LAW OFFICES OF ELLIOT J. ABELSON
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June 3, 20021
Prof. Stephen Kent
University of Alberta
Re: Gerald Armstrong.
Dear Dr. Kent,
I am writing to you on behalf of Church of Scientology International. It has
come to our attention that you have been engaged in various activities in conjunction
with Gerald Armstrong which fall within the general category of anti- Scientology
public statements. These have included trips to Europe where you and Mr.
Armstrong have appeared together at various public gatherings, all with the same
Enclosed is a copy of an injunction issued against Mr. Armstrong as well as
those “acting in concert” with him.2 Clearly, you have acted in concert with Mr.
Armstrong, thus this court order applies to you. You are hereby on notice of this
injunction and that you are bound by its terms.
Very truly yours,
[signed] Elliot Abelson
Elliot J. Abelson
Victories Against Suppression — Planetwide1
As we celebrate the victories of the IAS,” said Mr. Mike Rinder, “our impact and influence continue to grow, and we are reasserting the civilizing influence of religion in society. We follow the OT formula of cause: when confronted with suppression, we extend our reach and responsibility. Armed with LRH tech and backed by IAS support, we are eradicating suppressive influences and injecting the tech on many fronts.”
BATTLES WON ON THE LEGAL FRONT: Mr. Mike Rinder briefed attendees on how we are getting rid of suppressive influences in society and on recent stunning achievements in the legal arena that open the road for more expansion on a global scale.
- From International Scientology News Issue 21 (2002 CSI) ↩
SPDL note: All of the people in this audience heard Scientology leader David Miscavige announce that 2001 saw the cult “shooting down SPs like ducks in a pond.” None these people protested. All of these people cheered. People with any humanity left in them would be horrified.
And to make ever safer environments to expand into, Mr. Miscavige briefed on the unprecedented number of legal victories in the past year, and our growing ethics presence worldwide, where “2001 saw us shooting down SPs like ducks in a pond.”[1. From International Scientology News Issue 20 (2002 CSI)
Definition: Inspector General An independent authority who inspects the conduct, ethics and morale of the troops and the officers. The Inspector General also investigates reports of corruption, subversion or infiltration and has the authority to handle. The key to success of an Inspector General is independence and objectivity.
Fifteen years ago, a momentous event took place, one which determined the whole of our collective destiny: LRH formed the Religious Technology Center.
By the early nineteen eighties, LRH codified and turned over the many duties he performed in Scientology -from Executive Director International to auditor. Yet one crucial hat remained – protector of the religion.
He knew that in order to turn that hat over he would require a team of the most dedicated Sea Org members. That hat would require a special form of dedication, born from unwavering certainty that Scientology works. Finally, that hat would require an absolute uncorruptibility. In other words, it would require a team of Sea Org members who would operate exterior to the organizations and be utterly uncompromising with the tech. Religious Technology Center and its Inspector General Network has become that team.
LRH’s stated purpose for RTC was, “To safeguard the proper use of trademarks, to protect the public and to make sure that the powerful technology of Dianetics and Scientology remains in good hands and is properly used.”
This was no theoretical idea. RTC was formed after Scientology organizations had been assaulted by attacks and infiltration in the early 80s. LRH related the story in RJ 38:
“This conflict is quite a dramatic story. At last a small hard-core group of founding members, devoted on-policy, in-tech Scientologists who suddenly understood what was happening, used their power as Trustees and, just as it looked like the Churches were finished and about to fall into hostile hands, they suddenly isolated the infiltrators and threw them out!”
This may seem fantastic to those who did not live through those times. That’s only because since that time RTC has safeguarded the technology and those responsible for its ethical delivery so effectively, calm has apparently reigned for the past fifteen years.
How is this continuing duty accomplished?
LRH gave to RTC the trademarks of Dianetics and Scientology. The trademarks are certain words and symbols of the Scientology religion that are legally owned, registered and licensed to ensure the purity of application of the technologies by those authorized to use them. Misuse or misrepresentation (calling something Scientology that is not, or calling Scientology practices something else) can be legally enjoined by RTC’s exercise of its rights.
In fact, in the past year alone RTC has won three landmark legal cases preventing unauthorized use of Scientology materials by unscrupulous individuals.
These court decisions set legal standards recognized across the world.
But RTC does much more within Scientology organizations to ensure the standard application of LRH tech. This is accomplished through its Inspector General Network. Inspector Generals investigate and root out suppressives within and outside Scientology orgs who would prevent or distract from 100% standard application of tech. The Inspector Generals also inspect technical and policy standards of application and correct them where they are out.
RTC collects tremendous amounts of information by direct inspection and by reports from staff and public across the globe. This points up broader situations that require more comprehensive handling. For example, the investigation and evaluation and resultant production and implementation of the tools to make perfect auditors in any Scientology organization on the planet — released under the banner “Golden Age of Tech” – has raised technical standards internationally to heights never before achieved.
Man’s ultimate freedom lies with the OT materials. And LRH recognized the tremendous backlash this fact creates with suppressives:
“Psychotics deal with doing people in. Their whole mission in life is destruction.
“They inveigh against lower-level gains and seek to discredit them since these run contrary to their aberrated purpose.
“But when it gets to Clears and OT levels, psychos go berserk!”
That is why LRH entrusted RTC directly with safeguarding the upper end of The Bridge. RTC licenses each Advanced Org to use the Advanced Tech under specific guidelines protecting their security and ensuring their standard delivery. And because their security and exact application is so important, RTC has created offices and posted Inspector Generals at each of the Advanced Orgs.
Here too, broader situations are evaluated and action taken to raise technical standards. With the breakthroughs of the Golden Age of Tech being applied to Solo auditors in the OT band, never before have so many OTs been made in so short a time.
RTC is not involved in day-to-day operations or Church management. That is by design. LRH had discovered that the future of Scientology could only be assured by an external body not subjected to or influenced by statistical concerns or the bustle of day-to-day events. Indeed, only such a group would then have the vision to locate hidden subversives intent on stopping Scientology who would otherwise remain hidden in the wake of chaos they would create through their actions.
All of RTC’s actions add up to Scientology remaining secure from unscrupulous interlopers who seek to enslave man, and keeping Scientology in the hands of those who will use it for its intended purpose to free mankind.
The legacy of RTC is already impressive. From successfully ending the war with the IRS and Interpol, to locating the Why preventing standard application and creating the Golden Age of Tech – and from the thousands of individuals we’ve helped get Standard Tech to the dozens of SPs and plants we’ve located and removed from the lines which you never heard about because we kept it off your lines. When it comes to keeping Scientology working, we get the job done.
In RJ 38 LRH summed up how all staff and public could align their actions to accomplish these ends:
“My earnest advice is: Only deal with or associate with those organizations licensed by RTC and auditors in good standing with the Church; close your ears to false statements made by bad hats and thus really clear the planet.”
Through standard inspections and reports, RTC Inspector Generals locate and root out suppressives who would otherwise create chaos and stop org expansion.
Religious Technology Center and the Inspector General Network, (1997.) Highwinds 20, 46-47.
The Decision in Scientology v. Armstrong
LA Superior Court Case No. C420153
In 1970 a police agency of the French Government conducted an investigation into Scientology and concluded, “this sect, under the pretext of ‘freeing humans’ is nothing in reality but a vast enterprise to extract the maximum amount of money from its adepts by (use of) pseudo-scientific theories, by (use of) ‘auditions’ and ‘stage settings’ (lit. to ‘create a theatrical scene’) pushed to extremes (a machine to detect lies, its own particular phraseology . . ), to estrange adepts from their families and to exercise a kind of blackmail against persons who do not wish to continue with this sect.” From the evidence presented to this court in 1984, at the very least, similar conclusions can be drawn. In addition to violating and abusing its own members civil rights, the organization over the years with its “Fair Game” doctrine has harassed and abused those persons not in the Church whom it perceives as enemies.
The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder LRH. The evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background, and achievements. The writings and documents in evidence additionally reflect his egoism, greed, avarice, lust for power, and vindictiveness and aggressiveness against persons perceived by him to be disloyal or hostile. At the same time it appears that he is charismatic and highly capable of motivating, organizing, controlling, manipulating, and inspiring his adherents. He has been referred to during the trial as a “genius,” a “revered person,” a man who was ” viewed by his followers in awe.” Obviously, he is and has been a very complex person, and that complexity is further reflected in his alter ego, the Church of Scientology.
On February 18, 1982, the Church of Scientology International issued a ” Suppressive Person Declare Gerry Armstrong,”2 which is an official Scientology document issued against individuals who are considered as enemies of the Organization. Said Suppressive Person Declare charged that Defendant Armstrong had taken an unauthorized leave and that he was spreading destructive rumors about Senior Scientologists.
Defendant Armstrong was unaware of said Suppressive Person Declare until April of 1982. At that time a revised Declare was issued on April 22, 1982.3 Said Declare charged Defendant Armstrong with 18 different “Crimes and High Crimes and Suppressive Acts Against the Church.” The charges included theft, juggling accounts, obtaining loans on money under false pretenses, promulgating false information about the Church, its founder, and members, and other untruthful allegations designed to make Defendant Armstrong an appropriate subject of the Scientology “Fair Game Doctrine.” Said Doctrine allows any suppressive person to be “tricked, cheated, lied to, sued, or destroyed.”