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October 7, 1996

Los Angeles City Council

Dear Council:

           Today's San Francisco Chronicle contains the following article:
" Separation Of Church And Street?

           The City Council of Los Angeles has voted to change the name
of Berendo Street to L. Ron Hubbard Way.

           Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology 40 years ago.
Among his Hollywood believers are John Travolta, Tom Cruise and
Kirstie Alley.

           The Council will vote on the renaming again this week; a
second vote makes it official."

           I am submitting this letter to recommend that this vote not
be taken until an independent study is done to determine who L.
Ron Hubbard really was and what the organization that observes
him as religious leader really is, and who are its present real

           I ask for a public investigation and debate, because there
exist real questions of widespread psychological abuse and civil
rights violations. Los Angeles is a major center in the
Scientology network, and Scientology is a major presence in Los
Angeles, thus it is potentially a good place to ask and get
answers to those real questions.

           I was in Scientology from 1969 through 1981. Sketches of my
Scientology history appear in the books published in the past
decade. See, e.g., A Piece of Blue Sky by Jonathan Atack, L. Ron
Hubbard - Madman or Messiah
by Bent Corydon, and Bare-Faced
by Russell Miller.

           Following this letter is a decision after a thirty day trial
in LA Superior Court in 1984 in the case of Scientology v.
Armstrong, No. C 420153. This decision became a judgment which
was affirmed after an appeal by the Scientology organization,
Scientology v. Armstrong (1991) 232 Cal.App.3rd 1060, 283
. I ask that this decision be read and considered
because it concerns the character and activities of the late Mr.
Hubbard and his organization, and addresses some of the abuse and
civil rights issues.

           Since this decision Scientology has sued me four times in
order to silence me about my knowledge of its antisocial
practices and the fraud of Mr. Hubbard and break me financially.
The organization has carried out what it calls a "black
propaganda campaign" internationally to destroy my character and
credibility. I am aware of similar attacks on other individuals
whom the organization labels "enemies" and "fair game." I am
aware of Scientology's use of the justice system to harass
individuals and deny them their civil rights. I believe that
Scientology's use of the law to attack and destroy its targeted
enemies is well known in the Los Angeles legal community,
including among state and federal judges. I ask that the City
Council make itself aware of Scientology's actions, attitude and
reputation in the city's legal arena.

           Although Scientology postures itself and L. Ron Hubbard as
defenders of civil rights, they are not. Scientology does not
allow freedom of speech, but suppresses it through coerced gag
contracts, a well-financed and aggressive litigation machine,
private investigators, threat, dirty tricks and black propaganda.
Scientology's overwhelming wealth in this age in which money
buys injustice, and its policy and determination to use the
justice system to make war on its labelled enemies, including its
economic or psychological victims and the lawyers who might help
them, has resulted in a cruel and nation-wide denial of due

           Scientology does not in truth support freedom of religion,
but uses the courts and the threat of prosecution to attack
divergent practitioners and stifle religious dissent.

          Although it claims to be "The Road to Total Freedom,"
Scientology actually uses its power, its aggressive techniques
and authority, and its misuse of the law to keep many people
psychologically enslaved, in violation of the Thirteenth

          Importantly for me, and I believe for many others if they
had this information, Scientology is not just another religion,
but a consciously anti-Christian organization. In its public
relations statements Scientology claims to be compatible with
Christianity and to recognize Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
Yet what Hubbard actually wrote, and in the inner core what the
organization teaches and adherents must believe, is that God,
Heaven and Christ are "implants," false ideas implanted by pain
and electronics in mankind by implanters millions of years ago to
control them.

          Hubbard and now Scientology's present leaders keep these
core beliefs hidden, protecting them as "religious trade secrets"
and attacking those who dare to expose these writings.
Scientology will not let anyone be a Christian and still be a
Scientologist, despite its public relations assertions to the
contrary. And no Christian, if he knew that Scientology's actual
belief was that he was "psychotic, dramatizing an implant," would
consider putting his money or mind in the organization's hands.
I urge that this deceit be adequately confronted and responded to
by Scientology's leaders before the rest of their PR is believed
by City Council.

          I believe that the celebrities that Scientology uses in its
public relations and marketing are deliberately kept in the dark
about Scientology's leaders' use of the organization's wealth and
power to rob individuals of their civil rights. It seems fair to
ask that if these celebrities are going to permit themselves to
be used, they confront each allegation of abuse, and not just
parrot or buy the organization's public relations denials.

          I ask that the City Council take this opportunity to itself
ask questions and get answers, and not to act without becoming
fully informed. In that there is considerable obfuscation and
rewriting of history by Scientology, becoming fully informed is a
considerable task. Therefore, I suggest that an independent and
public study be done so that full information is obtained.

          Thank you for this opportunity to communicate with each of

Yours sincerely




Gerry Armstrong
[former address]



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