The 1982 Clearwater Hearings

Introduction
When the FBI raided Scientology’s headquarters in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, they uncovered boxes and boxes of damning evidence clearly showing how the management of Scientology was breaking the law on a daily basis.
Included in those documents was “Operation Normandy” which was the blue-print for the cult’s take-over of the city of Clearwater.
The Clearwater City Commission invited attorney Michael Flynn to come before the city to present witnesses and evidence about the criminal nature of this destructive group.
Scientology was to be given equal time to respond to the charges.
For one full week, the citizens of Clearwater watched the hearings live on the local cable system. The entire hearing is now online.
Day 1 – May 5, 1982
Opening Statements
The hearings begin with an opening statement from attorney Michael Flynn. Drama is added to the moment as Scientology’s Attorney Paul Johnson rises in the auditorium, demanding to be heard.
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Edward Walters

Day 1 – May 5, 1982
As the first witness, Walters covers a lot of ground, giving an overview of the corruption that the city council will hear about for several days. Following Walters testimony in part two, Flynn explains Scientology documents as he enters them into evidence.
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Ron DeWolf

Day 1 – May 5, 1982
Ron DeWolf (L. Ron Hubbard Jr.) was the son of Hubbard and worked very closely with his father during the growth of Scientology in the 1950’s. He had a very rocky relationship with his dad and ultimately wound up testifying against him in court.
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Day 2 – May 6, 1982
Day Two of DeWolf’s Testimony
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Transcript at Lermanet

Lori Taverna

Day 2 – May 6, 1982
Lori Tells the council about the many abuses she witnessed in Scientology including medical neglect of staff members and their children.
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Lori’s video testimony is incomplete but the missing segments can be read in the transcripts at Lermanet.

Casey Kelly

Day 2 – May 6, 1982
During the three years, Kelly spent at FLAG, he handled Scientology’s finances and recruitment.
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Rosie Pace

Day 3 – May 7, 1982
Rosie is the sister of Lori Taverna. She spent eight months at FLAG and tells about her experiences in Clearwater.
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David Ray

Day 3 – May 7, 1982
David gives a blow by blow account of what is was like to join the Sea Org and discover the harsh realities of life among the “elite crew” of Scientology.
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Ernest and Adelle Hartwell

Day 3 – May 7, 1982
The Hartwells were not Scientologists yet they wound up working alongside L. Ron Hubbard at Golden Era Studios. They were witness to the insanity that came with the Sea Org but without the indoctrination.
These two ballroom dancers thought they were coming to Clearwater to be with their daughter but instead found themselves in a hidden, desert compound.
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Read more about the Hartwells in “Bare-Faced Messiah.”
Transcript at Lermanet.

George Meister

Day 3 – May 7, 1982
George Meister was told his daughter Susan committed suicide while a member of the Sea Org onboard the ship, The Apollo. When the grieving father asked questions he was shocked by Scientology’s actions.
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Read about Susan Meister in “A Piece of Blue Sky” and in “Bare-Faced Messiah.”
Transcript on Lermanet

Lavenda Van Schaick

Day 4 – May 8, 1982
Lavenda testifies about the living conditions of children and contends that hepatitis swept through the Clearwater base in 1977.
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