excommunicated.) The promise then came in the form of a telex, which I found (based on the Western Union coded data) had a falsified date. I then discovered that the staff was telling people that I had been sent back to Los Angeles because I had failed to get “Ethics Clearance”. This was a lie, because I still have the routing form which has my ethics clearance signed off. I then told them I wanted my money back–more to get their attention than to sever my ties with the organization, which I still regarded as too valuable to do without. “Chaplain Worldwide” Robert Harvey phoned me to persuade me to withdraw my request for refund. He actually confided to me that the order preventing me from starting my service had indeed not come from the Case Supervisor, but from the registrars to get my additional funds they knew about. I then realized, in view of the fact that this order had been upheld all the way to the top, that I was dealing with a criminal organization. I then formally in writing demanded a refund of all my advanced payments totaling approximately $17,000.

I was given endless runaround and innumerable people to talk to. I finally began a dialogue with Heber Jentzch, the nominal head of Scientology in the U.S. After much frustration, I got him to admit that the actual Church “policy” (as opposed to the publicly stated policy) was to refund money only in the face of a serious legal threat. I accordingly documented to Heber that I was in communication with the staff of the TV program “60 Minutes”, at which point the money was returned to me in full.

I consider myself lucky. I know people who are still owed comparable sums for undelivered services. These situations must be publicized so people can evaluate whom they are trusting their money with and whom they are trusting to help them.

This looks like a good spot to put this video I found of Jeff Hawkins telling about his time in the cult.

Published in: on October 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #336, Forced abortions in the Sea Org.

Inside Scientology: A Times Special Report

She fought Scientology for the child they wanted to abort.

By Thomas C. Tobin And Joe Childs, Times Staff Writers
In Print: Monday, June 14, 2010

[This story combines two people, Natalie Hagemo and her daughter, Shelby LaFreniere.  The theme about forced abortions within the Sea Org is a common one, so is disconnection.  Yet each case shows the misery that Scientology can cause once it gets a toe-hold in a person’s mind.]

Twenty years ago, when Natalie Hagemo was 19, pregnant and working for the Church of Scientology, she couldn’t wait to be a mother.

She was near the end of her first tri­mester, she says, when colleagues in Scientology’s military-style religious order, the Sea Organization, began pressuring her to get an abortion.

Two high-ranking officers said terminating the pregnancy would allow her to keep working. They berated her when she said no.

Supervisors told her to hide her expanding belly lest co-workers start thinking it was acceptable to get pregnant. Friends and colleagues shunned her.

Hagemo stood fast and, with her husband at her side, delivered Shelby on Aug. 20, 1990.

Hagemo left the Sea Org but remained an active parishioner and raised her daughter as a Scientologist.

When Shelby was 14, a recruiter came by the local church and signed her up to serve in the Sea Org for a billion years. Hagemo put aside her doubts and allowed it, figuring her daughter would want to come home soon.

A week or so later, Shelby called home in tears, wanting out. Hagemo called a church supervisor to discuss the discharge procedure. She remembers his anger:

You have no say in this. How dare you interfere. You are suppressive.

For the rest of this story go here:  http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/taking-her-daughter/1102159

Natalie put some her own story on video:

More on forced abortions in the cult.  

 

Published in: on October 21, 2011 at 8:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #335, Former Sea Org member sues the cult.

For a billion years of regret join the Sea Borg today.

This case involves the usual financial chicanery of Scientology when it comes to money matters.  They fleeced this former SO member for every cent they could get and when he smartened up and demanded his money back they played hardball with him.  The lust for money in Scientology knows no rational bounds.  They will promise you anything in order to get your credit and bank account.  Keeping those promises is something the cult is not so good at.  In this case Andrew Lee sued them, they settled and agreed to pay him in monly instalments which they then didn’t make so he had to sue them again. 
ANDREW LEE

                    Plaintiff,

                         v.

CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY,

DOES I THROUGH X, inclusive
                     Defendants

NO. 935411

COMPLAINT FOR BREACH OF
CONTRACT, BREACH OF COVENANT
OF GOOD FAITH AND FAIR
DEALING, FRAUD
AND CONSPIRACY, BREACH OF
FIDUCIARY DUTY, ATTORNEY’S
FEES.

JURY TRIAL DEMANDED

        1.  Plaintiff ANDREW LEE is a residents of this city and county of San Francisco.
        2.  Defendant CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY has its principal place of business in San Francisco, California.
        3.  Plaintiff is ignorant of the true names and capacities of Defendants sued herein as DOES I through X inclusive and therefore sue these Defendants by such fictitious names.  Plaintiff will amend this complaint to allege their true names and capacities when ascertained.  Plaintiffs are informed and believe and thereon alleges that each of these fictitiously named Defendants is responsible in some manner for the occurrences herein alleged, and that Plaintiffs’ damages as herein alleged were proximately caused by their conduct. 4. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereupon allege that each Defendant is the agent, servant, and/or employee of each other Defendant, and that in so doing the things hereinafter alleged, each Defendant was acting in the cause and scope of said Defendant’s agency and employment. FACTS 4. On or about May 1989, Plaintiff contracted with Defendant for the receipt of services from Defendant to consist of a training course. Plaintiff paid Defendant $6,000 for said services and commenced a course in June 1989. During the training course, Plaintiff was given the impression that Defendant was a “good, clean outfit” and was induced to work for Defendant, discovering during the last week of July that he would be paid $30 to $50 a week. 5. Plaintiff was further influenced to pay $9,000 for training materials on July 30, 1989 and $15,000 for processing during the second week of August. After receiving some processing Plaintiff paid an additional $12,000 to complete said processing and to “go clear”, a desired state among scientologists. He also was induced to promise to pay an additional $5,000 at a later date. 6. On or about August 1989, Plaintiff submitted a written request for official work leave from Defendant. As a result of this request Plaintiff was submitted to a “security check” which was designed to insure that he was aware of any overt acts he committed 2 against scientology and not commit any overt acts in the against scientology in the future. 7. Prior to leaving, Plaintiff decided to attempt to obtain the return of the money kept in “his” account with Defendant. Plaintiff was persuaded by Defendant to remain with Defendant and refused to tell him was he needed to do to get his money back. 8. Plaintiff was allowed to be “routed off” or not work for Defendant but was persuaded to do “conditions” which resulted in his staying with scientology. Plaintiff was then induced to join SEA ORG during the second week in September. SEA ORG is a part of Defendant, with a goal of promoting “ethics” throughout the world. 9. Plaintiff was persuaded not to inform his family of his involvement with Defendant. 10. On or about October 1989, Plaintiff again asked for leave for family reasons and was pressured into buying $15,000 worth of materials so that my request would go through. Plaintiff finally could stand it no longer and left SEA ORG without official leave on October 8, 1989. 11. Defendant continued to maintain a powerful hold over Plaintiff such that he returned to Defendant on October 9, 1989 and paid $5,000 to Defendant to fulfill his promise made during August. Defendants continued to pressure Plaintiff such that he was induced to sign up for an additional $32,000 worth of services. Defendant promised to help Plaintiff find a job and not to ask for more money. 12. However, they broke both promises and asked Plaintiff again for money in November 1989. On the same day in November 1989,   one of Defendant’s agents pulled Plaintiff’s wallet out of his pocket and took out his credit card. Plaintiff asked for his credit card back and said not to charge anything on it. He was told that Defendant was only checking his credit line. This was a lie. Two charges showed up on Plaintiff’s credit card, one for $1000 and one for $500. 13. During the second week of October 1989, Plaintiff was found by SEA ORG and attempted to leave several times. He did not want to do “conditions” again because that is what kept him in scientology the first time. Again he was persuaded into doing “conditions” and required to go through another security check. This process again persuaded Plaintiff to remain with scientology. He was required to remain on the Estate Planning Force, which was part of SEA ORG, which is responsible for cleaning duties, and to live near Defendants place of business in Los Angeles. After three and a half week he decided to leave but was again persuaded to stay with Defendant and in the process was induced to give them $1500 from his credit card. 14. On or about November 20, 1989, Plaintiff was induced to give his TRW stock to Defendant in order to go “clear”. Fortunately, Defendant was unable to cash the check made out to Plaintiff from the sale of the stock. He was able to negotiate the return of most of the money from the sale of the stock. 15. What finally allowed Plaintiff to regain control of his life was that his sister accompanied him to Defendant’s location and made him realize that Defendant was controlling his life and taking his money.       

  FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION PLAINTIFF V. DEFENDANT SCIENTOLOGY Breach of Contract 16. Plaintiffs reallege and incorporate by reference the allegations set forth in paragraphs 1 through 15 of this complaint as against Defendant. 17. Defendant entered into said contract with Plaintiff knowing that it had a separate agenda, namely to induce Plaintiff to give as much of his wealth as possible to Defendant. Plaintiff received only a fraction of the services and material which he was entitled to receive and was exposed to the constant pressure to give Defendant money. Plaintiff was further subjected to what amounted to “brain washing” so that Defendant could obtain Plaintiff’s money. 18. Defendant breached its obligations under the contract to Plaintiff as described in paragraph 17 and in so doing caused Plaintiff to be severely damaged both financially and emotionally. Wherefore: Plaintiff claims judgment and damages as set forth in his prayer for relief. SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION PLAINTIFF V. DEFENDANT SCIENTOLOGY Breach of Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing 19. Plaintiffs reallege and incorporate by reference the allegations set forth in paragraphs 1 through 18 of this complaint as against Defendant. 20. Defendant’s contract with Plaintiff raises an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing which it broke repeatedly in that it intentionally deceived Plaintiff into giving his money                     and property to Defendant. He was psychologically handled such that every time he gave money he was made to feel better. Plaintiff was an indecisive person who was manipulated to obtain his money. Wherefore: Plaintiff claims judgment and damages as set forth in his prayer for relief. THIRD CAUSE OF ACTION PLAINTIFF V. DEFENDANT SCIENTOLOGY Fraud and Conspiracy 21. Plaintiffs reallege and incorporate by reference the allegations set forth in paragraphs 1 through 20 of this complaint as against Defendant. 22. Defendant intentionally, willfully and wantonly engaged in the acts enumerated in paragraph 17 with the purpose of deceiving Plaintiff and inducing him to part with his money and property. 23. Plaintiffs are entitled to exemplary and punitive damages for Defendant’s fraudulent conduct in the sum of $100,000. Wherefore: Plaintiff claims judgment and damages as set forth in his prayer for relief. FOURTH CAUSE OF ACTION PLAINTIFF V. SCIENTOLOGY Breach of Fiduciary Duty 24. Plaintiffs reallege and incorporate by reference the allegations set forth in paragraphs 1 through 18, and 20 through 23 of this complaint as against Defendant. 25. Defendant owed a fiduciary duty to Plaintiff and breached that duty as set forth in paragraphs 17 of this complaint. Not only did Defendant keep money in an account on complaint. Not only did Defendant keep money in an account on behalf of Plaintiff, without the intention of giving it back, its did not give it back. Defendant supports its actions by claiming it is a church. That in itself entails a confidential and fiduciary relationship. 26. As a direct and proximate result of that breach of duty, Plaintiff was damaged in a sum in excess of $15,000.                 

Wherefore: Plaintiff claims judgment and damages as set forth in his prayer for relief. PLAINTIFFS’ PRAYER FOR RELIEF Wherefore Plaintiff prays judgement and damages of each and every Defendant jointly and severally as follows: 1. For the sum of $35,000 as against Defendant for breach of contract, any damages in excess of that amount to be proven at trial. 2. For a sum to be proven at trial as against Defendant for the Second and Fourth Causes of action as exemplary and punitive damages. 3. For interest on said sums at the legal rate of interest. 4. For reasonable attorney’s fees. 5. For costs of the suit. 6. For such other relief as this Court finds just and equitable.

Dated: August 8, 1991 [signature]

JAMES C. BRIDGMAN Aspelin & Bridgman Attorneys for Plaintiff

For the rest of the story go here:  http://www.scientology-lies.com/sf-courts-lee-910808suit.html

I found the RPF account on YouTube, this is as good a place as any for it.  The RPF is the internal prison system of Scientology.

Published in: on October 21, 2011 at 7:56 am  Leave a Comment