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AFFIDAVIT OF GERALD ARMSTRONG

 

I, Gerald Armstrong state and declare under the pains and penalties of

perjury as follows:

 

1. I was in Scientology from 1969 to 1981. I worked

personally for L. Ron Hubbard during much of that time, and

was personally appointed by Hubbard to be the researcher on

a proposed biography of his life. During my work on that bi-

ography I assembled many documents concerning almost all of

Hubbard's life, and discovered that he had extensively lied

about his education, credentials, past accomplishments, his

role in Scientology, and Scientology itself. When I tried

to work within the organization to make the truth known in a

manner which would least damage Scientology and Hubbard, organi-

zation officials claimed I was an enemy trying to destroy the

founder.

 

2. After I left the organization I was declared a

"suppressive person" and subjected to the "Fair Game" doctrine.

The organization began a "Black Propaganda Campaign" aimed at

destroying my reputation. They initiated a covert intelligence

operation against me, stole photos I had, and when I demanded

their return told me to get an attorney. Fearing I would be-

come the target of costly and harassive lawsuits, and believing

my life and my wife's life were in danger, and needing to defend

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myself, I contacted attorney Michael Flynn. I obtained from

the author for whom I had done the biography research, copies

of some of the documents I had seen while working on the

biography project and I sent these documents to Mr. Flynn.

The documents proved that what I had been saying about Hubbard

was true and they showed a massive fraud on his part.

 

3. Scientology sued me, and after a five week trial

in the California Superior Court it was ultimately determined

that I was justified in sending the subject documents to my

attorney. The Court stated in its decision, a copy of which

is attached as Exhibit [D] to this opposition:

"...just as the plaintiffs have First Amendment
rights, the defendant has a constitutional right
to an attorney of his own choosing. In legal
contemplation the fact that defendant selected
Mr. Flynn rather than some other lawyer cannot
by itself be tortious. In determining whether
the defendant unreasonably invaded Mrs. Hubbard's
privacy, the court is satisfied the invasion was
slight, and the reasons and justification for
defendant's conduct manifest. Defendant was told
by Scientology to get an attorney. He was de-
clared an enemy by the Church. He believed,
reasonably, that he was subject to "fair game."
The only way he could defend himself, his in-
tegrity, and his wife was to take that which
was available to him and place it in a safe har-
bor, to wit, his lawyer's custody."

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4. The knowledge that I have and the documents that

I have seen are particularly damning to Hubbard and Scientology.

Based on them, in part, Judge Breckenridge in his opinion in

Church of Scientology of California v. Armstrong, C420 153,

found that "the Church or its minions is fully capable of in-

timidation or other physical or psychological abuse", it

"abuses 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",

L. Ron Hubbard is "a man who has been virtually a pathological

liar when it comes to his history, background, and achievements",

and Scientology's "practice of culling supposedly confidential

'PC folders or files' to obtain information for purposes of

intimidation and/or harassment is repugnant and outrageous."

All of these findings were made by Judge Breckenridge in the

case Scientology brought against me.

 

5. In order to compromise my effectiveness as a witness

and undo the Breckenridge judgment, Scientology created the

"Armstrong Operation". It was a Scientology setup from the

start. I was contacted in June of 1984 by an old friend of

mine who told me that a group of individuals called the

"Loyalists" were seeking to reform the organization, and end the

criminal and tortious activities and the Fair Game doctrine.

My friend said the "Loyalists" had existed for two years, they

had people on staff in the organization and many others who

supported their cause. The "Loyalists" wanted my help because

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I had contacts among other individuals who opposed the organi-

zation's practices, and because I had been successful in

litigating against the organization. They wanted me to act

as their consultant.

 

6. I had several meetings with representatives of the

"Loyalists" and was even taken to meet an attorney whom they

said was going to file a lawsuit on their behalf to oust what

they called the "criminal management"of Scientology. Unknown

to me, these meetings were covertly and illegally videotaped.

The entire operation was a setup. The "Loyalists" had no

intention of ending the organization's illegal activities and

were not planning to file a lawsuit. They were a fictional

creation to make it look like I was conspiring to overthrow

Scientology.

 

7. The videotapes do not reveal all of my conversa-

tions with the "Loyalists". Scientology has chosen those

parts which it feels are most beneficial to them. Even the

videotapes they do use do not show what Scientology claims.

They simply reveal conversations about ideas proposed by the

"Loyalists" for their use in their struggle. Of course, since

the "Loyalists" never really existed, nothing was ever carried

out. In any event, the wild claims Scientology makes, that

I conspired to plant false documents, steal privileged informa-

tion, and set up some sort of sexual blackmail situation, are

ridiculous. Judge Londer, in the case of Christofferson v.

Scientology, et al, in Portland, Oregon recognized that the

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tapes do not say what the organization says they say. He

stated, immediately after viewing the tapes on April 4, 1985:

 

"I think they are devastating. I think they are
devastating against the Church. We certainly
view them in a different way, Mr. Cooley, you and
I."

..."it borders more on entrapment than it does
on anything else. How a sophisticated person,
which Mr. Armstrong purports to be, could go
for such an amateurish performance as I heard
on these tapes is beyond me. The questions were
being fed to him obviously; anytime he wanted to
make an explanation, it was promptly cut off.
There was no evidence of any attempt to commit
a crime that I saw."

In fact, on the tapes themselves, in response to a suggestion

by one of the "Loyalists", an operative named Mike Rinder , that

false documents be created, I reply, "I wouldn't touch it with

a barge pole."

 

8. Despite Scientology allegations to the contrary, I

was not acting as an agent of Michael Flynn, or various govern-

ment agencies when I met with the "Loyalists". I simply was

responding to the "Loyalists"' request for help from me, and

I accepted their offer to help me out. They actively en-

couraged me to request all sorts of things, claiming they could

get whatever I needed. Any requests I sent them I originated

on my own. Neither Michael Flynn nor the federal government

asked me to obtain any documents or information for them from

the "Loyalists". In fact, Michael Flynn cautioned me that

the "Loyalists" might be an operation created by Hubbard.

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9. Under California law, an individual cannot be

videotaped without his consent. Scientology, at the

Christofferson trial, claimed that a private investigator

hired by them, Eugene Ingram, (who had been kicked off the

Los Angeles police force for various offenses) obtained an

authorization to secretly tape me from a police officer. In

an official statement released by the Los Angeles Police

Department, however, LAPD Chief Daryl Gates stated that the

officer had no authorization, and that it would be "a cold

day in hell" before the Los Angeles Police Department co-

operated with Eugene Ingram. A copy of this announcement is

attached hereto as Exhibit [A]. I have learned fromCommander

Booth of the LAPD that the officer involved, Phillip Rodriguez,

was suspended for six months due to his improper " authorization".

 

10. If this court has any doubts about this entire

illegal affair, I urge it to view the tapes themselves. They

will plainly show that the Scientology charges are ridiculous

and grossly inflated. It will also prove to the court that

Scientology engages in precisely the types of covert criminal

and tortious operations in violation of individuals' rights

which its critics have alleged it has committed for years.

 

Signed under the pains and penalties of perjury this

1st day of November, 1985, in Boston, Massachusetts.

[signed]
GERALD ARMSTRONG

Suffolk, SS
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
11/1/85

          Then appeared before me the above named Gerald Armstrong
and acknowledged the aforegoing to be is true act and deed.

Before me,

[signed]
Lorna E. Doherty



Exhibit [A]
Los Angeles Police Chief Announcement 04-23-1985

Exhibit [B]

Exhibit [C]

Exhibit [D]
Breckenridge Decision

   

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