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DECLARATION OF VICKI AZNARAN

 

 

I, Vicki Aznaran, hereby declare and state:

 

1. I am over 18 years of age and a resident of the State of

Texas. I have personal knowledge of the facts set forth herein

and, if called as a witness, I could and would competently testify

thereto.

 

2. There are many factors surrounding the releases attached

as Exhibits A and B to defendants' Motion for Summary Judgement

which the defendants neglect to mention. Firstly these "releases"

appear to be much longer than the one I signed. My husband and I

had asked for copies of what we signed at the time and were told

that we would get copies later. We never got these. After we

filed suit, the releases attached to defendants motion for summary

judgement were brought forth by the Scientologists. The releases

which were signed (which do not appear to be these) were signed

under extreme duress. I had been incarcerated in the desert for

the last 6 weeks, under guard, locked up, and not allowed

adequate sleep and eating inadequate food. I was physically ill.

 

A. I was not represented by counsel. Contrary to the

affidavit submitted by defendants I was not availed of any counsel

of my own. The only counsel present were the cult's attorneys

both of whom I knew were strictly looking after the interests of

the Scientology cult which they are paid very well to do.

 

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B. Shortly after my escape from Happy Valley I had called my

sister in Texas because I was afraid of what the Scientologists

might do to me and/or my husband. I had wanted her to know that

I was planning to come home and that if she didn't hear from me

to please call the law enforcement authorities. There were no

releases in question at that time and the matter of legal counsel

had not even come up.

 

3. There is the matter of "Fair Game" which is known to

anyone who has been in Scientology for any length of time. If you

do not conform to the power hierarchy in Scientology you can and

will be considered to be Fair Game which per Scientology policy

means that you can be lied to, cheated, stolen from, sued,

harassed and anything else they deem necessary to get you to

conform to their wishes. My husband and I had no desire to be

declared Fair Game. Had we demanded our own counsel or not signed

what we were told to sign or refused to undergo the extensive

security checking they demanded we would have been declared

"suppressive persons and thus become fair game". We decided that

we would co-operate with whatever was asked of us so that we could

get away without being declared "fair game".

 

C. Since I left Scientology I have been monitored and

harassed. This became increasingly intense when I was asked to

testify for Joe Yanny I received threatening phone calls from cult

 

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attorneys and cult members came to my home and place of business

to intimidate me and attempt to coerce me not to testify for Joe

Yanny. Since the filing of my lawsuit I have been declared

suppressive and thus fair game. Private investigators follow and

harass me and my family. My sister has been sued as well as

myself and my husband. The cult has interfered with our business

in an attempt to cause us to lose business. They have run phoney

credit checks on us through a Ford dealership in Sacramento

California. They have told the postal authorities that we were

under investigation for drugs.

 

4. Additionally, I was told by Mr. John Peterson, one of the

Scientology Cult's attorneys for many years, that the releases

that the Scientologists had people sign were not worth the paper

they were written upon. He said that one could never sign away

their right to sue nor could they refuse to testify against

Scientology should they be subpoenaed before a court of law. Mr.

Peterson said the value of the releases was that once someone had

signed them, that person would think that he could not bring suit

or testify against Scientology and that would act as a deterrent.

One of the major purposes of these releases is to prevent anyone

from testifying hostilely against Scientology to the U.S.

government. Scientologists are trained to believe that the U.S.

government is involved in a conspiracy to wipe them out. They

also have a legitimate fear of being prosecuted for their

criminal activity such as tax fraud, tax evasion, and obstruction

 

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of justice.

 

5. The Scientologists also neglect to mention that they held

all of my personal belongings and did not release them to me until

I had signed the release. I know of others who did not sign

releases and their pets were given away and their belongings

destroyed. I did not wish for that to happen to me. It was not

much but it was all I had to show for the fifteen years of

exploitation by the cult.

 

6. I believe that there are other cases brought against the

Scientology cult in which releases such as these were held to be

invalid. We have not had adequate discovery into this matter to

learn all the facts and need some more time in order to do that.

Defendants have continuously refused to comply with my prior

attorneys discovery requests although we have cooperated in their

extensive, lengthy discovery with many days of depositions

including depositions of our families.

 

7. These releases were not negotiated at all nor were they

mutual in that we received nothing in return. In regard to

defendants' Exhibit H, a loan to be paid back with interest is not

recompense. We did not request any loan and were told that we

were getting it to keep us "out of enemy hands". In regard to

defendant's Exhibit C they paid for personal belongings which were

destroyed in a fire caused by the negligence of management,

 

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overcrowded conditions and a lack of adherence to fire codes is

merely putting back what was already there. This vas being repaid

by the insurance company regardless of any releases. The fact of

Richard's $387.37 in wages that were owed would have been paid as

his wages. These were not in question and nothing about them was

negotiated. The reason the cult wished to indemnify me in any

lawsuit I might be named in or subpoenaed in was to keep me from

testifying hostilely in any of the litigation against them or to

government agencies. The horse was purchased for less than we had

put into her. We made no profit from that and did not even wish

to sell the horse but the Scientologists wanted us out of

California quickly so we would not be served with any subpoenas

in the cases that were going on against them at that time. That

was why they offered to purchase the horse.

 

8. I was forced to assign myself to the RPF. I was told that

if I did not write an issue assigning myself that David Miscavige

would write it and it would be far far worse than anything I could

ever imagine. In other words he would write anything he wished

to and make it broadly known. One example of this is a case where

a girl refused to conform as ordered to and the Scientologists

wrote an issue stating that the girl was a lesbian and published

it to all of her friends. She escaped them and sued for libel and

slander. It turned out that it was completely false and the

Scientologists paid her to drop her suit and be quiet. This was

in the San Francisco area in 1982. I was informed of this by the

 

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cult member in the Office of Special Affairs who handled the

lawsuit.

 

9. I did not decide on March 31, 1987 that I should leave the

RPF. I had attempted to escape two weeks before that but had been

caught by guards. I had expressed my desire to get away to

several people on different occasions.

 

10. During the time I was in a motel in Hemet California,

after leaving the RPF and up until any releases were signed, my

husband and I were being security checked daily (an intense and

lengthy form of interrogation) and we were being watched by

guards. We had hardly any money, less than fifty dollars and we

were extremely afraid of being declared fair game if we did not

co-operate. I was in a very bad physical and mental state and

would have signed anything in order to get away. The only thing

I was grateful for was getting away.

 

I declare under the penalties of perjury under the laws of the

United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct.

 

Executed this 15th day of January, 1989, at Dallas, Texas.

 

  [Signed]
Vicki J. Aznaran

 

 

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