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BerichtGeplaatst: zo mei 04, 2008 7:20 am    Onderwerp: Fair Game: Nog steeds actueel! Reageer met quote

Op ARS schreef Martin Poulter:
History of Fair Game in the UK
Quote:
I'm going to try inserting this into the Wikipedia page on Fair Game,
although it probably belongs in a page of its own. I've just spent the
last nine hours writing it (to make up for the fact that I didn't go
an protest today).

I've also posted it at http://cosmedia.freewinds.cx/fairgame.html
although its links are broken at the moment. Please read this in
advance of next week's global protest.

Scientology Fair Game and Harassment in the UK
====================================
Maurice William Johnson was a scientologist who resigned in June 1966.
He told a court that after leaving, he had received over 100 abusive
letters, many of them using violent language. An article in "The
Auditor", a Scientology publication, was produced to the court,
stating outright that Johnstone was "fair game" and describing him as
"an enemy of mankind, the planets and all life." [1]

Kenneth Robinson, a Minister for Health, had attributed Scientology's
success to its targetting "the weak, the unbalanced, the immature, the
rootless and mentally and emotionally unstable" and said its practices
were "a potential menace to the personality and well-being of those so
deluded as to become its followers". [2] [3] Scientology publications
titled "Freedom Scientology", "Freedom and Scientology" and "Freedom"
conducted a libel campaign against him, beginning in 1968. According
to these newsletters, he was responsible for creating "death camps" to
which innocent people were being kidnapped to be killed or maimed at
will. Robinson successfully sued for libel, prompting a total
retraction and substantial damages. [4]

Roy Wallis was the author of "The Road to Total Freedom: A
Sociological Analysis of Scientology", first published in 1976. After
the publication of the book, a Scientology agent visited Stirling
University where Wallis was teaching and tried to get him to implicate
himself in the drug scene. Subsequently, forged letters apparently
from Wallis were sent to his colleagues implicating him in scandalous
activities including a homosexual love affair. [5] [6]

Journalist Russell Miller wrote a biography of L. Ron Hubbard entitled
"Bare-Faced Messiah", which was published in 1987. He was spied on
while researching the book in the USA, and his friends and business
associates recieved visits from scientologists and private detectives.
Attempts were made to frame him for the murder of a London private
detective, the murder of an American in East Berlin and a fire in an
aircraft factory. [7] [8] [9] Senior executives at publishers Michael
Joseph, and at the Sunday Times, which serialised the book, received
threatening phone calls and also a visit from private investigator
Eugene Ingram, who worked for the Church. [10] Another private
investigator, Jarl Grieve Einar Cynewulf, told Sunday Times
journalists that he had been offered "large sums of money" to find a
link between Miller and the CIA. [11] The Church unsuccessfully tried
for an injunction against Miller and Penguin Books to stop the book
being published; a move that the judge described as "both mischievous
and misconceived". [12] [13]

In 1988, Scientology-connected group the Citizens Commission on Human
Rights conducted a defamation campaign against Professor Sir Martin
Roth, a Cambridge University professor of psychiatry. Material
provided by the CCHR falsely alleged that experiments run by Professor
Roth had damaged patients' brains with huge doses of LSD, led to more
than 20 deaths in an Australian hospital, and maimed human subjects in
Canada. The Newcastle Times, which had published an article based on
the CCHR material, admitted the falsity of the allegations and paid
substantial libel damages in 1990.[14]

Jon Atack, an ex-scientologist who left in 1983, wrote the book "A
Piece of Blue Sky: Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard Exposed"
and the pamphlet "The Total Freedom Trap" as well as providing
research for Bare-Faced Messiah. He provided help to other members in
leaving the organisation, as well as acting as an expert witness in
various cases concerning Scientology. In response, Atack's home was
repeatedly picketed by placard-carrying Scientologists over the course
of six days. Eugene Ingram, a private investigator employed by the
Church, made visits to Atack, his elderly mother and other family and
friends, spreading rumours that Atack would be going to prison.
Scientologists also distributed leaflets entitled "The Truth about Jon
Atack", implying that he was a drug dealer who only criticised
Scientology for money. [15] [16]

Atack has complained of many additional forms of harassment. In 1991,
he wrote, pairs of Scientologists would arrive on his doorstep weekly
to harangue him.[17] In a court filing, Atack wrote that
scientologists had used their own publications and leaflets, a public
meeting and a letter to the Sunday Times to spread rumours that he had
been convicted for drug dealing and for "lewdness" and that he was
guilty of other criminal activities including rape, attempted murder
and kidnap. He also named an individual scientologist who apparently
had made a frivolous complaint of child molestation to social
services. [18]

Atack eventually went bankrupt due to the cost of defending himself
against legal action from the Church. [19]

During 1995, Beverley Ryall, a solicitor based in Chichester, was
visted at midnight by a policewoman and by the head of the Church of
Scientology's Bournemouth mission after a false tip-off that she was
holding stolen documents in her house. At that time Ryall was helping
ex-scientologists in litigation against the Church. [20] [21]

An American who moved to Britain, Bonnie Woods had been a member of
the Sea Organisation, but left Scientology in 1982. Since 1992, she
and her husband Richard have run a telephone helpline for families
affected by Scientology. Having been declared a Suppressive Person,
she had her house picketed and her family were put under surveillance.
Private investigator Eugene Ingram persuaded a creditor of Richard
Woods' failed building firm to accept free help from scientologists to
pursue her money. As a result, the family were bankrupted. [22] [23]
Scientologists spread leaflets around her neighbourhood calling Woods
a "hate campaigner". After six years of litigation, eventually
reaching the High Court, the Church of Scientology admitted that the
claims were lies and paid damages and costs. [24] [25] She told
journalists that during the case she had been subjected to "level of
harassment that most people would find intolerable". [26]

In 1995 a campaigning group was formed, calling itself Families Under
Scientology Stress, to bring together ex-members and concerned
families. [27] [28] Two members of FUSS, Richard and Judy Price of
Tonbridge in Kent, were amongst those who received threats of legal
action from the Church's solicitor, accusing them of planning
"unlawful and tortuous acts" against the Church. The Prices told a
local newspaper that they were suffering "harassment and intimidation"
including unsolicited visitors to their house late at night. [29] [30]

When Twenty Twenty television made a documentary for national
television called "Inside the Cult", using undercover filming, the
Church of Scientology took out an abusive private prosecution against
the reporter, producer and production company.[31]

Paul Bracchi was a journalist at local paper the Evening Argus and
later at the national Daily Mail. He revealed in 2007 that after
writing a series of investigative articles on the Church for the
Evening Argus, he was subjected to a "vicious smear campaign" that
included defamatory leaflets, threatening letters and faxes and an
attempt to find his ex-directory telephone number. One of his sources
was a scientologist who was suspected of stealing documents. According
to Bracchi, the man had been kidnapped and taken to Saint Hill Manor
to be interrogated and subsequently received a written Suppressive
Person declare, confirming that he was Fair Game. After that, he and
his partner received anonymous death threats almost daily until they
moved away.[32]

In 1997, the makers of "Secret Lives: L. Ron Hubbard", a biographical
television documentary, reported various forms of harassment. Private
detective Eugene Ingram visited friends and associates of members of
the team, spreading rumours that they were involved in crimes
including money-laundering. A Scientologist agent phoned friends of
the director and producer, posing as a member of a survey organisation
and thereby tricking the phone contacts into revealing their
addresses. Those who did were visited by private detectives. It is not
known how the agent obtained the numbers that the programme makers had
dialled from their private phones. [33] During the making of the
programme, the crew said that they were trailed by private detectives
in the United States and Canada as well as in England. [34] A film
crew calling itself "Freedom TV" made unannounced visits to the homes
of the programme makers to film them. [35]

When the BBC Panorama television programme visited the USA in 2007 to
film a documentary about the Church, Scientology representatives
followed them and repeatedly harangued them. Unknown men also trailed
the team, one even appearing at the wedding of reporter John Sweeney.
[36] [37]

1. ^ Scientology is slammed in court as "evil cult" East Grinstead
Observer. 1968-06-13
2. ^ Robert Warren Bid to Muzzle Us Fails News of the World
1969-05-04
3. ^ David Lancashire "Largest Mental Health Institution" Becomes
Storm Center in Britain Iowa City Press-Citizen. 1968-09-11 Online at
http://www.xenu-directory.net/news/19680911-iowacitypresscitizen.html
Accessed 2008-03-05
4. ^ Church of Scientology to pay libel damages to former Minister
The Times 1973-06-06 Online at http://www.xenu-directory.net/news/19730606-thetimes.html
Accessed 2008-05-03
5. ^ Roy Wallis (1977) "The Moral Career of the Research Project"
in Colin Bell and Howard Newby (Eds) Doing Sociological Research
London: Allen and Unwin. ISBN 0029023505
6. ^ Stewart Lamont (1986) Religion Inc.: The Church of Scientology
London: Harrap. ISBN 0-245-54334-1. page 87
7. ^ Robert W. Welkos Shudder into silence: The Church of
Scientology doesn't take kindly to negative coverage The Quill,
November/December 1991
8. ^ Russell Miller, See you in court Punch 1988-02-19, page 46
9. ^ Richard Palmer Cult threatens to sue on book Sunday Times
1987-11-01
10. ^ Scientologists In Dirty Campaign To Stop Book Sunday Times
1987-10-18, page 7
11. ^ Richard Palmer Cult's private detective fires at journalists
Sunday Times 1987-11-08
12. ^ Scientologists In Dirty Campaign To Stop Book Sunday Times
1987-10-18, page 7
13. ^ Russell Miller See you in court Punch 1988-02-19, page 46
14. ^ Prof's Libel Victory Over LSD Claims Northern Echo. Online at
http://cosmedia.freewinds.cx/media/articles/nre220690.html Accessed
2008-05-03
15. ^ Richard Palmer Cult Accused of Intimidation Sunday Times
1994-04-03
16. ^ Evening Argus Victims Who Are Fair Game 1994-04-12 Online at
http://cosmedia.freewinds.cx/media/articles/arg120494.html Accessed
2008-05-03
17. ^ Jon Atack (1995) Scientology: Religion or Intelligence Agency?
Online at http://home.snafu.de/tilman/j/berlin.html Accessed
2008-05-03
18. ^ Jon Atack Amended Particulars of Claim in Jonathan Caven-Atack
vs. Church Of Scientology Religious Education College Inc. et al.
Haywards Heath County Court, Case No. HH 402401 Online at
http://www.religio.de/atack/hh402401.html Accessed 2008-03-05
19. ^ Writer is quizzed by creditors Nottingham Evening Post
1996-04-27 Online at http://cosmedia.freewinds.cx/media/articles/nep270496.html
Accessed 2008-05-03
20. ^ Victims Who Are Fair Game Evening Argus 1994-04-12 Online at
http://cosmedia.freewinds.cx/media/articles/arg120494.html Accessed
2008-05-03
21. ^ Richard Palmer Cult Accused of Intimidation Sunday Times
1994-04-03
22. ^ Rossitsa Nicolova Scientology's Campaign Of Hate, By "Cult
Busters" The American, 1998-03-06, Page 5. Online at
http://cosmedia.freewinds.cx/media/articles/ame060398.html Accessed
2008-05-03
23. ^ Margarette Driscoll and Steven Haynes Hounded by the church of
stars and hype Sunday Times 1997-01-19
24. ^ Clare Dyer Scientologists pay for libel The Guardian
1999-06-09 Online at http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/1999/jun/09/claredyer
Accessed 2008-05-03
25. ^ Cult pays £155,000 over hate campaign Daily Mail 1999-06-09
26. ^ Richard Palmer My victory joy after six year battle with cult
The Express 1999-06-09
27. ^ 'Making a FUSS over Scientology Evening Echo, Bournemouth
1995-07-13
28. ^ Cathy Buss New pressure group under fire from cult East
Grinstead Courier, 1995-07-14, page 4
29. ^ Cathy Buss New pressure group under fire from cult East
Grinstead Courier, 1995-07-14, page 4
30. ^ Sheila Gow We Live In Fear: Cult threatens legal action over
defamation Tonbridge Courier, 1995-07-14 Online at
http://cosmedia.freewinds.cx/media/articles/ton140795.html Accessed
2008-05-03
31. ^ Nicola Methven Scientologist's Court Case Thrown Out By
Magistrates UK Press Gazette 1995-09-25 "City of London magistrates
dismissed private prosecutions for theft brought by the Scientologists
against Braund, producer Claudia Milne and Twenty Twenty Television as
an abuse of process."
32. ^ Paul Bracchi (2007) Tom Cruise's Church of hate tried to
destroy me [Daily Mail]] 2007-05-19
33. ^ Tom Uttley, Detective on trail of TV pair Daily Telegraph,
Thursday, 1997-11-20, page 14. Online at http://cosmedia.freewinds.cx/media/articles/dtl201197.html,
accessed 2008-05-03
34. ^ Chris Blackhurst, "Why Channel 4 is haunted by Scientology".
Independent on Sunday 1997-11-09
35. ^ Chris Blackhurst "Travolta begs Channel 4 not to attack
Scientology" Independent on Sunday, 1997-11-09
36. ^ Steven Swinford Scientologists to BBC: what planet are you on?
The Sunday Times, 2007-05-13 Online at
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article1782050.ece
Accessed 2008-05-03
37. ^ BBC 1 (TV) The Heaven and Earth Show with Gloria Hunniford
2007-05-13

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BerichtGeplaatst: zo mei 04, 2008 7:27 am    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Ook Shawn Lonsdale was het slachtoffer van Fair Game, wat uiteindelijk leidde tot het plegen van zelfmoord:

Quote:
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/article485879.ece

By Jonathan Abel, Times staff writer
In print: Saturday, May 3, 2008

CLEARWATER — Shawn Lons­dale, who carried on a one-man crusade against
Scientology in 2006, was "sick, depressed, broke and tired of it all"
when he took his life in February, according to a suicide note
released Friday.

Police discovered him on Feb. 16, a garden hose stretching from the
exhaust pipe of his car into a window of his home at 510 N Lincoln
Ave.

Online speculation coursed through anti-Scientology circles that he
did not kill himself. On Friday, however, police officially ruled his
death a suicide.

The notes Lonsdale, 39, left — apologetic in parts, heartbroken
throughout — shed light on what transformed someone with no
affiliation to Scientology into a sworn enemy.

In a note to a friend, Lonsdale wrote that years ago he was diagnosed
with hepatitis B and C. Because of "stupid acts" in his past, he was
convinced he'd never love or live with a woman.

"So I decided to try to use this time to make a difference and shed
some light on the B.S. going on here with Scientology!" he wrote. "I
hope I helped if even a little."

He did, said attorney Luke Lirot, who represented Lonsdale in his
tangles with Scientology.

"He stuck to his beliefs to the end, and I don't think you can ask any
more of a human being under these circumstances," Lirot said.

For a few months in 2006, Lonsdale stood beside a sandwich board that
read "Cult Watch" near Scientology's headquarters in downtown
Clearwater.

He videotaped hours of footage: Scientology buildings, church staffers
walking the streets, security guards watching him. He edited them into
a "pseudo-documentary" for local cable TV.

The church and some of its members hired a private investigator to
look into his background and found two misdemeanor convictions for
lewd and lascivious conduct, both related to sex with men, in 1999 and
2000.

Anonymous calls put pressure on Lonsdale's employer and landlord,
making it difficult for him to hold a job.

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