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DECLARATION OF OMAR V. GARRISON

1. I am a professional author and journalist, who has

worked constantly at my profession since 1940, as foreign

correspondent, newspaper editor, and author of 14 published

books.

2. At various times prior to 1980, I was approached

informally by executives of the Church of Scientology and by

personal representatives of L. Ron Hubbard and asked to write a

biography of Mr. Hubbard.

3. In the middle of 1980 (about July, according to my

recollection; it could have been earlier or later), Mr. Hubbard's

personal representative, Laurel Sullivan, represented to me that

the biography project was being authorized by Mr. Hubbard

himself. I have in my possession an earlier memorandum, signed

by Mr. Hubbard, indicating his approval of my doing the project.

Also, Mr. Hubbard's personal attorney, Alan Wertheimer,

indicated that Mr. Hubbard was aware of the project and would

make himself available for interviews and discussions.

4. Before signing a contract to do the biography, I was

given a list of the biographical materials - letters, documents,

writings, etc. - which would be made available to me when and if

I undertook the biography. These materials, I was informed, were

from Mr. Hubbard's personal archives. Both Laurel Sullivan and

Mr. Hubbard's attorney discussed these materials with me, and it

was partly on that basis and representation that I signed a

contract with a Denmark corporation on October 30, 1980, to write

the book. Another important consideration which persuaded me to

sign the contract (which offered drastically reduced royalties to

 

 

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me) was that a special, premium edition of the work would be

printed to sell for $1,000.00 a copy, the proceeds of which I

would share with Mr. Hubbard. Another reason given me for

accepting a sub-standard contract was that the biographical

materials from Mr. Hubbard's private archives represented a

valuable contribution to the work, without which a widely

marketable biography would not be possible.

5. Mary Sue Hubbard was aware of the project and

corresponded with me about it and about the materials, which I

told her archivist Gerry Armstrong was providing me. I told

Mrs. Hubbard that he was performing an invaluable service. I

asked Mrs. Hubbard for a face-to-face interview, which she

declined with the excuse that security would not permit it. I

did not have any communication with Mrs. Hubbard after 1981

because I was informed that the Scientology organization was

refusing to pass on any communications to her.

6. Either Mrs. Hubbard's statement that L. Ron Hubbard

did not authorize the use of the archives is false, or the

representations to me - all to the contrary - were fraudulent.

7. After Gerry Armstrong left the organization, he

continued to work with me on the biography project because he was

the only person who appeared to know the materials well. He did

so at my request and was not paid for his service, which he

performed out of friendship and goodwill. His successor, Vaughn

Young, did supply me with some sensitive documents after Gerry's

departure, but he was unable to help me organize and cross-check

the material already in hand.

8. I was present when Gerry Armstrong went to the

 

 

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offices of the Scientology sect in the Cedars of Lebanon complex

and met with Mr. Hubbard's representatives, known as Commodore's

Messengers, from whom he requested the return of materials he

said they had stolen from him. He was refused the materials and

told to get himself an attorney.

9. It is my belief, understanding and conviction that

Gerry Armstrong was legally authorized to have custody of the

archival documents to assist me in the preparation of a biography

of L. Ron Hubbard.

10. I have no contractural relationship with the Church

of Scientology of California and, on information and belief, they

have no legal standing with regard to the documents from

Mr. Hubbard's private archives. Nevertheless, consonant with

their Fair Game Policy which they publicly renounced, but

privately have continued to this day, the Scientology cult has

mounted a campaign of harrassment against me and my friends,

apparently in the mistaken notion that they can exercise prior

restraint on a book, contrary to and in violation of the First

Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Executed this 18th day of April, 1983, at

Corona Del Mar , California.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is

true and correct.

[Signed] Omar V. Garrison
OMAR V. GARRISON

 

 

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