IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE 1987 C No.6140
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA Plaintiff
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(1) RUSSELL MILLER
(2) PENGUIN BOORS LIMITED Defendants
I, SHEILA MACDONALD CHALEFF, of Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead,
1. I have been a member of the Church of Scientology for the
past 27 years. I have been employed by various Church of
Scientology corporations for 17 years and am presently the
Director of the Office of Special Affairs for the United Kingdom.
2. In 1985 Mr. Russell Miller approached the Church indicating
he was going to write a series of articles about the life of Mr.
L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology. Mr. Miller gave
all indications that his writings were going to be balanced and
3. Shortly thereafter, it became apparent that Mr. Miller had
other intentions and actually intended to write a biased and
critical biography of L. Ron Hubbard.
4. I do not know the reason Mr. Miller decided to change his
story or what his motive was.
5. I know from my vast experience working for the Church that L.
Ron Hubbard led a very influential life and has greatly
contributed to the well being of thousands of people. He
dedicated his life to achieving "a civilisation without insanity,
without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and
honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to
6. There is now produced and shown to me marked "SMC 1" a
letter addressed to Alan Brooke, Managing Director of Michael
Joseph. The letter was written by Mr. L. Fletcher Prouty. In
this letter Mr. Prouty makes it clear that Mr. Miller has
completely ignored the, in fact, indispensable facts regarding
Mr. Hubbard's life, in particular Mr. Hubbard's extensive work
with US naval intelligence during the Second World War and his
early public exposure of federal government initiation and
sponsorship of human experimentation in mind control through the
use of drugs, electric shock and hypnosis. Mr. Prouty is a
retired U.S. Air Force colonel who has extensive first hand
personal knowledge of the activities and procedures of the U.S.
military services. Mr. Prouty served in the U.S. Army from June
1941, the U.S. Air Force from its founding in 1947, the Office
of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) -- Office of Special Operations
(OSO/OSD), during 1960-61, and the Office of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff (JCS), -- Office of Special Operations, during 1962-1963,
where he was Chief of the office until his retirement in 1964.
Mr. Prouty's experience includes service in the American theater
of operations before the attack on Pearl Harbour (December 7,
1941), in the European-African-Middle East Theater (1943-44); and
in the Asiatic Pacific theater of operations (1945). Mr. Prouty
served on active duty with the U.S. Cavalry, the U.S. Armored
Force, and with the U.S. Air Force where he was a pilot multi-
engine and jet pilot. Mr. Prouty spent the last 5 years of his
active duty service in the Pentagon.
7. It is evident to me since reading Mr. Miller's book that he
chose to obtain his information from persons of questionable
intergity. Two such persons who Mr. Miller gives extensive
acknowldgement in aid of his book are called Jon Atack and Gerry
Armstrong. Jon Atack is known to be a convicted drug possessor
and was involved in distribution of materials stolen from the
Church of Scientology. Mr. Armstrong is known to me to be a
US government informant who has admitted on video tape that he
intended to plant forged documents within the Church of
Scientology and then using the contents to get the Church raided
where these forged documents would be found and used against the
Church. These are the same two individuals that Mr. Miller used
to obtain the documents he used in his book.
8. On 11 August 1987, BBC Radio 4 aired a programme regarding
L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology. This programme was
researched and presented by Margaret Percy. After the airing of
this programme, Mr. Atack wrote a letter to the "Radio Times"
criticising Ms. Percy's programme even though he was a consultant
to the programme. There is now produced and shown to me marked
"SMC 2" a copy of Mr. Atack's letter to "Radio Times" with Ms.
9. The integrity of Mr. Miller and his sources of the documents
in question are at best suspect. I have no doubt that the
documents involved in this litigation were obtained in breach of
court orders and the confidential relationship between the Church
and Mr. Armstrong.
OF JUSTICE No.6140
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF
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(1) RUSSELL MILLER
(2) PENGUIN BOOKS LIMITED
Solicitor for the Plaintiff
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