am an ordinary man who for over twenty years has been the target of extraordinary
persecution by the U.S.-based Scientology organization. My case exemplifies a
new type of "religious" persecution being perpetrated by Scientology,
persecution reinforced by the American justice system and government. But my case
is not unique. There are thousands of people, including many here in Europe, who
are similarly persecuted by Scientology. Mine, however, is the best-documented
example, because of its duration and because of the steadfast refusal God has
given me to be crushed or shuddered into silence. This synopsis can but scratch
the surface of my story.
was inside Scientology for over twelve years, from 1969, to when I escaped in
1981. For eleven years I was in the organization's inner pseudo-military core,
the Sea Organization (SO). There I held a number of key positions, including the
Legal Officer, Public Relations Officer and Intelligence Officer on board the
organization's "Flagship Apollo," from which Scientology was managed
and controlled internationally. I worked with Scientology founder and director
and SO Commodore L. Ron Hubbard on board the ship, and later in Florida and California.
Hubbard's Biography Researcher
my final two years in the SO, I had the task of collecting and assembling an archive
of Hubbard's personal documents, and doing research for his biography. During
the course of my research, I discovered and documented that Hubbard had lied about
virtually every part of his life, including his education, degrees, family, explorations,
military service, war wounds, scientific research, the efficacy of his "
sciences" - Dianetics and Scientology - along with the actions and intentions
of the organizations he created to sell and advance these "sciences."
I attempted to get Scientology executives to correct the lies that the organization
was promoting about Hubbard, and which Hubbard promoted about himself, I was attacked
and ordered to be security checked. A "sec check" is an invasive, incriminatory
Scientology interrogation technique using its E-meter lie detector. During my
years in the SO, I had been subjected to hundreds of hours of sec checks, and
had twice been ordered by Hubbard to the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF) ,
the organization's punishment and reprogramming camps, for a total of twenty-five
months. Rather than being again locked up and forced to submit to further abuse
and degradation, I fled.
after leaving the organization, I became a target of Scientology's basic philosophy,
policy and practice for dealing with criticism or opposition, which the organization
calls "Fair Game." In one short description of this noxious concept,
"ENEMY - SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of
property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of
the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed." 
"SP" in Scientology terminology is a "Suppressive Person, "
considered by the Scientologists to be supremely evil, without any rights, and
meriting destruction. Scientology declared me a Suppressive Person in early 1982
and has been subjecting me to Fair Game ever since.
to its Fair Game doctrine, Scientology or its agents have:
- assaulted me on multiple occasions;
- terrorized me on the freeway;
- stolen photographs from me;
- broke into my car and stolen
documents, a manuscript and original artwork;
- spied on me;
- threatened to assassinate me;
- threatened my family;
- harassed my neighbors;
- paid a corrupt police officer for a fake
authorization to eavesdrop on me and my attorney and tap our telephones;
illegally videotaped me;
- attempted numerous times to have me prosecuted on false
criminal charges, including with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation;
- sued me six times;
- driven me into bankruptcy;
- carried out covert intelligence operations against
- defamed me with hundreds of Black PR publications.
PR or Black Propaganda is Scientology's policy and practice of destroying a person's
reputation or public belief in him by willful and relentless slander and libel.
Scientology's First Lawsuit
first case in which Scientology sued me went to trial in 1984 in Los Angeles,
California Superior Court, and resulted in a scathing judgment
against the organization and Hubbard , later affirmed on appeal:
"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."
Judge Paul G. Breckenridge
An Unconscionable Settlement
December 1986, in the process of settling my own lawsuit against Scientology for
years of fraud, Fair Game, and emotional devastation, I was coerced and tricked
into signing a "settlement contract"
with the organization, which is patently onerous, unfair and immoral. My attorney,
who then represented some twenty organization victims, had himself been fair gamed
for several years, and was desperate to have the organization's attacks on him
and his family stop. I was part of a group settlement involving all of his clients,
who also wanted the attacks on themselves to stop. My attorney insisted that the
prohibitory conditions of the "contract," which prevented me from communicating
about my Scientology experiences or knowledge, and which punished me with $50,000
per utterance, were illegal and judicially unenforceable, but that I had to sign
to have Fair Game end for everyone.
did not cease its Fair Game and Black PR attacks on me following the " settlement,"
however, but continued without letup. When, after enduring these attacks for some
time, I finally responded to defend myself and my reputation, the organization
filed suit against me to enforce its "contract." I then learned that
my attorney had himself signed a "contract" with Scientology that prevented
him from assisting me in my defense in this lawsuit or against any other attacks.
California Court Enforces the Unconscionable
1995, without a trial, and ignoring my Constitutional defenses, a Marin County,
California Superior Court issued a judgment
assessing $50,000 in "damages" against me for every instance when, to
defend myself, I spoke out about my experiences in or knowledge of Scientology.
The California Court stated that every Scientology "church," entity
or front group around the world, and all of their personnel, lawyers or agents
may say whatever they want about me, no matter how false or perverse, and I may
not say one word in response. This judgment forced me into bankruptcy, and made
me subject to jail and fines if I continued to speak out to correct lies the organization
and its personnel and agents were continuing to disseminate, or if I in any way
helped any other victims of the organization's abuse or targets of its Fair Game.
Scientology's IRS Tax Exemption
early 1997, I discovered that Scientology had filed several
pages of Black PR and lies about me with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
in the application that resulted in the granting of the organization's tax exemption
in the U.S. In previous years, the IRS had based its denial of Scientology's application
for tax exemption in part on the judgment
against the organization in their first lawsuit against me. Being prohibited
from communicating about this situation in the U.S., or even communicating about
the unjust judgment against me, and facing imprisonment and fines if I did communicate,
I left my home in California and fled to Canada.
felt that in Canada, where I had grown up, and where Scientology was known as
a criminally convicted organization, I would be safe to oppose the organization's
persecution and correct the lies and injustices the organization and its agents
were perpetrating. I wrote and spoke to the IRS, and to other U.S. agencies or
officials about the fraud in Scientology's tax exemption application, and about
the organization's "religious" persecutions, without success or response.
Court Orders Against Freedom of
months after I fled to Canada, Scientology, without proper notice, obtained an
order of contempt against
me in the California State Court for sending a declaration
to a U.S. Federal Judge. I had been subpoenaed
by a person defending himself against the organization, and I was then threatened
with prosecution by a Scientology lawyer if I responded to the legal subpoena.
The purpose of my declaration was to advise the Federal Judge of the illegal threat
from the organization lawyer. The California Court sentenced me to jail and fined
me, and Scientology had a warrant
issued for my arrest.
Canada, I filed an appeal of the
judgment of the California Court, but Scientology had the appeal dismissed by
arguing I had not served my jail sentence, and thus was not entitled to an appeal.
I believe that if I did return to California I would never get out of jail, but
would be brutally silenced by Scientology's agents, and even if in jail I could
not appeal from the organization's unjust judgment nor have any physical security.
1998, the organization obtained another court
order to jail and fine me for additional instances of communicating about
the judgment and my Scientology experiences, specifically:
- Internet postings made from Canada;
- public statements in Europe, including:
- an interview broadcast on British television;
- a speech in Berlin;
- an interview with Berliner Zeitung;
- an appearance at a public event in Hamburg;
- interviews resulting in broadcasts on German channels
N-TV, B1 TV
and SAT 1 TV;
- an interview with Die
Scientology then had a second
warrant issued for my arrest.
2001, Scientology obtained a third
order of contempt against me for 131 Internet postings I made from Canada.
New Lawsuit Against Freedom of Opinion
in Canada and Europe
April this year, 2002, Scientology filed yet
another lawsuit against me, and included as co-defendants Robert S. Minton,
an American critic of the organization, and the Lisa McPherson Trust (LMT), a
cult victims assistance organization that Minton founded. The LMT is named after
a Scientology victim who was locked up by the organization in 1995, and died after
17 days of agony while being held in isolation. The new suit seeks $50,000 from
me for each of 204 instances of my communicating about persecution by the organization
or my experiences as a Scientologist, for a total of $10,050,000. Scientology
has sued Minton and the LMT because Minton loaned me money and provided me with
a computer. The organization claims that this facilitated my being able to communicate
about Scientology and its persecutions, and thus breach the "settlement contract"
and the California "judgment."
claimed breaches consist of:
- 165 Internet postings made from Canada;
- several pickets of Scientology organizations in Canada;
- communications with Canadian and American cult critics;
- the following European "violations:"
- a telephone interview with German TV ARD;
- a TV interview with ARD;
- an award ceremony in Leipzig;
- two interviews with news media in Berlin;
- an interview with a Christian newspaper in Denmark;
- a conversation with Hamburg Government official Ursula
- participation in a conference on totalitarian cults
in Nizhny Novgorod,
- an appearance on Russian TV;
- a request to speak to an executive at a Scientology
office in Moscow;
- a picket of organization headquarters in Copenhagen;
- an appearance on Russian TV show TNT;
- a picket of Scientology in Paris;
- a picket of Scientology in Lyon;
- another award ceremony in Leipzig;
- and a web site created by someone in Holland.
of the way Canadian officials are acting in another case, there are indications
that the Canadian Government has reversed its previous opposition to Scientology
and now supports the organization's persecution of its victims and targets, as
the U.S. Government has done and is doing. Consequently, and as a precaution,
I recently left Canada with my fiancée Caroline Letkeman and am in Germany.
I believe that in Europe, where Scientology is generally not considered a religion
but a totalitarian psychocult, I will be free to continue to communicate about
its persecution and to address the support it gets from the North American governments.
while here, however, I am still a target of Scientology's persecution as the organization's
latest lawsuit shows. According to the U.S. "judgment," every European
Scientology organization and every European Scientologist or their lawyers or
agents may say whatever they want about me, no matter how defamatory, and I may
not say one word in response or in my defense. Just for saying the word "Scientology,"
or the name of any European Scientologist, or mentioning one word about my now
more than 33-year relationship with the organization, I am subject to a $50,000
"damage" assessment, imprisonment and a fine.
Scientology's latest suit also shows, anyone facilitating my defense against the
organization's attacks is also subject to the U.S. "judgment," and is
also at risk of being sued, bankrupted and jailed. Potentially, anyone giving
me money, a job, an Internet connection, a telephone, a bed or even a meal or
a drink of water, knowing that I will survive another day to communicate about
Scientology and its persecutions, becomes Fair Game, subject to its "judgment,"
and target of its U.S.-supported litigation machine. 
prohibiting people from responding to Scientology's attacks, and punishing them
with imprisonment and fines if they do respond, creates a new type of slavery,
which Scientology, with U.S. Government support, is attempting to export around
the world. Since the U.S. Government considers the organization a religion, and
confers upon it all the privileges and benefits conferred on traditional religions,
including tax exemption, Scientology's attacks on critics and its extreme measures
to silence them amount to a new form of State-sanctioned religious persecution.
is no freedom of religion where there is no freedom to criticize, oppose or reform
religion. Ironically, it is only in the U.S., which claims to be a bastion of
religious liberty, where a person can be jailed just for mentioning a " religion"
or his "religious experiences" in it. If the U.S. and its courts apply
this concept equally to all religions, a person could be jailed just for saying
the word "Christianity," or "Buddhism," or "Hinduism,"
or "Islam," or mentioning any "religious experience" in any
of those religions. If the U.S. is applying this concept only to Scientology,
then that organization has by this favoritism become the American State Religion.
Rushdie was sentenced by a totalitarian theocratic government's legal edict, and
is being threatened world wide, for writing a book that the theocrats don't like.
I am attacked and hounded around the world by Scientology's totalitarian religious
poseurs, using the U.S. legal system, for writing and speaking what the poseurs
dislike. The Islamic fatwah is directed not only against Rushdie but also against
all persons associated in the publication of his book. Scientology's fatwah targets
all persons acting in concert with me or in any way facilitating my speaking and
writing. Iran is offering a $2,500,000 reward to the murderer who silences Rushdie.
Scientology has already paid that to U.S. lawyers to silence me. Going the theocrats
one better, however, Scientology's commercial cultists want their investment back,
am being persecuted by Scientology, with its official U.S. support, not for speaking
lies or defaming the organization, but for speaking the truth. I am speaking the
truth in response to Scientology's lies about me, lies which are demonstrated
even by the organization's latest lawsuit, which is riddled with lies. I am speaking
out to prevent Scientology from rewriting its history of lying and of persecuting
people who speak the truth. Because I am persecuted for speaking is precisely
why I should speak. Because other people are persecuted for helping me to speak
is precisely why they should help.
See: Brainwashing in Scientology's
Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF) by Stephen Kent, P.h.D.
Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter 18 October 1967
PENALTIES FOR LOWER CONDITIONS © 1967 L. Ron Hubbard
also: Scientology's Black Propaganda and Black
See: Scientology's Application
for OSC re Contempt 12-01-1997
for example, Scientology's letter to Professor
Stephen Kent of 06-03-2002.
Prof. Kent's web site: http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/%7Eskent/
discusses the Armstrong case in the context of the
U.S. vs. France and Germany religious freedom debate.