Subject: Melbourne demo: 11am Sat 9/9 Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology,melb.general From: firstname.lastname@example.org (David Gerard) For people in melb.general: go to http://www.cybercom.net/~rnewman/scientology/home.html for information. You'll be glad you did ... OK ... I just spoke on the phone to Cyril Vosper. You may remember that Cyril was extensively dead-agented by Andrew Milne on this very newsgroup. I take that as a cast-iron character reference. (Cyril was quite pleased.) The Melbourne demo is firmly set for SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER, 11 a.m., OUTSIDE THE ORG on RUSSELL STREET. We expect to be there till 2pm or 3pm. [note: in Australia, a 'picket' is more usually called a 'demo' or 'demonstration'.] My estimated numbers so far are about twenty ... lurkers are welcome, of course. And BRING YOUR FRIENDS! Everyone who did a personality test 'as a joke' and now hate the CoS forever ... We will have at least one video camera there (mounted above the scene, out of reach of violent CoS individuals), but we would like more. Bring your own! All lurkers are encouraged to bring their OWN handbills for the demo. We have a good pile on hand ... I'm a fan of individual variety, so *get* *creative*, y'all. If you have friends in the media, GET THEM ON THE CASE. Cyril will be interviewed on RRR on Sunday morning about the demo ... I'll be listening. 10am, 'Liar's Club'. They hate Scientology too ... Hey, CoS -- we'll be handing out publicity for the Free Zone. Don't let your members near us ... you never know if they'll blow for something cheaper. Run by nicer people. Heh. That's all the info at hand for now, but further lurkers are welcome to email me here (email@example.com) AND at my other address (firstname.lastname@example.org) (just for redundancy). Updates as they happen. And I swear to God I'll get a 'defensive demo' FAQ together tomorrow ... even a simple one ... -- Reverend Doctor David Gerard, KoX, SP4.02 Prestige Elite(tm) Research Church of the SubGenius "Servicing the Prestige Elite(tm) since 1985!" OK, clams. You want war? You've got war. -- Please email important followups (crappy and constipated newsfeed). Personal visits from Scientologists will be greeted with extreme hostility and the vigilant attention of VUT Security, but personal physical violence *only* when appropriate, legal and called-for. Rev Dr David Gerard, VUT SRC Footscray NoName. email@example.com (preferred); firstname.lastname@example.org July 5, 1998, 7 AM. Saucers. End of the world. Your US$30 is your trip ticket.
Subject: Melbourne 9/9 11am: Internet vs Scientology demo: official announcement Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology,melb.general,aus.religion,alt.activism From: email@example.com (David Gerard) 1. Intro 2. Info on this demo 3. Press release 4. WWW sites 1. Intro This is the official announcement of the Melbourne 'awareness' demonstration against the Church of Scientology. If you are unaware of the issues involved here and wish to know more, there is a list of World Wide Web pages at the end, both pro- and anti-CoS. I particularly advise: http://www.cybercom.net/~rnewman/scientology/home.html -- if you wish to get up to speed quickly. I've put myself as contact for the non-Net types who the press release is intended for; if you're reading this Usenet notice, you should be able to go to the Web pages first. If anything doesn't make sense after that, feel free to e-mail me. This isn't some centralised, organised invite-only thing -- feel free to show up. 2. Info on this demo THE PURPOSE of the world-wide demonstration is to *politely* and *calmly* inform people of our concern at the Church's actions -- copyright terrorism -- on and off the Net. We will be bringing along assorted leaflets to hand out to passers-by, and will have signs. ("WAR on the INTERNET" has been found to be pretty eye-catching.) More specifically, we are not here to: * restrain any person from leaving or entering the Church buildings, or block entrances or exits at all * harass any person for being a Scientologist (they have the firm right to believe whatever they wish to) * generally cause trouble or breach public order. We fully expect Church of Scientology members to be planted in an attempt to make the protestors look like troublemakers. The police are expected to be present and will deal appropriately with anyone who does so. Remember: we are not there to breach public order, but to state our case. THE CHURCH representatives are expected to: * photograph all demonstrators * question demonstrators on why they are there and who they are representing (Church doctrine is that all anti-CoS activity is centralised; they don't understand the concept of the concerned individual citizen) * attempt to intimidate demonstrators. Violence from Church representatives is not expected. At least two VIDEO CAMERAS will be present to record the demonstration, in case of trouble; additional cameras are welcomed. Bring spare batteries, for others too if possible. SUITABLE CLOTHING for the demo: Anything you like. I'll be wearing a suit and tie, 'cos I'm so darned respectable. T-shirts with the letters 'SP' on the back are suitable. You are not advised to wear a 'Ron Is Xenu' T-shirt or carry a similar sign unless there's a bunch of you; CoS reps apparently beat up someone wearing such a shirt at an American demo earlier this year. 'A.R.S Central Committee' shirts are cute and stylish. The official Dennis Erlich Fund T-shirt is, of course, the most stylish thing one could wear to these events. 3. Press release -----begin press release----- W A R O N T H E I N T E R N E T SCIENTOLOGY TERRORISM LEGAL THUGGERY For years, the Church of Scientology has spied on, terrorised and attempted to discredit critics of the Church, particularly ex-Scientologists or those who choose to follow their own version of the church's teachings. Recently they have tried to control the activities of respondents of the Internet newsgroup <alt.religion.scientology>, by harrassing firstly the individual respondents, then their system administrators, in an attempt to have the critics removed from the Internet entirely. The harassment often consists of making unfounded accusations against their critics ('dead agenting'), forcing them to defend themselves, and even making threats to the person's safety. In one case, an anonymous writer on the newsgroup had her real name, home address and phone number published by the Church -- information that could only have been obtained by spying on her activities. Other tactics include 'copyright terrorism' -- frivolous copyright lawsuits (unwinnable, but designed to ruin the respondent financially), threats of such lawsuits and even raiding people's homes and seizing their actual computers to obtain the information thereon. This is designed to intimidate others from questioning or criticising the Church of Scientology in any way. This is not an issue of the teachings of the Church of Scientology; but rather, of a systematic attempt by a large and powerful organisation, with considerable resources at hand, to eliminate criticism of itself through any means possible, and to prevent members of the Church from discussing the Church's teachings. If the Church of Scientology is permitted to get away with this sort of harassment, it sets a precedent for any organisation to prevent dissemination of publicly available information. A protest will be held outside the Church's Russell St headquarters (corner of Russell St and Flinders Lane) on the 9th of September. This is the Scientologist holiday 'Auditor's Day'. The rally, one of many to be held across the world, is being organised through the Internet and media campaigns. For more information, contact David Gerard on (03) 9688 4856 or (03) 9688 4071; Fax (03) 9688 4604; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org On the Internet, go to World Wide Web page http://www.cybercom.net/~rnewman/scientology/home.html or the centre of the action, newsgroup <alt.religion.scientology>, for a more detailed discussion of the above issues. ----- end press release ----- 4. WWW sites Web sites focused on Scientology: Pro-CoS: Leisa Goodman http://www.theta.com/goodman Anti-CoS: Ron Newman http://www.cybercom.net/~rnewman/scientology/home.html Dave Touretzky http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Fishman/ FACTNet http://www.lightlink.com/factnet1/ FACTNet archives http://www.xs4all.nl/~fonss/ Bob "Sloth" Bingham http://www.sky.net/~sloth/sci/sci_index.html EFF http://www.eff.org/pub/EFF/Legal/Cases/CoS_v_the_Net/ Tilman Hausherr http://www.snafu.de/~tilman Modemac http://www.tiac.net/users/modemac/cos.html David Dennis http://amazing.cinenet.net/scientology.html Skeptic Magazine http://www.skeptic.com/03.3.jl-jj-scientology.html Daniel Tobias http://www.webcom.com/~dtobias/sosueme.html Jerod Pore http://www.well.com/user/jerod23/clam.html Steve A http://www.demon.co.uk/castle/scientology.html Martin Poulter http://mail.bris.ac.uk/~plmlp/scum.html Jeff Jacobsen ftp://ftp.primenet.com/users/c/cultxpt http://www.tiac.net/users/modemac/atack.html "The Total Freedom Trap: Scientology, Dianetics, and L.Ron Hubbard" by Jon Atack History of the CoS and its founder; Origins and evolution of doctrine and practice; Organizational structure of CoS and subsidiaries http://www.cybercom.net/~rnewman/scientology/media/time-5.6.91 "Thriving Cult of Greed and Power" Time Magazine cover article, May 6, 1991 http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Fishman/Xenu/ "The Road To Xenu" by Margery Wakefield. First-person accounts of security checks, bullbaiting, living conditions of Sea Org children, the OT3 "wall of fire", being put in an Ethics condition, the RPF, having to disconnect from her father. http://www.demon.co.uk/castle/penny.html "Social Control Within Scientology" by FACTnet director Bob Penny Ever wonder how people get trapped by a cult like Scientology? A companion to Wakefield's "Road to Xenu", this book by an ex-Scientologist explains the mechanisms, explicit and subtle, by which Scientology subverts the independence of its members. http://www.snafu.de/~tilman/mystory.html Anthology of stories by "ordinary" people In particular, read Kim Baker's detailed account of her induction into, involvement with, and escape from a South African Org. http://gil.ipswichcity.qld.gov.au/~carterd/essaycos.html "An Essay on Scientology" by David Carter An overview of Scientology's doctrine and "ethical" worldview, written for the outsider. ftp://ftp.primenet.com/users/c/cultxpt/andredec Affidavit of Andre Tabayoyon, filed as part of the "Fishman" case Longtime high-ranking Scientologist, explains how the Church deals with critics and apostates: humiliation, starvation, imprisonment, and worse. http://nyx10.cs.du.edu:8001/~anon2c9e/scandal.txt "The Scandal of Scientology" by Paulette Cooper (1971; 315K). The Church of Scientology launched "Operation Freakout" against Ms. Cooper after her book was published. Among other "dead-agenting" tactics, they forged a bomb threat on letterhead stolen from her office, which led to her criminal indictment in 1973 (charges dismissed, 1975). Her reputation was not cleared, however, until an FBI raid in 1977 uncovered CoS documents detailing the campaign against her. -- Scientology is attempting to destroy your freedom to post -- through forged cancels, legal harassment and raids on posters' homes. Unbelievable? Come to alt.religion.scientology; http://www.cybercom.net/~rnewman/scientology/home.html -- Rev Dr David Gerard KoX SP4.02; VUT SRC NoName email@example.com Please email important followups (crappy and constipated newsfeed). July 5, 1998, 7 AM. Saucers. End of the world. Your US$30 is your trip ticket.